Oct 24, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox former first baseman Kevin Millar catches a ball for the ceremonial first pitch with other members of the 2004 Boston Red Sox prior to game two of the MLB baseball World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
The Mariners don’t boast a strong resume of future Red Sox talents – it’s just Millar, catcher Kelly Shoppach (’00), relief bust Craig Hansen (’04), and Haverhill, MA native Carlos Pena (’96), who also starred for Wareham and was elected to the CCBL Hall of Fame in 2003. Pena only had a cup of coffee with the Red Sox in ’06, so we’ll Cowboy Up on this one.
The gregarious Millar took the long way to the Majors following his time in Harwich, signing on as a replacement player in ’95 before debuting with the Marlins in ’98. Snatched up by Theo Epstein before venturing to Japan, he hit 25 home runs for the Red Sox in 2003 and was a member of the World Series champions the following year.