First-Ballot Hall of Famer Wade Boggs was a homegrown star that spent the first 11 seasons of his 18-year career with the Boston Red Sox.
Boggs recently revealed that he was very close to staying in Boston for his entire career.
“It wasn’t that I didn’t want to stay (in Boston), that was far from the point,” Boggs told Steve Perrault and Joey Copponi while appearing on our very own ITM Podcast on Wednesday. “Mrs. Yawkey offered me a contract at the end of the 1991 season and it was a seven-year deal for $37 million. I told her right then, ‘Where’s the pen and napkin, I’ll sign it right now.’ I wish I had because it would have been binding. Then she slips in the tub and January and eventually dies (a month later).”
Boggs then explained that after Mrs. Yawkey passed, he went into the following season without a contract and Boston let him walk in free agency.
As the 12-time All-Star noted, the offer was for seven years, the exact amount of time he would go on to play between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Boggs hit .307 with 203 extra-base hits including 33 home runs, an astounding 275-to-408 strikeout-to-walk ratio and .790 OPS in 814 games in those last seven seasons.
Boston passed on a player who also racked up four All-Star games, two Silver Sluggers and two Gold Gloves in that span.
It would have been special if Boggs played his entire career in Boston but the Red Sox did see the bulk of his prime.
Boggs resurfaced in this interview to call out Pabst Blue Ribbon for stealing his likeness to create their mascot Cool Blue.
Boggs has decided to go public with his claims, dropping a video exposé, and demanding beer justice for baseball fans and beer drinkers across the country. To see the all-time greats argument, visit his site here.