The fact that David Ortiz is the only Boston All-Star this year , the first time since 2001 that the Red Sox have had only one representative, has a lot of folks uttering the name “Scott Cooper” for the first time since…well, it’s been a while.
Cooper, of course, was the Sox’ lone All-Star team member from 1993-94, even though Mo Vaughn was the more deserving offensive force. But first base depth in the league left the lefty slugger off the team both seasons.
Little did you know how closely Cooper and Ortiz were related.
Following his “All-Star” campaign of 1994, Cooper was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Rheal Cormier and Mark Whiten. In July, 1995, Whiten was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Dave Hollins. Hollins signed a free agent with the Minnesota Twins in 1996, and was traded to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later that year.
That player, of course, turned out to be none other than David Ortiz.
Take that, Kevin Bacon. Now if you can connect Cooper to Frankie Zak in four moves or fewer, you get a lollipop.