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Well, it has been a while….

The opportunity to see the Boston Red Sox win a World Series at home for the first time in a lifetime has turned Game 6 at Fenway Park into the most expensive local ticket in the city’s history.

As of 10 a.m. ET Tuesday, the average list price on the resale market for a ticket to Wednesday night’s game was $1,860, according to TiqIQ, a ticket tracking company.

Fenway in her WS glory 2013

Bleacher seats to the game, which could have been had for $300 last week, were selling for $1,100 on Tuesday morning.

On Monday night, someone who wanted two of the best seats in the house paid $24,000 on StubHub for a pair of tickets in the first row in a dugout box between home plate and one of the on-deck circles.

“There was this type of excitement in 2004 for the Red Sox home games because people thought it would never come again,” said Jim Holzman of Ace Ticket, a Boston-based brokerage that has been in business for 33 years.

The Red Sox went on to win the World Series in 2004 and again in 2007, ending it on the road both times. The last time the Red Sox won it all in Boston was with a victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 11, 1918.

Monstah Seats

“People want to see them win it here,” Holzman said. “That’s what has made this the biggest ticket we’ve ever seen. It’s the Super Bowl except people don’t have to pay $1,000 for a hotel and $2,000 for airfare.”

Holzman said fans began buying tickets in earnest Monday night after the Red Sox scored in the top of the first inning during their 3-1 Game 5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

“Prices were going up $50 an inning,” Holzman said.

 

Let’s take a look back some highlights of that infamous 1918 Series:

1918 Red Sox

The 1918 World Series featured the Boston Red Sox, who defeated the Chicago Cubs four games to two. The Series victory for the Red Sox was their fifth in five tries, going back to 1903. The Red Sox scored only nine runs in the entire Series; the fewest runs by the winning team in World Series history. Along with the 1906 and 1907 World Series, the 1918 World Series is one of only three Fall Classics where neither team hit a home run.

The Series was held early in September because of the World War I “Work or Fight” order that forced the premature end of the regular season on September 1, and remains the only World Series to be played entirely in September.

1918 Logo FenwayThe Chicago home games in the series were played at Comiskey Park, which had a greater seating capacity than Weeghman Park, the prior home of the Federal League Chicago Whales that the Cubs were now using and which would be rechristened Wrigley Field in 1925. The Red Sox had played their home games in the 1915 and 1916 World Series in the more expansive Braves Field, but they returned to Fenway Park for the 1918 series.

Game 1 of the 1918 World Series marked the first time “The Star Spangled Banner” was performed at a major league game. During the seventh inning stretch, the band began playing the song due to the fact the country was involved in World War I. The song would be named the national anthem of the United States in 1931, and during World War II its playing would become a regular pregame feature of baseball games and other sporting events. The winning pitcher of Game 1 was none other than Babe Ruth, who pitched a shutout.

Ruth warming up 1918

The Red Sox, who had won the American League but lost the Series in 1946, 1967, 1975, and 1986, finally won the World Series in 2004 and then won again in 2007.  The drought of 86 years was often attributed to the Curse of the Bambino. The alleged curse came to be when the Red Sox traded the superbly talented but troublesome Babe Ruth (who was instrumental in their 1918 victory) to the New York Yankees for cash after the 1919 season.

Game 6

Wednesday, September 11, 1918 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Attendance for Game 6 at Fenway on Wednesday, September 11, was down from over 24,000 on Tuesday to a mere 15,238, but the Red Sox went home happy. Max Flack’s third-inning error allowed two Sox runs to score, which were all they needed for a 2–1 victory and the World’s Championship of 1918 behind Carl Mays’ second win of the Series.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
Boston 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 X 2 5 0
WP: Carl Mays (2–0)   LP: Lefty Tyler (1–1)

After Game 6, it would be some 87 years until the Cubs and Red Sox would play again. A three-game interleague matchup at Wrigley Field began June 10, 2005 and was Boston’s first ever visit to the park. The Cubs would not return to Fenway Park for nearly 94 years until a three-game interleague matchup beginning May 20, 2011.

 

 

 

 

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BBWA, We need to talk…

If David Ortiz gets into the Hall of Fame, people will point to the 2013 World Series as the stretch that put him over the top.

Ortiz flashes his TreasureBefore this postseason, Ortiz had already established himself as a clutch playoff performer en route to Red Sox championships in 2004 (two walk-off hits) and 2007, but this October might just be his best one yet. We’ll acknowledge that his ALCS performance was subpar overall (just two hits in six games), but one of those hits was a Game 2 grand slam that rallied the Sox past the Tigers and served as the turning point in the series.

In the World Series, he’s been untouchable, as locked in as perhaps any player in postseason history.

Consider the following:

• He is 11-of-15 (.733 batting average) against the Cardinals with six runs batted in, four extra-base hits, four walks and no strikeouts. He has an OPS of 2.017 (let that one sink in). Those 11 hits are two shy of the record for most in a World Series, which is shared by Bobby Richardson (1964 Yankees), Lou Brock (1968 Cardinals) and former Red Sox second baseman Marty Barrett (1986 Red Sox). The only player other than Ortiz in major league history to reach base (by hit, walk or HBP) at least 15 times over the first five games of a World Series is Barry Bonds in 2002.

Ortiz Celebrates WS 2013

• As a team, the Red Sox are hitting .205 in the World Series. If you take away Ortiz, that number drops to .151.

• Ortiz became the third player to reach base safely in nine straight plate appearances in the World Series, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, joining Joe Gordon (1939/1941 Yankees) and Billy Hatcher (1990 Reds). Ortiz and Hatcher are the only two to do so in a single World Series.

“I’ve got my mindset. I’ve been playing this game for too long, and when I go to the plate, I try to look for a strike and try not to get out of it,” Ortiz said after Monday night’s Game 5 victory. “And that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing all year.”

• He became the first Red Sox player ever with consecutive three-hit games in the World Series. According to Elias, Ortiz (37) is the oldest player in MLB history with back-to-back three-hit games in the World Series.

• With his first-inning RBI in Game 5, Ortiz now has 14 career RBIs in the World Series. That ties the team record, held by Dwight Evans.

Dewey Evans 1986

• Among players with at least 40 World Series at-bats, Ortiz has the highest OPS in major league history.

• Unlike other Cardinals pitchers, Game 5 starter Adam Wainwright challenged Ortiz instead of working around him. Wainwright changed his windup to try to disturb Ortiz’s timing. The slugger still went 3-for-4.

Ortiz looks on 2103 WS“I wasn’t paying any attention to that,” Ortiz said. “To be honest with you, he threw me some tough pitches tonight.  He was throwing me cutters in.  And I know that pretty much after he gets ahead with two strikes, he wants to strike me out with a breaking ball.  So you make up your mind.  It’s a battle when you face that kind of pitcher, as good as he is, and as good as the rest of the pitchers that they have — they have a great pitching staff.  And if you try to look for everything they throw, you definitely are not going to hit anything.”

Ortiz has been at his best in the seasons in which the Red Sox reached the World Series (perhaps not coincidentally). In 2004, he reached base in 13 of 14 games and had back-to-back walk-off hits in the ALCS against the Yankees. He had 19 RBIs during that playoff run with a .400 average, .515 OBP and 1.278 OPS. In 2007, he put up a similar line: He reached base in 13 of 14 games, had a .370 average, .508 OBP and 1.204 OPS.

Even factoring in his below-standard ALCS performance this October, he has reached base in 13 of 15 games and has a .360 average, .476 OBP and 1.196 OPS.

“I was born for this,” Ortiz said after Boston’s Game 5 victory.

Most Hits By A Red Sox Player In A Single World SeriesHenderson 1986

Player Year Opponent Hits
Marty Barrett 1986 Mets 13
David Ortiz 2013 Cards 11
Dave Henderson 1986 Mets 10
Carl Yastrzemski 1967 Cards 10
Chick Stahl 1903 Pirates 10

Highest Career OPS In World Series HistoryBabe Ruth 1918 Sox

Player OPS Team(s)
David Ortiz 1.370 BOS
Lou Gehrig 1.214 NYY
Babe Ruth 1.214 BOS/NYY
Reggie Jackson 1.212 OAK/NYY
> Minimum  40 ABs

David Ortiz In Postseasons In Which Red Sox Reached World Series

Year Reached Base AVG OBP OPS
2004 13 of 14 games .400 .515 1.278
2007 13 of 14 games .370 .508 1.204
2013 11 of 15 games .360 .476 1.196
> In 2013 World Series, Ortiz is 11 of 15 (.733) with a .750 OBP and 2.017 OPS

A little History of our Game 1 History…

With Game 1 of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals only a few hours away, here’s a look back at the first games of the 2004 and 2007 Fall Classic.

Bellhorn 2004 WS

In 2004, Red Sox second baseman Mark Bellhorn hit a two-run homer off reliever Julian Tavarez in the bottom of the eighth inning that rang off the right-field foul pole to lead Boston to an 11-9 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ortiz 2004 WS

Red Sox DH David Ortiz (please note the St. Louis catcher in the photo above) hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBIs. Closer Keith Foulke recorded the final five outs of the game.

In 2007, the Red Sox crushed the Colorado Rockies 13-1 at Fenway Park. Rookie second baseman Dustin Pedroia led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run and the Red Sox never looked back. Starter Josh Beckett worked seven strong innings and allowed one run on six hits with nine strikeouts.

World Series: Boston Red Sox v Colorado Rockies - Game 4

The Red Sox swept both of those series in four games.

Playing Catch Up…

A few days taken for a family emergency… but nothing too exciting had been missed, in Red Sox Nation anyway.

The Patriots won 23-20 over the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game:  The Patriots advance to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Feb. 5.  It will be the team’s fifth Super Bowl appearance in Bill Belichick’s tenure as coach (2000-present) and is the Patriots’ seventh Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.  Tom Brady and Bill Belichick become the first starting quarterback/head coach combination to advance to five Super Bowls.  For Brady, he ties his boyhood idol, Joe Montana, with his  16th career postseason win as a starting quarterback.

Just a ‘Classic’ game.  At one point, Brady’s emotions showed as he was jawing with Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis after the quarterback scored on fourth down goal-line drive in the fourth quarter, a play in which he took a big hit from Lewis.  The Ravens had a chance to win with 22 seconds left when Lee Evans dropped a touchdown pass. Then, after cornerback Sterling Moore deflected a pass on third down, Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal wide left that would have tied the game. A breath-taking ending.

The Red Sox signed free agent outfielder Cody Ross to a one-year deal worth about $3 million:  Boston had maintained an interest in Ross throughout the signing season, but pounced after his asking price dropped significantly (initially, he was seeking a three-year deal) and after left fielder Carl Crawford underwent surgery last week to address an arthritic condition in his left wrist.   The signing followed the Sox’ trading of infielder Marco Scutaro and his $6 million salary to the Rockies, which freed up the money they privately said they needed to have before making additional upgrades.   Even before Crawford’s injury, the Sox had maintained a healthy interest in Ross, who has hit left-handed pitchers well, with a career .912 OPS, even though his 2011 season could be considered a slight disappointment.  Ross, 31, is a .261 career hitter with 100 homers in eight seasons with Detroit, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati, Florida and San Francisco.

Right-hander Scott Atchison was designated for assignment to create space for Ross on the team’s 40-man roster.

The Sox are still interested in adding another starter to the mix at the right price.  Roy Oswalt remains their No. 1 target, though a team source acknowledged fears that Oswalt would prefer to pitch for either the Rangers or Cardinals (the free-agent turned down an offer from Detroit).  If they do not succeed in signing Oswalt, to whom they have made an offer (supposedly for $5 Million), a team source said Wednesday night, they most likely will shift their focus to trying to swing a deal with the Chicago White Sox for right-hander Gavin Floyd, with free agent pitcher Edwin Jackson a long-shot option at this stage.

The Sox also are thin at shortstop after dealing Scutaro, with veterans Nick Punto and Mike Aviles and rookie Jose Iglesias their only options at this time. The Sox have indicated they do not want to rush the 22-year-old Iglesias, who has fewer than 700 professional at-bats, and with neither Punto and Aviles the answer on an everyday basis, the Sox are expected to seek more help there. Punto is the better glove of the two, Aviles a better bat.  At first glance, there doesn’t appear to be much shortstop help available. Even the soon-to-be 45-year-olds have signed, Omar Vizquel coming to terms Monday with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Clay Mortensen, received from Colorado in the Scutaro trade, will compete for a spot in the bullpen, but more likely will open the season in Pawtucket.  Don’t look now, but the Sox have the makings of a potentially strong bullpen, especially if Franklin Morales and Andrew Miller can click from the left side.  If the Sox succeed in acquiring another starting pitcher and elect to return Alfredo Aceves to the pen, on paper they look strong with Andrew Bailey closing and Mark Melancon sharing setup.  If Bobby Jenks can be healthy and Matt Albers proves he just ran out of gas last season, the Sox pen has a chance to be strong and deep.  If.. If.. If…

With Jorge Posada announcing his retirement Tuesday after 17 seasons with the Yankees, it would appear to be a matter of time before we hear similar announcements from Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek.  Wakefield’s agent, Barry Meister, said the 45-year-old knuckleballer just returned from a vacation in Mexico, and that he hasn’t had substantive conversations with him in about 10 days.  He acknowledged that while there have been inquiries from other teams, there’s nothing in the works.  As Bobby Valentine noted the other day, it’s inconceivable that Wakefield would accept a minor-league offer from the Red Sox.  Varitek turns 40 just after Opening Day and got married in the offseason. No word from the player or his agents on Varitek’s plans, but the signing of Kelly Shoppach virtually closed the door on a return to Boston, and while Varitek last spring expressed a desire to play for as long as he can, he may have reached the endgame.

Tim Thomas Skipped the White House:  Boston Bruins president Cam Neely admitted Tuesday that he would have liked goaltender and Stanley Cup MVP Tim Thomas to be with the team when they visited the White House on Monday, but that Thomas “felt very strongly about not going” so the team respected his wishes.  He said the team didn’t make the event mandatory because “we didn’t think it would be an issue.”  Neely said he doesn’t expect the controversy to adversely affect the Bruins’ chemistry, pointing out with a laugh that not a lot of political discourse occurs in an NHL locker room.

Thomas explained Monday night in a Facebook page posting that he skipped the White House event due his disappointment in the federal government. His post read:

“I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.
This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.
Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.
This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT”

Later Monday night, Neely released this Bruins statement:
“As an organization we were honored by President Obama’s invitation to the White House. It was a great day and a perfect way to cap our team’s achievement from last season. It was a day that none of us will soon forget. We are disappointed that Tim chose not to join us, and his views certainly do not reflect those of the Jacobs family or the Bruins organization. This will be the last public comment from the Bruins organization on this subject.”

Of course, Timmy ‘The Tank’ is not alone.  Theo Epstein, who had made a campaign appearance on behalf of John Kerry, was not on the stage when President Bush honored the team in 2005, choosing to sit in the front row of the audience next to Stacy Lucchino, wife of the Sox CEO.  The reason, he said, was because he wanted attention focused on those most deserving.  Epstein was with the group of players who subsequently visited wounded vets at the Walter Reed Medical Center.  Bush was still in office when the Sox won again in 2007.  Epstein did not attend the ’08 ceremony, citing “family reasons,” and his absence barely registered.  It was overshadowed by the no-show by Manny Ramirez, whose absence from the stage was noted by the President himself.

 

And then of course… there’s this:

Prince Fielder stood with a smile and recalled his earliest memories of old Tiger Stadium, when he would hang out at the ballpark where his father hit so many massive home runs.  “For me, it was always Sparky saying I was going to pinch hit—and I really believed him,”  Fielder said, referring to former manager Sparky Anderson. “I’m just glad I get to come back.”  The Tigers introduced Fielder on Thursday after finalizing a $214 million, nine-year contract with the free agent first baseman, who is expected to hit a lot more home runs than his dad.  Detroit plays at Cecil Fielder (45) played for the Tigers from 1990 to 1996. His son, Prince (with ball), will follow in his footsteps after reportedly signing a nine-year $214 million contract with Detroit.Comerica Park now, and times have changed. Jim Leyland manages the Tigers, not Sparky Anderson.

Fielder was born in 1984, the last time Detroit won the World Series.  After luring him back to Michigan with the fourth-largest deal in baseball history, the Tigers are hoping Fielder will help usher in a new championship era for the Motor City.  “This is awesome, it’s kind of a dream come true. I’m excited.”  Detroit began seriously pursuing Fielder after designated hitter Victor Martinez tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during offseason conditioning.  Now the Tigers have three of baseball’s biggest stars—Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander—all in their primes. Detroit won the AL Central by 15 games last year but lost to Texas in the AL championship series.

It will be up to manager Jim Leyland to figure out where to play all of his powerful hitters. He said Thursday the Tigers will move Miguel Cabrera from first base to third to make room for Fielder. He also listed a possible batting order, with Cabrera hitting third and Fielder fourth.  It’s a lineup based on power, not speed.  That much is clear.  Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski indicated he’s satisfied with his roster heading into spring training, although it’s hard to rule out any more moves after the Tigers shockingly emerged with Fielder.  The pitching rotation is anchored by Verlander, who won the Cy Young Award and MVP last year, but Detroit’s fifth starter spot is still uncertain. Dombrowski said the Tigers could bring in some non-roster invitees to compete for that job.  “I think positional player-wise, we’re pretty well set,” he said.

Fielder’s father Cecil became a big league star when he returned to the majors from Japan and hit 51 home runs with Detroit in 1990.  Cecil played with the Tigers into the 1996 season, and young Prince made a name for himself with his prodigious power displays during batting practice at Tiger Stadium.

From Big Papi to Big Cecil and beyond…

Where to begin.  I’ve been mulling this over for a bit now and the words just seem to be.. empty.  But seeing as how most of the responses to the steroid scandal have been empty, it’s fitting.

Many a sportswriter and fan have said “Oh, well the two championships are null and void now, so they might as well return the rings” and insanely dumb sh!t like that.  Hey the Yankess had Sheffield, Clemens, Pettite and Canseco (on the bench) for a few of their championships and no one is telling them to return the hardware.  Is Paul O’Niell less respected because he played with them or do we just suspect him now?  Do we tell Torre he’s only half the coach he is because he managed those teams?  Should we dial up LaRussa and tell him the legacy is cancelled becuase he won with both Canseco and MacGwire in Oakland?  Should Lansford, Eck and Hassey be questioned now or just forced to hand in their rings? 

I strongly believe the only way to end this charade is to publish that list.  103, 83 or somewhere between 1 and 50 depending on MLB and the player’s union story this week, it doesn’t matter.  Publish it.  Legalities be damned… the seal has already been broken and was as soon as the first name was leaked.  At this point it’s appearing like some mean-spirited revenge tactic.  Maybe Roger Goodell is behind it.  Maybe it’s Pete Rose.  Either way, these names will be popping up in the press for who knows how long.  Obviously Baseball is scared… terrified is more like it.  So far, the top tier talent of the ‘rebirth’ period has been exposed.  You have just under ten names aside from the players exposed through other avenues and most have been record holders.  Top ten record holders… top twenty record holders and what would have been future HOF’ers.  Publish the list.  Who ever is holding the list picks his or her spots very well.  Don’t wait for one of the players to be voted in and two days before the induction ceremony at Cooperstown the NY Times breaks an ‘important’ story.  Fearless Leader Selig wants to keep claiming he inherited the steroid era and it wasn’t his fault blah blah blah but as long as this story unfolds it’s his steroid era.  Baseball was dead going into the ’98 season and Fearless Leader was the first one to masturbate with joy in the new ‘home run’ era which saved the game.  Sosa and MacGwire were saviors and even though everyone said “Wow, they look a little bigger…” Bud and the owners simply put their fingers in their ears and sang “Oh-bla-dee-oh-bla-dah” all the while reconfiguring the free agency scouting system to include steroids in their factoring.

Now… the sh!t is hitting the fans in ballparks, homes and sports bars all over the country and splattering it’s way to Washington as well.  You can take fans meaning the motorized air circulating kind or the ones who finance MLB by sitting in the seats, purchasing pay cable sports network subscriptions and of course penuts and crackerjack.

Which brings us to Big Papi.  While this news shouldn’t stab us in the heart, it dOrtiz profile.jpgoes none the less.  Many a sportscaster and writer who actually care for their craft were stung.  Manny was obviously no suprise, neither was his reaction.  He gets paid either way.  Sheffield, Clemens or Bonds?  The games biggest a$$holes so no problems or really any surprises there.  Giambi?  You’d have been shocked if he wasn’t on the list or the Mitchell Report.  Ortiz is what Cal Ripkin was… honest and appearing heroic.  A role model.  Kids love him and parents love him and he made fans love him through his dedication and play.  Bam!  Heartbreak.  Shame.  Tainted Love.

In 2003 a Minnessota bench player named David Arias became “Big Papi” David Ortiz, almost overnight and with such oomph that both Boston and The Twins went “Huh?”  We struck gold.  We picked up another low cost player with some really high reward.  Why?  Obviously he just wasn’t getting the playing time in Twinkieville… change of venue… new hitting coach?  Um, David?  Okay.. supplements.  Now, before I go into any form of attack mode, I’ll take a deep breath.  We’ve heard this before.  “I wasn’t sure what I was taking… Everyone was doing it… Bud Selig passed the needles out at his New Years party…”  If there’s a steaming pile of bullsh!t, there’s a member of the MLBPA (or more recently NFLPA or NBAPA) to shovel it.  You’re a two million dollar a season minimum athlete (league minimum), never mind an all-star who makes like ten times that and rakes in additional millions from advertising locally and nationally and sells #34 jerseys all day long in the official shop (and on-line at bostonredsox.com of course) and you didn’t know what you were putting into your body?  Your temple?  Your means of income?  Yeah, you got them here, you got them in the D.R., so on and so forth.  I called bullsh!t with A-rod and his piss poor sob story and do so with yours.  The difference being?  A-Rod lied multiple times when asked on TV (and lying to Katie Couric will not do you any favors) and gave a dissapointing half-a$$ed tale to The Godfather of Baseball Peter Gammons (who sadly let him cake-walk on it) blaming youth and stupidity… Ortiz denies ever taking steroids.  A-Rod lied and came around when he got caught.  Ortiz, still denies it and does so passionately.  Yes, he took supplements and didn’t know the whole story of what was in them.  A pass?  F^@% no, but at least there’s what could be derived as some truth.  To date, he is the only named suspect to “search for the truth”.  He went as far as to call a press conference in conjunction with the new MLBPA boss to say he can’t access the truth.  But if there is one thing Big Papi and his reputation have offered, like a famous Vulcan first officer of the starship Enterprise, he doesn’t lie. 

There is one thing.  At the beginning of the pre-season Ortiz made some statements (as we have all heard again and again) about the use of steroids and ideas on penalties for such.  Well, when his best friend and ex partner in crime was busted for apparently being trying to get pregnant, David was very quiet.  Sure Manny is a friend and all, but principles are principles… aren’t they?  After all, when the players held the team meeting at the trade deadline of ’08 to decide Manny’s fate it unanimously 100% no doubt in favor of trading him.  Ortiz himself was ‘tired’ of the antics and the effect on the team.  Now Manny has violated a sacred trust Papi has with the ethics of the game and the trust of the fans… and is speechless?  Were they sharing supplements?  Was there more to it?  Was the writing on the wall for Papi’s involvement going public?  Is that why Papi has been so dreadfully below average this season? Only Papi knows for sure.

That is the past… let’s dream for a moment and think of the future.

It was mentioned a while back that if the Sox couldn’t land Big Tex in the FA Market, they could possibly make a monster push for Albert Pujols in the next few years when he hits the market (remind you, this was mentioned before Tex landed in NY).  Good idea?  Sure, great idea!  Not going to happen, but it sounds sweet.  If Pujols ever plays a game in a uniform other than the Cards red and white, Busch Stadium will burn to the ground.  He’s a mainstay for the city not just the team.  You have to imagine Pujols will be getting A-Rod money easily and St. Louis is already saving up the war chest.  Both he and Holliday look to be the next Maris & Mantle, Papi & Manny for years to come (while I fear the hopes for such with Tex & A-Rod will fall short of the lofty NY expectations) if they pay for them.  St. Louis, like Boston is rich in tradition and loyalty so I can see it happening.

But what about Prince Fielder?  Sure, he’s a house and more appropriately a powerhouse.  Like his dad.  I remember several times the Sox ‘Hot Stove’ bubbling over in Big Cecil news.  Sure, we signed Jack Clark, Andre Dawson and others when Big Cecil was the talk of the league.. but hey, like Frank Viola said the Sox were were in transit
Big Cecil B&W.jpgion in the early ’90’s and those were the thin years.  Not thin moneywise, we wasted that money on Jack Clark, just thin talent wise.  Viola, Clemens on the original downslide, Tony Pena and then….. yeah.  Every trade deadline, yep, talk of gettin’ Cecil… putting big #45 in Red Sox red, white and blue.  But we rented Rob Deer or an older Tom Brunansky instead. (in no way a shot to Bruno who was greatly appreciated during both his terms of service in Red Sox Nation or Deer who was great guy and power hitter who though below average worked his butt off)  Big Cecil was… well, Prince Fielder.  A little older, a little bolder, but a power hitter and a presence in the line-up.  Prince is a little rough around the edges just as his dad was, but he’s progressing a lot faster and without having to go to Japan to do it.  Like his dad he’s not the most mobile of first-baggers but he does the job and is designed to help fill in for the DH spot in the AL.  Perhaps the Sox should finally sign Fielder to the roster.  Better late than never?  No, just better. 

Imagine Prince nailing those 450 foot or better bombs in the friendly confines ofFielder throwback.jpg Fenway Park.  Over the Monster.  Off the Monster.  Reaching out to Teddy Ballgame’s red seat in the right field bleachers… or beyond?  Shades of Jim Rice.  Papi may be cooked and Lowell, though still hitting well, is slowly on the outs as an everyday fielder and could be filling the DH slot more often… so imagine a line-up built around Youk at 3rd, Prince at 1st, Bay in Left with Vic behind the plate… with Petey and Jacoby and the revolving SS/RF position?  Quite a line-up.   Now I realize we have Lars Anderson down in the minors but hey who knows…  Not major every prospect turns into a future HOF… and then again some do.  We’re dreaming here, right?