Jim Rice waited 15 years for his induction into the baseball Hall of Fame and only two days to have his number retired by the Boston Red Sox.
Rice's No. 14 went up on the facade at Fenway Park along with the team's other Hall of Famers in a pregame ceremony before Boston's game against the Oakland Athletics. On his way to the ballpark, it finally sank in that he was one of the team's greats.
"When I was driving in, I had my window down and I was relaxing," Rice said. "It was, 'Hey, Jim Rice. Hall of Famer. How you doing?'"
Rice played parts of 16 seasons for the Red Sox, batting .298 with 382 homers. He was inducted into the Cooperstown, N.Y., shrine during the weekend after being elected on the 15th and final ballot by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
CARDINALS: St. Louis is sending struggling Todd Wellemeyer to the bullpen. It did not come as a surprise to the right-hander, 7-9 with a 5.79 ERA.
GIANTS: Randy Johnson has a torn rotator cuff and won't be able to throw for at least three weeks.
The 303-game winner had an MRI on his injured left shoulder and the test showed some tearing.
METS: A top Mets executive acknowledged Tuesday that General Manager Omar Minaya made a mistake by singling out a reporter during a bizarre news conference, and put the GM on notice.
"Ownership is not happy with the direction of the team," chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said before the game against Colorado.
Minaya held a messy news conference Monday to announce the firing of his longtime friend and vice president of player development Tony Bernazard. Minaya questioned the motives of a local beat writer who had written stories critical of Bernazard.
WHITE SOX: Slugger Jim Thome will miss at least the next two games with a sore back.
YANKEES: Starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang will undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his injured right shoulder today.
TRADE: In a swap of outfielders, the Red Sox traded Mark Kotsay and cash to the White Sox for Brian Anderson on Tuesday.
The Red Sox designated the 33-year-old Kotsay for assignment last week. The White Sox sent the 27-year-old Anderson to Triple-A last week.