Bitter Pill
Francona Book

Tito Gives Red Sox Brass a Taste of Their Own Medicine

"They come in with all these ideas about baseball, but I don't think they love baseball. I think they like baseball. It's revenue, and I know that's their right and their interest because they're owners ... and they're good owners. But they don't love the game. It's still more of a toy or a hobby for them. It's not their blood. They're going to come in and out of baseball. It's different for me. Baseball is my life." -- Terry Francona, throwing his book at the Red Sox

Revenge Is a Dish Best Served in Hard Cover:
SI.com: Francona Airs Dirty Laundry on the Boston NESN Sox
Liverpool Chairman Chimes In, But This Might Be a Job for Larry Lucchino
No Surprise: Francona Won't Be Throwing Any Clubhouse Clowns Under the Bus
Well-Rested Sox? Not When There Are NESN Night Games to Play on Getaway Day
This Just In: Henry, Werner Thrilled to Be Making Headlines Again
There's Hate, There's Extreme Hate, And Then There's the Way
Tito and Theo Feel About Red Sox Ownership

"They told us we didn't have any marketable players, that we needed some sizzle. We need some sexy guys. Talk about the tail wagging the dog. This is like an absurdist comedy. We'd become too big. It was the farthest thing removed from what we set out to be." -- Theo Epstein gets a few shots in for good measure

Daily Mail: 'Liverpool Owners Berated for Only Caring About Sex Symbols'

"If this is how they thought of one of their own national sports, then their relationship with football may not be any more appealing to Liverpudlians." -- Criticism comes in from across the pond


What Women Want

Dustin Pedroia is shown dancing at Mike Lowell's fund raising event Dancing With The All Star
(AP File)

Dustin 'Bringing Sexy Back' Pedroia ... Now With Less Hair

Bronze Plaques and Commemorative Displays Not Enough for the Women of Fenway
Red Sox Third Baseman Adrian Beltre: .321/.359/.561, 28 HRs, 49 Doubles, 102 RBIs ... Not Sexy Enough!
Red Sox Nation Has Nothing to Worry About, The 2013 Team Is Not Sexy At All.
Sincerely, Ben Cherington

"Women are definitely more drawn to the 'soap opera' and 'reality-TV' aspects of the game ... They are interested in good-looking stars and sex symbols." -- The Red Sox $100,000 focus group, that cost them $300 million in mistakes, reveals the secrets to increase NESN ratings

If Only Jose Iglesias Could Hit

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.
(AP File)

And If Werner Wants Sexy, Why Is This Guy Playing in Philly?

In this photo released by the Boston Red Sox, from left, Boston Red Sox pitcher Jonathan Papelbon dances the merengue with dance partner Teresa Kasler during the Dancing with the All-Stars benefit for the Mike Lowell Foundation and Red Sox Foundation in Fort Myers
(AP File)
BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

Boston Globe:

Red Sox end losing streak > Shaughnessy: Debunking myths about the 2014 Red Sox > Cherington: Everyone needs to get better

Boston Herald:

Ortiz, Red Sox bats break out to end losing streak > Buchholz still bewildered > Memory loss haunting Red Sox

ProJo:

Lester was once a good hitter, now heading toward dubious record > Travis Shaw brings hot bat to Pawtucket > Ranaudo shines > Betts not a candidate for Boston, yet

NY Post:

St. Louis lets Ozzie Smith bid Jeter goodbye > Yanks prevail in extras again > Nonsense leads off in MLB broadcasts > Beltran elbow on mend

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