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July 5, 2013

Quiet Webster lets pitching talk, earns first victory

BOSTON — A perfect example of Red Sox rookie right-hander Allen Webster’s laid-back personality came in the midst of the seventh inning of a start earlier this season for Triple-A Pawtucket when manager Gary DiSarcina walked to the mound for a pitching change.

The PawSox infielders, including Brandon Snyder, jogged to the mound to congratulate Webster on a job well done.

“We’re all kind of running in saying, ‘Hey, Webby, great job,’” Snyder recalled. “He turns and goes, ‘Well, I’ll see ya later.’ That’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard a pitcher say getting out of a game.”

To set the scene, Snyder used Webster’s slow Southern drawl to imitate him.

Webster might be the quietest, most laid-back and shyest player in all of Major League Baseball right now. He also might be the future ace of the Boston Red Sox.

The 23-year-old earned his first major league victory here at Fenway Park yesterday, going 6.0 innings and allowing two runs, both earned, on five hits and four walks while striking out four.

The Red Sox won 8-2 over the Padres to cap a three-game series sweep and improve to 53-34.

So how does Webster’s personality co-exist with media-crazed and fast-paced Boston?

Webster has been relatively quiet with the media since being traded from the Dodgers last August. His answers are never extensive — far from it, actually.

“This is how I’ve always been,” Webster said. “Just a man of few words, I guess you can say.”

He said his dad doesn’t say much either.

“I’m still trying to get comfortable with the media, I guess you could say,” Webster said.

“The media is a big part of it,” he added. “You’ve got to get out there and let the fans hear what you’ve got to say. I’m still getting used to it, trying to get comfortable with it and everything.”

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