With all of Red Sox Nation, and most of the free world, focused on Manny Ramirez and Jason Bay, people may be missing an emerging star. Jed Lowrie has quietly stepped in for the ailing Julio Lugo and brought a little sizzle to the shortstop position.

Since returning to the big club on July 12th, Lowrie has batted .283 with 11 RBI in 15 games. Oh, and no errors. That’s pretty good baseball for anyone, it’s great baseball for a 24-year-old playing on one of the biggest stages in the game.

That’s why it chills me to see reports of Lugo doing sprints, trying to get healthy and rejoin the team. A well-placed banana peel will fix that.