Every year since high school, Brennan’s off-season training was intense and legendary, spring training 2017 was no exception. He came into Spring Training with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent looking to take on a starting outfield role. It happened three-quarters of the way through. Spring training, with Brennan leading the Red Sox in at-bats, showing what he could do with regular playing time, hitting .303 with five doubles, a home run, slugging .545, OPS .840.
On a dive to make a shoestring catch, Brennan’s glove caught in the turf, severely fracturing his wrist, cutting short an outstanding spring training. “It was a freak thing that can happen when you lay out for a ball,” Boesch said, “but my pitchers and teammates have to know I’m going to go all out to back them up, 110% all the time.” The pain did not go away after wrist surgery – and a career cut short was the result.
by Larry Carmichael