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Heart of the Order: J.D. Drew

Heart of the Order: J.D. Drew

The quietest player on the team. Yes, that is J.D. Drew and you could probably say that about any team on which he's ever played. Drew is reserved, but always pleasant.

The Red Sox are a team filled with just about every kind of personality, and manager Terry Francona has no problem with the way Drew handles himself.

"Whatever guys you have, if they're consistent, that's kind of what you're looking for," Francona said. "J.D. is not all of a sudden going to be out there doing magic tricks. You've got to be who you are."

Heart of the Order
With the World Series approaching, MLB.com explores the people behind the numbers on the AL champion Red Sox.

C: J. Varitek
1B: K. Youkilis
2B: D. Pedroia
SS: J. Lugo
3B: M. Lowell
LF: M. Ramirez
CF: J. Ellsbury
RF: J. Drew
DH: D. Ortiz
SP: J. Beckett
SP: C. Schilling
CL: J. Papelbon

What Drew happens to be is the consummate family man. J.D. and his wife, Sheigh, have a 20-month-old son named Jack David. If you want to draw out Drew's personality, just ask him about his son and he'll get very chatty.

Drew is a small-town guy who spends his offseason home in Hahira, Ga. (population 1,800). A very religious man, Drew is involved in several Christian organizations back home. Drew's brother, Stephen, is the starting shortstop for the Diamondbacks.

Though Drew's first season in Boston was disappointing, he delivered a key grand slam in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.

This is the first World Series for Drew.

"I knew I didn't walk off that field an LCS loser," said Drew. "I'd been in that place twice before. It was nice to go home a winner and realize you still have some more baseball to play."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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