Monday, June 11, 2012

The Answers: Which Players Jersey are Still Okay to Wear?

This one was a tough question to word, but here's what I'm really driving at.  At Fenway, you see thousands of fans wearing player tee's, from Kevin Youkilis to Jon Lester.  But every now and again, you'll see a player who has moved on from the Sox, i.e. Johnny Damon or Rich "El Guapo" Garces.

What this question really deserves is a list, but before we get there, let's talk about the factors.  Any retired number (1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 14 or 27) is cool, which pretty much goes without saying.  Any other jersey that they sell in the Sox team store like Luis Tiant or Fred Lynn is kosher as well.

Obviously there are going to be a few grey areas, and we'll get to those, but any player from the 2004 or 2007 World Series teams are usually cool, seeing as how two championships in four years after none in 86 years is definitely worthy.

Then there are the players that were either total douche bags, did steroids, or set people on fire.  None of those should be worn.  You know what, this will be easier if we just get to the list.

The Answers:  Wear: Trot Nixon
Mo Vaughn
Rich Garces
Doug Mirabelli
Kevin Millar
Bill Mueller
Gabe Kapler Carl Everett
Rocco Baldelli
David Wells
Tom Gordon
John Valentin
Mike Greenwell
Nomar Garciaparra (I didn't forget about him, I still count him on that 2004 World Series team.  The '97 Rookie of the Year is always acceptable, whether the jersey is from Georgia Tech or the Cubs)

Majestic Boston Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski Cooperstown Tee
Majestic Boston Red Sox Ted Williams Cooperstown Tee 
Don't Wear: Johnny Damon
Manny Ramirez
Jonathan Papelbon
Marco Scutaro
Daisuke Matsuzaka (I know he's still on the team, but, no)
John Lackey (don't even think about it...)
Carl Everett (he deserves to be on both sides)
Ugueth Urbina
Mark Bellhorn
Todd Walker

You get the idea.  That's the list for now, more names will probably fill in soon.  Stay tuned.

Majestic Boston Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski Cooperstown Tee


  1. This is fantastic. I'd argue Urbina because it's a sweet name...I'd also like rulings on Darren Lewis, Scott fetcher, billy hatcher, and heathcliff slocume

  2. Garciaparra has to be okay