2001 was not a great year for the Red Sox. It started promisingly enough. Before the season Boston signed Manny Ramirez to a massive eight-year contract with two option seasons. Unfortunately, Nomar Garciaparra was hurt before the season due to an injury he sustained after being hit by a pitch on the wrist. Nomar was out for all but 21 games. Pedro Martinez would also go down with an injury early on, come back, then go back down. Jason Varitek was lost to a season-ending elbow injury in June. Despite all of that, Boston was playing well until completely folding in the second half, culminating in the firing of Jimy Williams and the hiring of Joe Kerrigan as manager. There were not a ton of players to wear a Red Sox uniform who did not appear on a piece of cardboard for them.
As mentioned before, there are not a lot of 2001 Red Sox with no cards. There really are not any glaring omissions. Hipolito Pichardo pitched in the most games with Bill Pulsipher not too far behind him. Craig Grebeck appeared the most amongst the position players, but nobody appeared in more than 30 games. Bryce Florie and Pichardo had both been in Boston the previous season. If I had to pick one player I would have liked to have seen get a card, it would probably be Grebeck. He had an interesting career and was actually expected to help out after a pretty decent season with the Blue Jays the year before. Grebeck also played in the no-hitter pitched by Hideo Nomo.