Kevin Charles Millar was born in Los Angeles, CA on September 24th 1971. Millar attended and played baseball at Hart High School in LA. Once he graduated he went on to play for Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. In his first season Millar, led the team in runs, hits, HRs, and RBIs, in 1992, and was elected to the All-Sun Belt Conference team. Millar only played one more season at Lamar before moving on to his professional career.
In 1993, Millar played his first professional ballgame in the Independent Leagues. Between 1993 and 1996 he played for in the Northern League for the Saint Paul Saints. It wasn’t until 1998 that Millar made his MLB debut for the Florida Marlins, where he played until 2002.
Millar would join the Red Sox in 2003, but his path there was a strange one. After the 2002 season the Marlins sold Millar’s contract to the Chunchi Dragons in Japan. However in the process of waiving him to complete the transaction, the Red Sox sent in a waiver claim, blocking the sale and adding Millar to the roster. Florida would have to pay Chunichi back and the Sox would later pay the Marlins as well.
Millar played three of his best years with Boston in 2003-2005. He hit 25 HRs and 96 RBIs in 2003, 18 HRs and 74 RBIs in 2004, batting .296 and .274 respectively. But even with this solid offensive output, Millar was definitely best known as a good teammate, a positive club house presence, and generally a complete clown.
During the 2003 postseason, Millar coined the term “Cowboy Up”. When 2004 came around Millar began using the mantra of the Sox being “just a bunch of idiots” and that sentiment resonated throughout the clubhouse. The Sox carried that fun and upbeat attitude throughout the year. Even when they were down three games to none against the Yankees in 2004, Millar was at the forefront, showing that almost ignorant confidence that had carried them throughout the season, famously saying “Don’t let the Sox win this game”. And how can we forget the most famous walk in MLB history that led to the steal by Dave Roberts and ignited a series of eight straight wins for the Sox en route to their first World Series rings in 86 years.
After the World Series, Millar played one more year for the Sox, before moving on with the rest of his career. Millar went on to play for Baltimore and Toronto before finishing his career in 2009. You can check out his full line of stats here:
Following his career as a ball player, Millar entered the world of broadcasting. After a brief stint on NESN, Millar joined MLB Network and got his own show with Chris Rose called “Intentional Talk”, which still runs now through 2015.
Even now, Millar still has an affinity to the Red Sox. In 2007 he through out the first pitch in Game 7 of the ALCS. On April 20th, 2012, Millar, along with Pedro Martinez, led the Fenway Park 100 Year Anniversary on field ceremony, and performed the largest toast in history according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Millar was never the best player on the team, but his influence among the players was instrumental in the formation of the culture of winning in the Red Sox clubhouse that still exist today.