The Boston Red Sox return to the postseason Thursday night against the Cleveland Indians to begin their American League Division Series. The Indians enter the series with the higher seed but due to late injuries to the pitching rotation, the Red Sox are favored to not only win the series but advance to the World Series.
So before the series is set to begin, we took to Facebook to find out the Ultimate Red Sox lineup at each position and these are the fan results.
GOAT: DAVID ORTIZ, DH (2003-Present)
Ortiz received 100 percent of the votes as the clear GOAT for the Red Sox. In his 14 season with the Red Sox, Ortiz has etched numerous memorable moments in the eyes of thousands. From his heroics of leading the Red Sox from a 0-3 series deficit in the 2004 ALCS against the New York Yankess, to being a human wrecking ball in the 2013 World Series. Big Papi lives for October so let’s enjoy his last ride.
1. PEDRO MARTINEZ, P (1998-2004)
Martinez easily was the fan favorite taking 80 percent of the votes. In his tenure with the Red Sox, Martinez was 117-37, striking out 1,683 batters and having a 5.45 strikeout to walk ratio. This was the height of the steroid era and nobody stood a chance against Martinez. Ken Griffey Jr. was 0-12 against Pedro, Edgar Martinez was 3-25 and Frank Thomas was 4-27.
2. JASON VARITEK, C (1997-2011)
Varitek, the Red Sox lifer, took 54 percent of the votes, squeaking past the 40 percent Carlton Fisk (another Red Sox great) grabbed. Varitek was a player for 15 years and was behind the plate for the Red Sox his whole career. In that career he had 193 home runs, a batting average of (.256) and 757 RBIs. He won the AL Gold Glove in 2005, selected to three All-Star games and was part of the World Series winning teams in 2004 and 2007.
3. JIMMIE FOXX, 1B (1936-1942)
Foxx, known as “Double X” or “Beast”, was a first ballot Hall of Famer in 1951. In 887 games with Boston, Foxx hit 222 home runs with 788 RBIs and holding a (.320) batting average. In 1952, Foxx led the Fort Wayne Daisies to a first-place finish in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
4. DUSTIN PEDROIA, 2B (2006-Present)
Pedroia coasted in the voting, taking 77 percent while the other candidates barely broke 10 percent. Currently in his 11th season (all with the Red Sox), the four-time Gold Glove winner and four-time All-Star has a career batting average (.301), 133 home runs and has piled up (1683) hits.
5. WADE BOGGS, 3B (1982-1992)
Boggs was the clear favorite taking 69 percent of the fan voting. In 11 season with the Red Sox, Boggs batted (.338) with 85 home runs, 687 RBIs and 1067 runs. Boggs was an eight-time All-Star with the Red Sox and was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.
6. NOMAR GARCIAPARRA, SS (1996-2004-Traded)
Garciaparra took 61 percent of the votes. In nine years with the Red Sox, Garciaparra batted .323 with 178 home runs. In 1999 and 2000, the five-time All-Star led the American league in batting (.357) and (.372).
7. TED WILLIAMS, LF (1939-42, 1946-60)
Williams and his 19 season with the Red Sox racked up 64 percent of the votes. In 1943-45, Williams was one of the many baseball stars that served their country during wartime. The 19-time All-Star batted .344, hit 521 home runs, had 1839 RBIs and accumulated 2,654 hits. His uniform number (9) was retired in 1960 and he was voted in the Hall of Fame in 1966.
8. FRED LYNN, CF (1974-1980)
Lynn grabbed 52 perfect of the fan votes while the second best had 25 percent. The center fielder was rookie of the year in 1975 (only played 15 games in 1974) and also the American League MVP in the same year. He was a six-time All-Star with Boston and received all of his Gold Glove Awards (4) while in the Red Sox uniform.
9. DWIGHT EVANS, RF (1972-1990)
Evans took the right field spot with 61 percent of the votes. Evans spent 20 years in the Majors and 19 of those were spent in Boston. The right fielder grabbed eight Gold Glove Awards and was selected to three All-Star games. He batted (.272) in the Red Sox uniform and led the league in home runs (22) in 1981.