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Dave McCarty, player on the 2004 Red Sox championship team, dies a week after the team reunites

Dave McCarty became part of history in 2004. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Dave McCarty, an 11-year MLB veteran and member of the curse-breaking 2004 Boston Red Sox team, died Friday of a heart condition, the Red Sox announced. He was 54 years old.

The announcement came just 10 days after McCarty attended the team’s 2004 reunion at Fenway Park, where the group was already mourning the loss of Tim Wakefield. Wakefield died of brain cancer last October and was followed months later by his wife Stacy.

McCarty is survived by his wife Monica and children Reid and Maxine.

Former Red Sox players Kevin Youkilis, Lou Merloni and Lenny DiNardo posted tributes to McCarty following the news.

NESN, where McCarty worked as an analyst after his retirement, also posted a video showing a walk-off homer he hit in 2004.

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Born in Houston, McCarty became a top player at Stanford and was selected third overall by the Minnesota Twins in the 1991 MLB Draft. He made his MLB debut two years later and carved out a ten-year career, primarily as a bench bat.

He is, of course, best remembered for that 2004 season, in which he hit .258/.327/.404 with four home runs in 168 at-bats, though he saw no playing time during Boston’s legendary World Series run.

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