Your top "forgot he was a Red Sox"

CoolPapaLaSchelle

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Mike Stanton for me. He was so dominant as the Yankee LOOGY in the late 90s, but he actually pitched for the Sox both before and after that stretch. The 2005 tour is noteworthy. We traded for him the last weekend of the season to face the Yankees. IIRC, we ended up tied with them and lost the division on head-to-head tiebreaker. Stanton was ineligible for the postseason, obviously.
 

Le Bastonois

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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. View attachment 42695
Tim McCarver was sold to the Red Sox for that '74 team as well.
 

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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.
Easton caught the throw from Tartabal and blocked Ken Berry off the plate to end a game. Always loved Ned’s call on the album but never knew it was Howard making the tag till many years later.
 

simplicio

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Rickey Henderson. Mark Melancon and John Smoltz. Cliff Floyd, Yoenis Cespedes. Carlos Baerga.
I find the disparity of Melancon's stats between his one Boston year and the rest of his career too galling to forget how much he sucked for us.
 

pokey_reese

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Oh man, I HAD forgotten about Matt Mantei, despite the fact that at the time I had an irrational (maybe rational?) hatred of him. I feel like I went to a decent number of games that year, and he seemed to ruin all of them.
 

Ferm Sheller

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Has anyone thrown out Larry Andersen as a joke yet? I hope not because it's not particularly funny (for at least two reasons, one of them being it's just not that funny).
 

amRadio

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Wow, I really did forget him the second time. 2015 is a blind spot for me. In terms of Boston sports it's like Maxwell's Silver Hammer; I pretend it isn't there and Abbey Road gets better. Everything surrounding 2015 is awesome and the decade overall was fantastic sports wise, but I kinda mentally act like it didn't happen.
 

Sandy Leon Trotsky

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Wow, I really did forget him the second time. 2015 is a blind spot for me. In terms of Boston sports it's like Maxwell's Silver Hammer; I pretend it isn't there and Abbey Road gets better. Everything surrounding 2015 is awesome and the decade overall was fantastic sports wise, but I kinda mentally act like it didn't happen.
But Octopus's Garden is sitting there still blocking it from happening.
 

Ferm Sheller

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Didn't really forget about him, I guess, but I can't effin believe that Jim Leyritz was a RS.
 

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Bartolo Colo'n. Didn't he throw like 1 inning and quit or ....something
Seven starts for the 2008 team (3.92 ERA in 39 innings). Six of which were in May/June then he went on the IL after injuring himself swinging a bat.

He made one start in September after coming off the IL, then quit when he found out he was not in the running to make the post-season roster.
 

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Matt Clement. I always think of him as a Cub and remember him been good with them. He had a good start to 2005 and replaced Halladay on the All-Star roster in his first year with Boston. I kind of forgot about him getting hit in the head against Tampa and I don’t think he ever really came back from that.
 

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I remembered Jason Bay because I was trying to follow the 7/31 trade deadline on my phone -at a dude ranch up in the mountains of Eastern Washington, a few miles west of the Idaho border and only a couple of miles south of Canada - real Unabomber/prepper country.

And it turns out Manny was dealt in a three-way that brought Jason Bay to the Sox, and I just happened to be a few miles south of Trail, BC, his hometown, so all eight people within a fifty mile radius were buzzing about it.

I would have bet any money that Rickey never played for the Sox.
 

Sandy Leon Trotsky

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Matt Clement. I always think of him as a Cub and remember him been good with them. He had a good start to 2005 and replaced Halladay on the All-Star roster in his first year with Boston. I kind of forgot about him getting hit in the head against Tampa and I don’t think he ever really came back from that.
My recollection was that he was already struggling in his several starts prior to the beaning. He was torturous to watch pitch... every pitched was outside and low to righty batters. When he returned from the hit to the head it definitely compounded his "problems" but they were already pretty pronounced prior to that IMO
 

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Luis Aparicio is one HOFer that I can remember on the Sox, a year or two before Marichal. I loved Cha Cha Cepeda.

How about Rick Cerone? I hated him. Always thought he was an embedded Yankee, in the same vein as Mendoza.
 

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In the whole thread, Bartolo Colon was the only one in my watching years I said, What? to.

Those over-the-hill Duquette acquisitions. . .man.

Also, I'll throw out Andy Marte for others consideration.
 

Philip Jeff Frye

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Since somebody ruled out Rollie Fingers in the "almost a Red Sox" thread, does he belong here?

How about Ted Cox? He had a pretty good half season for us in the late 1970s as a trade deadline pickup, if I remember correctly.

Edit - oops, no, I'm thinking of Ted Sizemore. And he wasn't very good either. See, he was pretty forgettable!
 

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Do guys who never made the big league roster count? If so, Hee-Seop Choi deserves to be remembered. I thought for sure Theo had found the next Big Papi "diamond in the rough claimed after being waived by a stupider team" when he nabbed Choi.

That was not the case. He stunk in Pawtucket and left to join the KBO the next season.
 

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My recollection was that he was already struggling in his several starts prior to the beaning. He was torturous to watch pitch... every pitched was outside and low to righty batters. When he returned from the hit to the head it definitely compounded his "problems" but they were already pretty pronounced prior to that IMO
Yeah, his shoulder was giving out on him right around the same time as he got beaned. I remember defending his signing because he seemed to be a durable guy who'd give them good value. He'd made 30+ starts for six straight years, and did make 32 for the Sox that year (191 innings). His career was pretty much over by the end of his first year (only 12 starts after that).

Through June 30, he had a 3.33 ERA that season. By the time of the beaning game on 7/26 (which remarkably didn't result in an IL stint) his ERA was already over 4 and climbing.
 

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I'll throw out another one:

For some reason, I remember Nick Green's tenure as a Red Sox, but always forget this guy:

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Álex González
 

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Those who are mentioning Red Sox greats like Bret Saberhagen(26 wins!) and Steve Avery(16 wins!) are crazy. The late 90's early 00's were something special!

Chase d'Arnaud played 2 games for the Sox!
 

Ferm Sheller

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Do guys who never made the big league roster count? If so, Hee-Seop Choi deserves to be remembered. I thought for sure Theo had found the next Big Papi "diamond in the rough claimed after being waived by a stupider team" when he nabbed Choi.

That was not the case. He stunk in Pawtucket and left to join the KBO the next season.
If so, I'll throw out Mark Fidrych.