"It's just a learning experience being around veterans and getting the feel of getting back [to Fenway]," said Kalish, who previously spent 53 games in Boston in 2010, about the value of being called up to the majors. "For me, I just kind of felt a little bit of my effort level jumping up and next time I'll know that I need to take the same attitude that I take on the field [in Pawtucket] with me to [Fenway].
"Sometimes things feel a bit more stressful there just because of the atmosphere and everything is hyped up. That's good, because we're in the big leagues, but you have to find a way to control that."
While it may seem that baseball is still baseball whether you're playing in Boston or Pawtucket, the Triple-A atmosphere provides an invaluable experience that prepares prospects to advance in their professional careers. At just 24-years-old, Ryan Kalish
still feels the need to gain this experience in order to be ready to play in the majors consistently.
"Well [in Pawtucket], for me, it's just about getting at-bats. I just need to play. I've been out for a really long time and I've barely started playing yet. Here, I get a chance to play all the time," the lefty said in regards to the Triple-A experience.
Ryan Kalish was drafted after graduating high school in 2006 at just 18-years-old. In only four years, Kalish earned such accolades as Red Sox Minor League Player of the Year  and Red Sox Rookie of the Year . The California native has shown incredible potential, but was plagued by injury in 2011, holding him to just 24 games played. In what manager Arnie Beyeler calls a game of "what have you done for me lately," injuries can really set guys back.
"That's just the game," said the outfielder about his past injuries. "I haven't really thought about [the effect it could have on my value] and I probably won't. I just need to play my game.
"[Injuries have taught me] that it just takes a lot of preparation. I jumped into a wall the other night and blew up my knee, so you just never know what could happen. I can do all the prep-work in the world, but dives and stuff make it hard to avoid injury.
"I just always say to myself that I don't want to get hurt, but I would rather get hurt playing the game hard rather than just running to first-base."
It's obvious that no player wants to get injured, but that doesn't mean that the game can be played by being weary of the DL. Kalish demonstrates the ideal attitude for any athlete; work hard, play hard. Even though he lost a year to injury, the outfielder's career is still young and has great potential.
"On the offensive side [I want to work on] being selective," the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder said about fine-tuning his game. "I feel like I went through a period where I was swinging at a lot of places without making sure it was a good pitch to swing at.
"I really feel like if you swing at the right pitches, you'll have success with your swing. We all have good swings, we all have talent, but for me it's all about swinging at the right pitches."
Thus far in 2012, Kalish has split his time between Boston and the minor leagues, having played 18 games in the majors and 18 in the minors. Coming back from off-season shoulder surgery, Kalish was activated by the Paw Sox on June 5 and hit .378 with four homers and 10 RBIs through just nine games.
With this performance, the outfielder proved that despite the year lost to injury, he still exhibits great potential in this game of ‘what have you done for me lately' and opened some eyes in Boston.
Even though he was optioned back to Pawtucket on July 7th to make room for Ryan Sweeney (coming off of the DL), Kalish's future is still bright so long as he gains the experience he needs to play at a consistent level in the majors.
This season, Boston Red Sox fans have looked on as their team has suffered a slew of injuries in all areas of the roster. Because of this, fans may have grown accustomed to getting a look at some young prospects at Fenway Park. When OF Ryan Sweeney went down with an injury, Sox fans gave a collective sigh and wondered who they might see next—enter a somewhat familiar face, Ryan Kalish.
Somewhat forgotten because of his injuries, Ryan Kalish still offers big upside.