BOSTON- Tigers right fielder Brennan Boesch grew up in Santa Monica California, but Boesch has idolized Ted WIlliams since he was a child.
Boesch’s mother hung several Sports Illustrated cover’s with Ted on it over his bed as a child. The covers still hang there to this day in his bedroom. His father actually grew up in the Boston area, he resided in Winchester, MA.
His father was a Red Sox fan, but growing up outside of the Los Angeles area Boesch became a Dodgers fan.
Ted Williams is one of the greatest players to play the game, so Boesch has done a lot of research and studying on his childhood idol.
Boesch was drafted in the third round of the 2006 Amateur Draft by the Tigers. He made his Major League Baseball debut this season on April 23rd, 2010.
“Seeing so many old videos of him (Ted Williams) there is probably never going to be a better hitter,” said Boesch of his childhood idol. “It was fun as a kid to learn about the history of the game.”
Boesch is not trying to mimic Ted’s game out there, because he does have a different game than him.
“I think he is somebody that is an all time great, but I just try to be myself out there,” said Boesch.
Boesch loved Ted’s swing because he thought it was one of the best swings in baseball all time.
“I just admire his swing as something to look at, but I don’t bat or anything after him.”
Boesch has turned in a good rookie campaign so far this season. Before yesterday’s game his batting average stood at .295 with 13 home runs and 51 RBI.