Red Sox players from the past seared in my negative memory

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 26: Clouds form over the grandstand before the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on September 26, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 26: Clouds form over the grandstand before the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on September 26, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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ATLANTA – JUNE 22: Julio Lugo #28 of the Atlanta Braves watches the action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Turner Field on June 22, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA – JUNE 22: Julio Lugo #28 of the Atlanta Braves watches the action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Turner Field on June 22, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Red Sox management has long been fascinated by certain players that they overvalued and that means Julio Lugo who they signed to a preposterous four-year $36 M deal. If you value defense look anywhere but Lugo.

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Lugo had excellent speed and it his first Boston season had 33 steals in 39 attempts, but to steal a base one must get on a base and Lugo hit just .237 in 2007. Lugo also managed to have a nice 0-31 streak tossed into that season. That, however, was somewhat mitigated with a World Series flag – a WS in which “The Yugo” hit .385 in sweeping the Rockies.

Lugo was a shortstop and I use the term was until Terry Francona had seen enough in 2008 when Lugo was the primary contributor to the Red Sox team error total. My own opinion is Lugo was a disaster. By mid-season of 2009, the Red Sox finally lost the patience that Red Sox fans had long ago lost and sent Lugo packing via Designated for Assignment that ultimately resulted in Lugo’s being traded to the Cardinals.