Kelly Shoppach Plans to Protect the Plate ‘at All Costs,’ Excited to Be Back in Boston (Video)

Kelly Shoppach only had 15 at-bats during his first stint in Boston, but seven years later, he's exactly the type of player that Red Sox fans typically come to know and love.

Shoppach said he signed in Boston for one reason: to win a World Series.

The 31-year-old backstop, who's known for having a strong throwing arm, is excited to play in Boston again with the team that drafted him in the second round in 2001. He discussed how intense the pressure is in Boston, which is something he's looking forward to this season.

NESN's Tom Caron and Peter Gammons caught up with Shoppach on Wednesday, and they even asked him if he'd consider changing his hard-nosed style of play after watching Giants catcher Buster Posey suffer a season-ending injury last season while blocking the plate. Shoppach didn't even entertain the idea, though, saying that it's in his makeup to protect the plate at all costs.

To hear more from the newly signed catcher, check out the video above.

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