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   1. villageidiom Posted: January 19, 2017 at 09:23 AM (#5385828)
My first Opening Day as a season ticket holder was his first home game and I will never forget him taking the first pitch he saw and driving it onto Landsdowne Street.
That was my second season as a season ticket holder, and because of traffic coming up from CT I didn't get to the game until after the 1st inning.

My Manny HR moment was when he hit the lights atop the Monster. Not the light pole; the lights. I've no doubt that HR would have been the longest ever at Fenway if the lights hadn't gotten in the way. (He'd hit a 463' HR earlier in the day, too.)

This is my favorite memory of Manny on defense. The combination of irresponsibility, entertainment, and positive result is hard to beat.
   2. villageidiom Posted: January 19, 2017 at 09:41 AM (#5385846)
Wakefield was a team player. His first two starts for Boston came in a 4-day span. Two days rest? Sure. He asked to pitch in 2003 ALCS Game 3 to save the rest of the team for Game 4. Move to the bullpen? Sure. Close? Sure. He made the All-Star team, and then took the role of designated survivor, never entering the game. Sure. Off the roster for the playoffs? Sure. Start Game 1 of the WS? Sure.
   3. karlmagnus Posted: January 19, 2017 at 10:04 AM (#5385863)
We can solve the DH problem and get rid of Moreland by bringing Manny back from Japan mid-season. Bet he'd still hit better than Moreland, and it would raise his HoF chances since it would delay his last year from 2026 until 2032, by which time the PED hysteria will be long forgotten.

I wouldn't want him to field at 44, but great hitters are great hitters; in cricket Jack Hobbs had his greatest triumph at 44 and played another 8 years.
   4. jmurph Posted: January 19, 2017 at 03:04 PM (#5386173)
As happy as I am for the three very deserving inductees I’ll leave it to others to talk about them and I want to touch on a few memories of three of the Sox who were on the ballot this year and will not return next year;

Manny is still on the ballot, right? This literally just made my heartbeat speed up.

EDIT: Yes, confirmed for my own sanity. Fix it Jose, to prevent future heart attacks!
   5. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: January 19, 2017 at 03:08 PM (#5386181)
Sorry dude. Change from my first draft caused the mixup.
   6. jmurph Posted: January 19, 2017 at 03:11 PM (#5386184)
Ha, no worries. Well obviously yes I was actually worried and went scrambling for confirmation- I knew they made some changes to the eligibility rules, but thankfully they weren't that radical.
   7. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: January 19, 2017 at 03:30 PM (#5386201)
The original version of this looked a bit different and I realized I was shoehorning someone in that wasn't as meaningful to me as Manny was.
   8. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: January 19, 2017 at 06:30 PM (#5386377)
If I go to a Tibetan temple right now, and spend two years mastering the knuckleball, I can go 84-79 in my MLB career.

Also, Tek lasted as long on the HoF ballot as Posada! I always knew 2002 me would be vindicated in my arguments that Tek was just as good!

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