Stephen Drew was fitted for contact lenses before finally hitting in Game 6

Stephen-Drew-Red-SoxWhen Stephen Drew blasted a solo home run in the 4th inning on Wednesday night, the Boston Red Sox had to have known they were destined to be crowned World Series champions. Heading into Game 6, Drew was 4-for-50 from the plate. Was his vision the issue?

According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Drew paid a visit to the eye doctor before Game 6 and was fitted for contact lenses. The team has not spoken about it publicly, as they likely do not want to make it sound like an excuse for Drew’s poor postseason hitting. However, it is worth noting that he went 2-for-4 on Wednesday night and could have had three hits if not for a nice play by St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams on a sharply-hit ball.

If not for Drew’s tremendous defense, he probably would have been benched. Xander Bogaerts could have moved over to shortstop and Will Middlebrooks would have played third base and at least been given a shot. But John Farrell trusted Drew and Dustin Pedroia to anchor the middle of his defense, and it paid off.

Could the contact lenses have been a coincidence? Sure, but don’t think Scott Boras won’t be using it to his advantage when he and Drew sit down at the negotiating table together this offseason.

Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick rips Stephen Drew, criticizes Justin Upton

With roughly a third of the 2012 MLB season in the books, the Diamondbacks still have plenty of time to turn things around. Heading into this season, expectations were high in Arizona.The D-Backs won the NL West last season with an impressive 94 win total and have returned Stephen Drew and Justin Upton. However, they are currently third in the NL West with a record of 26-30. Things have taken an unexpected turn, and D-Backs managing general partner Ken Kendrick believes the team’s young stars are part of the problem.

“I think Stephen should have been out there playing before now, frankly,” Kendrick said in reference to the gruesome ankle injury Drew suffered last season, according to the Arizona Republic. “I, for one, am disappointed. I’m going to be real candid and say Stephen and his representatives are more focused on where Stephen is going to be a year from now than on going out and supporting the team that’s paying his salary.”

Drew’s agent, Scott Boras, says that is nonsense. Drew has a mutual player/club option worth $10 million for next season, and if either side denies he’ll be in search of a new contract.

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Stephen Drew Injury Video – One of the Nastiest Broken Ankles You’ll See

Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew suffered one of the nastiest injuries we’ve seen. In the fourth inning of the Arizona-Milwaukee game, he had his ankle snapped sliding into home after tagging up on a fly ball. The entire D-Backs bench was deserted after Drew was taken off the field because all the players were checking on him. Not to compare injuries, but this was even worse than Buster Posey.

We have an entire section of nasty injuries here at LBS, and that certainly ranks up there. OK, maybe this broken leg video is still worse, but that was bad.

Drew suffered a fractured ankle on the play and will likely need surgery, meaning he’s likely done for the season. I can’t think of many worse ways to have your season come to an end than that. We just hope he can make a full recovery.

Thanks to Timothy Burke at Sports Grid for the video