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No Bull From Pen,
Sox Get the Win

All For One, And One For All

Everybody Chips In for the Win. 7-2,
Mueller, Millar Outstanding.

Media Pow-Wow

McAdam, Mazz to Sit Down With Sox on Media Crisis

Garciaparra: "They lump us together, so we're going to lump them together."

High-Ranking Red Sox Official: "I can no longer sit back and hope this thing sorts itself out. The media has done nothing - nothing wrong here."

Heuschkel Has It


Bullpencil by Committee

Another member erased.

Fox Goes On the DL, Embree Back Up.

Chad Has Strained Oblique, aka Hellenic Flu

Gammons Throws Burkett Under the Bus, and Offers Up a Shea Three-Way

4.28.03 Diamond Notes:  "Incidentally, after the Angels had John Burkett checked for some foreign substance, one Red Sox official said, "fortunately they didn't look hard enough."

Extra! Extra!

'Tiz, Tek Go Back-to-Back

Boston Avoids Anaheimlich Maneuver, Top Halos in Fourteen

Ben, Jenny From The Box Go the Distance with Sox

Boston Wins 6-4, J-Lo Free to Go

Animal Rescue League Strays

Fox Sees Deer in Headlights Again

Pen Fox Up For Another Blown Pedro Save


Even Silent Pedro Neurotic

But Martinez Must Win Tonight

(don't quote me on that, just use your own words)

The Truth Hurts

Paul Pierce scores 32 second half points, breaking Bird and Havlicek's Celtics playoff record, to lead Green from 16 down in third quarter over Pacers 102-92.

No Thunder in Sticks

Burkett good to the last drop, but Sox flop 3-1 and fall five games behind the Yankees.


  W L Pct. GB
New York 20 4 .833 --
Boston 15 9 .625 5.0
Baltimore 11 12 .478 8.5
Tampa Bay 10 14 .417 10.0
Toronto 9 16 .360 11.5

No-mar Excuses

Garciaparra is media wise, plate foolish, and busy with family and friends plan. "Nomar's got a big family. He's got a lot of visiting to do." - Grady Little

Shortstop Not Speaking, Sort Of

Nomar works on media schedule during 0-19 skid:  Shortstop will now only be conducting interviews that are scheduled a day in advance. Nomar will not be speaking to the press on the opening day of a series or on getaway days.

Mad at the Media, and Vice-Versa

Gammons on 'EEI:  "They don't quite understand that there is something that comes with that (making mega-millions), they have an obligation to give some PR back to the team. Something's very odd. I see a lot of unhappiness (in Nomar) that really worries me. Mike Sweeney said to me once "do they realize how lucky they are to get booed."

McAdam on 'EEI:  "I don't think it's necessary for a pitcher to be lecturing reporters (Derek Lowe on Howard Bryant's article which invaded clubhouse privacy and attempted to polarize the clubhouse on war and political issues) hours before an afternoon game he's starting... shows a lack of focus.... Timlin's bumper sticker was out (prominently above locker) to be seen."

Mazz in the Herald:  "Meanwhile, Nomar Garciaparra was fueling anti-media sentiment in the clubhouse, which is a wonderful example to set for the newcomers on the team. We can only wonder what guys such as Chad Fox must be thinking when they are having absolutely ZERO difficulty dealing with the media or its criticisms."

Mazz On The Zone: "They're acting like a bunch of 10-year olds... Pedro can't say 'don't quote me' then walk by making comments. I don't see how that is beneficial to the public and those of us with a professional obligation to cover the team. If Pedro's back or hip is bothering him fans want to know. Now the responsibility falls on the rest of the organization to talk."


Casey Awesome

(Send apologies to Casey Awesome, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215-3496)

Fossum, Shea Lead the Way. Pen Gets Rally Monkey
Off Their Backs,
5-2 Over World Champs

Diggin' Deep

The Red Sox did an outstanding job last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, they had a great time, and they are all funny, funny guys. After the show everyone went out to Deep, a new hotspot on Hollywood and Vine. Manny wanted to leave every 15 minutes (he takes care of Ortiz more than Ortiz takes care of him... joke was that Manny was David's girlfriend). Ugly girls love our Red Sox. Millar and Ortiz keep everyone loose (Varitek wishes he could be like that, but he's glad they're around to do it).

The guys love Ortiz (some think Giambi is stealing his at bats). They don't follow the media all that much (think many of them are full of themselves), but some definitely do. Manny is very shy but speaks fantastic English but he was trying to talk Spanish to a friend of one of the players, speaks it very fast). Tek almost got hit with a limo. Damon is simply a rock star and he loves it.

Make no mistake, they want to win badly now. They realize the window of opportunity they have.

No scandals, sorry. Just good clean fun.

Sox Steal the Talkshow
(but don't want to talk about it)

Manny25 photo

"Nothing Our Friend Jack Daniels Can't Take Care Of" J.D.


Texas Game, Saw Massacre.

Texas Mess: Rangers Deliver D-Lowe Blow, 16-5

Not Shoulder Soreness, but Pedro Has Nagging Lower-Back Knot

Sexless Soap Opera Continues:

It's another stretch from Pedro "Oil Cantankerous" Martinez

"I'm not speaking for the rest of my Red Sox career"

New Twist from Silent Starter: Pete's Peeved Again

Throw away one-liner from Harmless Bob Hohler sets him off

(and we thought Mazz was the culprit)

"Martinez offered his only public comments as reporters were interviewing
Lyon. Apparently alluding to his stance of silence, he said,

''Get your news while you can, you guys.""

Garciaparra has to step in between Martinez and Media

TV Tidbit: Sox infield to introduce Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight

Bryant Bumble

D-Lowe Would Like to Get a Peace of Howard Bryant.

Howard's End: Herald Columnist Crosses the Line

(Hey Howard, don't judge a shirt by its color: for starters Timlin's camouflage t-shirts are duck hunting shirts, printed before the war, not military t-shirts)


Committee Adjourned

Animal Rescue League Replaces Closer-by-Committee

Lyon and Fox Named 9th Inning Closers, Mendoza to Set-Up

Grady on the new closers: "It took a while to figure out who was comfortable in that role... everybody knows their role now."

Sox All Wet Against Texas Raingers

Bats quiet, Wake gets hit, Texas pours it on 6 -1


Pedro Walks the Walks, Won't Talk the Talk

Pen Writes Another Cliffhanger,
But Chad Hangs on for Win

The Strong, Silent Type

Petey wild as pitchers walk 11 (yeah 9, blame Troupe), but Sox survive 5-4

Is it a stretch? "Pedro's oblique muscle is his kryptonite. When he pitches he comes around so hard that each fastball at 96 or over will put a serious strain onto that muscle."

Party's Over,
Burkett Gets Bombed

Shots Heard 'Round the Park

Burkett's Ball Hung Over Dish, Streak Ends at Seven, 11-6

Rupe Getting Ready


Easter Eggcellent

On the Seventh Day They Rose Again
for a Home Run Walk Off Win

No Halliday for Blue Jays as Nomar Wins it with Wall Seat Shot

Bullpen Bounces Back

Gasoline Alley Cats have put out fire for 13-1/3 consecutive innings. Sox move to 5-1 in one-run games.

Boston 6 Toronto 5, Comeback Kids Win Another Close One.


Manny Gets Jacked

"He hit me, I didn't like it."

Sturtze Hurts Ramirez

Manny Speaks to New York Times on The Wall Seat Journal

Ramirez, who is one of the most aloof players in baseball, waves to the fans in the first minute of batting practice. When a woman pleads with Ramirez for a ball for her son's birthday, he obliges and tosses one softly to her. She catches it.

"It's great because I had people behind me when I played in Cleveland," Ramirez said. "It's nice to see. You know they're there. I look up and give them a wave."

After Ramirez was told how giddy the fans became when he flipped balls into the seats, he was giddy for a few seconds, too.

"I'm going to have to get up there," Ramirez said, "and take a look."

Sox on a roll, rock Toronto 7-2


Look Who's Not Talking Too

Manny's Spokesperson is No Longer Speaking.

Nomar wonders if it's too late to join the Silent Superstars. Damian Jackson will now speak for most of team.

Good Friday for Walks in the Park

All Around Win and Mirabelli Chips In,
Sox Trounce Toronto 7-3


BRRed Sox WWWin Pedddro is BBBack!!

Martinez is All Business. Nomar, Millar Star.

Sox Freeze Rays 6-0

Silent Night

Pedro won't let it go, goes on Manny media diet for a month

Millar: "These fans are awesome."


Sox Cannot Afford a Pete Repeat Tonight

Pedro needs to be hot in the cold

Was That David Or Tease?

The Big Man Busts Out with Three Hits

"I feel good, just going out there and try to have fun. The only way to get out of a jam is by playing."

Comeback Kids Close Out Close One

Pitching, Defense, Clutch Hitting, and a 1-2-3 Ninth. Just Another Night for the Olde Towne Team.

Sox Come Back to Win Late, 6-4

Will Brandon Get Lyon's Share of Saves?

Tomase Goes Over the Top

Salem Witch Trials Friendlier than Fenway

"The Red Sox do not have the best fans in baseball. Not even close. If anything, they're among the worst.

Would the best fans in baseball boo the best pitcher in baseball after his first bad start in almost a year? Would the best fans in baseball crucify each member of an admittedly underachieving bullpen with sadistic glee after just 10 games? Would the best fans in baseball throw a bag of popcorn at an opposing outfielder as he tries to make a catch?

No, no and no."

- A usually on-target John Tomase must have either written a parody article, or he's lost his mind. The Opening Day booing at the park was so subtle that the relievers and the fans booing them were all smiling during Friday's introductions. Not sure if John could see that from the confines of the press box. The Pedro booing was another non-event, a one time message to tell big mouth to shut up already. But in describing Fenway as meaner than the Salem witch trials, well, John is obviously trying to cast a shameful spell on us. Fortunately his writing is more like bitchcraft than witchcraft.


Death, Taxes, and a Sox Bullpen Collapse

Mendoza Lights The Match Tonight, Timlin Barely Holds the Line, Howry Sent Down, Sox Beat Rays 6-5

The Shiell Deal

Person up soon, Almonte first... nope, Jason Shiell gets the first call to join committee.

Shea Saves the Day

After Gasoline Alley Burns Fossum

Casey goes seven strong, needed nine with the Shi**y Committee

The New Mendoza Line


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Derek Delivers
Sinker Came in Nice and Lowe. Wake Saves Day, Sox Squeeze By Baltimore 2-0

(Better Off Red?)

Pedro Has "Heavy Arm"

Is the ink dry on the extension?


Boo, Birds Bring Down Pedro, Sox
Martinez Has Worst Professional Outing Ever. Health, Contract Issues Could Be to Blame.

Opening Nightmare

 Post-Option Pedro is Not on the Money

Boo Who? Ace is Awful: O's 13 Sox 6

P. Martinez (L, 0-1) 4 1/3 9 10 10 4 5 0 92-53 5.12

The Stare on the Stairs

Pedro Won't Forget Nasty Nation

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Ray Charles in the Rain by The Charles

Rain Came Early, Bars Open Late

Opening Day at Fenway

From Millar to Martinez, Sox Ready to Go vs. O's

You'll Never Find, Another Park Like Mine

Lou Rawls to Sing National Anthem

Shank Sticks MarTEAMez

Dan hits Paydro with his best pitch

Dirt Dogs Bail Out Gasoline Alley Cats

Trot, Johnny Save the Day

I had some pretty good at bats, felt relaxed, I just battled, had a feeling he was going to come in with a fastball. You don't want to drop three to a team. - Nixon

Timlin Lights Torch Late,
But Sox Hang On 8-7


John Henry is
Disappointed in Paydro

John calls into The Big Show from downtown Boston:

GO: You've obviously picked up the newspapers. You have read the comments by Pedro Martinez. You just exercised an option that gave him 17 and a half million dollars. And it's certainly, in the comments I've read here, doesn't seem to have brought you an awful lot of goodwill via this player that you just gave all this cash to.

JH: I would uh... I couldn't disagree with you. I could not disagree with that comment based on what I read today.

CC: Does that disappoint you?

JH: ......... um.... I don't know if I want to create any more quotes :-)... but I can't disagree with what you are saying.

GO: Well obviously when you exercise the option I would think you expected that this guy would at least say something more positive along the lines of "and now we can negotiate and work something out at the end of the season" instead he's coming out and basically saying that the deal that you had on the table, even though you've just given him $17.54 million John is off the table, and he's telling you his demands are going to be greater come November. Do you regret giving him the $17.5 million?

JH: .....well I don't know what to say other than uh hopefully we'll be able to make a deal, but I can't disagree with what you're saying.

Dan Shaughnessy on SportsPlus:  "Pedro spit on them"

Sox Get Smoked

Gasoline Alley Flames Up Again, and Gamers Show No Fire.

Casey, Closers Come Apart.
Grady, Theo to Make Changes in Committee Members

Mendoza Gives Up Grand Slam, Toronto 10 Boston 5

With Halliday vs. Burkett, team could come home .500

Joe Torre: "Mendoza's been awful"


Greedy Petey

Sox Pick Up Option But Can't Please Paydro

17.5 million dollars for 30 games is not enough

''I sacrificed a lot of money by not being a free agent the next two years... I'll let you know what I deserve." (sigh)

Sox MVP Millar Goes Deep Again

"We play a game for a living. I think sometimes people lose perspective of that. If I didn't make a dollar out there on that field, I'd still be out there playing. I love it."

Where's Manny? 0 HR, 5 RBI
There's Manny. 1 HR, 3 RBI

High and Lowe

Ball Stays Up, Sox Go Down, and Gasoline Alley is at it Again

Millar goes deep, but Toronto Trounces Boston 8-4

"This is all upon me, not about Tony, not about a blister. It's a lack of making a pitch when you have to make it. The thing about these outings is yeah, I've had them last year, but when you start off like this everything's magnified. I have confidence. It's frustrating to have this kind of start. Leave the ball up, get behind in the count, the hitter has the advantage. I'm not gonna go 1-32."


Carl will be the new voice of Fenway.
Charlie Austin backs him up.

"I know I'll never fill Sherm's shoes," Beane said.
"But wouldn't it be cool if I could sit in his chair?"

Fenway Flood for Openers?

Hey Ed, We Said Make Friday Sunday


Sox Pay Up to Shut Pete Up

After two no-decisions, the $17.5 million one is official. Martinez gets his money seven months early.

Next Stop Wonderland? Wonderful? Or 2005 Walk?

John Henry: "Initially there was an issue of respect, but with the conversations we had, that faded away. I don’t think he believes that anymore. Then the issue of trust came up. A feeling on Pedro’s part that maybe we didn’t trust him that he’s healthy. By picking up the option now, we showed him that:

1. We trust you, you are healthy
2. We're committed to you

RESPECT by Pedro Martinez and John Henry

(oo) What you want
(oo) Baby, I got (my option)
(oo) What you need ($)
(oo) Do you know I got it?
(oo) All I'm askin' (pay me early)
(oo) Is for a little respect when I throw home (hurts just a little bit)
Hey Larry (hurts just a little bit) when I throw home
(hurts just a little bit) mister Henry (just a little bit)

I ain't gonna do you wrong but don't pay me, I'm gone
Ain't gonna do you wrong (oo) 'cause I don't wanna go John (oo)
All I'm askin' (oo pay me early)
Is for a little respect when I throw home (hurts just a little bit)
Larry (hurts a little bit) when I throw home (hurts just a little bit)
Ouch (just a little bit)

I'm about to give you all of my money
And all I'm askin' in return, Petey
Is to give me my profits
When you throw home (just a, just a, just a, just a)
Yeah Petey (just a, just a, just a, just a)
When you throw home (just a little bit)
Yeah (I just bit)

Ooo, your pitches (oo)
Sweeter than honey (oo)
And guess what? (oo)
So is my money (oo)
All I want you to do (oo) for me
Is give me nine when you're at home (re, re, re ,re)
Yeah Petey (re, re, re ,re)
Whip it to me (respect, just a little bit)
When you throw home, now (I just bit)

Find out what it costs for Pete
Take care, CHB

Oh (sox just paid me, sox just paid me,
sox just paid me, sox just paid me)
A little respect (sox just paid me, sox just paid me,
sox just paid me, sox just paid me)
Whoa, Babe (you never made this)
A little respect (just a little bitch)
When my arm gets tired (just a little bitch)
I'll keep on tryin' (just a little bitch)
I'm runnin' out of foolin' (just a little bitch)
And I ain't lyin' (just a little bitch)
(re, re, re, re) 'spect
When I throw home (re, re, re ,re)
Or the pen walks one in (respect, just a little bit)
And find out I'm gone to New York (just a little bitch)
I got to have (Sox just bit)
A little respect (Sox just bit)



Shea drives in 1/2 dozen runs. Leads the league.


No Stopping Nomar. Shortstop is a Single Short of Cycle.

Boston 12 Baltimore 2

 David Bloom Dies in Iraq

David Bloom, an NBC News correspondent embedded with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division outside Baghdad, died Sunday of an apparent pulmonary embolism. David was a true American Dirt Dog. Our deepest sympathies.

Pen, Fox Up Again. Pedro Can't Win.

Split Decision? Grady sits Hillenbrand, Millar

Chad Walks the Walk, Sox lose 2-1


Too Close
for Comfort

Mendoza Line Crossed as Committee Collapses Again

But Sox win 8-7 (and are 2-0 in one run games)

Tek Stops O's Rally

Goes Yard with Walker but Baltimore Scores Six Unanswered Runs. Sox Get Lucky as Tying Run Was Safe.


Robert Will Return as Critical Outs Closer


Two Touchdowns in Tampa

Red Sox Roll Over Rays 14-5

Kevin Hits One Out Again

"He's the ultimate dirt dog" - Bob Lobel

and KKKKKKKKasey is OK


Mueller Time Part II

Bill breaks out with three hits.

D-Lowe Steps Up, Fox Locks It Down

Sox Hang on in Tampa 7-5

Chad gets closer: "I was a little more relaxed tonight. I wasn't trying to overthrow. Thinking go away, away on Crawford."

Three Run Tek Jack

(But Speed Rays Steal Second at Will)




Woody, Lyon Hold Off D-Rays in Extra Innings

Red Sox 9 Tampa Bay 8



Opening Day Nightmare

March Madness in Tampa St. Pete: Sox Come in Like a Lion, Go Out Like a Lamb

Devil Rays Score 5 in 9th to win 6-4

Choker By Committee

Grady Over-Manages
to Get Out-Foxed

Chad Can't Close While Mendoza Line Was Fine


Fans Furious with Nomar, Grady, Embree Efforts

"This night was gonna happen sooner or later, it just happened tonight on Opening Day. We didn't get the pitches we needed. It doesn't matter when you need them. I have a lot of confidence in these guys. You might see the same guys out there tomorrow, tonight we didn't make the pitches when we needed to, and we got beat" - Grady Little

Pete Peeved

"This is the first time I've ever seen this happen. For me this is something new (this committee). I'm gonna have to trust Grady and just shut my mouth and do my work."

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