Players with Boston ties talk about Fenway
April, 20, 2012
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
DETROIT -- There are a few members of the current Texas Rangers who wore a Red Sox jersey at one time in their careers.
That meant they could have taken part in the 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway Park today, had the schedule allowed it. That list includes: Adrian Beltre (played for Boston in 2010), David Murphy (drafted by Boston and played in 23 games for them in 2006 and 2007) and Mike Maddux (pitched in 59 games in 1995 and 1996 with Red Sox).
About 230 former Boston players returned to Fenway Park as part of the pregame ceremony Friday afternoon prior to the Red Sox-Yankees game.
"Fenway Park is awesome," Murphy said. "It's pretty cool stepping on that field and knowing all the players that played there. You get in the same batter's box that Ted Williams stood in. You can go inside the Green Monster and see all of the players who have autographed it. It's a terrific place."
Murphy has a World Series ring from the Red Sox, despite playing just three games in that 2007 championship season. He was traded to Texas at the deadline as part of the Eric Gagne deal (LHP Kason Gabbard and OF Engel Beltre also in that deal).
"Honestly, I don't feel like I earned it," Murphy said. "It's nice to have that ring and to show it to my kids, but I had two at-bats that season. I didn't really play a role on that team."
Beltre signed as a free agent with the Red Sox before the 2010 season and hit .321 with 28 homers and 102 RBIs. That performance helped him land his five-year, $80 million deal (with a vesting option for a sixth year at $16 million) with the Rangers.
"You can feel the atmosphere when you get in there," Beltre said. "There's so much history in that ballpark. I enjoyed playing there."
So did Maddux, who was a candidate for the managerial opening in Boston until he removed his name for family reasons. Maddux was signed by Boston as a free agent on May 30, 1995. He was 4-1 with a 3.61 ERA in 89 2/3 innings in 36 games (four starts). He returned in 1996 and was 3-2 with a 4.48 ERA in 64 1/3 innings.
"It would have been nice to see some old comrades," Maddux said.