Votes are now being taken for the All Fenway Team at the positions of catcher and first basemen.
Just as a reminder my All Fenway team is a squad of 25 players, not the “best” player at each position. My pitching staff has been selected and it consists of starters, Smokey Joe Wood, Babe Ruth, Lefty Grove, Mel Parnell, Luis Tiant, Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez and Jon Lester with Dick Radatz and Jonathan Papelbon in the bullpen.
Today the All Fenway battery is completed with the addition of two catchers and I am not sure there is an easier selection than these two players. First, is a native New Englander who actually played four decades in the major leagues. He was the third Red Sox player to be named American League Rookie of the Year and in his nine full seasons at Fenway Park, he was an all-star six times.
His number hangs in retired glory at Fenway Park.
He is the author of what is perhaps Fenway Park’s most iconic moment.
He was tough.
He was a leader.
He is Carlton Fisk and he is the greatest catcher in the history of Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox.
And one of the greatest catchers in the history of the game.
The other catcher was acquired, along with Derek Lowe from the Seattle Mariners for Heathcliff Slocum. Who? Yea I know it is one of the best trades in Red Sox history. He spent his entire career in a Red Sox uniform catching 15 seasons. He is a three-time all-star and a Gold Glove winner who hit 11 post season home runs. He is the Red Sox all time leader in games caught.
He is the only catcher in baseball history to catch four no-hitters.
He twice, made his way from behind the plate to take the World Championship leap into the arms of his pitcher.
He was tough
He was a leader.
He is Jason Varitek and he is one of only three Red Sox captains since 1943.
In five years he will make his first appearance on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot and until then he will await history’s judgement knowing that he is one of the two best catchers to ever don a Red Sox uniform and call Fenway Park home.
Carlton Ernest Fisk and Jason Andrew Varitek, Pudge and Tek, the catchers on the All Fenway team!
And so it is on this date in Fenway Park history, March 7, 2012.