Friday, November 25, 2016

An Idiot's Autograph

This is actually my first autograph of Kevin Millar.  I thought I had gotten one at some point, but apparently not.  Millar was one of the quintessential "Idiots", the nickname self-imposed by members of the 2004 Boston Red Sox.  Millar was a huge part of the team, playing first base and hitting .297/.383/.474 with 18 home runs and 74 RBIs.  He led the league in getting hit by pitches.  Millar also played a big part in the team coming back from a 4-3 deficit in Game 4 of the ALCS, which they then trailed to the Yankees three games to none.  Millar drew a crucial walk against Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the ninth then was replaced by Dave Roberts.  Roberts stole second then scored the tying run on a base hit by Bill Mueller.  It is Millar's place on the 2004 team that will mean that he will never have to pay for his own drink in Boston ever again.

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