So 10:10 on 10-10-10 seems like a perfect time to examine the No. 10s in Red Sox history.
Thanks to the list on RedSoxDiehard.com, here are all the No. 10s:
Muddy Ruel (1931), Marv Olson (1931), Ed Connolly Sr. (1932), Bob Seeds (1933), Lefty Grove (1934-41)
Ken Chase (1942-43), Pinky Woods (1943-45), Jim Wilson (1946), Don Gutteridge (1946-47), Billy Goodman (1948-57), Gene Stephens (1959-60), Willie Tasby (1960)
Billy Harrell (1961), Billy Gardner (1962), Bob Tillman (1963-67), Gerry Moses (1968-70), Bob Montgomery (1971-79)
Rich Gedman (1981-90), Rick Lancellotti (1990). Mike Brumley (1991-92), Andre Dawson (1993-94), Luis Alicea (1995), Esteban Beltre (1996), Lee Tinsley (1996), Scott Hatteberg (1997-2001)
Carlos Baerga (2002), David McCarty (2003-05), Shawn Wooten (2005), Tony Graffanino (2005), Coco Crisp (2006-08), Tim Bogar (coach) 2009-10
This is not a particularly impressive list, is it? Hall of Famer Lefty Grove was the best of the bunch. He was 105-62 with a 3.34 ERA for the Sox. Andre Dawson is in the Hall, too. But by the time he wore No. 10 for the Sox, the Hawk was near the end of his career.
Two names jump out at me: Bob Montgomery and Rich Gedman.
Bob was Carlton Fisk’s backup for many years. I can remember a good number of sunny days sitting in the right field grandstands waiting for Sherm Feller to announce the lineup and being disappointed that Pudge wasn’t playing and this guy Montgomery was.
But Monty was usually good for a wall-scraping double at some point. I always rooted for him because it seemed like tough duty to be Pudge’s backup.
Rich Gedman, of course, came of age with Roger Clemens and was behind the plate in the 1986 World Series. Bill Buckner gets the blame for Game 6 and rightfully so. But I always thought that wild pitch (or was it really a passed ball?) when Mookie Wilson was at the plate was an underrated cause of that loss.
Years later, I remember being at Fenway working and Gedman was on the field for some reason and a fan yelled out, “You should have caught that ball, Geddy.” Everybody knew what he meant. I think poor Gedman winced.
But he had a three-year stretch (1984-86) when he hit 58 home runs and drove in 217 runs. He twice made the All-Star team. Geddy did a lot to be proud of.
No. 10 seems like a solid number. I’m surprised more good players haven’t had it. Ryan Kalish seems like a good guy to get it. Maybe Jose Iglesias.
Just a thought.