Happy January 2nd! The first day of your New Year's Resolutions, after maximum relaxation on January 1st!
Royce Clayton was born on January 2nd, 1970. He played 17 seasons with 11 different teams, including 7 different teams in his final 5 seasons. The last eight games of his career, in 2007, were spent with the Boston Red Sox. In his first game with the Red Sox, he scored a run in an eventual one run game. He didn't score a run, or drive in a run in any of his other appearances. For his contributions, he was awarded a World Series ring. Not too shabby!
After 17 big league seasons, I'm sure Royce Clayton was just happy to have a chance to play on a World Series team. 8 game or zero games. 1 run or no runs. It doesn't really matter. You could argue that without the run he scored, the Red Sox play extras, end up effecting the rest of the season. Maybe it causes more losses. Maybe they don't win the division. So, 1 run is worth the ring. 8 games is worth the ticket to the duck boat parade.