After game 2 it was already clear this was an NLCS so great it had to go seven, and it did. But game seven wasn’t a great game seven. After six hard-fought games, the Brewers never really mounted a threat, and went down 5-1. Keenest pain of all was that I got what I’d been waiting for the whole series; a chance for my beloved Jonathan Schoop to be the hero. He came in to pinch hit for starter Joulys Chacin in the bottom of the second, with two on and two out and the Brewers down by 1. Schoop grounded out. He was 0 for the postseason in 6 plate appearances.
So here we have it, a Red Sox / Dodgers series, and so it’s time for my annual post about what player had the best combined career for both teams. (Last year: Jimmy Wynn was the greatest Astro/Dodger.)
The greatest Red Sox / Dodger? A player I’d never heard of, even though he was just a little before my time: Reggie Smith. Played in one World Series for the Red Sox (1967) and three for the Dodgers (1977,1978,1981). Went to the All-Star Game with both teams. Hit 300 home runs, cannon of an arm in the outfield, got 0.7% of the vote the one and only time he was up for the Hall of Fame. Well, here’s his all time distinction; with 34.2 WAR for the Red Sox and 19.4 for the Dodgers, he’s the greatest Red Sox / Dodger of all time.
Surprisingly, given how old these teams are, the top Red Sox / Dodgers of all time are mostly recent players. Derek Lowe is the top pitcher (19.4 WAR for Boston, 13.3 for LA.) Adrian Gonzalez, Manny Ramirez, and Adrian Beltre are also worthy of mention. The only old-time player who was a contender was Dutch Leonard, who actually pitched for Boston in the last Red Sox – Dodgers World Series in 1916, notching a complete game win. But that guy never actually pitched for the Dodgers! My search got confused because it turns out there were two Dutch Leonards, the second of whom was a Dodger to start his career. Doesn’t count!