Carbo Loading

10/21/1975  Bernie Carbo, Boston pinch hitter, belts a home run into the center field seats to drive in two and tie the sixth game of the World Series in the eighth inning. Pitcher is Rawley Eastwick for the Reds; catcher is Johnny Bench and umpire is Dave Davidson.
(AP File Photo)

Bernie & Filled: Carbo Didn't Need No Stinkin' Steroids
With Everything He Was On

Stan Grossfeld: Carbo Now a Cleaned-Up HItter | Photos
Real '75 Game 6 Hero Bernie Carbo Now Admits He Was High on Drugs
at the Time of his Famous 8th Inning, 2-Out, 3-Run Blast

Bernie Carbo on the night of his famous Game 6, game-tying three-run homer in the 8th inning: "I probably smoked two joints, drank about three or four beers, got to the ballpark took some Dexedrine and Benzedrine (amphetamines), took a pain pill, drank a cup of coffee, chewed some tobacco, had a cigarette and got up to the plate and hit."


True Religion

MOBILE, ALABAMA- February, 27, 2010:  Former Red Sox  Bernie Carbo started the Diamond Club Ministry to worship Jesus Christ. He recently ran a baseball fantasy camp at Hank Aaron Stadium to mix baseball and religion. Here he loosens up before an at bat.
(Stan Grossfeld / Globe Staff)

And After a Weekend at Bernie's, You'll Find It

Former Red Sox Bernie Carbo started the Diamond Club Ministry to worship Jesus Christ. He recently ran a baseball fantasy camp at Hank Aaron Stadium to mix baseball and religion. -- 4.1.10, Stan Grossfeld, Boston Globe


More Interested in Josh Beckett Approaching 20 Wins vs. $70 Million
Roster Shaping Up: Atchison Makes It, Embree Out, Ellsbury Sore
Rotation: Beckett Gets Opening Night. Lester, Lackey, Wakefield, Buccholz All In.
Will The $103M, Pedro Without the Portfolio, Matsuzaka Be Missing Til May?
Sox Agree to Terms with Schoeneweis, Frandsen. Yes, Kevin Frandsen.

Will There Be a Power Outage in Boston This Summer?

Maple Street Press Red Sox Annual
(AP)

The 'O' in Sox Still Stands for Offense

BDD's exclusive excerpt of the Maple Street Press 2010 Red Sox Annual: Looks Can Be Deceiving: Despite the Outcry, the Boston Offense Should Remain Elite
By Steve Mastroyin

Much has been made of the Red Sox’ strategy in the 2009–10 offseason. It’s all over the new media, it’s all over the old media. You can’t turn on sports radio or browse the Internet without knowing it. Defense, defense, defense.

Maple Street Press 2010 Red Sox Annual

From Theo Epstein’s late-September comments up through the moment the Red Sox inked renowned gloveman Adrian Beltre, it has been clear defense was going to the be the priority, unless a bat fell into Boston’s lap. Jason Bay and Matt Holliday did not take deals the Red Sox found attractive and the team moved on, making their free agent splash with starter John Lackey, arguably the top run-preventing talent on the market.

This strategy, so different from the popular perception of recent Red Sox teams, has a lot of people gnashing their teeth. Some don’t believe in the improvements and think that, despite spending money, the team will be worse. After all, the Red Sox made very few errors last year and gave up the second-fewest unearned runs in the league, so why improve the fielding? Well, there are reasons to believe that those numbers do not tell the whole story, which you can read about in this Annual. You can also read about the strength and depth of the 2010 pitching staff, perhaps the best the Red Sox have ever assembled.

But what about the offense? After all, while Jonathan Papelbon’s implosion provided an ugly exclamation point to the Red Sox’ playoff exit, the real problem was a lineup completely stifled in the first two games of the ALDS. And going back to the 2008 season, we all remember how the offense struggled at times against the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALCS.

Since then, the Sox have subtracted Bay, one of their more potent bats, and added Mike Cameron, a solid two-way player but not a slugger of Bay’s caliber. Mike Lowell is losing his full-time job in favor of Beltre, a defensive wizard (ranking #2 among all players in UZR/150 last season), but one who put up a .683 OPS last season.

Thus, some argue that Theo has failed to address the fatal flaw of the Red Sox, or even made the offense worse. Others point to the improved defense and pitching, but will that be enough to overcome a weak offense? There is another, frequently overlooked possibility—that the 2010 offense will not actually be significantly weaker than it has been in recent years. Sound far-fetched? It’s not.

RUNS SCORED, RUNS ALLOWED, AND PYTHAGORAS

As a framework for this argument, let’s start with some hypothetical situations. One way to measure team quality is to look Runs Scored (RS), Runs Allowed (RA), and a metric calculated from these two: Pythagorean Winning Percentage. Some of those dismayed at the direction the team has taken have made dire predictions of an 85-win season for the 2010 Red Sox. Others have made the argument that with a break here or there the Sox could be so good on defense that they win 100 games. Barring catastrophe or divine intervention, the truth will lie somewhere in the middle. Let’s take a moment to look at some possible scenarios through the eyes of Pythagoras.

In 2009, the Red Sox scored 872 runs and gave up 736, which the Pythagorean method projects to a 93–69 record. The table below looks at the expected wins and losses based on some possible RS/RA scenarios for 2010.

It’s likely that the focus on improving the defense should at least get the Sox back to giving up runs at the same rate they did in 2008. If that happens, even if they lose 50 runs at the plate, they will still arrive at the same expected record—93 wins. Moreover, if the defensive metrics are to be believed, there is reason to think that the 2010 Red Sox should be as good or better than the 2007 Red Sox. If that’s the case then even losing 100 runs on offense, which is just about the worst case realistic scenario, the Sox can again expect 93 wins.

The 2008 Blue Jays are also listed in the table because their 610 runs allowed represents the lowest team runs allowed in the AL East in the 2000s. This seems like a good practical limit for how good the Red Sox could be if everything on the defensive side falls into place. We can see that if the Sox are that good at preventing runs (and there is a chance, however slight, that they will be), then it would take an almost inconceivable col-lapse on offense (or really bad luck) to prevent this team from winning 95 or more games.

Celtics Getting Older?

Danny's thinking old school
(Brian Babineau / Boston Celtics)

Danny Ainge Is Looking for Some Help as the Celtics Get Ready for Postseason... And He Thinks the World of the Globetrotters

Is Curly Neal the Guy to Give Rondo Some Rest?
Can 'Hot Shot' Branch Provide Some Scoring Off the Bench?

The Harlem Globetrotters, who are in town for two shows at the TD Garden this weekend, were in the house for Wednesday night's game between then Celtics and Nuggets. The legendary Curly Neal and "Hot Shot" Branch said hello to Danny Ainge and Rex Chapman, the former Kentucky star who's now VP of player personnel for the Nuggets.

Dice-K or Bust?

It all starts today for Daisuke
(AP)

The 2nd Half Of Theo's Most Important Contract Starts Today
And Hopefully We Can Stop Wondering If The $103 Million Man
Is a Colossal Bust for the Red Sox

Daisuke Makes His First Grapefruit League Start Today
Will There Be More Excuses If Japan's National Treasure Comes Up Short?
Only His Personal Entourage and Japanese Media Friends Will Know for Sure
Inside Track: Sox Laid Egg with Easter Start | Globe Podcast: Opening Day Starter?

Update: Matsuzaka Survives, Throws 2 Innings, Will Pitch Again on Monday

Buch Wild
Red Sox manager Terry Francona, left, and pitching coach John Farrell, right, watch as Red Sox's Clay Buchholz pitches in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, in Fort Myers, Fla. Tuesday, March 23, 2010
(AP)

Clay Just Had a Bad Day Last Night

Minnesota 7, Boston 2
Twins Win Mayor's Cup Battle | Pedroia Hurts Wrist

Stop the Presses: The Sox Hit a Few Home Runs on Wednesday

Boston 6, Pittsburgh 4
V-Mart, Cam, and Hall All Homer... IN THE SAME GAME!
Beckett K's 9, Looks Just Fine | That '04 Magic: Embree Throws Perfect Inning


Owners Meeting, STAT

BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons
(BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons)

Good News: Pedroia X-rays Negative

Home Run Derby

Bonser gets lit up
(AP)

Rays Bang Out 7, Cards Hammer 1, Sox Lose 2

Tampa Bay 11, Boston 9 | Boof, Boof... Out Goes the Ball
Tazawa Gets Tagged, Shouse Was Sharp
Why Can't We Get Back Players Like Kelly Shoppach?
Bright Side: Mr. Personality Mike Cameron Hitting .423 This Spring
St. Louis 13, Boston 8 | Bad Outing for Bowden
What's Eating Ramon Ramirez Besides Batters?
Hermida and Hulett Can't Carry Us Forever
Penny for Your Thoughts on Losing Brad Now
Large Gives Up Big Runs

"And when [the Rays] got it in the air, a lot of balls left the ballpark, starting with Boof. When he came out he revealed a little bit his right groin was grabbing at him a little bit. So, we'll look at him tomorrow and see where that goes." -- Terry Francona, giving Bonser an out ... (he needed a few more today)


Has 'Sweet' Grown Sour?

(ESPN Video)

It's That Song Again. Buchholz Plays Along for ESPN.

"My agent called and asked me if I wanted to do it. I don't how they came up with me to do it. I think Victor [Martinez] was supposed to do it, but he couldn't at the last minute. So they asked me to, and it was pretty fun. You see all those funny commercials they do, and it something you always want to be a part of." -- Clay Buchholz, via CSNNE.com


Embree, Oh!

Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek and pitcher Alan Embree embrace as the rest of the Boston players rush out of the Yankee Stadium dugout to begin the celebration following the final out of the Game Seven
(Jim Davis / Globe File)

Can the Sox Get Two Lefts Right?

Old Friend Alan Embree Is Back in the Mix
We Were Hoping It Would Be Manny or Pedro Returning... But He Is One of the 25

"They’ll bring in a truck driver if he says he can throw 90 miles an hour and throw a splitter." -- Joe the Plumber Nelson

Lackey Looking Fantastic So Far

John Lackey (R) and wife Krista arrive at the grand opening party for Delphine restaurant at the W Hollywood Hotel & Residences on February 11, 2010 in Hollywood, California.
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Delphine)

She's Batting 1.000 in All Her Appearances This Spring

And Yes, Big John's Doing Pretty Well for Himself, Too
... But He's Way Out Over His Skis with His Better Half Krista in Tow
He's Definitely Out-kicked His Coverage... She's Favored by 13 1/2 at Home...
Regular Season Preview: Seven Hits But Just 2 Runs Cross Against Mets
Spring Stat Discoveries: Reddick and Hermida Should Start on Opening Day?
And a Nice Play from Beltre


Big Problem

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(AP)

The Numbers Don't Lie

Steve Buckley: David Ortiz Needs a Proof Reader
Marketing Alert: Sox Break Out a New Version of the Green Jerseys

"...this is spring training 2010, and Ortiz is coming off two seasons of injuries and reduced offensive performance. His on-base percentage has dipped from a career-high .445 in 2007 to .369 to .332, his slugging percentage from .621 to .507 to .462. And he is 34 years old now - not exactly senior-citizen status by professional sports standards, but nonetheless an age in which bulky sluggers often break down, lose a step or develop an inability to crank an opposing pitcher’s good inside heat. Think Mo Vaughn, Cecil Fielder or Kevin Mitchell." -- 3.18.10, Buckley brings the heat to Big Papi

Green Day

BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons
(BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons)

Wake, Rattled & O's

Wake gets rattled
(Barry Chin / Boston Globe Staff)

No More Pleading the Fifth for Wakefield
Tim Gets Tagged By Birds

Someone's Got a Really Bad Case of the Mondays:
3 2/3, 9 Hits, 5 Earned Runs for Long-Reliever Tim
Luke Scott Takes Wake Deep for 3-Run Bomb in 3d
Odd Man Out: Because Buchholz Is Awesome; and Matsuzaka Makes Too Much
Stop the Presses on His Baseball Card: Add a Homer to Papi's Horrific Spring Stats
The Kid Stays in the Picture: Reddick Knocks Out a 2-Run Shot, Too
Heeeeeere's Johnny! Pesky Gets a Warm Welcome at City of Palms
Another Delay for Dice-K: Pain in the Neck to Throw BP Wednesday
Lowell and Behold: Mike Grabs a Glove, Fills in at First
Say Hey: Cla Meredith Part of Birds Flock

The Yankee Flipper

Tenor  Ronan  Tynan sings God Bless America in a Red Sox jersey during the annual St. Patrick's breakfast in Boston, Sunday, March 14, 2010.
(AP)

Can You Hear Me Now? Tynan Jumps Ship, Now Has Sox On
Oh, This One's Gonna Leave a Mark, New York!
Let the Curse of the Tenor Begin...

"It's a real honor to put this on... and thank you Boston for accepting me."
-- Ronan Tynan... hopefully singing at Fenway on Opening Day

Globe: Scorned by New York, Tynan Regains a Voice
Yankees Kicked the Babe Ruth of Tenors to the Curb in a New York Minute
Well, This Is Certainly Embarrassing. Sincerely, Frank Sinatra and Liza Minelli

"If the Yankees had an ounce of common sense, they would have at least sat down and heard his side of things. But I’ll tell you one thing, New York’s loss is Boston’s gain."
-- Rose Mayerson, lived in the apartment next to Ronan Tynan


This Just In ...

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley holds up a Red Sox jersey while speaking at the annual St. Patrick's Day breakfast in Boston, Sunday, March 14, 2010
(AP)

... A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Just Say Nomar!

Former Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, who signed a Red Sox one-day minor league baseball contract, blows a kiss to the crowd as he takes the field to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at City of Palms Park, in Fort Myers, Fla., Wednesday, March 10, 2010.
(AP)

Nomar's Back with the Boston Red Sox
Happy Days Are Here Again

That's Not How I Remember It Going Down, But OK, Fine. Sincerely, Orlando Cabrera
Eric Wilbur: Vintage Whine from Nomar Causes Problems with Sox/Radio
The Nomar Phonyfest Is Now Over, Everyone Go Take a Steaming Hot Shower
The Nomar-Sox '04 Breakup | Real Nomie: 'There's a Track Record'
Inside Track: Lucchino Didn't Wanna Do It ... Obviously

36-year-old former Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra rejoined his original team for one day today, and then retired, ending a 14-year MLB career, nine with Boston. Garciaparra, who will now become an ESPN analyst, will forever be known for being part of a four-team trade in 2004 that saw Orlando Cabrera take the shortstop job for the rest of the season, and helped the Sox win their first World Series in 86 years. Watch the video of the presser here.

Nomar spoke at his re-signing/retirement in Fort Myers today: "I've always had a recurring dream, was to be able to retire in a Red Sox uniform, and thanks to Mr. Henry, Mr. Werner, Mr. Lucchino, and Theo and the Red Sox organization, today I do get to retire, I get to fulfill that dream and retire as a Red Sox.

"Earlier today, I did sign a minor league contract, with the organization once again. I was getting choked up then, I'm choked up now. I've got the chills, but to be able to have that dream come true, I really just can't put it into words because what this organization has always to me, meant to my family, the fans, I always tell people, 'Red Sock Nation is bigger than any nation out there.' And to be able to say I came back home, and to be back to Red Sock Nation, is truly a thrill... it's good to be back."

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino: "... we welcome you home. It gives us enormous pride to recognize the respect you [Nomar] have to the organization, the connection you have to the organization, the connection you feel to our fans, and to Fenway Park, and I'm here to tell you that the feelings are mutual. When the history of the Boston Red Sox is written again, they'll be a very large and important chapter devoted to Nomar Garciaparra, and welcome home, we are really pleased to have you back."

More from Nomar: "... This is where I started. The dream to play baseball in the big leagues started here, with the Red Sox. Once I got to the big leagues, once I got to play in front of all of these fans, and just the way the city, the fans embraced me, I just always felt that connection. And for me, I always said, 'you know what,' I really, truly, always wanted that to be the last uniform I ever put on. And today I get to do that, and that's why it's so important to me."

Nomar on his future in baseball: "Today also after this will be working for ESPN. I'll be joining ESPN, and working for ESPN which is great because I don't get to totally walk away from the game. I get to continue being a part of the game, so that's a huge thrill for me as well."

Nomar on how the ovation he received in Boston last summer factored into the decision to retire with the Red Sox: "That ovation was incredible, not only just the ovation, and I think when I came back and addressed all of you, it wasn't just that, what I get all along throughout the entire time, from Red Sox... when we talk about Red Sock Nation, I mean that is the perfect word to describe it because they're everywhere. And everywhere I go I get so many people coming to me and tell me, 'Thank you. Thank you for what you've done. Thank you for being a part of it. We miss you. We still love you.' We do all that, and it's so genuine and mutual and I think, hopefully, from all my actions throughout my career, in that uniform, and hopefully my actions today, and tell them what it means to me, and that the feelings are mutual, and how I feel about them as well."

Nomar's feelings about not being on the field in 2004 when the Sox won the World Series: "You know I felt like I was [on the field], I really did. Because all the phone calls I was getting from the guys that were there, calling me after they win, after the games leading up and they win in the playoffs calling me on the bus, 'Did you see the game?' And I was calling them as well telling them, 'Congratulations. I'm pulling for you, this is great." So I felt like I was there. I always believe that, I realize something, when I put this uniform on, I've been playing all these years with the Boston Red Sox that us as individuals, as players, you always talk about winning the World Series and being a part of the World Series and in Boston, there's something greater than an individual, me as a player, winning the World Series. When I was there I always realized there's something bigger than us, as players. It's winning the World Series for these people. These people that have bled, cried, cheered over the years. Winning the World Series in Boston is more than an individual player winning the World Series. It was winning the World Series for these people, for the Red Sock Nation.

"And as you know in Boston, it didn't happen overnight. It took a long time. And it was building up, it was building up, we knew we were there. Shoot, the year before we were, the last game, so you knew it was there. And I knew I was a part of that, building a team like that doesn't happen overnight. There's a tradition of winning. Tradition of getting the right people there, getting the right people, getting all the pieces of the puzzle right, and I knew I had a factor in that. You just don't get those guys that came over because we were a losing ballclub. We got there because there was a winning tradition that existed. So I definitely feel a part of that. This stuff was instilled in me before, I think the other great thing about me retiring as a Red Sock is I still remember all the greats that put on this uniform, that come around in spring training, that you see, that still talk about what this time means to them when they put on that uniform. And it means the same to me. And it's that tradition that's instilled that you keep passing on and it's still being passed on today and I think that's what represents this organization so well."

Lucchino on whether this move to have Garciaparra retire in a Red Sox uniform is a precursor to Nomar having his No. 5 retired at Fenway Park: "That was not part of the motivation or discussion at all. But there has been that policy historically, but this was about Nomar Garciaparra and his desire to come back and retire as a member of the Red Sox organization. We're so proud of that and so pleased because as Nomar just said, the success of the team in the time that we've been around, and we're going into our ninth year, is built upon the players, the front office, the scouts, the fans, who preceded us. And we're well aware of that. And Nomar was a critical part of getting the Red Sox franchise to the stage where it was. So he's played an enormously important role in the history of the Red Sox. And all that is by way of saying that your question will I think come up again down the road, but today's not the day to focus on that. Today's a day to focus on the pride that we feel and the respect we have for Nomar and his decision to retire as a member of the Boston Red Sox."

Nomar on how quickly he decided to retire with the Red Sox, considering the way he left town: "I don't know how much time after I, ...in 2004, you're focused on your new team, you gotta go out there and play. As an athlete and competitor, you say I gotta go out there an compete, that's what you're focused on but all along, no matter where I was. I've been very lucky. I've been very fortunate throughout my career to wear come legendary uniforms. I mean the franchises that I've been a part of, obviously the Chicago Cubs, I also understand what those fans and everything are going through as well. I wish them, I hope they win a World Series as well becauseI know what those fans are all about. LA, that's the team that I grew up watching, and to be able to put that uniform on. And put on an Oakland uniform, the thrill for me is that's where my first big league game was, first big league hit. And to be able to end my career on that same field was special to me.

"But throughout all that time, I was constantly seeing Boston fans everywhere and telling me the same thing, and like I said, there's a place in my heart for those teams that I've played for, but the biggest part in my heart is obviously here. And that's why I felt like for me to really finish and ultimately retire, it wouldn't have felt like a retirement if I couldn't put this uniform on one more time."

Theo Epstein, when asked if a major-league invite was part of Nomar's deal: "It almost did because as soon Nomar signed it he almost sprinted down to the field, grab some batting gloves, (Nomar: 'The legs stopped me once again') Maybe down the road it can include a major-league invite of sorts. I'm sure Nomar, one day when the time is right, will be one of those legends returning to spring training, carrying on the tradition that he talked so articulately about, so no it doesn't. Nomar saw that the minor-league salaries raised from $850 a month when he first signed, to $1,100 a month now, so it says something about inflation."

Theo, when asked what it speaks of their relationship that he and Nomar could go from the environment at the trade deadline in 2004 to this day: "We've been fortunate to maintain a relationship over the years after the trade. I think both of us understood at the time that it wasn't about Nomar, and it wasn't about me, it was just baseball trades, or they happen. They're about what's going on with the team at the time and certain things that had to happen, but it didn't change what Nomar meant to the Red Sox. It didn't change the face that he is a Red Sock, it didn't change the impact he had in getting us to the point where we could contend for a World Series and win a World Series, as Nomar talked about it means a lot that players were calling him on our push to the World Series that year, and voted him a full share and a ring. He's part of that club. He's a huge part of this franchise. He's a Red Sock. And for a long time the Red Sox were Nomar Garciaparra. He really carried us to a point, long before any of us were here, a point of competitiveness and being one of the teams that had a chance to win a World Series every year, and you don't ultimately win World Series without getting to that point first. Nomar's never held a grudge about that. I've never look at it as something that I wanted to do and I feel very personally fortunate that we've been able to maintain a relationship and this day means a lot to me to see Nomar retire as a Red Sock. It wouldn't have been appropriate in any other uniform."

Red Sox owner John Henry on Garciaparra via AP: "Nomar will always hold a special place in Red Sox history and in the hearts of Red Sox Nation. His accomplishments on the field and in the community place him among the greatest players to wear a Red Sox uniform. We are very appreciative that Nomar is ending his career where it began."

More from the AP story: "I always enjoyed playing against Boston because of Nomar," Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said of Garciaparra, who was sometimes in the thick of the Red Sox-Yankee rivalry. "I used to enjoy being mentioned with him."

Added Alex Rodriguez: "I love Nomar. He's a great player and a friend."

Nomar in the Red Sox broadcast booth during today's game vs. the Rays: "I talked to Mike Cameron and Bill Hall on the way back to the clubhouse about it [being a member of the Red Sox]," Garciaparra said. "I told them to engage it, embrace it, and they'll have a lot of fun." Nomar said he liked the signing of Marco Scutaro as the new Sox shortstop saying he plays the game right and he would "throw his body in front of the baseball." Nomar was asked about the shouts of Nomah! when he walking among Red Sox fans. "I said, I finally get the 'h' back in my name," Nomar said.

Former Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra takes questions from reporters as Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein looks on during a news conference at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Fla., Wednesday, March 10, 2010.
(AP)

It Was Just 15 Years Ago ...

2.23.95: Red Sox minor league infielder Nomar Garciaparra makes an unofficial appearance at the Sox camp.
(2.23.95: Frank O'Brien / Globe File)

... When A Skinny Kid with No Attitude Popped Up at Camp

More Red Tape

Nomar's back for a one-day deal
(Jim Davis / Globe File)

... Then Nomar Finally Throws in the Towel

No Word Yet If Nomar Will Stay Behind the Red Tape Line During Today's Phonyfest
Reports That Nomar Fractured His Wrist Clipping on the Microphone Are Unconfirmed
Thanks, Beautiful Move By the Sox on Garciaparra, Is This Dr. Charles's Doing?
Nomar's Back for a One Day Deal... But He'll Still Be Out of Today's Starting Lineup
With a Strained Groin, Torn Sheath, Bad Back, Wrenched Ankle... Then Retire
So Are You Saying We're Going to See No. 5 Stuck on the Right Field Roof?
In a Perfect World, He Coulda Been the Next Ted Williams
And Nomie Wasn't All That Jacked in the SI Cover Photo
Nomar Gets Emotional, Dreams of Finishing in Boston
Mazz: Nomar and the Two Bostons | Gallery: Nomar Through the Years
Haaaaaaaa ... Nomar Said He Didn't Want to Leave Boston
Mr. 'False Positives' on the Steroid Problem in '04: 'Testing Is Just Not the Answer'
A Reminder to Kids: Nomar's Not a Fan of Signing Autographs
Remember When He Sat Out and Jeter Dove in the Stands? That Was Awesome
Globe Archives: Garciaparra Traded | Shaughnessy: In Short, Time for Him to Go
BDD Archives: How to Leave Boston on Bad Terms | Soccer Bomb
Achilles' Heel Is Fine Now | Thanks Blue-tiful

BDD / Mike Briggs Illustration

It's Beating a Dead Horse But ...

BDD - Nomar beating horse 8.23.04
(BDD Photo Illustration / Chris R.)

Is Nomar Really Going to Be a Media Star at ESPN?

2.10.10, Nomar's analysis of the Dodgers on ESPNLosAngeles.com's Baseball Tonight: "Well I think they're definitely gonna compete and I think the difficulty right now is the way the team is you know say I really feel for Ned Coletti right now, I don't think he can really go out there and go get kind of the starter like you may be talking about that would really help them out so much because you don't what the team [signature nervous laugh] you know the condition the team is in right now know ... and that makes it difficult. But I think you know they're gonna be there. They're the Dodgers they have great guys coming up from the minor leagues, they have a wonderful system and a wonderful pitching in that system and I think you might see a couple guys come up [no names of course] and really step up."


BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons
(BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons)

"Kids crying all over Boston for a month or two, or maybe some even now still crying at night going to sleep. Nomar was... hey look, I feel it's saad that Nomar's still not a Red Sock. He was the link. Williams. Yaz. Nomar..." -- ESPN's Nomar Delusionist Chris Berman, October 2004


Those Were the Days My Friend ...

(BDD / Steve Kurth Illustration)

We Thought They'd Never End. ... So Long, Nomar.
Thanks for the Memories.

The Party Crasher

Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield throws at baseball spring training in Fort Myers, Fla.
(AP)

Wake Won't Take a Seat Sitting Down,
Tim 'I'll Be One of the Five' Makes a Stand

Box: Boston 9, Florida 0
Wake Throws 22 of 30 Pitches for Strikes After Banging the Bus to Jupiter
3 Innings Shutout Ball for 43 Year Old No. 6 Starter with 0.00 Spring ERA
The Day Jeremy Hermida Became a Red Sox: 2-for-4, RBI vs. Marlins
Reddick Could Be Right Back in the Majors: 3 Hits for Josh
Atchison-Nelson-RamRam-Castro-Cabrera 'Pen Combo Goes 6 Strong
If We Redo the Beckett-Lowell-Hanley Deal... They Can Keep Anibal Sanchez, Please

"You get up a little earlier, have some more coffee, bring a good book and the crossword, and I'm good." -- Tim Wakefield, takin' the bus, not a care in the world... but still out of the Red Sox rotation today

And the Winner Is

BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons
(BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons)

This Is Drew's Fifth Nomination and Third Win in This Category ...

David? Or Tease?

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz
(Barry Chin / Globe Staff)

The Big Question Is...
Which One Are We Going to See This Summer?

You Can't Put Much Stock Into What Papi Says ...
But Maybe He'll Just Let His Bat Do the Talking This Year

Feb. 22, 2010, David Ortiz says...: "My focus point right now is do some damage... I'm not going to lie to you, I wasn't feeling comfortable [last year] I guess you have a lot of games too early last year, important games, like the WBC, you wasn't ready for, you putting pressure on yourself just because you want to produce and you're not ready for the time and that cuts you off from doing what you gotta do at this time of the season to get prepared for the season. It's a lot of things that you get caught into and next thing you know the season gets started the way it did for me last year, but it's a totally different situation right now."

Feb. 16, 2009, David Ortiz says...: "I'm feeling fine right now, I have no problem swinging... Things didn't work out the way I expected [in 2008], but sometimes there are people that don't see the positive side of all that, they just see the negative. I just put that in the past. I know I can hit.... I just want to be healthy like I am right now. If I'm healthy, I know I can do some damage."


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