Travis Shaw is ready to prove he is more than a flash in the pan, and Opening Day 2016 was a perfect start.
The Boston Red Sox’s 25-year-old third baseman won a starting job over veteran Pablo Sandoval in spring training, making his first Opening Day roster after a midseason call-up last year. Shaw sported a .270 batting average with 13 home runs and 36 RBIs in just 65 games for the Sox in 2015, so he and the rest of the organization are hopeful he’ll build on those numbers with a full season in the big leagues.
Shaw also played at Kent State before being drafted by the Red Sox in 2011, less than an hour from Progressive Field where the Red Sox opened up against the Cleveland Indians, and about four hours from his home town of Washington Court House, Ohio.
Shaw caught up with NESN’s Guerin Austin after a two-hit performance in his first career Opening Day. Check out what he had to say about the experience in the video above.
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