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In honor of Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary, the Boston Red Sox have put up a poll online allowing fans to select the best all-time Red Sox at every position – appropriately named the All-Fenway Team. Hell, they even made a best bench player position! I love these kind of votes, especially when it can get my mind off of how horrible this current team is playing. So without further adieu, my all-time Red Sox squad!
Catcher: Carlton Fisk- This guy is the Red Sox best catcher of all time. I have a feeling Vartitek will take some votes away from him, but Pudge should win this vote. He is a Hall of Famer. Tek was great, but not the best ever! How have the Red Sox promotion minds not come up with a Carlton dance yet? Have Pudge getting all Carlton from the Fresh Prince on us??? Stupid thoughts from a stupid man!
First baseman: Mo Vaughn – This is my squad and not yours! If Yaz was an option here I would have voted for him, but he’s not! Mo was always one of my favorite Red Sox players! He actually came and spoke at my elementary school (Shout out to Cumberland Hill) and signed autographs and was just an awesome guy! So give me some Mo as my Red Sox all time first basemen.
That alone should make no one vote for Remy! Best TV broadcaster is Remy. He is definitely not the greatest second basemen though! Laser show and all, Pedroia has been a pleasure to watch. He was the ROY, MVP, and will be an all-star for years to come! I’ll take Pedey as my second basemen any day!
Shortstop: Nomar Garciaparra – I never wear a team jersey. The first jersey I ever bought with my own money was a number 5 jersey. He was the heart and soul of the team when he played and it bums me out that he didn’t win a ring with us. He was better then Jeter and could hit with the likes of A-Rod. They were the big three of shortstops at the time and injuries cost him what could have been a Hall of Fame career. This one should be a no brainer to me!
Third baseman: Wade Boggs – The guy could just flat out hit! I used to love watching him play and it was too bad that he went to the Evil Empire and road a horse when he won a title, but to say the guy didn’t care is just stupid. Watch the highlights of him crying after the Sox lost in 1986 and tell me he didn’t care. I would take a Wade Boggs in the lead off spot any day of the week!
Left fielder: Ted Williams – This one was ridiculously hard. You have Yaz, Rice and Manny all going against the best hitter of all time. Teddy Ballgame should win this easily, but those other three players are all the best left fielder of all time on most other teams. Mad props to my boy the Gator as well! Greenwell was awesome in 1988!
Center fielder: Johnny Damon – Game seven in Yankee Stadium. That is all I have to say. This guy should have NEVER been booed. I don’t care if he went to Fenway and flipped off the entire stadium! Johnny Damon was awesome on the field, in the clubhouse, and I would gladly welcome him back to Boston with open arms!
Right fielder: Dwight Evans – Not only does Dewey belong on this list, but you could argue he belongs in the hall. He was a great hitter throughout the 1980s and the BEST right fielder defensively in baseball. He had an absolute cannon for an arm and was always a hard out for any opposing pitcher. This is another one for me that should be a no brainer.
Designated Hitter: David Ortiz – This one was a toughy. I mean Don Baylor was awesome at getting hit by pitches! Whoever doesn’t vote for Papi is an idiot! The guy was the most clutch hitter in Red Sox history!
Right-handed Starting Pitcher: Pedro Martinez – I used to love going to Fenway on the day Pedro was pitching. You weren’t excited for a win, you were excited to possibly see a no-hitter every time! The guy was amazing. He is the greatest pitcher I have ever seen, period! Not just with the Red Sox, but any pitcher ever! Roger Clemens is a close second for me, but I still vote for Pedro!
Left-handed Starting Pitcher: Jon Lester – Yes, yes I know a lot of my players are recent or current Red Sox players and this one may be a stretch, but I have always been a fan of Lester. The whole cancer recovery and coming back to be a stud thing will never get old to me. I know he ate chicken and drank beer. Guess who else does that? Me. I love chicken and beer. I don’t do either while working, but then again I’m not a baseball player! I also couldn’t bring myself to vote for Babe Ruth.
Bullpen: Derek Lowe – I know he wasn’t the best bullpen guy, but he was super clutch in 2004! People forget how great he was! He was such a stud in that series. I also couldn’t bring myself to vote for Pap. The wound is too fresh of him saying Philly was a better place to play. I also feel Pap wasn’t so clutch the past couple of seasons! There I said it!
Bench Player: Dave Roberts – I feel like this position was made so he’d win. He stole second! I get it! But is he the best bench player on the Red Sox of all time! It was the greatest pinch runner of all time. It was an amazing moment! But best bench player? There has to be a better bench guy, right? I’m still voting for Dave Roberts!
Manager: Terry Francona – This guy should have had a lifetime pass to manage the team until he wanted to. Two World Series titles as opposed to everyone else’s zero. I’ll take Tito. Actually, if I could, I would take Tito back now!
You agree with me? Disagree? Please feel free to let me know your deepest thoughts in the comment section! I’d love to know what you guys think on this!