Yaz: ‘Everybody loved him’

Upon news of the death of for­mer Red Sox Hall of Famer Bobby Do­err at the age of 99, many in the Red Sox com­mu­nity re­sponded. Here are some com­ments:

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“I'm very sad­dened to hear about the pass­ing of Hall of Famer Bobby Do­err, one of the nicest gen­tle­men I've ever met. Our bond started very early be­cause we both had loved ones who suf­fered from mul­ti­ple sclero­sis — Bobby's wife and my sis­ter. He will be dearly missed. Now Ted, Johnny Pesky and Bobby are to­gether again. Rest in peace, my friend.” — HALL OF FAMER WADE BOGGS, RED SOX THIRD BASE­MAN, 1982-92 “My ex­pe­ri­ence around him, he was noth­ing but a role model on how to act and how to carry your­self. Every­one I knew who knew him ab­so­lutely adored him. When I was around him, he was just gen­tle and a beau­ti­ful hu­man be­ing. We'd talk about fish­ing. I love to fish. He was a guide and had that boat on a river in Ore­gon. And he talked about hit­ting in sim­ple terms, not too me­chan­i­cal, but lit­tle things that would help play­ers. The way he coached was al­most like a fa­ther, not be­rat­ing or any­thing. He was special.” — DWIGHT EVANS, RED SOX OUT­FIELDER, 1972-90 “I met him my first spring train­ing with the Red Sox in 1959. Just a very low-key, nice guy. He was the guy that helped me the most in 1967. I started off slow, and he was the one that got me to raise my hands up higher. Told me to get them up a lit­tle higher be­cause I was go­ing to go straight away, and he told me, `No, you have a lot of power. Use it.' He was re­ally a big help to me, and he was close to everybody. Everybody loved him. There wasn't a thing about him that you could dis­like. As classy as they come.” — HALL OF FAMER CARL YAS­TRZEM­SKI, RED SOX OUT­FIELDER, 1961-83 “When I was grow­ing up, he was the fa­vorite player of the vast ma­jor­ity of kids. Al­most every­one had a Bobby Do­err model glove. None of us could iden­tify with Ted, with his out­sized tal­ent, per­son­al­ity and flaws, but we could all iden­tify with Bobby. He was the man our par­ents wanted us to be­come. That might ex­plain why he was Ted's fa­vorite player, too. For older guys of my gen­er­a­tion, his pass­ing marks the loss of the last ves­tige of our boy­hood. Life will go on for us, but it will never be the same.” — DICK FLAVIN, RED SOX PA AN­NOUNCER AND POET LAU­RE­ATE


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