World Series heroes Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield were among the group inducted into the Boston Red Sox Class of 2016 Hall of Fame.
The Boston Red Sox welcomed four new members into their Hall of Fame this week, including two players that won a pair World Series rings together with the organization.
Former teammates Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield were joined by the late Ira Flagstead and Red Sox President/CEO Emeritus Larry Lucchino to make up the Class of 2016. The Red Sox held a ceremony in their honor Thursday night to celebrate their enshrinement into the franchise Hall of Fame.
The Red Sox also recognized David Ortiz‘s game-tying grand slam in Game 2 of the 2013 American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers as this year’s “Memorable Moment.”
This year’s class holds a special significance for Red Sox fans due to the inclusion of two players that were instrumental in delivering a World Series title in 2004, ending an 86 year drought for the franchise. Varitek and Wakefield were also part of another championship season in 2007, but that first title will always have a special place in the hearts of Red Sox fans.
There was also a ceremony prior to Friday night’s game at Fenway Park against the Cleveland Indians, during which Varitek, Wakefield and Lucchino threw out the first pitch. It was only fitting that Terry Francona’s team was in town that day, seeing as he was the manager of those Red Sox teams that ‘Tek and Wake won championships with.
The members of this year’s class may not wind up in Cooperstown, but they have each made a significant impact on the franchise, making their enshrinement into the Red Sox Hall of Fame well deserved.
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