THOMASVILLE — Willie Harris is changing his socks from white to red.

The former Cairo High School baseball and football star signed a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox after spending the previous four seasons with the Chicago White Sox. Harris explains what attracted him to Boston.

“Just the atmosphere in Boston,” said Harris, “the electricity they have when playing. You get a great deal of exposure.”

Harris scored the only run in a game four 1-0 win of the World Series last year, giving the White Sox a championship.

The second baseman is a possibility to replace Johnny Damon in center field if the Red Sox do not sign another center fielder.

“I’m willing to play wherever,” said Harris. “They have Mark Loretta at second base. They don’t have a center fielder right now.

“I really do think that I can handle the job if I play everyday,” said Harris.

Harris struggled to find playing time in Chicago. In four seasons, only one did he finish with more than 163 at-bats. In 2004, he batted .262 with 19 stolen bases.

“If you’re not playing everyday, it’s difficult to perform,” said Harris.

Harris has seen action in 322 major league games with a career .242 average and 52 RBIs.

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