Six Degrees of Cody Ross
Professional baseball is a pretty small world. With thousands of players and coaches stationed in the dugouts of the Independent Leagues all the way up to the bigs, connecting one player or manager to another in the major or minor leagues is a little like playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise that we can connect newly signed outfielder Cody Ross to both the Red Sox and the PawSox.
- Ross played in 124 games in 2003 as a member of the Toledo Mud Hens – nine against the PawSox.
- In those nine games he hit .266 (8-for-30)
- In that same season, Kevin Youkilis appeared in 32 games for Pawtucket as a 24-year-old and hit .165.
- Freddy Sanchez played every infield position for the PawSox that year except first base.
- Although he went on to only play in 32 games for the Red Sox, Sanchez shared the San Francisco Giants’ clubhouse with Ross from 2010-11.
- Larry Parish, Ross’ manager in Toledo, enjoyed a 15-year major league career that spanned 1,891 games. 52 of those games where played for the Red Sox where he hit .259 while suiting up at first base and designated hitter.
- In 2003, Ross played in 15 games for the Louisville Bats, none against the PawSox. However, he was managed by a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame: Rick Burleson. An Eastern League All-Star right here in Pawtucket in 1972, Burleson played in 292 games for the PawSox from 1972-74 before spending seven seasons in Boston where he was, among other things, an All-Star, a Gold Glove winner, and a back-to-back winner of the Thomas A. Yawkey Award as the Red Sox Most Valuable Player.
- Although Ross grew up in New Mexico, his grandmother lived in Cranston, Rhode Island and was a season ticket holder for the PawSox in the 80s.
- (I might have made that last one up).
Everything else is true, however. So as you can see, Ross was practically destined to play for the Red Sox and will hopefully be a nice addition. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to call his grandmother and see if she wants to renew her season ticket order.