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BDD - The Curious Case of Manny Ramirez
(Jim Davis / Boston Globe Staff)

'I Was Born a Free Agent Under Unusual Circumstances'

And so begins "The Curious Case of Manny Ramirez," adapted from the 2008 strategy by F. Scott Boras about a Manny whose price started out at $100 million and spirals backwards: A Manny, like any of us, who is unable to stop the telling of the truth. We follow his story set in Boston from the end of the road trip where he wouldn't get on the bus, following his watching the strikes thrown by Rivera, to sitting out a costly game against the Yankees, a journey that is as distasteful as any man’s move can be. Directed by Tom Werner and starring Terrance Howard and Jessica Alba with Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas and Julia Ormond, "Manny Ramirez," is a grand tale of a not so ordinary free agent and the people and places he destroyed along the way, the loves he lost, the joys of eating sushi anonymously on a public restaurant couch, and the sadness of the realization of what he has to settle for now, and what he did to Boston lasts beyond time.

Buster Olney calls it...: "Thanks to his [Manny] ugly finish in Boston, he has placed himself in a less-than-ideal situation. He generated a historic performance in his last two months of the regular season and followed that up by hitting .520 in the postseason. But he's telling friends that he's concerned about the lack of big-money interest. It is evident that during a winter when many teams have clamped down and watched their dollars more carefully, executives with many teams have decided they cannot trust Ramirez on a multiyear deal."

This Just In... Boras, Manny Go Crawling Back to the Dodgers
(Word Has It The Only 'Serious' Offer Came from the Brockton Rox)

Buster Olney, ESPN, 12.31.08: "The prices for corner outfielders have plummeted, and Ramirez seems to have no other suitors who could talk dollars anywhere near the level of what the Dodgers can offer. This winter, a $10 million salary is a very good offer for a corner outfielder, and although the Dodgers initially offered a two-year, $45 million deal to Ramirez back in November, a reduction in their proposal would fall in line with everything that's going on in the current market. Giving Ramirez a three-year deal would be like overpaying by 50 percent in the shriveled real estate market."

Those Were the Days When the Price of Gas Was High...

Scott Boras, Nov. 12, 2008: "On behalf of Manny Ramirez, we will, for the first time, begin accepting serious financial offers on Friday."

Varitek Talks Continue

Discovery Cove played host today to the Red Sox No. 1 catcher and team captain, Jason Varitek. Varitek spent the day swimming with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, snorkeling with rays, hand-feeding exotic birds and relaxing on pristine beaches at the all-inclusive park. For more information on SeaWorld and Discovery Cove, visit WorldsofDiscovery.com.
(Varitek is vacationing in Orlando this week > Photo Courtesy of SeaWorld Discovery Cove)

There's Nothing Fishy Going On Here...

Just Jason Varitek Finding Someone Willing to Talk About a Two-Year Deal

B's Punch Out Penguins
for 9th Straight Win

Pittsburgh Penguins' Tim Wallace, right, fights with Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008. The Bruins won 5-2.
(Jim Davis / Boston Globe Staff )

Bruins Are in Top Form

That's 28-5-and-4, and Plenty of Room on the Bandwagon

Happy New Year!

In This Episode of Baseball-tawk,
the Biggest Sports Stars in Boston Wish You the Best This New Year's Eve
Want Rice in the Hall? Sawxheads Wants You to Sign a Petition

Just Our Two Cents

Actress Eliza Dushku (center) dances with friends at her private party held at The Estate in Boston. (ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)
(Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Penny Might Be Having Second Thoughts About His Ex

Penny-less Eliza Dushku Has a Birthday Bash in Boston
Gallery: Ballplayers and Their Hollywood Divas

"The actress, who hails from Watertown originally, was surrounded by dozens of family and friends, including new beau Brent Bolthouse, the LA-based nightclub owner and impresario who's appeared on 'The Hills.' (Dushku formerly dated Dodgers pitcher Brad Penny, who may well wind up signing with the actress's beloved Red Sox." -- 12.29.08, Boston Globe, Names

Penny Wise,
Pound Foolish

Brad Penny poses during Dodgers Photo Day on February 24, 2008 at Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Florida.
(Elsa / Getty Images)

Sox Looked Cheap on Teixeira, So Now They Pony Up for Penny

Sox to Sign Brad Penny and Josh Bard
Mirabelli Expected to Drive Bard to Fenway Behind Police Escort
Surviving Grady: Penny for Your Thoughts on Milano, Dushku
Best Penny Headline Out There | Dushku Has a New Dude
What's Next? Get a Starting Catcher? Sign Manny?

This Just In ...

New York Daily News Photo Illustration
(New York Daily News Photo Illustration)

NY Tab Says We're Mad

New York Daily News Today:
Boston Reaction to Yankees Signing Mark Teixeira is Swift and Fierce

"... Boston Dirt Dogs took its usual stance - after fawning over Teixeira a week ago, their "Yankee Flipper" story featured several snappy one-liners, including "Bronx Bumblers Overpay for Overrated First Baseman, DH-Type." This from a site that a week ago asked, "Is There a Portuguese Prince on the Horizon in Boston?" and reminded the loyal legions "It's Pronounced Tei-SHAIR-ah ... But Boston Will End Up Calling Him Tex." They'll probably be calling him something else now." -- 12.26.08, NY Daily News taking a shot

Official Reply: Hey, We Called Tex-error a Bum Weeks Ago!

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Red Sox Santa

'Twas the night before Christmas, when throughout Red Sox Nation,
Finger pointing and frustration with the whole Teixeira situation
Our Red Stockings were hung by Scott Boras, it’s clear
We were sure his prized free agent would land here

Manny being nestled all snug in his bed,
While a text from Millar said his market was dead
And there’s Larry Lucchino with his Hanging Sox cap,
He just signed an agreement to sell them all at The Gap

When out on the ‘Net there arose such a clatter,
Another Deal Done?… Now whose wallet got fatter?
We turned on the radio, there must be a news flash,
Picked up a newspaper, but saw the same old re-hash;
Who’s breaking this story? Who’s got the source in the know?
Is this D-Lowe’s big payday? Did the Yankees fork over more dough?

When, what to our wondering eyes on TV should appear
But the face of old Manny, looking for $30 million per year!
With a little escape clause, so clever and slick,
I knew in a moment, it was the old Boras trick
More rapid than flying on John Henry's plane,
Boras whistled, and shouted, played his usual game:

"Now, Heyman! now, Ravech! now, Olney and Gammo!
On, Rosenthal! Cafardo! on, Impacto Deportivo!
Manny’s got 3 offers! It takes 5 years to play ball!
So write up a story, call me 'a source,' that’s all!"

Players still flock to Boras, contract price will be high,
He plays games with the numbers, he still tells the big lie,
So it's back to the phones, 'cause he's gotta move Manny,
Plus a sleigh full of so many players, it’s uncanny

Yankees titles really stand at 22 not 26*,
And Giambino’s 2 fake bombs off Pedro in ’03 makes us sick
$423.5 million Hal says it's just money well spent
There’s not a business on earth this crooked, this bent

The 2009 members of the “official” Red Sox Nation,
Will keep throwing hard cash to Tom Werner's booming operation
They’ll pay 200 large for jerseys in red and blue
Pink hats will be next for the players, print it, it’s true

But then down in Fort Myers, he strolled out on the field,
With fancy sunglasses on, watching re-runs of The Shield
He had hair like Bob Marley, the fans started to scream,
He smiled just like Manny, was this an impossible dream?

He spoke slightly Spanish, and went straight to his work,
Lumbered into the cage; he worked on a quirk,
Then he turned on a ball, his arms coming around,
The loud crack of the bat, the ball took off with a bound;

It was our friend Manny! Only one bat is that quick,
Balls crushed one by one, he still swings the big stick
He was signed for 3 years, Henry finally had to bite
Jack McCormick thinks he’ll hit a home run every night!

And there stood Josh Beckett, looking fit and trim
The big game hunter found his way to the gym
J-Bay showed up early and was ready to play
’Tek was lousy last year, but came back anyway

And then just like before, Papi watched the ball fly,
MVP grinded away, One-Year-Youk hit line drives,
With Jacoby in center, And Lowrie at short,
They're fine up the middle, still need run support
J.D. had the old stroke back, when he hit ‘em they flew,
They all batted around, Varitek too;

The crowd sprang to their feet, to the team gave a whistle,
Lowell circled the bases, Lester threw another missile;
A new year is upon us and our Olde Towne ballclub

"WHO NEEDS TEIXEIRA? PENNANT FEVER STILL GRIPS HUB!"

...with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore or Henry Livingston, Jr.
Merry Christmas, Boston Dirt Dogs

No Leverage for Manny

In This Episode of Baseball-tawk, Manny and Papi Bat Around Some Thoughts
About Scott Boras and the Big Bad Bronx Bombers
And a Very, Merry Ghost of Most Christmas with KG

The Yankee Flipper

BDD Photo Illustration -- Teixeira to Yankees
(BDD Photo Illustration)

Teixeira Takes the Money and Runs South
in a New York Minute

Greed Is Good for the Yankees, Again
Bombers Buying Their Way Back in the Race
Salary Cap, Anyone?

John Henry: 'They Have Leaped Away From Us Again'
Bronx Bumblers Overpay for Overrated First Base, DH-Type
Teixeira Does a $180: He Suddenly Loves New York: and Agrees to Yankees Deal
$168M Isn't Enough: John Henry Gets Spanked Over a Lousy $12 Million
Mazz: Did the Yanks Just Win, Or Did the Sox Just Lose?
This Just In: Dustin Pedroia Eats Guys Like Mark Teixeira For Lunch
Survey: What's Your Take on The Newest Member of the Yankees, Now?
Dan Duquette, Right Again: The First Time Teixeira Bailed on Boston
He's Now the Most Despised Yankee in History... Kevin Cash
Latrell Sprewell, Meet Mark Teixeira (now pronounced Tex-ERROR)
Just Asking... Is Boston the Only Place Left for Manny?
Impacto Deportivo Insists Sox Will Still Sign Teixeira
Will Boras Make New York Take On 'Tek, Too?
Are John Henry and Theo Ready for the Heat?

Tony Massarotti: "Please, no whining, crying, kvetching or moaning. The Red Sox had their chance. They have the money. They ultimately lost Mark Teixeira to the Yankees for maybe $1-$2 million a year, roughly 1 percent of their 2008 payroll... Whatever the case, the Red Sox now have to deal with the reality that the Yankees are very much back in business in the American League East and that the Sox currently might be nothing more than a third-place team."

BDD Photo Illustration
(BDD Photo Illustration / Daigo Fujiwara)

Joel Sherman, NY Post: It's Yankee Hating Time and It Is About the Money
Sports Illustrated: Hard to Cheer for Teixeira, Yankees in Times Like These
Baltimore Sun: O's Fans Upset, Frustrated (And Today Is Different, How?)
Oh My: Lee Jenkins: 'Corporate' Teixeira Has the Temperment of a Natural Yankee
Seriously: Brewers Owner Suggests Salary Cap After Yankees Sign Teixeira
Law: Yankees Have Fine Taste (But Did the Sox Get Used?)

Rosenthal: Yanks add another star
Rosenthal: Yanks add another star

BDD / Courtesy of James MacLeod

Is Our Long National Nightmare Over?

The Red Sox are reportedly in Texas hoping to sign Mark Teixeira as early as tonight
(John Williamson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Teixeira Deal Reportedly Gets Done Today
Jon Heyman-Boras Says It's the Yankees!

Sports Illustrated: "The Yankees are on the verge of signing Mark Teixeira, SI.com has learned, beating out the rival Red Sox for the free-agent slugger's services.Teixeira, who hit .308 with 33 home runs and 121 RBIs in 2008, will receive an eight-year, $180 million deal from the Yankees with a full no-trade provision."

'Gas Is Up and So Am I'

Gas prices under $2.00 per gallon are displayed at a Chevron gas station December 16, 2008 in Mill Valley, California. The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline fell three-tenths of a penny on Monday to $1.66 per gallon as oil remains near $45 a barrel
(Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

How's That Comment Working Out for You, Manny?

Newsday: Yankees Not on the Verge of Signing Manny Ramirez
NY Times: For All Boras' Clients But One, There's No Deal

"If we are [about to sign Ramirez to a deal], I don't know about it." -- 12.22.08, Hal Steinbrenner to Newsday

Angels In the Out Field

Boston Dirt Dogs
(BDD Photo Illustration)

Angels Say They're Out of Teixeira Hunt

"We have indeed withdrawn our offer and ceased negotiations," Angels spokesman Tim Mead said in an e-mail

Pay-to-Play Politics

Theo, Teixeira, and Boras wait it out
(Globe and Wire Photos )

With a Twist of Wait-and-See ...

Peter Gammons: Source Says Two Sides Not That Far Apart
Bill Madden / NY Daily News: Boras Looks for That 'One Dumb Owner'
LA Times / Bill Plaschke: Angels Can't Squeeze Out Mark Teixeira
New York Newsday: Yankees on Fringes of Teixeira Talks
Ken Davidoff: The Trickle Down Effect of Teixeira Choice
Globe: Theo: 'Nothing. Sorry' at JetBlue Corporate Ceremony at Logan
Finn: As Teixeira Turns
| The Buzz: Saga Continues

Bill Madden, Daily News: "If you've followed all the lies and chutzpah of Scott Boras through the years, then you pretty much know what's going on with these endless Mark Teixeira negotiations. As always with the Avenging Agent, he's going to drag this saga out as long as he can (Christmas? New Year's? Easter?), in hopes of finally wearing out one gullible suitor and yielding every last penny."

More from Gammo on the Dead Market for 'Tek, Bowden, Bard, Baldelli, and More

Teixeira Hold 'Em

12/14/06: John Henry slipped but is helped up by Scott Boras at Fenway Park.
(12.14.06: David L. Ryan / Boston Globe Staff)

John Henry Says Teixeira Too Rich for Sox Blood

Is It a Texas Mess? Or Are the Sox Playing Possum?

Red Sox Owner John Henry: "We met with Mr. Teixeira and were very much impressed with him. After hearing about his other offers, however, it seems clear that we are not going to be a factor."

Cashman, Angels GM React to Sox E-mail Message on Teixeira
Boras: Teixeira Trying to Narrow Choices
Business as Usual: Sox Have a New Deal with Jet Blue,
But Leave Red Sox Nation Feeling Blue on Teixeira
Survey: What's Your Take on the Teixeira Texas Twist?
RSM: Did the Hanging Sox Hat Robber Strike Again?


Red Sox minor leaguer Lars Anderson
(AP)

Is Lars Anderson a Poor Man's Mark Teixeira?
Sox See Powerful Potential in First Base Prospect

Is Tonight the Night?

The Red Sox are reportedly in Texas hoping to sign Mark Teixeira as early as tonight
(John Williamson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Is There a Portuguese Prince on the Horizon in Boston?
Sox in Texas Hoping to Seal the Deal
Deep In the Heart of Teixeira

All The Latest on the Sox Trying to Close Mark Teixeira
Butch Stearns Report: Sox Wanted the Meeting to Keep Boras on the Level
Dan Roche Report: The Two Sides Remain Far Apart on $$$
Gordon Edes: Offer Is Over $160m, Far Less Than $185m

WCVB-TV Channel 5's Mike Lynch reported that Red Sox owner John Henry, team president Larry Lucchino, and GM Theo Epstein were in Texas tonight to meet with Teixeira's agent, Scott Boras, in an attempt to finish a deal for the free-agent first baseman. According to Lynch, who cited unnamed sources, the Sox were offering an eight-year, $184 million contract (average annual value is $23 million) and are hopeful they can wrap up a deal tonight or tomorrow.

Negotiations Continue

Theo and Boras Go Back and Forth on Tex and 'Tek

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

Mark Teixeira lets out a yawn... and Red Sox Nation is tired of waiting
(BDD Photo Illustration)

And It's Pronounced Tei-SHAIR-ah... Just In Case
But Boston Will End Up Calling Him Tex

Richard Justice: Where Teixeira Would and Should Play in 2009
Newsday: Yankees Haven't Made Offers to Teixeira, Manny
Sun: MacPhail Says O's Bid for Teixeira Could Go Up
Projo: Waiting for Godot?

Bill Reynolds, Providence Journal: "... there’s something disgusting about all this, the fact it’s so public, the fact it’s all over the news, the fact that it’s covered with such importance, the fact it’s all but held baseball fans hostage, the fact it’s dragged out, the fact that he’s become the new poster child for excess in a time of national crisis. For I am waiting for Mark Teixeira and I want to take a shower."

This Just In
BDD_HSH_lucchino_12.18.08_b.jpg
(BDD Photo Illustration / Mr. Punchy)

Hats Fly at Fenway As Lucchino Ducks
Questions About the Hanging Sox Cap

More Trouble for Fenway Fashionistas:
Hanging Sox Cap Used in Chicopee Bank Robbery
And It Appears the HSC Has Ties to the Yankees

MassLive.com Photo
(MassLive.com Photo)

100 Billion Dollars

Dr. Evil

Dr. Evil Ups the Ante in Teixeira Bidding War

BDD has learned through a source familiar with the thinking of Dr. Evil
that an offer will be extended to overrated first baseman DH-type
Mark 'Babe Ruth' Teixeira for the sum of $1 billion... Developing...

Elsewhere on the Teixeira Front:
Nick Cafardo: GM: Sox In the Lead for Teixeira
Buster Olney: It's Basically Over for Orioles and Tex
Herald: Sox Aren't Handing Out 10-Year Deals Thanks to Manny
Baltimore Sun: Teixeira Speculation: Fasten Your Seat Belts
The Buzz: Is Teixeira Really Getting Closer to a Decision?

No Hung Jury on Hanging Sox Hats

Mike Dee holds up the new secondary
(Jim Davis / Boston Globe Staff | AP)

Survey Said: Nation of Mad Hatters Want to Scrap the New Cap
Only 18 Percent of More Than 50,000 Surveyed Said
They Liked All the Sox Uniform Changes

Nation Continues to Pound Front Office in Heated Discussion
Read the Terrifying Story on Hatgate | See the Horrific Photos
Steve Buckley Expected to Organize March on Fenway Any Day Now

"In the words of John Lennon, Let It B." -- 12.12.08, Comment No. 323 posted by Mary Frontiero [editor's note: it was Paul McCartney]

File Under: Mike Dee Must Have Conducted His Survey
in a Phone Booth on Yawkey Way...

“Red Sox Nation speaks loudly on these kind of issues. We wanted to make sure the fans had input and overwhelmingly support behind the the Hanging Sox as our primary logo, such an iconic representation of our brand was their primary and first choice... The early response has been terrific." -- 12.11.08, Red Sox COO Mike Dee at GameOn!... with a straight face

Lucchino Calls the Hat Fiasco a Big Misunderstanding...
You Won't Have to See Them Worn Up to 99% of the Time...
But Says Pitchers Might Pop Them On for Good Luck

“Some of the survey's we've seen have been 55-60 percent like it, and 40 percent don't like it overall, but no, you're never going to please everyone anytime you make a change, there's going to be some resistance to it. The alternate uniforms are used very infrequently. The red and the blue. But they're kind of a nice change of pace. Fans will see those a handful of times each season.

"The biggest misunderstanding has to do with the hat. There's a new hat with the Hanging Sox. That is an alternate hat. That is not replacing the traditional Red Sox B hat. There was some misunderstanding about that. But we will be wearing the traditional Red Sox B hat, I would say 95-99 percent of the time next year and the other hat will be worn time to time should a pitcher want to try it sometimes to break his luck, or something like that. There may be some of that. But by and large, and the logo was kind of fine tuned... I think the Hanging Sox, we're kind of lucky to have the Hanging Sox, there are very few organizations that can be identified without any words. There's the Nike swooosh. There's... the golden arches of McDonalds and the Hanging Sox of the Red Sox. No letters, no words, no nothing. Just a symbol." -- 12.13.08, Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino at Christmas at Fenway on sports radio WEEI


BDD Photo Illustration / Joshua Coles
(BDD Photo Illustration / Joshua Coles)

What Didn't Happen in Vegas, Comes to Boston
While the Yankees Continue to Mean Business on the Free Agent Front,
The Sox Continue to Make Headway in the Garment Industry
Theo Keeps Lugo, But Gets New Logo

A.J. Breakdown Is Bronx Bound
NYY's Overpay for Burnett in 5-Year Deal


With Special Guest Scott
'Really, Jason Got an Offer, No Really' Boras...

Boras Says a “Texas-sized-share-a” Contract is Worth More Than
Big Papi, Youk, Pedroia and Paps Put Together

Cap in Hand
Red Sox baseball pitcher Manny Delcarmen models the new secondary Hanging Sox logo hat and the alternate road uniform jersey during a news conference in Boston Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008.
(AP)

Tradition Be Damned... Sox Gurus Damage the Brand
Front Office Will Pass a 'Hanging Sox' Hat to Raise Revenue
The Classic Beloved B Cap Takes a Seat in An Alternate World

At an event held in the basement of the Game On restaurant, the Boston Red Sox unveiled an updated logo, as well as new primary road uniforms, and also  a new secondary road jersey, and a new hat to go with the secondary road jersey. Here team manager Terry Francona, (left) and former players Jim Rice (center) and Jerry Remy (right) show off the new primary road jersey.
(AP)

And While the Blueberry Softball Shirts Are Obviously Hideous...
The Throwback Boston Road Grays Are A-OK
Photo Gallery: New Sox Jerseys, Logo, and Cap
Survey: What Do You Think of the New Look Sox?

Entering New Jersey

The New Sox Road Unis Won't Be This Ugly...

8/28/97 Boston Red Sox vs. Atlanta Braves. Mo Vaughn and Troy O'Leary admire their new old uniforms.
(Dominic Chavez / Boston Globe File)

But They Might Be Close...

Are These the 'New' Road Sox?
And Is the New Logo the Same as an Old Pair of Socks Logo?

BDD_RS_soxhat_12.11.08.jpg

Larry Lucchino on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan show: "There's an adjustment to the road uniform that will touch upon sort of Red Sox tradition. It's a little back to the future kind of thing. And they'll be some adjustments to the logo as well, so both items are going to be announced [tonight] at a sort of a semi-press conference, semi-fashion show..."

CC The Difference?

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Cashman Takes Shot at Jet-Setting Sox

"We’re not the Red Sox,” Cashman said, a reference to the team’s use of owner John Henry’s private plane during negotiations with Daisuke Matsuzaka two years ago. “They certainly are not, thank goodness!” Red Sox president Larry Lucchino responded in an e-mail to the AP. -- 12.11.08, Boston Herald


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It Moved

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(George Costanza from Seinfeld. Played by Jason Alexander)

The Market Starts to Take Shape
As Yanks Reportedly Land The Big Lefty

Bronx Bombers Need NYC Bailout to Pay for NYCC's Deal
ESPN Reports 7 Year, $160 Million Deal Brings Sabathia to Yankees
Only His Pitching Line Will Look Thin in Pinstripes
ProJo: Sabathia Playoff History Isn't a Pretty Picture
CC Expected to Eat His Way Out of New York by Year 3
K-Rod Contract Sets the Bar for Jonathan Papelbon
Cafardo: Vegas Jackpot Remains Teixeira |
SI.com:Yankees in Serious Negotiations with D-Lowe
The Buzz: Market Narrowing for 'Tek
Sadly... No Manny Market

What Happens in Vegas ...

Winter meetings
(Boston.com Photo Illustration)

... Will Help Shape Your 2009 Boston Red Sox

Latest Winter Meetings Updates from Vegas

Will Theo and Boras Walk Down the Aisle?

Wedding chapel at a Las Vegas hotel

Massarotti: Five Things the Sox Should Do in Vegas

Sox Pony Up a Little

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has over 40 million reasons to smile, as he is joined by GM Theo Epstein as they announce his new long term contract with the team.
(Jim Davis / Boston Globe)

Dustin Signs for Short Money

It's a 6-Year $45.5M Deal for the Second Baseman
Mazz: Down to the Dollar, Pedroia His Own Man

Pedroia Must Have Gone to the Josh Beckett School of Negotiation
Be We All Appreciate the Hometown Discount Dusty!
Scott Boras Stabbed Himself With a Spoon When He Saw the Deal


BDD -- SportsPropaganda.com Illustration
(BDD / SportsPropaganda.com Illustration)

This Just In ...

Three-time World Series champ Curt Schilling is taken on a high-speed tour of the harbor in the Persian Gulf port area while manning a 50 cal. machine gun on the foredeck. Honored and humbled by his USO tour overseas, Schilling will visit and shake hands with hundreds of troops as well as talk baseball as part of his week-long trip to the region.
(BDD / USO Photo by Dave Gatley -- Big Schill Photo)

Country First Curt Is Throwing Heat for the Troops Overseas

Former Sox ace turned media personality Curt Schilling is spending time with our troops as part of a week-long USO tour to the Persian Gulf. Taking the mound to extend America’s well wishes, Schilling will visit and shake hands with troops, sign autographs and pose for pictures.

Six-time major league baseball All-Star Curt Schilling poses for a photo with troops as part of a week-long USO tour to the Persian Gulf. Taking the mound to extend America’s well wishes, Schilling will visit and shake hands with troops, sign autographs and pose for pictures.
(BDD / USO Photo by Dave Gatley)

Quid Pro Quo Lucchino

BDD -- Bricks for Tix
(BDD Photo Illustration)

There's Always a Catch Trying to Grab a Seat at Fenway

More Hoops for Sox Fans to Jump Through
And It's Big Spenders to the Head of the Line at Fenway, Again
More Fenway Seats Taken Off the Open Market for Average Fans
But If You Sign Up to Buy Some Bricks, You Get to Buy Sox Tix
Related: Sox Flush with Cash

"...Included are authentic Fenway Park bricks and signage along with other items such as game-worn paraphernalia, game programs and other miscellaneous items. One perk of attending the yard sale is that those fans will be given a unique online code that will guarantee them the ability to purchase tickets for the 2009 season online..."
-- 12.02.08, RedSox.com

Hold Your Horses

9-20-95: Mo Vaughn on his victory ride following the teams' clinching of the American League East title.
(9.20.95 -- Jim Davis / Boston Globe Staff )

Sorry Mo, But Jim Rice Will Be Named Secretary of State Before You Get Within a Country Mile of the Hall of Fame

Vaughn Joins Rice on Hall Ballot | Former Sox on the Ballot


Curt Schilling Will Become a Member of the Media Before
Mo Gets a Whiff of the Hall... Hey, Wait a Minute...

BDD: What about a stint in the media, NESN analyst, a la Dennis Eckersley, Baseball Tonight commentator, etc.?
Schilling: Absolutely zero chance of this ever happening, less than zero actually.
-- 7.9.07, Schilling to BDD

Surprise, Surprise: Schilling to Join Media as Radio Station Website Employee

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