FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Patrolling right field at AT&T Park was always a challenge for Cody Ross.
It won't get any easier at Fenway Park. After inking a one-year, $3 million deal with the Red Sox, the outfielder –– and the 2010 National League Championship Series MVP –– will have to adjust to the dimensions, which was one of many opportunities in Boston that appealed to Ross.
"At the end of the day, I just felt like this was the best situation for me and I felt like this team was on the right track trying to get to that next level and trying to get back to winning a championship," Ross said. "Everyone was obviously down about last year, but just looking forward to this year, coming in and trying to repeat what they've done in the past, so I want to be a part of it."
The 31-year-old is also seeking a chance to relive his glory days. Although Ross played an integral role in the Giants' 2010 World Series run, he couldn't maintain that momentum in 2011, hitting .240 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs.
A change of scenery could be the remedy. With the exception of 22 at-bats with the Tigers in 2003, Ross has played his entire career in the National League and understands the challenge ahead in adapting to American League pitching.
"I'm obviously going to have to learn a few things about some pitching and different stuff here and there, but not too much," Ross said. "The game is the same. Pitchers still have to throw it over the plate and we still have to catch it and we still have to throw it."
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