Another One Bites the Dust
Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek
(Jim Davis / Boston Globe Staff)

End of an Era: Jason Varitek to Retire

C You Later: 'Teknically Speaking, It's All Over on Thursday


When Push Came to Shove

July 24, 2004

'Tek Got His Biggest Hit on July 24, 2004


Jason Varitek fight club

2009 ... Good Times ...

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(BDD Photo Illustration / Zach Tyler)

But He'll Always Have St. Louis

Champagne Kings
High Tek

(Getty Images Photos)

Sober Up!
Josh Beckett - Stop Snitching
(BDD Photo Illustration)

'Hell Yeah, I Like Diet Coke' ... Doesn't Have the Same Ring to It,
But Maybe It Will Help Them Win a Ring

Tito Gets Up Off the Mat to Fight Back: 'No Beer Just a PR Move'
Wilbur: Does Beckett Have His Facts Straight? Umm, No
Bradford: Beckett Is [Expletive] Still [Expletive] Upset About the Snitching
"#%@! You, and #%@! Them Too," -- Sincerely Cee Lo Green and Josh Beckett
Last Call for Alcohol: Sox Drinking in the Dugout-Clubhouse Days Have Ended
Unhappy Hour: The Entitled Starters Can't Start Drinking 'Til the Game Is Over
Am I Banned from the Clubhouse, Too? -- Sincerely, Popeye's Chicken
Suddenly, Josh Beckett Is Only Taking 10 Seconds Between Pitches
'You Booze, You Lose' -- New Red Sox Battlecry
Not a Dry Eye in the Place

Owning Up
Red Sox brass
(Steve Silva / Globe Staff)

The Brass Tacks: Sox Owners Address the Issues of the Day

Spring Training Today: Henry, Werner, Lucchino Land at JetBlue
Video: Crawford, Henry Bury the Hatchet


Peace Offering from Henry

Carl Crawford He Hate Me
(BDD Photo Illustration)

John Henry Hatfield and Carl McCoy Crawford Set to Speak

The Wheel Deal

Bobby V bikes into town
(Jim Davis / Globe Staff)

Camp V Just Keeps Rolling Along

Spring Training Today: V Cycle, Beckett Throws
Ortiz to Dan Shaughnessy: 'Yeah, You and Your Blond-Haired Boyfriend'
Steroid Era, Part V1: Sample Collector at Center of Ryan Braun Controversy
Pleading the 5th: Is Andrew Miller Bobby V's Ace in the Hole?
Pretty Pictures: Spring Training Scenes from Jim Davis
Edes: Thank God Manny Ramirez Is a Changed Man
Interactive: Make Out the Red Sox Batting Order
Buckley: Jose Iglasias Needs a Reboot

"Hey, wait a minute, my samples were tainted, too!" -- Sincerely, Manny Ramirez, Mark McGwire, Manny Alexander, Chuck Finley, Barry Bonds, Marvin Bernard, Randy Velarde, Wilson Alvarez, Bret Boone, Ozzie Canseco, Juan Gonzalez, Dave Martinez, Ivan Rodriguez, Tony Saunders, Miguel Tejada, Lenny Dykstra, Dave Hollins, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Brian Roberts, Jay Gibbons, Gary Matthews Jr., Darren Holmes, Rick Ankiel, Troy Glaus, Scott Schoeneweis, Matt Williams, Jose Guillen, Ismael Valdez, Magglio Ordonez, Alex Rodriguez, Mike Piazza, Todd Greene, Sammy Sosa, David Ortiz, Derek Turnbow, Rico Brogna, David Bell, Bobby Estalella, Jason Giambi, Jeremy Giambi, Armando Rios, Benito Santiago, Gary Sheffield, Jose Canseco, Tom House, Wally Joyner, Jim Leyritz, Paxton Crawford, David Segui, John Rocker, Paul Byrd, Shane Monahan, Jorge Piedra, Agustin Montero, Jamal Strong, Juan Rincon, Rafael Betancourt, Rafael Palmeiro, Ryan Franklin, Mike Morse, Carlos Almanzar, Felix Heredia, Matt Lawton, Yusaku Iriki, Jason Grimsley, Guillermo Mota, Juan Salas, Ryan Jorgensen, Dan Serafini, Eliezer Alfonzo, Humberto Cota, Henry Owens, J.C. Romero, Sergio Mitre, Kelvin Pichardo, Edinson Volquez, Mike Cameron, Ronny Paulino, Ricky Bones, Alex Cabrera, Larry Bigbie, Jack Cust, Tim Laker, Todd Hundley, Hal Morris, Mark Carreon, Matt Franco, Rondell White, Chuck Knoblauch, Greg Zaunn, David Justice, F.P. Santangelo, Glenallen Hill, Mo Vaughn, Denny Neagle, Ron Villone, Chris Donnels, Todd Williams, Phil Hiatt, Todd Pratt, Kevin Young, Mike Lansing, Cody McKay, Kent Merker, Adam Piatt, Jason Christiansen, Mike Stanton, Stephen Randolph, Paul Lo Duca, Adam Riggs, Bart Miadich, Fernando Vina, Kevin Brown, Eric Gagne, Mike Bell, Matt Herges, Gary Bennett Jr., Jim Parque, Brendan Donnelly, Chad Allen, Jeff Williams, Howie Clark, and Nook Logan


Sox Docs Strike Again

Boston Dirt Dogs
(BDD / The Three Stooges)

This Time They Nearly Killed Bobby Jenks

Jenks on the Massachusetts General Malpractice
Pizzuti-Henry, Werner, Lucchino Will Meet with the Media After Clubhouse Meeting
to Reveal Liverpool Food Scientist Nutrition and Fitness Plan
Will the Players Get Free Headphones Today for Showing Up in Cloudy Conditions?
No Truth to Rumor That Henry Wore a Crawford Jersey to The Meeting Today

It's Bobby V's World

Bobby Valentine
(Jim Davis / Globe Staff)

We're Just Trying to Keep Up

Yahoo!: Valentine Hits Ground Running | Edes: Valentine Sets the Pace
Bobby V's Getting Accolades from Around the World on Running a Great Camp
Meanwhile Terry Francona's Lawyers Are Chasing Down Chick Pix
And Tito's Also Trying to Erase His 2008 Not-for-the-Public Quotes
Outside the Lines: Tito Backtracks on Manny Slam
Chicken and Beer Closure: Nothing More, Something Les

"Live and learn." -- Terry Francona regrets his comments on Manny


Snap, Crackle, Papi

David Ortiz
(Jim Davis / Globe Staff)

Big Man's On Campus

Spring Training Today: Ortiz Opens Up

"I'm feeling good. But I'm going to let you know right now, I'm [on] this diet but if I don't start hitting bombs I'm going back to my fried chicken." -- David Ortiz, lightens things up in camp

It's All Over
Tim Wakefield retires
(Steve Silva / Globe Staff)

Mission Timpossible Accomplished:
Tim Wakefield Says Goodbye

Boston.com: All About Wake
Thanks for the Memories Tim: Wake Through the Years
We'll Never Forget That Amazing 14-1 Run in '95
Clemens and Cy Stay Atop Sox All-Time Win List As They Should
Now Can 'Tek Just Do the Right Thing and Retire, Too?

"I’m very proud of the job that I’ve done so far." -- June 6, 2011, Tim Wakefield


The Gang's All Here

Pitchers come out for Wake's wake
(Steve Silva / Globe Staff)

Red Sox Players, D-Lowe, Babies and More
Come Out to Honor Wake

The Page Turners

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(Steve Silva / Globe Staff)

Early Arrivals Don't Want to Talk About Late Collapse

Wilbur: Red Sox Sweeping Regret Under the Rug
Tomase: Bad Attitude at Root of Red Sox Historic Collapse
Henry, Werner Late in Dealing with Disaster in Liverpool
More Good News: Dr. Charles May Be Back in the Fold
No Surprise: Beckett Doesn't Get It

"People have to eat, whether it's chicken or steak." -- Adrian 'The Show' Godzalez... sadly, doesn't get Boston

Taken Too Soon



Rest in Peace Whitney

Superstar Whitney Houston Dies at 48

The Brady Bunch

Kevin Youkilis (top right) with the Brady family, including Tom's three sisters and his parents on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium the day before the Super Bowl
(Jim Davis / Globe Photo)

Now With More Youkilis

So Much for Separating Church and State:
Prince Brady's Sister Julie to Marry Kevin Youkilis
No Truth to the Rumor that the Sox 3B Will Change His Name to Kevin Youkilis-Brady


Freeze Frames

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, left, laughs with Tampa Bay Rays adviser Don Zimmer at a press conference before the Connecticut Sports Foundation annual celebrity dinner at the Mohegan Sun Casino, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, in Uncasville, Conn.
(AP)

And After the Photo Op with Zim, Bobby V Has Taken a Picture with Every Person Alive on the Planet

Has Anyone Told V He Needs to Brush Up on Boston's 3d Place Baseball Team
With Gaping Holes at Short, Right, and in the Starting Rotation?



A Red Sox themed JetBlue Airbus A320 bearing coach Bobby Valentine in the cockpit arrived during a photo op at Logan Airport, Friday, February 10 2012.
(Wendy Maeda / Globe Staff)

The Marketing Department's Pitchman Goes a Few Innings for JetBlue, Too

Wheels Up!
Truck Day 2012
(Steve Silva / Globe Staff)

Spring Is In the Air as The Truck Gets Ready to Roll

It's Truck Day. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
Get Your Photos from the Always Exciting Truck Day Extravaganza Here
Just In: Tim Thomas Stands with Fans That Hate Truck Day

The Brady Crunch

Tom and Gisele
(John Tlumacki / Globe Staff)

Super Couple Bashing Continues in Boston and Beyond

Reports: Tom and Gisele Ate Fried Chicken and Drank Beer at Halftime
How the Game Was Lost? Not Taking Possession of the Ball After Winning Coin Toss
Rodney Rips Party Gronk for 'Disrespecting Himself' After Celebrating Loss
Adding Insult to Bad Coaching: Belichick Dared Manningham to Beat Him
Call Tom Brady Jim Kelley and the Earth Falls Off Its Axis in Boston
Just In: Brady Drops Below Rick Pitino on Boston Popularity Scale
The Biggest Dropped Ball? Not Going to the Open Ochocinco
Pete Prisco: Brady Has Gone from Mr. Clutch to Mr. Choke
Brandon Jacobs Apologizes for Telling Gisele to 'Shut Up'


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

Oil Caine Boyd

Dennis Oil Can Boyd - Boston Globe
(Oct. 10, 1986 / Globe File Photo)

Makes Josh Beckett Look Like Tim Tebow

Can Did Conversation: Boyd Says He Used Cocaine in 2/3 of Starts
Josh Beckett Thinks This Story Is None of Your Business, Suckers
Lester, Salty Among Early Arrivals at JetBlue

"Some of the best games I've ever, ever pitched in the major leagues I stayed up all night; I'd say two-thirds of them. If I had went to bed, I would have won 150 ballgames in the time span that I played. I feel like my career was cut short for a lot of reasons, but I wasn't doing anything that hundreds of ballplayers weren't doing at the time; because that's how I learned it." -- Dennis Boyd to the Globe's Nick Cafardo

Breaking Silence By Saying Nothing

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

1. Deny
2. Stick to the Phony Storyline
3. Blame the Whistleblowers
4. Spout Cliches
5. Take It to the Grave

"If we would have pitched better, none of that stuff would have been an issue. It shouldn’t be an issue anyways, because what goes on in the clubhouse should stay in the clubhouse. I don’t care who says that or whatever. I’m not saying we don’t make mistakes in the clubhouse… What goes on in the clubhouse, it’s supposed to stay in the clubhouse." -- Josh Beckett, not exactly accountable or contrite

Beckett Speaks, Says Nothing Real as Usual
Thinks What Happens in Clubhouse Is None of Your Business
A Tale of Two Youks ...

Youk in October: "When things like this happen, in a town like this that is so passionate about their baseball, they want answers. And sometimes there is no answer for it. And we can sit around and make up as much stories as you want and say it was this, it was that, this person did this..." -- Kevin Youkilis before everyone else fessed up

Youk in January: "[The Red Sox] didn’t have the best vibe in the clubhouse... It was very different. It was noticeable early, but when you win, winning heals all the wounds. But we definitely didn’t have the right attitude in a lot of ways. We were worrying about things that we shouldn’t have been worrying about and not playing the game of baseball." -- Kevin Youkilis after everyone else fessed up

Grady Sees His Shadow, Again

Grady Little came out from his stump at Gobbler's Knob on Groundhog Day, Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, in Punxsutawney, Pa. The Groundhog Club said Grady saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter.
(BDD Photo Illustration)

Grady Little Saw His Shadow Today and
Predicted Six More Weeks of Winter

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