Stephen Drew’s Sweet Swing, Late-Game Contributions Shine Bright in Shortstop’s Top Moments of 2013

Stephen DrewEditor’s note: NESN.com is holding a three-week tournament to determine “Boston’s Best Newcomer.” The Red Sox added a lot of new faces in 2013, and the results have been impressive. It’s time to determine which new addition from 2013 best embodies Boston baseball.

Stephen Drew faced a difficult situation right when he signed his one-year, $9.5 million contract with the Red Sox, and it had nothing to do with his on-field ability. He has since silenced any concerns.

There was immediately some skepticism surrounding Drew because of the polarizing five-year stint that his brother, J.D., had with the Red Sox. The skepticism grew when he opted to wear the same No. 7 that his brother donned while with Boston. But just as his brother was — even if some failed to recognize it — Drew has been a very solid player.

While some view Drew as a one-year bridge to the Xander Bogaerts era, the veteran shortstop has ensured that if that is indeed the case, it’s a sturdy bridge. Drew has been extremely sure-handed in the field, and he has been a reliable hitter after some early-season struggles. Drew has been especially good in the clutch.

Drew is a quiet guy who lets his play do the talking. It’s a recipe that has allowed him to carve out a successful big league career, and it’s a recipe that has started to win over Red Sox Nation.

Click here for Drew’s top five moments of 2013 >>

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