I’m in NE so
Interestingly enough, for a city with fantastic sports history, there’s not really much debating these, IMO. You have some interesting runner-up candidates that would be on the Rushmore for a lot of other cities (Big Papi, Larry Bird, John Havlicek). One of the unsolvable things in a debate like this is are we going for “best player” or “most memorable” or “most important” - Papi isn’t the best Red Sox player ever, but you could argue that he’s the most memorable or most important. Thoughts?
Personally, it is hard not to put Ortiz there instead of Ted. However, when I wipe away the fog of fandom, it would be a silly move. I mean history does and will remember Ted as one of the all time greats… Ortiz just has the hardware and clutch that Teddy just doesn’t have.
I don’t know enough about Hockey or Basketball to argue, but man, how you don’t have Reggie White on that mountain is beyond me lol. [/quote]
Reggie White was a tough one for me, and I’ll admit that if I were juuuust a few years older, I might have viewed this differently because I would remember Reggie-in-his-prime on the Eagles. But my first memories of Reggie are, sadly, as a Green Bay Packer because I didn’t really start watching the NFL until 1994 (I was born in 1986, and whatever little scraps I remember from a younger age didn’t leave much impression). So even though Reggie was a dominant player for the Eagles, MY personal memory is a little biased because I don’t entirely remember him as an Eagle.
Re: Papi, that’s why I made my little comment about “most memorable” vs “best” - hell, I’ve never lived in Boston, I’m not even a Red Sox fan (or a BIG baseball fan in general, just a casual one) and I can tick off iconic Papi moments.