Fossum Flops Again, ERA Jumps to 5.86
Sox Drop Fourth Straight
To Little: Too Late
Slow Hook Grady Leaves Casey in to
"We battled awfully hard out there, I'm
awfully proud of these kids, Casey made some great pitches but things just
didn't go our way ta-day, we're gonna come back and see if we can get 'em
ta-morra" (I made that up but you know the drill by now). The real Grady
postgame quotes: "It's a simple matter of mislocating pitches. We came in
with a plan but we mislocated pitches these first two games. Casey has
some good innings, some bad innings, but his stuff is good. We look
forward to getting Kim in here, getting Pedro back, getting Derek Lowe
untracked. We'll see if we can't come back and get 'em tomorrow."
The Grady Watch is On:
Jays 10 Sox 7
Burkett Gets Hammered Again, Sox Sober Up and Return to Second Place
News: Burkett Will Not Be Invited to Pitch in All-Star Game.
(Must be the 6.28 ERA)
Sox Get Crushed 13-2
Honoring Shea: In a touching show of solidarity with their departed
teammate the Boston Red Sox refused to draw a single walk in last night's
Deny Stark Look at Pedro's Injury
Grady on with WEEI's Dale & Neumy today:
- You've already announced that BK starts
Tuesday in Pittsburgh, obviously it means Pedro is not ready, but at what
stage in his comeback is he at?
Grady: He's still kinda day to day... we need
to get him up on the mound and let him do some pitching. At this point in
time he's not ready to get up on the mound just yet so we're still unsure
exactly how long it's gonna be, hopefully it will be sooner than later,
but we're not gonna make him come back before he's ready of course.
- In Jason Stark's ESPN column, a baseball guy,
I don't know who he is,
says he believes "there's a little more there than meets the eye with
Martinez," is he overstating the case or is this just dreamland on his
Grady: Well heck I can't really answer that
question to tell you the truth, but as each day goes on, and he's not able
to get up on the mound and pitch, I guess that becomes more and more
reality to all of us.
Privately Calls Theo "That Little Twerp" Last Night
Hillenbrand is "pissed off" that he heard about trade
from friend first.
D&C reveal "trade me now faggot" line from WAAF call a
Raising Arizona Issues
Kim gets bad rap from Arizona players, media,
fans. He's been called a "cancer" in the clubhouse because of his quirks:
sometimes falls asleep during games, "prefers" to pitch in the minors,
he's the Korean Derek Lowe "gets flustered easy."
More from the East Valley Tribune: "The quirk meter on Byung-Hyun Kim,
however, had run out with the Diamondbacks — and it wasn't the
ninth-inning World Series home runs, or the demands to leave the bullpen
that shortened team patience. It was taking a day for “personal reasons''
when struggling last year. It was the between-start rituals (long bullpen
sessions) that left people shaking their heads. Missing a month with a
bone bruise on the leg while still being spry enough to take batting
practice days after going on the disabled list. That gets old, especially
in a clubhouse where manager Bob Brenly and his lieutenants show little
patience for anything short of old-time, self-motivating baseball."
what exactly is the
relationship between Hillenbrand and his Quarter Horse?)
Shea-hole Corks One
Out of the BOB
Shea Hillenbrand's first National League
homer never would have cleared the Green Monster at Fenway. "That's a
single,'' Hillenbrand said. "I'm sure I'd have been standing on first.
That's why they got me out of there.''
BK Broiler to start
on Tuesday as the Delicate Dominican is now week-to-weak
Theo: "We need help Tuesday, we want Pedro to
be patient, we don't want to rush him. Chen was OK, but we want a pitcher
for every fifth day. We're gonna use him (Kim) in role that helps the
most. That might change in a week, or a month. The important thing is to
get Pedro to 100%, not to tolerate less. More than just one day or two
days, we want to see some progress every day."
Yankee Killa': "Manny was thinking about his hitting while
fielding (on Wednesday night in New York)." Nice.
Johnny Be Gone?
year's team, Pesky said he feels good. But he vowed to end his longtime
association with the Red Sox if Shea Hillenbrand is traded. ''If that
happens, I'll quit,'' Pesky said sternly. ''I've got my letter all ready
for Mr. [Larry] Lucchino.''
Red Sox Get Diamondback in the
It's a Byung
Get Over the
Shea in March:
"They don't know what they have with me. If they get rid of me, they'll
know what they have. You've heard of Jeff Bagwell?"
Breather March Minutes:
"I'm not going out quietly, I'll tell you that
much," Hillenbrand said yesterday. "They think we're stupid."
"But if you tell me that Bill Mueller is going
to be the first one off the bench and he's going to give you a day off,
would you sign him to two years for $4.5 million? And they're talking
about cutting costs and saving money. I'm not stupid."
"Why not sign me to a multiyear [contract]?
Sign me now so I don't have to go to arbitration." What happens if I go
out and have an All-Star year this year and go to arbitration? You have to
pay me more."
Hillenbrand said on-base percentage is
overrated unless you're the leadoff batter. To me, if I get a 7-8-9 hitter
on base, it don't mean [expletive] to me."
NEW YORK NIGHTMARE
COMEBACK TURNS TO CLASSIC
Manny's not focused again, blows game with
bonehead play. Lowe is a no-show at start, Lyon can't beat umps. Grady has
no second thoughts about intentional walks. Hillenbrand can't hook slide.
Sox Lose to Yankees 6-5
"I was pissed. That was a dismal moment for Manny and the club. ...I will
ask Grady about the strategy of walking the bases loaded, My internal data
tells me it never works. There are issues of match-ups that he's got right
in front of him."
Hench on the Horror Show
As if on cue after my latest rant, Todd Walker not
only got picked off first by the catcher down by four runs but also would have
been doubled off second to end the game down by two runs had Jeter held onto
Millar's line drive.
"Make a line drive go through! See the line drive
through! Make the ball hit grass!"
A third base coach should not have to remind a Major
Leaguer of these fundamental tenets of the game. With less than two outs, you
have to make sure a line drive gets through before taking off. What makes
Walker's latest brainlock even more inexcusable is that his run was irrelevant.
They were down two! He got bailed out by Nomar when he was trying to steal
third with Johnny Damon already there, and he got bailed out by Jeter dropping
the ball (Nomar, by the way, was doing the exact right thing at first base,
retreating to the bag until Jeter dropped it). But Walker's nightly lapses are
unlike anything I've ever seen. Incredible. No wonder Tom Kelly ran this guy
out of Minnesota. He doesn't know how to play the game.
Maybe in next year's season-defining, backbreaking
loss to the Yankees we
won't walk the bases loaded to bring up Posada.
Pedro "It's Always Something"
Pushed Back Again as Sox Take it On the Chen
Next Start Now Tuesday...
Baseball Prospectus medical
guru Will Carroll
says Martinez can't stay healthy for long haul.
"Where's Pedro? How can a guy miss two starts against the Yankees?"
Fans Furious at Front
SoSH's DH3: Question for Theo
Why is a team with a $100 million payroll forced to
use a waiver wire claim and a rule 5 draft pick in such a "crucial" (with a
2-1/2 game lead on May 27th) game, just because they have ONE starting pitcher
on the DL? This team has three designated hitters masquerading as firstbasemen,
and a seven man bullpen, but not a single decent option to start a game when one
of the five starters goes down?
Question for Larry Lucchino:
Why does a team with almost $200 million in revenue
only have a $100 million payroll if its not sufficient to provide enough depth
in the starting rotation to cover ONE injury?
Grady Gives Up as Yanks Spank
Yankees 11 Red Sox 3
Was it a White Night?
Grady sent lefty out to be a door Matt with game on the line.
Sox Take Gloves Off and Clobber Clemens
Rocket-300 Celebrates Too Soon
One to Forget
Memorial Day turns to nightmare for Clemens
clan. Rocket Boosters Spike Owen, Marty Barrett, Bruce Hurst, etc. stop by
Stadium to celebrate career loss #154
Red Sox 8 Yankees 4
Patience Beats 'Patches'
Sox Plate Approach Runs Up Pitch Count on Clemens
5.24.03 - Memorial Day Weekend
Sox Take Two of Three from
Casey can't sweep up Cleveland, Manny gets a rest
Pedro goes on the 15-day DL. Will have to be watched for
remainder of 2003 season.
Hamming it Up?
Nomar doesn't strike me as the type, didn't think he could spare
she's out of his league but he's on the ball as his life was
in the gutter before he met her, she's a perfect 10, you'd
have to pin her down to talk about it,
but that's life in the fast lane, gotta split while I'm on a
0-11 vs. Yankees. Godawful At-Bats. Is He Earning 20% of The Boston Red Sox
Back to Second
154th Loss Denied at Fenway
Wake hung tough but bats sleep
New York 4 Boston 2
Late Innings Lament
Jackson picked off, Mirabelli
not pinched, Seanez debuts in critical situation (Was Dustin Hermanson
Sox Trump Yanks Without Ace
Back Scratches Pedro
MRI: Martinez Reveals Injury
Lat Muscle Leaves Pedro Start-to-Start
Bruce Alrighty: Lefty OK after taking it on the Chen in
Ortiz Delivers Big Blow as Sox Unload on Con Man in Seventh
Red Sox 10 Yankees 7
Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how are your
ballgame plans going?
from the Start
Fossum, Sox Not Ready for Prime Time
Players. Nomar, Manny Can't Deliver in Clutch.
Fat Forty-Year-Old Shuts Them Down.
New York 7 Boston 3
But "the Smartest
Fans in Baseball" Chant "Nomah's Better," "Yankees Suck," and do The Wave
Sons of Slam Horn
Members Ripped from Pillar to Post after Recent Fenway Outing
Fans happy to have sat near SoSH on Sunday:
"I've been going to Fenway park for over 20 years and I have to say I have seen
a lot & tolerate a lot, but I've never seen such a disgusting display EVER at
any sports event... You might think among yourselves that you were clever &
amusing & that the point of going to a ball game is to get as drunk as possible.
I'll repeat: you were the most disgusting group of "fans" I have ever
Next time stay home. The beer's cheaper & you don't
endanger other people.
Shame on all of you."
Wells Runs Dry Tonight
(Fat, Drunk, and Stupid is No Way to Go Through Life David)
Roger Comes to
Town at 299
He'll hit 300
lbs. before 300 wins
Sox Bring Angels Down
to Earth, Grab Share of
AL East Lead with Yanks
Burkett Makes Fans Forget Bad Starts, Stops
Varitek, Mueller timely, Manny homers, and
His Name Was Robert Person Brings Shaky Relief
Boston 5 Anaheim 3
New York Gets Spanked by
Texas, Bombers Stumble into Fenway, Second Place Awaits
Anaheimlich Maneuver as Sox Choke Against World Champs
Trusting Timlin is Recipe for Disaster as
Lowe Lead Blown
Angels 6 Sox 2
DOG F's UP AND PIG PEN
Timlin, Trot, and Terrible Fan
Don't Bring Their
Like Chumps as World Champs Cool Off Hot Dogs
The defense rests, the pitching was poor, base running was
bad and the kids can't come back.
Percival is Perfect as California
Knows How to Close
No Rocket-300 in Boston as Clemens Fizzles in the Bronx
First things first: Sox blow
opportunity for share of AL lead. Yanks overcome four run deficit as Sox
blow four run lead.
Texas Game, Saw Massacre
And The Pete Goes On
Texas-Sized Romp, 12-3
Sweep Dreams S&%#head
Fan In The
''They will never win as long as the media
and the fans are the way they are. Boston will never win. They will never
bring a championship here until the fans and the media change"
- C. Everett Kook
I'm gonna make a change,
for once in my life
It's gonna feel real good,
gonna make a difference
Gonna make it right...
As I, turn up the collar on
my favorite Red Sox coat
This wind is blowing my mind
I see the Comeback Kids gettin beat,
with not enough to compete
Who am I to be blind?
Pretending not to see their needs
A summer disregard, a broken bottle top
And Crazy Carl's low blow
They follow each other on the wind ya' know
'Cause they got nowhere to go
That's why I want you to know
I'm starting with the fan in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the Sox a better team
(If you wanna make the Sox a better team)
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)
(Na na na, na na na, na na, na nah)
More if you can stand it
Roger and Mo
Vaughn Missing Now Found and Clemens
Skipping, Bronx Bound
Plans to Stick it to Lucchino by Launching Rocket-300 in The Stadium.
Sox One Game Back as
Pig Pen Cleans Up Its Act
Fossum Awesome for Five. Garciaparra, Ortiz
Red Sox 7 Rangers 1
High 5 Drives Comeback Kids
Garciaparra Comes Through in the Clutch,
Beat Rangers 5-4
More Crap from the Crazy One
"Boston has been this way
for their players as far as media and fans. They always form an opinion from
wherever it supposedly comes from and stick with it no matter what. That's why
the teams here never win, because players get tired of it and they quit.
''They will never win as long
as the media and the fans are the way they are. Boston will never win. They will
never bring a championship here until the fans and the media change, and the
media is not gonna change because it sells. It sells more than a world
championship. That's the only reason why the fans keep coming out, because of
The Mother of All Comebacks Falls Short
Derek Out Early Again.
Twins Hold On 9-8
D-Lowe -- No Show
After Watching Lowe, the Answer is
2.0 Knows How to Win
Heads Up Play
by SpeedDog Scores Go Ahead Run
Sox Need Insurance for Shaky Pen
Red Sox 6 Twins 5
Martinez Plays Mime Game
Ace Grimacing Over Groin,
Won't Tell Nation How He Feels
Martinez, Sox Shut Out in Minnesota Again,
Pedro groin problem surfaces as Sox bats go underground
Wants Fans to "Accentuate the Positive"
Radical Idea Pitched to Red Sox Nation
CEO Vows to "Spend Some
Money" to Fill Holes
5.8.03 Dennis & Callahan, Sports Radio 850 WEEI:
talking about a line change (in bullpen) like in hockey. We're trying to think
outside the box regarding the bullpen. I think we're spending a little too much
time talking about the bullpen publicly and I think it'd be desirable to
accentuate the positive a little bit here with this team. Not just the record
but the... look at the depth on this team and the offense. Theo did an excellent
job of a job at putting together a team that has lots of new pieces that fit
together very well. Mueller, Millar, Walker... also, while we're on the
positive, how about Grady juggling this line-up and making everyone feel that
they are a contributing member and getting contributions from everyone. ...Bullpen:
You've got to have someone in that bullpen who demonstrates leadership in terms
of performance and personality. The idea was not to create a democracy where you
have six equal pieces. Listen are we gonna learn from our mistakes? Are we going
to keep running into a tree we're gonna stop running into a tree. I'm old school
guy, I like seeing pitchers going 8, 9 innings. I think you get a little bit of
what you ask for in these situations if people start getting satisfied with 5
innings, or six innings, all of a sudden that becomes the standard and it
JD: When you talk to these other teams (about
trades) what is it that these teams are interested in, the minor leaguers, e.g.
Freddy Sanchez, or the big leaguers like Shea Hillenbrand?
"We will spend some money
and that is the old fashioned form of currency. That should help us. And that
money is worth more if it's spent later in the season."
LL: The latter, no question that the name that comes
first and foremost is Shea Hillenbrand. Certainly plenty of discussion over the
winter, people think he is available and that gets out there, truth is we'd
rather trade minor league prospects but there aren't as many of them in the
system as we'd like to have and it becomes harder because we don't have the same
currency that other clubs may have to obtain new players during the course of
the season but we will spend some money and that is the old fashioned form of
currency that should help us and that money is worth more if it's spent later in
the season... one of the problems with the discussions about trades, if you
don't have the other half of the equation to know who you're talking about at
some point no one is going to trade any player, including Shea Hillenbrand, for
a couple of tin cans and some baseball cards. It's going to be a player that
fills a hole that will make this team a better team. It's going to have to be,
for Shea, someone of enormous impact.
5.8.03 Nets coach Byron Scott: "Boston fans come
to games juiced up and can be pretty hostile... outrageous.. some of their black
players couldn't go to certain places, and those are the players... they haven't
caught up to the year 2000 yet"
Saving Public Ryan
Fans Rally Behind Bob as Globe Slaps Ryan with Suspension for
Sports Final 'Smack' Gaffe
Lucchino, Gammons on Ryan Game
5.8.03 Larry Lucchino with D&C on Sports Radio
850 WEEI: It was sloppy language and the people who live by their words
should be a lot more careful about sloppiness of the language. But I like him, I
admire him. His body of work deserves some recognition while he's being
criticized. I think he does deserve some punishment because of the deterrent
effect it will have on others to be a little less sloppy in their language when
talking about important issues.
5.8.03 Sports Radio 850 WEEI's The Big Show -
Peter Gammons on Bob Ryan: Tony Cornheiser and I were talking and the
feeling is Bob Ryan does a ton, and its funny, outrageous stuff. There is a rule
of thumb, what can't go in paper can't go out in airwaves. There's a show aspect
to what they do. Trying to reach the 17-35 demographic, the giggling about
things you wouldn't write in the NY Times. Some things cross the line, Bob knows
he did. But the reaction has been amazing. Being close to NY, reading the
columnists, listening to the talk shows. Byron Scott put himself in bad
position, demanding Ryan be fired, as he's stroking Kidd to stay in NJ, he was
really stupid. Unbelievable how this has taken over the East Coast.
Ordway: Bob had numerous opportunities to
take it back. If this had not grown legs in the NY Post, if the Globe had acted
quicker, we would not have the type of fallout we've had with this story.
Gammons: From a distance the Globe didn't
want to acknowledge it. Then was on fire, and the Parent Company had to deal
with it. It could have been dealt with right away but Bob not dragged through
mud. Ryan is as good as it is as a talk show guest. Ask one question and he'll
talk for 45 minutes until he's done. He's highly intelligent. Ryan would never
take the hatchet out. He'd wait a long time before going after Tommy Heinson
(I'd go after Haywood Sullivan quickly). This was out of character. He's smart,
liberal... it's you know, I know the point, we all do, probably many agree.
Russo, how can I put it, says "that kid should be out time of night." Says it
every day. But the use of the word and the situation, but he should not have
been put out in the public stockyard. If handled on Monday, wouldn't have
happened. ...I would have thought Globe would have addressed it and Bob would
have had column on Tuesday, that would have been it.
Ordway: We heard people at Globe thought we (WEEI)
were making big deal on Monday. But they could have an agenda.
Gammons: It wasn't until Berman (NY Post)
talks with Ryan at the Celtics/Nets game.
Ordway: Things we had problem with, lines
from newspaper. Walker punk. Offerman junk. Crossed line. Pedro and Sox players
offense to accept the money from "dirt poor" Dominican Republic. Not sure
standards are different...
Gammons: I actually think the Dominican
Republic line was more offensive, more offensive to me. No getting around the
line on Mrs. Kidd. You have to think about it. There's a difference when you're
with a newspaper and if you're Fred Smerlas. And I don't mean that in bad way.
Sean McAdam. We answer to other bosses and
have other responsibilities. Fred is on as Fred Smerlas, no worries. Frankly I'm
Gammons: I cringe at things at ESPN at what
the anchors would say. "And here's why you wouldn't want Tony Clark on your
team" (footage of Clark striking out three times). that was against a great
pitcher that night...you root for him (Clark), he's an extraordinary human
being, he had a bad year with Boston but has 6 home runs right now... that's
offensive to me (making fun of Cell phone Tony), the 'ha ha ha' cheap shot.
Sean McAdam. You bear brunt of Stuart Scott,
whoever getting a line off, you catch the heat. I've been around so long, they
know me, they know Harold. They ahve a lot of problems with Joe Tore ESPN,
worried about the tone of some of his players. Stopped letting ESPN reporters in
clubhouse when Olberman/Showalter... Ken Burns... John Chancellor, Keith
interested in narrator. Olberman was upset, took it out on Ken Burns... Gammons:
Is this media incest?
Ordway: Dale said maybe we shouldn't have
these print guys on radio. Levanchy and Ted were saying all the newspaper
writers are at fault because one guy stepped over line. I think they bring
proximity and input that we can't get, I enjoy them. I wonder what the reaction
is across the country. And Jay Mariotti...
Royal Rally for
Johnny Comes Home, Sox
Can-sas City Closers: Woodard, Embree, Lyon hold the line,
Sox take two of three 9-6
Chen Signed as
Piece of Pen Puzzle
Will Boston Be Better for Bruce?
Baghdad Bob Speaks for Bagjob Bob
"NO", snapped Mr al-Sahaf, "We have retaken the statement. There
are NO Quotes there. I will play you the videotape and show you. IN ONE HOUR!"
There are media infidels in Boston. Everywhere! "I blame lying NY Post - they
are marketing for the Herald! To the viewers who boo Bob Ryan on Sports Final,
God will roast their stomachs in hell at the hands of Antoine Walker."
"They are trying to fool you. They are showing any old pictures
of the television show. They even went into the VIP section of Lobel's
office, just because Ryan may have sat in such and such a chair or slept on such
and such a couch. We are not afraid of the Media Fallout. Allah has condemned
his bosses. They are stupid. They are stupid" (dramatic pause) "and they are
condemned. The Boston Herald is all about lies! All they tell is lies, lies and
more lies! I triple guarantee you, there are no 'smacks' in Bob's statement. Jim
Baker "is not worth an old shoe..."
Lobel: "It is what
Antoine called me a Punk"
STINKO DE MAYO
Game winner goes through the 5 hole
Sox in Like a Lyon, Go Out Like a Lamb
Kansas City Can, Sox Can't.
D-Lowe: "It's been a long year"
Desi Relaford: "We just wanted to get the first guy on...
they don't have a closer so-to-speak"
Needs Help Pronto
McDone. But Sean Goes Down Swinging
Sean McDonough to leave Zone for ESPN. Takes
parting shots at 'EEI for 'cheatin' on wives and chasin' secretaries.'
"Buckley wants to be a star... but has no talent"
To Little: Too Late
Grady makes all the wrong moves as
Twins win 9-4. Casey doesn't come in for critical outs.
Win to Those Twins
Minnesota finishes on top
Ramiro Menbloza 'nother one
Gasoline Alley torched again. More Embrees on the fire. Bad
defense, relief, and at-bats costs Comeback Kids tonight.
Hench on Garciapopup
5.2.03 in-game rant: Would it kill him
to take a friggin' strike with the bases loaded and the count 2-0 before
he pops weakly to the right side for the 15th friggin' time in the last
week? Nomar should not bat in front of Manny... we needed insurance. Oh,
God, and look at the Fin' throw! Well, this loss will all be on Nomar. His
approach at the plate is terrible.
No one knows how to play this game. Embree gets ahead 0-2 and never throws
a waste pitch. Just groove, groove, groove.
But we could be up 14-7 if not for Mr. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
When Shea's rocket didn't get out, I had a sinking feeling we'd lose
if he didn't come around to score. Natch, he was left out there on Nomar's
I know Nomar (three errors, three popups) made a weak effort at Trot's
throw from right just now, but why is Trot gunning that ball in to second
What is it seven straight now that reached against Embree and Mendoza?
Fake trips to the DL are not the solution. We need new arms in the pen.
May Land in Boston,
Needs to Win Two of Three
Fenway Fans Jeer or Cheer Clemens?
80% Will Give Roger a
Roger the Greatest
Red Sox Pitcher Ever?
63% Think Pedro's
Sports Final Fast Track Poll
Walker Rallies Sox Over Royals.
Fossum Misses Hitting Batter, Gets Thrown Out
Sox Win 6-5
Royal Pain in
the Ass, Elbow, Foot
But Sox Take
One for the Team
Wild Night Ends in Win, Sox Steal One
Rock Star is "Shocked"
Damon's down after sitting again.
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