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Catching up with Fred Lynn

He is arguably the greatest Red Sox player to patrol center field at Fenway Park.

In 1975, Lynn became the first player in baseball history to win the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors in the same season. That year, Lynn hit .331 with 47 doubles, 21 home runs, 103 runs scored, 105 RBIs and a .566 slugging percentage. His totals in doubles, runs scored and slugging percentage led the league.

“When I look back on it a lot of things happened to me my first year and it was happening so fast I really didn’t have a chance to enjoy it like I do now,” said Lynn. “I really didn’t set any goals and the only goal I had when I played in sports was for my team to win. That’s the only goal I ever put out there and never had a personal goal. I always tried to do the best I can.”

Lynn was a four-time Gold Glove winner with Boston, and he was a nine-time all-star. He was named the 1983 All-Star Game MVP after becoming the first player to hit a grand slam in the Midsummer Classic. He was also the ALCS MVP in 1982, when he hit .611 (11 for 18) with two doubles, a home run, four runs scored and five RBIs for the California Angels.

“I am most proud of the gold gloves and really cherished those,” said Lynn. “I prided myself on playing defense. When I played basketball and football I always wanted to guard the toughest guy. When I played center field I felt like I was guarding somebody and I didn’t want any ball to fall in my area. I took it personally when balls would fall in and I didn’t catch them.”

These days, Lynn resides in Carlsbad, Calif., with his wife Natalie. Lynn has two children: Jason, 26 and Jennifer, 25.

“I was raised out here (California),” said Lynn. “I’m a left coast kid. I went to USC and all my roots growing up are out here. When my wife and I got married in 1986 we spent our winters here. Then after I retired we gravitated to the San Diego area, which is a pretty nice spot.”

Lynn continues to make appearances for both the Red Sox and Major League Baseball.

For the Red Sox, Lynn hosts corporate clientele in the Legends Skybox three or four series a year – most notably when the New York Yankees are in town. For MLB, Lynn makes a number of appearances at corporate events.

“It definitely keeps me busy,” said Lynn. “You would be surprised how many opportunities come when you hit a home run in a softball game during the All-Star break. I go to the All-Star Game every year and participate in the Fan Fest.”   Continued...

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The Lynn File
NAME: Frederic Michael Lynn

BIRTHDAY:February 3, 1952

RESIDES: Carlbad, California

CLAIM TO FAME: One of the greatest Boston Red Sox players ever. First player to win the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors in the same season (1975).

DID YOU KNOW? FredLynn.net exists and is run by a fan named Todd Farino. Lynn met him and got to know him a little bit and has given full support to the website. The website helps raise money for Child Haven, which helps abused kids.

AQUIRED: Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the second round of the 1973 amateur draft.

CURRENT PLAYER YOU MOST ADMIRE: Vladamir Guerrero

TOUGHEST PITCHER YOU FACED: Frank Tanana

PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT THE BOSTON MEDIA WROTE/SAID: The guys that say they don’t are lying. It’s impossible not to.

LAST TIME IN BOSTON: New York Yankees Series before the Democratic National Convention (July 23-25)

EVER BEEN TO CAPE COD: Yes, but not until after I stopped playing baseball

WOULD YOU EVER PARTICIPATE IN A REALITY TV SHOW: No

IF YOU COULD CLONE ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE: George Washington

EVER WALK THE FREEDOM TRAIL: Yes I have

CLAM CHOWDA OR LOBSTA: Depends on who’s making the clam chowder.

ROTARIES – A GOOD THING OR GET RID OF THEM: Get rid of them!!!!

CANDLEPIN BOWLING OR BIG BALL BOWLING: Big Ball Bowling. When I first played Candlepin bowling I thought you were supposed to throw the ball overhand they were so small.

WHO HAS IT WORSE - CUBS OR RED SOX FANS: Red Sox fans

2004 PICK TO WIN THE WORLD SERIES: Oakland A’s

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