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
Day for the Dead Last
Trying to Dive
As Jays Running Away
Jump Right Off
Fenway the Beautiful
Day That They Die
Different Kind of Awful
Down This Drain
Sic 'Em on a Fried Chicken
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!
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
Losing the Faith
We Didn't Catch Fire
You May Be Tight
Just The Way They Are
New York Mets State of Mind
Only The Bad Teams Die Early
Scenes From a Fenway Sausage Cart
He's Always a Losin'
Sweepless in Seattle
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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
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)
"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
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The Great Escape
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
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'
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
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
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
Jim Davis / Globe Staff
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
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
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
Brock Holt Misses His Buddy
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
Have We Seen The Last of The Mujicas?
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
"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
Austin Tedesco / Boston.com Staff
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
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
"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
Ortiz Snaps Bat In 8th To The Delight Of Turner Field Crowd
Oh My Josh!
(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
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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
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
The Red Sox Would Like to Remind You
Since the Red Sox Are Free Fallin'
... 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
Last Night They're Gonna Party Like It's 1983
Detroit Has the Last Laugh on Stumbling Sox
Hannah Foslien / Getty Images
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
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
Tom Pennington / Getty Images
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
(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
April 14, 2014 | 06:22 AM
Son of a Bichiro
Red Sox Go South in the Bronx, Head to Chicago Dead Last
New York 3, Boston 2 | Adding Insult to Injuries
Farrell Tossed, Has No Faith In Fraud Video Replay System
The Sun Comes Up, The Sun Goes Down, And Pedroia Gets Hurt
Lester's Contract Is the Last Thing A Last Place Needs Needs to Address
Reversal of Foretune: Are Joel Hanrahan or Andrew Bailey Available?
On the Bright Side: Doubront Wasn't Horrible
Yankees Shutdown Bullpen. Who Knew?
"Extremely difficult to have any faith in the process that's being used... We felt it was clear that the replay was inconclusive. Any angle that we looked at, you couldn't tell if the foot was on the bag behind Mike Napoli's leg." -- John Farrell said of the MLB replay system that burned him twice over the weekend
Hey, Kenan Thompson ...
... You Forgot the Indoor Oversized Sunglasses
And Have You Ever Played Third Base?
Toga! Toga! Toga!
Red Sox Give It the Old College Try With $9 Student Tickets... And Toga Night at Fenway
You may want to sign up to take that college course if you want a cheap entry to Fenway Park this season. And grab a sheet and make a toga while you're at it.
The Red Sox today introduced a $9.00 standing room ticket for high school and college students for home games at Fenway Park during the 2014 season.
In addition to offering $9.00 standing room tickets to high school and college students for every home game this season, the Red Sox will offer all students the opportunity to purchase $20.00 seats for six specially-themed Super Student Nights in April and May.
Theme nights include Student Toga Night on April 8, Student Scavenger Hunt Night on April 20, Night of Champions on April 29 (celebrating the three World Series Championships), Greek Night on May 1, College Media Night (for communications/journalism students) on May 18, and Class of 2014 Night on May 24.
In Other News: Lack in the Saddle Again Tonight
Red Sox Nation Embarrassed By Another 'TRADER' Incident in Houston
We Saw The Same Dumb Thing With Johnny Damon's Return to Fenway in 2006
And Obama Didn't Know He Was Duped in Ortiz-Samsung Selfie Stunt
Rockwell Painting of Red Sox May Fetch $30 Million at Auction
More Good News: Yankees Have a Problem in Houston
ICYMI: Red Sox Own the White House
Gomes to Skip Trip to White House
B D D E X C L U S I V E:
Red Sox Outfielder Jonny Gomes Is Upset He Stayed on Bench in Opener; Will Skip Team Trip to White House Today
Stars and Stripes Suits Will Make Trip to See PoTUS While The Man
Who Bought the Suits Will Stay In Baltimore
April 1, 2014: BDD has learned that Turnaround King Jonny Gomes has decided to stay in Baltimore this morning as the team bus prepares for a trip to the White House. Gomes said this was not in protest of any government policy or activity, i.e. former Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, but it is a protest of the fact that Red Sox manager John Farrell elected to keep Gomes on the bench in Boston's 2-1 Opening Day loss to the Orioles.
Gomes could have pinch-hit for new Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski in the eighth inning, or again, batted for the struggling Jackie Bradley Jr. in the ninth inning. But Farrell chose to let the man with a World Series tattoo rot on the bench.
Gomes indicated that he may hit the Baltimore aquarium today in lieu of the White House trip, but stopped short of saying he was going to head back to Boston and hope for a better fate in the home opener on Friday at Fenway. And while you are digesting this story, don't forget to look back at Sox news on this date in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004.
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