With all of the story lines going into Monday’s matchup with the Indians – the Sox’ seven-game win streak, the return of Stephen Drew, Brock Holt moving over to first – one that got lost was that this was the first time Grady Sizemore would return to Progressive Field since last playing for the Tribe in 2011.
The reaction for the outfielder who was a three-time All-Star in Cleveland? Less than enthusiastic, partly due to the sparse crowd attending the Sox’ first visit to Cleveland in 2014.
Negligible reaction to Grady Sizemore’s first AB in Cleveland with the Red Sox. Then again, lots of empty seats.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) June 2, 2014
Not much of a reception for Grady Sizemore in his return to Cleveland. Popped out to third.— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) June 2, 2014
Uneventful response from crowd to Sizemore's first at-bat back in Cleveland. Absence and injuries make the heart grow... indifferent.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 2, 2014
Sizemore played eight seasons with the Indians from 2004-11, hitting .269 with 139 home runs and 458 RBIs in 892 games. His best years were from 2006-08, when he missed only five games in three seasons, appeared in three All-Star Games, and won two Gold Gloves and one Silver Slugger. He also helped the Indians to within one win of the 2007 World Series, as Cleveland fell to the Red Sox 4-3 in the ALCS.
Nagging injuries caught up with Sizemore in his final years in Cleveland, and he totaled 104 games in his last two seasons in an Indians uniform. He missed all of 2012 and 2013 due to injury, and it was speculated that his playing days may be over at just 30 years old.
The Red Sox signed Sizemore to a one-year, $750,000 contract in January; he earned a spot in the Sox lineup after an impressive Spring Training.
Sizemore is the only players in Indians history to total over 130 home runs and 130 stolen bases with the club, totaling 139 homers and 134 swiped bags during his time in Cleveland.