It wasn’t always this way in Boston.
The Red Sox have won three World Series titles since 2004 and they’re entering the 2016 Major League Baseball postseason with a good shot of making it four championships in 13 years. David Ortiz is riding off into the sunset after an illustrious career in Boston and the Red Sox seem to be in capable hands thanks to the emergence of young stars like Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.
But there once was a time when losing, not winning, was the expectation in Boston. And while Ortiz and the Red Sox’s self-proclaimed “Idiots” of 2004 deservedly receive most of the credit for changing the culture, one shouldn’t discredit the contributions of Mo Vaughn, who made a huge impact on the organization and the city during his eight seasons in Boston from 1991 through 1998.
NESN.com’s Ricky Doyle and Mike Cole caught up with Vaughn on Thursday to discuss his place in Red Sox history, Ortiz’s legacy, what it’s like to play in a big market like Boston and what’s in store for this year’s playoffs. The former Red Sox first baseman has been active since retiring after the 2003 season, even though his name often flies under the radar when talking about the franchise’s all-time greats.
Check out the conversation with The Hit Dog in the player above.