Now that the World Series is back in Boston, the Red Sox get to choose who throws the ceremonial first pitch. This time around, there are two Boston legends -- one a Hall of Famer -- responsible for those pitches: Carlton Fisk and Luis Tiant.
Tiant was a huge part of the 1975 Red Sox, making four starts that postseason while allowing 11 runs in 34 innings of work, logging three wins for his efforts. All told, he spent eight seasons in Boston, with much of the best work of his career coming there, posting a 118 ERA+ over 1,774 innings and 274 games, including 238 starts. Fisk was Boston's backstop in 1975, and is the greatest catcher the organization has ever had. He was the fourth overall pick in the 1967 amateur draft, and in 11 years with the Red Sox, hit .284/.356/.481 for a 126 OPS+, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 1972 while making all-star appearances in seven of his nine full seasons, and MVP votes in four of them.
He's also responsible for the most famous World Series Game 6 moment in Red Sox history, making this a fitting game for him to toss out the first pitch for. You can skip to the 3:25:45 mark to see it, but if you're so inclined, you can also watch the entire game. Technology is cool.
Of course, if you don't have the time, or can't play video where you are, you can always GIF history:
Game 6 of the World Series, live from Fenway Park, will take place at 8:07 on FOX, with coverage beginning at 7:30.
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