Re: is PAPI now ahead of YAZ+only barely trailing #9 all-time?
posted at 11/6/2013 12:58 AM EST
In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
Yastrzemski didn't get as many chances to play in postseason, there was no East and West....so no ALCS, there was no ALDS....there was no Wildcard teams.
Yaz played for many seasons when the postseason was just the World Series.
You can't compare players from different eras, it is just not fair.
Ortiz heroics are legendary. But, still in all my years of following the team , I have not seen a year by a position player in baseball like what Yaz had in 1967. He carried the team, truly was not only MVP, he did it all....BA, HRs, RBI, DEFENSE. If not for Bob Gibson, he would have his ring. if not for Joe Morgan , he might have two. But the he never had the chance to get more. Not his fault.
Anyone who ever saw Bobby Orr play, wouldn't mention his name in the same breath with any other athlete in Boston sports history. I watched this man play with basically one knee for a number of seasons and he still was amazing. Ortiz as a hitter is as good as or better than many MLB players, it is debatable whether Cabrera , Pujols , Jeter or a Helton or any number of other players was better....in the NHL in 1966-1975 ( and he was not 100% for most of those years) - there was NO DEBATE, Orr was simply on a different level than not only every NHL player, but he was on a different level than any SUPERSTAR in the NHL.
You're leaving out Bill Russell out of the conversation is a huge error. As much as Orr was one of the greatest of all-time and changed the game of hockey, Russell had the same impact in the NBA. For many years he was considered the best player of all-time and #1 on the all time list. But for me this entire discussion is silly, comparing players from different eras in one sport is difficult enough if not impossible and now we're comparing players of different era in different sports. Yikes !!
"Anyone who ever saw Bobby Orr play, wouldn't mention his name in the same breath with any other athlete in Boston sports history".
This comment is silly as well. Bill Russell and Bobby Orr were in a league of thier own in thier respective sports. To say one was better than the other in thier respective sports cannot be done.