Today, you know him as NESN's answer to Ed McMahon.
But did you know that Jim Rice also played for the Red Sox?
It's true. And he was pretty good, too. I'm actually horrified you didn't know that.
Anyway, here's my vote for the most justifiably under-appreciated highlight of Mr. Rice's Hall of Fame career: Back in 1985, in the death trap known as the Metrodome, Rice joined fellow Hall of Famers (Eddie Murray, Carlton Fisk, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Ryne Sanberg), future Sox sluggers (Jack Clark and Tom Brunansky) and former MVPs (Steve Garvey and Dale Murphy) in the field for baseball's first ever All-Star Game Home Run Derby.
Rice hit four home runs to finish in a five-way tie for second place. Dave Parker finished first with a total of six.
And that's it. I just thought that was kind of cool.
Much cooler than this year's Home Run Derby.
Honestly, how much more fun would it be to re-watch the 1985 Derby than to sit through tonight's BermanFest? Well, you're in luck.
Here's the video of the '85 Derby . . . enjoy!
If we were talking about any other sport here, I'd now post the video. As a result, there's a good chance that you would've watched. Who knows, maybe you would have enjoyed it. Maybe it would've re-new your interest in this year's Derby. Maybe you'd then be more likely to watch and tweet andorcare about tonight's event? Good deal for baseball, right?
Well, unfortunately, baseball doesn't think that way. They still think they're going to win this impossible war against the Internet. So instead of the video, we get this.