Tuesday, December 20, 2016
December 20, 1980: A Date That Will Live In Sox Angst
an arbitrator did not buy Sullivan's excuses and set Fisk free to pursue employment with any team. The Red Sox continued to talk brave—insisting that Carlton would return "home" to Fenway. Amazingly, the six-time All-Star was making $210,000 at the time—and was offered only $2.5 million over four (un-guaranteed) years by The Carmine Hose. The Pale Hose offered five guaranteed years and $2.9 million. Upon signing the new deal, Pudge said, '"To make an understatement, I had to make a monumental decision to leave Boston. It's been very trying and rough on the entire family. A few months ago, I never could have visualized this scene taking place here today." A truly dark day for Boston sports.