6. Help me out here, people, especially you old timers: Who do you remember as being highly-touted Red Sox prospects who didn't make it in the late '60s and early '70s? (Don't say Wakefield. I know you did.) Joe Lahoud, a supposed batting practice hero who rarely translated the results to the ball game, is a name I often hear. Others have mentioned Billy Conigliaro, who was actually pretty productive for the Sox at one point. My reasons for asking will be evident -- well, eventually. But I'm counting on your wisdom now.
7. There were few players who played the game harder or better than Gary Carter. There were no players who smiled more or fulfilled repeated mailed autograph requests from a certain annoying fifth-grader in Bath, Maine. Thanks, Kid, for loving the game in a way we could all relate to, even though we still wish you'd grounded to short in the 10th inning of Game 6.
8. Feel free to judge me. I'll understand. But I really hope Manny Ramirez ends up in Oakland, and I really hope he has something left to offer as a hitter. I can't explain it other than that it's probably one of my many character flaws, but for all of the antics, the insubordination, and yes, the cheating, I still remember his time with the Red Sox well. Always will, too, no matter what idiotic thing he does next.
9. As for today's Completely Random Baseball Card:
About Touching All The Bases
Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.