"One of the biggest negatives would be, Carl Crawford's wrist. It's fine to say he's going to play in May, but you just don't know. Mark DeRosa had virtually the same injury [and] had three operations, it's taken more than two years to come back, so you just don't know on that. I think that's a disappointment."-- Peter Gammons on Carl Crawford on WEEI's Mut & Merloni show
"Absolutely zero chance of this ever happening, less than zero actually." -- Curt Schilling to BDD when asked if he would consider a stint in the media, e.g. Baseball Tonight, after retirement, July 9, 2007
"I havenít seen [Schilling] around this year. Is he one of our pitchers? I havenít seen him around this year. I didnít know he was going to be one of our pitchers. [WEEI's Glenn Ordway: He's gone to the dark side] Thatís fine. I havenít seen him around here. Iíd think if somebody knew that much theyíd probably be a little bit closer to it... Gameís a lot easier from over there [at ESPN]. As far as [Schilling] speaking about how things are being run here? I havenít seen him around here to where he would know that much." -- Beckett on Schilling on WEEI's Big Show
"There's a lot of things I think that are happening not just from his perspective, but when you talk to these guys -- and I'm still talking to some of these guys -- I don't think this is going well. And I think it's going bad quicker than I expected it to." -- Schilling on WEEI's Mut & Merloni show
Schilling: The big story yesterday was that Josh Beckett took a limo home from the game [from Bradenton], ... but the first week of spring training, Bobby V said that everybody has to take the bus... -- Schill throwing Beckett under the bus [cough] on ESPN last week
"Schilling was here [in Florida]? When? ... Nevermind." -- Peter Gammons on Schilling on WEEI
"It was tough for a couple of us that got kind of thrown out there. You kind of wonder where those kind of things come from, first of all. It got blown out of proportion pretty big. I saw Josh a few times during the offseason. What can you do? Even talking about it right now is stupid, because it's just bringing it back up. ... All you're doing is re-hashing it. It kind of went away until you, right now. ... Guys having a beer after their start has been going on for the last 100 years. This is retarded. It's not like we were sitting up there doing it every night. Itís not even close to what people think. ... They [media] just see how far they can go..." -- John Lackey... will go to his grave blaming the messengers
Apparently a Little Courtesy Would Kill the Yankees Manager
Bobby PeeVed, Throws a Fit to Be Tied After Nine Classless Joe Girardi Makes Fuss Because Pinstripe Prima Donnas Had to Ride Bus Clayton Mortensen's Road to Cooperstown Derailed By Needless Warmup Orel Hershiser Still Explaining Bobby's Squeeze to Pedroia's Cribbage Buddy Curt Schilling Throws Beckett and Bobby V Under the Bus on Baseball Tonight Positive News: Pedroia's X-Rays Negative Thanks Theo! Bobby Jenks D.U.I.... This Is What Happens When You Ban Drinking in the Clubhouse Jenks Expected to Blame Red Sox Docs for This, Too Bobby J: I Got You Babe's
"They had plenty of pitching. Probably too long of a ride. They could have known that going in. It was regretful that [Clayton] Mortensen warmed up though and then we were told that they werenít going to play extra innings. I didnít think that that was very courteous. The umpire came over and said we couldnít play. I donít care about not playing. Why do I have to warm up my pitcher whoís trying to make a team? Come in in a tie game against the Yankees and maybe help him make a team, and instead he has to walk off the mound and take a shower. Thatís just not very courteous." -- Bobby Peeved
"The big story yesterday was that Josh Beckett took a limo home from the game [from Bradenton], but the first week of spring training, Bobby V said that everybody has to take the bus." -- Curt Schilling throws Beckett and Bobby V under the bus on ESPN's Baseball Tonight
"I think his ability is good enough. Whether itís his time is the question, with all the other contributing factors. Mike Aviles is doing great. Thereís been a lot of guys who have been somewhere else waiting for their opportunities." -- Bobby V, making us read between the lines
"One Red Sox staff member has told others outside the organization that, when all is said and done, Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront will have spots in the rotation, with Daniel Bard returning to the bullpen." -- Sean McAdam, CSNNE.com
"Iím not really happy with any of the relief. Iíve said attitude filters down from the top. Iím a bit confused with the whole bullpen situation only because we havenít been able to fit any pieces together. I think that confusion is filtering [down] and now everyone is something other than settled. Thatís where we have to go from here." -- Bobby V, Red Sox bashing
"Felix was outstanding. I thought he had really good control of his changeup, which is a devastating pitch for him. He had good control and command of his fastball. His breaking ball was good. His composure was good. He pitched four good innings." -- Bobby V... who somehow managed to stay out of trouble in Tampa
Paying Homage to Old Friend Jon Papelbon The Closer Gets Creamed in JetBlue Debut
But the Red Sox are 6-2 and Even Better Than We Thought And Hopefully Bailey's Heard of Aerosmith, Boston, The Cars, The Neighborhoods, The Del Fuegos or The J. Geils Band And Won't Copy Pap by Using a Drop Kick Awfuls Song at Fenway Donna Summer: Let's Dance the Last Dance... Perfect Cafardo: No Pain, Some Gain for Bailey Showtime: Bobby V Gives Ozzie the Wave. Ozzie %* Responds
"Obviously with the little lat thing, it was kind of frustrating. But itís good that it happened when it did, in the early part of spring. And hopefully I donít have to vertical jump next year." -- Andrew Bailey... taking a shot at the Sox training program?
Jonathan Papelbon from Philly: "The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball. The Philly fans, I think they tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played. Iíve had a guy take of his prosthetic leg and throw it in the bullpen in Boston...
You hate Ďem [Yankees] when you play in between the lines. But there's a fine line here. That hate and that passion to beat them was in between the lines, and that was it. I would have definitely entertained the decision to go to the Yankees if that was there, but obviously it wasn't."
It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Nomah! Will Fans Rush to Judgment Now That Craw Rushed? Did the Red Sox 'Rather Be Sorry Than Safe' with Carl?
For Openers, He's Out for the First Game Is This Bobby's First Big Blunder? That's the $142 Million Question
"More than likely Opening Day's out of the picture, we just hope to have Carl back as soon as he's ready." -- Ben Cherington on NESN on Crawford
"Valentine is an idiot. Why does he have Crawford bunting (or anyone for that matter), the first week of March? He's coming off wrist surgery... I get that he wanted to work these guys hard, but there's a difference between, smart, and stupid. It's a 6 month season. Crawford is hurt because the brain trust in Ft. Myers rushed him back." -- Sam B. on FB
Deja Vu All Over Again?
(BDD Photo Illustration)
Boston, We Have A Problem
(NESN broadcast replay of Queens Park Rangers vs. Everton instead of the Red Sox Grapefruit opener... Awful, awful)
'New England Sports Network' Is Now 'England Sports Network'
If You Spent Sunday Watching Bruins-Rangers, Celtics-Knicks, or Rory-Tiger, You Wanted to Watch Beckett Pitch the 2012 JetBlue Opener Sunday Night Like You Used To Be Able To Do On NESN Since the Beginning of Time. But Sunday Night, NESN Broadcast a Meaningless Soccer Game Repeat from England Not Even Liverpool, But a Lousy Replay of Queens Park Rangers vs. Everton Thanks John Henry for Ruining Sunday for Boston Red Sox Fans And Trying to Ram Futball Down Our Throats Yet Again, In Lieu of Red Sox Baseball... Shame on You Reminder: It's Your Hobby... NOT OURS!
Crock & Role: Girardi, GM dismiss Joba's talk of starting or closing for Yankees > Steinbrenner A-OK with Alex's portrayal in Yankees kids movie > Youkilis not worried after being pulled from Yankees lineup > Desperate Damon makes plea to be Yankees' Granderson sub