Reddick on homer: This one's for dad

July, 16, 2011
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After the recent All-Star break, Red Sox outfielder Josh Reddick made a six-hour road trip with his father, Kenny, from the family’s home in Georgia and drove to Tampa to rejoin the team on Thursday.

Reddick rewarded his dad -- along with his brother, some friends and his former high school baseball coach -- with a two-run homer to help Boston defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-5 Saturday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

It was the first time Reddick’s father had seen his son hit a home run live.

The shot was an absolute bomb. He crushed a 3-2 offering off Tampa starter James Shields and deposited it beyond the right-field seats.

“I got ahead in the count and luckily I got some fastballs. I missed the first one and tried to barrel up the second one and it ended up getting out of the park,” Reddick said.

It went way out of the yard as it landed on the walkway behind the right-field seats.

As he was about to cross home plate, he pointed at his father.

“That was a big accomplishment,” Reddick said of the home run. “For them to see one live was a big feeling and I had to give them some love after I hit it.”

The 24-year-old Reddick, who has divided his time between Boston and Pawtucket this season, has a unique relationship with his father. Reddick wasn’t even a year old when his dad was seriously injured on the job. It was a near-fatal accident. Kenny Reddick worked for Savannah Electric in Georgia when he was shocked one day while working in a bucket truck, losing half his left arm and two fingers on his right hand when 75,000 volts scorched his body. He was forced to retire at age 24.

After that, Kenny Reddick taught his son to play baseball. Josh has said time and again: “A one-armed man taught me to hit a baseball.”

Well, the younger Reddick hit one pretty far on Saturday and his father was in attendance to witness it.

“He got to see a nice one,” Reddick said.

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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