Thursday, March 17, 2016

Former 2004 Red Sox Hero Bill Mueller Turns 45 Today

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Perhaps the classiest player on Boston's fabled 2004 World Series Championship roster was third baseman Bill Mueller—who turns 45 years old today. In his three years wearing Carmine Hose, Mueller batted .303, with a .378 OBP and an .853 OPS. Mueller always demonstrated the 'Quiet Class' that all of us want in players who wear the Red Sox 'laundry'. He did his job day in and day out without fanfare. Who can forget the game-tying hit in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS (driving in Dave Roberts) or the season-turning home run off Mariano Rivera in the 'Brawl Game' of that same year (featuring the famous A-Fraud/Tek contretemps)? Both classic Red Sox moments—and Mueller was in the middle of both. Happy birthday, Bill!