Yesterday, Jim "Ed" Rice was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York along with Rickey Henderson. First off, congratulations to both men on very impressive careers and your respective inductions to baseball immortality. Rice played all of his 16 years with the Boston Red Sox (8 All-Star appearances), winning the Most Valuable Player award in 1978 with .315 AVG/46 HR/139 RBI.
After 15 years, you get a phone call you thought you'd never get. Your aspiration realized, your tears overflow, because you know, now the highest honor of your career means so much than you thought it would ever mean before.
What it feels like most is being welcomed at home plate, and after hitting a walkoff home run, you find yourself repeating the same phrases over and over, We made it! We made it! We made it! - Jim Rice - NECN
James Edward Rice is going to also be honored tonight at Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox are going to retire Rice's Jersey #14 before the game against the Oakland Athletics. Congratulations again Jim Ed, everything is more than deserved for what you've done for the Boston Red Sox during and long after your illustrious career. Many thanks for everything.
Thanks to joyosity for the picture of retired numbers at Fenway Park.