Hall of Fame third basemen Wade Boggs is still waiting for the Boston Red Sox to retire his number.
Boggs, 54, spent 11 of his 18 major league seasons as a member of the Red Sox, racking up eight All-Star nods and five batting titles during his time in Boston. Furthermore, he ranks among the franchise's all-time leaders in several categories with a .338 average (second), .428 on-base percentage (third), 71.4 Wins Above Replacement (third), and 2,098 hits (fifth), among others.
However, the team has yet to retire his No. 26.
From CBS Sports Eye on Baseball:
“It would be nice,” Boggs said to Stan Grossfeld of the Boston Globe when asked about having his number retired. “Am I bitter? I thought when I wore a Boston hat in the Hall of Fame I'd be up there ... It's been eight years now. I used to be bitter. But I think those days are over. Was I bitter? Absolutely.”
Boggs, 54, added the team told him, "[You] have to end your career as a Red Sox" to have your number retired. He played for the Yankees and Devil Rays after leaving Boston, but he also said he never wanted to leave in the first place.
"Mrs. Yawkey called me and [my wife] Debbie over in the parking lot in 1991 after the last game,” Boggs told Grossfeld. “She said, ‘Wade I want you to follow in the same steps as Ted [Williams] and Carl [Yastrzemski]. I want you to be a Red Sox for life.'
Although Boggs claims he is no longer bitter towards the team about failing to retire his number yet, there still sounds as if some animosity exists there.
Boggs also pointed out that no player has donned the No. 21 for Boston since Roger Clemens last wore it in 1996. Coincidence or not? Technically, Clemens' number remains unretired, too.
The Red Sox have retired eight numbers in their illustrious history: No. 1 (Bobby Doerr), No. 4 (Joe Cronin), No. 6 (Johnny Pesky), No. 8 (Carl Yastrzemski), No. 9 (Ted Williams), No. 14 (Jim Rice), No. 27 (Carlton Fisk), and the league-wide retired No. 42 of Jackie Robinson.
Via Eye on Baseball