PawSox Well Represented in All Fenway Park Team
Hard to believe it, but Wednesday night was the Red Sox final home game in 2012. To conclude the season-long 100th Anniversary Celebration of Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox presented the All Fenway Park Team comprising the greatest 40 Red Sox players, and three managers, in Fenway Park history to appear in their positions of play.
The All Fenway Park Team was voted on by fans, historians, Front Office staff, and the club’s historical and archival consultants. Below are the three teams that make up the 40-man roster along with the three managers of each team.
The names in bold — a total of 19 — represent those who at one point also wore a Pawtucket Red Sox uniform (Johnny Pesky managed the PawSox for part of the 1990 season, while Rico Petrocelli managed Pawtucket in 1992).
|Starting Lineup||First Reserves||Second Reserves|
|Carlton Fisk – C||Jason Varitek – C||Rich Gedman– C|
|Jimmie Foxx – 1B||Mo Vaughn – 1B||George Scott – 1B|
|Dustin Pedroia – 2B||Bobby Doerr – 2B||Jerry Remy – 2B|
|Wade Boggs – 3B||Mike Lowell – 3B||Frank Malzone – 3B|
|Nomar Garciaparra – SS||Johnny Pesky – SS||Rico Petrocelli – SS|
|Ted Williams – LF||Carl Yastrzemski – LF||Jim Rice – LF|
|Fred Lynn – CF||Dom DiMaggio – CF||Reggie Smith –CF|
|Dwight Evans – RF||Trot Nixon – RF||Tony Conigliaro – RF|
|Pedro Martinez – RHP||Roger Clemens – P||Babe Ruth – P|
|Lefty Grove – LHP||Luis Tiant – P||Smoky Joe Wood – P|
|Jonathan Papelbon – Closer||Tim Wakefield – P||Curt Schilling – P|
|David Ortiz – DH||Dennis Eckersley – P||Bill Lee – P|
|Terry Francona – Manager||Dick Radatz – P||Jim Lonborg – P|
|Joe Cronin – Manager||Dick Williams – Manager|
|Pinch Runner/Pinch Hitter|
|Bernie Carbo – PH*|
|Dave Roberts – PR|
- Not only was Wednesday night the final home game for the Sox in 2012, it also marked the 8,000th Major League game played at Fenway Park. That figure includes regular season and post-season games for both the Red Sox and Braves.
- With his home run Wednesday night, Bryce Harper became the second teenager in Major League history to hit 20 homers in a season. Former PawSox and Red Sox outfielder Tony Conigliaro (listed above) hit 24 bombs in 1964 as a 19-year-old.
- I failed to mention the other day when writing about the Red Sox minor league award winners that Daniel Nava has received the Lou Gorman award. The award, now in its second year, is given to a minor leaguer who has “demonstrated dedication and perseverance in overcoming obstacles,” and was awarded last season to former PawSox pitcher Tommy Hottovy. After not being invited to Major League Spring Training, Nava has played in 82 games with Boston this year where he’s hit .249 with four home runs and 30 runs batted in.
- According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Washington Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter will be the next manager of the Houston Astros. Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar interviewed for the position — like he did prior to the 2010 season when he lost out to former Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills. Mills, who became Nolan Ryan’s record-setting 3,509th strikeout victim, went 171-274 as Houston’s manager prior to being fired in August.
- Plans have been drawn up to build the world’s largest Ferris wheel just beyond the fence of one of the country’s most highly regarded minor league ballparks. “At 625 feet, the $230 million New York Wheel will exceed the height of the Singapore Flyer, currently the world’s tallest observation wheel, and will also eclipse the London Eye and a ‘High Roller’ wheel planned for the Las Vegas Strip,” reports silive.com. Expected to carry 4.5 million riders annually, the Wheel will be built just to the north of Richmond County Bank Ballpark, home of the short-season Staten Island Yankees.