Pedro is one of the greatest pitchers to ever live. The legendary starter will always be remembered as a Boston hero, as he was instrumental in the successful 2004 World Series run.
While with the Red Sox, Martinez won four ERA titles, led the league in strikeouts three times and earned two Cy Young awards. For a brief time at the height of his career, Martinez absolutely dominated the game of baseball. Nobody could hit him, plain and simple.
While he didn’t win any awards for his accomplishments, Young had a major award named after him. I’d say that’s good enough.
In his 22 years of baseball, Young holds the all-time record for games, innings pitched, wins and complete games. He was truly unstoppable. Young spent eight of those dominant years in a Red Sox uniform.
During his time in Boston, Young posted a 2.00 ERA and won nearly 200 games. Suffice it to say, he left a lasting impression on the Red Sox and on baseball as a whole.
Roger Clemens (aka The Rocket) has taken some bad press lately, as he was accused of using performance-enhancing drugs later in his career. While I certainly don’t defend his dubious use of banned substances, he still remains one of the greatest men to every throw a baseball.
Clemens spent 13 of his 22 brilliant years with the Red Sox, finishing his time in Boston with a 3.06 ERA, 192 wins and two Cy Young awards. He also holds the record for most strikeouts in a single game with 20.
Smoky Joe Wood
Although it’s been some time since Wood tossed a baseball for the Red Sox, his performance is well documented, and rightfully so.
In eight years with the Red Sox, Wood posted a minuscule 1.99 ERA and won over 100 games. Wood would have undoubtedly won more than a few Cy Young awards, had the honor existed during his time.
Tiant makes the fifth spot for several reasons.
First, he was an absolutely brilliant pitcher. While he never won a Cy Young award, Tiant led the league in ERA twice and won over 200 games. He won over 100 of those games in a Red Sox uniform.
The second reason for his inclusion is that Tiant is one of the well-known gentlemen of baseball. He cares deeply about the Red Sox and the game as a whole. Today, Tiant can be spotted at just about every Red Sox game, rooting on his old team long after his retirement.