Zdeno Chara: "We can beat anybody in this league. We can play with any team in this league. But we haven't done anything but beat a few teams. We've got to keep going and keep pushing forward. We can't be satisfied with the results we have. We've just got to keep going forward and keep playing the way we are, and the results are going to take care of themselves."
Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home co-owner Bob Biggins: "It's been a labor of love for that company and it finally came through. Funerals now have really become about celebrating life... It's not beyond the realm of possibility that you could one day see a Patriots or Bruins logo on a casket."
Peter Gammons: "The Red Sox surveyed what was a surprisingly small market for Crisp -- Cincinnati was the other club with the most interest -- and decided that with Jeremy Affeldt starting out the 2008 free agent market by signing a two-year, $8 million deal with the Giants that it likely will be easier to find another outfielder than to secure a low cost power reliever."
This Just In ...
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Loyce Crisp Is Now a Proud Member of Royals Nation
Papi Knows Best: "If I can only pick one, I gotta give it to Pedroia. He did something that . . . it's just not normal. The guy carried this team for, I would say, since Day 1 all the way to the end . . . With Pedroia, it was day in and day out, putting this team on his back and made sure that his teammates were ready to go, too. I never saw anything like that before."
And We're Guessing the Writers Came Up Big for the Little Pony as Well When the MLB AL MVP Is Announced at 2 p.m.
Mazz: "A major league source has confirmed that the Sox have inquired with agent Scott Boras about Lowe, interest deemed sincere enough that Boras has equipped the Sox with one of his famed marketing portfolios, or 'books,' on the player's value." -- 11.12.08, Tony Massarotti, Boston.com
Bottom Line: Red Sox Ticket Prices Will Remain Sky High 'We Do Not Want to be the Ballpark of the Rich and Famous' (HAAAA... Haaaaaaa.... Haaaaaaa.... HAAAAA... Haaaaaa)
"The Red Sox are interested in 2 things: making money and fielding a competitive (and hopefully winning) team. This crap about being sensitive to the economic hardship of the fans is just that - a lot of crap. First of all the great majority of seats are corporate purchased because fans can't afford them anymore. Secondly, it's a bit comical if not condescending, to say to your loyal fan base: Since you are now paying for the most expensive tickets in baseball, we'll be really good guys and leave it that way for 2009. On the surface it gives the team some nice PR, but please don't assume we are all that stupid..." -- 11.13.08, BobLit in the Globe's reader comments
"Don't want to be the team for the rich and famous?? You already are! I went to Fenway for the first time in 15 yrs. and was appalled. All those poor, hot, sweaty people with standing-room tickets looking miserable up on the walkway. It was a disgrace. Reminded me of the peasants at the Coliseum trying to get a glimpse of the gladiators." -- 11.13.08, cheezwhiz in the Globe's reader comments
Bill Lee: "You pick up the traveling secretary and you dust him off. You're going to see his (Ramirez's) number on the wall sooner or later. He's the greatest I ever saw... I'm not saying anything bad about Jason Bay or Canadians, because I married two of them, but there's no doubt you beat the Phillies" with Ramirez, Lee said." -- 11.7.08, Lee at the Red Sox Hall of Fame induction dinner
Tip of the cap to SoSH: AL Gold Glovers reportedly include P Mike Mussina, C Joe Mauer, 1B Carlos Pena, 2B Dustin Pedroia, 3B Adrian Beltre, SS Michael Young, OF Torii Hunter, OF Grady Sizemore, OF Ichiro Suzuki
Nick Cafardo: "According to sources, the deal was 'two or three years' in length and contained an option year... A major league source indicated the Ramírez offer is worth between Johan Santana's average of $22.9 million per year and Alex Rodriguez's $27.5 million." -- 11.6.08, Boston Globe
"You aren't going to have many catchers with those performance levels -- a 60 percent winning percentage on a franchise which has won two championships, caught four no-hitters. I can go on and on... The idea of it is there aren't many players in the marketplace who lead a team like Jason Varitek can, and that's got to be his value... I'd have to take exception to the ["down year"] terminology based on his assignment, which was 70-80 percent defensive. The Red Sox won 60 percent of their games when he caught." -- 11.04.08, Scott Boras with a straight face, but a very long nose
"And personally, I like Manny. He's one of the greatest hitters in the history of the game. He's a free spirit for sure, but he knows how to win. We like some of the other guys, too. We just don't know yet." -- 10.31.08, Hank Steinbrenner