Ryan Dempster brought a lot of intangibles to the Boston Red Sox, and after announcing his decision to sit out the 2014 season, his teammates reflected on how much they’ll miss the right-hander in the clubhouse.
David Ross, Andrew Miller, Mike Napoli and Craig Breslow all commented on Dempster’s sense of humor and positive attitude Sunday in Fort Myers, Fla., where the Red Sox opened spring training. Dempster had a way of keeping guys on the team loose, and as Ross noted, the veteran pitcher made everyone around him better.
“He’s good for the young guys,” Ross said. “Every young guy should spend a season with Ryan Dempster.”
Check out the video above to hear more of the Red Sox’s reactions to Dempster’s news.