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Another chance for Drew to reinvent himself

12/6/2006

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- J.D. Drew's five-year, $70 million deal with the Boston Red Sox becomes official the moment he passes his physical exam.

Then comes the hard part: passing the emotional portion.

On paper, this might be the worst union of star and town since Paris Hilton dropped into Altus, Ark., for a reality show paycheck. Drew's roots go back to Hahira, Ga., a one-yellow-caution-light town known primarily for its Honey Bee festival. Very soon, he'll enter a world of short-tempered waitresses, middle fingers at traffic intersections and dissection by radio talk-show callers.