Where You Been, Everyman? Old School Rookie Carries Sox on His Back
Boston 6, Cleveland's Going Nowhere 5 Van Every Homer in 10th Gets Sox Back on Winning Track Sox Rally Back from 5 Runs Down This Time You Just Take Your Time J.D. Drew Jacoby Keeps Delivering on the Promise Nothing Comes Easy Papelbon Closes It Out Lester Struggles at the Start
"This has got to be the top so far in my career. It's definitely a special day. I spent seven years of my career trying to figure out a way to get to this point. Luckily I'm here. It couldn't have happened at a better time." -- Everybody loves Jonathan
A team needs amusement. Well, it doesn't really. It doesn't need nearly as much as a fan generally thinks it does. Our Manny was greedy. Greedy for what he doesn't think he had and what he thinks he wanted.
We probably wouldn't have wandered far beyond the basic necessities without him pushing us to our limits. Progress is one of its most important byproducts.
So you will ask, "Why are you writing this?" Because a brief encounter-and-a-half with you in between excursions with my young bride-to-be gave a cool spin to this little green bandbox from my vantage point.
We feted the Celtics tonight and the skies opened. Brad Penny exploded and created a giant hole between the lefty and the old guy from Atlanta. We were transfixed.
You only hit him if you swung in the right place. I was in the right place when Bud gave me the team.
I barely knew you. I don't have any illusions about capturing a new shortstop or replacement for Papi. But the World Series revenue is bigger this year, lights brighter, better, lighter and warmer when a man imbues a team he loves—even tabula rasa—with the attributes I believe reside in you. It's the small things that ultimately matter. The subtle things. Like middle relief.
I am honest. I don't play games. And I see no reason not to say that I've been smitten by your moves and you've done me a great service.
You've very innocently made my world richer, brighter, better, lighter and warmer and richer.
No response is necessary because an owner doesn't need to know nearly as much as he thinks he does.
But Henry waited for his response from Theo anyway. When it finally came, it wasn't quite what he'd hoped for.
An owner may not need to know as much as he thinks he does, but weirdness and pomposity should be acknowledged. I am not so naive as to believe I actually possess the talent you attribute to me. But thank you.
Big Mistake By the Lake
Gotta Get Away Javier? Did You Skip Those Drills in Fort Myers?
Cleveland 9, Boston 8 | Streak Snapped 8.66 ERA Penny May Be Pitching Himself Right Out of the Rotation Julio Lugo Coulda Been a Hero, Coulda Been The Goat, Too Mike Lowell Won't Be Getting the AL Defensive Player of the Month Award And No One Will Talk About the 2 1/3, 1-Hit Relief of Hunter Jones If Only Ramon Ramirez Could Have Closed It Out Things Would Have Gone Better Sans Saito-san ...A Brisk 4-Hour, 19-Minute Affair
"It's a play a pitcher makes a thousand times in his career, I just took my eyes off it. There's no real excuse for it. It's a tough way to break a winning streak." -- Lopez dispenses about the loss
9th Inning Box: Boston 3, Indians 1 | Bay Bomb Wins It Two More Singles for David Ortiz... The Axes Are Sharpening Wherever You Are Now, Give a Standing O to Forgotten Man Manny Delcarmen One More Time: J-Bay: 5 HR .705 SLG, .344 AVE., The Former Sox Left Fielder Who Was Never Happy Here: Not Doing As Well There Scaring No One Now: Papelbon Shoulda Grabbed That Long Term Deal Cleveland Update: Kelly Shoppach is No Jason Varitek
"The guy throws like 100 miles an hour. You have to put it your mind to try and hit a mistake. I got a fastball up over the plate, and I didn't miss it." -- J-Bay on the HR
"The biggest thing is getting the courage to go, I guess. In that situation, bases loaded, you've got to make it. I was pretty confident that I could get in there." -- Jacoby Ellsbury after Sunday night's 4-1 win that gave the Red Sox their 10th straight victory and a three-game sweep of New York
The Lowell Connector Is Open Again... Mike's Longball Puts Sox on Top to Stay, Double Blows It Open
The Neverending Story... Another Wild One at Fenway ... Final Box: Red Sox 16, Yankees 11 | Comeback Kids Rally All the Way Back Yanks 6 Run Lead Isn't Enough at Fenway Big Day for Youk, Pedro, Ellsbury... 'Tek Grand Slam! Kicks Off Comeback Bad News Dept: So Now What's Wrong with Josh Beckett? He Pitched Like A.J. Hold On... Another Pitching Change at Fenway... Are We There Yet?
(Barry Chin / Boston Globe Staff)
YOUK 'DA MAN! X-INN HR ENDS IT! Bombers Overplay Their Hand
9th Life ... And It All Happened Because of Jason Bay
"That's a huge at-bat. If he just misses that ball, it's 'Game over.'" -- The Other Friday Night Hero... Kevin Youkilis, after Bay hit a two-run shot off Mariano Rivera with two outs in the ninth inning to send the game into extra frames.
It's Time to Throw Something Into Chamberlain's Head... Let Justin Hear It at Fenway Friday Night
"My niece was unable to pronounce Justin, so she'd call me that [Joba]. Nobody knew my real name until I graduated from high school, when my dad put it in the yearbook. Now there's nothing that could make me switch back. It'll never happen. No, sir." -- Justin Chamberlain, ESPN The Magazine, 7.28.08
"I think I always had the Yankees in my sights... The other teams went out and told everybody their offers, and told everybody they're gonna talk to me, that they've made made this call, and they made that trip, and they did that... And I think in the end, it probably worked against them a little bit, because everyone thought the Red Sox were [my] No. 1, but in reality, the Yankees were gonna be the team, like I said all along... " -- Mr. Leigh to WFAN, 3.28.09
Boston 7, Twinkies 3 Won't You Go Homer Jeff Bailey, Won't You Go Homer? That's Money Penny Gives Us 6 Strong Innings And That's All She Wrote for Minny at Fenway This Year Stop the Presses: Jacoby Draws a Walk at Leadoff Hey .255 Bay, You're Making Manny Look Good Prediction: Ramon Ramirez Will Not Give Up a Run This Season, or Next Papelbon Shocked He Didn't Get Cheap Save
"I didn't know if it would clear the wall. When it did, I ran around the bases pretty quick." -- Jeff Bailey, who's not as green as he looks
Sox Jump on Twins in Afternoon Romp
(Yoon S. Byun / Boston Globe Staff)
It Takes Two, Two, Two-Run Homers to Make a Thing Go Right
"I've been working with my mechanics, man. I've been late, a little late with pitches, which is something that I normally don't do, and pitchers are taking advantage of it. It's got a little bit out of hand. But at this point you don't want to get frustrated. It just makes it worse. You want to make sure you get to the point where you like to be and where you need to be. It's the beginning of the season and you don't want to give up." -- Big Papi shows signs of life
The Ultimate Fun Run
(Suzanne Kreiter / Globe Staff)
Marathon Mania Hits the Streets on Boston's Finest Day
"I only enter a race if I expect to win." -- Kara Goucher, a looker and a runner
The British Are Running, The British Are Running
(Joanne Rathe / Globe Staff Photo)
With the Minutemen on the March, They Never Stood a Chance
Lester IS Who We Thought He Was
(Bill Greene / Boston Globe Staff)
Les Is More Than He Was Before, Two Runs Is Enough
Boston 2, Free Falling Birds 1 The Cy Young Hall of Famer Makes a Triumphant Return to Form Pedey, Lowell RBI Singles Is All the Offense the Young Lefty Needed Ramon Ramirez Making Us Forget Coco Crisp And If Pap Can't Go... Saito
"That was the guy [Lester] that I remember from last year." -- Jason Bay remembers
The Youk Is On Fi-Yah
(BDD Photo Illustration / Steve Garberg)
Youkilis Burns Baltimore, Sox Win Again 4-for-5 With 3-Run Homer for Big Y
Sox 6, O's 4, No Comeback Necessary Beckett Far From Brilliant, But Good Enough for 6-Inning Win A Big Improvement: Ortiz Showing More Signs of Life The Unsung Heroes: Back of the 'Pen Is Nearly Perfect Again
"He's pretty special. I've played with some really good hitters and I don't think I've ever seen anyone that's as comfortable. It doesn't matter what the count is. He trusts his hands so much and that's what keeps him from swinging at those pitchers' pitches." -- Beckett on the amazing Youk
Sox Get Shoved Deep in the Hole, Then Dig Deep and Score a Whole Lot of Runs
Friday Night's Alright for Fighting Back | Comback Kids 10, O's 8 Nice Big Smile from Papi After Bases-Loaded 3rd Strikeout in the 7th And The Boos Are Coming Out for David Ortiz at Fenway Park Looks Like Pedroia Is Putting Woodlandgate Behind Him With J.D. Drew, Patience Is a Virtue, It's True The Big Bad Bullpen Shuts Birds Down for Six That's Just Ramon Ramirez Being Ramon Ramirez It's Time for Manny Delcarmen to Get a Mention Hey Julio, Take Your Time, We're Doing Just Fine with Nick Now Jason Bay: 3 HR, 10 RBI, .344 Ave. ...The $25 Million Manny: 0 HR, 5 RBI, .278 Ave. Record Crowd? Yeah, Record Crowd Leaves During Game Maybe
"I was just trying to get a pitch I could handle and they were throwing too many pitches out of the zone. I got a couple of pitches out over the plate I could hit and finally put a swing on the ball they couldn't catch." -- J.D. Drew, staying healthy and producing
Looks Like KG Is Done... So Are the Celtics. For the Rest of the Spring, It's Called Bruins.
KG LIKELY DONE FOR THE PLAYOFFS Let's Be Serious, Without KG, The C's Have No Shot Set Your DVR for Lakers-Cavs, Kobe vs. LeBron, in the NBA Finals Wyc Sees '2004 Pistons' in the Watered-Down Celts, Because He Still Needs to Sell Big Tickets in Boston We'll Always Have Banner No. 17. Sincerely, Sportstown USA
Coach Doc Rivers on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show this morning: "This is the first time I've said it, because it's the first time I've really watched him. He's not gonna be ready. After watching him run, there's no way. So, we're gonna move without him. And the way I saw him move today guys, I don't know if he'll be ready... he's just limping. He just can't run. And he had... this was an honest run today, you couldn't fake your way through it.... and the guy is a warrior, you can see him trying to mask it, but after 20 minutes of running, there's just no way...
I don't see it. I just don't. And I've flipped completely because I was watching him move, and he looked great, and then, I just... after today, there's no way he can play... Eddie's (Trainer Eddie Lacerte) doing everything he can to get him on the court. Kevin's gone beyond that, but at this point after going through all the rehab, and looking so good last week, and even, he was running last week, and it looked like he was running pretty well, to where he's at today, if he can't get through biking and working out without swelling and stiffness and his leg locking, I just don't know how you play in the playoffs."
Wakefield Loses No-Hit Bid Late, But It Was a Most Impressive Start
'Pen to Tim: You Complete Me History Was in the Making into the 8th, Sox Win 8-2 You Complete Me But 25-Minute Wait May Have Cost Wake the No-No Bigger News Than Near No Hitter: Ortiz Got an Extra Base Hit HR No. 2: J.D. Drew Refuses to Have a 4 Strikeout Game Ellsbury Toying With Batting .200, Threatens to Draw Another Walk Soon Error Surprises, But Mike Lowell Gets Son On the Board With 2-Run Jack No Surprise: Dice-K Lands on the Disabled List
Matsuzaka's One and Done Seriously, Send Team Japan a Bill for $8 Million Plus the Perks Bud Selig's WBC Marketing Ploy Has Cost the Sox a Pitcher, And Maybe the Pennant
A rare moment of truth from Tito: "He's got some... general soreness or fatigue. He came out of the WBC and I think all the things we harped on and worried about kinda came to fruition. He probably ramped up a little too quick and now we're paying the price for that. So we're going to have to check him out tomorrow and see where we stand."
-- Terry Francona to NESN's Heidi Watney, postgame
Red Sox Rolled Again in Oakland | Late Night Box: A's 6, Slump Sox 5 Mazz: Matsuzaka, Sox Already Scrambling Justin Time: Masterson Sharp, Back in the Rotation Mix Even a Standing O from Woodland on Pedroia's Stab at Second Base If You Stayed Up Until 2:30 to Watch That Debacle, Raise Your Hand Big Popup Goes 0-for-5, Ends 10th With Bases Jacked, .172, 5 Singles on the Season This Just In: New Uni Sox Can't Cash In, Leave Everyone On Base Again Did You Know? Nick Swisher Was Scheduled to Fly In and Pitch the 13th for Boston Javier Lopez Wants to Give Okajima a Run At the Worst Lefty Award Shocking: Just Two Runs Scored on the Season for the Overhyped Leadoff Hitter Do You Mind If We Take Another Peek at Papi's Birth Certificate Again? Last Thing We Need: Green May Not Be Ready, and Lowrie May Need Surgery Stop the Presses: Nomar Leaves Game Early with Injury
It's a Hara Show for Boston
Regarding Daisuke, Tatsunori Didn't Want to Hear from Tito
Back on March 2, Team Japan manager Tatsunori Hara was in charge of our $103 million import: The Red Sox keep tabs on Matsuzaka in Japan through team massage therapist Takanori Maeda, whose access to Matsuzaka "has been limited," Francona said. Maeda gives updates to interpreter Masa Hoshino, who relays them to pitching coach John Farrell, who relays them to Francona.
"So there's a few channels," Francona said. "There's no other way to do it. We can't go over there and watch. And it's their team. I'll be glad when he's back and throwing the ball well. There's no other way to get around it."
Francona has spoken with managers of other WBC teams about the workload of Red Sox players, and he offered a line of communication with Japan's manager, Tatsunori Hara.
"There didn't seem to be a lot of interest," Francona said. "So we didn't push it. You hope you're talking to somebody, it's almost like a partner. And if it doesn't come across as that, it doesn't do any good just to offend somebody. -- 3.2.09, Boston Globe Red Sox notebook
The Red Sox Are 3-12 in Their Last 15 Games in Oakland And Now Wakefield Is In a Must-Win Situation Today
Beckett Suspended for 6 Games for Letting the Ball Slip Near Bobby Abreu's Head What Was Josh Supposed to Do? Hug Abreu? Stop in the Windup and Injure Himself? Or, You Know, Just Not Fire a Ball at His Head and BS About It Later?
Les is a Mess | Oakland 8, Boston 2 Can We Revisit That Lester for Santana Trade Again? Adding Insult to Mr. Injury: Garciaparra Goes Deep Against His Very Old Team Dallas Braden Might As Well Have Been Roger Clemens vs. This Lineup Giambi Goes 2-for-3... Will He Be Drug Tested This Morning? Baldelli Now Leading Off... Is Coco Available? Can Nomar Still Play Short?
"I don't think I pitched as bad as the linescore says." -- um, yeah, you did Jon Lester
Is This the Big Bat Missing from the Lineup?
(Essdras M Suarez / Globe Staff)
"Wow... this team is a complete failure in my mind. No bats, no heart, no personality, no resiliency, no timely hitting, soft manager, soft ownership, soft GM. Not to mention we're getting absolutely drilled by HUNGRY TEAMS. TEAMS with so much camradarie that they clear the bases in defense on their new Right Fielder on a pitch over his head. I've never been more disappointed in this organization and it's leadership in a LONG time." -- e-mail from Jimmy, who's not happy with the team
Angels Get Fired Up After Beckett Fires One Up Sox Can't Shift Gears in the Clutch, Again
Beckett Gets Too Close, Causes Brouhaha Another One Gets Away | Anaheim 5, Last Place Team 4 Losing 2 Out of 3 (Again) Ain't Good Beckett Did Nothing Wrong There, Just Ask Him Tito Was Just Asking for Trouble Letting Chokajima Pitch to Guerrero Mike Lowell Swinging Away Was the Right Call... He Just Didn't Hit the Ball Greatest Fear Realized: No Extra Base Hits for David Ortiz J.D. Drew Likes to Watch... Third Strikes Yes, It's Time to Revisit the Leadoff Position Yes, You Have to Keep Playing Green at Short
"Don't use Nick (Adenhart), man. Yeah, we had a tragic week. And a rough week. But . . . that was blatant. What happened right there, you saw it." -- 4.12.09, an ejected Torii Hunter
That's Just J-Bay Being J-Bay Homers Help Sox Hold Off Halos
Much Drama Saved for the End | Boston 5, Anaheim 4 Hey, Rocco! Way to Beat Out That Infield Hit Lowell Stays in the Lineup and Goes Long, 'Tek Keeps Hitting Sure It's Early But: J-Bay: OPS 1.433, Manny OPS .824 Hold On Now, Ramon Ramirez Was the Dominant Reliever Yesterday While You Were Reading This, Howie Kendrick Fouled Off Another Pitch Again, Papelbon Sharper in Weekly TV Skits, Than He Is On the Mound After 39 Pitches, Pap Not Slated to Pitch Until June Penny Outing OK
"Was that the proverbial 'had them all the way'? That was some kind of at-bat. Tek kept setting up, looked to me, farther away. It just wasn't going farther away. If you were a baseball fan -- which at the moment I wasn't -- that was an unbelievable at-bat." -- Sox manager Terry Francona
"It was one of the toughest I've had to get through. It still really hasn't hit home yet. I shed a couple tears before I went over there." -- Jered Weaver, who allowed only an unearned run in 6 2/3 innings
A Hanging Sox Horror Show
(Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)
No Wonder the Angels Hitters Weren't Intimidated The World Class 'B' Is MIA... And These Hats Look Ridiculous
But the Blue Unis Are the Best Beer League Softball Jerseys Ever Taking the Boston Out of the Red Sox... With Hanging Sox Hats, You Can Easily Move the Team to Oklahoma City
The Cy Young Award Is Still Up for Grabs After a Les Than Thrilling Duel at Fenway
Visitors 7, Home Team 2 The Kazmanian Devil Ray Was Back and Jon Lester Took a Step Back More Breaking News: Josh Beckett Is Still the Ace of the Staff... Developing ... Another Quick Night at Fenway: Game Only Lasted 5 Innings Ahh, So This Is What They Meant About Missing Manny in the Lineup Speaking of Him: LA Ram: 2-Run Double in 7th Leads Dodgers to Win So, Explain to Us Again How It Was So Easy to Give Up on Carlos Pena? Note to Jacoby: 1-for-5 with No Walks Isn't Going to Cut It at Leadoff Bright Side Award: Ramon Ramirez Welcome Back Kapler... Not So Much
"Last night's game against the Rays was unbelievable... Bob Davidson is easily the blindest home plate umpire in the entire league. I just want to know if Bob Selig has to write Davidson's check in braille?" -- e-mailer Ben to BDD
The Really Good Josh Beckett Returns It's a Home Sweet Home Opener for Sox
Workmanlike Sox Get the Job Done | Box: Red Sox 5, Rays 3 Shaughnessy: Day Late, a Perfect Way to Start Bottom Line on Beckett: 2 Hits, 10 K's, in 7 Strong Middle of the Order Looks Mighty Meaty, Sincerely, Manny Ramirez Pedroia's On His Way to Another MVP Award, Sincerely Evan Grant But Can He Hit That Hight and Inside Fastball? This Just In: Ellsbury's 18-game Hitting Streak Ends Okajima and Kennedy Struggle a Bit on the Mound Somebody Give 'Tek a Raise! Sincerely, Scott Boras
"I think in these next few years, you'll see it all come together for him. He's got everything you want in a power pitcher. He's fun to watch. If I had to teach somebody the power mechanic throw, next to Roger Clemens, he's right there as far as a guy who gets in position to deliver what I'd call a perfect pitch." -- John Smoltz on Josh Beckett
Men of the People
"That was different. We got a little jammed up back there, surrounded by fans, and I felt a little like a gorilla at the zoo. But it was kind of neat. Everybody was excited to start the season." -- J.D. Drew on the gathering in the stands
"A lot of people say it's almost like I'm stoic. Just kind of emotionless. It's not meant to be that way. It's just, that's the way it's always been. Whether I'm doing really good or really bad, I try to keep the same look, the same demeanor, be the same teammate." -- Jason Bay is what he is
April Showers Expected to Rain Down on Fenway Tomorrow
Looks Like a 90 Percent Chance of Rain
"We're looking at heavy rain headed our way as we head toward the evening hours. We are expecting to see lots of rain. So Opening Day forecast? It doesn't look too great. Unfortunately, rain will be nearby by the midday hours. It may be light to start but it's going to come down. And once it does in the afternoon, it will be raining pretty hard and it will also be very windy." -- 4.5.09, Sarah Wroblewski, meteorologist for WBZ-TV (Ch. 4) in Boston
Saturday in the Park
(John Tlumacki / Globe Staff)
... I Think it Was the 4th of July, But It Was Actually the 4th of April
The Big East
(Ross MacDonald Illustration for The Boston Globe)
Economic Downturn and Slow Ticket Sales Force Sox to Lay Off Longtime Mascot 'Wally the Green Monster'
Wally's Got to Get on Monster.com This Morning As The Red Sox Have Shocked the Nation and Relieved No. 97 of His Duties at Fenway This Is a Travesty of a Mockery of a Sham. Sincerely, Former Celtics Mascot Lucky
Boston Dirt Dogs has learned today that longtime Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster was relieved of his duties this morning. In a statement released to BDD, Sox owner John Henry said he was saddened by the decision but given today's economic climate and record low ticket sales, the hard choice of cutting Wally's salary had to be made. GM Theo Epstein reportedly fought to keep Wally on the roster but was overruled by team president Larry Lucchino, who sources say accused Wally of leaking team secrets to the press over the last 11 years. Lucchino plans to fill in for Wally, greeting fans at the gate and dancing on the dugout in the seventh inning, on an interim basis.
The fate of Lefty and Righty, the alternate mascots introduced by Dr. Charles Steinberg in 2003, was unknown at the time of this report. Wally is expected to address the media in a press conference later today.
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