Never Forget
New York City 2014
(AP)

On the 13th Anniversary of September 11
We Remember Our Brothers and Sisters That Flew Out of Boston
and All Those Who Died During the Terrorist Attacks



American Airlines Flight 11

Flight 11, flying from Boston to Los Angeles, crashed into the World Trade Center.

Confirmed dead

Name

Age

Home

Job

Employer

Crew

Barbara Jean Ares Tegui

38

Marstons Mills, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Jeffrey Dwayne Collman

41

Novato, Calif.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Sara Elizabeth Low

28

Boston, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Karen A. Martin

40

Danvers, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Thomas F. McGuinness Jr.

42

Portsmouth, N.H.

first officer

American Airlines

Kathleen Ann Nicosia

54

Winthrop, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

John Ogonowski

52

Dracut, Mass.

captain

American Airlines

Betty Ann Ong

45

Andover, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Jean Destrehan Roger

24

Longmeadow, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Dianne Bulls Snyder

42

Westport Point, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Madeline Amy Sweeney

35

Acton, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Passengers

Anna Williams Allison

49

Stoneham, Mass.

founder

A2 Software Solutions

David Lawrence Angell

54

Pasadena, Calif.

executive producer

NBC

Lynn Edwards Angell

52

Los Angeles, Calif.

librarian

Seima Aoyama

48

Culver City, Calif.

accountant

Japanese

Myra Joy Aronson

50

Charlestown, Mass.

press and analyst relations manager

Compuware Corp.

Christine Barbuto

32

Brookline, Mass.

buyer

TJX Co.

Carolyn Mayer Beug

48

Santa Monica, Calif.

filmmaker and video producer

Kelly Ann Booms

24

Brookline, Mass.

accountant

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Carol Marie Bouchard

43

Warwick, R.I.

emergency room secretary

Kent County Hospital

Neilie Anne Heffernan Casey

32

Wellesley, Mass.

planning manager

TJX Co.

Jeffrey W. Coombs

42

Abington, Mass.

security analyst

Compaq

Tara Kathleen Creamer

30

Worcester, Mass.

planning manager

TJX Co.

Thelma Cuccinello

71

Wilmot Flat, N.H.

homemaker

Patrick Currivan

52

Winchester, Mass.

vice president

AtosEuronext

Brian P. Dale

43

Warren, N.J.

partner

Blue Capital Management

David DiMeglio

22

Wakefield, Mass.

computer service

Donald Americo DiTullio

49

Peabody, Mass.

endoscopy division

Smith & Nephew Inc.

Alberto Dominguez

66

Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia

baggage handler

Qantas Airways

Peter el-Hachem

40

Tewksbury, Mass.

senior software engineering manager

Teradyne

Paige Farley-Hackel

46

Newton, Mass.

spiritual counselor

Alexander Milan Filipov

70

Concord, Mass.

electrical engineer and church deacon

Carol Flyzik

40

Plaistow, N.H.

marketing supervisor

Meditech

Paul Friedman

45

Belmont, Mass.

management consultant

Emergence Consulting

Karleton D.B. Fyfe

31

Brookline, Mass.

senior analyst

John Hancock

Peter Alan Gay

54

Tewksbury, Mass.

plant manager

Raytheon Co.

Linda M. George

27

Westboro, Mass.

buyer

TJX Co.

Edmund Glazer

41

Wellesley, Mass.

chief financial officer

MRV Communications

Lisa Reinhart Fenn Gordenstein

41

Needham, Mass.

assistant vice president and merchandise manager

TJX Co.

Andrew Peter Charles Curry Green

34

Santa Monica, Calif.

director of business development

eLogic

Robert Jay Hayes

38

Amesbury, Mass.

sales engineer

Netstal

Edward (Ted) R. Hennessy Jr.

35

Belmont, Mass.

partner

Emergence Consulting

John A. Hofer

45

Los Angeles, Calif.

owner

John's Sharpening Center

Cora Hidalgo Holland

52

Sudbury, Mass.

Sudbury Food Pantry at Our Lady of Fatima Church

John Nicholas Humber Jr.

60

Newton, Mass.

owner

Brae Burn Management

Waleed Iskandar

34

London, England

chief of digital strategy for Europe

Monitor Group

John Charles Jenkins

45

Cambridge, Mass.

corporate office services manager

Charles River Associates

Charles Edward Jones

48

Bedford, Mass.

retired astronautical engineer and manager of space programs

BAE Systems

Robin Kaplan

33

Westboro, Mass.

senior store equipment specialist

TJX Co.

Barbara Keating

72

Palm Springs, Calif.

receptionist

parish office, St. Theresa Catholic Church

David Kovalcin

42

Hudson, N.H.

senior mechanical engineer

Raytheon Co.

Judy Larocque

50

Framingham, Mass.

founder and CEO

Market Perspectives

Natalie Janis Lasden

46

Peabody, Mass.

product testing team leader

General Electric

Daniel John Lee

34

Van Nuys, Calif.

road crew

Backstreet Boys

Daniel C. Lewin

31

Charlestown, Mass.

co-founder and chief technology officer

Akamai Technologies

Susan A. MacKay

44

Westford, Mass.

assistant vice president of merchandise planning and allocation

TJX Co.

Christopher D. Mello

25

Boston, Mass.

analyst

Alta Communications

Jeffrey Peter Mladenik

43

Hinsdale, Ill.

interim CEO

eLogic

Carlos Alberto Montoya

36

Belmont, Mass.

Colombian

Antonio Jesus Montoya Valdes

46

East Boston, Mass.

housekeeping worker

Boston Harbor Hotel

Laura Lee Morabito

34

Framingham, Mass.

national sales manager

Qantas Airways

Mildred Naiman

81

Andover, Mass.

retired tester

Western Electric Co.

Laurie Ann Neira

48

Los Angeles, Calif.

transcriber

Your Office Genie

Renee Lucille Newell

37

Cranston, R.I.

customer service agent

American Airlines

Jacqueline J. Norton

61

Lubec, Maine

retiree

Robert Grant Norton

85

Lubec, Maine

retiree

Jane M. Orth

49

Haverhill, Mass.

retiree

Lucent Technologies

Thomas Nicholas Pecorelli

30

Topanga, Calif.

cameraman

Fox Sports and E! Entertainment Television

Berinthia Berenson Perkins

53

Los Angeles, Calif.

actress and photographer

Sonia Morales Puopolo

61

Dover, Mass.

former ballet dancer

David E. Retik

33

Needham, Mass.

general partner

Alta Communications

Philip M. Rosenzweig

47

Acton, Mass.

vice president

Sun Microsystems

Richard Barry Ross

58

Newton, Mass.

president and chief executive

The Ross Group

Jessica Leigh Sachs

23

Billerica, Mass.

accountant

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Rahma Salie

28

Boston, Mass.

chief operating officer

Cinoni

Heather Lee Smith

30

Boston, Mass.

financial analyst

Beacon Capital Partners

Douglas J. Stone

54

Dover, N.H.

co-owner

Odyssey Press

Xavier Suarez

41

Chino Hills, Calif.

civil engineer

Michael Theodoridis

32

Boston, Mass.

technology consultant

James Anthony Trentini

65

Everett, Mass.

retired teacher and assistant principal

Mary Barbara Trentini

67

Everett, Mass.

retired secretary

Pendyala Vamsikrishna

30

Los Angeles, Calif.

project manager for consulting firm

DTI

Mary Alice Wahlstrom

78

Kaysville, Utah

retired loan officer

Kenneth E. Waldie

46

Methuen, Mass.

senior quality control engineer

Raytheon Co.

John Wenckus

46

Torrance, Calif.

tax consultant

Candace Lee Williams

20

Danbury, Conn.

student

Northeastern University

Christopher Rudolph Zarba Jr.

47

Hopkinton, Mass.

software engineer

Concord Communications

Ch-Ch-Changes

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BDD / Mike Briggz Illustration

Lester? Gone. Lackey? Gone. Gomes? Gone. Drew? Gone. Miller? Gone. Doubront? Gone. Peavy? Gone.

Say Hello to My Little Friend: Yoenis Cespedes
Or As They Like to Call Him On Oakland A's T-Shirt: 'La Potencia'
Get the Full Wrap On An Amazing Day for the Red Sox Here

Dead Last in the Ratings
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BDD / Mike Briggs Illustration

Sunday Might As Well Have Been the Season Finale

Baltimore 7, Boston 6
Extra Painful Loss Lands Red Sox in Last Place
Can't Comment on Nelson Cruz Killing Sox
Ortiz Making It to Second Was a Stretch


Song Sung Blue for Red Sox

BDD / Frank Galasso illustration

As We Head Into a Highly-Anticipated Football Season,
The Fat Lady Keeps Singing at Fenway


Now Available on iTunes

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(BDD Photo Illustration)

Season Over, But Record Will Keep Playing

Zac Clown
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EXCLUSIVE: Zac Brown Band's Fenway Park Show Set List

Tonight is the night for the big Zac Brown concert at Fenway Park, and Boston Dirt Dogs has the custom set list planned for the show:

Chicken Friend (with Special Guest Josh Beckett on Drumsticks)
All Not Right
The Night The Scorer Drove Old David Down
No Hurry
Day for the Dead Last
Natural Disaster
Beer's Gone
Trying to Dive
As Jays Running Away
Jump Right Off
Fenway the Beautiful
Day That They Die
Different Kind of Awful
Junkyard
Sweet Koji
Down This Drain
Sic 'Em on a Fried Chicken
Woes

That Sound You Hear


Is Just The US Soccer Team Advancing in the World Cup

No Goals Scored. Lose the Match to Germany. Hey, Let's Celebrate!

Silly Joel
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EXCLUSIVE: Billy Joel's Fenway Park Show Set List

Tonight is the night for the big Billy Joel concert at Fenway Park, and Boston Dirt Dogs has the custom set list planned for the concert:

A Matter of Bust
It's Still Brock and Roll to Me
An Innocent Manager
Uptown Hurl
Losing the Faith
We Didn't Catch Fire
Big Squat
Captain Yak
You May Be Tight
Just The Way They Are
My Wife
Movin' Down
New York Mets State of Mind
Only The Bad Teams Die Early
Garbage Man
Scenes From a Fenway Sausage Cart
He's Always a Losin'

Sweepless in Seattle

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Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Buchholz Bounces Back As Red Sox Salvage Finale at Safeco

Boston 5, Seattle 4 | David Ortiz Powers Sox to Victory
Big Top: Holt, Nava Lead the Way On Offense With 5-for-9 Showing
Feat of Clay: 76 Pitches in 7.1 Innings of 4 Run Ball in Return
Andrew Miller Found a Way Not to Throw It Away
Shaky City: Koji Saves No. 16

"They made me work hard. I knew they were swinging. That’s about the most aggressive team that I've pitched to in my career. For the number of pitches that I threw that was a grinding, stressful outing knowing I can’t make a mistake." -- Clay on the comeback

Shellackeyed
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M's Hammer Red Sox As John Lackey
Comes Completely Undone in Fourth

Seattle 12, Boston 3 | Seattle Slaughter
Lackey Could Have Covered First for Double Play... But He Did Not Do It
Bright Side: Only 8 Teams Ahead of the Red Sox for AL Wildcard Berth
At Least the Stephen Drew-Xander Bogaerts Moves Are Going Well
Soon, Someone Is Going to Name an Airport After Logan Morrison
Like LeBron, Chris Capuano May Soon Be a Free Agent
King Felix Was Better Than King James
Et Tu, Brock Holt?

“I mean, yeah, I could have gone over there for sure. Yeah, whatever. I’ll leave that one alone.” -- In the big inning, John Lackey was his own worst enemy on potential double play


LeBron to the Rescue?

Boston Dirt Dogs Photo Illustration
(Boston Dirt Dogs Photo Illustration)

"There are very few sportsmen who can match his global reach, appeal and iconic status... We’re going to be able to focus on how to create opportunities for LeBron." -- Red Sox chairman Tom Werner's 2011 quotes on your friend LeBron James

"What FSM does for Roush Fenway, Liverpool and the Red Sox, we will now do for LeBron James... This represents the next step in our evolution, to represent one of the most recognizable athletes on the planet." -- Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy in 2011

The James Gang: John Henry, LeBron James, Tom Werner
(BDD Photo Illustration)
Your team's org chart
(BDD Photo Illustration)

The Great Escape

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Ortiz Rescues Red Sox in Oakland

Oakland 7, Boston 6 | Sox Avoid Sweep
Oh the Headlines If the Red Sox Had Lost That 6-1 Lead for Good
Blown Save City: Koji's Been Shaky Lately
Fernando Abad Boy Ruins A's Rally
Hat Tip to Nap, Ross, Gomes

"I'm getting hit on day game. I think it’s because I'm old. I'm not woken up." --Koji translated

"I like to go out there and make things happen. We've had a good game, had a good series and then we go back to struggles. So hopefully everything changes at some point." --David Ortiz after his big pop


Choke's On US

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A Tie Never Felt So Much Like a Loss

West Toast
BDD - toast

For Your Saturday Morning Breakfast As
Red Sox Keep Slip Sliding Away

Best Record in Baseball 4, Also-Rans 3 | Now Comes Miller Time
Felix the Can't: Doubront Can't Escape First Inning Fiasco
The Other Brad Mills Could Beat Boston's Banjo Hitters
Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Miller Hits Blanks and Callaspo, Game Over
The You See That RBI Coco Made?
Improvement: 6 Hits for Sox Friday
Drew Doubled... Off

"Story of our season. Every little hiccup that we have going on that week that we used to be able to hide now gets exposed." -- Jonny Gomes

Another Kaz Kickin'

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Kazmir's The Latest Starter to Put Sox Offense to Sleep

Oakland 4, Boston 2 | And All That Kaz
It's the Kazmir of Old and Same Old, Same Old Invisible Sox Offense
And The Hits Keep On Coming: 5 More for the Sox And Counting
Just Say Yo: Cespedes With The Arm, Kills Sox With Bat
Stop the Presses: Pedroia Hit One Out
Peavy. Just. Can't. Win.

"We faced a tough pitcher. To be honest, our at bats weren't that bad. We have to find a way to have a big inning and get some momentum." -- Dustin Pedroia... must have been watching a different game

Between a Brock and a Hard Place ...

The Ball Was Caught By Holt

Brock Star 2, Twins 1 | Holt Leads Sox Over Twins
This Kid Is the Real Deal. Sincerely, Pedro Ciriaco

Size No More
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The Sox Won't Be Surviving Grady Any Longer

Grady Sizemore Designated for Assignment
Naturally, Brock Holt to Play Center Tonight
Maybe a Coffee Cup Selfie Would Cheer Grady Up?
JBJ Survives Another Day

"I felt like we needed to make a move with Grady's situation, and he's been designated, and Garin Cecchini's been brought here so we're very confident that Brock [Holt] will do a consistent job in center." -- John Farrell on the Sizemore move

Therein Lies the Rub

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Rubby De La Rosa Looked Good at Fenway Again, But What Happens When Buchholz and Doubront Return?

USA 1, Ghana 0 | Wild 1 for the Ages at Fenway
Should Rubby 2.84 ERA Stay or Should Rubby Go When Regulars Return to Rotation?
Don't Look Now, But David Got Paid Is Batting Only .246
Everybody Hates A.J. Drives in Lone Run with Sac Fly
Stop Blaming Stephen Drew, All-World Shortstop 2-for-3 with Double
Badenhop Saves the Day With a Big Boy Strikeout in the 8th
Hold Goes 0-for-3, Average Plummets to .333
This Just In: A Win Is a Win Is a Win
Jackie Bradley Strikeout

"I don't know why I started. It's a bad habit. It's horrible. If either one of my daughters wanted to dip, I'm going to tell them it's a bad decision." -- Josh Beckett on the dangers of chewing tobacco in the wake of Tony Gwynn's death


Meathead Meets King

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Jim Davis / Globe Staff

Strand Theatre
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Red Sox Waste More Scoring Chances,
Can't Push Winning Run Across

Cleveland 3, Boston 2 | Red Sox Fall in 11
Stop Us If You Heard This: Sox Offense Comes Up Empty with 1-for-8 RISP
On Father's Day, Sox Are Ever Farther Way From Making the Playoffs
Where There's Stoke, There's Fire: Swisher Distinguishes Sox
Why Can't We Get Pitchers Like Scott Atchison, Lobie?
Big Numbers for Badenhop... But He Blows the Save
Bright Side: Another Solid Outing for Workman

“All we can do is keep going out there and keep getting guys on base and working. Guys hit some balls hard. They made some good plays. There’s nothing you can do.” -- A.J. Pierzynski

1 Is The Loneliest Number

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3 Games, Just 1 Run at Fenway South

Baltimore 6, Boston 0 | Lethargic Offense Rears Ugly Head, Again
Throwback Thursday:1993 Red Sox... Last Time They Scored 1 in 3 Games
Guess What Team Is Going to Tired From Travelling Tonight?
If Only Banjo-Bat Pedroia Could Face Chen Every Day
Rubby Could Not Take The Rubber Game
Why Wei-Yin Would You Ever Hit JBJ?
Et Tu, Birthday Boy Brock Holt?

"One run in 27 innings is extremely difficult. We’ve got to do a better job offensively all the way around. I'm not at the point of pulling something out of a hat for a lineup. We've got a trust in the players that we have and we'll continue to work through this." -- John Farrell on the anemic offense

One Hit Wonderful
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Workman Reigns Supreme in Rain

Boston 1, Baltimore 0 | Brandon Workhorse
The Waiting Game: Brandon Stays Dry During Delays, Then Was Ready to Play
Offense An Issue, But Sox Break 0-18 Slump in Low Scoring Games
Nap Time: RBI Single Is Only Run Red Sox Need to Succeed
Wilbur: Don't Bump Workman for Buchholz or Doubront
Brooks Bogaerts Makes 2 Big Plays at Third
Holt Stays Red Hot

"It wasn’t that bad. I went down and threw in the batting cage a little bit to stay loose, to stay ready." -- Workman gets first win as starter in 2014


Puppy Love

Brock Holt Misses His Buddy

Slumber Party

Sleeping Dogs

Sox Offense Silent As Season Begins To Slip Away

Baltimore 4, Boston 0 | Baltimore Flop for Peavy, Sox
Tiring: Ortiz Says The Late Sunday Night And Travel Affected the Sox Monday Night
They Keep Going, and Going, and Going: Enegizer Bunny and Home Runs Off Peavy
Defending World Series Champs Can Only Muster 3 Hits Off Cy Norris
Heart of the Order Goes 0-for-16 in Hitter-Friendly Camden Yards
Get Well Soon Stephen Iron Man Drew, The Red Sox Need You...
... Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle

"Take a few pitches back and it’s a different game. I don’t care about my personal win-loss record. I don’t care about any personal numbers at this point. I'm pitching to win. I was pitching to win tonight. But we were grinding. That’s a really good lineup." -- Jake Peavy... with a record of 1-4 by the way


Time Flies When You're Losing in Bunches

Frank Galasso Illustration

(Boston Dirt Dogs / Frank Galasso, cartoonist)

Have We Seen The Last of The Mujicas?

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AP

Extra Painful: Cabrera Tees Off on Sox Reliever for Walkoff Win

Cleveland 7, Boston 4 | Red Sox Swept Away
That's 5 Home Runs and Counting Against the $9 Million Signing
Is It Time for Edward Mujica To Make His Way to the Disabled List?
3-for-21 With Runners in Scoring Positon in Cleveland Won't Get it Done
Johnny Manziel Had a Better Chance Of Putting One Past Cabrera in the 12th
This Just In: Red Sox Guaranteed Not To Lose Another Game Tonight
At Least It Rained and the 7+ Hour Ordeal Ended After 2 a.m.
Sell! Sell! Sell! Red Sox 8 1/2 Back and Going Nowhere Fast
Bright Side: Ortiz and Mookie Betts Both Homered Last Night
A.J. Ejected

"That pitch was a big mistake and he hit it out. I left it over the plate. It was a little crazy, but we had to keep it going however we could." -- Edward Mujica now has


The Ghost and Mr. Drew

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Austin Tedesco / Boston.com Staff

Don Gone
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AP

Remembering Zim

The Cooler
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AP

Here Comes Drew, There Goes the Winning Streak

Cleveland 3, Boston 2 | Justin Time: Masterson of the House
Lackey Pitched Just Well Enough to Lose a Game Like That
Callahan: Red Sox Better Off Trading Stephen Drew
First Things Third: X-Factor Will Continue to Hit After Moving Over
He's Pumped, But Jonny Gomes Goes Down With Bases Jacked
Indians Not Worried About Grady Sizemore Coming Back to Haunt Them
Ouch! Last 5 Batters Go 0-for-16
A.J. Double Play

"Anytime we had a man on base he found a way to get a groundball double play." -- John Farrell on the Sox coming up short

From Bleak to Streak

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BDD / Mike Briggs Illustration


Winners Win When They're Winning

Boston 4, Tampa Bay 0 | Seven Is Heaven: Lester Sharp, Kids Come Through
Flea Sticker: Lightning Holt Strikes Four Times In Sunday's Victory
Thanks Joe! Erik Badard Pitched Just Well Enough to Lose
The Future Is Now: Cecchini and Hassen Pick Up First Hits
Stephen Who?

"It's a fun day. Anytime you can go out and do something like that, I had a little bit of luck on my side, too." -- Brock Holt was double trouble on Sunday

Brave New World



With Another Victory at Fenway Tonight,
It Would Be Three Wins In a Row for the Streaking Sox

Boston 6, Atlanta 3 | Clutch 7th Gives Sox Second Straight Win
Jackie Bradley Rally Drives In 2 in 4 Run 7th; Batting .201!
Les Was More Than He's Been In His Last Two Starts; Size Groundout Matters
Really? Winded Clay -- Who Lost 7 Pounds in His Start -- Now Has a Hurt Knee

"More than anything, our guys are having fun playing the game. It was a tough 10-game stretch we came through but there's been plenty of energy kind of injected back in the dugout. ... It was good to see maybe the worm turn a little bit with runners in scoring position," -- Red Sox manager John Farrell


Snap, Crackle, Papi

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Ortiz Snaps Bat In 8th To The Delight Of Turner Field Crowd

Oh My Josh!
Josh Beckett's got the world on a string
(BDD Photo Illustration / Steve Garberg)

The Most Improbable Thing In the History of Earth Happened

Former Washed-Up Red Sox Starter Josh Beckett Threw a No-Hitter in Philadelphia
Wilbur: Beckett's 'Redemption' Comes at an Awfully Convenient Time


Memories Of The Way He Was

Josh Beckett - Stop Snitching
(BDD Photo Illustration)

Surly Sox Starter Blames Boston Media,
Trade Rumors, Late Travel for Troubles

More Crying in Baseball from Josh

-- Josh Beckett on WAAF, talking about dealing with the media in Boston: "There's nothing you can do about it. That's the way it's been here for a long time. I talked to Jim Rice about it a few days ago. Jimmy was obviously not a fan of the media at all when he was here and had a lot of trouble with that and ended up to where he thinks it actually cost him a couple of years on the ballot for the Hall of Fame."

Yep. Jim Rice Is the Go-To Guy on Media Relations.
Sincerely, The Carl Yastrzemski Memorial Back Stairs

And Some High Anxiety for The Texas Tough Guy

"I'm good yeah. Just muscle spasms and we traveled late in from New York and I didn't sleep particularly well, had a lot of anxiety and stress things going on, exterior distractions and I don't think that a lot of it was great for my back and then going out and pitching on that mound, it was very wet and my back just locked up on me... well I think just this past week as it was different for me and I alluded to that, I did a little press conference after my start the other day and I alluded to that just this week, that week was so much different for me because they were all rumors and they were apparently not being brought up by the Red Sox, 'cause I was hearing from everybody that none of this was true and everything like that, so they assured me of that but I still had to answer questions about it. So it's very confusing, and that's where I think the anxiety comes in, not so much stress, it's more anxiety than anything." -- Beckett whining on WAAF some more

Travel Excuses Go Over Well in Boston. Sincerely, Roger Clemens's Luggage
A Lot of 'Stress' and 'Anxiety' Goes Along With a $16 Million Paycheck
That Returns a 5-9 Record and A Lot of Belligerent Baggage

Beckett Sells His Phony Story to Rob Bradford
Paranoid Pitcher Says The Media's Coming to Get Buchholz and Lester, Too
Just Know That Josh Did All He Could To Be Ready for Every Start [Sigh]
Wilbur: The Delusional End of Josh Beckett in Boston
Abraham: Beckett's Spin Is Another Wild Pitch
BDD Archives: Beantown Beckett

"It's just a matter of time before they get you, basically. And that's unfortunate. I think Jonny Lester knows that. I think Clay Buchholz knows that. Your time will come." -- Josh Beckett to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford

Once He Was Out of Cy Young Contention,
Beckett Wanted Sox to Lose

"... according to Someone Who Knows: Last season, Beckett 'literally wanted [the team] to fail so he didn't have to pitch in October. By far the biggest culprit in the [expletive] show last September with his attitude and recruitment of others.' " -- Tony Massarotti, Boston.com columnist

And the Beat Goes On
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Jim Davis / Globe Staff


Sixth Straight Loss for The Lost Boys

Toronto 6, Boston 4 | Buchholz Is Breaking Bad Again
That's the Third RBI In May for the Red Sox Shortstop Turning Third Baseman
Fans Are Battling for Foul Balls Harder Than the Red Sox Are Playing
Don't Let the Door Hit Doubront on the Way Out of the Rotation
Bright Side: Last Five Guys in the Lineup Went 10-for-20

"One of the things that's made Clay so unique and special when he's been at his best is that he has had multiple weapons and when he has that he's very unpredictable, he has a bunch of different weapons that all move in different directions and when he has most of those working, he's very difficult to hit because hitters can't stay in any one spot, and even when they do, or if they do and even if they get a pitch they're looking for, he's got enough life, movement that it's hard to barrel it up. I guess the only thing we see is those multiple offerings haven't been as consistent. Maybe it's the changeup one night, he doesn't feel, or the curveball one night. He's trying to find some consistency, particularly with the secondary stuff, but it's really the mix that has made him so good and so dominant at times.

There's some guys that can be fastball dominant pitcher and just rely on fastball command and be effective that way. That's not Clay, it's never been Clay. He's always relied a lot on his mix and for whatever reason, the mix hasn't been there consistently as it had in the past. It does not appear to be a physical issues. He said he feels good and he's working hard and we've got to try to help him find the feel for that mix. and when he does and he's able to put more thoughts into hitter's minds about what's coming then we'll start to see a better result... He knows. Obviously he knows that ... nobody wants to perform more than he does. -- Red Sox GM Ben Cherington with the latest explanation on Buchholz being awful via WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show


2014 Is Getting Draining

Frank Galasso Illustration
(Boston Dirt Dogs / Frank Galasso, cartoonist)

BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons
(BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons)

The Red Sox Would Like to Remind You

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Drew Will Cure All That Ails Them
Here Comes Stephen Drew to the Rescue

Since the Red Sox Are Free Fallin'

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... Oh My My, Oh Hell Yes: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Will Be Playing at Fenway This Summer

Detroit 6, Boston 2 | Tigers Complete the Sweep
Finn: Time Is Now for Red Sox to Start Playing Like Contenders
Not Since Bobby V Was at the Helm, Have the Sox Lost Four Straight Will Big Hair Replace Long Beards as the Sox Team Theme?
RadioBDC on the Reeling Red Sox
The GIF That Keeps on Giving

“Everybody has room for improvement and nobody’s pointing fingers. As a whole, we’re going to take responsibility for not playing our best, man-to-man.” -- Jake Peavy after picking up another loss


Tiger Stylin'

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Last Night They're Gonna Party Like It's 1983
Detroit Has the Last Laugh on Stumbling Sox

Walkoff City
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Also Known As 'Now Comes Miller Time'

Minnesota 4, Boston 3 | Close Only Counts In Hand Grenades and Horseshoes
X-Factor: He Had a 14-Pitch At-Bat But He's Not Going to the All-Star Game
Next Time David Ross Thinks About Walking to the Mound. Don't.
The Shell of Clay Buchholz Isn't Fooling Anyone
The Gomes Web Gems Will Not Be Forgotten
Neither Will Middlebrooks' Game Tying Hit
Mike Carp Can't Do It All

"It stinks. I feel good out there, but I blew two games, we lost the series, we lost two games in the series but my name's attached to it, so it stinks." -- Andrew Miller after surrendering his second walkoff hit in the series

Alabama Slammer

Peavy's Trip Home Didn't Help Him On the Mound in Minnesota

Minnesota 8, Boston 6 | Now Comes Miller Time, There Goes the Game
Beat Home Alabama: Peavy Comes Completely Undone in the Second Inning
The Sun Goes Up, The Sun Goes Down, and Papi Be 'Whooping the Twins Ass'
6-2, Then Even: Red Sox Roar Back to Tie It, But Miss Target at the End
Middlebrooks Cleaned Up in Skee-Ball, but Batting Just .197 So Far
Crown Vic as the Comeback Kid

"It was right into his swing path. It was hard and out of the zone, but it was still right where he can hit it and you can't afford to do it right there." -- Andrew Miller on giving up the walkoff to Parmelee

Lack in the Saddle Again

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Red Sox Cowboy Up in Texas; Get Back Above .500

Boston 5, Texas 2 | Lackey Feeling Right at Home at Globe Life Park
Lackey Ranch Dressing: Thank God He's a Country Boy Playing Country Hardball
Former Ranger Catchers Make Rangers Play Catch-Up Early
Napoli Will Make You Pay for Passing on Papi Every Time
Did Pedey Find His Power Stroke?

"It's nice to go out there when you already have a 3-0 lead. It kind of lets you relax a little bit and pound the strike zone." -- Lackey didn't get rocked by the Rangers this time

Fortune Tellers

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(BDD Illustration / Nicolas Brown)

We Took An Oath That We Would Not Update This Site Before The Defending World Champions Got Back to .500 Baseball

And We Made Good On that Promise Much to the Chagrin of Millions
Now That the Red Sox Are Making a Fortune, and Playing .500
We'll Back to Our Regular Schedule... Starting Monday

BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

Boston Globe:

Red Sox bullpen better than you think > Buchholz must be front man > Swihart, Rodriguez sent to Pawtucket > Farrell sees glass half full

Boston Herald:

Buchholz has new pitch mechanic helping him > Henry Owens remains confident > Head injuries in MLB still an issue for Holt > Mujica ready to step into closer role

ProJo:

Napoli joins litany of Red Sox with injury issues > Good outing for Johnson,; Owens gives up two bombs > The day Cecchini rediscovered hot to hit > Regulars get rare day off

NY Post:

Sidelined Jacoby Ellsbury still confident for Opening Day > Yankees likely fifth starter may not be best man for job > Yankees: What strikeout problem? Did the longball > MLB fans will finally have access to stream home games

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