Long Popups Aren't Going to Get It Done David Sox Stumble on the Road Again
Dome Spells Doom for Wake, Sox | Toronto 6, Second Placers 3 Tim Wakefield... Always in a Position to Collapse at Any Given Moment Papi's Drop in the Order Continues to Sink Lightweight Lineup Highest Paid Player: J.D. .252 Drew Goes Deep in Garbage Time, Stalls in Clutch Enough is Enough: Can We Get Buchholz Up Here to Replace Wake for Starters? Dustin Pedroia, Nice Average, But 1 Homer and 17 RBIs Is a Big Dropoff Just Do It: Let Daniel Bard Close a Few Games While Papelbon Tapes Media Gigs Rogers Centre Usher Bob Bacon to Call Today's Game with Don Orsillo on NESN
"I can't swing the bat better than that. Things just aren't happening. Where you hit the ball, you have no control over that. You have to wait for the ball to go somewhere nobody's at. They get paid to catch it. I get paid to hit it." -- David Ortiz, needs to let his bat do the talking... but now it's screaming .189
Used in a Sentence: Despite the Red Sox Being in First Place, David Ortiz Remains the Pachyderm in the Room. Definition: Any of Various Large, Thick-Skinned, Hoofed Mammals Such as the Elephant, Rhinoceros, or Hippopotamus.
Momma Always Said, 'Dice Is Like a Box of Chocolates,' But He Keeps Leaving a Bitter Taste In Our Mouths Remind Us Again Why the Sox Paid $103.11 Million?
Globe: Sox Walk on the Wild Side | Minnesota 4, Mediocre Sox 2 So-Called 'National Treasure' Gets Buried in America Again In the Prime of His Career, Dice-K Will Enter June with 0 Wins and an 8.82 ERA Kevin Slowey, Not from Japan, But He's 7-1 and Will Make $440,000 This Year Don't Think That Was the Modern Day Record Theo Envisioned for His Prize Signing Catcher in the Raw: So George Kottaras Is a Dirt Dog After All Can't Find Any Websites Devoted to Sending J.D. Drew to the All-Star Game We've Been Reduced to Rooting for Ellsbury's Hitting Streak Welcome to the Big Flop: The 0-for-Ortiz Circus Goes On Delcarmen and Masterson Just Wanted to Set the Record Straight
"A lot going on around the dirt area. George's Canadian background came into play there. He looked like a goalie at times. There were a lot of balls bouncing." -- Tito's keeping it clean after a dirty loss
Fifth Loss for Lester After a Dreadful Five-Run Fifth Inning
Globe: Something Amiss with Lester Again | Twins Doing It Mirrors 5, Easy Road Kill 2 Blackburn Slinging in the Dead of Night and Morneau Homers Over Trash Bag This Just In: Jon Lester and His 6.07 ERA Will Be Watching the All-Star Game on TV Jacoby Makes a Touchdown Catch and Extends Streak to 21 And It's RBI No. 16 For Dustin Pedroia, Soon to Be All-Star 2B's Ave. Up to .341 From Hot to Cold to Freezing Cold, That's the Bat of J.D. Drew Quietly, Jason Bay Has Been in a Hitting Slump, Too Ryan Seacrest Says: Jon Lester... You Are In the Bottom 2 When Smoltz Returns And Bring Back Closer-By-Committee with Bard, Ramirez, Saito, and Papelbon. Sad But True: It's News That the No. 6 Hitter Punts a Hustle Double That's Dave Roberts Right There On the Air
"I felt like I threw the ball pretty well. Made one mistake. He hit it out. That's what makes him a good hitter. I don't think it's a mental lapse or anything like that. It's just not executing pitches." -- Jon Lester, Somewhere Along Da Nile, Which Isn't Just a River in Egypt
Penny Has Value | Boston 6, Minnesota 5 And the Hits Keep on Coming for Jacoby Ellsbury Sweet 16 Hits for the Sox, and Jeff Bailey Had a Big One Designate Him as a Hitter: Iron Mike Lowell Gets 4 Oh No... There's a Year and a Half to Go with Lugo They've Got the Power: Bay and Youk Keep Banging in the Runs Stat-Rat-Pedroia Now Batting .337, But He's Tied with Papi for Homers The Problem with So-Called Saves: Papelbon Gets One for a Horrible Outing David Who?
"He handled it really well, and I actually thought he threw well even if he wasn't sick. But you add on that - that's pretty good. -- Tito on new kid on the trading block Brad Penny
Jays Fade Away Early This Year Sox Close in On First Place
Lester Locks In, Bay Hits Another One Out | Boston 5, Birds 1 It's Never Too Early to Remind Evan Grant: J-Bay for MVP Robert Ray Was Slightly Better Than Watching Rachael Ray Torontowned: Sox Have Won 11 of 13 Over Overrated Jays Papi Happy to Just Stay Out of the Headlines Cito Is No Tito
Our Long National Nightmare Is Over, David Ortiz Hits Home Run No. 1
Globe: Blast from the Past | Boston 8, Toronto 3 Is Brad Penny Going to Steal 20 Wins for This Team? J-Bay's Home Run Is Just About to Land on Lansdowne On-the-Back-9 Boys: Lowell and Varitek with 7 Homers Each? We'll Take It Also off the Schneid: Rocco Baldelli Hits His First Triple of the Season In the Big Inning: 4 Homers for the First Time Since April 2007 KY Is Back, And He's Now Batting .404 to Lead the American League Biggest Surprise of the Night? Record-Tying Jacoby Ellsbury Drew a Walk Why Isn't Bard Knocking Down K's Up Here?
The Large Father's Father Knows Best: "[He] told me, 'Hey, son, it's not going to get worse than this so go out there, have fun and forget about what happened.'"-- David Ortiz on his dad's advice
Cowboy Kevin's One of a Kind
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It's the Ageless Ace Tim Wakefield's Best Outing of the Year Someone Had to Be Tipping Pitches to Old Cowboy Kevin And David 0-for-Ortiz May Not Have Hit Rock Bottom Yet
Sox Climb on Wake's Back for a Win | Boston 2, Toronto 1 A Super Side Session Results in the Return of the Good Wake He Can't Walk, But You Have to Give The Runner Ellsbury Credit for Batting .305 Forget the Manny-and-Papi, We've Got Bailey-and-Kottaras Doing All the Damage Why Can't All Sox Games Last 2 Hours and 13 Minutes? Papelbon Pitches One Clean Inning, Some Call It a Save
"If we move David around, everybody moves, and then I don’t think it puts us in the best position." -- Terry Francona, completely overthinking and overselling the result of simply moving some dead weight from the top of the order
"I threw it away. I just threw it away. It happens. Did I want it to happen? No. Obviously it happened at the wrong time... You try to slow things, and I slowed it down too much, I think. I took my time. It's just that I got a little lazy. I didn't come back over the top of the ball." -- 5.17.09, Nick Green on how he airmailed the ball from short
Seattle 5, Boston 4 | Lester Woes Continue Son of a Bichiro, Suzuki Slaps Two of Those Really Long Singles Papi Gets Benched, And Sox Lose By 1 Big Run Again You Can Pin the Loss on Ortiz, Again, But Not on Jacoby Ellsbury This Just In: Manny Ramirez Apologizes for Exposing David Ortiz Rocco Baldelli Did His Part as Papi's Replacement: 3 Strike Outs Buchholz and Bowden... It's Just a Matter of Time Jon, Josh Is John Farrell Going to Be on the Hot Seat Soon? So How Long Can Tito Keep Throwing Baldelli's and Bailey's Out There? A 6.51 ERA for Hall of Famer Jon Santana Sabathia Lester? David Aardsma, Save Machine... But He's No Daniel Bard Bright Side? Sox Eschew Hanging Sox Caps on the Road This Friday
"It shows that, really, two mysterious things happened in the universe today." -- Ichiro Suzuki was on a different planet last night
Sox Hang Tough, But It's Halos 5, Boston 4 in 12 4 Hits From Pedroia, But Not the 1 We Needed 5 Hits for Lugo, But Just 1 Run Scored Is The Problem Penny Could Still Be the Ace of This Sorry Squad with His 6.69 ERA 3 for 23 with Runners in Scoring Position Is Beyond the Pale Another 2 2/3 Of Outstanding Relief from Ram-Ram That Was Dan Duquette's Manny Delcarmen
"Sorry, guys. I don't feel like talking today. Just put down, 'Papi stinks' " -- David Ortiz, who going to ride the pine for a while
"The fact of the matter is that Lou [Merloni] couldn't point to the doctor that said it and then he couldn't really even point to the year that he alleged that it happened and then he started backpedaling... Now if Lou was making a correlation between education on the health risks of steroids and making a long jump saying that the club was encouraging steroid use, that's way out of bounds... Some of the national media that I've talked to on this Merloni issue they said 'If this was really the case, why didn't this come out a long time ago?' There's nothing about this in the Mitchell Report. Here, he's alleging an event that happened eight years ago  in regard to steroid education in the Red Sox organization. As we know, this issue's not going to go away..." -- 5.15.09, Dan Duquette, still talking Red Sox 'Roidgate with Stone Cold Sports
Angel Stadium Remains a House of Horrors for Tim Wakefield
Ugly Red Shirts 8, Boston Blues 4 4-0 Lead Disappears, Then So Do the Sox Bats AL All-Star Jason Bay Is Definitely Producing More Than Manny Now Dan Shaughnessy, Dave Roberts, and The Next Nostradamus... Stop With the Papi Will Hit One Out Tonight Predictions Matt Palmer Does a Reverse Shaky Wakey After Second Inning Note to Theo: Resist the Temptation to Send Bard Back, Ready Is Ready
"The offense scored four runs early and gave me a comfortable lead, and I couldn't hold it. I just tried to grind it out and it didn't work. I pride myself on giving the club innings, and I wasn't able to do that tonight." -- Tim Wakefield, now officially out of the Cy Young race
Drew, 'Tek Step Up in Late Inning Comeback Sox Rally for a Big Road Win
V-'Tek Kicks In, Sox Rally Past Angels Box: Road Warriors 4, Orange County 3 J.D. Drew Is Starting to Come Through Jason Varitek Was Worth All the Offseason Fuss Last Night RBI Machine: Papi's Hardest Hit... Was From Old Friend Darren Oliver Ortiz Just 12 Homerless At-Bats Away From Breaking Personal Record Will John Henry Make David a Plaque for the Occasion? Ell on Wheels: Jacoby's All Over the Basepaths If Ramon Ramirez Starts, Would He Give Up Any Runs? Praise the Lord: Masterson Bounces Back to Keep Sox in the Game Warning: Justin Masterson Is Not Afraid to Throw Behind People Papelbon Settles Down with Bard Breathing Down His Neck Anaheimlich Maneuver: Angels Bullpen Is What We Thought It Was It All Went Up in Smoke for Jared Weaver
"That's a hard game to win on the road. This is a tough place and we've been in a lot of close games here. But we had the lead when we needed it at the end." -- 5.12.09, Tito on a tough win
Roger Clemens* talks to ESPN's 'Goli' and 'Greenie', rambles and scrambles on his relationship with 'his friend' Andy Pettitte, and stumbles through a bizarre script on drug testing, Manny, A-Rod, young kids of all ages, his step father's heart condition, and more.
Red Sox 'Roidgate Update: Duke, Lou Square Off On Air
(Nancy Palmieri / Boston Globe File, July 2003)
Duke on Lou's Story: 'I'm Not Buying It' Dan Duquette Calls WEEI's Big Show and Clears The Air Just Kidding, Now There Are More Questions Than Answers
Duke, who was asked if he believed that Lou Merloni was essentially saying that the Red Sox were telling players how to do steroids: "No, but I think it's inferred from his comments and the club was never doing that... we had people come in and educate the players about the risks of utilizing steroids, yes we did. I thought that was very important because a lot of the guys that started using steroids and didn't have medical access to them, there was a lot of health risks for the first users of steroids that were prominent in a number of different sports and I knew it was a player's choice."
Seems Like Old Times... Duquettespeak Is Back! More Head Scratching After Confusing Clarifications from Duke and Lou, Too...
Dan Duquette on Merloni's statements on Saturday: "No, I'm not buying it, Big O and the reason is that all the medical people were clear on the policy of the club. I will say that I felt it was really important to educate the players on the associated health risks associated with steroid use and abuse because, let's face it, it was a player's choice. It wasn't a team choice. The team made their choice very clear, 'you can't do it, it's against the law and it's against Major League Baseball policy and team policy. Player's still had the choice to do that... I think it's was inferred from his comments, and the club was never doing that."
Lou Merloni: “Well Dan I think what the point was was it was brought up in the sense that teams before steroids were illegal in the game of baseball, were aware that it was going on, and what was said was in the meeting, and I know we’ve had numerous meetings talking about the dangers of steroids, and it seemed like people were realizing that, ‘listen, these meetings, just, they’re not hitting home, people are still taking them and there was one specific meeting that I think a lot of people were kinda surprised walking out of there because with every comment about how they’re bad for you, there was a ‘but,’ and we were talking about ‘well, you know the one cycle won’t hurt. It is proven actually you know you can stay on the couch, take steroids, and gain strength.’ A lot of people walked out of this one meeting, confused in that ‘wow, that wasn’t all negative about steroids’ and it was actually talked about positive about steroids now we just took it as well they’re sitting there saying ‘we know guys are taking it, and if that’s the case, then we want to educate these guys not to abuse it and let them know, listen if you’re taking one, you’re OK, but if you continue this process that, you know, that it’s gonna come down to hurt you. So we were saying basically that organizations were aware of it.”
Dan Duquette: “Well after the testing program at the major league level, I thought the most important part of any program that a team could have was education to the players. And educating the players to the choices that they were making so they could make an educated choice. And avert the health risks. See, see the comment that we got Saturday was implying that the club was encouraging steroid use or steroid abuse and that wasn’t the case.”
Lou Merloni: “That’s the way people took it. I mean they took it as I was saying that somebody was up there showing us where to put the needle and that wasn’t the case you know like I’ve explained it with the analogy of trying to teach your teenage daughter about safe sex. Well you’re not happy that she’s having sex but at the same point you gotta educate her how to do the safe sex. And by no means are you encouraging her to go out and sleep with every guy you see, but you’re acknowledging the fact that you know what I’m not happy about it but it’s going on."
Dan Duquette: "Yeah exactly, but the club policy was abstinence. The club policy was abstinence and that was Major League Baseball policy. And that was communicated first. Beyond that, if a player made a choice I thought it was important that they understood what the risks were." -- 5.11.09, WEEI's The Big Show
Merloni Doesn't Need Another Player to Back His Story, He Was There... He Knows the Trainer, the Length of the Meeting, What Was Discussed, What Time It Started, Who Was There, The Room It Was In... But He Can't Remember The Year It All Happened
Lou Merloni explaining his perfectly clear comments from Saturday on WEEI's The Big Show: "We start talking about steroids and what went on back in the day there’s an awful lot of people that say, ‘you know I don’t want to get involved in any of this stuff, you know why did that even come up? What are you doing?’ That type of thing. And hey, you look back and you’re like, should you have not said it but maybe obviously dealing with everything right now you’re sitting there saying no. But you know what, it happened. There’s nothing I can do about it. The story did happen. I don’t need, necessarily another player, because I was the player, you know I’m not a reporter looking for a source. I was the player…
"The situation, why doesn’t he know the team doctor? Well, because it wasn’t a team doctor. People say it was a Red Sox doctor who did this. No. It wasn’t. A trainer brought this guy in, who he was, I don’t know. Did I document the day after it happened? Did I write something down? ‘OK, what was this doctor’s name again, I might need this in the future.’ No. But I’m sitting in there afterwards, walking up to one of the trainers who’s no longer with the Red Sox saying ‘what the hell was that?’ Because every reasoning why we shouldn’t take it, we actually got a ‘but,’ and talked about, that ‘one cycle’s not gonna hurt you,’ and a ‘but,’ that ‘if you’re gonna take it, this is the way to get the most out of it.’…”
"Do I know what year that meeting went on? No. I know that it was in that minor league conference meeting room. Now was that early in big league camp? Was that in the minor leagues? I don't know. I don't recall that and that's for some people that's like a huge issue but I know I was in the meeting."
Red Herring Warning: Lou's Just Needling Us
Lou Merloni brings up needles early and often on The Big Show: "A lot of people felt that there was a demonstration, like somebody was up there showing them how to put a needle in. That wasn’t the case.”
Red Herring Warning: Encouraged vs. Acknowledged
Merloni denies the 'encouraged' inference, but Duke disagreed: "I don’t know where they come up [sic] I said the Red Sox said ‘encouraged the use of steroids,’ no, they acknowledged that it was going on., there’s a big difference.…. Is it a shocker to think that MLB enabled all this to happen for so many years?"
Former Sox Infielder Lou Merloni Says the Red Sox, Under the Previous Regime (Led By Dan Duquette) Called a Meeting To Have a Doctor Speak to Players About the Right Way to Use Steroids
Mystery Doc: 'If you're going to take steroids, one cycle won't hurt you...'
Sat. May 9, 2009, Lou Merloni, who did not specify the year the meeting with the doctor took place, on Comcast SportsNet's The Baseball Show: "I'm in spring training, and I got an 8:30-9:00 meeting in the morning. I walk into that office, and this happened while I was with the Boston Red Sox before this last regime, I'm sitting in the meeting. There's a doctor up there and he's talking about steroids, and everyone was like 'here we go, we're gonna sit here and get the whole thing -- they're bad for you.' No. He spins it and says 'you know what, if you take steroids and sit on the couch all winter long, you can actually get stronger than someone who works out clean, if you're going to take steroids, one cycle won't hurt you, abusing it will.' He sat there for one hour and told us how to properly use steroids while I'm with the Boston Red Sox, sitting there with the rest of the organization, and after this I said 'what the heck was that?' And everybody on the team was like 'what was that?' And the response we got was 'well, we know guys are taking it, so we want to make sure they're taking it the right way'... Where did that come from? That didn't come from the Players Association... well the organization put this meeting together is what I'm saying."
"The General Manager is not Father Flanagan, and this isn't Boys Town. In professional sports, the General Manager is paid to put the best ball club he can on the field ... if you don't have a testing program that has some teeth in it, with some penalties, you really don't have anything in terms of legislating fairness on the field. You can't tell who's using and who's not using." -- 4.14.09, Dan Duquette
"If you look at his [Manny's] production with the Dodgers, it's significantly better than when he was with the Red Sox — significantly better. That would be a hint that he may have utilized performance-enhancing drugs." -- 5.8.09, Dan Duquette in The Berkshire Eagle
Let's Take a Break From the Manny Mess to Appreciate A Left Fielder Who's Simply The Best
Another J-Bomb Rallies Sox in 6th Again | Boston 7, Rays 3 The Curious Case of Mike Lowell... Getting Younger Every Day Taped On His Locker Today: Pedroia's Just Padding His Average Here's to You Dom DiMaggio. Sincerely, J.D. Drew Not Going To Comment On the Fall of David Ortiz Today Should Ramon Ramirez Get an All-Star Nod Over Papelbon? Does Shields Still Wear that 'Big Game' Tag Like a Badge of Honor? The 3-1 Brad Penny and His 6.90 ERA Are OK, For Now
"I think that anyone would like to be in those situations, and like to come through. It's not going to happen all the time, you realize that. But I've just kind of been on a bit of a roll. It's been fun." -- Jason Bay, Mr. Late and Close Lately, and Always Mr. Clean Manny...
"Yes, he’s my brother — and I’m his brother. It’s been a struggle all my life.... It followed me all through my major league career. I was always Joe’s kid brother.... I never encouraged my two sons to get into baseball. I knew it would be twice as hard on them as it was on me. The Joe DiMaggio legend was just too strong." -- Dom DiMaggio liked to say
Manny's phony statement: "Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was okay to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing; I've taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons.
"I want to apologize to Mr. McCourt, Mrs. McCourt, Mr. Torre, my teammates, the Dodger organization, and to the Dodger fans. LA is a special place to me and I know everybody is disappointed. So am I. I'm sorry about this whole situation." ....clearly written by Scott Boras and the MLBPA
Does Manny Have a Cousin He Can Throw Under the Bus? ManScam: You Can Kiss the Hall of Fame Goodbye Big Guy Back in LA: Oh, Whoa, Whoa, Jamie's Cryin' Did the White Devils Make Him Do It?
Are We Tainted?
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"The Curse was broken by cheaters. Be man enough to accept it." -- 5.7.09, Anthony F., Yankee Fan... wasting no time chiming in
Yankee Fans Will Try to Stick Manny's Stink on Us Gammons: Sox Don't Believe Manny Was On Steroids
Gammons on ESPN: "I checked (with) somebody in the Red Sox front office asking if they had heard and the response was 'there's no way Manny would', that they believe that Manny would test positive for steroids. So I mean, he didn't exactly leave Boston on the greatest of terms and they thoroughly believe that he would not be doing steroids, in any way." Hmmmm.
Green, Bailey and the Boys Can't Keep Streak Alive Good Thing No One Was Watching
Cleveland 9, Boston 2 | Pavano Confounds Sox Not Justin Time: He's a Jack of All Trades, But Masterson of None Last Night No Youk, No Ells, and No Bay and Pedroia Last Night Either This Just In: David Ortiz Has Been Reduced to a Singles Hitter The New York Yankees Could Use a Guy Like Carl Pavano Lopez Getting Nothin Done from the Left Side Again No Laffey Matter for Sox in Late Innings
"Just disappointed ... that it's a loss. Whatever the record was coming in and having the one loss now, it was bound to happen some time." -- Justin Masterson... who still praises the Lord after his loss
Will Sox Get Any Justice After Justin the Punk Plunks a Fastball Into the Middle of J-Bay's Back? Bust Him Like Beckett? Will Yankee Bob Watson Hand the Known Headhunter a Hefty Suspension and Fine? Farrell Fires Warning Shot After 'Very Obvious' Cheap Shot...
Sox pitching coach John Farrell on WEEI's Dale and Holley Show talking about possible retaliation: "Our guys for one have each others backs and they're certainly be supportive if a situation like that were to arise. Speaking specifically about last night, he [Chamberlain] strikes out 12 guys, doesn't seem to have too many command issues, and if there was a purpose or an intent to throw up and in, or even if the intent was further than that, to send a clear-cut message, you can disguise it a little bit more than making it very obvious with the first pitch in the middle of the back to Jason Bay. So, those things aren't forgotten, we know that there's a history there between the pitcher in New York and our guys here, so not to say that he was specifically out to do that, but I think history speaks for itself, and we've got a number of games left with these guys."
Like Papa Jack Used to Say... Somebody Gotta Pay But Beckett Was Right... Just to Sit Tight Last Night Did Joe Girardi Set the Stage for Bay Getting Hit?
NY Daily News today: "As it turned out, maybe Joba Chamberlain should have plunked Jacoby Ellsbury, the very first batter of the game, square in the back and stared down the Red Sox dugout and dared Boston to do something about it. ...
At this point, the Yankees need to do something drastic, it seems, to put a stop to all the bullying by the Sox. Joe Girardi, in fact, seemed to set the stage for some fireworks Tuesday night when he ran the length of the dugout a night earlier to scream at Sox first base coach Tim Bogar, going so far as to warn him: 'You're gonna get somebody hurt.' "
The Red Sox Would Like to Remind the Fans Not To Boo the Shadow of Big Papi Tonight
"They outplayed us and they outpitched us. All the games were fairly close, but at this point in the season, they're a better team than we are. Boston beat us five times, but we know we're a better team than we've showed." -- Old friend Johnny Damon telling it like it is
Lester Whiffs 10 Yanks in New Whiffle Ball Stadium Bay Powers Sox Past Pinstriped Rivals
A Good First Impression: Boston 6, New York 4 Late at Night, Early in the Morning, Sox Domination Over Bombers Continues Sorry Joe, Tim Bogar Is Not the Second Coming of Alex Pitch-Tipper Rodriguez Last Sox Lefty to Strike Out at Least 10 Yanks in a Game Was Lefty Grove in 1936 In Room .222, Ortiz Is Double Trouble... And 2 2B's Is As Good As a Homer! He's UnBaylievable!... 6 Homers for Lowell, and Jason Bay, Too Hold On a Minute... Ramon Ramirez Gives Up a Rare Run Mr. Leigh Bangs 2 Long Balls to Raise Ave. to .195 Papelbon a Bit Sharper in Save No. 7
"I don't know what his problem is. He just had something to say and I answered him back." -- Sox 1B coach Tim Bogar on Jumpy Joe Giriardi
"I'm not happy. Should I be? But I'll tell you what . . . I'm just gonna keep the flow, keep playing the game, not worry about too many things. I don't want to be listening to all the negativity, all the [expletive], everybody come with. Because it seems like it's never enough. People all they like to see is people fail so they had a reason to talk [smack]. So I'm not paying attention to any of it. I'm trying to stay away from talking because I don't need to talk, I need to do things right now. I will do things, believe me."
-- Boston's .208-hitting, homerless No. 3 hitter
Crock & Role: Girardi, GM dismiss Joba's talk of starting or closing for Yankees > Steinbrenner A-OK with Alex's portrayal in Yankees kids movie > Youkilis not worried after being pulled from Yankees lineup > Desperate Damon makes plea to be Yankees' Granderson sub