Replacing a favorite son can't be easy. Ask Edgar Renteria how it feels to play SS for Boston the year after Nomar is traded. (I know: The OC finished out 2004, but he was so happy to get out of Montreal that his personality won over people. Plus I think the bad vibe toward Nomar was fresh in 04. Reality sunk in that he was GONE in 05). Ask Bobby Murcer what it felt like to follow The Mick (that's for you bub) as the Yankee CF full time. Go up to the catcher who takes Tek's place one of these days and see how it feels to follow a local icon.
Trot Nixon was a fan favorite, a guy who seemed like he got how truly blessed he is to play a kid's game for a living. JD seems aloof and a little pompous. Nixon would run through a wall to get to a ball, while Drew has a reputation for being soft. Trot is a dirt dog, while Drew is looked at as being injury prone. If you think about it though, Trot has been injured for most of the last three seasons, while Drew had a pretty dadgum good year out in LA last season.
Ciera, my daughter, was pretty upset when I told her Trot went to Cleveland. She's 8, so she does not get why Trot, Petey, Nomar, etc.. are no longer in Boston. Rakes is OK if he can see Papi or Manny or "Cut Schwing" (Schill), and thankfully by the time Baby Trot knows whats going on, Big Trot will be retired or back in Boston. Shoot, it's hard for me to not get attached to guys, and I'm 36 years old, so I can imagine what is running through Ciera's head.
As for Drew, I'm going into this with a clean slate. Fact is JD Drew is the RF for the Boston Red Sox. Whatever he has done or said in the past is just that: in the past. I hope he hits .310, with 30 HR's and 125 RBI's. I would love nothing more than for him to win the Gold Glove, run through the bullpen fence, and charge the mound at Mike Mussina in Yankee Stadium next year. On the front of his jersey it says Red Sox, so I'll yell my lungs out for him.
Just remember JD: the guy you are replacing set the bar pretty high. You ain't officially a dirt dog.