Wednesday, August 10, 2016

FenwayNation Announces New Gagne 'Let-Down' Award

FenwayNation is today announcing a new award to be given out each year to the most disappointing member of the Red Sox. (What—like this isn't an award perfectly suited for our fan base?) Named for one of the most disappointing Sox of all time (Eric Gagne) the 'naming rights' could have gone to several others (Mike Lansing, Jose Offerman, Larry Andersen, John Wasdin, Carl Crawford—just to name a few), but Gagne was just so darned special. He came to the team in mid-2007—off a half-season of great work for the Texas Rangers (2.16 ERA). However, as a member of The Carmine Hose, Gagne imploded. He blew three save opportunities and posted a 6.75 ERA and a 1.875 WHIP in the second-half of the season. He gave up 12.9 hits per nine innings pitched. Frightful. Of course, he got a ring for the ultimate 2007 Championship (he did pitch one clean inning in the World Series), but he left a really bad taste in the mouths of Red Sox fans everywhere. So this year, and for many years to come, certain players can look forward to the chance of putting a 'Gagne' on their mantlepiece.