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I think Zim is best remembered as the guy right next to manager Joe Torre on the right-hand side of the Yankees dugout in the good years: a motionless thick, short figure, heavily swathed in Yankee formals.
Um, seeing this headline for a second made me think that Roger had died.
Zim sitting is the way he comes back to mind, for me. Like a few other old coaches, he had converted clubhouse silence and immobility—elbows on knees, hands folded, head aimed forward and downward, lips zipped—into something like a regional religious practice.
Zimmer was the man in charge of two highly memorable teams: the operatically doomed 1978 Red Sox and the roll-the-dice miraculous 1989 Cubs.
Were they highly memorable because of their fates, or because they were the high-profile Red Sox and Cubs?
The Red Sox were not a particularly high-profile franchise in 1978. The Yankees, the Dodgers, the Reds, the Orioles, the Phillies - those were all higher-profile than the Red Sox.
They were a team filled with stars, including three future Hall of Famers (Yaz, Rice, and Fisk)
How are the '78 Bosox any different than the collapsed 1995 Angels
Um, what? The Red Sox "Impossible Dream" season of 1967 was among the very biggest baseball stories of that decade, and it put the Red Sox right back on the map (off of which they had, to be sure, slipped since the mid-1950s) as one of the sport's most visible franchises. The 1975 World Series between the Red Sox and the Reds was loudly touted, right as it was happening, as one of the very greatest World Series in history, with Fisk's dramatic home run at Fenway Park instantly recognized by everyone as one of the sport's iconic moments. The slugging Red Sox team of 1977 was lavished with a big feature story in Sports Illustrated, which attempted to nickname them (it, uh, didn't stick) "Boomer and the Crunch Bunch."
He said that he had been around baseball for over 20 years but this was the first time he had ever seen a first place team (the Red Sox) trying to catch up to the second place team (the Yankees).
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