This is my ode about the time I spent with my grandfather on Cape Cod. I hope to honor the summers we shared and the teams we rooted for by reuniting a game used bat for every Red Sox position player from 1975 to 1986. This is for you Gus!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Jeff Newman

The closer I look at the careers of the men I grew up idolizing the more I realize that their stories are less like that of Jim Rice and Carl Yastrzemski and more like Jeff Newman's. Newman was not an All Star but a craftsman who spent six years in the minor leagues learning his trade before getting the opportunity to go to work at the major league level. Once there Newman never rose above third on the catching depth chart despite spending nine years between Oakland and Boston.

Even though he never garnered the adulation that some of his teammates took for granted and the post career aches and pains that must be Newman's constant companion, I have to believe that he wouldn't trade having been a ball player for any other profession. After all he is able to claim to have pitched one scoreless inning in relief and to have utterly owned pitcher Wayne Garland, whom Newman went 13 for 18 against with two home runs. That sounds like a great career to me.

8 bats down 75 to go.

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