As We Head Into September, The Song Remains the Same
It's All Unofficially Over as Sox Drop Two of Three in the Trop Sunday: Tampa Bay 5, Boston 3 | Rays Send Sox Packing John Lackluster Pitched from the Josh Beckett Script Perfectly Did You Know? John Lackey Is French for Jeff Suppan Sox Close Out the Season Quietly in Last Three Innings Even Shields Owns This Lineup Now Saturday: Tampa Bay 3, Boston 2 | Sox Drop the Ball Streak Over, Clay Buchholz Is His Own Worst Enemy Victor Steps Up Again, But It's a Killer Setback for Sox Red Sox for $500 Alex... 'Who Ended the 2010 Red Sox Season?'... Dan Johnson Thanks for Over-managing Tito. Sincerely, Daniel Bard's Fresh Young Arm Add J.D. Drew's Brain to the Disabled List Friday: Boston 3, Tampa Bay 1 | Lester Outpitches Price V-Mart Blue Light Special
"We've got a lot more games than that. I'm not a math whiz, but I think it's doable." -- John Lackey needs a new calendar
"I didn’t do nothing. Why are rookies behind home plate when we’re trying to freaking win a pennant race here? We have to play against the players and against the umpires now. It’s 25 against 26... We have to start gaining some ground because this is getting kind of late.’’-- Adran Beltre tosses out the truth of the matter
"I think it sends the wrong message to say, 'Well, here's an opportunity to jump ship. I'm not going to do it, not to these guys. ... I love Detroit and I love the fans. The tough thing is, there's no guarantee where I'll be next year. As much as I'd love to be back here, that's something the team doesn't really decide until the offseason. And I'm OK with that." -- Johnny Integrity
Get Over It and Grow Up
(2006 BDD File Photo)
Are You Really Hurt About a Few Idiots at Fenway That Can't Even Spell Traitor, Johnny?
"That's my feeling right now [block the deal to Boston]. and I don't want to go home tonight and talk to my agent and talk to everyone who's involved and change my mind. I'm definitely leaning towards staying. That's the fortunate thing, having until 1:30 (p.m.) on Wednesday.
"Obviously they claimed me to go out there and play left field and lead off for them," Damon said. "They have a lot of big games with Tampa Bay coming up. They have six more games with New York coming up. That's why they're trying. What a scene that would be, playing for the Red Sox while the Yankees go there, and everybody there hates me. That's the craziness that's involved.
"What we had in Boston -- I stress had, from 2002 to 2005 -- we had a special bunch of guys," Damon said. "And after the 2004 season, guys started leaving. And in 2005, how (Mark) Bellhorn left, how Alan Embree left, how Kevin Millar was being treated there. That's something that sticks with you. It was a totally new team.
"I know they have a very good team, possibly the best rotation around. They inched a game closer today. (Jason) Varitek knows what I brought to the table night in and night out. (David) Ortiz does, and (Tim) Wakefield. So obviously I know they want me. But I love it here in Detroit, and I love my teammates here." -- Johnny Damon, last night
Sox Go with Marco
(Jim Davis / Boston Globe Staff)
No Big Deal But Sox Beat SeAAAtle
Boston 6, Seattle 3 | Scutaro Makes His Mark The Single Reason the Sox Won? Seattle Stinks Lackey Always Looks Good Against AL West Scrubs Are the Sox Calling That the 614th Straight Sellout with a Straight Face? Fister Didn't Have Enough Punch for M's Ryan K-lish?
"The first six innings is probably the best I've felt this season." -- John Lackey, who may finally have some wind behind him
"There's a couple of times (I wanted) to go home, just chalk it up for a season and head into the offseason and forget about that year. But now I feel like if I make a mistake I can come back and readjust. ... It's definitely a big confidence thing." -- the ever impressive Clay Buchholz
(Globe Staff Photo / Barry Chin)
Sox Hang Tough, Stay Alive with a Walkoff Lowrie Has His Nava/McDonald Moment
"He hit his spots all night and then he missed three or four consecutive hitters. Sometimes you need a break, maybe a foul ball. It just happened. He was very good up until that point. It was nothing physical and then he came back and got the hitters after that." -- Tito, being creative, and kind, to Beckett
Nice Grab Daniel My Brother, But They Are Nava Going to Catch Anyone in the Pennant Race
Boston 7, The OC 5 | Rally Good Times Roll It's Nava Over Until Daniel Takes One for the Team Papelbon Doesn't Blow Lackey's Win This Time Around. Sincerely, Toronto Beltre Continues to Blast Homers at Fenway on His Farewell Tour of Boston No Truth to the Rumor That Pocket Change Will Be Replacing NESN Daily Hands Off Pink Hats: Suddenly the Fans Are Back Into the Game Yes, Papelbon Set Some Sort Of Record, But Nava Gets the Save So Now It's Tito Calling Out the Tough Guys in the Media I'll Have Whatever Bill Hall is Having Welcome Back Victor Martinez Shocker: Ellsburied, Cameroff
"It's a do-or-die play. That ball gets by him, they probably take the lead. That's a play you've got to take a chance on. You've got to give it all you've got. That's what he did." -- Red Sox Captain Bill Hall on the Nava catch ...
But the Sox Are Just Grandstanding as Yanks, Rays Win, Too
Boston 6, Anaheim 0 | Home Cooking Ryan Kalish Still Thinks This Is All a Dream Did You Know? You Can't Spell Clay with a CY Pedr0-for-4 in Return, But Good to Have the Heart and Soul Back Darnell Call 1-800-54-GIANT McDonald Smashes a Toyota Windshield Nava Say Nava Again: Daniel's Back in Boston
"Whoever's car it was, I'm sorry. Don't get mad at me. It got up in the wind... hopefully they've got Geico." -- Darnell McDonald
The Scalpers Are Suffering! The Scalpers Are Suffering!
Eric Wilbur: Ace in the Hole... The Scam on Sox Fans Continues Sox 'Sellout Streak' Also Continues... Plenty of Good Seats Available Tonight Globe: Losses Are Piling Up, Even for Red Sox Official Scalping Partner Ace Ticket Sox and Cops Continue to Let Scary Dirtbags Confront Fans Outside Fenway And Why Are The Sox Making the President of the Nation Pitch Marked-Up Seats?
"The scalpers have different theories for why things have gotten so bad. Some blame Ace Tickets, the secondary ticketing company that set up an office on Brookline Ave. five years ago. 'Ace Tickets, they’re the real scalpers,' the silver-haired man in the Red Sox jersey says." -- The Boston Globe, Losses piling up for scalpers
"We don’t need to prove anything to anybody. We’ve had guys fight through it all year. Frankly, we don’t give a $#@! what anybody thinks. We’re trying to win games. That’s the attitude we have. Jump on the wagon now. It’s going to be a fun ride." -- Pedey talkin' the talk
Manny Melts in the Heat, Arlington Road Is a Dead End
Texas 7, Boston 3 | Another Road Trip Delcarmen Does a Spot-on Impression of Tim Wakefield in Relief Same Old Story, Young Facing Manny Was a Big Mistake C.J. Wilson's War Wasn't Much of a Battle Against Boston, Again First Time for Everything... Matsuzaka Deserved Better It's the Missing Red Sox Offense, Stupid
"The problem wasn't Dice, it was how the other guy pitched." -- Tito needs to look at the offense, too
But If the Rolling Red Sox Keep on Winning People Are Going to Start Watching
Boston Bashers 10, Same Old Toronto 1 | Sox Raise a Rukus at Skydome Bill Do-It-All Hall Has to Stay in the Lineup When Pedroia Gets Bac... F-T DH? No That's Not a Typo, the Replacement Red Sox Offense Actually Scored 10 Runs No Truth to Rumor That Steven Slater Will Do Interview With U-Ber On NESN Daily They're Gonna Win 11 of 16 And Get Right Back in the Race. Danny from Quincy Mike Lowell Continues to Do a Spot-On Impersonation of Kevin Youkilis Cl-Ace Buchholz Owns Jays, Now 13-5, Still Firing Away Into the 8th This Just In: Hall Is Even Turning Double Plays Now Shhh... J.D. Drew Is Quietly Getting Into a Groove Is This Thing On? Sincerely, The Pennant Race
“Don’t sleep on the Sox. We have something good going on." -- Run DMc, a.k.a. Darnell McDonald
Josh-K Drives Another Nail in the Coffin, But Reeling Rays Keep Sox Hopes Alive
New York 7, Boston 2 | Beckett Bombed in the Bronx Die-Hard Members of Red Sox Nation Will Still Take Their Passion to the Grave Bright Side: Beckett Found a McDonald's Still Open After His Outing More Good News: Now We Know How to Pronounce Bel-TRAY This Just In: John Shellacky's Free Ride on BDD Is About to Come to a Bitter End Theo Tell Us Again How You Deftly Closed the Deal with Beckett on April 4 Beating a Dead Horse: How Does Dustin Moseley Outpitch the $68 Million Man? Bill Hall Can't Do It All, But He Can Throw Away the Ball You Knew J.D. Drew Would Step Up in Crunch Time... Not D'Ellsbury Must Really Be Missing Arizona Sox Go Broke with Cash
"I just thought I threw too many balls over the fat part of the plate. The ball was finding the barrels." -- Josh Beckett... too bad our money isn't finding his bank account
Sox Bats Cold on a Hot Summer Night Lesterrible Again, Too
Indians 9, Ortiz 1 | Cleveland Steamrolls Sox Oh Baby, Jon Lester Is Cramping Our Style and Just Can't Win O-Watered Down: Jacoby Gets a Few Cheers, Then Goes 0-for-5 Why Can't We Wait 5 Years for Guys Like Andy Marte? The Run Prevention Defense Rears Ugly Head Again The Savage Revenge of Justin Masterson Continues
"You're not used to pitching in these conditions. I'm in a funk right now. Weird things are happening. I've just got to keep working. Am I throwing the ball the best I can? No. But I've just got to keep grinding it out." -- Lester not as ornery after another loss
Of Course Not. But for Some Strange Reason, New York Is Celebrating A-Roid's No. 600* Today
"My cousin would administer it to me. But neither of us knew what we were doing." -- 2.17.09, Alex Rodriguez
A-Rod Hits Fake Home Run No. 600* Boli, Boli... Boli, Boli, Boli... Was Injected Twice a Month... For at Least 3 Years ... But the Last Time A-Fraud Has Been Clean May Have Been Junior High School I'll Believe It When He Looks Me in the Eye and Tells Me. Sincerely, Katie Couric I Knew You Had It In You the Whole Time. Sincerely, Jose Canseco Does This Mean I Get a Raise? Sincerely, A-Rod's Cousin Yuri Bright Side: Hank Aaron Is Still the Home Run King at 755 But It Was a Loosey-Goosey Time, Right Alex? A Look Back at A-Roidgate
Alex Rodriguez to Peter Gammons: "I was young, I was stupid, I was naive, and I wanted to prove to everyone that I was worth . . . being one of the greatest players of all time. I did take a banned substance and for that I am very sorry and deeply regretful."
Boston 3, Indians Farm Team 1 | Sox Scrape Up a Win | Photos Lowell and Behold: Everybody Likes Mike Gets Right Back in the Swing of Things Oh Wait, That Was Cleveland's Major League Team Out There Last Night... Now That They're Playing Out the String, The Good Beckett Is Back This Just In: Indians Pitchers Couldn't Hit the Side of a Barn Door Papelbon Has Now Pitched Over 45 Innings This Year... Wow Bigger Surprise Than Beltre? Bill Hall Has 12 Homers Future Hall of Famer Ryan Kalish: .538/.533/.615 How Much Caffeine in That Tea, Tito?
"It was definitely more [Fenway applause] than I expected. I don't remember too many ovations like that. I was glad I could come through as quickly as I did." -- Mike Lowell, not just raking in $12M for sitting around anymore
Cleveland 6, Beltre 5 | Bad Tidings Non-Breaking News: Santana Gets Unplugged by the New Dirt Dog Captain Tim Bogarrgh! Won't Be Coming Down to Coach Third Next Year Good Thing 76% of Sox Fans Were Watching The Bachelorette Big Game John Takes Two Steps Forward, Then One Step Lack And It's Many More Days in Third Place Too Bad D'Ellsbury Wasn't Ready Yet
"The first three innings I had some of the best stuff I've had all year. In the sixth inning I lost the feel and pretty much stunk." -- John eventually got shellackeyed
Boston 4, Detroit 3 | Another Walkoff in the Park Clay Victory Blown Away, Papelbon Grabs the W Sox Win 7 of 10, But Will They Be on the Outside Looking in Come October? Not One Boo for Johnny Damon This Weekend Run DMc with a Big Run
"It’s exactly what I wanted to throw. I shook off the heater away and got it up and in. He bailed out a little bit, looking in a little bit more than I expected. He’s hitting pitchers’ pitches. Not much you can do about it.’’" -- Papelbon, of the 5 blown saves, on the Cabrera at-bat.