2. Mark Loretta
Heres an example of why Loretta was so respected in the Sox clubhouse. With free agency looming and with a badly swollen quadriceps muscle, Loretta had every reason to shut it down for the last few weeks of the season. Instead, acting on the quaint notion that the team needed him, Loretta played through. It may have cost him a .300 season, as he batted just .210 (21 for 100) in the seasons last month after entering September with a .299 average.
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