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RKMeibalane
10-15-2004, 06:13 PM
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In the spirit of the rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, I thought it would be worthwhile to discuss several of the players, coaches, and managers who have played an important part in this rivalry over the years.

For tonight, I have chosen Wade Boggs to be the subject of discussion. As many of you are aware, Boggs was a left-handed hitting third baseman, who played eighteen seasons in the Major Leagues, from 1982-1999. His spent the first eleven seasons of his career with the Red Sox, before signing with the Yankees as a free-agent prior to the 1993 season. He then spent the next five seasons in the Bronx, helping the Yankees win the World Series in 1996, before closing out his storied career with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Remembered most for his years with Boston, Boggs finished his career with a batting average of .328, racking up more than three thousand hits. Of Boggs, former Sox hitting instructor Walt Hriniak once said, "He was the best hitter for simply getting a base hit that I've ever seen." Hriniak, of course, has also gone on record as saying that he believes Frank Thomas is the greatest all-around hitter he's ever seen.

Wade Boggs was known to be extremely superstitious. He always ate chicken before games, and he also maintained a strict routine when preparing for each contest. If a game began at 7:30 on a particular evening, Boggs always took batting practice starting at 5:17, while running wind-sprints at 7:17. Because he always took the same route from his team's dugout to third base, his footprints would often remain visible as the season wore on, indicative of his desire to adhere to the routine that fueled his success on the baseball field.

RKMeibalane
10-15-2004, 06:39 PM
October 15, 1986: Boggs went 1-5 with two RBI as the Boston Red Sox defeated the California Angels by the score of 8-1 in Game Seven of the American League Championship Series. Boggs' lone hit came in the second inning, when he singled off of Angels' starter John Candelaria to drive in two runs. The Red Sox, of course, advanced to the World Series, where they were defeated by the New York Mets in seven games.

RKMeibalane
10-15-2004, 07:06 PM
July 31, 1991: Wade Boggs had three five-hit games in his career, the last of which came during the 1991 season. On the night of July 31, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Oakland Athletics 11-10 in fourteen innings. Boggs finished 5-7, scoring three runs while driving in one run himself. Boggs doubled three times, and also tripled. The Red Sox won the game on a home run by Jack Clark, who homered three times during the game.

RKMeibalane
10-15-2004, 10:57 PM
August 26, 1999: Wade Boggs faces the Chicago White Sox for the final time during his playing career, going 2-4 with two RBI in a D-Rays 9-7 victory at Tropicana Field. One of the two hits recorded by Boggs was a double off of Sox starter John Snyder. It is also worth mentioning that Rick White pitched in this game for the Devil Rays. Sox fans, of course, remember him for his inability to do anything right during the 2003 season.

RKMeibalane
10-15-2004, 11:04 PM
June 29, 1993: Boggs hits his first home run in a Yankees uniform, propelling the 'Bombers past the Detroit Tigers by taking Ted Bolton into the upper deck at Yankee Stadium. The walkoff blast secures a 4-3 win for the Yankees. Boggs hit his only other home run of the season a few days later against the Oakland A's.

RKMeibalane
10-15-2004, 11:19 PM
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July 11, 1989: In what is viewed as one of the most exciting All Star Games in history, the American League defeated the National League 5-3. Boggs helped get things going early for the Junior Circuit, following a Bo Jackson home run with one of his own off of Giants starter Rick Reuschel. Other key participants in this game included Don Mattingly, Kirby Puckett, Harold Baines, Nolan Ryan, John Smoltz, Tony Gwynn, Will Clark, and everyone's favorite announcer, Rick Suttcliffe.

RKMeibalane
10-16-2004, 10:30 PM
April 26, 1983: Boggs records his first Major League hit... against the Chicago White Sox.

depy48
10-17-2004, 12:11 PM
rumor has it that on a flight from new york to california, wade boggs drank 64 beers

RKMeibalane
10-17-2004, 12:35 PM
rumor has it that on a flight from new york to california, wade boggs drank 64 beers
I heard that. Boggs had some... interesting experiences off the field during his career.

Baby Fisk
10-17-2004, 12:38 PM
Boggs = an example of a Red Sox player unable to win a WS ring until he put on the Yankee pinstripes. To Red Sox fans, Boggs was a celebrated long-time player. To the Yankees, he's just another rent-a-star. This kills people in Boston. It could be likened to Mark Grace going to Arizona for his WS ring, and even staying around to become a TV guy after that.

1951Campbell
10-17-2004, 10:05 PM
I heard that. Boggs had some... interesting experiences off the field during his career.
1. Breaking a rib falling into the corner of a nightstand while putting on cowboy boots.

2. "Willing himself invisible" to avoid injury while being mugged.

3. Two words: Delta Force.