OAKLAND — One of the qualities that talent evaluators could knock Drew Pomeranz for may play right into his hands in Boston.
A Tennessee native who lives in the Bay Area now, Pomeranz’s disposition really fits the latter. He looks laid back. He sounds laid back, and he agreed on the CSNNE Baseball Show that he is.
Baseball’s a sport that doesn’t always reward that look, however. Guys without doses of visible fire can sometimes be branded, fairly or unfairly. But Pomeranz’s don’t-give-two-hoots attitude might actually be the perfect balance for Boston, a reason he can ultimately succeed here if healthy.
He’s taken up photography recently, buying a Digital SLR and getting lessons from Red Sox photographer Billie Weiss. He’s a big traveler in the offseason, and his Instagram account reflects that. Pomeranz’s wife, Carolyn, started a website that chronicles their lives. In St. Louis, Pomeranz and his parents took some photos at the arch.
In the great fishbowl of Boston, Pomeranz is essentially inviting people into his living room. And this is after a 10-month shotgun wedding with the Sox that’s been mostly tumultuous.
Some Sox fans wanted the trade that brought him here last June rescinded because of his arm health. He’s not exactly universally beloved.
So why expose himself to those social media avenues where people can rip him?
“People are going to rip you for whatever. I’ve been ripped since college I guess, when you go to a rival city,” said Pomeranz, a former first-round pick who’s been traded four times. “Or even high school. You go to a travel high school and someone’s yelling at you, you kind of learn like, lock in and focus on your job.
“We get to do a lot of cool stuff. Very appreciative of the lifestyle we get to live. And I think it’s awesome, try to maximize it [by sharing].”
A social media presence without sensitivity is rather remarkable.
Pomeranz is not lacking competitiveness. One scout recently raved about how locked in Pomeranz was when pitching even as far back as college at Ole Miss.
Pomeranz said coming out of a game early, as he did his last time out because of a bothersome left triceps, is “the worst feeling in the world.”
“I’ve always tried to translate on the mound, just kind of stay in right here,” Pomeranz said. “I wouldn’t say I was always so calm in the beginning. Coming up, I came up real quick. It was, it’s kind of a lot to deal with … you got to kind of learn. But thankfully I’ve been so many places and been around so many great players and coaches and everything it just kind of helps me relax.”
The lefty is working hard to figure out what’s wrong with his mechanics, to go deeper into games. He felt his bullpen session Wednesday was his best of the year.
“I had a slightly different arm path this year than last year. I was much shorter last year,” Pomeranz said. “I’ve had a long, kind of more wrapped around my body arm path. … I feel like I’m on track to getting back to that shorter path now.”
Talking about the rest of the season, Pomeranz wasn’t exactly falling asleep as he spoke.
“I hate losing,” he said. “I hate putting our team in a bad position and you know every day I’m in here, go home, I’m watching video — you watch things, making notes to try and stay on track.”
A little California-esque attitude might be just what someone in Boston needs in a tough time.