On a team filled with possible MVP candidates, Kevin Youkilis may be the key. Newcomers Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford have gotten the headlines, but Youkilis' move to third base opened up the trade for Gonzalez. Youkilis, 31, has started 180 games at third base over his career, and at least one game a year there since breaking in with the Red Sox at third base in 2004. He started 54 games at third in his rookie season and 56 in 2009. Youkilis' bat is always steady, so his ability to field will be the difference.
- Rabe Ruth played with Waite Hoyt for the 1919 Boston Red Sox
- Waite Hoyt played with Bert Haas for the 1937 Brooklyn Dodgers
- Bert Haas played with Minnie Minoso for the 1951 Chicago White Sox
- Minnie Minoso played with Harold Baines for the 1980 Chicago White Sox
- Harold Baines played with Royce Clayton for the 2001 Chicago White Sox
- Royce Clayton played with Daisuke Matsuzaka for the 2007 Boston Red Sox
Taken from civilization on Sept. 22, 2004, what could be the most unthinkable thing that could happen while you're gone -- George W. Bush being re-elected? Superman died? No, both of those things are possible.
But the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series? Nope, not possible. Add in the fact they were down 3-0 in the ALCS to the Yankees? Fat chance. The only response to such a thought? Absurd laughter, and that's just what Jack did on LOST when he was told of Boston's first title since 1918.
Here's the scene:
LOST is full of baseball references. Executive producer and writer Carlton Cuse is a Red Sox fan and co-creator and executive producer Damon Lindelof is a Yankees fan and once worked as a vendor at Yankee Stadium. Other baseball references:
- There are characters Aaron and Boone, and Aaron Boone famously knocked the Red Sox out of the playoffs with his home run in the 2003 ALCS.
- One character, Sawyer, tells another, Karl, to "Cowboy Up," shades of the 2003 Red Sox slogan.
- Jack's father was a big believer in fate, and to illustrate his point, he'd say, "that's why the Red Sox will never win the World Series."
- "The Numbers" are a recurring them in LOST -- they're 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 -- all six numbers are also retired Yankees jersey numbers. 15 of course, is Thurman Munson, who died in a plane crash.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans