The Boston Red Sox announced August 14 as the induction date for their Hall of Fame class of 2014, which is filled with familiar names of the modern era. Nomar Garciaparra, Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, and Joe Castiglione were tapped in February for induction into the Red Sox Hall. Nomar and Pedro a clear nod to the 2004 World Series team that broke the “Curse of the Bambino” (although Nomar had been moved before the historic Series). Roger Clemens inclusion was a bit of a surprise in that, after taking the Sox to the postseason four times without a title, he bolted the franchise, eventually winning World Series titles with the New York Yankees. Plus he was one of the central figures of the steroid era (most of the accusations after he left Boston). Castiglione is a popular broadcaster as one of the teams radio voices since 1983.
Nomar Garciaparra played for Boston from 1996 – 2004, during which he was traded in season and missed out on the teams’ first title as mentioned above. In Nomar’s prime, he was one of the “big three” shortstops in the American League alongside Derek Jeter of the rival New York Yankees, and Alex Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners, then Texas Rangers. He was the 1997 American League Rookie of the Year, and tallied a lifetime .323 average with 178 career home runs with Boston.
Pedro Martinez played with the Red Sox from 1998 – 2004 collecting a World Series title with the club in that magical 2004 season, pitching 7 innings of shutout ball in his only game in the sweep of the Cardinals. He accumulated a 117-37 record with a 2.52 ERA during his dominant seven-year stint in Boston, which included two Cy Young Awards, and four other Top three Cy Young finishes.
Roger Clemens played for the Red Sox from 1984 – 1996. His est season was 1986, in which he went 24-4 with a 2.48 ERA in collecting his first of three Cy Young Awards with Boston. In total, he won 168 games with the Red Sox, with a staggering 100 complete games and 38 shutouts. Clemens has had a swirl of controversy surrounding performance enhancing drugs, which has kept his vote for the National Baseball Hall of Fame well below the 75% needed for inductions.
Joe Castiglione started with the franchise in 1983, Carl Yastrzemski’s final season and continues to call geams as the new era of Sox stars like Xander Bogaerts, Brock Holt, and Jackie Bradley emerge. He infamously did not call the ball between Bill Buckner’s legs in 1986, as he was in the clubhouse awaiting a victorious Sox celebration to end the Curse.
The Red Sox game on August 14 is against the Houston Astros with a ceremony over the lunch hour.
– David Whitlock
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– David Whitlock