All-Aughts Team of the Decade Honorable Mention Vote

MLB: Red Sox V Rangers May 27, 2007
Now that the All-Aughts Team of the Decade roster is complete, it's time to fill out the two remaining spots available: honorable mention and dishonorable mention. We're tackling the former today. The Red Sox have players worthy of being immortalized on the Team of the Decade even though they didn't crack the roster. Below are the five candidates eligible for honorable mention. Please take your time and vote for the candidate you feel belongs on the roster, either at the end of this article or on the right sidebar, near the top.

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Now that the All-Aughts Team of the Decade roster is complete, it’s time to fill out the two remaining spots available: honorable mention and dishonorable mention. We’re tackling the former today.

The Red Sox have players worthy of being immortalized on the Team of the Decade even though they didn’t crack the roster. Below are the five candidates eligible for honorable mention. Please take your time and vote for the candidate you feel belongs on the roster, either at the end of this article or on the right sidebar, near the top.

Dave Roberts: Served 2004 with Boston. 101 at-bats, .256/.330/.442 with 10 doubles and five stolen bases. Claim to fame: The stolen base in Game 4 of of the 2004 ALCS, enabling Boston to tie the game on Bill Mueller’s single up the middle. Boston eventually won the game and went on to win the World Series after being down three games to none in the ALCS to the New York Yankees, Boston’s hated rival. Considered the seminal moment of the playoffs, season, decade and perhaps Boston’s history as a whole. Also scored the tying run in Game 5, both after Kevin Millar worked walks. Is Evan’s vote of honorable mention and narrowly missed out on a Team of the Decade spot to Eric Hinske, by virtue of Hinske’s longer service to Boston and ability to play first and third base, a necessity on the team.

MLB: Red Sox V Rangers May 27, 2007

Mike Lowell: Served 2006-2009 with Boston. 2,026 at-bats, .295/.350/.479 with 75 home runs and 140 doubles. Claim to fame: The 2007 World Series MVP. Was acquired along with Josh Beckett in a salary dump of the purest sense, as many felt he was cooked after his awful 2005. Found the Green Monster to his liking, peppered it with doubles and was a linchpin of the ’07 team, nabbing a career high 120 RBI and being named the 2008 Fire Brand of the Year.

Kevin Millar: Served 2003-2005 with Boston. 1,501 at-bats, .282/.362/.451 with 52 home runs and 220 RBI. Claim to fame: Being the architect of the clubhouse harmony from 2003-2004. Pioneered “Cowboy Up” and the “Rally Karaoke Guy,” as well as “El Bencho,” a term of derision for being a bench player during his 2004 late-season struggles, plus the addition of Doug Mientkiewicz. Was a major offensive force in 2003. Worked the two crucial walks during ALCS Game 4 and 5 in 2004 that led to Boston scoring the tying run late in the game, spurring a World Series win. Narrowly missed out on being the starting 1B on the All-Aughts team to Kevin Youkilis.

Keith Foulke: Served 2004-2006 with Boston. 178.1 innings, 3.73 ERA, 47 saves. Was inhuman down the postseason stretch in 2004, pitching a total of 14 innings, eight walks (six against the Yankees, when they pitched very cautiously), 19 strikeouts and just one earned run in garbage time during the World Series. Finished three ALCS games and all four World Series game. Was the pitcher on the mound when Boston exorcised it’s World Series drought in 2004. Widely believed that his postseason heroics were responsible for his subsequent physical breakdown and exit from baseball.

J.D. Drew: Served 2007-2009 with Boston. .276/.390/.485 with 54 HR, 196 RBI. Claim to fame: The $14 million Grand Slam in the bottom of the first of Game 6 of the 2007 ALCS, propelling Boston to a win and eventually a second World Series win. Receives a lot of flak for his attitude, but outproduced Kevin Millar over a similar three-year period despite consistently hitting lower in the order. Is the 2010 Fire Brand of the Year winner.

Alright ladies and gentlemen, time to vote! Who should be the honorable mention of the All-Aughts Team of the Decade? Vote below or in the sidebar on the right. Voting will run one week.

Should Tim Wakefield be on the 25-man roster in 2011?

  • Yes. He provides flexibility and can be good in stretches. (65%, 130 Votes)
  • No. His time has passed. (35%, 70 Votes)

Total Voters: 200

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Categories: Dave Roberts J.D. Drew Keith Foulke Kevin Millar Mike Lowell

Born on the 37th anniversary of the the day Babe Ruth died (1985) which later became the day Jimy Williams was fired in 2001 (a monumental event at the time), Evan was too young to experience the pain 1986 brought, but a deep wound was sowed in 2003. Since then, Fire Brand has become a blog that Red Sox “club officials read,” as per Peter Gammons. Evan enjoys working out, writing, reading, quality television, science fiction and history and being newly married. He is a professional baseball journalist as well as president of a state non-profit and member of the Board of Directors for a national profit. (Twitter.)

16 Responses to “All-Aughts Team of the Decade Honorable Mention Vote” Subscribe

  1. barroomhero February 2, 2010 at 12:33 PM #

    I gotta go Lowell. His impact has been pretty huge since he arrived. I see what you are saying about Foulke Tim, but I gotta go Lowell.

  2. @maeamian February 2, 2010 at 12:46 PM #

    I hate to chose between Lowell and Roberts, simply because they've both had big impacts in very different ways. In the end, I have to go Dave Roberts, just because that steal means so much.

  3. Aaron February 2, 2010 at 12:55 PM #

    Maybe not the most rational pick as the other guys provided more overall value but I'll go with Roberts. That steal was awesome.

  4. evanbrunell February 2, 2010 at 1:42 PM #

    Sorry guys but your votes didn't take for some reason, I need you to please resubmit.

  5. evanbrunell February 2, 2010 at 1:43 PM #

    If you commented here (Tim, barroomhero, maeamian and Aaron) your vote went through but if you did not, I need you to please resubmit your vote — sorry for the inconvenience.

  6. sawxsince67 February 2, 2010 at 2:14 PM #

    "Without Foulke '04 doesn't happen."

    This.

    1 ER in 14 IP during the 2004 Playoffs. 19K in those 14 innings. A change up pitcher.

    Game 6 ALCS (B-Ref): Bottom of the 9th, Yankees Batting, Behind 2-4, Red Sox' Keith Foulke facing 4-5-6

    2 walks around 2Ks and a popup.

    They Got Nothing.

  7. Aaron February 2, 2010 at 2:39 PM #

    Doesn't Theo belong on the All-Aughts somewhere?

  8. went9 February 2, 2010 at 3:15 PM #

    I couldn't bring myself to leave out the steal.

  9. Shane February 3, 2010 at 9:35 AM #

    I voted Roberts, I think Foulke should be in at RP over Embree. I know there was an only one closer rule, but I think that was silly and Foulke deserves more than Honorable Mention.

  10. Brian February 5, 2010 at 11:47 AM #

    The Roberts seal was great and very memorable, but you HAVE to have Foulke on this team. As people have said before, "Without Foulke '04 doesn't happen.", and who knows if future years would have turned out differently if that monkey wasn't off our back. Foulke actually deserves a starting spot, not just an honorable mention, I'd remove Embree or Myers for him.

  11. Gerry December 6, 2009 at 5:54 PM #

    Like Justin Duchscherer and Pedro, who did pretty well. I like older rookies who are often have simply been blocked for a couple of years, or missed time due to injury (Hagadone, Miguel Gonzalez, Bell, Rizzo, etc.) When they finally get the chance (Scutaro at 26), they are mature, polished, understand the importance of the move, and it's hard to keep them down on the farm.

    This year's Pen candidates are interesting. Assuming Pap, Oki, Bard, RRami, MDC, who would be #6 & 7? Dustin Richardson looks ready at age 25, due to his 2009 AA/AAA/MLB success. And Robert Coello (24) just arrived from Salem, where he rocked, to Pawtucket where he started off very well. I imagine Manuel, who has already dominated AAA, would move ahead of Coello. If Bowden came up to spot start, at age 23, he would be ahead of Richardson, Manuel, Coello, Tazawa, but they many give him time to recoup his confidence after taking it for the team again last year. However, if the Sox pick up FA's like Mike Gonzalez plus Harden or Duchscherer, either they or Wake would wind up in that 7th slot. Can't have enough pitching? The Sox will have plenty.

  12. ericinboston February 2, 2010 at 2:05 PM #

    i'm with you, tim. while i certainly understand the contributions made by lowell and roberts on one play foulke, imo, was just as responsible for the ALCS victories as ortiz was.

  13. evanbrunell February 2, 2010 at 3:23 PM #

    I guess you could make that argument, but I was thinking more on the field accomplishments. What does Fire Brand think? Should we have an All-Aughts GM of the Decade?

  14. ericinboston February 2, 2010 at 4:48 PM #

    i'm not in favor.

  15. Aaron February 2, 2010 at 5:09 PM #

    The Nomar trade, the gorilla suit resignation and rehiring as an Executive VP, The Dice-K signing (very exciting when it happened), the Manny trade. That's a lot of Red Sox history tied to one guy.

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