Doug Mientkiewicz will be immortalized in Boston Red Sox history as he made the final putout in the deciding game of the 2004 World Series, the first World Series win by the Sox in 86 years. Mientkiewicz came to the Sox in the four team trade in July of that year that brought him and Orlando Cabrera to the Sox and sent Nomar Garciaparra to the Chicago Cubs. Mientkiewicz quickly deposited that ball in his pocket during the ensuing celebration. After an intense disagreement, Mientkiewicz finally ponied up the ball.
Mientkiewicz is a .271 career hitter and above-average defensive player who is well-liked around the major leagues. After bouncing around 5 different teams since 2004, the 35 year old 1st baseman found himself battling for a position with the LA Dodgers, a battle in which he did not win. Joe Torre offered him a coaching position, but Mientkiewicz will be taking a day or two to decide whether to seek a playing position with another team or take Torre's coaching position.
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