Without once putting on the uniform, Rocco Baldelli has already distinguished himself as the classiest player on the Red Sox. That’s because the former Rays outfielder took out a half-page ad in the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES thanking Tampa fans for all their support.
Baldelli, a Rhode Island native, must be thrilled to be playing for his favorite team growing up. But he’s not forgetting the only franchise he’s ever known, and one that’s been nothing but supportive through his myriad health problems. “It’s where I got my start,” he said. “I have a lot of friends, and I will always have some friends down there, so it will always be a special place for me.” (Full text of the letter, after the jump.)