Monday, January 11, 2016

Tek, Wake, Larry And Ira (Who?) Elected To Sox HOF

The Red Sox announced that three players and a former CEO have been named to the team's Hall Of Fame. Former team Captain Jason Varitek, knuckle-balling whiz Tim Wakefield and 1920s-era CF Ira Flagstead will all be enshrined this year. In addition, former Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino (now with the Pawtucket Red Sox) will also be honored in the Hall. In 15 seasons with the Red Sox, Varitek hit .256 with 193 HRs. But it was his leadership on and off the field that made him an indispensable piece of two World Series Championship teams (2004, 2007). Wakefield's 17 seasons with the Red Sox were marked by incredible versatility—starting 430 games and relieving in another 160. His overall ERA in Carmine Hose was 4.43—with 186 wins. Wake was also a key part of two World Championship teams. Flagstead (who died nearly 76 years ago at age 46) played seven years in Boston—hitting .295 and playing stellar outfield defense. Lucchino coined the phrase "The Evil Empire" for the franchise 250 miles to our south—that's all you need to know.