One Season or Fewer, Your LEAST Favorite Red Sox

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I already talked about Mark Whiten and Tony Clark in the previous thread. I'm sure we're going to have plenty of over-the-hill guys here (Gary Gaetti, anyone?).
 

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Just look at the 2000 roster. Gaetti, Sprague, Manny Alexander, Rico Brogna, Midre Cummings. Jesus.

Dan Duquette is a guy I like a lot more than most of this board. But Pedro should be allowed to throw fastballs at his testicles for an hour after putting that team around him in 2000.

(nevermind that he made a trade for a couple guys that were around longer than a year that I also hate - Arrojo and the loathsome Mike Lansing.
 

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Bobby Jenks had very few redeeming qualities. Very bad, somehow very expensive, constantly hurt, and then a DUI. Thanks for showing up!
 

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Two years but still he was such a low-life scum while he was here, one has to mention Will Cordero.

Edit: Beaten to it.
 

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If you don't count the time he was injured....Carl Crawford.
 

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Just look at the 2000 roster. Gaetti, Sprague, Manny Alexander, Rico Brogna, Midre Cummings. Jesus.

Dan Duquette is a guy I like a lot more than most of this board. But Pedro should be allowed to throw fastballs at his testicles for an hour after putting that team around him in 2000.

(nevermind that he made a trade for a couple guys that were around longer than a year that I also hate - Arrojo and the loathsome Mike Lansing.
The 2001 roster wasn't much better (some of that due to carry over). It was incredible that a team centered around Pedro and Nomar at their peaks could bring me to the brink of abandoning them in disgust, but those rosters did (the front office/ownership didn't help and I generally didn't mind Duquette). Thankfully, the team was sold when it was.
 

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I also always hated watching Zane Smith pitch in 1995...I felt he was a buzzkill every 5 days on a really fun season after the strike.
 

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Just look at the 2000 roster. Gaetti, Sprague, Manny Alexander, Rico Brogna, Midre Cummings. Jesus.

Dan Duquette is a guy I like a lot more than most of this board. But Pedro should be allowed to throw fastballs at his testicles for an hour after putting that team around him in 2000.

(nevermind that he made a trade for a couple guys that were around longer than a year that I also hate - Arrojo and the loathsome Mike Lansing.

And Garciaparra should be allowed to take a few hacks at his testicles with a broken bat too.

It's hard to accept that we saw two of the greatest individual seasons in Red Sox history completely wasted that year.
 

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Going to Fenway to watch Ed Sprague bat cleanup on my birthday was like a nice punch to the nuts. Lansing played a bit over 1 year, so he doesn't count, but damn...
 

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The only one here I don't really get is Jonny Gomes. And if we're going to stretch the criteria to 1 season +, the standout for me is David Wells, hands down. I still feel dirty for ever rooting for that PoS.

I need to go take a shower for just thinking about it.
 

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Was MacFarlane just because of the dropped ball in game 1 of the ALDS?
 

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Gomes was kind of an important figure on the 2013 team, wasn't he?
Well, yeah, but this a pretty subjective thread. It's your "least favorite," not who is "the worst." Like Jeff Gray was a decent relief pitcher for the Red Sox and had better seasons than most who came through the Sox bullpen during his tenure (90-91) but I hated the guy. It took him five years to throw a pitch and because I was young I was never allowed to stay up and see the end of a game in which he pitched.
 

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Carl Everett. Hit 30 HR in a year, gave us the CHB acronym, and was my least liked player over three decades.

Edit: oops, played two years. Memory fail.
 

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AJP by a mile


(Cordero was here two years, folks)
Both of us mentioned that.

I vividly remember working the game immediately following the telephone incident. Strantely enough, I don't remember what I was selling - probably Cracker Jack or Coke - but I remember Sox fans giving it to him pretty good.

That guy is such a piece of shit. Ugh.
 

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Watching as a mere lad, Buddin, bad as he may have been, was a mainstay of bad defense and no hitting for a few years
He had the uncanny ability to look like an All-Star, except for clutch situations (mishandling or throwing away a routine grounder in the 9th) when he looked like a refuge from a beer league.
 

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I always held it against Don Demeter that he was traded for Earl Wilson (who I was a huge fan of, and who I think would have paired great with Lonborg in '67).

So Don Demeter who did shit for the Sox in less than 100 games..
 

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I really disliked Mark Portugal too. Another buzzkill during a great season (1999)
 

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Mike Benjamin. A favorite of Jimy Williams, an enemy of mine*.

* Not truly an enemy, but I hated watching him play -- and watching Jimy manage.
 

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Bobby V's tenure reminds me a lot of Trump's election and subsequent tenure. I recall thinking that Cafardo was out of his mind (per usual) to suggest V as a Tito replacement. With this ownership group, I really thought there was no way he'd be hired. Then, he was and most of us thought immediately it would be a disaster which turned out to be correct. This included open rebellion, leaked reports of in-fighting, insubordination, ego-mongering, the difficulty to get along with other decision-makers, and so on.

Anyway, this is all to say that for me, it's V.
 

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Bobby V's tenure reminds me a lot of Trump's election and subsequent tenure. I recall thinking that Cafardo was out of his mind (per usual) to suggest V as a Tito replacement. With this ownership group, I really thought there was no way he'd be hired. Then, he was and most of us thought immediately it would be a disaster which turned out to be correct. This included open rebellion, leaked reports of in-fighting, insubordination, ego-mongering, the difficulty to get along with other decision-makers, and so on.
Man, Nick Cafardo loved himself some Bobby V. Even when the season was flying off the rails and it became absolutely clear to everyone that Bobby Valentine was not suited to be the manager of this nine, Nick Cafardo was flying the Bobby V. flag high. It was the ownership's fault, it was Cherrington's fault, it was the player's fault, it was even the media's (aside from him, of course) fault. But never, ever, ever was it that charismatic Bobby Valentine's fault.

The dude could do no wrong in Nicky C's eyes.
 

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Yes, Bobby V was the worst.

But there are some honorable mentions from the infamous 1978 team:

Bob Bailey (I wrote this before I looked he had 2 at bats in 1977)
Frank Duffy (I'll ignore his 3 at bats in 1979)
Fred Kendall and his 0.424 OPS
Bobby Sprowl
 

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AJP, Renteria, Payton as already mentioned.

Boy, I hated Bob Bailey. I think it's reasonable to say that he sucked so bad he cost the Red Sox a pennant and therefore pretty much ruined my life. I also hate Don Zimmer for many reasons, but high on the list is ever using Bob Bailey.

edit-lexageorge beat me

I'll add that Bob Bailey pinch-hitting against Rich Gossage in the 1978 playoff game was the baseball equivalent of Tuscaloosa Tech vs Alabama football.
 

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For me it's Craig Grebeck in 2001. The dude hit precisely one single and one double in 43 PA. I understand he was at the end of his career, and he was subbing in for an injured Nomar, blah blah blah. He sucked.

He sucked hard.
 

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This is my answer.

Christ, he sucked. I knew that before he ever arrived, and man, did he confirm it in spades during his short time here. Blah.
And he managed to piss everyone off in spring training with that bullshit with the coaches and then calling out Youk in April.

But my vote still goes to AJP. That arrogant asshole ran his mouth all the time and sucked eggs to back it up.