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Jim Ed

I didn’t really think about baseball cards for a long time. They were an early obsession, but between the ages of about 12 to 26, they weren’t much of a thought. Sometimes I looked at the boxes I had stored in the closet, sometimes I flipped through the assembled binders and looked reverently on random images of Andre Dawson or Scott Cooper I’d accumulated. But otherwise, it was a past hobby, replaced by CDs and whatever else.

There were little flickers of that old impulse through that dormant period, though. I picked up a Pedro Martinez card in a cereal box while I was in college somehow, and I’ve hung onto that ever since. And one day while I was combing through a flea market looking for records, I came across two cards for a dollar each that caught my eye — Carl Yastrzemski’s 1981 card, and this one, of Jim Rice in 1977.

He’s smiling and happy to be posing for the photographer in this shot, likely before the Red Sox played the Yankees in some brutal division tilt. He looks like an easy going guy. And he was the most quietly terrifying dude in the game at the time. Continue reading


Lost in the ’80s, again

If we're talking about the '80s Red Sox, we're talking about Kevin Romine's five career home runs.

If we’re talking about the ’80s Red Sox, we’re talking about Kevin Romine’s five career home runs.

Sometimes, I feel that my borderline pathological need for Red Sox trivia might be a problem.

It’s not like I don’t know enough, or that I have any real need to know any more by heart. It’s not as if Baseball Reference is going to disappear.

When I’m at home and bored, absent-mindedly watching TV or listening to some record I’ve listened to a million times and will listen to a million more, I like to jump on Sporcle and take one of the dozens of Red Sox quizzes that I’ve taken a million times. It passes the 15 minutes and it keeps me sharp, in my lifelong effort to keep all of these jersey numbers and batting averages and starting rotations committed to memory for longer than could possibly be considered healthy.

It goes back to elementary school, lugging baseball almanacs around in my bag so that I could remember that George Brett hit .390 in 1980, that Bob Gibson was the MVP in the 1967 World Series that sunk the Impossible Dream Red Sox (he hit a home run in that Game 7 win in Fenway Park, of course), that the Yankees won five consecutive World Series from 1949-53 and that that was probably reason enough to never root for them. Continue reading

Mike Greenwell, an original

Editor’s note: This week, I’m running a week-long tribute to some of my favorite players, stretching from my earliest days to the present.

The Gator anchored the Boston lineup.

By the time I was through with third grade, I’d become all too familiar with the reality of retiring athletes. That summer, Larry Bird had hung up his sneakers and Jim Rice had long since hit his last home run.

While not quite on the same level, Dwight Evans was no longer patrolling Fenway Park’s right field in 1991, nor was he penciled in at designated hitter. He actually was playing, a fact revealed by the next year’s baseball cards depicting him in a Baltimore Orioles uniform, but my level of fandom was still at a point where I didn’t realize he was still playing. I knew the history; he’d come up with Boston in 1972, had played forever, hit home runs, threw runners out with ease with his cannon of a right arm, and now that he wasn’t there, he must’ve been gone.

The transition to a new favorite player was necessary, and the choice was obvious. Mike Greenwell, a two-time All-Star, featured player in the 1989 Panini sticker album, and owner of a seemingly unique uniform number (39) was the way to go. Continue reading

Unveiling the Red Sox Top 100

Jason Varitek 2008 Topps Allen and Ginter's

The Captain tops the leaderboard.

Well here’s an exercise for the sake of an exercise.

My 10 or 15 favorite members of the Red Sox has always been pretty solid, but what would my 100 favorite Red Sox look like? I wondered, and if you’re curious, here they are.

Building this was interesting, but more interesting to me was how many guys didn’t make the cut. I won’t say who they are here, but see if there are glaring omissions from the list. I either a) forgot them, or b) left them out on purpose. At this point, option B is more likely, but A is still possible.

And, to fill out this spot, here’s my all-time favorite Red Sox lineup, made with my heart and not with my head. That said, my apologies to the Gator, Mike Greenwell:


RF – Dwight Evans 24

2B – Dustin Pedroia 15

LF – Ted Williams 9

DH – Jim Rice 14

1B – Carl Yastrzemski 8

SS – Nomar Garciaparra 5

CF – Ellis Burks 12

C – Jason Varitek 33

3B – Tim Naehring 11


RHP – Pedro Martinez 45

I’d take my chances with those guys. Wouldn’t you?

Check out the Red Sox Top 100

The lonliest sports day of the year

Jim Rice - 1984 Topps All-Star

I wonder how Jim Rice spent his post-All-Star Wednesdays in the '80s. He probably napped.

Oh, All-Star hangover.

Across Major League Baseball, stadiums are empty. Save for the AAA All-Star game being played today, there are no diving stops, no gems, no ungodly breaking pitches, no screaming liners.

Last night, the National League won the All-Star Game 3-1 in Anaheim, thanks in no small part to Brian McCann’s bases-clearing double and Joe Girardi’s crap managing (if you don’t think I’ll be blaming that useless sack of discipline-demanding crap for this, then you don’t know me very well. Ortiz left in to run, A-Rod stays on the bench, utility guy Ty Wigginton already used up … bah. Dumb.). Alas, I’m sure the Braves/Reds/Cardinals/Rockies/Pirates will enjoy hosting Game 7 of the World Series should the World Series ever gets to a seventh game again, of course.

But, that’s all over now, and today is a new day. Sadly, though, there’s not a whole lot going on in the sports world.

To wit:

  • ESPN is showing the ESPYs. I will not be adding more ESPN into my life than is absolutely necessary.
  • The following shows I’ve never watched are on: Minute to Win It, Big Brother, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Next Top Model and The Unit.
  • In old movies, AMC is showing Tin Cup and then Executive Decision (the one where Steven Seagal dies really early), CMT presents Cannonball Run II and E! has The Cable Guy. Riveting.

So TV’s out. In that case, you could check out that new album (I recommend the Black Keys, Spoon or Quasi), reconnect with an old friend, or you could be really daring and read a book.

Me? Thanks to the job, I get to take in the New Bedford Bay Sox of the New England League take on Team Canada at Paul Walsh Field, weather permitting, taping it for posterity.

If you’re in Southeastern Mass., you should feel free to join me, since I’ve found actual baseball on a day with very little baseball. Otherwise, I hope you find something fun tonight, too.