As the old saying goes: In life, it's not how you're remembered . . . but that you're remembered at all.
At least I think that's how it goes. Truth is, I just tried Googling that phrase and didn't find anything but a bunch of creepy message board threads about death and the afterlife.
Either way, it makes sense. At the very least it makes for good conversation . . .
Which would you prefer: To be remembered for something that's less than ideal, or to no longer exist?
It's a good question for Scott Cooper, aka the worst two-time All-Star in Red Sox history.
"Scott, if you could do it over, would you rather keep things the way they are, and only exist within the context of "Scott Cooper All-Star" Jokes, or would you prefer the legacy of thousands of other forgotten major leaguers?
I think he'd go with Option A. I know I would.
Anyway, I know Coop gets picked on every year around this time, so I figured I'd do him a favor and shine the spotlight elsewhere:
So here's my question: Who's the second-worst two-time All-Star in Red Sox history?
After a little research, I've narrowed it down to two finalists. Two guys who just so happened to team up for one of the grossest, most horrific moments in Red Sox history:
Bob Stanley and Rich Gedman.
Stanley was an All-Star in '79 and '83. Gedman made in '85 and '86. Both are clearly better than Scott Cooper. But if I had to choose the second worst, I'll say Gedman.
Steamer had the better the career. He more deserving of his two nods. On the other hand, Gedman had only one great year, and definitely got a boost in reputation due to his association with Roger Clemens.
So there it is: Rich Gedman, your second worst two-time All-Star in Red Sox history!
You're welcome, Scott.