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Rice feels a special bond with Doby
LIKE LARRY DOBY, Jim Rice (above) had his number 14 jersey retired by the Boston Red Sox. Dobys jersey, also number 14, has been retired by the Cleveland Indians. - photo by Photo courtesy of Johnny Deal
In some respects, Jim Rice is a walking and talking contradiction as to what the baseball-loving world thinks of the Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation.A member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Anderson native, the former Red Sox leftfielder was in Camden to talk about Larry Doby on the occasion of the unveiling of a statue depicting the Camden native and fellow Hall of Fame enshrinee along with a statue of Camden native and financier, Bernard Baruch. The statues, which depict “Reconciliation”, grace the entrance to the Camden Archives and Museum.Wearing a fitted suit, Rice looks as if he could still fit into his number 14 Red Sox jersey, which the franchise retired in 2009 on the occasion of his being inducted into Cooperstown that year. The 1978 American League most valuable player is one of just seven players in the history of the franchise to be so honored.On this sun-filled day in Camden, Rice was just several hours removed from having been with the Red Sox at their spring training base in Fort Myers, Fla., serving as an instructional batting coach.