Angels in the Centerfold.
Let's go real Dirt Dogs (wish we were there).
Too Bad Burkett
Didn't Blow It
Lucchino on The End (of Grady?)
This is the end
Grady's last friend, the end
elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I'll never listen to your lies...again
picture what will be
So limitless and free
Desperately in need...of some...manager's hand
In a...desperate land
a Boston...wilderness of pain
And all the children (of the guys who booed Ted Williams) are
All the children are insane
Waiting for the autumn pain, yeah
danger on the edge of town
Ride the King's highway, Grady
Weird scenes inside the old mind
Ride the highway south, Grady
fake, 'bit by the snake'
To the wake, the ancient ache, Grady
The mistake was wrong, Grady smiles
Hide the fake...he'll fold, and the chagrin is old
is the best
The West is the best
Get here (Billy), and we'll do the rest
genius was foolin' us
The genius was foolin' us
Larry, where you taken' us
awoke before dawn, he put his boots on
He took a face from the ancient gallery
And he walked on down the hall
He went into the room where his manager slept, and...then he
Paid a visit to his interim GM, and then he
He walked on down the hall, and
And he came to a door...and he looked inside
Theo, yes Larry, I want to promote you (someday, not today)
Grady...I want to...fire you
Billy, take a chance with us
C'mon Billy, take a chance with us
C'mon Billy, take a chance with us
And meet me at the Park to discuss
Doin' a knock, knock
On the team bus
Doin' a knock, knock
Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill
This is the end
My only friend, the end
to set him free
But they'll never win It with Grady
The end of laughter and soft lies
The end of nights we tried to die
Monday, September 30, 2002
Is Little Still in the Middle?
2002: The Year to be
2003: The Return of Grady?
Larry and Mike take the Manager's Jersey (are they putting us on?)
Saturday September 28, 2002
Manny gets pissed for the first time ever now... with his batting title on
the line and not much else.
Your 2003 Manager, the Little Enabler:
Grady said he can't remember Ramirez so animated. ''Maybe never,'' said
the manager. ''He's never been in, probably, a position he's in right now,
trying to get something accomplished that he's trying to get
Umm what happened to Manny trying to get something
"accomplished" during the late innings of the 9-8 Yankee losses?
Or the pack-it-in-mail-it-in-back-to-back-Yankee-shutouts-at-home
embarrassments before the non-strike? Remember team goals Grady? I thought
going deep in the playoffs was the only thing the Boston Red Sox were out
Pats to Strike Lightning in San Diego?
I really like the way they do it. They really keep it
Wednesday September 25, 2002
CASEY CONQUERS CHICAGO 4-2
Texas Beats Anaheim 2-1, Still Alive.
Tuesday September 24, 2002
SURVIVORS Outwit, Outlast,
Boston wins 5-4 in 15 to sweep O's as Urbina,
Embree blow saves. Too bad
Grady already quit on the season.
Monday September 23, 2002
Pedro gets 20th, goes for Cy, new contract, but will "Shut
it Down" (the old 2001 Red Sox battlecry, replaced by "Too Shook Up About
Strike" the 2002 mantra)
Sox Remind Us of What Might Have Been 13-2.
Quotes While the 'Team' is Still Alive:
"I'm not in a hurry to get their money. They can defer
whatever they want. It's up to them.''
No Time Like the
Present for this #%&?!
How Now? Brown Wow!
Troy Brown breaks Terry Glenn's record for Patriots
receptions in a game.
New England goes into overdrive, overtime to beat Kansas
Sunday September 22, 2002
PEDRO GOES FOR 20 TODAY...
$20 Million Per Year That Is.
``It's bye-bye, once the year starts, I'm gone, I'm just
going to pitch. I won't wait until the All-Star break to talk to them.''
A Little Goodbye
But which one is going? Or are they both?
Burkett Doesn't Fly South This Time,
But Birds Do.
Sox Clip Orioles 3-0... 'Still Alive' in Wildcard.
Seems Like Old Times. Sox Pack Up Again.
Just Like When Grady Let Them Get All-Shook-Up About the
Non-Strike, Sox Pack Bags Early and Often.
Saturday, September 22, 2002
We have a Winner. Mister Derek Lowe.
Friday September 21, 2002
The Windup City
And you think Boston is a
tough place to play?
Sorry but the Chicago 'Like Father Like Son' act does not
compare with me and my dad yelling "Hey Boycott Burkett, Buy a One-Way
Ticket to Texas Next Time."
Thursday September 20, 2002
The Buck Stops Here
Steve Buckley: "I screwed that up... I screwed
that up. No call was made by Nomar."
Sean McAdam: "It's rare that a player himself
contacts the official scorer... they say something to Kevin Shea who
goes to Charlie or Joe G. and say 'hey Nomar had a question about
Steve Buckley: That's the way it was posed to me
(direct call), but I'll take blame... but I do have other instances (of
his requesting scorecard change), but I'll move on...
Gammons on Nomar Day on WEEI's 'The Big
"It was a little overdone in my opinion... NESN
'And now you've heard the truth'... c'mon. It was almost like
there was a big sponsorship or a contract was up (Nomar's day)...
Beanetown?: "If Hoffman sells his half,
Billy thinks that frees him up. When he was here in Boston (and we were
down the Cape) he couldn't believe the incredible knowledge of the talk
show callers as opposed to hearing nine Raiders' calls, seven 49'ers
calls, and one call about warm beer at the A's game"
Larry Lucchino: "There's been no discussion about trading Nomar
John Dennis: "Anybody who is even slightly attuned
with what's happening at Fenway Park and this baseball team would have
hard time disagreeing with the fact that you have three special players on
this team, and I mean special players on this team, in Nomar, Pedro, and
Manny. I'm wondering if their presence on this team jives with your
financial plan for the immediate, intermediate, and long-term goals of
this club Larry?"
Larry Lucchino: "Yes (without hesitation).
(JD: They do?) Yes, we've planned to retain the players that we have,
we've anticipated that. That doesn't mean that our payroll is going to
grow exponentially every year, it just means that you try to build around
your core players and supplement them, but what you want to avoid doing is
paying gigantic $6-7-8 million contracts to players that don't contribute,
which is exactly what happened to us this year, and blew our payroll all
out of proportion."
"I embrace them, they embrace me"
Nomar sees the signs. We yelled "We love you Nomar," "Stick
it out buddy," "No need for the mirror." 7th inning he finally looked up,
looked at sign, looked fans in the eye, and gave a smile. Guy behind me
says "I've been sitting in these seats for six years, he's never looked up
into the crowd before."
The Garciaparra World Press Tour continues (suddenly, he
can't shut up -- too bad we didn't hear from him more before):
Candid or Canned?
Nomar Unplugged? Media
Wiseguy Takes the High Road... for Now.
9.18.02 5:00pm (combination of general
press conference and exclusive with Debbie Wrobleski on The Zone) Breaking
News: No surprise - Smiling, laughing Nomar addresses media, says
everything you want to hear "loves it here, happy here, loves putting on
this uniform, doesn't want to take it off until he retires, wants to win
World Series, blah, blah, blah." (Best part is when some funny man decides
to play Manny's 'I got high, high, high' on 11 on the Bose box 3/4 of way
through the press conference, nice to see some folks over there still have
a sense of humor) Question: "See this (Buckley's column)?" asks Dave
Heusckel. "Nice picture." the reply.
To Deb: "Never said I wanted to go back
to West Coast, sometimes I like the sun a little bit... hee, hee. I
wasn't pointing fingers at anybody... was just talking...to no one in
particular, maybe the team... we're all down, had high expectations,
packing bags to go home vs. what city are we playing in, bust my butt, I
never called Charlie Scoggins, never did it in five to six years, never
Are you a leader:
"I... uh...I.. I don't know... well um... how my teammates perceive me...
uh... Wakefield and I have been there the longest, say things when they
need to be said... I'm not going to change myself or my character, they'd
be laughing at me, whatever, every time that comes up they say we need a
leader. Do I need a leader? Do I need someone to follow?
If you need someone to follow now, you've got problems. We have a
lot of leaders on this team. Great individuals that turn to each other. We
say what needs to be said."
What went wrong?: "Tough to figure out.
Two 20 games winners, top in ERA, two 100 RBI guys, hee, hee, if we were
in Central we'd have same record as the Twins, we might end up with the
sixth best record in MLB. One run games, the inter-league games, had to
face some guys others didn't, weird hops, luck in one run games. This team
is so good, hopefully. I love these guys." Should Grady be back?
"Are you kidding? Of course. Oh yeah, managers down, the whole staff,
media, everybody come on back, hee, hee, we'll have a barbecue." ("with
Steve Buckley on a spit" - Ron Borges).
The Buckshot Heard 'Round
Is Nomar Better... off someplace else?
Grady, Defense Make All The Wrong Moves.
Sox blow 4-0 lead to lose it 6-4, thankfully it doesn't matter (or does
Fans invited to chat with Lucky, Tom, Charles, Mike, Sam
Wednesday September 19, 2002
Wakefield of Dreams
Sign Tim up. Manny continues to remind us of what might have been.
Red Sox 4 Indians 2
Tuesday September 18, 2002
Grady Gives Up and Quits on
Furious families come out in the rain for
one time shot to see the
All-Star Strike team. Instead Nomar, Shea, and Manny sit while fans get $oaked at Yawkey
Pay. Practice Squad cruises to 7-1 loss.
"Sweet things from Boston, Cy Young and Willing... the
Cuervo Gold, The fine Dominican, Make tonight a wonderful thing.
(Wild Card?) No we can't dance together. No we can't talk at all."
Short Stop in
Boston for Nomar?
"You're just like those (expletive) reporters," Nomar said to teammate Lou
Merloni. "You just make stuff up." He shouted the expletive over his
shoulder, just to make sure the assembled members of the press corps heard
him. Then he repeated it three times. Garciaparra isn't the first guy to
clash with the press, and he won't be the last. But his complaints come
off as petty, especially when one considers that (a) radio replays verify
he wasn't misquoted, and (b) Cubbage felt singled out himself.
Monday September 16, 2002
Think How We Feel John.
$5.5M More and Another Year of Headaches.
Orioles can't win last 100 or so but take two of
three from Sox. Pitcher hasn't won all year, but dominates Boston
Are you seeing the trends John? Larry?
Pats, Pats, Pats
Winners win when they're winning.
Nomar now says he didn't throw Cubbage under the bus,
misquoted, misunderstood, mistake.
Gammons: "Manny shut Down when Rick left."
Sunday September 15, 2002
Shadow of a Doubt
Our #2 Boy
Turned Out to be #1
CONGRATULATIONS DEREK ON WIN
HARD WORK DOES INDEED PAY OFF.
Manny on a Mission
Batting title within reach, Manny's all fired up now.
Saturday, September 14, 2002
Nomar Blames Cubbage, Fans
"I didn't hear anything, so I didn't know he
was even there."
"It's a good place to play, right? A lot of positive vibes around here.
for The Year to Be Jeered
Fenway Tragic: Yawkey Way or the Highway.
Clowns on stilts tell fans "Excuse me, could
you move!" Ushers tell fans "Would you keep it down!"
(Not our fault you can hear a pin drop
after the fifth, good luck getting rid of the 90-year history of booing
Friday, September 13, 2002
Sox Say Leave the Man Alone and Stand by Your Manny!
Fans don't know what to believe. Will video
kill the radio talk? Sox top Rays 6-3.
Lucchino on Mannygate
Thursday September 12, 2002
Manny minutes late and steps ahead with mate
for Uncle Sam. But another Ramirez homer helps Sox top Rays 6-3.
Wednesday September 11, 2002 -
God Bless America, and remember the victims of the terrorists attacks on
A Little Embarrassing
Grady changes his tune. Should have sat
Manny "on the spot." Won't happen again (neither will he).
Tuesday September 10, 2002
Sox Brush Back Rays
Manny won't get out of the box on ground
ball. Grady says nothing except Manny "almost fell down on that check
Sox win 6-3
Monday September 9, 2002
Sox Get Stoned By Jays
Frank Gets Bombed (and drops a few F-bombs)
The Music Manny
Mannyjuana is not a Sinatra Man
Sunday September 8, 2002
Sox on another roll. Manny and Casey lead the way over Jays 4-1.
Saturday September 7, 2002
Benny There, Done That.
Strike Toronto 7-2
Benny is a hit. But Sox still can't close Wildcard gap.
Friday September 6, 2002
Finish Out of the Money
Manny and the StrikeSox are out late again. Can't close late gap.
Shea-me on Us?
"Everybody's booing us, you
gotta know what you're doing."
Jays Dance on Sox Grave
...while the Chips and Salsa, Salsas, Street Performers, Yo-Yo's, Balloon
hats, Corsi's canned crybaby commentary, Crappy Crabcakes and Cuban cigar
sandwiches, can't hide the awful truth. Yawkey Way has become like the
movie "Groundhog Day."
Haaappy Biiirthhday Missterr PrezziDentt
Thursday September 5, 2002
''Up until last Friday, I think I know where all of our
guys' focus was''
Just What The Dentist Ordered
Now sit back and relax, this won't hurt a bit
Port Kicks Up a Storm
"Clubs that win games have a hunger that they want to win... So, to put it
rhetorically, did you see that with our current state?"
Wait 'Till Next Year
Burkett: "I have to fly home to Texas to pick up my cap but I'll
be back before 7:00pm tomorrow." (The fans can't wait John.)
Game. Set. Match.
Rickey leads off because Grady doesn't know how to win.
Phony Clark pops out and K's twice as expected.
And DLowe pitches just well enough to lose.
Another Manny 6-4-3 DP when
it counts as Giambi wins it for Yankees.
Manny on the Sox chances: "oh yeah, you
don't know what's gonna happen... oh yeah, we're playing fine, you have to
give the other guys' credit... oh yeah, we miss Pedro, but Castillo did a
good job, that's the way it is... there's still a lot of games to go."
Wednesday September 4, 2002
."That was a tough double play," said the Little Apologist. "The runner was
bearing down on Rey and it made it awfully tough on him to get that double
(too bad the picture doesn't
GetGradyGone probably also said that Manny "ran as fast as he could" after
Couldn'tCareLess wildly swung at the first pitch, grounding into the
season-ending double play.
Barbarians at the Gates
But will the fence keep us in or out?
And the answer is "A New York Minute." The question posed this
morning by Dan Shaughnessy: "But how fast would it take Red Sox Nation to
forgive Clemens if he toed the rubber in a Sox uniform at Fenway next
Tuesday September 3, 2002
Nomar Pours it On the Yankees
Casey keeps them in it early. No more popping up, off for Garciaparra,
Sox romp 8-4.
"They're a great bunch of guys in this room," Garciaparra said. "No one
hangs their head, no one points fingers. Everyone just wants to know what
they can do to help the club win."
"Too often this
season the Red Sox have either been dirt dogs or kittens, and rarely
anything in between. Yesterday, however, they were Impossible Dream-like
in their execution and their clutch hitting, a quality they will need if
they are to make it to October." -- Steve Buckley, Boston
Herald - 9.3.02
The Bad News
Pedro may miss next start as hipshouldergroin injury will
require extended rest through October.
The Good News
StrikeSox breaking up. "Now that the strike situation is over with, I
think the attitude is 'it's time to turn it on, let's not look back.'''
- 9.2.02 Casey Fossum (too bad they didn't 'turn it on' in June, July, and
Here Comes Benny and the
Agbayani, infielder Shane Andrews,
right-hander Josh Hancock and
infielder Freddy Sanchez join catcher Kevin
Brown with the big club
Monday September 2, 2002
Hey Nomar Excuses, Time for a New
York State of Mind.
Can Pedro-less Sox Survive Bronx Bombers?
Will Sox Bats Play Possum for Fossum Again?
Read Hench's Corner in the Boston Sunday Globe:
9.2.02: "Watching Shea Hillenbrand jog to first on his
line drive to right and escape the ignominy of a 9-3 putout only by the
grace of Jim Thome's gracelessness Friday night made one wonder: Is it
really possible that a 27 year-old former soccer player doesn't have the
energy to make four all-out sprints over the course of three hours? This
was the first inning!"
Sunday September 1, 2002
Wake Stays Hot, Cleveland Can't
Manny, Daubach and Sox Trounce Cleveland 7-1, But Boston
Gains No Ground.
LONG ANTICIPATED SOFT-SEPTEMBER SCHEDULE IS HERE.
Close Comebacks Don't Cut It, They've Already Ruined Our Summer, Let's
Hope They Don't Fall Further in Autumn.
25 Guys, 25 Tabs
In today's Boston Sunday Globe Cliff Floyd "hinted that the
Boston fans have been harsher than he anticipated, the social atmosphere
among his teammates is different from his past experience, and the
American League has been harder to accept than he had hoped." As a
Marlin, he said, if he missed a ball, the fans ''still love you.'' And he
said his teammates were younger and in some ways socialized more as a team
than the Sox. ''Here, a lot of guys make a lot of money and everybody does
their thing,'' he said. ''Different strokes for different folks.''
Off Somewhere Else?
Nomar blames fans for not getting his side of the story: ''Fans are going to miss
a lot of good guys,'' he hinted. ''I've said that all along. You like
wearing a guy's T-shirt with his name on it - maybe he won't be here next
Manny is Lazy
``To come back like that and lose it on a ball
where Johnny has to cover more ground than he needs to - that's not
Johnny's ball,'' said a blunt and agitated Jason Varitek, the Sox catcher.
``Johnny's gotta cover for Manny (Ramirez). Plain and simple. He just
overran the ball. Johnny was just hustling.''