Shaughnessy: Red Sox Retiring Boggs’ Number ‘Overdue’

Zolak & Bertrand

BOSTON (CBS) — Some Red Sox fans are a little upset that the team has made plans to retire Wade Boggs’ No. 26 next season.

You can see where they’re coming from too, with Boggs leaving Boston after an 11-year career in 1993 to join the New York Yankees. He would go on to win his only World Series with Boston’s biggest rival, a switch that Sox fans are still bitter about today.

Wade Boggs rides around Yankee Stadium on a police horse after New York beat the Atlanta Braves in the 1996 World Series. (Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Wade Boggs rides around Yankee Stadium on a police horse after New York beat the Atlanta Braves in the 1996 World Series. (Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

But those who enjoyed the 11 years that Boggs manned third base in Boston, with his .338 career average with the Sox and seven-straight 200-hit seasons from 1983-89 (not to mention a few beer guzzling tales), see May’s ceremony as long overdue.

The Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy is in that camp, and discussed the upcoming honor on Tuesday’s Zolak & Bertrand.

“Some people have an issue that he played for the Yankees and riding the horse; I don’t know what took so long with this thing,” said Shaughnessy. “He was a [hit] machine… He wanted to hit for average and get on base. His value would be more today than it was back then because of OBP, getting on base, drawing walks.

“It’s ridiculous that he isn’t [up there already],” he said.

Boggs’ number will be retired on May 26, 2016, and will be the 10th number to be retired by the team.

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