Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Former Sox Star Marty Barrett Turns 57 Today

Barrett In The 1986 World Series
He should have been the MVP of the 1986 World Series. After all, Marty Barrett only hit .433 in that year's Fall Classic—with a .514 on-base percentage. Of course, we all know how that haunted series turned out and why Marty never got that accolade. Today, Barrett turns 57 years old, and in our mind's eye we can still see him slapping line-drive hits to the opposite field with his distinctive swing. He was a consummate contact hitter—striking out only 209 times in his entire career. He also pulled off the hidden-ball trick three times—and scored the winning run in the longest professional baseball game in history (Pawtucket vs. Rochester; April, 1981; 11 hours, 25 minutes). He was a solid .278 hitter in his nine seasons in Boston, but suffered a serious knee injury crossing first base in 1989. After that play, it was essentially the Jody Reed Era at Fenway. We will always remember his stellar performance in the 1986 post-season. Happy birthday, Marty!