Quote to note

"That's probably why you see veterans handling it more than maybe young players sometimes. You have to have the ability to know that there's games you go out and you come up empty, and your batting average isn't going to maybe show what you want it to, and you still have to tell yourself you're a good hitter. It can drive you crazy."
-- manager Terry Francona, on the life of a bench player

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