This Friday, my number 34 will be finished. 34 will forever be seen above right field for Sox fans even after I’m long gone.
That’s crazy to me. When I started my career in baseball my goal was to be able to provide for myself and my family. Coming up in the bigs with greats like Manny and Pedro I relied on them and trusted their guidance. I credit my success to a lot of people who have helped me along the way. My number up there isn’t just a representation of me, it is up there as a thank you to all those who made me the player I am. I hope that kids look at those two numbers, 3 and 4, and sees within themselves their potential. I didn’t always see it in myself, but I had people in my corner who pushed me.
My father saw my potential and kept me going. I think looking back its important for people to have that. When I see my number up there it brings back all the memories from my career, my Dad pushing me, my teammates helping me, my family behind me, even the Yankees rivalry, and I think of how lucky and blessed I am. I thank God every day that I could live this life. It’s going to be an emotional day for me and my family, but Red Sox nation always has and always will have a huge place in my heart and I’m happy 34 has a place on their field.