As I watched the Red Sox bring back every living player who put on their uniform for the Fenway Park 100th Anniversary celebration last week, I really enjoyed being able to see so many wonderful players again. Names like Yastrzemski, Pesky, Martinez, Garciaparra, Rice, Evans, Fisk and Varitek all come to mind when thinking of the living legends who descended upon Fenway Park to commemorate the occasion.
But then I got to thinking about the other players who also came back, the ones whose Sox careers did not include Hall of Fame numbers or contributions. I’m talking about the Darren Braggs, the Brian Roses, the Luis Aliceas, the men who filled out the lineup card or rotation but did not really make any lasting contributions to the franchise’s history.
These players had a couple of memorable moments, but as a whole their careers do not stand out in any profound way. They have all blended into one unit: the “That Guys.”
Rather than allow these players to go unrecognized, every week I am going to take a look at the Red Sox career of one of the “That Guys.” I’ll look at what defined his tenure in Boston, what he actually accomplished on the field and what he went on to do after leaving.
For the inaugural edition of “Remember That Guy?” let’s take a look at a charter member of the Dirt Dogs, Mr. Brian Daubach.