Red Sox player that you cared most about

Monbonthbump

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I haven't scrolled over the entire thread but appreciated the references to Ike Delock, and Earl Wilson who I also liked. I think my favorite was Frank Malzone though. I remember him coming up with Don Buddin from Louisville as a young rookie, anchoring third base for years, hitting a home run in one of the All-Star games, and leaving as a grizzled veteran. He always played the game the right way through the years and deserves a mention here.
 

Arroyoyo

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Trot Nixon. The perfect blue-collar type of player representative of the hardworking, grind-it-out nature of working New Englanders.

The day he threw the bat at Rupe and then half-ass glanced at his hands like it slipped out sealed the deal for me.
 

kfoss99

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Nomar.

I mowed lawns in high school. I'd try to line them up while the Sox were on the radio & blast my headphones over the motor.

I fell in love with Nomar during those summers & still sad, like Laker's fans must be with Elgin Baylor, that he wasn't on the Championship roster when their teams finally won.
 

canderson

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Easy choice for me - Jon Lester. I started getting back into baseball thanks to Pedro in 1999 and a few years later dove deep into the draft process. He was drafted in the first year I did a bit of research to familiarize myself with players (as well as one could in 2002).

For whatever reason, I was drawn to him and in 2005 when we moved to PA was so excited to get to watch Portland games around the area. We'd go see him pitch if he was anywhere within a few hours drive. When he got called up in 2006 I was incredibly excited. From there on, he was a must-watch pitcher. We'd plan trips to Baltimore or wherever when hw as pitching. We timed our Boston visits so we could see him (as best as one can do so).

2007 is my favorite Sox team of all time. I loved that team, it's perfection and drive, and Lester played such a dominant role in one of the more heart-tugging stories in sports.
 

CaptainBergy

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Literally the first sentence in literally the first post of this thread offered guidance on how to do better than this.
Pedro Castellanos. You happy?

In all seriousness. It was Daniel Bard. Following that kid through the minors I had a Bard on every morning.
 

Animale

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Frank Castillo. RIP.
Loved his curveball and his intensity. I mean, I know his stats on the Red Sox were garbage and he was nearing the end but still, that curve caught my imagination that he could be so much better.
 

Monbonthbump

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Ok, to make up for originally not scrolling the entire thread before posting, here is a name which would not be mentioned otherwise. As a 10- year- old kid, this was the guy who originally got me interested in the Red Sox until I later found out he was only a temporary replacement for a better player. I am, of course, speaking of Walter, "Hoot" Evers.
 

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Jerry Adair aka Mr. Clutch for the Impossible Dream team of '67.

And did you know - a 3-sport star who in college played against Wilt Chamberlain's Jayhawks and Oscar Robertson's Cinci Bearcats. Versus the latter he led Oklahoma State to a 4 point victory helping to seal the win with a bucket and two free throws down the stretch.

There is lots of good info here about this Cherokee descendant. Really a fascinating life, and tragic at the end. Hi died at 50.

https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/jerry-adair/
 

staz

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The cradle of the game.
I cared quite a bit about Remy the player. On lineups filled with offensive Goliaths, here was our very own table-setter-small-ball-sneaky-fast-always-dirty local kid who may not have possessed the natural tools, but he more than made up for it with his mental and physical quickness. For someone who looked and played like he belonged in the NL East, he'd get hot for a stretch and seemingly the Sox would just annihilate opponents. And then to have him in the booth for 30+ years... one of the best decisions NESN ever made. Remy's an absolute legend in my book and I will most certainly miss him.
 

Earthbound64

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He was drafted in the first year I did a bit of research to familiarize myself with players (as well as one could in 2002).
It's always so bizarre to me when people talk about pre-2000s internet as if it was some sort of information wasteland or something. There was a huge amount of great information out there, message boards to discuss it, etc.
 

Al Zarilla

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Jerry Adair aka Mr. Clutch for the Impossible Dream team of '67.

And did you know - a 3-sport star who in college played against Wilt Chamberlain's Jayhawks and Oscar Robertson's Cinci Bearcats. Versus the latter he led Oklahoma State to a 4 point victory helping to seal the win with a bucket and two free throws down the stretch.

There is lots of good info here about this Cherokee descendant. Really a fascinating life, and tragic at the end. Hi died at 50.

https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/jerry-adair/
Jerry Adair, key Red Sox player in a game that made you feel the 1967 team might really go to the World Series. Sunday, August 20, 1967, at home to the Angels. The Angels jumped out to an 8-0 lead, but the Sox chipped away, well, Yaz's 3 run homer in the fifth to make it 8-4 was more than a chip. That guy. Adair singled in the sixth to score Dalton Jones to tie it, and Adair homered in the eight for the game winner. Game of Adair's life, I feel confident in saying.
 

Bread of Yaz

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Jerry Adair, key Red Sox player in a game that made you feel the 1967 team might really go to the World Series. Sunday, August 20, 1967, at home to the Angels. The Angels jumped out to an 8-0 lead, but the Sox chipped away, well, Yaz's 3 run homer in the fifth to make it 8-4 was more than a chip. That guy. Adair singled in the sixth to score Dalton Jones to tie it, and Adair homered in the eight for the game winner. Game of Adair's life, I feel confident in saying.
Sox came all the way back to win 9-8

Was a day-night doubleheader. Sox also won the day game 12-2.

Took it in as an eight year old kid high above third base. Incredible day in a string of incredible days.
 

Al Zarilla

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Sox came all the way back to win 9-8

Was a day-night doubleheader. Sox also won the day game 12-2.

Took it in as an eight year old kid high above third base. Incredible day in a string of incredible days.
I attended 10 games at Fenway in 1967. The Sox lost the first four (is it me?) then won the next six. That game you went to (and I listened to on the radio) was rad.
 

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I've been thinking about this question since JMOH posted it. My seat of the pants answer was JBJ. But that was his answer and I sort of thought in the back of my mind that maybe it wasn't my actual answer.

I am ready now to answer the question. It's Ellis Burks. I don't know why.