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  • February 19th, 2012

    February 19, 2012: The All Fenway Team:
    The Boston Red Thoughts Version, Part 3

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:20 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    In Part 3 of The Boston Red Thoughts , All Fenway Team, (you can look at Part 1 here and Park 2 here,) we look at DH, Bench, Bullpen, Manager, and the 10th Man…

    The Nominees for DH: Don Baylor, Orlando Cepeda, Cecil Cooper, Mike Easler, Reggie Jefferson and David Ortiz.

    No contest here: David Ortiz. Good story: my stepdaughter and I were watching a game a number of years ago, and they Sox were losing. It’s the bottom of the 9th, and Big Papi comes to the plate. I said to Juliana: “Watch, He’ll hit a home run here to win the game.” And, Holy Buckets, that is exactly what he did…He saved the Sox bacon more times than I can count, and there would have not been a 2004 World Series without him…

    The Nominees for Bench: Jerry Adair, Bernie Carbo, Alex Cora, Billy Goodman, Dalton Jones, John Kennedy, Ted Lepcio, Rick Miller, Dave Roberts and Dave Stapleton.

    Could anyone, really, not select Dave Roberts? Really?

    The Nominees for Bullpen: Ike Delock, Tom Gordon, Ellis Kinder, Derek Lowe, Sparky Lyle, Jonathan Papelbon, Dick Radatz, Jeff Reardon, Bob Stanley and Mike Timlin.

    As much as I am not a fan, and I am not horribly disappointed that he is gone, Jonathan Papelbon IS the best closer the Sox have ever had, and for the most part, did his job. And I am surprised to see that Keith Foulke was not on this list. HE was the true MVP of the 2004 World Series, not Manny, pitching when he had nothing left, but getting it done anyway. Not saying he was the best EVER. Just saying he should have been on this list. See? I don’t just vote for the ones I like…

    The Nominees for Manager: Bill Carrigan, Joe Cronin, Terry Francona, Joe Morgan, Dick Williams and Don Zimmer.

    With his leadership, compassion, and wit, this needs to be Terry Francona. I know Joe Cronin won more games, but you cannot dispute Tito’s results–or his 2 World Series rings…And he deserved better than the send off he got at the end of last season…much better…

    The 10th Man: I have decided to that my 10th man selection would have to be the fans. It may be trite, but I truly believe that the passion and commitment we bring to the team, especially in our attendance at Fenway, and on the road, can often spark the players to go a little further, and play a little harder…

    So, those are my thoughts. I am sure some will agree, some will vehemently disagree, but in the end, we are lucky to love a team with as much talent and history as the Boston Red Sox…

    You can cast your own ballots at Fenway Park 100

    Happy Pitchers and Catchers!

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