The new fourth outfielder for the Red Sox will wear number five, the first to don that number since Nomar.
The Rhode Island native said it was a childhood dream to play for the Red Sox.
“My family and friends are as crazy as any other Red Sox fans out there,” Baldelli said. “I know the loyalty that these people here have for this team and it’s really an honor for me to be a part of it.”
Baldelli will wear No. 5 for the Red Sox. He’ll be the first player to don that number since Nomar Garciaparra.
“It was brought to my attention that obviously this has always been a special number in this town and I recognize that as much as anybody …” Baldelli said. “I accept it and I think it’s great and I am very happy about it.”
In other news, the d-bag first baseman for the Yankees will wear number 25, same as the last d-bag first baseman.