This is my ode about the time I spent with my grandfather on Cape Cod. I hope to honor the summers we shared and the teams we rooted for by reuniting a game used bat for every Red Sox position player from 1975 to 1986. This is for you Gus!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Ed Jurak

Ed Jurak was drafted by the Red Sox in the third round of the 1975 amatuer draft and spent six years in the minors before finally making a Major League roster. Jurak filled the role of utility infielder for the Sox from 1982 to 1985, where he was steady with the glove but struggled offensively. With a batting average that dropped every year he played for the Sox, from a respectable .333 in 1982 to an anemic .231 during the 1985 campaign, it is no surprise that Jurak is best remembered for an incident unrelated to his playing skill.

The Chinese calendar designated 1984 as the year of the rat and ironically it was in May of 1984, with Cleveland in town and Bruce Hurst on the hill, that fans watched as a rat made its way from the bowels of Fenway onto the grass beside the Red Sox batter's box. Without hesitation Jurak came over from his position at first base, scooped up the rodent and deposited it in a dugout trashcan for safekeeping. This little bit of handiwork left Jurak with the unusual boxscore line of four at bats, no hits and one rat relocated. Jurak was released by the Sox after the 1985 season and played out the remainder of his career with Oakland and San Francisco.

2 bats down 81 to go.

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