Ill Will
Red Sox manager Terry Francona offers his congratulations to catcher Jason Varitek (33) after his 3-run homer during the first inning. The Boston Red Sox host the Baltimore Orioles in a MLB game played at Fenway Park in Boston
(Boston Globe Staff Photo / John Bohn)

In the Big Inning, Captain Craptastic
Blew Out the Birds

"I hope he feels like crap every night, if he's going to hit three-run home runs."
-- 6.11.08, Mike Lowell on Jason Varitek

Wednesday Night Box: Boston 6, Baltimore 3
Globe: Colon Again on the Money as Sox Cash In
One Hit Wonders: Seven Sox Chip in with One Hit
Is Timlin Getting a Commission on Papelbon's Next Contract?
The Vulture Returns: And on the Fifth Pitch, Pap Proves Why
He Needs to Bust the Money Market for Closers
Pap to Rays: 'Payback's a Bitch'

Big Thumbs Up for Bart

Bartolo Colon ends the top of the fourth inning as the Boston Red Sox host the Baltimore Orioles in a MLB game played at Fenway Park in Boston, MA Wednesday, June 11, 2008
(Boston Globe Staff Photo / John Bohn)

"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

Fenway Spank
A vendor prepares hot food on the ground level of Fenway Park prior to game time as the Boston Red Sox host the Baltimore Orioles in a MLB game played at Fenway Park in Boston, MA Wednesday, June 11, 2008.
(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 ...

The Curse of 86'ing the Chicken Fajita Stand in '02 Continues ...
Sausage Sting: Fenway Food Stands Failed Inspections

"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.'

The Fenway food warehouse racked up a page and a half of violations, including paper products stored within 6 inches of the ground and rodent droppings on boxes of cutlery." -- Fenway food stands failed inspections, Boston Globe, 6.12.08

Just Kidding ...

Children of David Ortiz, D'Angelo, left, and Alexandra, right, whisper to one another during naturalization ceremonies at the John F. Kennedy Library, in Boston, Wednesday, June 11, 2008. Ortiz took the oath of citizenship along with 220 other immigrants during the ceremony.
(AP Photo)

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.

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