Prince of Fools

National League's Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers holds up his championship trophy after winning the MLB baseball Home Run Derby in St. Louis, Monday, July 13, 2009.

The Home Run Derby Is Just a Sad Reminder That
Major League Baseball's Home Run Records Are Worthless
Thanks to Bud, Don, and the Steroid Era All-Stars

When Put to the Test, There Was a Power Outage in St. Louis on Monday Night
Fielder Wins Meaningless Competition Lofting Batting Practice Flies Into the Stands
It Was Better When the Balls, Bats, and Players Were Juiced the Old Fashioned Way
Here's to Sammy Sosa*, Mark McGwire*, Barry Bonds*, Jason Giambi*,
Miguel Tejada*, Juan Gonzalez*, Luis Gonzalez*, Manny Ramirez*, Rafael Palmeiro*,
Brady Anderson*, Gary Sheffield*, Pudge Rodriguez*, Matt Williams*, Bret Boone*
and the Rest of the Home Run Derby Heroes* of the Past Who Paved the Way
for the Derby Superstars of Today

"I'm just happy that I was able to put on a show and win." -- Prince Fielder on the Batting Practice Snoozefest

A Little Captain in Them?

In this photograph taken for Captain Morgan, Captain Morgan and the Morganettes present Boston Red Sox pitchers Tim Wakefield, center, and Jonathan Papelbon showing off their Captain Morgan All-Star jerseys at the Ryan Howard Foundation All-Star bash
(AP Images for Captain Morgan)

This Was More Entertaining Than The Home Run Derby for Sure

Beck on Top

Josh Beckett painted a masterpiece today, as he tosses a three hit, complete game shutout of the Kansas City Royals. He is shown looking a bit like a painting himself in a slow shutter speed photo of one of his pitches.  The Boston Red Sox play the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park.
(Jim Davis / Boston Globe Staff)

Sox Roll Into the Break

All Beckett, All the Time | Boston 6, Kansas City 0
The Line: 9 Innings, 0 Runs, 3 Hits, 7 K's, 0 Walks, Win No. 11
Double Trouble for KC: Is Aaron Bates the Secret Weapon?
Saturday: Sox Offense Offsets Shaky 'Pen | Boston 15, Kansas City 9
Masterson, Manny, and Okajima Mess Up an Easy Win
Youk Goes 3-for-4 With 2 Homers to Avoid the Loss
Smoltz Will Live to See Another Start
Bard Fires Away to Stop Bleeding

"We’re kind of hitting our stride. Winning a series is the short-term goal, and we’ve been doing that for the most part. We’re going to enjoy the break a little bit, and then come back feeling pretty good about our second half." -- J-Bay at the halfway point

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Boston Globe:

Rodriguez looks like the steal deal > Despite effort by Rodriguez, Red So fall > Tazawa has come a long way, on and off field

Boston Herald:

Lauber: Eduardo Rodriguez showing Red Sox he's special > PawSox start looms large for Masterson


Rodriguez gem wasted > Chili Davis doesn't want to turn Red Sox into free-swingers > Red Sox draft catcher in third round

NY Post:

How Mariano Rivera has influenced Yankees' top pick > Why starting rotation could be a big Yankees' strength

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