January 19, 2012

Orlando Cabrera Announces Retirement

Orlando Cabrera, one of The 25, has announced his retirement.

He came to Boston from the Expos in the four-team trade deadline deal between the Red Sox, Expos, Cubs, and Twins. Cabrera hit a home run in his first plate appearance for the Red Sox; he banged a clutch walkoff double on August 17. Cabrera played in 58 games for the Red Sox, batting .294/.320/.465.

Cabrera had 11 hits in the historic and unforgettable ALCS against the Yankees; only David Ortiz had more (12). In the top of the 11th of ALCS Game 4, Cabrera made a diving catch to his right on Alex Rodriguez's line drive with one out and a runner at second.

Manny Ramirez and Cabrera, during the ALDS

Cabrera and Pokey Reese, celebrating a Red Sox win

In the aftermath of The Slap, Cabrera informed the Yankees
that the ALCS would be going to a seventh game.

10 comments:

laura k said...

Great memories! Thanks, OC.

Amy said...

As I believe you know, I was sad that the Sox let him go (to sign who? Renteria? Yeah, that worked out great...). OC will always be one of my favorites.

laura k said...

(to sign who? Renteria? Yeah, that worked out great...)

Doesn't mean it wasn't a good move...

9casey said...

I agree with Amy , it always seemed to me that FO didn't like OC as much as the fans did.

I am suprised he is hanging them up.

He always seemed to add a certain electricity to every team he played for.

Kathryn said...

I love the seven fingers...and any opportunity to recall the slap!

FenFan said...

Any guesses as to what game will be selected to host Orlando Cabrera Appreciation Day? ;-)

Hats off to him - so key to the sweet, sweet championship win!

Ig said...

I vote for Marco Scutaro to host OC Appreciation Day, after the Red Sox trade him away.

Scutaro is the latest in such a very long line of underappreciated shortstops. Forgive him that one last stupid baserunning mistake, and remember his September BA while everyone else was sucking.

Ig said...

Why not bring Marco Scutaro back to host OC Appreciation Day, after the Sox trade him away in another bonehead SS move? Scutaro is just the latest in a long line of underappreciated shortstops, underappreciated by both fans and management.
Forget one baserunning blunder and remember last September's BA while everyone around him was sucking...

allan said...

Scutaro rumours ... fizzling...

I question whether trading Scutaro under almost any circumstances is boneheaded. He had a career year at the bat in 2011 ... at age 35. Now is actually the BEST time to get rid of him.

MOCK! said...

Love watching Cabrera when he was with the Expos. Always thought he would be great on the Sox, but it was Nomar's glory days...

I'll always think his time with Boston was too short...