Boston Red Sox all-time starting lineup based on WAR

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All-time best Red Sox lineup: 6. Carlton Fisk, C

The original Pudge is going to keep things cruising behind the dish for the all-time team. One of the rare four-decade MLB players, Carlton Fisk will forever be immortalized for his home run in game 6 of the 1975 World Series, both for the home run itself and Robin Williams' retelling of the moment in Good Will Hunting. Fisk spent 10 years as the backstop for the Red Sox, giving us one of the best catcher matchups in World Series history between him and Johnny Bench in 1975, before bleaching his socks and heading to Chicago in 1980.

Fisk finds himself 12th on the all-time WAR rankings, collecting 39.5 WAR during his time in Boston. When it comes to the catcher, the next closest to Fisk is The Captain (and maybe the next Red Sox manager) Jason Varitek at 24.2 WAR, making Fisk a pretty easy choice at catcher.

I have Fisk batting sixth because he had a great knack for getting on base, so once Big Papi clears out the bases right before Fisk comes up to the plate, the replenishment of runners on base can start with Pudge. Plus, the righty-lefty balance continues with Fisk batting here, so let's roll with it.