The Red Sox waited an extra decade to do it compared to beloved stars like Pedro Martinez and Carlton Fisk, but they’ve announced they’ll finally put #26 on the right field roof deck facade:
The Red Sox today announced that the club will retire Wade Boggs’ uniform number 26 on May 26, 2016. The Hall of Famer’s .338 batting average with the Red Sox is second only to Ted Williams, and no one has ever played more games at third base in team history. He helped lead the Red Sox to three postseason berths, including the 1986 American League Championship, whose 30th anniversary will be celebrated this year.
The number 26 will be the 10th on the right field facade of Fenway Park, joining Bobby Doerr’s #1; Joe Cronin’s #4; Johnny Pesky’s #6; Carl Yastrzemski’s #8; Ted Williams’ #9; Jim Rice’s #14; Carlton Fisk’s #27; Pedro Martinez’s #45, and Jackie Robinson’s #42, which is retired throughout Major League Baseball. […]
“Wade Boggs took the art of hitting to an extraordinary level,” said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. “From 1982 to 1992, the five-time batting champion was invincible. Boggs worked at his craft relentlessly and for nearly a decade New England fans worshiped him, pitchers feared him, and young children emulated him. It is fitting that his batting average with the Red Sox is second only to the greatest hitter who ever lived. We eagerly await the spring when we can honor the extraordinary legacy of this 12-time All Star.”
I’m torn. Objectively, Boggs is 4th in career Red Sox Wins Above Replacement (only Williams, Yaz & Clemens have more), ahead of a lot of guys who’ve already had their numbers retired. I always say you shouldn’t punish great players just for being a (non-criminal) jerk – I love Jim Rice & Manny Being Manny. And the national and Boston media absolutely hounded Boggs for his extramarital affair in the twilight of the era in which we pretended our sports heroes were also saints, something that wouldn’t be covered with nearly the degree of pearl-clutching & gawkery today.
On the other hand, he was a jackass who went to the Yankees, won a title with them & rubbed our noses in it, so screw that guy.
What do you think?