Nation Mourns with Lawrence

Nation Mourns with Lawrence

Singer Robert Goulet performs during a ceremony held prior to the Boston Red Sox home opener baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Boston, Tuesday, April 10, 2007.

(AP Photo)

Impossible to Replace: Red Sox Nation Member Robert Goulet Dies at 73

"If you can't laugh at yourself, you're a fool." -- Entertainer Robert Goulet, 1933-2007

Late Shows: Paps on Letterman, Manny on Leno, Papi on Conan
Gallery: Let the Offseason Begin
Curt and Pedro Together Again? Schilling Names Teams | Curt on Series
Edes: Looks Like the Schill is Gone
ProJo: So Many Chapters to Sox Story

"They are the new dirt dogs, Kevin Youkilis and Duston Pedroia are the two guys who came to symbolize this team’s grit, its determination. Is there a tougher out than Youkilis? Close your eyes and you see him fouling off yet another pitch, robbing a pitcher of his will.

Is there anyone who gets more out of himself than Pedroia, this kid who looked so overmatched in April, this kid who got clutch hit after clutch hit in the postseason?

They both are great overachievers, the kind of guys you want playing for you.

Dirt dogs." -- Bill Reynolds, Providence Journal

Dance Fever Grips Hub

DANCE FEVER GRIPS HUB

Boston Red Sox players Jonathan Papelbon (foreground, right) and Mike Timlin (behind left) celebrate the team's World Series championship on flatbed truck as rolling rally passes Boston City Hall.

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / John Blanding)

Boston Loves a World Series Parade

Rally Capped: Read, See, and Hear All About It

And We're Big Fans of SI Covers, Too

SI Cover, Nov. 5, 2007 Issue

(Sports Illustrated Cover Photo)

Verducci: Party's Just Beginning

"Listen," designated hitter David Ortiz began, "we're not just a good team. We're a great team. And don't you f------ forget that. And let's go play one at a time and go prove that. Because let me tell you something...."

Ortiz pulled on the sides of his gray road jersey. "There's a reason why you wear this Red Sox uniform...."

Ortiz paused for a beat, letting the suspenseful silence fill the rapt room.

"Because you're a bad mother------." -- 10.30.07, Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated

Will Boras Get Off Scot-Free?

Will Boras Get Off Scot-Free?

Boston Dirt Dogs

(BDD Photo Illustration)

Theo's Favorite Used Car Salesman Gets Pounded by the Nation,
(And Not Just the Red Sox One)
Devil-Dealer Has To Apologize for His Uber-Obnoxious Attempt to
Hijack the Red Sox World Series Win
Will Scott Boras Ever Be Able to Show His Face In Boston, Again?

Boras Apologizes After MLB Calls Out Agent for Upstaging Series
Payback Plan: Let A-Rod Rot on the Sidelines for One Season, Unsigned

"We were very disappointed that Scott Boras would try to upstage our premier baseball event of the season with his announcement. There was no reason to make an announcement last night other than to try to put his selfish interests and that of one individual player above the overall good of the game." -- 10.29.07, Bob DuPuy, MLB's chief operating officer. Fox television's Joe Buck and Tim McCarver should have offered viewers a similar sentiment after Ken Rosenthal interrupted the game with the A-Rod advertisement. They did not. Shame on them too.

Dance Card

Dance Card

The Dancing Papelbon

(Getty Images Photo / Jonathan Daniel)

It's Rolling Rally Tuesday, So Pencil In Papelbon
for Three Not-So-Spontaneous Dances

Globe: Fans Await Today's Victory Parade
Player's Choice: Riverdance Won't Take Place on the Water
No Worries About the Timing: The Kids Are Too Wiped Out
from Watching Selig's 1:00 a.m. Games to Enjoy This Anyway
Back to Bud's Business: Royce Clayton Reminds You To Get Your
Free Taco Between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Today

Flying High: Photos from the Sox Flight Back from Denver

Hardware Story

Hardware Story

Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz holds up the World Series trophy in front of a crowd outside Boston's Fenway Park moments after returning from Denver, Monday, Oct. 29, 2007. The Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies, 4-3, in Game 4 Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, at Coors Field in Denver, to sweep the series 4-0.

(AP Photo)

Trophy Time: Papi and Friends Come Back to Fenway

Sox Have Arrived | Parade Set for Tuesday Noon; No Dance on River

They're Shipping Up to Boston

They're Shipping Up
to Boston (Way Oh)

Winning pitcher Jon Lester kisses his girlfriend Farah Johnson as he holds the World Series trophy.

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Barry Chin)

... With World Series Trophy in Hand.
Champs Arrive at Fenway Today.

Edes: Kings of the Diamond | Shaughnessy: New Era Dawns
Celebration | Game 4 | Coors Scene | Back in Boston | Video
Slideshow: Road to Series Title | Kapler: Beginning of a Dynasty
Ryan: Exclamation Point

"Red Sox Nation is happy, girl."-- Julio Lugo to NESN's Tina Cervasio

Four-Gone Conclusion!

Four-Gone Conclusion!

Jonathan Papelbon of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after winning Game Four by a score of the 4-3 to win the 2007 Major League Baseball World Series in a four game sweep of the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 28, 2007 in Denver, Colorado.

(Getty Images Photo / Jeff Gross)

The Sox Are On Top of the World, Again!
ColorAAAdo Rockies Crumble, Tumble at Coors

After Three Long Years, a World Series Finally Comes to Boston
It's All Over in Colorado: Mountain Kings Hold Off Rockies 4-3
How Sweep It Is! The Boston Red Sox Have Won the World Series
Lowell and Behold! Iron Mike Is the World Series MVP
Papelbon Shuts Down the Rox for Series Save
Tip of the Cap to Mike Timlin
Mientkiewicz Wants the Ball

Kielty As Charged!

Bobby Kielty No. 32 of the Boston Red Sox watches a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies during Game Four of the 2007 Major League Baseball World Series at Coors Field on October 28, 2007 in Denver, Colorado.

(Getty Images Photo / Stephen Dunn)

Bobby's Blast Was a Difference Maker

World's Worst Timing: Boras and A-Fraud Should Be Ashamed of Themselves,
But That's Nothing New for Them. Dirtbags Try to Upstage Series.

Lesterrific!

Lesterrific!

Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester gets a word and a pat on the cheek from manager Terry Francona, and a pat on the back from Dustin Pedroia when he was remove3d from the game in the sixth inning.

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)

Big Lefty Pitches 5 2/3 Innings of Shutout Ball in Sweeper
Let's Have Some New 'C' Words to Describe Jon:
Character. Clutch. Champion.

High and Mighty

High and Mighty

Jacoby Ellsbury and Coco Crisp score on a double by Dustin Pedroia in the 8th.

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Barry Chin)

The Rookies Run Over the Rockies in Game 3, 10-5
Mile High Club Is One Win Away

Pitching In at the Right Time: Dice-H Investment Finally Hits Pay Dirt
It's Jacoby Ellsbury's World, We Just Live In It and Eat Tacos
Leadoff Lock Is First Rook in 61 Years with 4 Hits in a Series Game
Coloradoh! Unhittable Okaji Takes Holliday, But Rox Are On Vacation
Tip of the Cap to Tito: Changes In Latitude, No Changes in Attitude
And the Manager Makes All the Right Moves on the Mountain

"We don't want to eat the cake before your birthday." -- 10.27.07, Manny Ramirez, who we turn to for words of wisdom in times like these

Photos: Game 3 | Coors Scene | PhotoShop Sox | Tributes | Video

Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty

Kevin Youkilis at Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1997

(BDD / Sycamore High School Photo - 1997)

The Sox Are In a League of Their Own
And Youk, and His High School Hairpiece, Are Taking a Seat Tonight

Ryan: Who's On First?
Schilling: Up 2-0 and a Mile High


Funky Ohhh-kajima!

Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima pitches against the Colorado Rockies in Game 2 of Major League Baseball's World Series in Boston October 25, 2007

(Reuters Photo)

To the tune of Funky Cold Medina...

The Rox came into Boston
Looking for some action
But like our old friend Steinbrenner,
They couldn’t get no satisfaction!

Clint Hurdle told his boys,
“We just won 20 of 21.
Now let’s go into Fenway Park
and have a little fun!”

But Francis got spooked
when the crowd yelled “YOOOUK!”
Holliday kept screaming, “WHY?!!”
And both our aces
And Paps’ scary faces
Made Tulowitzki cry!

So Clint walked to the Boston dugout
And saw this guy named Tito
Clint said to the guy,
“Why are you so fly?”
He said,
“Funky Ohhh-kajima!”

Funky Ohhh-kajima!

Then Tito told Clint Hurdle
Some more of his tricks
He said, “Make Pedroia your leadoff man
And you’ll get lots of hits!
Our number two’s lucky goatee
Is thicker than molasses!
And Papi and Manny hit it so far
You have to get out your glasses!

Halfway There

Halfway There

Jonathan Papelbon

(Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)

Sox Offense Finally Shut Down,
But It Didn't Matter with Schill, Oki, and Paps on the Hill
Sox Take 2-0 World Series Lead
With 2-1 Win Over Rockies in Game 2

Photos: Game 2 | Fenway Scene | PhotoShop Sox | Tributes | Video

Oh, and Thanks for the Taco, Jacoby!

Tacoby Bellsbury

(BDD Photo Illustration / Jeff Dockum)

Man of the World

Man of the World

Starting pitcher Josh Beckett #19 of the Boston Red Sox winds up against the Colorado Rockies during Game One of the 2007 Major League Baseball World Series at Fenway Park on October 24, 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts.

(Getty Images Photo / Jim McIsaac)

Rockies Crumble in Boston as Beckett Stones Colorado

Lighten Up, Francis: Boston Bats Are Putting the Heavy on Everyone
Sox Have Outscored Playoff Opponents 43-6 in Last 4 Games
Hammer Time Again: Reeling Rusties Lose Laying Down, 13-1
Fast and Furious: Beckett's Heater Made Rox Stone Cold Sober
Team of Dustiny: Pedroia Powers Sox Into the Lead with Long Ball
There's Only One Youktober: 1B Is Hitting As Pretty As His Fiance
Who Needs Him In Colorado? Papi's Double Trouble in Record Win
There's Only One Locktober: The Family Manny is Locked and Loaded
Even 'Tek, Drew, and Lugo Join the Record-Setting Hit Parade
Jacoby Ellsbury Is Killing Us! :-)

BDD -- SoxNation.Net Photo Illustration

(Photo Illustration courtesy of SoxNation.Net)

Photos: Game 1 | Fenway Scene | PhotoShop Sox | Tributes | Video

"Not sure what the final score was, but we were a little rusty." -- 10.24.07, Todd Helton's excuse for not showing up for the Series

He's Got the World on a String

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(BDD Photo Illustration / Steve Garberg)

Sox on Fox

Oh, the Places Tulowitzki and Torrealba Won't Go!

With apologies to Dr. Seuss...

Rox
Sox
Sox on Fox Rox on Fox
Sox on Fox
Rox vs. Sox on Fox
Sox vs. Rox on Fox
Sox vs. Rox in Coors Bandbox

Sox have Jocks
Rox have Jocks
Jocks in Field or Batter's Box
Jocks with Money Box of Stocks
Papi strong as Wild Ox

Fox ex-Jocks sit in Press Box
Listen to Tim McCarver's Vox!
The insanity he Talks and Squawks
Joe Buck oughtta clean his Clocks

Rox beat Sox
Sox beat Rox

No one claims the games are Locks
And on some wood a Nation Knocks
But if the Rox Outfox the Sox
Or Gagne Walks or Beckett Balks
It surely would cause Mocks and Shocks
Requiring Whiskey on the Rocks

... and then, as Manny says, there will always be next year ... -- Mark Stebbins, 10.24.07

Rudy Awakening

Rudy Awakening

BDD - Steve Garberg

(BDD Photo Illustration / Steve Garberg)

Even America's Mayor Realizes What a Mess the Yankees
Have Become... Welcome to Red Sox Nation, Rudy

Post: Yankee Flipper | Rudy Being Rudy | Daily News: Rudy's Sox
Update: Giuliani Mulls Taking on Remy for President of RSN in '09
If '08 Campaign for USA Top Dog Doesn't Pan Out

No Wake

BDD - No Wake

(FMA Publishing Photo)

Extra Bases: Wake on the Shoulder, Snyder In

Positional breakdown: Sox vs. Rox
Put Our Boy Piela Over the Top: He's Bringing Sexy Back to Boston
38Pitches: Schill on Sox and Rox | Mnookin: Odd Man Out

Little Big Bat

Little Big Bat

BDD - Meir Weinberg - Little Big Bat

(BDD Photo Illustration / Meir Weinberg)

Pedroia is Powering the Sox to the Series

NY Times: Pedroia and Youkilis Make Things Happen
San Diego Trib: Dustin May Be Mr. October II
SI.com: Pedroia Lifts Sox into World Series

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

BOSTON, MA - 10/21/07.. ALCS - Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians -- Red Sox celebrate winning game seven of the ALCS where Boston Red Sox play against Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park Sunday, October 21, 2007.

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Bill Greene)

The Sox Aren't Stopping Here,
So Get Ready to Rock the House Again.
World Series in Town Wednesday Night.

Shaughnessy: Sox Roar Into World Series
Ryan: Past Tense, Put Present Looks Perfect

Comeback Complete!

COMEBACK COMPLETE!

David Ortiz with the ALCS trophy

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)

The Red Sox Win the Pennant.
The Red Sox Win the Pennant.
Sox Rock Tribe, Now Colorado Rolls In

Sox Thump Indians, 11-2 And Get a World Series Date With the Rockies
Heart and Soul Hot From Start to Finish: Pedroia 3-5 HR, Youk 3-5 HR
Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey-Hey, Dustin Goes Deep Late
Matsuzaka Doesn't Fall Completely Apart in the Fifth
Good Things Happen to Bad People: Lofton Called Out, Game Over
It Would Make Our Skin Crawl If We Had to Deal with Joel Skinner
Welcome Back Early-Season Version of Hideki Okajima
Pants-On-Papelbon Gets Stretched Out Before Dancing
Nice Going Coco: Reserve Center Fielder Grabs a Pennant Near the 'Pen
Photos: Celebration | Game | Scene at Fenway

Drew Did It!

Schilling Alive

BDD -- SoxNation.Net Photo Illustration

(Photo Illustration courtesy of SoxNation.Net)

Drew Did It!

J.D. Drew (right) celebrated with teammates at the plate after his grand slam.

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)

J.D. Comes Through and Saves Theo's Winter

Drew's Grand Slam Propels Sox, 12-2,
That's Just Schilling Being Amazing
While Fausto Melts Under the Fenway Spotlight
Right Off the Top: Youk, Pedro Jumpstart the Lineup
Jacoby Provides Some Juice As Tito Finally Sits Coco
Now It's On To Game 7 Tonight
Will Dice-K Be Ready?

BDD - Meir Weinberg

(BDD Photo Illustration / Meir Weinberg)

FAUS-TOW! FAUS-TOW!

Update: Fenway Lets Fausto Hear It: "It was over early for the Indians. With chants of “Fau-sto, Fau-sto” echoing from the Fenway Park rafters, Carmona felt the heat from the start, throwing 36 pitches and allowing four runs on Drew’s slam in his first inning of work. Never in sync, the same style he brought to the mound in his first ALCS start, Carmona was gone before recording an out in Boston’s six-run third inning, allowing seven runs on six hits and four walks through two-plus." -- 10.21.07, Chronicle Telegram


FAUS-TOW! FAUS-TOW!

Starting pitcher Fausto Carmona No. 55 of the Cleveland Indians reacts to a play while playing against the Boston Red Sox during Game Two of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 13, 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts

(Getty Images Photo / Elsa)

C'mon Fenway, Let's Rattle This Kid, Old School, Tonight

Not so fast

The Road to the World Series
Comes Through Boston, Now

BDD - Frank Galasso Illustration

(BDD / Frank Galasso Illustration)

It's Not Going to Sound Like The Jake with a Bunch of Corporate Mucky-Mucks Filling All the Sweet Seats at Fenway, But Will the Real Sox Fans In The Crowd Step Up and Make Some Noise Tomorrow Night?

Extra Bases: Indians Jumping the Gun on the Series Shirts
Ryan Garko Thinks He'll Be Drinking Champagne at Fenway

“The champagne tastes just as good on the road as it does at home.” -- 10.18.07, Ryan Garko, Indians 1B

Jake That!

Jake That!

10/18/07 -- Cleveland, Ohio: Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett puts some extra mustard on the throw as he gets Ryan Garko at first on a fourth inning comebacker.

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)

Big Time Josh Beckett Steals the Showdown
They're Alive and Caring in Cleveland: Red Sox 7, Indians 1

Just 1 Run Off Josh Beckett in 8 Strong Innings, 11 K's
Cleveland, Put Your Champagne on Ice Until New Year's Eve
Wahoo! The Surviving Sox Are Comin' Back Home to the Hub
Yes Youk Can! Kevin Comes Up Big When It Counts, HR, 3 RBI
The Big Lead: Dustin Gets His Groove Back, 2-4, Run Scored
Coc0-for-5! So, Who's The Kid With the Name 'Ellsbury' On His Back?
Peck on the Sneak: Super-Ex Girlfriend Can't #@&%! Jinx Josh
Hey Manny, Forget the Helmet and Try Not to Dance with the Catcher
Hey Manny, Stop Embarrassing the Organization with 390 Foot Singles
Hey Lonborg, Tiant, Hurst, Pedro, and Curt Schilling...
Big Dealing Josh Beckett Has Just Joined the Club.
Who Is Kenny Lofton? Sincerely, Karim Garcia
Game Photos | Kapler's Corner: Little Things

"He's got something others don't have. There is a different feel for us when he takes the mound. Time and time again he comes through."-- 10.18.07, Mike Lowell on Josh Beckett

Papelbon on Peck: 'They Awoke a Sleeping Giant'
Cowboy Redux: Millar Roots for Sox on Fox,
Will Damon and Pedro Be Doing Sox Promos for Games 5 and 6?
SI.com: Verducci on the Manny Nonsense
Ryan: Striking Difference in Outlook

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(Fox Screenshot -- BDD Photo / James MacDonald)

Extra Bases: Blog Notes from the Big Win at the Jake
Wilbur: Indians Dust Off Beck's Ex to Put Hex on Sox | StartJacoby.com

Raise Your Hands If You Don't Care Who Wins Tonight

Raise Your Hands If You
Don't Care Who Wins

He isn't really recreating his home run pose from Game Four, Manny Ramirez is signaling

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)

The New Media Go-To Guy Doesn't Have a Care in the World
But the Home Run Poser Better Show Us the Money Tonight

Manny on the Playoffs: Who Cares? | Discuss: There's Always Next Year

"It doesn't happen, so who cares? There's always next year. It's not like it's the end of the world." -- 10.17.07, Manny Ramirez, who reminds us that at the end of the day, you'll spend thousands of hours and dollars following and worrying about the Sox, while he's happily going home with millions

BDD - Steve Myers, Keedysville, Md.

(BDD Photo Illustration / Steve Myers, Keedysville, Md.)

WBZ-TV4: Manny: Who Cares? There's Always Next Year.

Team on the Brink

BDD -- SoxNation.Net Photo Illustration

(Photo Illustration courtesy of SoxNation.Net)

Sox Burnt to a Crisp

Burnt to a Crisp

Cleveland, Ohio: Indians catcher Kelly Shoppach rejoices in the background after the Red Sox Coco Crisp lined out to first base to end the game.

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)

Tito Makes All the Wrong Moves As
Dead Sox Get Toasted by the Tribe Again
Cleveland Gets World Serious, 7-3

Tito Stands By His Money Men as Ellsbury Electricity Stays Shut Off
Mission Timpossible: Wake Raked at the Jake in the Fifth
Another Proud Member of the Four and Two Thirds Club
No-Name Nonsense: Sox Make Paul Byrd Look Like Luis Tiant
The Pride of Hyde Park Was Not Ready for Prime Time
Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Bad Manny Likes to Watch His Bombs
Dustin Pedroia's Free Pass Continues in the Playoffs
Drew the Disaster, Lugo, and Coco Drag Down the Offense
Developing... Theo Begins Work on His Annual Apology
Tito's Getting a Wedgie on National TV

“You’ve got a flyball pitcher, you’re taking a Gold Glove center fielder out of the game - I don’t know if I agree with that. I think that part of my responsibility is when you think you know what’s right is to stay with what’s right. That doesn’t mean that guys are going to get 15 hits every night. But I think if you go away from what got you there, I think I’m cheating the players a little bit. I don’t want to do that.”-- 10.16.07, Francona with a ridiculous explanation on why he's letting Coco kill the season, Rob Bradford, Boston Herald

Somebody's Sleeping Like a Baby Tonight

Eliot Tatelman of Jordan's Furniture in Reading offered free furniture, if the Sox win the World Series

(BDD Photo / Jordon's Furniture deal for free furniture)

Remember 2004?

Remember 2004?

BDD - Frank Galasso Illustration

(BDD / Frank Galasso Illustration)

Extra Bases: Sox Hope for Wake-Up Call
Eric Wilbur: Three Days Grace
Chat Wrap: MacMullan Q&A from Cleveland
Survey: Rather See Josh Tonight?

Extra Bases: Weather Watching
Kapler's Corner: Confidence Goes a Long Way

Wasting Away

Wasting Away

Red Sox shortstop Julio Lugo, second from left, Coco Crisp and manager Terry Francona, right, watch in the top of the ninth inning of their 4-2 Game 3 loss to the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship baseball series Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, in Cleveland

(AP Photo)

Sox Have Created a Mess for Themselves in Cleveland
Tribe Takes Game 3, 4-2, Boston's Backs Are to the Wall
Tim Wakefield, the Nation Turns Its Panicky Eyes to You

The Two Jakes

Fans cheer Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Jake Westbrook as he leaves the game during the seventh inning of Major League Baseball's ALCS playoff series against the Boston Red Sox in Cleveland October 15, 2007.

(Reuters Photo)

Sox Make Jake Westbrook Look Like Greg Maddux
The Jake Makes Fenway Sound Like a Funeral Parlor

Dice-K's In Too Deep: Pitch Count Catches Up with Junkballer
Mr. Four-and-Two-Thirds Isn't Fooling Anyone with His Gyroball
An Inconvenient Double Play: Coco Can't Get It Done
Not Helping: Another Baserunning Blunder for Big Papi
Lofton Lifts One Out, J.D.'s Got No Lift
'Tek Homer Too Little, Too Late

BDD -- White Men Can't Jump - Merrill Design Studio

(BDD Photo Illustration / Merrill Design Studio)

Ellsbury Might Have Had It

Worthless

BDD -- Jason Flowers
Atglen, PA

(BDD Photo Illustration / Jason Flowers Atglen, Penn.)

Playoff Contest: Show Us Your Photoshop Chops | Gallery
Extra Bases: Bugs in the Crowd Tonight?
Wilbur: Show Must Go On | While You Were Sleeping

Dirty Trick

Dirty Trick

Game Two at Fenway Park. Cleveland's Trot Nixon receives congratulations from Jhonny Peralta after his game-winning hit against the Red Sox.

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Stan Grossfeld)

Nixon's the One; Sox Come Undone

Cleveland 13, Boston 6: Indians Batter Sox Bullpen for 7 in 11th
Manny on Fire: And He's the All-Time Postseason HR King
RBI King Lowell Put Sox On Top with Long Ball, Briefly
'Pen Gets Some Bad Ink: Tito Lets Gagne Give One Away
Schilling Comes Up Small in Big Game, His Words

"I think we all know how a player can cross over to the dark side, but I fully expect that I'm the enemy coming in here... I was excited to finally get in there - it was 1:30 in the morning. For some reason I felt some calmness in the batter's box. If you can keep your emotions in check, you have a better chance. I didn't hit it hard, but I hit it where I needed to." -- 10.14.07, Trot Nixon on the game-winning hit

BDD -- SoxNation.Net Photo Illustration

(Photo Illustration courtesy of SoxNation.Net)

Kapler's Corner: Give Them Credit

Cleveland Rocked

Cleveland Rocked

The Boston Red Sox celebrate their 10-3 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 of the American League Championship baseball series Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, at Fenway Park in Boston.

(AP Photo)

Take 10 Little Indians; Game One Goes to Boston
Beckett Sharp, Sox Offense Overwhelming in 10-3 Win

Beckett Cruises for 6 with 7 K's While C. C. Gets an F for Starters
Covering All the Bases: MVP Manny and Star of David are a Perfect 10
RBI Machine Mike Lowell Drives in 3; 2 for Kielty and 'Tek, Too
Everybody Hits: Lineup Was Loaded from Coco to Lugo
Youk Keeps the Heat On: Kevin Comes In Three Times
Gallery: Game Photos | Scene at Fenway

Manny Ramirez of the Boston Red Sox smiles on first base after being walked which forced in a run in the sxith inning against the Cleveland Indians during Game One of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 12, 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts.

(Getty Images Photo / Al Bello)

Tis the Season to Be Manny
Globe: Manny, Ortiz Finish the Job

He's on the Defensive

Manny Ramirez of the Boston Red Sox catches a ball hit by Kenny Lofton of the Cleveland Indians during Game One of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park 12 October 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts.

(Getty Images Photo / Al Bello)

Waaay Baaack!

Waaay Baaack!

Red Sox Cleveland Game 5, 1999 -- Troy O'Leary is greeted at home after his grand slam against the Indians.

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Barry Chin)

Waaaaaay Baaaack! Grand Slam Troy O' Leary!

Gallery: A Look Back on the '95, '98, and '99 Sox-Indians Playoff Series

Welcome Back Trotter

Welcome Back Trotter

Welcome Back Trotter

(BDD Photo Illustration / Rich, Los Angeles)

Gallery: Playoff Photoshopping Spree
And One More Thing, Trotski ...

BDD -- Trot's Back

(BDD Photo / TBS screenshot)

Waaaaaaaa! Waaaaaaaa! Waldman

Waaaaaaaa! Waaaaaaaa! Waldman

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(BDD Photo Illustration / Graphic Design by Carl)

Steinbrenner Names Waldman Interim President of ElimiNation
Regular Fans Encouraged to Submit Applications for Final Election
Newsday: Waldman Defends On-Air Sobs

Shaughnessy: Manny Is In the Moment
Schilling on 38P: What a Series | Gammons: Who's the Manny?
Kapler's Corner: Welcoming Back Trot | Sox vs. Tribe: Tale of the Tape

Join ElimiNation

Hey Yankee Fans
Join ElimiNation Today! ...

Members of ElimiNation react at the end of the game against the Cleveland Indians during Game 4 of the American League Division Series baseball playoffs Monday, Oct. 8, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in New York.

(AP Photo)

... The Official Fan Club of the New York Yankees

Stay Tuned for Official ElimiNation Card Pricing
and 2008 Presidential Election Details

"I'm a member of ElimiNation." -- 10.10.07, Johnny Damon's dad in new Yankee ElimiNation commercial for the YES Network

Slow News Tuesday: Suzyn Waldman Cries Following Yankees Defeat

That Was Easy, Too

That Was Easy, Too

Joe Borowski  and Kelly Shoppach of the Cleveland Indians celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees by the score of 6-4 to win the American League Division Series in four games at Yankee Stadium on October 8, 2007 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

(Getty Images Photo / Al Bello)

Like Anaheim and Detroit Before Them, Cleveland
Sticks the Fork in New York This Time Around

Indians 6, Yankees 4: Cleveland Eliminates the Yankees

Say It Ain't So, Joe

BDD -- Steve Garberg

(BDD Photo Illustration / Steve Garberg)

Upon Further Review ...

BDD -- SoxNation.Net Photo Illustration

(Photo Illustration courtesy of SoxNation.Net)

The Bugs May Have Traveled All the Way From Boston

That Was Easy!

That Was Easy!

Kevin Youkilis wears goggles as he sprays champagne while celebrating the team's victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Game 3 of their MLB American League Division Series playoff baseball game

(Reuters Photo)

Schill is Still the King of the Hill, Sox Break Out Thundersticks, Advance to ALCS with 9-1 Win

BDD - Steve Garberg

(BDD Photo Illustration / Steve Garberg)

Halo Homework Pays Off for Postseason Schilling
Thunder and Lightning: Papi and Manny Go Back-to-Back
Sox Blow It Open and Coast Out West
Kapler: Let's Start Now!

BDD - Mr. Punchy

(BDD Photo Illustration / Mr. Punchy)

Dominican Dynamite Explodes;
Big Curt Mows Down the Angels

BDD - Meir Weinberg

(BDD Photo Illustration / Meir Weinberg)

BDD -- Frank Galasso Illustration

(BDD / Frank Galasso Illustration)

Manny Being Papi

Stand And Deliver

Manny Ramirez f the Boston Red Sox celebrates after connecting for a three-run home run to defeat the Los Angeles Angels, 6-3, in Game 2 of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park October 5, 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

(Getty Images Photo / Jim Rogash)

It's Gone, Baby, Gone

That's Just Manny Being Papi

Manny Crushes 3-Run Walkoff Homer Over Everything
Edes: Manny of the Hour, Sox Head West Up 2-0
MacMullan: His Response Was Intentional
Ryan: Monster Blast Spoke Volumes
Shaughnessy: A Walkoff Winner
Kapler's Corner: Gabe on Manny
Game 2 Photos | Game 2 Fenway Scene Photos
Video: Manny Speaks! (in Spanish, Too!) | Fenway Video

"In that situation, that guy has gotten me out so many times," said Ramírez in a rare postgame interview. "But baseball's like that. Sometimes you get me, sometimes I get you."

"It feels great," said a buoyant Ramírez. "It's been a long time since I've done something special like that. But I haven't been right all year long. When you don't feel good and still get hits, that's when you know you're a bad man." -- Manny breaks it down | 10.6.07, Jackie MacMullan, Boston Globe

California Here We Come!

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Pennant Express Heads West to Anaheim

'My Train Doesn't Stop'-- Manny Ramirez, Oct. 6. 2007

Big Misstep: Angels Walk Papi to Get to Manny

"You walkin' to me? You walkin' to me? You walkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you walking... you walking to me? Well I'm the only one here. Who the #@%! do you think you're walking to? Oh yeah? OK." [Draws] -- Manny Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver, Part Deux

Angel in the Infield

Oh, Danny Boy ...

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Boston Globe Staff Photo / Bill Green - Boston .com Photo / Steve Silva)

... The Mikes, The Mikes Are Calling.
The Kid Made the Catch of the Day Last Night

Extra Bases: Angels, Hub Give Kid His Due
Globe: Home Team Catches a Break
The Scene at Fenway: Vinik Photos and More

Angel in the Infield: "It was unbelievable. Just seeing it up there, sticking my hand out there, and it just landed in my hand. I don't remember really what happened. Just unbelievable, amazing." -- 10.5.07, 17-year-old Danny Vinik on the famous foul ball catch

No Escape for Yankees

There Is No ...

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Pest Control: Indians Buzz Yanks in 11, Lead Series 2-0

Sink or Swarm Time

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(BDD Photo Illustration / Jeff Greco)

Bronx Bummer: Joba's a Buzz Kill

Raid On Yankees Parade

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(BDD Photo Illustration / Mike Spriggs)

Sorry New Yorkers, It Sounds Like Sox-Indians
Is All the Buzz for the Pennant

The Diceman Cometh

The Diceman Cometh

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(Photo Illustration courtesy of SoxNation.Net)

The $103 Million Man Shows the Angels
His Bad Boy Side Tonight

Game 2: Matsuzaka in the Spotlight
Extra Bases: The Latest From Fenway, All Day, All Night
Kapler's Corner: Rookie Learning the Ropes
Shaughnessy: Friday Noon Chat

Do It For the Guy Next To You

Do It For The Guy Next to You

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)

The Sox Are Taking Care of Business, And Each Other

Cowboy Up! ... Why Not Us? ... Do It For The Guy Next To You

Game 2 starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka (rear above) threw in the outfield yesterday to a trainer (foreground) who was wearing an inspirational shirt that read "For The Guy Next To You" on the back and "Do It" on the front.

No Longer Dead Men Walking

No Longer Dead Men Walking

(AP and Getty Images/Elsa Photos)

Nothing serves notice that we’ve embarked on a new season better than Josh Beckett’s 94-mph two-seam fastball eluding Angels bats with mocked ease, or a Big Papi blast that reverberates the October night. Put them together and the Boston Red Sox have kicked off the 2007 playoffs on a decidedly clearer mission than with which they ended the regular season.

Only two weeks ago, Red Sox Nation was enduring comparisons to the 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers, who gave away a 13-game lead, the most philanthropic in Major League history but just one larger than Boston’s advantage back on July 5. And to the 1934 New York Giants and 1938 Pittsburgh Pirates, the only teams to lose divisions after leading by seven games during September before the Mets joined them on Sunday. It was free game to openly discuss 1978 and speculate on what it would mean for New York to win the East. After all, only one team since Abner Doubleday ever dug out of deeper than the 14½–game hole facing the Yankees on May 29. In fact, you’d have to go back to a day when both sides milled around the keg between innings discussing which mustache wax holds up best to the head of a good draught to find them - the 1914 Boston Braves, who trailed by as much as 15 games.

In retrospect, this year’s Red Sox did not make things easy for themselves. Once they reached their high-water mark in May, the 2007 season was by-and-large 1978-proofed. But a 54-48 record over the next 102 games – capped by a three-game sweep in Toronto that left them a scant game and a-half on top by mid-September - fueled fears of its reincarnation. For most of the summer, the Red Sox displayed all the enthusiasm of a shackled Sean Penn as they made their way down the bright corridor to a fate of historical proportion. Meanwhile, the Nation could only console itself from behind the glass pane like a helpless Susan Sarandon, clutching our wild card binky with ever-tighter fists. Fortunately, the now kinder and gentler ghost of the Bambino let us off for the second time in three years.

Nevertheless, as we stood on the threshold of this postseason, considerable conjecture arose over which team would greet the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Wednesday night – the invincible boys of spring or the dead men of summer. Yet, if we’ve learned anything from history, it’s that the postseason never tips its hand until that first 94-mph fastball is thrown.

Take last year. The Detroit Tigers’ stretch drive made up in superlatives what it lacked in intensity or success. Losers of 31 of their final 50 regular season games and the A.L. Central after being swept by Kansas City, they may well have been the deadest on arrival of any postseason team ever. Nor were their eventual World Series opponents better. The St. Louis Cardinals closed out at 25-36 and, with only 83 wins on the season, were the uninvited guests who assumed the throne.

By contrast, the Minnesota Twins certainly expected an invitation to last year’s World Series. Thieves of the A.L. Central on the last day of the regular season after Detroit held it nearly wire to wire, the Twins played a Major League-best 71-33 since June 7. And their efforts were handsomely rewarded with the greatest postseason benny of all – the Oakland A’s, baseball’s Black Monday. Back in 2001, after a 66-18 bull run to capture the A.L. West and gain a 2-0 advantage in the ALDS, the A’s crashed and burned. So, too, in 2003 when their 83-33 regular season finish and another 2-0 ALDS lead fell carnage to the bears. Yet, in 2006, the A’s finally proved to be anything but spoils for the Twins, sweeping them in three.

So, let’s exercise caution in assessing this year’s field. Boston awoke to a wildly successful opener after a lackadaisical four months while the Angels, who managed only a 14-14 record in September, may have hit the snooze alarm once too often. Meanwhile, the Yankees, who finished 73-39 since May 29, 57-27 since July 1, and 23-9 since August 27, have seemingly earned this year’s door prize with the Cleveland Indians, whom they swept in the 2007 regular season. One of those wins was on April 19 in which they trailed by four with the bases empty and two away in the bottom of the ninth. But Cleveland closed strong as well, winning 27 of their final 37. And remember: the Yankees drew the reeling Tigers in last year’s ALDS to no avail.

So, for those who’ve stood graveside through the fortnight waiting to empty their shovels over the final resting place of the 2007 Red Sox, there might be a way to go. Only two years back, the Chicago White Sox watched their own large lead – 15 games in early August - dwindle to 1½ in the final week of the regular season, then went on to an 11-1 postseason. Who knows? The casket that rests below may even be empty. -- 10.5.07, Bob Ekstrom, Boston Dirt Dogs contributor

C.C. You Later

C.C. You Later

Sabathia holds off Yanks

(BDD Photo Illustration / Steve Garberg)

Yanks Give It Up in Game 1, 12-3

"They did a better job in just about every aspect of the game. No excuses. We got our rear ends kicked." -- 10.4.07, Yankees manager Joe Torre

Red Sox Fan Assaulted in New York
Eric Wilbur: Halo Again

Beckett Draws a Blank

Beckett Draws a Blank

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Complete Domination in Game Won
Joshuts Out Hapless Halos, 4-0 As Youk, Papi Go Deep
Bottom Line on Beckett: 4 Hits, 8 K's, No Walks

Ryan: Ace's Stuff Fit for the Kings
Verducci: Beckett's a Big Game Hunter
Shaughnessy: Gem By Beckett Has Boston Pumped
Gallery: Game 1 Photos | The Scene at Fenway | Video

East Beats West, Again

Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels -- Features - Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling gives Josh Beckett a pat on the back after Beckett's shut out in the first game of the ADLS where Boston Red Sox play against Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park.

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Bill Greene)

Ace Gets Well-Deserved Pat on the Beck

John Lackey Really Hates This #%@! Place Now

BDD Lackey's Daddy

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Forget Mr. October ...

Doctor October

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David is Now Doctor October

Beck in the Saddle Again

Sox Rock

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Beck in the Saddle Again

The Red Sox will open the 2007 American League Division Series at Fenway Park tomorrow night vs. the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Today, leftfielder Manny Ramirez, with his music and his green hair covering worked out.

(BDD Photo Illustration / Meir Weinberg)

Sox Are Back in the Playoffs and Look to End
Two-Year Series Drought for Suffering Nation
Ryan: Deal Turned Up an Ace in Beckett

Manny Being Ready

The Red Sox will open the 2007 American League Division Series at Fenway Park tomorrow night vs. the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Today, leftfielder Manny Ramirez, with his music and his green hair covering worked out.

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)

Green Doo-Rag: Check. i-Tunes Loaded, In My Own World: Check.
Sick Career Numbers vs. Lackey: .435, 4 Home Runs. Check.

Old Friend Checks In: Introducing Kapler's Corner
Eric Wilbur: Sox Heavily Favored
Gordon Edes: Wednesday's Chat Wrap

Let the Prep Begin

Let the Prep Begin

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(Boston.com Photo / Thushan Amarasiriwardena)

Sox Getting Ready to Rumble Tomorrow

25 Man Roster Set: No Wake, Tavarez

Cowsill Up!

Cowsill Up!

 A rally at City Hall Plaza in Boston for The Boston Red Sox Team whch won the division title. It was Boston's first American League East division title in 12 years.

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)

Nation Takes Over City Hall as Cowsill, Cannon, and Tork
Give Sox a Rousing Sendoff to Playoffs
Charles Steinberg. Genius.

Charles Steinberg. Genius.

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Tell Me Why? It's Rally Monday... Tell Me Why? It's Rally Monday

Red Sox fans are "pretty passionate," said Evan Cipriano, 18, a student at Northeastern University. "People always [ask] whether Boston's a Patriots city or a Red Sox city, but I think you got to give it to the Red Sox." -- 10.2.07, Boston Globe Rally Monday coverage

Is Papelbon Still Partying?

 Nelson Zapata from Norwood celebrating in City Hall Plaza moments before the kick off to celebration rally for Boston Red Sox, Monday October 1, 2007 Boston

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Dominic Chavez)

Can't Get Enough? Rally Monday Photos | Video

Monday: Tito Confirms Beckett-Dice-Schilling Rotation
Sunday: Sox Drop No. 66 on the Season
Saturday: Drew Powers Sox to Best Record in AL

BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

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