By now you’ve probably seen the old Roger Clemens. No, not the one who looked ancient in losing to the Orioles Wednesday night. We’re talking Roger 2057, the short video created by Natick’s Michael Barber that was launched two weeks ago and has taken the Internet by storm.
Roger 2057 lasted nearly two weeks on top of Boston.com’s most e-mailed list, got a mention in Sports Illustrated, and was recently blasted all over ESPN. Even Roger Clemens himself laughed when he saw the video prior to a start recently. “The Internet is blowing my mind,” said Barber, regarding how quickly the buzz about the film has spread.
“I thought it would be something that Red Sox fans would get a kick out of,” the 34-year-old said of his original aspirations for the short film. “It’s just amazing.”
The Stonehill College grad has been acting in Los Angeles for about 10 years, primarily working in theater and doing the Southern California comedy circuit. “This is the first thing I’ve made as a film,” says Barber, who paid for the production of the video himself but got a lot of help from his camera guys, special-effects friends, and post-production crew.
Now Barber is ready to get back to the drawing board for another Roger video before expanding his efforts into other sporting areas. “We’re going to do more of it. It’s been an idea I’ve kind of played with,” said Barber on his desire to do more sports related videos. “I want to make topical sports films of a good quality, speaking about something that’s going on right now. Sports fans are also fans of film, television, and music. People’s tastes are pretty good.”
Barber is a real deal Sox fan, sans Red Sox Nation card. His favorite player growing up was Yaz. He used to take the train in from Natick to get standing room seats during the non-eventful playoff games of 1988 and 1990, when the A’s Dave Stewart used to eat Roger Clemens's lunch on a regular basis.
“His poster was on my wall growing up,” Barber said of the Rocket. “It was a big deal if I had tickets and Roger was pitching. There’s something about his bravado that I love. It’s the thing with Texans. They’ve got this bravado you can key into.”
Matt Oates, a Sacramento native, co-directed the 2057 film with Barber. “He’s the reason it looks so good,” Barber said. “I already got him on board for the next one.”
When the pair was looking for someone to play Brian Cashman, Jr. in the short film, Oates suggested that Barber knew the subject matter better than any other actor in the Los Angeles area, Michael Chiklis, Ben Affleck, and Mike O’Malley notwithstanding. So Barber took on the role himself.
But the true star of 2057 is the 95-year-old Johnny Holiday, who didn’t start acting until the age of 87 after a photographer told him he’d be a natural for film. The energetic Holiday had just worked on a short film in which he played the Pope when friends of Barber told him about the elder actor. “I just called him up on the phone, told him about the idea and he said ‘Oh that’s great. Fantastic.’ And he was on board.”
Not all of the feedback around the Internet has been positive.
“I actually enjoy some of the negative feedback,” said Barber, who works at a Los Angeles advertising agency as a media buyer by day. “We were laughing at one of the comments from someone who said ‘It must be great to have so much time on your hands,’ like we were trust-fund babies. Truth is, when we finished the video, we went out and got some cheap beer and crunch wrap supremes from Taco Bell to celebrate.”
Should Gabbard Be Given His Walking Papers? The Old Theo-Built Bullpen Rears Its Ugly Head Big Sexson Tall Jack Was a Back Breaker A Three-RBI Night for the Red Sox All-Star First Baseman Manny vs. J.J. Putz: Former All-Star Was Overmatched in a Pinch
"It's never a pleasant sight looking on deck and seeing Manny waiting for you. I was able to get ahead of him and get him to chase pitches." -- 6.26.07, Mariners closer J.J. Putz on punching out Manny Ramirez to end it
Stealing a Page from Chad Johnson's Book Paps Now Wants to be Known as 'Cinco Ocho' (At Least He's Not Picking Songs for a CD... Yet)
"Well Cinco Ocho is the name I've taken on right now, that's just the way I feel. I feel like I need to change my name to Cinco Ocho. My teammates kind of gave it to me." -- 6.26.07, Jon Papelbon to WBZ radio's Jon Miller on his new nickname. WBZ-TV4 Video.
Just 4 1/3. Can Tavarez Be Trusted Not to Bust in the Second Half? Another Reminder That the Trade Deadline Is 36 Days Away It's a Broken Record, But Youk Can Handle First Base Maybe Mike Timlin Could Run for President of Larry Lucchino's Nation? Something Different: Stand and Cheer Until Lugo Gets a Hit (... His Average Dropped Again While You Read That)
"It hurt a little bit, you know, my hamstring. But ... it didn't affect me at all. Things just went wrong." -- 6.25.07, Julian Tavarez sending up a red flag?
"I'm not a big Buerhle guy at all. Talk about pitching to contact. Everybody hits him. The only thing good about him is that it doesn't take very long to pitch a game, one way or another. He throws a lot of strikes. I mean not to get on him, lefthanders have always amazed me how they get by. He knows how to pitch obviously, he threw a no-hitter, he's one of the best lefthanders around. I just... I'm afraid of him. I'm afraid of him because he throws too many strikes. I just, Fenway Park, I really don't know. You're only renting him for a couple of months, but beyond that, I'm just not a big fan of his because I think he's very hittable ... to me Gabbard's like Buerhle, but younger and throws harder." -- 6.25.07, Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan show
"According to the source, the Red Sox not only want to keep Buehrle away from the New York Yankees and are willing to offer him a contract extension in the five-year range he is seeking, but they have a farm system loaded with players in whom the White Sox are interested.
Starting pitchers Clay Buchholz and Michael Bowden are on the White Sox' radar, as well as speedy outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and shortstop Jed Lowrie."-- 6.24.07, Chicago Sun Times
It's the Best of Beckett: AL All-Starter Outduels Pads Ace Sox Take Series with 4-2 Win Captain of High Tek Industry: Jason's Homer Seals Deal Curse of Orlando Cabrera Hits Lugo Hard Pap Snaps Up Another Save
The Bad Wake Fouls Up the Trip, 6-1 Chris Cy Young in Award Winning Performance, Apparently Good News: It's Getting Harder for Lugo to Drive Average Down Chump: Bad Night for Knight Bard or Mirabelli? Hmmmmm
Sox Hold Tight for a 2-1 Win Matsuzaka-San Diego Escapes Big Trouble from the Start Deep Six for Dice-K: 126th Pitch Blew Giles Away The Magnificent 'Pen Was Sharp Again 'Tek Drives In Winner Coco Rolls to .258, Lugoh no!
J.D., Coco, Manny, David, Hinske Go Deep Two Doubles from Dustin, Just Like a Homer, Too Buddy Carlyle is a Good Friend of the Red Sox Crisp back to .250, Manny Hitting .300, Lugo... Oh No... Sorry Rem, but If the Sox are Taking the Title from the Fans, Then It's Julian Tavarez for President of Red Sox Nation
"This was my best game. Everything went right for me." -- 6.20.07, Julian Tavarez, after blanking the Braves
The Schill is Gone, But Beckett Steps Up for Win No. 10
Road Sox 4, Braves Zip: Bravo for Beckett and Sox We Did See That Catch Coco Made, Well Played Self-Help: Beckett Doubles Home Cora to Seal Deal Papi Pushes One Out the Other Way Under 3.00 ERA Club: Snyder, Oki, Paps Finish Up J.D. Shutout, Too
"Oh man. I've told him this before, that that was the greatest catch I've ever had behind me. I told him that tonight. I think that's about three or four times I've told him that. I guess I've got to go back and look at all of 'em and figure out which one is the greatest catch." -- 6.19.07, Josh Beckett on the greatest catch in the history of earth
Coco Comes Alive in Atlanta But He's Still Not Talkin' to You
It's Another 'No Comment' from Former Red Sox Nation Card Pitchman Ever Hear of Johnny Damon Not Stepping Up for the Fans After a Game?
"Crisp, who hit twice as many home runs in his first three at-bats last night as he had in his first 227 at-bats this season, informed Sox PR chief John Blake he would not be commenting on what manager Terry Francona hopes was a breakout game."-- 6.18/07, Boston Globe game story
Sox Open with Road Trip Down in Hotlanta Must Have Been the Travel Schedule, Again Or the Heat, Or Maybe the Humidity
Braves Steamroll Sox, 9-4 Schilling Gets Seriously Schelled, Schellacked, Schlammed Around Curt's Schortest Stint of the Season, Most Runs Allowed Not OK: Schill Strikes Out on K's for First Time Since '93 Coco Came Out to Play Today, He'll Love It in Atlanta Sincerely, Edgar Renteria, The Orlando Cabrera of the National League Crisp Won't Comment for Sox Fans After Game Yet Again Is He No Longer a Member of Red Sox Nation?
"This is the worst I've seen him throw since he's been here, velocity wise... he had a hump in his fastball." -- 6.18.07, Dennis Eckersley, postgame on NESN
Sleeping Giant Awakens: Manny Being Money, Again The San Francisco Treat, Sox Can't Be Beat Working 9-to-5
Wake Wasn't Great, Wasn't Awful The Big Daddies in the Lineup Take Care of Business Props to the 'Pen for Holding It Piniero Was Sharp J.D. Looks Good Leading Off
"I was fortunate enough to pitch to him where a home run didn't bother us too much. It's great to walk away from this homestand 4-2. To sweep San Francisco was special." -- 6.17.07, Tim Wakefield, who allowed five runs and eight hits with a walk, striking out three in 5 2-3 innings
Manny Was the Difference Maker Oki Was OK, Too Paps Snaps Up a Save
"Today it meant everything. He seemed to know he got it. He may have been the only one in the ballpark who knew it. That was a lot of hands and wrists in that swing. Like maybe only he can do." -- 6.16.07, Terry Francona on of Ramírez's Game Winning home run
Roberts Returns to Rousing Ovation The Cheater Gets the Usual Treatment Most Valuable Tavarez Sharp for 7 J.D. 3 RBI's, 3 Runs, 3 Hits
"The first month of the season, we spent so much time trying to defend him. He wasn't hitting. But he plays the ball all over the ballpark. And, man, he makes contact. There's a lot of things in his favor." -- 6.15.07 Terry Francona
And Even That Guy Had More on His Fastball Than Beckett Remy Should Get an Emmy for His Colorful Commentary
Don Orsillo: This is episode three [of NESN’s Sox Appeal] that you’re looking in on… how do you think this is going Jerry?
Remy: … Umm… he’s talking like crazy and she seems to be listening. He’s a leaner… I don’t know… he looks like Dan Roche.
Orsillo: I don’t think Dan wears an earring. I don’t know, I haven’t seen him wear one before, but I guess it’s possible.
Remy: I think he’s nervous, he looks very fidgety.
Orsillo: He’s a leaner..
Remy: He’s a leaner, and his head shakes a lot. I think he’s nervous because he’s on television… I thought that was a phony smile, did you?
Orsillo: Yeah, I think it’s very fake… I don’t think he cares at all what she’s saying…
Remy: I think he cares too much, I think he’s just very nervous… … What’s all this stuff he’s got in front of him? There’s gifts…
Orsillo: He’s got a lot of stuff… look he’s still leaning, you’re right about the leaning… it’s incredible how you picked that out right away
Remy: Look at his head, he’s up, he’s down, he’s all over the place. If you were one of those people, you read faces and all that, I think you’d read that this guy’s very nervous
Orsillo: Too much…
Remy: You gotta sit and you just gotta look deep into their eyes…
Orsillo: Ooooow! [big laughter breaks out]… that was quite a move [see photo above]. Can we get that back in replay, that was…
Remy: Did you see that head move?
Orsillo: Yeah, very nervous. And more drinking!
Remy: And drinking quickly, too …
Orsillo: This isn’t going very well
Remy: Well he thinks it is … … What do they call those people that they read body language all the time, you see them on O’Reilly all the time, he has somebody on there that reads body language, boy they’d be going nuts with that guy, there’s all kinds of stuff going on…
Orsillo: Lots of stuff going on…
Remy: I swear to God Don, I think the best approach is you sit there calmly, look deep into her eyes and say ‘How you doin’?’ and then let it go…
Orsillo: Well, wait a minute, you’re going to have two long innings and then you throw that out there in the beginning of the next inning too, I mean, you gotta have something more than that? [laughing]
Remy: You can always fall back on ‘How you doin’?’, because she’s might be doing different like, three minutes from now than she was doing two minutes ago, you know I mean? …But you gotta look straight into here eyes, you can’t be bobbing and weaving because she can’t focus on you if you’re doing that.
Orsillo: How you doin’? …
Remy: It’s hard to follow this guy…
Orsillo: You just sit back, and become mysterious
Remy: You drop that famous line, ‘I noticed you were sitting here alone, you shouldn’t of been…’ [laughter]
Orsillo: ‘Are your legs tired? Because you’ve been running around in my mind all day…’ [bust out laughter]… [snort] …
-- 6.14.07, NESN's Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy doing play-by-play of Sox Appeal during the fifth inning
PAWTUCKET, RI | June 12, 2007 -- You could forgive Manny Delcarmen for being disappointed with the letter on his hat.
After a half-season spent with the Boston Red Sox last year, during which he pitched capably for a rookie, if not spectacularly (53 1/3 IP, 30 ER, 5.06 ERA), he found himself starting 2007 in Triple-A, with a P on his cap instead of the B he expected.
To make matters worse, just when he needed to be at his crispest, he started out the 2007 season with a horrible April, surrendering 9 ER’s in only 11 1/3 innings pitched for a 6.94 ERA. His low point was a game against the Buffalo Bisons May 5th, during which he gave up two earned runs in the bottom of the 9th to hand the Bisons a 15-14 victory in a game in which they’d been trailing 14-6 going into the 9th.
Since then the hometown boy has made good – very good indeed. In his last 9 outings, Delcarmen is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (14.2 ip, 8 H, 0 ER, 8K) and has brought his ERA down from 6.94 to its current 3.52, a number that seemingly falls every time he toes the rubber.
The 25-year-old righty insists that there was no great epiphany, no magic button to press, that improved his game.
“I’ve just been doing the same stuff we did in the Spring,” he said after his most recent outing, during which he went a clean 1.2 innings, only giving up one solid hit and a couple of seeing-eye dribblers. “Just doing shadow work in the bullpen [where a pitcher will pantomime pitching without a baseball, to sharpen technique]. Everything just seems to be clicking now.”
His manager, Ron Johnson, was impressed with his recent performance, which maintained a 7.1 inning gem by Devern Hansack.
“Manny was strong – a little too strong, actually,” he said. “He had three days off coming in to this outing, and his stuff was explosive – some fastballs were left up [because of it]. But that’s a good problem to have…he pitched to the game, and did a nice job.”
So how does a 6.94 April turn into a 1.46 May? Is it weather?
“No,” laughs Delcarmen. “I was born and raised in Boston – I pitched in the cold all through high school. I just had some bumps, and you have to get over them and keep going.”
Whatever the future holds for the personable Delcarmen, the only certainty is that he’ll be ready, come whatever may.
“I’m just trying to pitch well – and waiting for that phone call,” he says. “You gotta be ready.”
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Don’t let Hansack’s 2-6 record at Pawtucket fool you. Look a little deeper behind the numbers and you’ll see a 3.49 ERA over 59.1 innings pitched and a slew of no-decisions and hard-luck losses that skew his record towards miserable. Witness: an ND on April 11th after 5 scoreless innings; a loss April 19th after going 5.1 and giving up only two; another ND June 1st after going 7 scoreless innings, giving up only three hits; a loss on June 7th after 6.1 innings and two earned runs.
Last night’s 7.1 inning gem during which he gave up only two ER’s resulted in his first win since his Pawtucket debut on April 6th.
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Jacoby Ellsbury is quickly establishing himself as a player that people stop what they’re doing to watch. In last night’s tilt, for example, the Sox’ first-round pick from the 2005 draft came to bat leading off the third inning. He rapped a sharp single into right, then stole second with a jump so large that he’d already popped up from his slide by the time the throw came. Joe McEwing’s single easily plated Ellsbury for the PawSox’ third run of the game. The run was almost completely manufactured by Ellsbury’s combination of hitting skills and blazing speed.
He seems to be the archetype leadoff hitter – his .296 average skyrockets to .320 with the bases empty and his OPS jumps from .752 to .797. He has stolen 17 bases while at Pawtucket, getting caught but twice. When he is ready for The Show, any issues Boston still has at leadoff will be resolved. -- By Gary Jacobs, Boston Dirt Dogs contributor. E-mail Gary
The Good Wakefield Reared His Pretty Head Last Night Big Night for Big Papi: Double Was Trouble Cook Kept Sox Batters on Back Burner Leading Man: Dustin Gets It Started in 8th Ninth Life: Lugo Looked Good from Top to Bottom J.D. Comes Through
"The good thing for us is, we've only got to face him once this year. The thing that's so tough is, he's throwing strikes. And it moves three different directions on its way there." -- 6.12.07, Brad Hawpe on facing the good Wakefield
Icing on the Wake
(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)
Jon Pop-elbon is Back After Wake Was Great for Eight
He's Alive! Pair of 3-Run Homers, 7 RBIs for No. 7 That's the Fascination with J.D. Drew
Diamondbacks Are a Drew's Best Friend, Sox Win Big 10-3 True Story: Lugo, Drew Lead Sox to Win... No, Seriously Sneak Attack at Short: Lugo Fools Callaspo with Hidden-Ball Trick No. 9, No. 9, No. 9: Beckett Pitches Better Than He Needed To
"I'm on a great team. I can't take all the credit for being 9-0. These guys have done an unbelievable job behind me." -- 6.8.07, Josh Beckett, tied the fifth-best start in franchise history at 9-0
"Boston has had a spinning wheel approach at short since 2004 and the roulette ball has landed on No. 30, as in the 30th-best shortstop in the big leagues.
After the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years in '04, many Sox fans thought they should re-sign Orlando Cabrera whose defensive wizardry was a big part of the team's championship run. The Boston brass thought his asking price was too high and refused to meet it.
Cabrera signed with the Angels for $32M over four years. For a million fewer dollars a year than the Red Sox are paying Lugo, the Angels have a shortstop who is considerably superior defensively and hitting .333 with an .834 OPS. Lugo is hitting .217 with a .591 OPS. In 664 career at bats, Braves pitcher Mike Hampton has a .292 OBP and a .354 slugging percentage for a .646 OPS. In other words, the Red Sox would have scored more runs with Mike Hampton leading off for them than Julio Lugo.
After Cabrera was deemed too pricey, the Red Sox brought in Edgar Renteria for four years at $10M per. After one season of fan discontent, Renteria was dealt to the Braves with the Red Sox eating part of his salary. Bear in mind that on June 7, 2005, Renteria was hitting .272 and had an OPS of .698, over a hundred points higher than Lugo's is now. And this year? Well, with Boston swallowing $8M of Renteria's salary over the three remaining years, Atlanta is paying less for Renteria — who is hitting .319 with an .878 OPS — than Boston is paying Lugo.
Before the 2006 season the Red Sox dealt minor league shortstop Hanley Ramirez to the Marlins in the deal that brought Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to Boston. While Beckett and Lowell are two of the reasons the Red Sox are contenders, since we're talking about shortstops, it's worth noting that Ramirez, last year's NL Rookie of the Year, has an .863 OPS.
As a stopgap, the Red Sox brought in Alex Gonzalez to play shortstop in 2006. Even for those of us who grew up idolizing Rick Burleson, Gonzo was clearly the best defensive shortstop in Red Sox history. The guy was a magician. So naturally he had to go. Gonzalez is making $3.5M in the first year of a three-year deal with the Reds and has 11 home runs and an .830 OPS.
Which brings us back to Lugo, the weakest of the five shortstops the Sox have had to choose from in the last four years and the least valuable shortstop in the Majors through the season's first 10 weeks. As troubling as a .217 batting average and .277 OBP are for a leadoff hitter, consider this: the guy is super fast. He's 17-for-17 in stolen base attempts. So, yes, some of those precious few hits he's amassed in a Red Sox uniform have come courtesy of his legs. His bat? It must be made of Cottenelle. At bat after at bat, he swings mightily, makes contact and the ball either rolls pathetically to an infielder or arcs in a harmless parabola to a shallow outfielder.
It seems as if he never gets on base. Thanks to Lugo, the Red Sox are 14th in the American League in leadoff OBP, almost 50 points behind the 13th-place Devil Rays.
If you're Red Sox batting coach Dave Magadan, what do you do? What do you say to a guy whose at bats invariably end as if he's swinging a heavy, squishy banana stalk. "Uh, Julio, c'mon, buddy, stop grounding the ball weakly to the right side?"-- 6.8.07, Kevin Hench, FoxSports.com
Extra Bases: It's One and Done in Oakland All Shook Off: Curt Makes the Wrong Call When It Counted Win Was Nice, But Disappointment Was Rampant Across the Nation Give and Take: Stewart Was Swinging All the Way Coco and Lowell Did Their Part to Make History Julio Lugo? Not So Much Help on D from Mr. .217 Big Mistake: Crisp Still Won't Answer Postgame Questions for Fans Some Props for Papi: Home Run Was Everything for Sox J.D. 1-for-4
"It was 1-0 the whole game, so that kind of alleviated thinking about anything else. In a 1-0 game, you're a mistake away from a tie. So I stayed focused. And he [Stewart] came up with two outs, and I had a plan for him, and I was thinking, and 'Tek called slider, and I shook him off and threw fastball away, and now you gotta go 'What if?'" -- 6.7.07, Schill after the big win
Credit Where Credit Is Due Department:
Let's Hear It for the Working Manny: Ramirez' Planned Day Off Canceled Papi Protected, Hits Homer, Sox Win
"We're going to probably, in a nutshell, not play certain guys on days like Manny's probably not going to play Thursday against Blanton. Just because it's a quick turnaround to a 12:30 game, and he really swings the bat well against Blanton, he's one of the few that we have, so it's disappointing. You know, Coco was throwing up. I can't imagine being a catcher..."
How did you come to the decision to rest Manny on Thursday? How did you pick Thursday over tonight?
"Coming in Monday was the obvious day to give guys rest, even though the second day is the harder day, but Manny had such good numbers against Danny Haren, and he was fine to play, I spoke to him, I said 'Manny, for me, if you're gonna miss a day, I said Thursday...' Sometimes you go more physically and then throwing the numbers out, because Manny plays so much, you could come up with an argument every day not to sit him. But we've got a 12:30 quick turnaround game, which to me is the best day to rest a guy because he's going to rest. ... This will be a good day for him to sit, 'cause he'll come into the Arizona series and be a little bit fresher, because we're going to have to sit people there too, because we don't have the DH." -- 6.6.07, Terry Francona on his plan to rest Manny vs. Oakland
Sox Make Kennedy Look Like Koufax This Time Are They Still Getting Mileage Out of Travel Tales? Double Play Trouble Again: Three More Last Night Weak Battery: A's Steal Four Bags Off Wake-'Belli Numbers Game: Lugo .221, Coco .229 Tito Gets Tossed J.D. Walks
"We're playing well but it's just not here. We don't have the intensity we had. That's my view. We have a lot of guys trying, trying, trying, but can't come through."
-- 6.6.07, David Ortiz on the Sox skid
Lenny Was Money, While Sox Cash Cow Can't Stop Skid The June Swoon Has Officially Begun
DiNardon't Mess Around, A's Blank Sox, 2-0 Walking DiSaster: Castaway Lefty Had the Right Stuff Last Night Sliding Sox Drop Five of the Last Six Lugo, Ortiz, Lowell, That's It for Hits Double Play Trouble: Five is Too High on the Road Oakland's Okajima? Embree Has Five Saves Travel Schmavel: Talk to the Mariners J.D. Sits
"It was a freak game because if you could look at the box score and not see the line score, you'd think we crushed them. He [DiNardo] walked six guys. He threw 42 strikes and 47 balls. That's one of those games... and I'm happy for Lenny... but the fact of the matter is, you make 30 starts with those numbers, you go 1-29. We hit into some double plays, lined out at some people..." -- 6.6.07, Schilling chimes in during wake up call on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan
Tomoyo Matsuzaka, wife of Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, walked with other Red Sox players' wives today after they helped scoop ice cream at the 25th annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl at Boston's City Hall Plaza, which runs through June 7
Give Sox A's for the Effort Travel Takes Its Toll on Tito's Time Travelers Snyder Runs Out of Gas, And Is What He Is David Ortiz Makes a Cameo Appearance CoCo's Tummyache Means Time for Wily Mo to Hit In a Cloud of Dustin: Pedroia Was Late to the Plate Embree Oh! That's the Lefty We Knew Back East Tavarez Hangs Tough Again J.C. Romero Could Have Been a Hero But He's Not Piniero J.D. Clutch Photos
"We know they got in late last night, but they're got a lot of pride over there. It's a great win for us." -- 6.4.07, Mark Cycle-rama Ellis on the Sox Late Arrival
'Now Being Restrained for the Red Sox Media Team, Carl Beane'
"New York pitcher Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record and ESPN.com drilled Red Sox broadcaster Uri Berenguer (Spanish Beisbol Network) with a fastball in the helmet. Berenguer collected himself off the dirt before saying a few words to Klapisch, who approached home plate with more adult words. Both players were restrained. Benches emptied. Red Sox [media team] manager Carl Beane got into the action, which featured plenty of pushing and shoving."-- 6.4.07, Kevin Gray, Union Leader Blog
Final Lap Dance for A-Rod, Sox Victory Stripped Away
Rodriguez Solo Shot in Ninth Lifts Yanks, 6-5 2 Out of 3 Is Bad: Sox Let Yanks Right Back in the Race, Again Dust Up! Pedro Pounds Wall for 3 RBI's, 2B Now Batting .336 Manny Hustle: Props to the Dirt Dog LF for that Dive into 2nd in 7th LowEll: Iron MikE Becoming Rentawreck in the Field Beckett Pitches Just Well Enough to Lose, But Doesn't Lugo Stopped: Julio Comes Up Short with Pop-Up Slide at Home Blown Away: Okajima is Only Human
"Next time I've got to get him to chase a pitch outside the (strike) zone." -- 6.2.07, Jon Papelbon, whose 0-2 pitch was smashed out by A-Rod in the ninth inning
Joke's On Us
A-Rod Gets the Last Laugh at Fenway on Sunday
"I heard some [jeers from fans], but it's always in good fun. I think the Boston fan always has a lot of fun and I appreciate that. It's not a big deal." -- 6.2.07, Alex Rodriguez, trying to leave the door open for joining the Sox next season
(Getty Images Photo / Elsa)
Alyssa Milano Hugs It Out at The Souvenir Store We Could All Use One This Morning
Oh the press babe has sharp teeth, dear
But they show my pearly whites
Just a dancer, just had dinner, dear
And I keep her … ah … out of sight
Ya know when Fenway, shows its teeth, dear
Blondie wigs will start to spread
I throw elbows, I yell ‘mine,’ dear
So tonight they’ll... they'll have my head
On the sidewalk … uuh, huh … whoo … this sunny morning
This photo op will show no strife … eeek!
Paparazzi sneaking 'round the corner
'Is he with someone that's not his wife?'
A-there’s a duck boat … huh, huh, huh … … down by Charles River don’tcha know
Fans holdin' dollar bills, just a'wavin' on down
Oh, the jokes are just, to add some weight, dear
Five'll get ya ten old Stray-Rod’s back in town
Now, d'ja hear ‘bout the Post page? Wish they’d disappear, babe
All of them drawin' out cameras for cash
And at the strip clubs, I spend like a sailor
Just some dances, your boy's done nothin’ rash
Now … Destiny Diver, Tammy Tawdry
Ooh … Mystique and Aura and old Ginger Brown
O the crowd will yell tonight, dear
Now that Stray-Rod’s back in town
Aah … I said Destiny Diver, … whoa … Tammy Tawdry
Shout out to Mystique and Aura and old Ginger Brown
Yes that crowd will scream tonight, dear
Now that Stray-Rod’s back in town
The “Curt’s Pitch
for ALS” program is a joint effort by Curt and Shonda Schilling and The
ALS Association Mass Chapter to strike out Amyotrophic Lateral
Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
For the fourth consecutive year, SHADE Foundation of America will be represented at the Boston Marathon by a team raising funds for SHADE. SHADE is currently seeking marathon runners to join the team . For more information on running with Shonda Schilling on SHADE’s team or sponsoring runners, please visit SHADE's marathon page here.The SHADE Foundation thanks Red Sox Nation for joining in their fight to save future generations from melanoma.