Adam LaRoche, acquired on Wednesday by the Red Sox for a pair of minor-league prospects, met with the media before tonight's game, getting an early idea that he's not in Pittsburgh anymore.
"I'm obviously loving it, that's an understatement," LaRoche said. "I've heard about this organization my whole career, and to come check it out for myself is pretty neat."
He's also not in the starting lineup, either, at least not tonight. LaRoche, who has been an everyday player the past 4 1/2 seasons, might need to adjust to a new role with limited time. He says he's OK with that.
"I talked to Tito [Terry Francona] a little bit, but have not gotten if it's going to be a platoon situation, once a week, never, every day. I have no idea," LaRoche said. "I'm pretty easy, I'm not going to complain much. You tell me when you want me to play and I'll be out there."
LaRoche seems thrilled to go from Pittsburgh, perennially near the bottom of the NL Central standings, to the situation here, with the opportunity to play deep into the postseason. The only drawback, he said, was leaving his younger brother, Andy, who plays third base for the Pirates.
The Red Sox hope LaRoche can help them snap out of their offensive funk. In his four full seasons in the major leagues (two with Atlanta, two with Pittsburgh), LaRoche has hit at least 20 home runs each season. This year he's batting .247 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs.