04/21/09 11:06 PM ET
Roberts makes memorable return
ALCS hero returns to Fenway as part of Sox campaign
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
Though Dave Roberts spent all of three months in a Boston uniform, it just so happens that they were three of the most memorable months in the storied history of the franchise.
And, of course, the base that Roberts stole in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series goes down as one of the most monumental moments the Red Sox have had. Without that theft, the Red Sox well might have been swept, which would have prevented them from a historic 3-0 comeback against New York, not to mention the team's first World Series championship since 1918.
Yes, Roberts, who recently retired -- at least unofficially - because of knee woes, will always be associated with the Red Sox.
"It's incredible," said Roberts, who is 36. "Of all the places I went, this is the place where I spent the least amount of time, but, obviously, the magnitude of that stolen base and what was accomplished, the byproduct of that stolen base, obviously, has defined my career. That's a huge moment and a great honor. I get asked every day, 'Do I get tired of hearing about the steal and reversing the curse?' Absolutely not.
"The guys that I had an opportunity to play with are great players but are even better teammates and friends. For me to be associated with that '04 team is always going to be special."
As it turns out, now that Roberts is done with the game that he loved so much, he could again become a familiar face to Red Sox fans. Always known as articulate, Roberts plans on doing some broadcasting.
Though nothing has been formalized yet, it appears as though he is going to do studio work with NESN at some point this season.
"It's something that I've thought about for years -- the last couple years -- that I might want to branch off into," Roberts said. "I've been doing some things for the Padres and Giants. It's just a way for me to stay in touch with the game and not be in the everyday grind, which I've done for years. I want to enjoy that family time. But coming back here to Boston -- it's real special."
If not for the rainout, Roberts would have thrown out the first pitch before Tuesday's game. He is in town to help kick off the Red Sox "Moments" campaign.
While Roberts' steal has already been selected as one of the moments that define the Red Sox, fans will now have an opportunity to vote on the nine other greatest moments in Red Sox history. For more information, go to redsoxnation.com.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.