All year we’ve been celebrating the 2004 Red Sox Championship team and for good reason. Of course in 2004, nobody could have imagined the franchise would go onto win 2 more World Series in a 10 year span, and each team that won, had a different personality. 2004 was the year of the Idiots who asked the question “Why Not Us?” 2013 was the year of the beard, and helped a city cope with tragedy. But what was 2007? There really wasn’t much personality, just a team trying to win ballgames.
Sure you might be thinking “What’s wrong with that?” and you’re right, there’s nothing wrong with that, but with the power of hindsight, it’s easy to see, there weren’t a lot of likeable players on the team.
The Ace of the club was Josh Beckett. He had won a title in 2003 against the Bronx Bombers, and he first entered the national spotlight when he pitched a complete game gem to clinch the series for Florida in 2003. In his first year with the Sox in 2006, he wasn’t what he was billed as. He gave up the long ball a lot, but in 2007 he had himself a year. When October rolled around, he was dominant.
With the Red Sox trailing 3 games to 1 against Cleveland in the ALCS, he stepped up and pitched a fantastic game to get the Red Sox back in the series and helped save the season. But we all know what happened to Beckett in the years following. He seemed to not care when he was pitching, and he was the ringleader in the Beer and Chicken scandal of 2011. He was booed out of Fenway during the 2011 and 2012 season, before finally get the boot to the Dodgers, were he was mediocre at best. Despite helping Boston to a World Series title, he might be one of the least liked Boston sports stars of all time.
Then there was Jonathan Papelbon. In his 2nd full season in the big leagues he was a dominant closer, and was untouchable in the playoffs that year. But even in 2007, you could tell he was crazy, and pretty much an ass. The only reason we liked him, was because he was on our team, and he was winning. Read more