Two years before Rice joined the Red Sox, Yastrzemski was booed so loudly at Fenway Park that he wore cotton in his ears in the field. Ted Williams was booed until the last few years of his career; once he spit back at the crowd. But Yaz and Williams finished their careers in Boston as local heroes. "I'd love to play the rest of my career in Boston and go out the way they did," says Rice. "But these are different times. Contracts are different. I have two years left. After that, who knows what the Red Sox will want to do with me?"
"For today's stars, money buys a lot more than houses and cars," says Frank Robinson. It has bought Rice and Murray headaches and heartaches.