"It's a little different than when I was last here. It's been a while, but it's grown up a little bit," Pierzynski said. "I know I joked when I drove down, man, I don't recognize anything. It's been 11 years since I've been down here. It's nice to see the Red Sox got a nice new park, because that old one had run its course."
• Ross used to think he could be relatively anonymous as a backup catcher. But when you win the World Series and you play for the Boston Red Sox, life changes.
"A lot of attention -- more so than I ever thought I would get. It was fun at first, and then it got to be a little much for me. Being a backup catcher, I signed up for a lot of things, had a lot of great opportunities, but toward the end it was, 'OK, I'm tired of this.' That's why I'm so excited to get back here, to get back in a normal routine," Ross said. "Not that I ever mind that, and the autographs and signings and all that's great. I love it and would never say anything bad about it, but I'm glad to be back and be the backup catcher and the guy who stays under the radar. That's more my angle."
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