Four years after Moore helped him get back into baseball, the 35 year old Boyer is enjoying every minute with the Red Sox jerseys who open a three game series against the Royals jerseys at Kauffman Stadium today.
Boyer has known Moore since the Atlanta Braves jerseys drafted him in the third round in 2000. Moore then served as Braves jerseys director of player development.
“He was cheap mlb jerseys a part of our lives coming up through the minor leagues with the Braves jerseys,” Boyer said about Moore. “He was very hands on. A guy that we respected in just a major way. And I would speak for anybody that was in the minor league system when Dayton was at the helm. He was just an awesome dude. A guy that held us accountable. A guy that treated us like men. Just a guy that you love.”
The righty has appeared in nine game (11 1/3 innings) for the Red Sox jerseys so far. He has allowed three runs (2.38 ERA) and has struck out nine.
He said his experience with Boston has “absolutely exceeded every expectation” of his.
Boyer signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox jerseys on Aug. 18 after being released by the Braves jerseys during spring training. He began the season at Triple A Pawtucket and the Red Sox jerseys selected him onto the 40 man roster May 28.
“I love the guys here; I love this team,” he said. “I love the dynamics just from a team aspect. The culture that is here is amazing.”
Wanting a normal life with his family
Boyer wanted a normal life. He was tired of lengthy road trips that took him away from his wife, Ginsey, and their son.
“We were getting ready to expect our second child,” Boyer said. “I hate being on the phone, talking on the phone to my wife instead of actually being there.”
He didn’t do much at all during his first four months of retirement expect enjoy his family. He then launched a new career path.
“Real estate has always been something I’ve been interested in. So I got my license. And I still am part of a brokerage firm.
“Had somewhat of a life of normalcy, which we just needed,” Boyer added. “I was just so over the game. It certainly turned into nothing that I enjoyed at all. And so just needed to clear my mind. Be done with it. Move on.”
One of his friends though said something that caught his attention.
“He said, ‘You’ve still got plenty in the tank. I know you’ve got a bad taste in your mouth. But you don’t want to be 65 years old and looking back and thinking, what else could I have done?'”
“From a conviction standpoint, everything that drives me stems directly from my faith,” Boyer said. “And I was given a gift to play this game. And I certainly don’t want to be taking that for granted.
“And then I think what sealed it off was the decision my family and I made: If we do go back into it, they are going to be wherever I’m going to be.”
Boyer’s wife, and now their two boys ages 6 and 5, travel on road trips.
“It’s a lot more difficult for her (Ginsey) because she’s the one traveling with the boys,” Boyer said. “She loved it. That’s what she wanted. That’s what I wanted. So it’s been awesome. The game’s been completely different being able to have them.”
Then off to Japan with the entire family
Boyer signed a minor league deal with the Royals jerseys after calling Moore. He said he met Moore even before the Braves jerseys drafted him (third round, 2000).
“I actually met him on my workout before I even got drafted,” Boyer said. “He and I have known each other for a long time. He’s always been a guy that’s been in my corner.”