Fenway Park, the self-proclaimed league leader in bronze plaques and commemorative displays, is adding a few more exhibits to its living museum in time for the new season. They'll be added to the commemorative bricks the Red Sox were hawking a couple of years ago, near Gates B and C -- except this time instead of asking fans to pay for the chance to personalize them, they're turning to some former players and memorializing their more famous features.
Dave Roberts had his legendary feet cast last week, when sculptor Douglas Borkman of the Rhode Island School of Design visited Padres camp to collect footprints of the vehicles Roberts used to swipe the most celebrated stolen base in Boston history. They were set in a 19-inch square paver, according to the Padres website, which says that Roberts is just one of a number of former Sox who'll have body parts captured.
Tim Wakefield's paver will be a print of his hand in a knuckleball grip, joining Jerry Remy, Carlton Fisk, Jim Rice, Jason Varitek, Carl Yastrzemski, and even Wally the Green Monster among those honored. (As reader djmarty2002 points out, some of the handprints were on display last season.)
"To be paired with a lot of the Red Sox greats … it's great," Roberts, now the Padres' first base coach, told padres.com. "To get my feet cast and molded and having a place at Fenway Park is pretty special to me."
He'll get a chance to see his feet for himself when San Diego visits in June. Sox fans needn't wait that long, though. They can "enjoy them at (their) leisure early, well before the escalation of excitement as game time approaches," as soon as Opening Day.
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