Ortiz is World Serious
of the Dominican Republic Aguilas is congratulated by the team mascot
after hitting the game winning home run against the Puerto Rico Criollos
during the Caribbean Series of Baseball at the Roberto Clemente Stadium in
San Juan, Puerto Rico Sunday. He went 2-4 with a home run on Monday as
well. (AP Photo/Tomas Van Houtryve)
Fans get in line, online, and dial up for 2003
Red Sox tickets. Web pages lock up, phone connections drop, and the
numbers game is confusing, but fans buy tickets like they're going out of
style. "Good seats still available" but forget the Yankees.
Will Sean Be Spanked if He Doesn't Apologize
for Trashing Sox Front Office on New York Airwaves?
rips Sox brass on WFAN's Mike and the Mad Dog.
On Henry/Lucchino: "...in a large
extent, they cannot
afford to own the team... they have nothing left... John Henry doesn't want
to reach in for more... this group is very PR conscious... their talk is
On going to the Mets: "I was too
(hoping to join Mets team)... if I could do it all over again, I would"
On Colon: "If you've got a 5-game
winner versus a 20-game winner -- you make the trade"
On the sale of the team: "the attorney
general himself called it a bag job... Bud Selig wanted to keep it in the
family, people who would vote for a luxury tax and revenue sharing... Joe
O'Donnell and Steve Karp were perfect, incredibly wealthy... we'd have a
new stadium built (by now)"
over flu, felt strong at weekend baseball clinic. He is working out
extremely hard and "feels 100% ready to go physically and mentally."
Millar Not Leaving Las Vegas
Kevin Loses Dragon Tail. Sox Gamble May Pay Off.
Exit the Dragons
Millar Closer to Boston
Chunichi Dragons President Junichi
Nishikawa No Longer Confident Millar Will Play in Japan.
"Dan has not been a client, i.e.,
paid money to Flynn and New Media Marketing, for work involving Dan or the
Flynn was in on Duke's Sports Academy
New Media Marketing was contact for Duke's
SoSH is in like Flynn
Duke "Outraged" at Herald
Calls Web Story "Unfair, Irresponsible."
Confession Not Complete
PR Riddle Doesn't Address Duke's December Clinic
'97 relationship, Papile basketball school.
Sean Thanks Steinbrenner, Slams Red Sox
The Real Big O
Tease over. Ortiz signs.
Many Sox fans disgruntled about hot stove turning to
cold shoulder, big names turn to small moves.
Enter the Dragons
Millar to get escort back to Japan.
Mendoza, Nomar, and Walker Come to Boston
Pedro 'Molesto,' Threatens to Go
"After (spring training) I will not sign a contract with
the Red Sox."
One More Whiney Award for Pedrone, the
Cy Young of Whiners
MarTEAMez Runs His Mouth Off Again
Slams Sox, Theo
Over Uggie, Colon, Closers and his $17.5M
1.17.03 Listin Diario: "I love the
city and I want to sign with the Red Sox but if Boston is going to dismantle the
team, I'd go to any other team, except the Los Angeles Dodgers. If the Red
Sox don't sign me to a contract before the end of spring training, I will
become a free agent ... they've had a lot of time."
On Colon going to Chicago: "I don't like that. I wanted him in
Boston. If we want to win, we need another big-time pitcher and Bartolo
would have given us the push we need... Bartolo said he wanted to be in
He Wanted Colon... He Didn't Want Colon:
12.11.02 Boston Herald regarding Colon: "If they talked about trading Nomar this summer, where are they
going to get the money to pay Vladimir or Colon? If they go get Colon,
they are probably thinking about trading me.''
Pedro Rips Sox Brass
Fires Agent, Will Negotiate His Own Deal
The Kid's Alright
Derek Lowe had a skin cancer lesion removed on his nose two weeks ago,
expected to be fine for spring training; missed baseball writers dinner.
Says It's Over
"We owe it to the organization to put our best foot forward for Kevin
Millar," said Theo Epstein. "We'll do so in a way that doesn't infringe on
the rights of Kevin Millar, the Florida Marlins or the Chunichi Dragons.
We're confident we can reach an agreement on this matter that will leave
We think we can do this in a way that is fair to everybody."
After Dinner Minutes
Grady on the lineup at Boston Baseball
Writer's Dinner: ""We've been running our lineups through the paper this
morning, trying to figure out what we'd do in 'this situation, that
situation'... and we're nothing but awfully proud of what we see when we
write our lineup down if nothing else is done"
January 17, 2003
Sox Get Barstoolo Colon
Bartolo Blows Up Like a Balloon
Wait Goes On, Price Comes Down, as Colon's Weight Goes
Up: ML Scout: "He's gotten so big
all over, his eyes are ready to shut."
Lucchino on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan - New Seats, Sean,
Sabermetrics, and Season Ticket Trouble
1.30.03 - JD: Did the criticism of the deep pockets
or as he (Sean McDonough) describes it a lack thereof, bother you more, or
the fact that he's taking Theo to task about not trading Fossum and
LL: No, the second area is fair game
for most journalists, and Sean is sometimes a journalist and sometimes a
play-by-play employee for the club, he has an ambiguous role, but I would
say, the things that he knows least about, the ownership financial
situation, the politics of the acquisition of the team and whether another
group was better financed, most of those things are just wrong.
John Henry Clears the Air
Defends Finances. Sean McDenies His WFAN Comments
JH on The McDonough Group with Sean
1.30.03 - On difficulty getting tickets:
JH: Last year I was following a lot of the internet banter about
the... really complaints... people were posting on different websites
their complaints, not with us, but just among themselves about the
problems trying to get through... sometime two days, no seats left. This
year, a lot of it going on online.
On scalpers getting more tickets now:
One danger of new policy is that more seats may end up in the hands of
scalpers and so this is a one year trial.
SM: You mentioned early on... I
think you used the word fret, I'm not fretting over your finances, I'm
sure you're doing very well and I hope the team's doing very well too...
JH: whoa... you sure we're doing well?
You said "we can't afford to own the team"...
SM: Well, I didn't really say that!...
JH: "we don't have any money
SM: I guess the question I would ask
is, the, and Dan Shaughnessy alluded to it too... his suggestion was that
perhaps you guys didn't understand what you were getting into
financially... I find it hard to believe, that part of it, when your
laying out that kind of money and given your track record in finance. But
obviously there is a lot of debt that comes with buying something at the
price at which you bought it, and I think the fans look at the income from
NESN going way up, you already mentioned that you're number two in
revenue, that tickets going up - price and number of them - so they see
revenue streams going up, payroll going down, still, as you say, over $100
million, but going down. I think it's those sorts of things that lead to
concern about, and when they see signage on the tarp, the ground crew's
brought to you by Toro, uh much more signage all over the park, the stuff
on Yawkey Way, which a lot of it is involved for the fan experience, but
obviously some of it generates revenue too, I would think. When you put
all those things together, it does lead people at least to ask about the
financial viability of this for you or anybody else who is involved in
this kind of an undertaking.
JH: That's why I wanted to come more
than anything else today, to address it directly. If you look at the facts
though. If you look at what's actually happened, we do have $104-105
million payroll. We tried our best to get Jose Contreras. We went after
Jeff Kent. We went after Alfonso. We went after Colon. And we still have
room in our budget. We're still actively pursuing an outfielder. And we're
pursuing another gentleman who probably won't be available, but I don't
think that payroll, if it ends up being down this year, it's going to be
down marginally... re: having debt - interest rates lowest since great
depression, 1.3-4%? I don't think debt service is an issue for this
franchise... if you are concerned, call our banker, chairman and CEO of
Fleet Chad Gifford... he probably would tell you, he's a straight-up guy,
I would certainly try to be straight up about our finances, we don't have
financial issues at this point. From the moment we got involved in the
process, people said we wouldn't be able to pay for it. They said we
borrowed too much money... debt service not even eight figures (under $10
million).... what you were trading was three years of Shea Hillenbrand and
four years of Casey Fossum for one year of Bartolo Colon, who may very
well, before the trading deadline, be available unless the White Sox are
in the thick of the pennant race. We may be the only team in baseball, and
I'm not being facetious, that has money to spend. We didn't think that was
a good deal for this franchise. That's been the Red Sox MO, but we have
some confidence in Casey Fossum. It will be interesting to see who's
better this year, with the caveat, that Casey develops a third pitch.
Deal Going Down
"involved" with Millar, but Colon may be gone.
Will McDonough Dies in His
Will passed away at his home yesterday. Our Deepest
Sympathies and Condolences to the McDonough Family.
"We've lost the 800lb Gorilla of Boston Sports"
Penny Wise. Pound Foolish?
Colon to Florida Trade Goes South.
Theo Pessimistic About Doing Deal for Colon
Montreal GM Omar Minaya on Trade Negotiations
with Red Sox: "You have some good days and bad in this process, I spoke to
Theo twice today, I hope to speak to Theo over the next couple of days but
if I don't work something out with him, we're talking to some other teams
as well... I'm an optimistic person"
January 7, 2003
Third baseman finally on board.
Still Involved with Starter Deal
Give it time.
Start Me Up!
Red Sox Nation Getting Impatient for Another
Sox, Mets, Expos Close to Three-Way Deal?
Hillenbrand would end up in NY, Colon to Boston
January 4, 2003
Gammons Slams Steingrabber
Spending is obscene
Yankees Can't Handle the Truth
Tomase tells it like it is
Tuesday December 31, 2002
Sox close to signing Giant third baseman, Gammons says "agreement in place"
Listin Diario 'done deal' was just drivel.
Dallas Williams hired as Sox first base coach. With Papa Jack, Little's
Ron "Papa Jack" Jackson officially named
new Red Sox hitting coach
The Man with the Plan
Theo sticks to it.