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!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Marty Barrett

Some players arrive at the Major League level with bodies that look like they were carved from granite. Marty Barrett was not one of those players. In fact, Barrett looked more like Barney Rubble in a double knit jersey than an athlete, but looks can be deceiving.                                                                                                                                                                    Barrett played nine seasons of his decade long Major League career on the infield dirt at Fenway. Despite his unfortunate build he was an excellent fielder and a reliable bat for the Sox and was a fan favorite during the 1980's. Barrett played the game hard and always seemed to have a trick up his sleeve. Barrett pulled off the hidden ball trick three times in his career, including twice in July of 1985 and became a longtime fixture in the NESN highlight loop for one time stealing second base by stopping his slide early, popping up and stepping over the outstretched glove of a dumbfounded Billy Ripken.

7 bats down 76 to go.

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