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!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Jim Rice

Bill James once wrote that, "giving Fenway Park to Jim Rice was like giving Superman brass knuckles." The truth is, for a period of time in the late 1970's no batter gave pitchers the night sweats quite like Rice. He appeared absolutely calm waiting on a pitch, but then a gazelle might say the same about a hungry lion laying in the tall grass of the savannah.

Rice played his entire career for the Red Sox, blasting 382 home runs and driving in 1451 rbi's while maintaining a batting average near .300. Impressive as those numbers are they do not begin to tell the whole story. In a three year stretch from 1977 - 79, Rice hit 124 home runs, drove in 383 rbi's, averaged .320 and led the American League in total bases each season. Not eye popping enough? In 1978 Rice led the American League in at-bats, hits, runs batted in, triples, home runs, extra base hits, total bases, times on base and slugging percentage. That season he also played in 163 games. Rice's number 14 was retired by the Red Sox in 2009.

14 bats down 69 bats to go.

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