With the recent success of my beloved Boston Red Sox, it’s had me thinking. We have had a lot of talent and great players don the Red Sox uniform. I decided to put together the best team I could with players that have played on the team in the 2000s. Key factors: Tenure with the team, attitude of the player, and WINNING. The team is as follows:
Manager: Terry “Tito” Francona
Not much competition here. I never really understood why we got rid of him. Was a great player’s manager and had tremendous decision-making when needed. Alex Cora could have something to say about this in a few years.
Designated Hitter: Big “Fucking” Papi
Well not much to say about Big Papi, I think everyone knew he would be on this team but guy delivered us 3 World Series Rings and was arguably the greatest clutch hitter ever. I miss seeing this guy step into this batters box. Was always a show.
Catcher: Captain Jason Varitek
I’m not too sure if we have found Varitek’s replacement. His leadership and defensive ability has been irreplaceable behind home plate. Struggled at hitting at sometimes but other times it seemed like he was delivering a clutch base knock when we needed it most.
First Base: Kevin Youkilis
YOUUUUUUUUK. I remember watching this guys first at-bat and I’m almost positive he sent it over the Green Monster. Excellent defensively at first basemen, and being related to Tom Brady is always a plus.
2nd Base: Dustin Pedroia
While it is very sad to see this guy struggle late in his career and sometimes I wonder why he is still on the team, it would be beyond me to not put him on this team. Arguably the best second basemen during his prime and had a few MVP caliber seasons. I was once compared to Dustin Pedroia in a basketball article, WEIRD BRAG I KNOW.
3rd Base: Mike “MVP” Lowell
Mike Lowell locked down the hot corner for many years. Tremendous hitter, Tremendous fielder, and a Tremendous leader. Hell, he was the MVP of the 2007 World Series too. Loved watching this guy play.
Shortstop: Nomar “Class Act” Garciaparra
When the Red Sox traded Nomar during the 2004 season, it was a pretty sad day in good old Rockland Mass. But in the end I guess you could say it worked out for us. Unbelievable in the field, could hit with the best of them and who didn’t love watching this guy step into the batter’s box fixing his gloves (for reasons I still don’t know). Still pissed off this guy was able to hang around that year for the World Series but who knows maybe the Red Sox never win that year if we don’t make that trade.
Left Field: Manny Ramirez
My favorite Red Sox player of all-time. There was no way I was going to leave him off this list and why would I? Over 500 Home-Runs, clutch clutch clutch hitting and while he struggled in the field at times, no one knew how to play that Monster better than Manny. I think I cried when he was traded to the Dodgers but that’s when Manny was being, well Manny.
Center Field: Mookie Betts
This guy is a fucking stud. I still don’t understand how someone so small can hit the ball with as much power and drive as Mookie Betts. Able to field multiple positions is always a plus too. This guy will be the face of the franchise for many years to come. Let’s just hope he doesn’t go to the Yankees like other Red Sox centerfielders have had the tendency of doing..
Right Field: Trot Nixon
Trot Nixon was always a pleasure to watch. I have a lot of friends that still to this day say he was their favorite Red Sox player ever. Played his heart out in the field and really had some huge at-bats in some big time games. Don’t ever doubt #7. Unfortunately in a few years I think JD Martinez will have to take his spot on this team but lets see if JD can deliver in October first.
Starting Pitchers: Pedro Martinez Curt Schilling Josh Beckett Chris Sale Jon Lester
All I have to say is WOW. 4 legitimate aces and then Jon Lester. Slap my ass and call me par. Pedro was unreal, Curt Schilling is crazy, Chris Sale is a nut case, Lester was clutch as fuck and I think people forget how dominant Beckett was at times.
Relievers: Manny Delcarmen Koji Uehara Keith Foulke
This is actually the position I found hard to find players for. I got two former closers and Manny Delcarmen, who I think was actually decent out of the pen for a while. I’d actually love to hear people’s opinion on this position to spice it up a little bit. But with Foulke and Uehara delivering us those World Series, I couldn’t keep them off the list.
Closer: Jonathan Papelbon
Psycho, absolute nut case, freak show…kinda sounds like me. But Papelbon was nothing short of dominant when he was clicking. An automatic save most nights. Once he started getting a little too crazy though his career dwindled but I’d take Prime Papelbon over most closers.
Notable Mentions: JD Martinez Bill Mueller…THATS IT.
Feel free to tell me how much of an idiot I am because I missed your favorite player but this is the team I would roll with. I’m not sure any other franchise in baseball could come up with a better team but that’s an argument for a different day. Taaaaaaanks for reading fam!
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