I probably said this once or twice in random game threads - those times when he'd break a 2-22 skid with a HR to tie a game in the 9th, then a circus catch to save the game in the 10th, then deliver a hit to win it in the 11th or something - but he's really unlike any player I've ever seen. He often performs some of the highest-end feats imaginable in every aspect of the sport, but can struggle so hard with consistent offense year after year.
It could be very frustrating, not only because the slumps were hurting the team, but he had a rare quality that made you want to see him succeed more consistently. I can't think of another recent Boston athlete with that quality. Maybe Time Lord.
Anyway, he was signing at a winter event in "good ol' Pawtucket" a few years back. I bent down and prompted minimoret, who was maybe 5 at the time, to say something like "Good luck this year!" Instead of signing his picture and handing it over the desk to me, JBJ put on this huge grin, stood up and said "Hey, thank you, little man!", walked around the room and delivered the picture himself.
I will definitely miss that guy. I'm gonna miss the Pawsox, too.