Fenway Park: Who are the best Red Sox players of the past 100 years? The Monitor goes outside the box to name its lineup.
No-brainer selections, right? Well, not so fast.
If you voted in the online balloting for club’s All-Fenway Park 100th Anniversary Team then you know just how agonizing it was to complete the lineup card.
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The results, which the team announced during its final 2012 home game, should fuel some arguments, especially at certain positions. Left field in particular is a tough call given the presence of three Hall of Famers on the ballot: Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, and Jim Rice.
Who would you choose?
Creating such a straight-laced, by-the-book ballot seems unnecessarily rigid, which is why the Monitor has scrapped it to name an All-Fenway team that takes some liberties in making out its lineup.
So here's our custom All-Fenway Park Centennial Team:
Right-handed pitcher – Roger Clemens
Obviously there’s potential for controversy here. Although cleared of perjury charges recently, Clemens hasn’t convinced everybody that he was “clean” throughout his 24-year career. But given that the All-Fenway team should be about what a player did in a Red Sox uniform, Clemens is our man. If he ever did take steroids, it allegedly wasn’t until long after he left Boston.
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