Last night the Red Sox game was sort of on in the background at our house, as it is most nights, and I caught the end of a pre-game ceremony honoring the 2004 World Series Championship team. I have fond memories of that team, as a 22-year-old living out on my own with an opportunity to attend a few games that year it was a great time in my life as a fan.
What I was amazed at was just how many players from that team were available to attend last night's ceremony in person, which means no longer playing Major League Baseball. I'm 31 now, and for one of the first times in my life I sat there and thought "crap, I'm getting old!".
I decided to take a look at the members of that famed team and see where they are now 10 years later. Since this is a card blog I'll be supplementing with some cardboard from my Red Sox collection. First, the starting 9 as I recall it...
So, out of the starting 9 every player but David Ortiz is now retired. How about bench depth? In fairness, a couple of guys I couldn't find Red Sox cards of...Dave Roberts (how can that be? I need to remedy that ASAP), Gabe Kapler and Pokey Reese. All three are retired though, with Reese actually never having played another game after that '04 Series (strange). I did find cards of a few bench guys though...
I couldn't find a Sox card of Bronson Arroyo (may have torn them all up when I heard his terrible cover band), but he's still playing, so he joins David Ortiz in that club so far. How about the bullpen? Couldn't find cards of Curtis Lescanic (retired) or Alan Embree (retired), but here are the guys I did find in my boxes...
So, out of the entire 25-man World Series roster from 2004, exactly two players are still active in the league.
Man, I'm getting old.
MASONIC MONDAY: Let's drive this thang! Plus the almost daily FREE card giveaway! - *The winner Friday night was TDK, between RJ and him they have taken six of the last eight, WOW!* *Now on to the post. It is a very short one.* ...
Wow, that's pretty crazy. Of course the 04 team also seemed to be lacking in young and/or homegrown players with the exception of Youk. Even as someone who doesn't consider himself a Red Sox fan, they were a fun team to watch.
If you think 31 is old, I'm not telling you how old I am.
If it makes you feel better, I'm a Mets fan and I had to pause to remember Trot Nixon finishing up his career in Queens.
Just wait until every player is younger than you are... Worse yet, wait until some of the managers are younger than you are.
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