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  • February 13th, 2007

    Most Beloved Sox–Part 2

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:01 am in Baseball,Old Friends,Red Sox Comments (2)

    Before I get to the remaining players in my beloved team, I just have one comment…

    Johnny Damon betrays a nation, and his number is not used for a year (Daisuke now has it..) But TROT, who was never anything but a stellar member of the Sox, 15 minutes after he is out the door, his NUMBER is given to J.D. Drew????  What…..the…….%^&*@&^#(@?  I can see how maybe whoever gives out the numbers is not sentimental, but if J.D. Drew had a BRAIN IN HIS HEAD, or at least some class, he would have said “Ya know what?  Can I have another number?”  This NEEDS to change–Now…

    Here are the rest of my Most beloved Sox:

    Reliever: Campbell, Smith, Stanley, Flash, Reardon, Lowe, El Guapo, Foulke, Lyle, Bullpen by Committee, Timlin: While I don’t think the bullpen by committee idea was/is as horrible as people make it out to be (I think it can only be as good as the manager who manages it…) I guess someone thought it would be cute of amusing to throw that one in there…Anyway, a pretty impressive list, You have to love a man who weighs 859 lbs and names HIMSELF “the handsome one”, and hell, Flash helped a little girl find her way out of the woods (Thanks Stephen King!) but my vote has to go with Keith Foulke–and I will tell you why: 2004 postseason, specifically the 2004 ALCS. In the ’04 postseason, Foulke threw 257 pitches over 14 innings, allowing only one earned run.–257 pitches! Holy Buckets! And of the 14 postseason games the Sox appeared in, we saw him in 11…He, not Manny, should have been the MVP of the World Series. I remember watching him during the Skankee series, and while I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown for 3 days–I was never nervous when took the mound–not like the year before when I would be chain-smoking and pacing whenever Scott Williamson would take the mound…I KNEW Foulke would get it done…I just knew it–and that is why no matter what he said, or how oogy he got towards the end, I will always remember him as a beloved member of the Red Sox.

    Manager: Tito, Morgan, Williams, Little, Johnson, McNamara: GRADY LITTLE? Are you freaking KIDDING me? Even before the boneheaded move with Pedro in 2003, I thought he sucked as a manager–I don’t care if the players liked him–he would make moves that would have me screaming at the TV in frustration…and what about that whole referring to himself in the 3rd person thing? John McNamara I give points to for having to deal with Mercenary Roger and the whole “I never wanted to be taken out of the game” nonsense in 1986. But c’mon, the Manager who helped us win a World Series (even if he is a bit wishy-washy with Manny, and was with Pedro) and he is fairly witty to boot: Terry Francona…

    Unsung Hero: Henderson, Roberts, Carbo, Bruno: Every one of these men could easily be the unsung hero: Carbo and Hendu with their game-saving homers to keep the World Series dreams alive, or the spectacular sliding catch made by Brunansky to win the 1990 AL East…But if it wasn’t for the fact that Dave Roberts stole 2nd base–and the best part about it was the fact that everyone KNEW he was going to steal 2nd base–the Sox would have never won that game–and would have went home after being swept by the Skankees, instead of winning the 1st World Series in 86 years–Dave Roberts–‘nuf said…

    Right Field: Trot, Conigliaro, Dewey: ohh boy, this is probably one of the toughest ones in the pile: There is Trot–the quintessential Dirt Dog and all around nice guy, you just KNEW he would risk life and limb to make that spectacular catch. There is Dewey, of 8 golden gloves and 2505 games, and then there is Tony C–the local boy whose stellar career was cut short when he was hit in the face with a pitch– no one will ever know what he could have been….I have to go with Tony C–for the grit and determination he showed as he tried to come back from what was a career-ending injury–and while they are at it–can they PLEASE retire his number too???

    Center Field: Damon, Smith, Burks, Armas and Lynn: If Johnny Damon wasn’t such a…Skeezy bastard…he probably would have won this hands down–despite the fact that Ellis Burks is one of the classiest individuals ever to put on the uniform (WHY he is not coaching somewhere in the Sox system in beyond me…) and that Freddie Lynn pretty much INVENTED slamming into the center field wall, and he was 1st drafted by the Skanks and did not sign, only to sign with the Sox 3 years later. But Johnny is–so the loves goes to Fred Lynn…

    Left Field: Manny, O’Leary, Greenwell, Yaz, Jim Ed: Manny “being Manny” gets very tiresome, despite the numbers he puts up. Plus, at any given moment, he could decide he is “hurt” and stop playing. Yaz, the man with the most games for the Sox, EVER, gets all the love, all the time…and since I like to back the underdog, I am gonna give my love to Jim Rice–who was also one of my favorite players when I was growing up–and, by the way, can we FINALLY get him in the hall–he deserves better than this limbo…

    Pitcher: While “their” list has not been released (and will not be until later today) I can probably guess at some of the gentlemen who will appear on it: Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, to name a few–and this is enough, as far as I am concerned: I think it very well known how I feel about Mercenary Roger–including the fact that I feel he gave up on the Sox when he felt they were not kissing his ass enough for substandard work…For me, it’s between Pedro and Schill–Tough call: When Pedro pitched it transcended baseball–it was almost a religious experience. But NO ONE else (and certainly not Pedro) would sew their ankle back together so they could pitch. Curt was willing to risk career-ending injury for the chance to win a World Series–and we would not have won it without him. And towards the end Pedro got a bit too drama queen for my taste–so while Pedro was better pitcher–Curt has the higher “beloved” quotient…

    That’s my list, for good or for bad–these are the players who have shaped my Red Sox experience…

    3 more days!!!

    2 Responses to “Most Beloved Sox–Part 2”

    1. laura says:

      Yeah, who the hell does Drew think he is? No WAY has he earned #7 yet, and now he has even more to prove since he took it.

    2. Christine E. says:

      That is what I thought–I am just staggered that it did not even occur to him that taking that number would be anything but a VERY bad idea…

      Hope you are well!

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