Your top "forgot he was a Red Sox"

deanx0

Well-Known Member
Lifetime Member
SoSH Member
Dec 7, 2004
2,152
Orlando, FL
Decided to try this as a companion to the "almost a Red Sox" thread, but I was going through some baseball cards to enter in a database and found a Jason Bay Red Sox card. While this is probably more of an indication of my age and memory, I thought "wait, Jason Bay was a Red Sox?" Of course he was for a season and a half and was even an AL All Star for the Sox, hitting 36 Home Runs in 2009. Skipping cups of coffee or players from decades before you were born, do you all have people that you forgot were Red Sox, or am I the only idiot?
 

kenneycb

Hates Goose Island Beer; Loves Backdoor Play
SoSH Member
Dec 2, 2006
14,277
Tuukka's refugee camp
Decided to try this as a companion to the "almost a Red Sox" thread, but I was going through some baseball cards to enter in a database and found a Jason Bay Red Sox card. While this is probably more of an indication of my age and memory, I thought "wait, Jason Bay was a Red Sox?" Of course he was for a season and a half and was even an AL All Star for the Sox, hitting 36 Home Runs in 2009. Skipping cups of coffee or players from decades before you were born, do you all have people that you forgot were Red Sox, or am I the only idiot?
I'm pretty sure the only reason I remember him is because the prospect of trading for him led to "lol boo hoo".

After randomly typing 2009 Red Sox in, I totally forgot Victor Martinez had an awesome 1.5 years here, including an All Star nod.
 

grimshaw

Member
SoSH Member
May 16, 2007
3,763
Portland
John Smoltz. I was so giddy when he was signed and assumed he'd at least be average.

Also, Rob Deer. I was looking up high k-rate guys from 20+ years back and vaguely remembered him patrolling RF.
 

The Talented Allen Ripley

holden
Lifetime Member
SoSH Member
Oct 2, 2003
12,306
South Shore, MA
I was goofing around on b-ref the other day, looking up players from the '80s as sort of a memory lane thing, as it was my formative decade as a baseball fan. Checked out Greg Swindell (he'd had some pretty good years with the Indians), and lo and behold, I completely forgot he was on the Sox in 1998.
 

reggiecleveland

sublime
Lifetime Member
SoSH Member
Mar 5, 2004
25,651
Saskatoon Canada
I play ootp video game and forgot Mark Loretta another RedSox all star, until he showed up the roster during historical replay.

Jason Bay so effectively replaced Manny that it is easy to think Sox went Manny, Gomes/Nava, to killer Bs
 

Yelling At Clouds

Post-darwinian
SoSH Member
Jul 19, 2005
2,142
I was goofing around on b-ref the other day, looking up players from the '80s as sort of a memory lane thing, as it was my formative decade as a baseball fan. Checked out Greg Swindell (he'd had some pretty good years with the Indians), and lo and behold, I completely forgot he was on the Sox in 1998.
The Duquette era was really the peak of “throw a bunch of vaguely recognizable veterans out there and see who sticks.” Like, this guy was on the Red Sox at one point? Or this guy?
 

Spelunker

Member
SoSH Member
Jul 17, 2005
8,068
Decided to try this as a companion to the "almost a Red Sox" thread, but I was going through some baseball cards to enter in a database and found a Jason Bay Red Sox card. While this is probably more of an indication of my age and memory, I thought "wait, Jason Bay was a Red Sox?" Of course he was for a season and a half and was even an AL All Star for the Sox, hitting 36 Home Runs in 2009. Skipping cups of coffee or players from decades before you were born, do you all have people that you forgot were Red Sox, or am I the only idiot?
I literally did this with Jason Bay last week, when he came up in a different thread. I somehow entirely erased him from my memory.
 

Zedia

Member
SoSH Member
Jul 17, 2005
5,133
Pasadena, CA
I didn’t forget because seeing him in Pawtucket was pretty memorable, but Mark Fidrych was technically a Red Sox.

I did completely forget Frank Tanana.

And Yoenis Cespedes.
 

GlucoDoc

lurker
Dec 19, 2005
43
Elston Howard

Those of us who are old enough all remember him as a Yankee, but he had a few memorable moments for the Sox in 1967 and in the world series.
 

teddywingman

Looks like Zach Galifianakis
SoSH Member
Jul 31, 2009
8,889
a basement on the hill
I had definitely forgotten Carlos Baerga.

This thread has also reminded me of some former sosh posters. Stealing Venison and Bernard Gilkey Baby. Where are those dudes?
 

ngruz25

Bibby
SoSH Member
Sep 20, 2005
16,374
Pittsburgh, PA
Tony Graffanino was a real good deadline pickup for the 2005 Red Sox. Unfortunately he's probably only remembered for a ground ball that went through his legs in the playoffs.

That 2005 team was really weird. Other notable one or two year wonders included John Olerud, David Wells, Matt Mantei, John Halama, Mike Stanton (for one inning), Mike Remlinger, and... Jose Cruz, Jr.?!? I do not remember that last one.
 

Zososoxfan

Member
SoSH Member
Jul 30, 2009
7,322
South of North
Just looking through this thread and David Cone, Brady Anderson (before he was an Oriole), and Billy Wagner all qualify for me.

I remember Jason Bay because he had GIANT hands that were genuinely distracting on broadcasts.

Edit: You can add John Olerud to this, good stuff @ngruz25
 

Mantush

lurker
Jul 30, 2014
26
Adam LaRoche? I think we traded for him then traded him away almost immediately after

edit: yup, traded him away for casey kotchman (another name for this thread!). Kotcham OPS'd .572 down the stretch in 95 PA and LaRoche had a .957 OPS for the Braves in August and September
 

djbayko

Member
SoSH Member
Jul 18, 2005
17,346
Los Angeles, CA
Just looking through this thread and David Cone, Brady Anderson (before he was an Oriole), and Billy Wagner all qualify for me.

I remember Jason Bay because he had GIANT hands that were genuinely distracting on broadcasts.

Edit: You can add John Olerud to this, good stuff @ngruz25
While this thread is full of misfits, John Olerud is the only name so far that I completely forgot about. In fact, the Google images of him in a Sox uniform are blowing my mind right now.
 

kenneycb

Hates Goose Island Beer; Loves Backdoor Play
SoSH Member
Dec 2, 2006
14,277
Tuukka's refugee camp
Adam LaRoche? I think we traded for him then traded him away almost immediately after

edit: yup, traded him away for casey kotchman (another name for this thread!). Kotcham OPS'd .572 down the stretch in 95 PA and LaRoche had a .957 OPS for the Braves in August and September
Yeah but we didn't have to deal with his son.
 

Minneapolis Millers

Member
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
3,222
Twin Cities
This is a funny thread, cuz if you remember the guy was a Red Sock, he can’t really make your list! But one guy who frequently slips my mind is the Hit Man, Mike Easler.
 

jacklamabe65

A New Frontier butt boy
Lifetime Member
SoSH Member
Juan Marichal pitched one truly stellar game for the Red Sox in a clump of mostly mediocre starts back in '74, and it was out in Oakland. He went deep into the game, gave up very few hits and runs, had the high leg kick that day, and looked like the Juan Marichal of old. It was a joy to watch on TV. 42695
 

milfordsoxfan

Member
SoSH Member
Jan 26, 2006
420
Connecticut
Eric Gagne pitched 18 innings for the 2007 team. I don't remember why the bullpen needed to be bolstered, but I do remember being semi-excited he might reclaim past glory. He didn't.