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  • February 18th, 2012

    February 18, 2012: The All Fenway Team:
    The Boston Red Thoughts Version, Part 2

    Posted by Christine E. at 1:20 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (3)

    In Part 2 of The Boston Red Thoughts , All Fenway Team, (you can look at Part 1 here…)we look at 3rd, Short, and the Outfield…

    The Nominees for 3B: Wade Boggs, Larry Gardner, Mike Lowell, Frank Malzone, Bill Mueller and John Valentin.

    Oh, how I wish I could say Bill Mueller or Mike Lowell, two of my favorite Red Sox players, and with them, the Sox would not have had a 2004, or 2007 World Series. But there is no way I cannot vote for Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, who was probably their best 3B ever. With his .338 BA with Sox, his 12 AS Games, and 8 Silver Sluggers, the only thing that gives me pause is his leaving the Sox to play for the Skanks…

    The Nominees for SS: Rick Burleson, Joe Cronin, Nomar Garciaparra, Johnny Pesky, Rico Petrocelli and Everett Scott.

    The Sox have had some amazing shortstops in their history, despite the fact that the position has been pretty much a revolving door since Nomar left in 2004. And while I could easil have chosen Nomar, or Rico, my choice has to be Johnny Pesky.  Johnny is the only player in Red Sox history who had his number retired at Fenway, and not be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. No man has ever given more to a team than he, and who, at 92, no longer gets to the park every day, but that is only a recent thing. I have also had the pleasure of meeting the man, and there is no one classier who has ever played the game…

    The Nominees for LF: Mike Greenwell, Duffy Lewis, Manny Ramirez, Jim Rice, Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski.

    A lot of great players manned left field in the history of the Boston Red Sox–but how can you argue with the Splendid Splinter, the greatest hitter that ever lived, hell, the man who LITERALLY wrote the book on hitting???? Ted Williams…’nuf said…

    The Nominees for RF: Tony Conigliaro, J.D. Drew, Dwight Evans, Harry Hooper, Jackie Jensen and Trot Nixon.

    I cannot even tell you how much it frosts my bananas that JD Drew is on this list. If this was the “too much investment for far too little return” list, that would be one thing, but while he WAS a decent right fielder, the apparent lack of concern, lingering injuries, etc etc, makes him at the bottom of my list. I am going to go with Tony C. on this one. There may have been better players–but the potential for greatness, not to mention the HUGE amount of heart he played with after his injury, makes him my selection.

    The Nominees for CF: Johnny Damon, Dom DiMaggio, Fred Lynn, Jimmy Piersall, Reggie Smith and Tris Speaker.

    While not as well-known or as flashy as his brother Joe, The Little Professor, Dom, is my choice for Center Field. With his .298 lifetime BA, the 7 Time All-Star, and Hall of Famer was also part of the famous quartet of friends: Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr, and Ted Williams. And it was him and Johnny Pesky who drove 1300 miles to Florida to see Ted for the last time before he died.

    Coming up: The 3rd and final part of my selections for the All Fenway Team, DH, Bench, Bullpen, Manager, and 10th Man…

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