8.87 ERA Clay Takes on the Immortal Tommy Milone Tonight
Will a Little Home Cooking Kick Start Buchholz Against Oakland?
Or Does the New Recipe Call for Aaron Cook in the Rotation?
Everybody Looks Like Wade Boggs vs. Buchholz: .340 BAA
"It's a struggle when you're out there throwing pitches and guys are putting it in play. It has to change." -- Clay Buchholz after getting tagged for a season-high 10 hits in Minnesota
Red Sox Get Their Show on the Road
6-1 Trip Puts AL East Basement Dwellers Just 3.5 Back
Except You Can't Trade Crawford for Orlando Cabrera
Reports That Crawford Ripped Achilles Walking Out Of Dr. Andrews Office
If You're Keeping Track at Home: So Far No CC Production on $39.5 Million Spent
Tale of the Trainer's Tape: Looking Back at Carl Crawford's Red Sox Career:
2011: Hamstring Sends Crawford the DL, Drops Ball to Send Sox Out of Playoffs
2012: Comes to Camp With Secret Wrist Injury, Stays Down South With Bad Elbow
In a Perfect World, Crawford Coulda Been the Next Lee Tinsley
Mazz: Crawford Isn't Aging Well
(Brian Kersey / Getty Images)
Boston Bombers Humble Humber
Sox Box: Boston 10, ChiSox 3 | Salty, Youk Lead the Power Surge in Chicago Slow Starting Sox Offense Has Scored 43 Runs in Last Five Games
Who Had David Ortiz Leading the League in Hitting on April 27?
He Wants No Meddling from Middlebrooks: Life's Grand for Youk
Salty Pours Two Homers on White Sox Wounds
And All That Taz
Maybe They Will Kill Bobby V Before This Season Is Over
Sox Box: Sweepers 7, Minnesota 6 | Red Sox Hang On to Sweep Twinkies Does Bobby Have Too Much on His Plate if He Can't Get Left/Right Straight?
If Salty Can't Hit, He Can Always Fill Out the Lineup Card for Valentine
Another Day, Another 3-Run Homer for Magnificent Mike Aviles
The Buck Doesn't Stop Here for 8.87 ERA Clay
At Least V Got the Bullpen Right Last Night
"I looked on this [mobile phone] and there was no history on him. It had his name, and 'against left-handed hitting.' My fault. That's why you make these lineups out early enough." -- Bobby V on his latest blunder
"Did Bobby think the 'R' stood for Republican?" -- Gerry Callahan on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show
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Sox Box: Texas 6, Bustin' 3 | Rangers Rap Red Sox Again
The Worst Team Money Can Buy Has Been Outscored 25-5 in the Last 3 Games
Red Sox 6.20 Team Pitching ERA Is Worst in MLB, 2 Runs Higher than AL Average
The Days of Dazed and Confused: Captain Slow-Hook Blows Another 'Pen Move Franklin Morales Will Still Be on the Mound During Today's FREE Tour of Fenway
Did Theo 'Bad Contract King' Epstein Ever Think of Trading for Mike Napoli? Beckett's Just Thrilled That the Target's Off His Back for Another Week
Looks Like There's a Method to Bobby V's Madness: Youk Homers The Least of Their Big Problems: Salty's Hitting .080
#FireBobbyV Movement Picks Up Steam
"I didn’t think he’d get that many hits in these two games.” -- Bobby V after Mike Napoli shows him how things are done around here
Tito Calls an Audible and Turns the Table on Lucchino The Terry Francona Show Will Preempt Fenway 100 Party
Francona Will Steal Fenway 100 Thunder in Triumphant Return on Friday Revenge Is a Dish Best Served with a Wild Standing Ovation for the Fired Manager Tito Plans for a Huge Bear Hug with Youk and Pedroia to Stick It to Bobby Wonder If Tito Gets a Plus One with His Invite? Will the Snitch Be In Attendance?
"Former Boston Red Sox manager and current ESPN analyst Terry Francona has changed his mind and says he will be attending the Red Sox's 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway Park on Friday afternoon." -- ESPN report
Rangers Dismantle Red Sox, Season on the Brink of Disaster
Sox Box: Texas 18, Boston 3 | Nightmare on Lansdowne Street Lesterrible! Lefty Has One of the Worst Starts in the History of Earth
Josh Hammer-ton's 469 Foot Bomb to Be Replayed During Fenway 100 Celebration
Still Counting How Many Different Rangers Homered Off Red Sox Pitching
Bobby V's Japan-Style Motivation Speech Did Wonders for Youkilis
Good News: The Red Sox Have Put Green Balloons All Over Town
And Mark Melancon Wanted to Be Our Latex Salesman?
Is That How Things Are Done Around Here, Pedey?
"I thought Jon [Lester, yes the one that pitched last night] had great stuff tonight, down and away. They were fouling some tough pitches off. Jon just kept battling..." -- Bobby V, getting more delusional by the day
Misdirection: "It seems misdirection comes from all sides, players with an entitlement mentality, absentee ownership, and a manager struggling to imprint his brand on a wayward ship.
Even the hero in our story, Dustin Pedroia, reduces himself saying "that's not the way we do things here." In fact, that's exactly how we got to this disturbing place, players dismissing the manager, and ownership bringing a 'task-oriented' manager instead of a 'relationship oriented' skipper.
We hear how players are concerned about 'snitches'. In other words, professionalism matters less than protecting each others' reputations.
Nobody likes to be criticized. And worse than criticism of performance, impugning one's attitude or "commitment" gets our attention.
The manager's job is to get the best performance out of the players. No doubt that a great "process" is required to get the best outcome. But a seven win September last season argues that the laissez-faire, 'boys will be boys' approach no longer worked.
The question (for a team with a bloated payroll and several seasons of underachievement) becomes what approach will work?" ... continued."-- Ron Sen, BDD contributor and founder of Red Sox Reality Check
Red Sox Clubhouse Is Coming Apart at the Seams, Again
Bobby Bashing Continues in Boston Where V Stands for Villain The Bobby V Show Premiere Causes Clubhouse Chaos and Leaves Many Cliffhangers Will Dustin Pedroia Be Benched and Suspended for His Total Disrespect of Valentine? Was Everyone Behind Valentine Until He Sheepishly Apologized for His Honesty? Was Youk Sulking After Being Benched for the Third Game of the Season? Should Bobby Take Pedroia to the Woodshed for the Gratuitous Japan Jab? Will Both Bobby and Pedey Each Have the Letter 'C' Sewn on Their Jerseys By June? I Know How We Go About Our Stuff Around Here. Sincerely, The 2011 Collapse Is Youkilis Schilling's Snitch, Or the Fried-Chicken-and-Beer Whisperer? Ben Cherington's Bumper Sticker: Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Sveum After the FA Cup Final May 5 at Wembly, Sox Owners Are Going to Look Into This Is Schilling's Grin Wider Than His Waistband Right Now?
Re-Tooled Red Sox Keep Hammering Away at Home So Bobby V Takes a Swing at Youk and Creates a Firestorm
"The walks came yesterday and he's had a couple of big at-bats where he's really gotten into it. I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason... He'll be Youk before it's all over." -- Bobby V decides to take Kevin Youkilis out at the knees
"I know Youk plays as hard as anyone I’ve ever seen in my life and I have his back and his teammates have his back,’’ Pedroia said. “We know how hard he plays. I don’t really understand what Bobby’s trying to do, but that’s not the way we go about our stuff around here. I’m sure he’ll figure that out soon. [Could this be a way to motivate someone?] Maybe in Japan or something, but over here in the US we’re on a three-game winning streak and we want to feel good and keep it rolling.
“We feel we have a good team and we just got to get each other’s backs and play together, because if we don’t do that, I don’t care what sport you’re playing, you’re not going to win. This game is hard and Youk’s a great player and he works his butt off and we all know how hard he works.”-- Dustin Pedroia slamming Bobby after Bobby's slam on Youk
“I answered the question, I think the question was, this is not Youk-like the way he’s playing. It’s not Youk-like. I think that was the question I answered. I should have explained that his swing isn’t what he wants it to be. The physical part of his swing is frustrating. Frustration leads to emotion. I haven’t seen him break as many helmets as I saw him break on TV. So... it just seemed different. At the end of the thing I said I don’t know what the reason is because I haven’t been here long enough, why his swing isn’t exactly the way he wants it to be and why he’s not throwing as many helmets. I thought it was rather innocuous. As a matter of fact it seemed like they were trying to bang him and I started by saying how good his at-bats were that day, is two walks ...
Kevin came in this morning, I thought it was about his groin, but he asked me 'What's going on?.' People called him and said I said things he didn't like, I totally apologized. I said Jesus, the last thing in the world I want you to think is that I’m doing anything to criticize you. I told him I was just giving an answer to a question and I should’ve been more specific ... I don’t know if he accepted my apology, but it was very sincere. The last thing I wanted him to think that it was anything but an answer to a question that seemed to be jabbing at him.. ... I should have been more specific, your physical is about your swing, emotional is about not being happy when you don't hit a ball off the wall." -- Bobby V trying like heck to backtrack his way out of his Youk gaffe
Michael Kay: “Now you’re weekly with us Bobby, when we announced it last week, I wonder if you sensed it, because you were on the road, but people went nuts [Valentine: Nuts], Yankee fans are outraged.”
Bobby Valentine: “I’m gonna tell you why, you got a lot of good advertising Michael, that’s all I can say, everyone knows where you are on the dial.”
Kay: “First of all Red Sox fans think you’re a traitor. Yankee fans, they’re calling me Mata Hari, why do you think that this is such a big deal?”
Valentine: “I guess they think there aren’t people who care about the Red Sox, or care about baseball who listen to your station, they think there are only people who bleed that navy blue Yankee or whatever it is or the orange and blue Mets. I happen to know there’s a lot of people who listen in the New York metropolitan area who give a damn about the Red Sox and I’m glad that I have a chance to be with you every week.”
Kay: “Because so many people acted so angrily in Boston, and I know that you’re a man of your word Bobby, was there a part of you that said, ‘You know what, maybe I better bag this?’
Valentine: “Well, I’m a commitment guy and I thought that this was the right thing to do and why shouldn’t I do it? It’s absolutely ridiculous to think that they’re protecting me, and talking to some of the other radio show hosts, they felt that I needed protection if I went on shows with the hated enemy, that I’d say something stupid and wind up getting in trouble. I’m just going to try to say what’s true and see if I can stay out of trouble.
Don La Greca: “Looks like Terry Francona’s not going to go to the ceremony for the 100th anniversary at Fenway Park, as someone who has been fired by organizations before, do you understand where he’s coming from?”
Valentine: “You know I didn’t take a big bite out of that apple. … I don’t know that I can comment on that other than ‘to each their own,’ and I think that Terry is as much a part of the Red Sox history and the Red Sox nation as anyone and if he’s not here, he’ll be truly missed.
Kay: “I was listening to the interview that you did with WEEI, and you have a weekly with them in Boston, and it seems not much gets to you but you don’t like answering questions about Curt Schilling. Why is that a hot button issue with you?”
Valentine: “I don’t care about answering questions about something that is really relevant. I can’t go on a radio show and say I’m going to answer everything that every commentator thinks about me, that’s not what I’m on for. I’m on the show to talk about the Boston Red Sox.
Kay: “But Schilling has said negative things about you and you're usually the type of guy that returns volley.”
"That came out the other day and I wish I had handled it a little differently. I think I'm smarter than that, but I'm not comfortable going back there. But I wish I would have kept some of the reasons to myself and I'm a little disappointed in myself for that." -- Terry Francona, follows Bobby V on Michael Kay radio show
"The club needs to move forward and we now have a huge game on Saturday. It is important that everyone joins us in supporting the manager... We have a strategy we need implemented and we felt Damien was probably not the right person to implement that strategy. We prefer stability. But when it’s time to act, we need to act. We’re coming close to the end of the season and the transfer window for the summer and we felt it was important to make this change expeditiously." -- Liverpool chairman Tom Werner, knee-deep in football
"We are grateful for all of [insert fired employee name here] efforts on behalf of [insert name of Fenway Sports Group entity here] and wish him all the best for the future." -- Liverpool principal owner John Henry, dusting off his Terry Francona speech
Stumbling Red Sox Off to 1-5 Start in Bobby V Era Boo Birds Await as Fried Chickens Come Home to Roost
Sox Box: Toronto 3, Boston 1 | Sox Make Ricky Romero Look Like Vida Blue Did Shoppach Miss Bobby's Bunting Boot Camp? Can't Win: Another Strong Losing Effort for Lester V Says Lavarnway Starts at Catcher If He's Called Up Ellsbury Boras' Dough Boy Starts Year in 3-for-23 Slump Is Jenny Dell Afraid of Bobby V? She Should Be Is Middlebrooks Ready to Make His Debut at Third? No Ninth Life for Sox
"It's just as frustrating. We'll get out of it, but it is frustrating now. It's a whole different season. It's a different team. It does feel different." -- Adrian Gonzalez ... not happy with God's plan
Sox Box: Boston 4, Toronto 2 | Sox Can't Lose 'Em All Alfredo Gets A-Save-es; Atchison the Win Felixer Extends Life of Rotation with First Rate Effort When the Ball Meets Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie, That's La Luna Is It Time to Get Punto Back in at Leadoff? Salty Not Looking Sharp at the Plate, or Behind It Watermelon All Over the Clubhouse as Sox Celebrate Win Ryan Sweeney All-Star Campaign Has Begun And Papelbon Got Booed in Philly to Boot Zero Point Zero: John Blutarsky... and Kevin Youkilis Run David, Run!
"A great effort by a team of men who just never said die... They kept battling, down 2-0... No one ever got down... They stayed aggressive, [and] won a big game here." -- Bobby V is for Victory
It's the Mother of All Double-Blown Saves Sox Wind Up with Easter Eggs on Their Face
Sox Box: Detroit 13, Boston 12 Widespread Panic Across Red Sox Nation as Boston is Blown Away in Wild Walkoff You're Damn Right NESN's Showing An Old Liverpool Match Tonight Instead Clay's Awful Day Will Fly Under the Radar After Gasoline Alley Blows Two For Those Keeping Score:That's 1 Homer and 30 Strike Outs in 3 Games Three Straight Defeats to Open Bobby V Era, But He's Cool With It John Henry Being Told About the Sweep Any Day Now At Least They Found a Leadoff Hitter Franklin Morales on Deck to Close? Wait Til Next Year
"Why are you trying to throw gas to the greatest right-handed hitter [Cabrera] in the game?" -- Eck on Aceves blowing his save on a three-run bomb to Miguel Cabrera
"Great effort by the offense, oh I've probably been involved in a game like this. You get down 4-0 after the first inning, losing a couple of games here at the start of the season, these guys showed they got a lot of heart, a lot of ability, they did a heck of a job." -- Bobby V to Jenny D... he must have watched a different game than the one broadcast on NESN
Sox Box: Detroit 10, Boston 0 Tigers Bang Five Bombs Off the Shell of Josh Beckett Good News: Beckett Just Locked in Intro Boos for the Home Opener It's September in March for the Reeling Red Sox Thumb and Dumber: Beckett Just Didn't Execute... Yeah, Right Schill, Theo, Tito, and Pap Smiling Ear-to-Ear Look Out Below Shuts Down Stumblin' Sox, Too Good Thing Baseball's Not Important to Beckett Anymore Buchholz in Must-Win Start Sunday We'll Always Have Fenway 100 and a Liverpool Re-run Sunday Night Maybe They Should Carry 15 Pitchers Too Soon to Fire Bobby V?
"They were all in the middle of the plate and they hit them hard." -- Josh Captain Obvious Beckett
(BDD Photo Illustration / Steve Garberg)
1. Say I didn't execute pitches, 11 #@%! times, 2. Try not to mention missing 'Tek in postgame Q&A, 3. Fly to Boise Idaho then Gary Indiana to get thumb examined, 4. Get back on Popeye's and Lone Star pronto, 5. Get oil changed on my truck
Back End of the 'Pen Does Sox In Austin Powers Tigers in Game 1 Walkoff
Sox Box: Detroit 3, Boston 2, Alfredo Can't A-save-es Sox Tigers Rally on Makeshift 'Pen to Beat Boston Finn Reaction: Familiar Opening Scene for Red Sox Adding Insult to Injury: Papelbon Gets First Save for Phillies V is for Verlander: Justin V Ruins Bobby V's Red Sox Debut No Wonder Mark Melancon Didn't Fight for the Closer's Job Good News: Aston Villa vs. Liverpool Is On Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on NESN If Bobby V Didn't Talk to Michael Kay Yesterday, the Sox Would Have Won Reports: Kanye West Is Now In Love with Jenny Dell ... Developing Hey Salty, Next Time You Want to Walk to the Mound... Don't Detroit Breakdown, Motor City Shakedown for Openers Clutch Time: Don't Blame Ryan Sweeney, Pedroia Sox Fans Could Use a Beer Right About Now Punto Is Italian for 'Legs of Cement'
"I do hope I'm wrong, but this team has no legit ace, and now no closer, and a hapless collection of Survivor cast offs who will split time between giving up dongs and going on the DL for injuries only old stuntman should legitimately claim." -- Muldaddy
"Yeah, it did. It felt a little quick, but that’s not my job. My job is to get outs and I didn’t do that. I’m not going to think any more about that. I’m just going to continue to try to get outs and get after it." -- Mark Melancon on his memorable outing
"Jon Lester was impressive the entire time out there…. We were throwing strikes and they were throwing strikes. With a two run lead we weren’t going to give up. … It looked like we were rolling if we could have scored one more there… " -- Bobby V postmortem on NESN
"An issue is Melancon... I think they were a little stunned they didn't see a lot of swings and misses from Melancon in spring training." -- Peter Gammons on NESN after the Opening Day loss
"Oh, I don’t think it’ll be before the All-Star break is what the trainer told me... The guys you’ve seen in the bullpen are going to hold down the fort, do their job, and help us win a lot of games. I think Aceves there at the end, you’ll see him at the end of games. Melancon will be at the end of games, for sure.’" -- Bobby V on the Bailey bad news
And Alfredo Aceves Is the One Doing the Snitching:
"They say Josh Beckett, he have injury in his thumb ... [reporters: Andrew Bailey?] No. Josh Beckett. And if he don't start the second game, I will start the second game and the first game at home. That's what he [Bobby Valentine] said. And then he said, and now you're gonna be in the [rotation]. I like Felix Doubront he say, because he's lefty, hey that's his approach... they say that Bard, the organization wanted him to put give the chance so I had no chance. It don't matter how good you throw, you know, you're still not gonna pitch." -- Alfredo Aceves via sports radio WEEI
13 Bobby V's Sports Bars To Open Throughout Boston Will Replace Jerry Remy's Sports Bars By Opening Day
Valentine Set to Dominate Boston Sports Bar Scene Extends Bobby V's Brand With Hub Takeover
April 1, 2012: With the start of the Red Sox season just days away, Boston Dirt Dogs has learned that Bobby V's Sports Cafes, owned by Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine with locations in Stamford, Conn., and the one Bobby built from scratch early in the morning, late at night, in Arlington, Texas, will replace the two Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill locations in Boston by Opening Day.
Bobby V's will also replace 11 other well-known Boston area sports bars in the $121 million deal. All 13 Bobby V's are expected to have a grand opening event on April 20 to coincide with Fenway Park's 100th anniversary. "That date will be known as a Bobby 'Versary for the next 100 years," Valentine reportedly said when signing the deal.
With the acquisitions, Bobby V's now vaults to become the No. 1 entertainment brand in Boston. The complete list of sports bars being taken over by Bobby V's follows:
- Jerry Remy's Sports Bar and Grill, Northern Ave.
- Jerry Remy's Sports Bar and Grill, Boylston Street
- Baseball Tavern, Boylston Street
- McGreevy's, Boylston Street
- Game On! Fenway, Lansdowne, Street
- Champions, Boston Marriott Copley Place
- Champions Cambridge, Broadway, Cambridge
- The Fours, Canal Street
- Hurricane O'Reillys, Canal Street
- Stadium Sports Bar, Old Colony, South Boston
- Clarke's at Faneuil Hall, Merchant's Row
- Coolidge Corner Clubhouse, Harvard Street, Brookline
- Brighton Beer Garden, Market Street, Brighton
NESN broadcaster Jerry Remy plans to stay on board at Bobby V's as the chourico-and-chips-wrap chef at the two former Jerry Remy's sports bar locations during the offseason. And while you are digesting this story, don't forget to look back at Sox news on this date in 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004.