Another member of a World Champion Red Sox team is gone.
And if I could salute Julio Lugo then I can damn sure salute Manny Delcarmen, who got traded to the Colorado Rockies (ironically the team he helped beat in the 2007 World Series.)
It may not have ended well in Boston, let’s not forget what a wonderful Red Sox story his is.
He is a native Bostonian and “The Pride of Hyde Park” pitched at West Roxbury High School, dreaming of pitching for the Red Sox.
The Sox drafted him in the second round and in 2005 was called up to pitch for the Defending World Champs.
In 2007 he was up for good and contributing. With Papelbon and Okajima anchoring an All Star Bullpen, Delcarmen posted a 2.05 ERA over 44 relief innings. He kept the Angels off the board with 1 1/3 perfect innings in Game 2 of the Division Series that year (which ended on Manny Ramirez’s walk off homer.)
He pitched in the clinching Game 4 of the World Series where he got to accomplish what so many kids in Boston had dreamed of and so few ACTUALLY have achieved:
He won a World Series ring as a player for the Red Sox.
He did it.
All of us who grew up in New England all wanted what he actually got done.
So while this year has been rocky and his season will end AS a Rockie, let me just say, from one life long Red Sox fan to another, thank you Manny Delcarmen for living out all of our dreams.
It was fun for us. I assume it was even more fun for you.