Comeback Comes Up Short in St. Pete Sox Drop Further Behind in AL East
Monday Night Box: Tampa Bay 5, Boston 4 Rays Open Up East Lead to 1 1/2 Games with Win No Help from Nation: Rays Now 4-0 vs. Sox at Fenway South in St. Pete It Was Gross, Too: Upton Hits One Out off Mediocre Masterson Shields Protects Rays First Place Lead with Quality Start On the Sox Side: Lowell Stays Hot, 3-for-4, RBI 9th Life: Moss Ball Dances on Catwalk, But Tek Fly is Short Mr. Smith Walks the Walk Lugo Liner Ends It
"Let me tell you guys something, in the clubhouse this is a family and whatever happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse. Me and Jack, our friendship is good and he’s going to continue to be my friend yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Everything is fine."
-- 6.30.08, Manny Ramirez to a group of reporters today
Another Horrible Outing for Hideki Sox Have More Problems in Houston
Sunday Box: Houston 3, Red Sox 2 Globe: Sox Stuck in Second Place Starting to Sound Like a Broken Record: Beckett Deserved Better Not Another Loretta Swat But Single Was Right on the Mark Deep in the Heart of Houston: Manny, Pedro Homers Not Enough Beckett's Bat Banging the Bench Among the Hardest Hits
"It doesn't matter. I have a lot of respect for them and a lot of friends over there. I'm just glad we won another series and get some momentum going again."
-- 6.29.08, Friend turned foe Mark Loretta
Saturday Night Box: Houston 11, Boston 10 Globe: Sox Lose Leads, Then Game in Colossal 'Pen Collapse Papelbon's Spent After Pitching 36 Innings Over Half Season of Baseball The Big 4: Pedro Goes 4-for-5; Lowell 4-for-4, 3 RBIs Buddies Bust Out: Manny-and-Youk Each Stroke 2-Run Doubles Hit Parade Hidden Highlight: Impressive 3rd, 6th Innings Now Long Forgotten Haardsma, Hansen Can't Hold 'Em Any Longer
"I'm beat up. Just drained all over." -- 6.28.08, Jonathan 'Pooped' Papelbon ...
Dice Gets Back in Saddle and on the Winning Track Drew Bounces Back and Blasts a Houston Rocket
Friday Night Box: Boston 6, Houston 1 Beating Up on National League Lightweights Is Fun Working 5 for 9: Dice-K Gets Ninth Win with 3 BB, 4 K's Like a Rock: Lowell Connects for 2-Run Single Better Than Average Bust Out: Dustin Is Back to .295 Just Four You: Youkilis Has First Career Four-Hit Game The Good Hansen, Better Delcarmen, But Can Get Out of 8th Pap Pads a Save
"I'm not even counting my last start. But I did feel like I did come back with this start. I just hope gradually I can make back all the trouble that I caused."
-- 6.27.08, Matsuzaka through an interpreter
(Varitek: AP Photo | Lowell: Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)
Sox Rattle Snakes in the 8th; Close the Deal in the 9th
Tuesday Night Box: Boston 5, Arizona 4 Slumping Tek Delivers Clutch Hit to Cap Sox' Comeback Rally Good Timing: Sox Strike While Iron Mike Lowell Is Hot Lefthanded Compliment: Tek Gets It Right After Suffering Through Horrendous Skid Hanging to Chad: Masterson Didn't Elect to Give Up Tracy's 3-Run Homer Mr. Smith Doesn't Miss Out on His First MLB Win Move to Bring in Youk Was Just Swell Tito Catch 22: Pap Takes Break from Blowing Saves Second Thoughts: No Dustin, No Win That's Qualls She Wrote
"We played like [expletive] for eight innings." -- 6.24.08, Dustin Pedroia, back on the All-Star track
Sunday Afternoon Box: Red Sox 5, St. Louis 3 Globe: Youkilis's Homer Helps Sox Finally Finish Cards Jon Lester Is Fast Becoming a Superstar in Boston Jon Has Gone 5-1 with a 2.13 ERA in His Last 11 Outings Why Can't We Keep Starters Like Joel Piniero? Sincerely, Bob Lobel Papelbummer: Coco Got a Bad Break on the Ball in the 9th Just Throwing It Out There: That's Just Drew Being Dewey And in the 10th: Boston's Own Bartman Reaches Out and Grabs Ellsbury's Triple... Turns It Into a Double, and Sox Don't Win on Casey's Fly Hey Kid, Have Your Daddy Buy You a Ball, and Don't Celebrate... And Call Your Friends Because You Cost the Sox a Winning Run We're Still Sore After Watching 'Tek Take That Hit ... Imagine How He Feels Today? On the Flip Side, Captain Crunch is 3-for-his-last-40 Tall, Dark, and Hansen: Craig Is Starting to Look Good Again Picnic in the Dark ... If the Game Ran Any Longer Thank God Those Nasty, New-York-Like Cardinals Fans Have Left Town
"For some reason, it seemed like it was really quiet here today. I don’t know if people are just a little hungover from the Celtics winning or something like that." -- 6.22.08, Kevin Youkilis on the Sunday silence at Fenway
Friday Night Box: St. Louis 5, Boston 4 The Cardinal Sin of Stranding Runners Sinks Sox Celts Fire Up the House, but It Just Wasn't in the Cards Tonight Two Homers Was One Too Many for Wake to Give Up Killing Us Softly: That's Just Manny Not Being Manny There Won't Be Blood: Could Have Used the '04 Curt Schilling Tonight Seems Like Old Times: Dirt Dog Daubach Was in the House and Drinking Beers with the Common Folk in Section 20 The Big E's: Lugo Giveth, but Taketh Away Twice Oki Not OK in 8th; Aardsma Better Than OK in 9th
Good Times at the Ballpark: The Celtics Mini Rolling Rally Made It Quite a Night at to Remember at Fenway Park But the Milli Vanilli Redux Featuring Papelbon and Delcarmen "Singing" Blame it on The Rain in a Video Parody Stole the Show:
"I don't want it to end this way, but if this is the way it has to end, I'm OK with that. If it's over and my last pitch was in the 2007 World Series, I'm OK with that. I just can't stress enough where I am mentally with this. I have not a regret in the world. ... None of this makes me bitter or angry or pissed. It is what it is. In that sense, honestly, it's very, very easy for me because of what I've been able to experience compared to what I wanted when I first started my career, but if I have some say in how this is gonna end, I want it to be different than what it is right now." -- 6.20.08, Curt Schilling ... on what could be the end
"Can you get me in? Wyc Grousbeck wants me here."
-- 6.19.08, Frank from Gloucester... pleading numerous times today, to anyone that would listen
Poor Frank Wore the Wrong Jacket, and He Didn't See The Big Picture or The Big Baby Picture ...
(Boston.com Photo / Steve Silva)
File Under: Not Ready for the First Day of Summer And Why Is Boston the Only City in the Free World That Cannot Handle a Large Gathering of People in One Place to Have Some Fun with Our Titles Mayor Menino?
The Truth Hurts: Yes David Stern, Those Boos Were for You, And Stuart Scott, Too There Was Nothing Wrong with the Sound on Your TV ... That's Just K #%@! G Being K #%@! G The Pressure is Now On the Stumbling, Bumbling Bruins
Monday Night Box: Philadelphia 8, Boston 2 Phillies Flaunt Power; Sox Get Cole in Stocking What Was He Thinking? Tito Goes to Mike 7.06 ERA Timlin in a 4-2 Game in the 6th Bartolo Managed to Look Worse on the Mound Than He Did at the Plate I Love Watching Pitchers Hit! Sincerely, Bartolo Colon and Chien-Ming Wang The Sun Comes Up, The Sun Goes Down, and J.D. Drew Homers Did You See That Catch Jacoby Didn't Make?
"I once spent a year in Philadelphia, I think it was on a Sunday." -- W.C. Fields
Celtics Plane Delayed in LA, Team Arrives Late Night in Boston, But ABC Told David $tern They Just Had to Play on a Tuesday. Just Awful.
Good News: Ray Allen Expected to Play ... If He Makes It Back On NBA-Revenue-Maximizing Time. And Of Course, Tipoff's Not Until 9:00 ...
"It may be counterintuitive and against conventional wisdom, but there is no indication that the younger audience is impacted by later start times. And the reality is, if it's past their bedtime, in this day and age, kids in particular are extra tech-savvy and are finding ways to consume the game online through nba.com or YouTube." -- NBA spokesman Michael Bass... apparently with a straight face
Sunday Box: Boston 9, Cincinnati 0 Reds Statement: Sox Execute to the Nines J.D. Drew: You Can't Stop Him, You Can't Even Hope to Contain Him The Steal Deal: Jacoby Breaks Rookie SB Record, and Adds Power to Boot That's Just Beckett '08 Being Beckett '07 Homer Bailey Started for the Reds... 'Nuff Said After 33 Long Years, Sox Break Curse of the Ed Armbruster Interference Non-Call
"Who cares about Beckett? Let's talk about me." -- 6.15.08, Coco Crisp... kidding of course
Reds Scare Sox But Welcome Homer Takes Papelbon Off the Hook
Saturday Box: Boston 6, Cincinnati 4 Sox' Extra Effort Tops Reds Extra Insurance: Coco Hits One, Ball Charges the Stands Encarnaci-gone: Papelblown Coughs One Up in Cincinnati Hansen Gets First Save: Will Pap Think About Starting Again? The Slumpbuster: Is Dustin Pedroia Finally Getting His Groove Back? One for the Road: The Good Wake Pitched a Gem, Deserved a Win Manny Being Money: Griffey Had 600 Reasons to Swing on 3-and-0 No Manny, No David, No Problem J.D. On Fire
"Definitely a good thrill to hit one in that situation. To hit it in Cincinnati is a great honor and a great thrill, because who knows, after tomorrow I may not have another chance to play here." -- 6.14.08, Cin city native son Kevin Youkilis
Friday Night, No Fight
Justin the Win? Nope. It's an Offday for the Offense.
Friday Night Box: Cincinnati 3, Boston 1 Travel Travails: Sox Trip Again Let the Record Show, Sox Have Lost 11 of Last 15 Away from Home The Accidental Tourist in Cleveland: 'Tek Takes the Long Way Out On the First Leg of the Trip, Manny Comes Up with Hamstring Problems Bruce on the Loose: The Cincinnati Kid Clubs One Out Upside: It Was All Over in 2:21
"Overall, I was happy," Masterson said. "I just threw three pitches I kind of hung. They made me pay." -- 6.13.08, Justin Masterson, who wasn't lucky enough to get a win on Friday the 13th
(Getty Images Photo / Elsa)
Bang, Bang, Bang ... Lowell, Youkilis, and J.D. Who Knew? Drew Go Deep as Sox Drill O's
Thursday Night Box: Boston 9, Baltimore 2 No Place Like Home: It's a Blast -- Sox Roll Lowell Blows It Open with the 4-Run Homer The Lefty Was All Right: Jon Stays in Control and Throws an Easy 7 Hitter No Pressure, No Problem: Delcarmen and Timlin Shine with a Big Lead Let the J.D. Drew Contract Extension Talks Begin
"Ultimately, if we want to get to where we want to go, we're going to have to play better on the road, but it sure has been fun being home."
-- 6.12.08, Terry Francona on the home (28-7) and away (14-20) Sox
From Gary Jacobs, BDD contributor
PAWTUCKET, RI | June 13, 2008 – It is, like most days here, a beautiful day for baseball. The players are playing in bright sun, though their shadows dance long in front of them. The gametime temperature is 77 degrees and the gentlest of breezes cools the foreheads of the near-capacity crowd of over 9,000. The day couldn’t possibly be better suited to baseball.
Baseball was the game I learned on my father’s knee, the first game I gave my love to. And though I learned to love hockey with almost the same ferocity, baseball is what connects me with my youth, with memories of glorious summer days with nothing to do, and with my father.
" 'My dad bought tickets way up in the nosebleeds,' Russert says. 'I went down the aisle and tried desperately to get autographs. This one baseball player, Joe Pepitone, pushed me aside and I was crushed. I came back to my seat very dejected and my dad said, ‘What happened?’ I explained it to him and he said, ‘Don’t ever forget that. It takes as much time to be nice to someone as it does to be a jerk.’ It has stayed with me my entire life." -- American Profile, on Tim Russert, Yankees fan, 1.15.2006
"Doc [Rivers] drew up some plays and that's where I ended up, I didn't know it would be open for myself, but for somebody on our team. I always take my shots with confidence, and [last night] they fell. We took what they gave us and took advantage of it... We weathered the storm and stuck together and got the win." -- 6.12.08, James Posey of the soon-to-be World Championship Boston Celtics
It's Blowtime in LA!
(BDD Photo Illustration / Joe Turco)
Starring Pau Gasol. If He Only Had Some Heart ... and Some Shampoo.
"Right now he's got a lot of movement, he's got a pretty good two-seamer going on. He's around 93, 94 [miles per hour], and if he wants to go higher, he's still got it. He's not easy to face. He pitches more; before, he was a power guy trying to blow everyone away. Now he's the guy that pitches around the plate and makes you swing early in the count. He has way more movement than he did before." -- 6.11.08, Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez
(Boston Globe Staff Photo / John Bohn)
Ladies and Gentleman, Welcome to the Fenway Park Rat Race, Brought to You By Aramark, Servers of The Most Expensive Bad 'Food' in the World, That Actually Costs You a Whole Lot More in the End ...
"One food stand was cited for 'sausages thawing in stagnant water' and employees eating in a back kitchen. Another was cited for having 'a large amount of food crumbs and rodent droppings under the pizza oven,' and soiled sinks. Still another had 'rodent droppings along floor and inside the hole in the wall' and 'rodent droppings underneath the service counter.'
One vendor was cited for a 'black moldlike substance' on the inside of a refrigerator, 'soiled frialator cabinets,' 'rodent droppings throughout the stand,' and a sink that was not set up to wash, rinse, and sanitize. Another was ordered to 'remove foul odor from stand' and to 'clean drains to remove odor.'
XM Radio and Reebok present the children of David Ortiz, D'Angelo (left) and Vitaminwater, who whisper to one another during the Nakona Bats Naturalization and Wise Chips Ceremonies at the State Farm John F. Kennedy Library yesterday ... what a country.
"It's frustrating when you don't shoot well, but . . . by no means is it going to break my confidence. When I look back there were some shots I took that were good shots for me. They just didn't fall. I got myself out of rhythm by getting in foul trouble." -- 6.11.08, Paul Pierce on his appalling night
Sox Hung Tough ... But Okajima's Got the Wrong Stuff Against the O's, Again
Tuesday Night Box: Baltimore, Boston less, 10-6 Globe: Sox Get Roughed Up by Aubrey, O's Do We Need to Move Thursday's Start Time to 4:30 p.m. Now? Papi Who? J.D. 'The Fascination' Drew Continues to Come Through He's Back in a Back-to-Back: Manny505 Moves Closer to No. 600 Is Something Wrong with Josh Beckett? 113 Pitches in Six Awfully Long Innings Too Hot for Hansen Too, Apparently Quite the Catch for Coco
"The main thing was he [Okajima] couldn't get the ball down," said catcher Jason Varitek of the Japanese reliever who is saddled with a 13.50 ERA against the Orioles (8 ER in 5 1/3 IP)." -- 6.11.08, Boston Globe
Here's What's Happening in Our Neck of the Woods
Roker on the Yesterday Show: Stop Whining About the Weather
"It’s a little early, but here’s the deal. People for the last six weeks have been saying, ‘When is it going to warm up? Guess what? It’s warmed up - so stop whining... You don’t need a weatherman to tell you to stay in air conditioning.” -- Al Roker, Boston Herald. 6.11.08
Honor Thy Father
(Boston Globe Staff Photo / John Bohn)
When He's Not Busy Going Upside Youk's Head for Yappin' Manny's Chillin' with Lucus, Manny Jr., Juliana, and Manuel And Getting Honored at Fenway for No. 500
"Clemens stashed the clearly marked, diamond-shaped pills in a GNC vitamin bottle in his locker at Yankee Stadium, according to a source familiar with the clubhouse, perhaps keeping the drug undercover to avoid the inevitable wisecracks about all the girlfriends he needed to please." -- 6.10.08, Daily News
"Leon Pow... Powe, excuse me for mispronouncing his name... gets more foul shots than our whole team does in 14 minutes of play. That's ridiculous." -- 6.8.08, Phil Jackson, bitchin' and moanin'... Youkilis style...
"Who doesn't know Kobe Bryant right? I only know what I have heard, starting awhile back with the entire Shaq debacle. I don't really have an opinion one way or the other on or about him other than to know that people feel he might be one of the 4-5 greatest players to ever lace it up. What I do know is what I got to see up close and hear, was unexpected. From the first tip until about 4 minutes left in the game I saw and heard this guy bitch at his teammates. Every TO he came to the bench pissed, and a few of them he went to other guys and yelled about something they weren't doing, or something they did wrong. No dialog about 'hey let's go, let's get after it' or whatever. He spent the better part of 3.5 quarters pissed off and ranting at the non-execution or lack of, of his team. Then when they made what almost was a historic run in the 4th, during a TO, he got down on the floor and basically said 'Let's f'ing go, right now, right here' or something to that affect.
"I am not making this observation in a good or bad way, I have no idea how the guys in the NBA play or do things like this, but I thought it was a fascinating bit of insight for me to watch someone in another sport who is in the position of a team leader and how he interacted with his team and teammates. Watching the other 11 guys, every time out it was high fives and 'Hey nice work, let's get after it' or something to that affect. He walked off the floor, obligatory skin contact on the high five, and sat on the bench stone faced or pissed off, the whole game. Just weird to see another sport and how it all works. I would assume that's his style and how he plays and what works for him because when I saw the leaderboard for scoring in the post season his name sat up top at 31+ a game, can't argue with that. But as a fan I was watching the whole thing, Kobe, his teammates and then the after effects of conversations. He'd yell at someone, make a point, or send a message, turn and walk away, and more than once the person on the other end would roll eyes or give a 'whatever dude' look."
-- 6.9.08, Curt Schilling on 38Pitches.com... who has much more to say on basketball and the Sox brawl, believe it or not ...
More Hoop Talk from Schill on Pau Gasol: "I heard that the Lakers got Gasol in a horrible steal of a deal and that the league should have investigated the trade for some sort of punishable crime. I saw a 7 footer last night who grabbed like 4 rebounds and spent the entire game whining about getting fouled."
The Sox and Rays Go At It, Again Coco Charges the Mound After Shields Goes Thigh Hunting
"I charged the mound. I feigned it like I was going to go to first base, just to get Navarro off me a little bit, and just charged the mound,” Crisp said. “He tried to hit me with a haymaker. He missed. I threw a punch. I pretty much missed. And the rest, went down to the ground… like the scratches on my face were people trying to scratch like we were playing football or something, like little girls, trying to scratch out my eyes. I move one hand down, scratch me right here [points to scratch to the right of his nose]. “
That's Just Manny Being Bananas Youk and Ram Have Words in the Dugout Manny Throws a Backhand Swipe, Then Shoves Youk Down ... But Should ManRam Have Been Shoving Gomes Earlier? Is Manny Just a Lover, Not a Fighter?
You Gotta Keep 'Em Separated
(BDD / NESN Screen Image)
"I think they were just exchanging some views on things. It was kind of a hectic night. Sometimes those things happen. It wasn't really a big deal; it won't be a big deal." -- 6.5.08, Tito Being Tito, trying to downplay the Manny-Youk altercation
Gomes, Sweet Gomes ...
(Boston Globe Staff Photo / John Bohn)
Chickens Will Come Gomes to Roost For You Too, Carl Crawford
"You have to ask them [Manny and Youkilis about the altercation]. I was eating next to Youkilis and said I don't want to know. I saw Manny. He was speaking in Spanish." -- 6.5.08, the new talkin', fightin' Coco Crisp... so much more fun than the surly, silent Crisp of the last two years
Oh, And the Celtics Had a Game Tonight ... And DOWN GOES PIERCE ...
Manager Francona, Did You Order Bench Coach Millsy to Tell Center Fielder Crisp to Give Akinori Iwamura a Code Red? ...
... overheard in the bowels of Fenway after the game... Joe Maddon: Did you order the "Code Red?"
Tito: I did the job I was --
Joe Maddon: -- Did you order the "Code Red?!"
Tito: You're goddamn right I did!!!"
Bad, Bad Play by Bartlett
(Boston Globe Staff Photo / John Bohn)
Sox Don't Kneed That: Coco's Got a Bum Thumb Hence The Cocounterpunch
"How 'bout some consistency from cry-baby Rays' coach Maddon. When his guy Johnson crashed into Yankee catcher in a Pre-season game in the middle of March, breaking his wrist, the Rays' bi-speckled skipper called it, 'just good hard baseball.' Meanwhile, in the next game there was a bench-clearing brawl, another hard slide into Iwamura, and four ejections. So there was a difference of opinion about the 'good hard baseball.' Now when Coco retaliates for bag-blocking with a knee, Maddon starts whining. Toss him a crying towel.
And I think MLB should warn Maddon and threaten him with a suspension if he attempts any retaliation, like trying to hurt Ellsbury or Crisp when they try to steal today, which they undoubtedly will! -- 6.4.08, Oak via BDD comments
Wednesday Night Box: Boston 5, Tampa Bay 1 The Earth Is Back on Its Axis... Sox Are Back in First; The Rays Freefall Begins That's 12 Straight at Home and Counting With No More Slip Ups, Beckett Should Be Beckett By October: Nice Line: 6 IP, 1 Run, 5 K's and No Walks The Big 3: Ells, Drew, and Manny End the Game in the Third Life Without Papi: More Hits for Coco, and 2 for Youk, Too Pedro Was #%&*@!: Umps Blow Another HR Call on Dustin Manny Being Money: Delcarmen Stock on the Rise, Again And Props to Hansen the Rest of the 'Pen
"I went down to go to the bathroom. Every time I leave [bench coach Brad Mills] in charge, he either puts [Kevin Youkilis] in right or something. Coco got his thumb jammed on the [play] before. I missed the rest of it. I was trying to get my zipper up. It wasn't going as fast as I wanted it to." -- 6.4.08, Terry Francona... still denying he ordered the Code Red ...
(Getty Images Photo / Elsa | Boston Globe Staff Photo / John Bohn)
Tuesday Sox Box: Boston 7, Rays 4 Drew Swings into Action Coco Pop: Crisp Fly Ball Turns Into Game-Winning Double for Slumping CF As a Left Fielder at Fenway, Hinske Makes a Great DH On the Healthy Side: Mike Lowell Bangs Out No. 8 Did He Know the DH Slot Was Open? Manny Came Down with Sore Legs Justin the Win: The Kid Was Alright Last Night That's 28 Stolen Bases for Jacoby Mmm Bop! Hansen Gets It Done Again Agent 99 MPH: Big Pap Was Powerful
"They've got a lot of pop in there and some guys that can sneak stuff through. That middle of the lineup still has a lot of pop even without Ortiz." -- 6.31.08, Rays starter Matt Garza
"According to a source, Ortiz’ wrist will be immobilized for roughly the next month to determine whether the injury can heal on its own. If it cannot, the Red Sox and Ortiz very well may face a harsh reality: Season-ending surgery." -- 6.2.08, Tony Massarotti, Boston Herald
The Game Has Changed ...
(BDD Photo Illustration / Meir Weinberg)
... Hideki Has Been Horrible in '08 Okajima Creates His Own Mess This Time Newsflash: Okie Won't Have to Worry About Pitching in All-Star Game
Manny Starts His Push To No. 600 Sox Keep Pace with Red Hot Rays, Stay One Game Back in East
Sunday Box: Boston 9, Baltimore 4 Sox Bang Out 16 Hits in Win Wrist Watch: MRI On Tap for Papi Turn on the Power: Drew, Lowell Go Deep, Too Using All the Tools in His Box: Ellsbury Continues to Do It All Colon Just Keeps on Winning: Bartolo Now 3-0 Another Bright Spot: Hansen Is Back
"I don't have any swelling, but there's a little click going on in there that's not normal." -- 6.1.08, David Ortiz on his injured left wrist
Crock & Role: Girardi, GM dismiss Joba's talk of starting or closing for Yankees > Steinbrenner A-OK with Alex's portrayal in Yankees kids movie > Youkilis not worried after being pulled from Yankees lineup > Desperate Damon makes plea to be Yankees' Granderson sub