The New Voice
The James Gang: John Henry, LeBron James, Tom Werner
(BDD Photo Illustration)

Let the Managerial Rumors Begin:
Sox May Bring James

With the NBA Lockout On, Red Sox Staffer
LeBron James Is Ready and Able to
Be the New Voice of the Red Sox

Boston Dirt Dogs Photo Illustration
(Boston Dirt Dogs Photo Illustration)

"There are very few sportsmen who can match his global reach, appeal and iconic status... We�re going to be able to focus on how to create opportunities for LeBron." -- Red Sox chairman Tom Werner on LeBron James

"What FSM does for Roush Fenway, Liverpool, and the Red Sox, we will now do for LeBron James... This represents the next step in our evolution, to represent one of the most recognizable athletes on the planet." -- Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy

Worst. Kept. Secret.

Terry Francona leaves Fenway Park in a black SUV after a meeting with Red Sox management including General Manager Theo Epstein.
(Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

It's Official, Terry Francona Is The Fall Guy
And the Hunt for a New Manager is On!

Let the Spin Begin ...

Terry Francona carefully crafted statement excerpt: "We met this morning to look back on the 2011 season and to consider the future of the Boston Red Sox, including my involvement with the club. I passed along my frustrations at my inability to effectively reach the players. After many conversations and much consideration, I ultimately felt that, out of respect to this team, it was time for me to move on. I�ve always maintained that it is not only the right, but the obligation, of ownership to have the right person doing this job. I told them that out of my enormous respect for this organization and the people in it, they may need to find a different voice to lead the team."

Theo Epstein carefully crafted statement:" Tito and I didn�t know each other when he was hired eight years ago, but over time we developed not only a great working relationship but also a personal friendship that will always be important to both of us. He proved to be an unflappable leader for our major league club, displaying consistency, calmness, hard work, thoughtfulness, a sense of humor, and faith in the players even at the most difficult of times. Without Tito�s commitment over eight years, we would not be the organization we are today. Nobody at the Red Sox blames Tito for what happened at the end of this season; we own that as an organization. This year was certainly a difficult and draining one for him and for us. Ultimately, he decided that there were certain things that needed to be done that he couldn�t do after eight years here, and that this team would benefit from hearing a new voice. While this may be true, his next team will benefit more than it knows from hearing Tito�s voice. I will miss seeing Tito every day in the manager�s office, and I wish him and his family nothing but the best in their next chapter."

John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino carefully crafted statement excerpt: "We met with Terry Francona, Theo Epstein and Ben Cherington Friday morning to discuss the 2011 season, ways to improve the club in the future, and Tito�s status. During the meeting, Tito, Theo and Ben agreed that the Red Sox would benefit from an improved clubhouse culture and higher standards in several areas. Tito said that after eight years here he was frustrated by his difficulty making an impact with the players, that a different voice was needed, and that it was time for him to move on. After taking time to reflect on Tito�s sentiments, we agreed that it was best for the Red Sox not to exercise the option years on his contract."

Beer Guts, No Glory

(Image from the movie Animal House)

Fat, Drunk, and Lousy Is No Way to Go Through Life, Sox

Tomase: Sox Pitchers Drank in Clubhouse During Games
Shocker. Jackie MacMullan Reveals Youkilis Kills Clubhouse Chemistry

"According to multiple sources, more than one pitcher drank beer in the clubhouse during games on the days he didn�t pitch." -- 9.30.11, Boston Herald

Too Little, Too Late

Terry Francona is on the outs. And no, Grady Little is not coming back
(BDD Photo Illustration)

Grady Tito Is Reportedly On His Way Out as Red Sox Manager

Rosenthal: Francona Expected to Leave Red Sox
Edes: Tito May Depart | Signs Point to End for Francona
Chicago Sun Times: It's Tito Who Wants Out
The Only Surprise Is, Theo Won't Be Paying Tito for the Next 3 Years.
Sincerely, Edgar Lugo

"Terry Francona will meet with Red Sox management on Friday morning, and the expected resolution is that he no longer will be the team�s manager, major league sources say." -- Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports

A Baseball Life?

Boston Dirt Dogs
(BDD Photo Illustration)

There's Only One Man on the Planet Up for the Job

This Just In ...

Boston Dirt Dogs
(BDD Photo Illustration / Freddy Reyes)

Every Player on the 2011 Red Sox Roster Will Get a Ring

St. Elsewhere
Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox walks off the field after a 4-3 loss against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 28, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland
(Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Godzalez Finds More Places to Lay Blame

"We play too many night games on getaway days and get into places at 4 in the morning. This has been my toughest season physically because of that. We play a lot of night games on Sunday for television and that those things take a lot out of you. ... They can put the Padres on ESPN, too. The schedule really hurt us. Nobody is really reporting that." -- Adrian Godzalez via Extra Bases

This Just In: Aceves Spotted Warming Up in the Bullpen at Rainy Fenway
The Orioles Just Landed in Texas Looking to Take on the Rangers in Game 1
Stop Dragging Me Into This. I Blame Crawford, Pap, and Gonzo. Sincerely, God
Offseason Plan: Theo Set to Pass $1 Billion in Bad Contracts Since Becoming GM
More Good News: Get a Free Fenway Brick with the Purchase of a Wake-200 Hat
Wake Says He'll Fool Francona Again and Go for Sox All-Time Win Record in 2012!
Our Spies Tell Us John Lackey Will Spend a Few Weeks at Wil Cordero's House
We Were the Best Team in Baseball for 4 Months. Sincerely, Theo Duquette
Epstein's Player Development Machine to Turn Out a Winner Any Year Now
John Henry Still Praises Kenny Dalglish, So Tito Is Good
Schilling and Tito Find Their Scapegoat: Peter Gammons
The Godfather of Spa, Jim Rice, Blames Video Games
This Time, You Actually Can Blame Bill Buckner

Crawful Ending

boston dirt dogs
(NESN Screen Image)

And It's All Over in Baltimore
The Shock Heard 'Round the World
$161M Can't Win No. 162

Papelblown in the Ninth, Crawford Seals the Defeat
From Bucky Dent to Buck's Dent, an Historic Red Sox Loss
Manny Would Definitely Have Caught It. Sincerely, Manny Ramirez
Big Papi's a Rap Star and Just Launched a Campaign for Pop Chips, So It's All Good
Good Thing Those April Losses Didn't Matter. Sincerely, It's a Long Season
Good News: We Can Watch Adrian Beltre and Victor Martinez Play On
No One Will Ever Remember Crawford for the 8th Inning Double
Papelbon Just Lost About $10 Million Per Year with Next Team
Grady Little Is Breathing Easier Tonight for Some Reason
This Could Be Heidi's Last Day in a Red Sox Uniform
Can We Pay Aceves with Lackey's Money?
Adding Insult to Injuries: So Long J.D.
Scu - ucS - Scutaro

Francona postgame: "We're not very happy right now. We're going to have to live with that one. ... We needed to take care of business today and we didn't. ... Every time you lose, it hurts. When you go home before you're ready, it hurts. As tough as it's been this past month, we weren't ready to go home. You want to go home when you dictate, not when someone makes you. It's extremely disappointing... I guess I regret we got ourselves in this situation."

On the blown save by Papelbon: "We didn't extend the lead and if you make a mistake it can cost you a game and that's what happened. He's been there for us so many times, I'd give him the ball again. It just didn't work."

On Crawford not making the catch: "I hoped he had a chance, He gave it his best shot, it just didn't work." -- Terry Francona after one of the worst losses in Red Sox history

Pap Faces the Music After Mother of All Blown Saves

"What do you expect my reaction to be. We just lost... how am I supposed to answer that? [What are you feeling? Disappointment, frustration, sadness, shock]. Yea, all of the above ... it's just a classic [after the first two outs]... I was pumped up to be in that situation. Those are situations that I enjoy and just overthrowing the ball, not focusing on location, not really focusing on location and ... it boils down to pretty much, just not executing. I felt great. I felt great all year. ... For me to sit here and say fatigue was an issue would be looking for excuses. And I'm not looking for excuses and everybody's fatigued, you play 162 ballgames, I don't care who you are, you're going to be fatigued, but that's not the issue here." -- Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox closer

A-Gon Blames God, Injuries for the Loss

"I'm a firm believer that God has a plan and it wasn't in his plan for us to move forward. God didn't have it in the cards for us... For me, I'm a firm believer in God and God has a plan and it wasn't in God's plan for us to be in the playoffs... It''s always injuries. Any team that doesn't make the playoffs and is supposed to, it's because of injuries. Plain and simple... there's no such thing as a bad stretch of games. Every game is an individual game." -- Adrian 'Stepford Wife' Gonzalez... Did Theo have the detectives follow this guy around at all, or were they too busy giving the thumbs up on Crawford?

Scutaro Blames Sox Fans at Fenway South for His Confusion

"I heard the screaming, but I don't know if it was their crowd or our crowd, so I don't know if he made the play or not." -- Marco Scutaro via ProJo ... Tim Bogar approves this message

Those Were The Days My Friend ...

Greatest team ever

Maybe the 'Most Unlikable Team Ever' ...

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

And Add 'The Curse of Andino' Via the Twittersphere

Visiting Hours: Today to February

The world's first officially licensed Red Sox Casket for sale at the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home.
(John Tlumacki / Boston Globe Staff)

The Fat Cats and Choking Dogs Are Gone Just Like That

Theeeeeeee Yankees Put the Nail in the Coffin
And the 2011 Blame Pie Is In the Oven

Reign Delay

BDD Photo Illustration / James M.
(BDD Photo Illustration / James M.)

Wild Card Dealing Not Done

Boston 3, Baltimore 4
We'll Take 6: Not Another September Mourn for Jon Lester
Pedroia Rises to the Occasion, Gives Sox Lead
'And there's your Luis Aparicio, circa '72, moment' -- @Sean_McAdam
Scutaro Still the September MVP. Sincerely, Lonnie Smith
Aceves 2012
Rays Tie Up Yankees,
Over 600 Witness the Rays Greatest Comeback Ever at the Flop
Yanks To Take on Tigers, Sox Would Face Either Texas or Tampa Bay

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

Take Lavarnway Home

Ryan Lavarnway, left, walks away from home plate with teammates David Ortiz, second from left, and Adrian Gonzalez after Lavarnway drove the two in on a home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, in Baltimore. At right is Orioles catcher Matt Wieters.

And the September Callup Filling in at Catcher Shall Lead Them

Lavarnway Plates 4 Big Ones, Sox Win Must-Win, 8-7
Scutaro Steps Up and Homers at Fenway South
Ho Hum, MV Jacoby Belts No. 32 to Get It Going
Aceves Masterful Again, Pap Saves the Win
Yankees Roll Over for Rays

"That was exciting. Besides what he did offensively, I thought he ran the game, I thought he had a lot of poise. That was one of the more exciting things to watch. We�ve seen a lot of interesting things here over the years. That was right near the top." -- Terry Francona on Hall of Famer Ryan Lavarnway ... Will Tito be the cooler and put Shaky Salty back in Wednesday?

Dead Even
Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury falls to the ground after slamming into the fence trying to catch a ball hit by Robert Andino of the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland September 26, 2011. Andino was credited with a three-run inside the park home run.

Sox Bounced from Wild Card Lead, Tied with Tampa Bay

Baltimore 6, Choking Dogs 3 | Buck Doesn't Stop Here
Crawford Continues to Wilt in Pennant Race, Not on Top Step at the End
Josh Beckett Comes Up Small Again vs. O's, But Will Say All the Right Things
More Good News: Beckett Found a McDonald's Open 24/7 in the Harbor Tonight
The Home Run Derby Was Still Adrian Gonzalez's Best Night of the Year
What an Absolute Mess Theo Made with John Henry's Money
Excuse Du Jour: They Got In at Four in the Morning!
Curt Young Can Start Packing His Bags Any Day Now
Greatest Team Ever Is 5-17 in Last 22 Games
Salty Is Killing Us!

"Still, through all this, if we win, we continue to play." -- Terry Francona on coming down to the wire

Ace of Clubbed

BDD Photo Illustration / Steve Garberg
(BDD Photo Illustration / Steve Garberg)

1. Another 6 Earned Runs to Orioles,
2. Lasting Just 6 Innings Again,
3. Dug Into a Postgame Doublecheesburger,
4. Rattling Off Media Cliches and Time-worn Excuses,
5. Making Big Bucks, Driving Big Trucks

"We�ve got to win games. We�re not going to do it when the starting pitcher gives up six runs when most of the guys got in at 4 in the morning." -- Josh Beckett, disappointing yet again

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

Sox Driving Into Playoffs

Good Morning
Red Sox Nation

Boston Dirt Dogs
(BDD Photo Illustration / S. McDonald)

At Least The Sox Still Know How to Make a Buck

This Season is Getting Draining

Frank Galasso Illustration
(Boston Dirt Dogs / Frank Galasso, cartoonist)

Just a Flesh Wound

Boston Dirt Dogs
(Monty Python and the Holy Grail Photo)

The Greatest Team Ever Will Fight On Another Day!

Night of the Living Dead
Franklin Morales of the Boston Red Sox throws in the bottom of the 12th inning against the New York Yankees on September 25, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York
(Christopher Pasatieri / Getty Image)

Sox Rise Up from Six Feet Under
Take MVP, TMZ, and WC Battle from NYY to BAL

Boston 7, NYY 4 | Sox Salvage Split
Bullpen B-Team Holds the NY B-Lineup, Ells Buries Bombers in 14th
TMZ Sports: John and Krista Lackey Getting a Divorce
Back Story Causes Backlash Against Lack in Boston
Lackey Thought It Was a Good Idea to Bring It Up Postgame
Did the Yankee Fan Who Served Bedard His Papers Tip Off TMZ?

"Thirty minutes before the game, I got a text message on my cell phone from one of you, somebody in the media, talking about personal stuff. And I shouldn't even be standing up here, having to deal with this... I'm sitting here listening to music. I don't know who got my phone number. That's over the line." -- John Lackey... pouring gasoline on the fire

Ells Kitchen
Jacoby Ellsbury reacts as he rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the 14th inning of the second game of a baseball double-header against the New York Yankees, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at Yankee Stadium in New York.

Jacoby Cooks Up a Winner in the Bronx

30/30 Star Continues to Carry the Team with Its Back to the Wall on His Back

"Fortunately, he [Scott Proctor] threw me something over the plate and I was able to drive it." -- Ells on the Home Run of the Year in the 14th at the Stadium

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

So Much for 'Jeter Drinks Wine Coolers'

Red Sox rookie Jose Iglesias leaves the clubhouse wearing a rookie hazing costume after the second game of a baseball double-header against the New York Yankees, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at Yankee Stadium in New York.

This, Red Sox Nation, Is Your Future Shortstop
Say Hello to Jose Iglesias

And the Beat Goes On

Boston Dirt Dogs
(BDD Photo Illustration / Jason F.)

Sox Fold Like a Cheap Suit in the Bronx

New York 6, Bustin' 2 | Historic Collapse Continues in Game 1
The Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes to John Lackey and J.D. Drew
Crawford's No. 2 Alright, and Say a Little Prayer for Adrian Gonzalez
Buchholz Expected to Ready for Spooky World Start at Fenway
Thanks for the Memories, Wake, And the No. 200 Hat
25 Guys, 25 Distractions: 16 Errors in 11 Games
Tip of the Cap to Mr. 30-30, 100 RBIs
Sat: Lesterrible! Jon Stinks, Tito Plays Lineup Poker, Sox Crushed, 9-1
Hardball Times: Fenway Groundbreaking Centennial Items

Reynolds' Rap Foils Sox
Mark Reynolds rounds first base after hitting a two-run homer against Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett in the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011

Angry Birds Get the Better of Beckett
Sox Finish Worst Home Slate Since 2002

Baltimore 6, Choking Dogs 4
Fenway's Boo Birds Great Dead Sox on the Way Out
Roswell Sighting: The Rays' Crawford Appears at Fenway
'Tek Asked About 0-3 Night: 'Go Ask Crawford'

Bum Steer
Boston Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford stretches in the dugout before the game. The Boston Red Sox took on the Baltimore Orioles in Game 3 of a 4 game series at Fenway Park
(Barry Chin / Boston Globe Staff)

The $142M Man Wants Jason Varitek to Answer for Him

Was There Even One Day When Johnny Damon Wasn't a Stand Up Guy to the Fans?
This Just In: Crawful Not Only Can't Perform, He's Only Accountable to His Diary
More Good News: Yankee-Shirt Wearing Turd Serves Papers to Bedard
At Least the Whole World Knows The Fat Cats Have Been Out of Shape for Years
Just What This Team Needed: Josh Reddick Shows His Pawtucket Colors
Why Didn't Reddick Tell the Media to Talk to Jason Varitek About His Error?
Papelbon in Awe of Mariano Rivera, Blows Save, Tedy Bruschi Furious
Buck's Birds 7, Fat Cats 5

"I don't know why you're standing here while I dress, because when I'm dressed I'm leaving. [Gordon Edes: Questions?] Go ask the captain." -- Carl Crawford ... facing a long six years in Boston with that attitude... via Gordon Edes,

Red Sox Inc. Ready for Postseason

The Fear at Fenway

They May Not Make the Baseball Playoffs But the Red Sox
Have Lined Up Two More Weeks of Spooky World

And It's Fenway Roushe Racing Day on the Last Night of Baseball at Fenway!
And There Was a Fake Wrestler in the House Last Night... Winning!
Crawful, AG, Tito, HBO and the Gang Are Set for Some Dunkin' Pumpin Spice Ads
And Rumors Swirl That Kevin Youkilis and Biz Markie Will Make Another Recording

Back, Back, Back It Up

That Sound You Hear Is Just the Stumbling Sox
Backing Into the Playoffs

Jackson Four
Conor Jackson Red Sox celebrates his grand slam with Jed Lowrie of the Boston Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox, and David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox during the second game of a doubleheader with the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park September 19, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts.
(Jim Rogash / Getty Images)

Conor Jackson Grand Slam Seals Split with O's
Note to Tito: Leave Co-Jack in Left for a While

Boston 18, Baltimore 9
Sox run out the clock for another day
MVP Ells makes it an inside job for HR No. 28
Sox bullpen bails out pitching staff night and day
Lackey looks locked in with 8 earned, 11 hits, in 4.1, dirty look to Tito
Lowrie's 3-run shot may have saved the season when all looked lost
Little known fact: Eric Bedard was set to be the 9th Orioles pitcher
Michael Bowden... surprise, surprise

"We control our own destiny." -- Jacoby Ellsbury ... thinks destiny is controllable


Crawful out again
(Barry Chin / Boston Globe Staff)

A Stiff Neck Allegedly Keeps Blood-and-Guts Carl Crawful
Out of the Lineup in the Heat of the Pennant Race

Crawford Got a Stiff Neck Watching the Stumbling Sox Sunday, Sits Out Again Today
First Crawford Tells Us He Stinks, Now He Tells His Diary He's Sorry ...
And He Manages to Throw Scutaro Under the Bus Along the Way
Way to Man Up in the Middle of a Playoff Battle Carl
That's Just Crawford Being Crawford. Sincerely, Manny Ramirez
Crawford Makes J. DL. Drew Look Like Carl Yastrzemski
This Just In: Crawford Named to the All-Madden Team
$142 Million Just Doesn't Buy What It Used To

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

Spare Me, Pedey

Before his big game against the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday, Dustin Pedroia took time to chill out with Vita Coco and bowl with some Red Sox fans at Lucky Strike.
(Drea/13 Photography)

Pedroia Goes Bowling for Extra Marketing Dollars
While The Rays Are Ready to Knock Down the Sox

Before going 0-for-3 in the biggest game of the year yesterday, Dustin Pedroia took time to fulfill his marketing contract with Vita Coco and bowl with some fans at Lucky Strike. Meanwhile, Johnny Damon had the Rays ready to rip the Sox at Fenway a few hours later.

"There's too many divas and not enough dirt dogs" -- Tony Massarotti on the 2011 Fat Cats

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

No-Show Time

Sox get rocked -- Tlumacki
(John Tlumacki / Boston Globe Staff)

Sox Go Through the Motions As Rays Close In

Rays on Fire 9, Sox Fading Fast 2 | Shaughnessy: Bad Memories Closing In
But Hey, Red Sox, Inc. Had a Fashion Show and Tim Wakefield Hats Are for Sale!
Did Someone Jinx It? Weiland's No-Hitter Disappeared in a Hurry
Kiss the Season Goodbye If Beckett Blows Up Tonight
Sox Manage Only Six Hits Off Roy Halladay ... Oh, Wait ...
Good to See Carl Crawford Step Up Again in Crunch Time
Ells, Pedey, AG, Youk, Craw a Combined 0-for-16
Iglesias First-Hits Hats Going on Sale Soon, Too
We're Injured, Waaaahhhh

"... We know we're running out of time." -- David Ortiz on the urgency of the situation

Horse or Calf?


Tonight We'll Find Out If AG Knows How to Cowboy Up
And If the Fat Cats Can Turn Back Into Dirt Dogs

Tampa Bay Comes to Town, and Kyle Weiland Pauley Gets the Ball
Good News: Rays Staff Has Held Sox Batters to .177 Ave. This Season
Otherwise, The Sox Look Fit as a Fiddle and Ready to Go ...
Monday Morning Starter: Good Evaluation on Millwood

Daniel Boom
Boston Red Sox pitching coach talks with Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Bard after Bard exhibited an inability to throw a strike walking Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Encarnacion in the eighth.
(Barry Chin / Boston Globe Staff)

Bard Blows Up Again, First Place Hopes Slip Away

Toronto 5, Second Place Mentality 4 | Reeling Sox Lose
Lackey's 5.1 Innings Is Basically a Complete Game in Boston These Days
Fifth Blown Save, Eighth Loss for the Man Who Would Replace Papelbon
And Bard Wants to Always Be Closing as Our Latex Salesman?
A-Gon Hurt, Papi Still Hurting

"I'm struggling. Timing. My delivery's not there. I can feel it on every pitch, it feels... it feels a little bit different. I've been through it before, it's, the effects of it are just kind of magnified by how big these games are and sometimes you go out there and your mechanics are a little off..." -- Daniel Bard, no longer the fair-haired boy

Mission Timpossible
Wakefield 200
(BDD Photo Illustration / D. Nickerson)

Our Long, National Nightmare Is Finally Over

Wake Earns Career Victory No. 200. Congratulations All Around
Fat Cats 18, Blue Jays 6 | Home Cooking Just What The Doctor Ordered
Pedroia Gets Back to Being the Bully
Crawford May Have Woken Up
Salty Shakes Things Up

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

Hopefully It's Not Bad Luck to Spray Champagne
in Fenway in September, Just Sayin'

The Waiting Was the Hardest Part

The Tough Stuff?

Terry Francona watches the sinking ship

Can Terry Cloth Francona Get the Red Sox Going
in Times Like These?

Words Needed to Avoid Utter Disaster?
Is Francona Capable of Lighting a Fire Under Some of These Casual Sox?
Hell Yeah, Web Sites Are Digging Up Copies of Bob Lobel's Panic Button
More Burning Questions: Ask Nick: Should Gonzo, Youk Lose Weight?
Just a Reminder: Beckett and Bedard Aren't Football or Hockey Players
This Just In: Sox Back Into Playoffs by Beating Up on the Orioles
Money for Nothing: Theo Doesn't Know What's Wrong with Lackey Either
At Least We Have Wakefield200 To Distract Us for Another Night

"We�ve been punched in the mouth here a little bit, it�s how we respond that matters." -- Theo Epstein wants everyone to remain calm

Don Zimmer in the dugout during the 1978 collapse
(BDD Photo Illustration)

Never Forget
President Barack Obama, looks upwards as he visits the North Memorial Pond with first lady Michelle Obama, not visible, and former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush, not visible, visit North Memorial Pond at the National Sept. 11th Memorial, Sunday, Sept., 11, 2011 in New York

On the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001
We Remember Our Brothers and Sisters That Flew Out of Boston
and All Those Who Died During the Terrorist Attacks

American Airlines Flight 11

Flight 11, flying from Boston to Los Angeles, crashed into the World Trade Center.

Confirmed dead







Barbara Jean Ares Tegui


Marstons Mills, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Jeffrey Dwayne Collman


Novato, Calif.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Sara Elizabeth Low


Boston, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Karen A. Martin


Danvers, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Thomas F. McGuinness Jr.


Portsmouth, N.H.

first officer

American Airlines

Kathleen Ann Nicosia


Winthrop, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

John Ogonowski


Dracut, Mass.


American Airlines

Betty Ann Ong


Andover, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Jean Destrehan Roger


Longmeadow, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Dianne Bulls Snyder


Westport Point, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Madeline Amy Sweeney


Acton, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines


Anna Williams Allison


Stoneham, Mass.


A2 Software Solutions

David Lawrence Angell


Pasadena, Calif.

executive producer


Lynn Edwards Angell


Los Angeles, Calif.


Seima Aoyama


Culver City, Calif.



Myra Joy Aronson


Charlestown, Mass.

press and analyst relations manager

Compuware Corp.

Christine Barbuto


Brookline, Mass.



Carolyn Mayer Beug


Santa Monica, Calif.

filmmaker and video producer

Kelly Ann Booms


Brookline, Mass.



Carol Marie Bouchard


Warwick, R.I.

emergency room secretary

Kent County Hospital

Neilie Anne Heffernan Casey


Wellesley, Mass.

planning manager


Jeffrey W. Coombs


Abington, Mass.

security analyst


Tara Kathleen Creamer


Worcester, Mass.

planning manager


Thelma Cuccinello


Wilmot Flat, N.H.


Patrick Currivan


Winchester, Mass.

vice president


Brian P. Dale


Warren, N.J.


Blue Capital Management

David DiMeglio


Wakefield, Mass.

computer service

Donald Americo DiTullio


Peabody, Mass.

endoscopy division

Smith & Nephew Inc.

Alberto Dominguez


Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia

baggage handler

Qantas Airways

Peter el-Hachem


Tewksbury, Mass.

senior software engineering manager


Paige Farley-Hackel


Newton, Mass.

spiritual counselor

Alexander Milan Filipov


Concord, Mass.

electrical engineer and church deacon

Carol Flyzik


Plaistow, N.H.

marketing supervisor


Paul Friedman


Belmont, Mass.

management consultant

Emergence Consulting

Karleton D.B. Fyfe


Brookline, Mass.

senior analyst

John Hancock

Peter Alan Gay


Tewksbury, Mass.

plant manager

Raytheon Co.

Linda M. George


Westboro, Mass.



Edmund Glazer


Wellesley, Mass.

chief financial officer

MRV Communications

Lisa Reinhart Fenn Gordenstein


Needham, Mass.

assistant vice president and merchandise manager


Andrew Peter Charles Curry Green


Santa Monica, Calif.

director of business development


Robert Jay Hayes


Amesbury, Mass.

sales engineer


Edward (Ted) R. Hennessy Jr.


Belmont, Mass.


Emergence Consulting

John A. Hofer


Los Angeles, Calif.


John's Sharpening Center

Cora Hidalgo Holland


Sudbury, Mass.

Sudbury Food Pantry at Our Lady of Fatima Church

John Nicholas Humber Jr.


Newton, Mass.


Brae Burn Management

Waleed Iskandar


London, England

chief of digital strategy for Europe

Monitor Group

John Charles Jenkins


Cambridge, Mass.

corporate office services manager

Charles River Associates

Charles Edward Jones


Bedford, Mass.

retired astronautical engineer and manager of space programs

BAE Systems

Robin Kaplan


Westboro, Mass.

senior store equipment specialist


Barbara Keating


Palm Springs, Calif.


parish office, St. Theresa Catholic Church

David Kovalcin


Hudson, N.H.

senior mechanical engineer

Raytheon Co.

Judy Larocque


Framingham, Mass.

founder and CEO

Market Perspectives

Natalie Janis Lasden


Peabody, Mass.

product testing team leader

General Electric

Daniel John Lee


Van Nuys, Calif.

road crew

Backstreet Boys

Daniel C. Lewin


Charlestown, Mass.

co-founder and chief technology officer

Akamai Technologies

Susan A. MacKay


Westford, Mass.

assistant vice president of merchandise planning and allocation


Christopher D. Mello


Boston, Mass.


Alta Communications

Jeffrey Peter Mladenik


Hinsdale, Ill.

interim CEO


Carlos Alberto Montoya


Belmont, Mass.


Antonio Jesus Montoya Valdes


East Boston, Mass.

housekeeping worker

Boston Harbor Hotel

Laura Lee Morabito


Framingham, Mass.

national sales manager

Qantas Airways

Mildred Naiman


Andover, Mass.

retired tester

Western Electric Co.

Laurie Ann Neira


Los Angeles, Calif.


Your Office Genie

Renee Lucille Newell


Cranston, R.I.

customer service agent

American Airlines

Jacqueline J. Norton


Lubec, Maine


Robert Grant Norton


Lubec, Maine


Jane M. Orth


Haverhill, Mass.


Lucent Technologies

Thomas Nicholas Pecorelli


Topanga, Calif.


Fox Sports and E! Entertainment Television

Berinthia Berenson Perkins


Los Angeles, Calif.

actress and photographer

Sonia Morales Puopolo


Dover, Mass.

former ballet dancer

David E. Retik


Needham, Mass.

general partner

Alta Communications

Philip M. Rosenzweig


Acton, Mass.

vice president

Sun Microsystems

Richard Barry Ross


Newton, Mass.

president and chief executive

The Ross Group

Jessica Leigh Sachs


Billerica, Mass.



Rahma Salie


Boston, Mass.

chief operating officer


Heather Lee Smith


Boston, Mass.

financial analyst

Beacon Capital Partners

Douglas J. Stone


Dover, N.H.


Odyssey Press

Xavier Suarez


Chino Hills, Calif.

civil engineer

Michael Theodoridis


Boston, Mass.

technology consultant

James Anthony Trentini


Everett, Mass.

retired teacher and assistant principal

Mary Barbara Trentini


Everett, Mass.

retired secretary

Pendyala Vamsikrishna


Los Angeles, Calif.

project manager for consulting firm


Mary Alice Wahlstrom


Kaysville, Utah

retired loan officer

Kenneth E. Waldie


Methuen, Mass.

senior quality control engineer

Raytheon Co.

John Wenckus


Torrance, Calif.

tax consultant

Candace Lee Williams


Danbury, Conn.


Northeastern University

Christopher Rudolph Zarba Jr.


Hopkinton, Mass.

software engineer

Concord Communications

Wake, Then Funeral

Wakefield throws over to first base in the second inning of their American League MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto September 7, 2011

It's Been a Bard Day's Night, and Daniel's Pitching Like a Dog
Mission Timpossible: Wake Denied in Epic 'Pen Collapse

Toronto 11, Boston 10 | This Just In: Worst Loss of the Season
Good Thing This Pursuit of 200 Wins Isn't a Story or Distraction
Mike Aviles Knew They Had No Chance to Win, Obviously
Another Big Night By the Bats Wasted
Hey, Hey, Hey... It's Matt Albers

"If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it doesn't change what I've done. I'd like it to happen but more importantly I think it's for us to get into the postseason." -- Wakefield after Groundhog Day No. 7

Two TD Garden

SEPTEMBER 6: Boston Red Sox celebrate the win against the Toronto Blue Jays during MLB action at the Rogers Centre September 6, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(Abelimages / Getty Images)

Sox Rout Jays, Extend Wild Card Lead Over Rays

Boston 14, Toronto 0 | Untouchable Lester Gets Easy Win
Did The Red Sox Ever Sign David Ortiz to That Three-Year Deal?
Is A-Healthy-Scutaro Going to Look for a Multi-Year Contract, Too?
Reports of Kevin Youkilis's Demise Were Exaggerated, But Not Greatly
Box Score Surprises: Don Orsillo Went 3-for-5 with Two Doubles
Pedroia In Search of Another Nickname After 0-for-5
Could Darnell McDonald Be That Guy in October?
John Farrell Was Warming Up in the 'Pen for Jays
Saltalahomer No. 15

"I was like 'Are we trying today?'" -- Marco Scutaro on batting sixth

Redemption Long

Crawford goes deep
(Barry Chin / Boston Globe Staff)

Everybody Loves Crawford

Boston 12, Texas 7 | Grandiose Win for Sox
Another Rare Sighting: Bedard Picks Up First Win for Boston
4-Hit Wonder: Reddick Getting His Average Up Again

"I don�t look at the numbers. I guess when [the media] reminds me, then I know. But other that that, I just try to take each new day as it comes. That�s my approach." -- Carl Crawford, who doesn't read anything written about him, but knows everything that's been written about him

BDD is a feature of All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

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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