Friday, November 14, 2014

#350 - Wade Boggs

What a card: Wade Boggs was entering the 1985 season after a second straight season of reaching 200 hits, although his average dropped from .361 in 1983 to .325 in 1984.

My observation on the front: It looks like Boggs pulled the ball, which was the least likely hit direction for him. Boggs hit up the middle the most often, followed by opposite-field hits.

More opinion from me: I've always thought Boggs is just a little off.

Something you might know: One of the greatest pure hitters of all-time, Boggs burst onto the scene with great praise in 1982 and compiled a Hall of Fame career with three A.L. East teams, the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays.

Something you might not know: Boggs displayed countless superstitions and many had to do with his pregame rituals. One of them was running wind sprints at exactly 7:17 p.m. every day before a game. When Bobby Cox was managing the Blue Jays, he once tried to throw Boggs off by having the clock at Exhibition Stadium skip from 7:16 p.m. to 7:18 p.m.

My observation on the back: Boggs hit .325 and his career average plummeted from .357 to .344.

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Jeff said...

Observation on the back: The Red Sox held Boggs back. 2 years in AA, 2 years in AAA when he clearly was ready to move up. And he didn't make the majors until 24. He should hve been in Fenway in 1980 or 1981.

Jamie Meyers said...

He did take forever to get to the majors, for an HOF-caliber player. He was blocked by Carney Lansford during that time.

jacobmrley said...

A little off? He was somewhere between OCD (the chicken thing, the wind sprint thing) and an asshole (the cheating on his wife thing, the riding on the back of a police horse thing). He always had a nifty mustache though.