Originally written on Fenway West  |  Last updated 10/20/14
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The Sox need a "larger-than-lifer". What I mean is-they need a man who can carry not only the team to a championship, but also inspire teammates to do so. The word "superstar" has been used so much that it no longer means a lot. "Larger than lifer" can probably be defined by who is one and who is not one. Ted Williams was one. Yaz was one. Pedro was one. Luis Tiant was one. Manny Ramirez was not one. For a time in the early 00's, Big Papi was one. An "ltl", as I will abbreviate it, is capable of taking over a title run, as Yaz did in 1967. He also must be one over several years. Some Sox examples- Yaz going 7 for 8 with 6 rbi's in the final two games of the 67 race. Tiant throwing over 160 pitches to win the fourth game of the 75 World Series. Pedro throwing six no-hit innings to wrap up the 1999 Divisional Series. Nomar hitting two grand slam homers in a game. Some Sox examples-Yaz going 7 for 8 with 6 rbi's in the final two games...
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