Recent content by zougwa

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    Worcester Red Sox unveil a second mascot: a dog named Woofster

    Was it ever explained what happened to Paws or Sox? Or were they, uh, taken to the park?
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    Your top "forgot he was a Red Sox"

    Nabholz came in that trade along with the veteran reliever Steve Farr, who wasn't much better (6.23 ERA in 13 IP).
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    Your top "forgot he was a Red Sox"

    Including Ron Mahay, the ex-replacement player who got 22 PAs as a center fielder, then reinvented himself as a left-handed reliever who pitched parts of two seasons with Boston and kept pitching until he was 39.
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    Your top "forgot he was a Red Sox"

    Butch Huskey John Olerud
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    Your top “almost-a-Red-Sox”

    This was more likely local media hype at a time when the Red Sox couldn't seem to attract any free agents, but I seem to recall a lot of buzz about Bob Welch after his Cy Young year in 1990. John Dennis of Channel 7 called the guy at his home and Welch hung up on him (this was played on the...
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    Unusual plays

    Basically, the play happened because not one but two players didn't know the rules.
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    Unusual plays

    View: https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/1397965478027530246
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    All-Overachievers Team

    I would say almost half of the pitching staff in 1990 qualifies. Greg Harris, Dana Kiecker, and Tom Bolton combined for 31 wins that year and Jeff Gray saved nine games when Reardon was hurt.
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    Red Sox acquire Adam Ottavino and RHP prospect Frank German from Yankees for PTBNL

    According to B-Ref, this was Babe Dahlgren, best known as the player who played first base the day that Lou Gehrig's streak ended.
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    20 best home runs in Red Sox history

    The Mariners’ bullpen was atrocious in those years, even as they won the division in ‘97, which was why the Red Sox were able to get them to give up Lowe and Varitek for Slocumb in July despite Slocumb having lost his confidence and having an ERA near 6 for Boston. That trade occurred on the...
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    Red Sox greatest Stolen Base

    Not the first takeaway, but I am amazed how the umpire remembers to call the pitch even with all the other movement in his view.
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    Baseball on Television

    I liked Walker. He hit 5 home runs in the playoffs that one year he was with the Sox. I was surprised they didn't keep him around, but his departure for the Cubs led to them getting Bellhorn the next year.
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    Red Sox Greatest Out/Putout

    That Valentin triple-play was the same game as Alex Rodriguez's major-league debut, and ended with one of the most amazing 1-2-3 ninth innings I have ever seen. View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6Yz1Wg0fgI&feature=emb_title
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    Red Sox Greatest Hits

    Starting at the 43:00 mark: View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxuR5_3bA8Y
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    Whose Departure From the Sox Devastated You Most?

    Spike Owen was my first "favorite" player, and I remember being devastated at age 13 when he was traded for John Dopson and Luis Rivera. I think what made it more painful was that it was harder to get news about other teams outside of box scores and Baseball Notes at the time. It's easier now to...