Dan Shaughnessy: "he seems different. shift has really hurt him, i think. plus no manny protection and then there's the wrist. but he's your reggie jackson, so maybe he'll bust out now." -- 9.30.08, Red Sox ALDS Q&A
"I can't get over how it got up there. Because I wasn't Hall of Fame material. But I played with some great guys, and I was great coat hanger. I was hanging on to Ted and Bobby and Dom [DiMaggio]. We had so much fun and played so well together." -- 9.28.08, Johnny Pesky after the ceremony
Red Sox Manager Terry Francona Hands Over the 2008 American League East Division Title to the Tampa Rays No Wild Weekend in Boston, Sox Will Go Wild Card Out West Isn't the Courtesy Concede Reserved for the Ryder Cup, Tito?
Fans Get Soaked on Friday Night: New York 19, Pawtucket 8 There Goes the East! Sincerely, Van Every, Carter, Kottaras, Cash, Velazquez, Pauley Globe: Painful Setback for Sox Sox Are One and Done As AL East Champs; Crappy WC Caps On the Way Insult to Injuries: Johnny Play-Through-Anything Damon: .305, 17 Home Runs Ransom Money for Yankees: Shortstop Was 3-for-3, 2 Homers Someone Forget to Tell Jacoby Tito Was Mailing It In Jason BBay, Not Exactly Leading the Way, Sincerely MVP Manny Did the Manager Add Insult to Lowell, Drew, and Coco Injuries? Don't Blame J.D. Drew, He Is Who We Thought He Was, Sincerely Dennis Green So Matsuzaka Can't Go in the Moisture with 8 Days Rest on Tap?
"The important thing is for us to get our house in order, be healthy, and try to get everybody at-bats. But not too many." -- 9.26.08, Terry Francona dampening the division hopes of the Nation
No Risk, No Reward ...
"Shame on you, Boston Red Sox. Yeah, you're in the playoffs...but as the wild card. You're the defending World Series champions, for Yaz's sake, and you've conceded your division title to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays of baseball--the Tampa Bay Rays! As both a Red Sox fan and a fan of Major League Baseball as a whole, I find this outcome unacceptable. You have one chance to set things right, Red Sox, and you've got one month in which to do so." -- 9.26.08, Metroville, Darkness Falls Upon AL East
"When I left Boston, it was great," Ramirez said, "A new life. My dream come true. I wanted to show people that I play hard and I wanted to show people what I could do. I know a lot of people doubt me. Whatever people say out there, well, that's good because I came and I proved everybody wrong." -- 9.26.08, Manny's comments in Extra Bases
"If it happens, it's nice. But we've got to get ready for the playoffs... I'm not worried about Game 1, 2, 4, 8. Whatever it is, give me the ball and I'll go pitch." -- 9.25.08, Jon Lester, a lefty with the right attitude about the postseason
Wednesday Box Score: Wild Card Crew 5, Cleveland 4 Globe: Red Sox Show No Letup Bailey Barrels Home With Winning Run on Kotsay's 8th Inning Double Byrd on the Brain: 11 Hits Over Five Innings Won't Fly in the Postseason Stat of the Year: 20 Stolen Bases from Pedroia It's a Wonderful Life; We Owe Everything to Jeff Bailey No Offense But Drew, Kotsay Errors Would Kill in Soxtober Papi's RBI Machine Keeps Humming Along Chris Carter Gets First RBI, Sox Consider Retiring His Number Sox Made Fast Work of Fausto
"It went well. It got a little stiff, but not too bad. I really didn't expect to get as jelly-legged as I did out there. But when you think that I'm not doing anything for five or six weeks except sit down and lay down ... we've got some catching up to do." -- 9.24.08, J.D. Drew, not exactly inspiring confidence that he'll be ready for the second season
Now That the Red Sox Retired Number Floodgates Have Opened, Other Players' Numbers Rumored to Be Retired Next Week Include:
Sam Horn, No. 30; Doug Griffin, No. 2; Dwayne Hosey, No. 46; Trot Nixon, No. 7; and Ben Oglivie, No. 14
Lowrie Wasn't Wearing a Lampshade on His Head Boston P Party Pushed Back for Another Night
Monday Night Box: Cleveland 4, Boston 3 Globe: Sox Get Hung Up on Basepaths, So Clinch Must Wait 6th Feet Puts Sox Under: What a Mess on the Bases Jason The Hits Keep Coming: Beckett Has Been Nearly a Bust in '08 September Surprise: Mr. October Ortiz Is Getting His Groove Back Yeah, Get Rid of That Body Armor! Sincerely, Papi's Protection Giveth and Taketh Away: J-Bay Whiffs While He Works Mark Kotsay (3-for-34) Is No J.D. Drew, But Neither Is J.D. Drew Jed Lowrie Has Four Hits in 33 At-Bats, Sincerely Julio Lugo Sad But True: Pedroia Watches MVP Slip Away Kevin Youkilis Is Doing It All Again Silver Lining: Okajima Is Back On
"One guy had gigantic body armor on the whole [expletive] left side of his body. I get up 1-and-2 on him and then he [expletive] lays over the plate, and then it's in his [expletive] elbow pad. Whether or not he has a doctor's note for it, I don't know." -- 9.22.08, Beckett, doing what he's done best in '08, bitching about nonsense
"PINCH HIT FOR LOWRIE !!!!! What is he the new guy on Varitek's LOST Island??? 5 Terrible at Bats last night, 5 EASY OUTS. Pinch hit with Cora, anybody on the BENCH but don't leave Lowrie up there in his Chasm of a SLUMP with no clue !!!!! Sheesh, Francoma showed his ugly head in the 9th inning last night!!!" -- 9.22.08, Joe, BDD comments
No Worries, Matsuzaka Remains a Road Warrior And the Fun Will Come Out in Boston Tonight
Sunday Afternoon Box: Boston 3, Toronto 0 Globe: Sox Have Safety in This Number Tomorrow Never Dies: Sox Live On the Edge for Another Day Dice-K Is All Grown Up, Celebrates Turning 18 Ellsbury Lays Out All His Tools in Toronto Papi Shows More Signs of Showing Up in October The Big Question: Is Okajima Back?
"Since the moment I turned pro, I wanted to match my win total to the number on my jersey. It took me 10 years, but I finally got there." -- 9.21.08, Dice-K Matsuzaka through a translator
'Noodle Arm Club' to Jays: 'No Soup for You' Toronto Is Road Kill, 2 Games Til Soxtober, Division Alive
Friday Night Box: Boston 4, Toronto 3 Globe: Almost There: Sox Squeak Past Jays, Can Clinch Playoff Birth Today Overnight Results are In: Byrd Surges Past Wake in Postseason Roster Poll Sean The RBI Machine Casey Came Through with Big Hit for 2 And Mark The Hit Machine Kotsay Belts Single in the 4th 7th Inning Mess: That's Just David Ortiz Being the Old Manny Ramirez Time to Name Names: Lopez, Delcarmen, and Okajima Hold Their Own A Run Is a Run: 'Tek Brings the Big Bat in the 8th Trial and Error: Papelbon Needed to Be Saved From Himself Cancel the Arby's Alert: So Long Bartolo Colon Surfaces in the Dominican
"That was a fun game to be a part of. It's a lot funner when you win." -- 9.19.08, Tito in Toronto
Tim Gets Smoked in Tampa First Place Now a Wild-Goose Chase
Wednesday Night Box: Tampa Bay 10, David Ortiz 3 Globe: Rays Build on Position of Power That Wasn't Your Father's Wakefield Who Owned the Rays Surprise, Surprise, Surprise... Sox, Not Rays, Come Undone Under Pressure Murderer's Row? Willy Aybar, Gabe Gross, and Fernando Perez Do All the Damage Why Theo Needed to Read the Fine Print in Boras's J.D. Drew Powerpoint While You Are Reading This, the Sox Are Making a Pitching Change Hopefully Jason Bay Isn't Scheduled for Diaper Duty in October 36,048? Must Have Been Free Beer Night at Tropicana Field Sox Fan Puts Up More Fight Than the Happy-to-be-in-Second Sox Looking for Glove in All the Wrong Places
"They're not the team we're used to playing. They're very, very good. They're not a team to take for granted now."
-- 9.17.08, Wake breaks the bad news to us
"I mentioned a day off to Manny [Ramirez] and he said he doesn't need a day off and that was the end of that conversation," said Dodgers manager Torre, who earlier said he hoped to give Thursday's game off for Ramirez, who hasn't missed a game since his July 31 acquisition. "We'll keep playing him, and if we continue to win, we'll deal with it later."
Ramirez, a free agent after this season, confirmed he doesn't need a rest.
Without a Second Thought, Rays Drop Sox Back in a Walkoff
Tuesday Night Box: Tampa Bay 2, Boston 1 Drop Kick: Navarro's Ninth-Inning Single Boots Sox Back to Second Beck in the Saddle: Josh Had a Big Night Besides the Pitch to Pena A New Bay-b, But Was the Night Off Necessary? Sincerely, Ted Williams Defensive Play of the Day: Beckett to Pedroia to Youkilis 8th Inning Wonder: Jacoby Could Have Gotten a Better Jump Not Playing Second Fiddle: Sonnanstine Was Fine Facing Boston's Ace Easy Come, Easy Go: It's Still Fun and Games for Masterson Pray for Mike Lowell
"It's amazing how one pitch can change direction of the game. It was a poorly executed pitch. ... I was trying to throw it down, it was up. It was a bad pitch. He's a strong son of a bitch... 98 percent of the guys in the big leagues fly out to left field on that." -- 9.16.08, Josh Beckett on his one bad pitch to Carlos Pena
"The problem tonight was not officiating. NO NO NO!!! The problem tonight was the problem all season. The inability to play shut down baseball over the whole series. After blasting Scott Kazmir, the Sox went dead against Andy Sonnanstine... Gimme a break. Champions beat great and bad pitching anytime, anywhere. Work has to be done!" -- 9.16.08, Tim Taylor, BDD comments
"The negotiations were pleasant and were all about rewarding Theo for the great, great job he has done in bringing two world championships to the Red Sox. We look forward to the difficult task of trying to win a third."
-- 9.16.08, John Henry via e-mail to Dan Shaughnessy
Coco's Crisp Base Hits Drive in Two, Sox Just One Back
Sunday Afternoon Box: Boston 4, Toronto 3 The Bottom Line: Lester Outduels Halladay Sweet 15: Jon Was Spot On Again, While Doc Wasn't His Usual Untouchable Self Bay, Lowell, Ellsbury Put Runs on the Board Triple Threat: Papi's Good for One Big Run Around Per Season Worst Save Ever: Pap Gets Help from Ump, and Needed It
"I have to work on my fastball command a little bit. I'm not worried about it. I've pitched four times in six days. I've been leaned on a little bit. Truly and honestly, I'll let (NESN's) Tom Caron and Dennis Eckersley worry about it. They seem to be worried." -- 9.14.08, Jon Papelbon, via the Hartford Courant
He's Loudon Clear
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Curt Hits the Campaign Trail While the Pennant Express Heads to St. Pete
Ellsbury's 'Bunt' Gets the Ball Rolling Sox in Full Swing, Just 2 Games Back
Saturday Nightcap: Boston 7, Toronto 5 Globe: Sox Stay the Course, Split with Jays Back Over .300: J-Bay Bangs a Double to Kick Off the Rally Jed Doesn't Play Dead After Error; Steps Up with Game-Tying Single In Good Company: Props to Pedro for 200 Hits, 50 Doubles So Far Bartolo Back? A Clean Outing for Colon Pretty Wild Pitch by Jesse Litsch Big Insurance Policy Papi Pap Makes It Look Easy
"We lose and we’re four (games) back. Instead, we win and we’re just two out. That’s a big swing right there, especially with the way (the Rays) are playing.” -- 9.13.08, Sox slugger Kevin Cash
Early Byrd Box: Toronto 8, Boston 1 Jays Jump All Over Sox in Opener Beginner's Luck: At Least They Got Beat by The Immortal Travis Snider It's One of Those Days When You Miss Manny in the Lineup Burnett Just Wanted to Show How He'll Throw in Boston Next Year The Defense Never Rests: Pedro, Coco, J-Bay, Lowrie, Lowell Get Gold Stars Not so Fast? Jacoby's Closing in on Tommy Harper's Stolen Base Record Devern Hansack, The Missing Link or Just Mopping Up? David Hit Haardsma
"I know I've faced them a lot, but I just didn't make the pitches that I needed to make. Couldn't throw the ball away very well. It was up and then I just left some key pitches over the middle of the plate."
-- 9.13.08, Paul Byrd, who heard a few boo birds when he left the game
First Place Still in the Forecast as It's a Wakefield of Dreams at Fenway on Friday
Friday Night's Soggy Box: Boston 7, Toronto 0 Globe: In Nothing Flat, Wakefield Makes Quick Work of Jays What Happened in Texas, Stayed in Texas, Sincerely Tim Wakefield Timpressive Numbers: 0 Runs, 3 Hits, 13 Straight into the Eighth Long Time for the Shortstop: Welcome Back Jed Lowrie's Bat Lefty-Hefty: Ortiz Smashes a Double to Right Cha-Ching: Cash Deposit Over the Wall
"You get to him, or you don't." -- 9.12.08, Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston knows the two Wakes, bad and good
From Fenway to the Runway
MaryAnn Dunfey, girlfriend of Red Sox doctor Larry Ronan, Whitney Hayes girlfriend of Josh Beckett, Ashley Papelbon, and Tiffany Ortiz (Bill Brett / Boston Globe Staff )
Timlin Comes In... Turn Out the Lights Time to Start Planning for the Angels in Round 1
Wednesday Night Box: Tampa Bay 4, Boston 2 Globe: Rays Take Finale in 14 Innings It's Hammel Time for the First Place Rays Nothing Doing for Big Bunti Again Just Sayin': J-Bay Goes 0-for-7; LA Ram Hit 2 2-Run Jacks Not Counting Mike: Bullpen Was Outstanding for 7 1/3 Innings Not So Sweet: 16 Sox Runners Stranded on the Night Individually: 100 RBIs for Youk; Pedro Breaks Jodi Reed's Doubles Record Why Can't We Be Patient with Local Ringers Like Carlos Pena? Tools We Can Lose: Another Fan Interferes with the Home Team Where's the Replay When You Need It: Bad Call on Jacoby in the 9th Way Back When: Not a Bad Start for Beckett Coolio Francona: No Hot Coco, Big Problem with the Bats Thanks for Grinding It Out J.D.
"I was extremely surprised. It was a good pitch. We pushed him off the plate and then went down and away." -- 9.11.08, Mike Timlin... the only person in the Nation surprised that Pena smoked him and his 6.09 ERA
They Put Up a Good Fight, But Pap's Ball Had No Bite, So No Love at First Sight as Sox Sit Tight in Second
Tuesday Night Box: Tampa Bay 5, Boston 4 Globe: Rays Refuse to Let Sox Grab First One Trick Pony: Pap Lives by the Fastball, Dies by the Fastball Pinch Me: Did Dan Johnson Hit a Game-Tying Homer Off Jonathan Papelbon? Coco Goes to the Top of the Order... Then Quickly Cools Off Bay Saves the Day!... But Pap Blew the Night for the 5th Time Wednesday Morning QB: Should Have Kept Oki In to Face Lefty at Least Closer Aside, It Was a Good Night for the Bullpen. Sincerely, Manny Delcarmen Death, Taxes, and Matsuzaka Going Just 5 Dicey Innings Blame It on the Rain, Pap? The Dirty Dancing Video Show Jinx? The 4-Out Save? Percival Being the Old Papelbon
"If it comes down to them winning the home field by one game, maybe we'll look back at this game. But we'll see."
-- 9.9.08, Mike Lowell on the worst loss of the season
First Things First: Les Get It Started 456th Sellout, 14th Shutout, and Just a Half Game Out
Monday Night Box: Boston 3, Tampa Bay 0 How the East Was Won? Sox Blank Rays in Game 1 In the Big Inning, They Scored All the Runs They Needed And the Long Awaited Tampa Bay Fade Is Finally Here Kotsay. The Long Awaited Answer at Leadoff. eBay: The Sox Left Fielder is the Real Deal No Wrist for the Weary: Papi Keeps Producing Hot Coco: Extra Crispy 3-for-3 Effort, Hitting Streak at 10 0-for-4? What's Wrong with Pedroia? Treinta Seis Para Cinco Ocho
This Just In: Fenway Scalper Caught Holding 99 Unsold Tickets For So-Called 456th Straight 'Sellout'... Developing ...
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Expected to Report to Patriots Camp Tomorrow After Campaign Stop in Cambridge. VP Candidate Will Design Plays for Coaches, Play Catch With Moss, and Could Be Ready to Lead the Offense by Sunday
"They're as good as anybody out there. One thing they've got is they've been there. ... Tampa Bay's never been in that situation. The Angels are the Angels. If you're asking me to make a pick, it's Boston." -- 9.7.08, Rangers manager Ron Washington on the defending World Series champions
Saturday Nightmare: Texas 15, Boston 8 Globe: Rangers Walk Over Wakefield, Sox The Apologists: ... But Tim Just Needed More Run Support! On 2nd Thought: Lowell Doesn't Connect with Home Plate A Tale of Two Bullpens: There Was No Friday Night Fight in the 'Pen One Wake Waived Goodbye, the Rangers Cruzed The Bob Stanley of Milestones: Wake Gets 500th Sox Appearance Bright Side: Youk Returns and Brings the Noise Time for Timlin to Retire Again, Pauley Too
"It was one of those days I'd like to forget. I felt physically great, mentally great. The inning just unfolded so fast." -- 9.6.08, Tim Wakefield, now 8-10
Josh Returns and Let's It Fly in Arlington Sox Stay Perfect vs. Rangers
Friday Night Lights: Boston 8, Texas 1 Globe: Beckett, Lowell Bounce Back | Mazz: Things Falling Into Place Josh Bounces Back: 7K's, Just 4 Singles Over 5, Fastball Command Lowell and Behold: Mike Returns in a Big Way, 3-for-5, HR, 4 RBIs Remember the Arlington: Red Sox Nation Takes Over Texas Crisp Getting Hotter in Texas, Now 21-for-46 Last 13 Games Texas Hold 'Em: Manny, Masterson Gettin' It Done; Oki OK Bay Manages to Stay Above .300 Tooth Hurty Ave. for 'Tek MVP? 2B
"I'd be lying if I didn't say the most important thing for me today was being healthy. The win's just the icing on the cake. There were some selfish things going on. There were some things that I wanted to do to prove to myself that I'm healthy." -- 9.5.08, Josh Beckett on a big night out
"Everyone remembers what happened last year in the first month (Pedey batted just .182). We kept talking to him and pushing him. He probably didn’t think everyone believed in him, but there were a lot of people in this clubhouse that did." -- 9.3.08, Alex Cora on the MVP
"He has had a great season,and a fantastic last 5 weeks. But lets be real here. Pedroia will not be the MVP of the league. There are a half a dozen other players who will get more votes than him. Pedroia fans need to open thier eyes,and look at the rest of the league as well.Carlos Quentin, K-Rod, Carlos Pena, Josh Hamilton, Justin Morneau has his team in first with a .313/21/109 and 41 doubles. Hello people, there is more out there. Hey, I love Pedroia as much as the next guy, but open your eyes. He IS NOT the American League MVP." -- 9.4.08, Joe via BDD comments
It's a Rally Good Show as Sox Sweep O's with a Walkoff Win
Wednesday Afternoon Box: Boston 5, Baltimore 4 Recap: Sox Overcome 4-Run Deficit to Complete Sweep Cora, Cora, Cora: Defensive Gem, Clutch Single, Winning Run When a Bunt's Not a Punt: Coco Lines One Up for the Win It Was Just 17: MVPedey Homers Again, Starts the Comeback Catching Fire: That's Just Jacoby Being a Young Johnny Damon Kotsay Can You See How Good This Guy Hits? Storyline: Remember Masterson; Forget Matsuzaka
"Compared to what it was yesterday, it's night and day. But a win is a win. We have some momentum going into Texas. So we'll have a great off day tomorrow and get ready for Friday."-- 9.3.08, Alex Cora on the thrill of the win
5 More RBIs for MVPedey; It's a Hit Parade at Fenway
Tuesday Night Box: Boston 14, Baltimore 2 Globe: A Laugher at Fenway Little Big Man Is 9-for-14 from Cleanup Spot, .600 in Last 7 Games 4-foot-6 Slugger Leads the American League in Hitting at .330, Crushes Homer No. 16 Ortiz, 3 Hits, Manages to Find Protection without His Manny, Sox 20-9 without LA Ram That's Just Lester Being Dice-K and Getting an Easy Win Coco Crisp Could Be the Wild Card in Sox Lineup Sox Won't Miss a Beat with Bailey in Daily Kotsay Better Than Okay
"I was going to paint an 'S' on his chest. He's a great young player. It's fun to see him hit behind Ortiz, who's such a huge guy, but Dustin is such a great competitor." -- 9.2.08, Mark Kotsay on the MVP
Sarah Barracuda Is Ready, Willing, and Able to Take Josh Beckett's Turn in Texas on Friday
BDD has learned that Republican vice-presidential candidate Alaska Governor former high school basketball star University of Idaho graduate Miss Wasilla and Miss Alaska runner-up government reformer avid caribou hunter gun-toting sharp shooter fisherwoman sportscaster mother of Track, Bristol, Piper, Willow, and Trig New York Times crossword puzzle queen and soon-to-be grandmother super cougar hockey mom Sarah Barracuda Palin has agreed to take Josh Beckett's spot in the Red Sox starting rotation if the DL'd Boston ace can't take the mound against the Rangers Friday night in Arlington Texas. Developing ...
"I eat breakfast 90 miles from Russia and snack on big oil companies for lunch, so don't think for one second that pitching inside to Milton Bradley and the Texas Rangers is going to make me nervous. Give me the ball if Beckett can't go." -- 9.2.08, Sarah Palin's overheard thoughts at the Republican convention ...
It's a Broken Record But Pedroia Powers Sox to Win This Just In: Dustin Is Second to None in the AL MVP Race
Monday Night Box: Boston 7, Orioles 4 Globe: Pedroia Is Spot On Again Solo Effort: Homers Off Byrd Fly Below the Radar Power Couple: 'Tek and Bailey Hit Back-to-Back Bombs No. 184: Pedey Breaks Sox Record for Hits by Second Baseman Short Mention: Lowrie Double Tied It Up Nicely Coco Props
"I can't say enough about my second baseman. This guy, in my opinion, is the MVP of the league. He's unbelievable. I didn't know he was that good when I came over here." -- 9.1.08, Paul Byrd with the word on Pedroia