Because the Red Sox Are Cashing In On a Championship
The Cost of Winning the World Series Has Come Home to Roost
You'll Have to Dig Deeper Under the 2014 Variable Ticket Pricing Plan The Most Expensive Night Out In Baseball, Just Got About 4.8% More Expensive
More Good News: If You Are Going to One of the 16 Tier 5 Games, You'll Save!
Lower Bleacher Seat Goes from $28 to $40 for So-Called Tier 1 Games
Wonder If The Red Sox Scalping Partners Are Going Variable, Too?
Did You Know the 2014 $165 Field Box Seat Cost Just $35 Back in 1999?
And Season Ticket Holder$ Are Spitting Up Their Martinis All Over Town
“Variable pricing better aligns tickets with market value. By pricing tickets according to demand, we can significantly lower ticket prices for our local, core fans, who are more likely to be able to attend weeknights in April, May, and September.” -- Sam Kennedy on throwing the variable pricing pitch
“Numerous factors influence our annual ticket pricing decisions. We strive to maintain affordability and ticket accessibility while still generating the revenues necessary to fuel our baseball operations, to fund continuing improvements to the ballpark, and to make enhancements to the fan experience - the three main areas in which we reinvest our revenue.” -- Larry Lucchino offers his take on taking 4.8% more in 2014
From 7th Inning Beers and Buckets of Fried Chicken Wings to
Gomes Wanting to Give Everyone In Championship City a Ring
"That Marathon Monday... that was something that I've never been a part of. We obviously have deaths in your family, deaths in your... something, tragedy like that... An explosive, a bomb, something so selfish an act, not only to Boston but on America and then we're supposed to be the strong legs, strong back to carry everyone and put smiles on everyone's faces but like I was saying, I think it's the other way around. I think we jumped on Boston's back. They wouldn't let us quit. They wouldn't let us lay it down. I mean obviously it happened right on the finish line, so you would think in your head let's not go to the baseball game, something bad might happen there, too. Nope, even more people came, threw up Boston Strong on the Green Monster and we just rolled, so if everyone in Boston could get a ring, they deserve one too." -- Jonny Gomes on Conan
"I've played with a lot of superstars but I've never been around a superstar who cared more about winning than David. He could go 0-for-4, but if we win the game, he's the happiest man in the room." -- Red Sox catcher David Ross
"... while this team says it is playing for the city, the fans, the region and for each other, I believe them for once. Their sizable paychecks won’t bounce, but I believe their collective heart and motivation is pure. This is the first time I can ever remember wanting a team to win for itself. -- Bob Lobel, on Suite Sports
... But There Was Plenty to Worry About in Game 2: St. Louis 4, Boston 2 Bad Signs: James Taylor Muffs the Anthem, Dan Clark Wears Wrong Uniform
Now Playing The Role of Keystone Cops: Gomes, Salty, and Breslow
Time For Middlebrooks And One Of His 3-Homer Games?
Don't Blame David Ortiz
"Peavy and Buchholz will pitch over in St. Louis, we're still working through which day each guy will go. And I know there's been a lot of buzz on Clay's physical condition, 'Where's he at? What's taken place the last couple of starts?' He's ready to go and he will start... 'Is he healthy?' Yeah. If he wasn't healthy, and it was to the point of a detriment, either current or long term, we wouldn't even hesitate, we'd pull the plug on it and go in another direction. He's ready to start." -- John Farrell today on the developing Clay Buchholz situation
"There are real concerns about Buchholz's ability to pitch Saturday, according to people familiar with the situation ... If Buchholz can't make the Saturday start, Felix Doubront would take his place. Doubront threw a surprise simulated game Tuesday at Fenway to prepare in case Buchholz can't make it." -- Jon Heyman on the developing Clay Buchholz situation
“The first thought was get enough air to tie the game and then I thought this could get up over the wall. All the emotions went through my mind. No disrespect if guys took it wrong, but I was definitely excited running around the bases. I hope they understand it was a special moment for me, for the city... It’s been a special year. We all battled, and special moments like this, you cherish it.” -- Shane Victorino eliminates all bunting questions in one historic swing
"Kick your shoes off, let your hair down
(Go berserk) all night long
Grow your beard out, just weird out
(Go berserk) all night long
We're gonna rock this house until we knock it down
So turn the volume loud, cause it's mayhem 'til the a.m.
So baby make just like K-Fed and let yourself go, let yourself go
Say %#@! it before we kick the bucket
Life's too short to not go for broke
So everybody, everybody (Go berserk)" -- Eminem
And 9 years ago tonight, Curt was Ready, Schilling, and Able ...
BLOOD AND GUTS
(Boston Globe Photo)
For One Big Night, Curt Schilling was Larry Bird, Tom Brady, Bobby Orr, and Ted Williams All Rolled into One
“...my anticipation is that Curt will be there for the World Series....just kind of dire measures, really, you have to use dire techniques to try to control it and so no, there’s no precedent for this, and this was a last ditch effort to try to keep him playing.” -- Red Sox team physician Dr. Bill Morgan
10.20.04: Dr. Bill Morgan on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan: Dr. Morgan: “…concerned about Curt’s health, now and in the future. There’s just no way of holding that tendon in position effectively regardless of the splint we were using, etc., when it popped in and out it was really painful for him regardless of numbing it up, the sensation was uncomfortable, so the thought was just to buttress the tendon in place short term until we could fix this thing and Curt being the player he is and just wanting to get out there and do it, was all for it, and luckily it worked out pretty well last night.”
John Dennis: “So the high top wasn’t working, the splint wasn’t working, any kind of wraps you put on it wasn’t working to hold it in place, tell us the physical theory and exactly how you did this…”
Dr.M: “Well we know that the tendon itself was not in a position that we need it to be in and there wasn’t best being out of position because it would pop back into the groove and that would give him difficulties, and it was really just putting a few sutures in just percutaneously, through the skin without making any incisions or anything like that, and making a wall so that the tendon would stay in position and not really being able to move back into an awkward position for him. Read more Q&A.
"20 years from now they'll be saying Willis Reed pulled a Curt Schilling." -- Theo Epstein
"His heart is so big... he competed and he pitched his ass off." -- Terry Francona
(Boston Dirt Dogs Photo / Mark Tessicini)
"I was touched by God tonight. Last time I tried to do it alone... it was God's work... I had had enough (after 7), I was struggling from the fourth inning on. I made some mistakes but they hit them right at people." -- Curt Schilling
"It's tough when you feel like you let the boys down. I've got a bad taste in my mouth. I just couldn’t make the big pitch to minimize the damage. ... No excuse, it's on me. I can promise you we'll be back tomorrow as a ball club, ready to go." -- Jake Peavy could not deliver in Detroit
Miguel Cabrera and his walker just stole second. It's time to go home.
"Lack finally figured out that we're only going to give him one run. He learned from the whole year. Our pitching was unbelievable, and 'Nap's swing … it was a great win for us." -- Red Sox defacto captain Dustin Pedroia
Boston 3, Tampa Bay 1 | No Game 5 in Boston Hey Joe Maddon, Come Back to Boston, It's Lovely This Time of Year
While You Are Reading This, Maddon Is Making Another Pitching Change
When the Champagne Is Gone, Don't Forget The Work of Jake Peavy
In Other News, Big Papi Got Popped By His Nephew Before Game 4
On Second Thought, Maybe Ells Does Like It Here After All
It's Craig Breslow's World, We're Just Living In It
Game 3? Doesn't Ring a Bell
Welcome Back Koji
"It all feels good. Obviously moving on. We knew it was going to be a tough series for us. This is a part of baseball that you look forward to, you train every off‑season for, you go to Spring Training, you look forward to these kind of times. Again, this is one step. We have two more to go. But it's always nice to be able to move on." -- The underrated Shane Victorino
St. Petersburg 5, Boston 4 | Farrell Has a Night to Forget Game Summary: John Was Playing Checkers, While Joe Was Playing Chess
Why Would You Want to Keep David Ortiz' Bat Around In a Tie Game Anyway?
I Would Have Pitched to Longoria With The ALCS On The Line, Too.
Sincerely, Grady Little
Low Five City: Hopefully Koji Didn't Get Too Caught Up In His Hype
All the Scouting Reports Said 'Don't Let Jose Lobaton Beat You'
And I Do My Little Turn On The Catwalk.
Sincerely, Right Said Fred and Zobrist's Foul Ball
Can We Find Out Which Rays Have a Birthday Today?
Scott Boras Thought It Was a Good Night. So There's One
Having Victorino Bunt Was Like Having Victorino Punt
X-Factor? That's Not How Farrell Drew It Up
Not Dustin Pedroia's Finest Four Hours
Napping at First Base?
Low Five City
"That was an exciting game. Well-played game." -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine John Farrell
Rays Keystone Cops Routine Kickstarts Red Sox
Offensive Onslaught in Game 1
Rested Sox 12, Tampa Bay 2 | End of the Road Wins for Rays Lesterrific! Jon Gets '08 and '09 Postseason Monkeys Off His Back
Sox Do The Hustle While Rays Stumble and Bumble Around Fenway
Pretty Nasty of Fenway to Get On that Kid Like That. Sincerely, Darryl Strawberry
J.D. Drew Embarrassed By All the Emotion His Brother Displayed
And They Did It Wearing Spring Training Jerseys
Napoli Was Safe By the Hair of His Beard
Gomes Sweet Gomes
"We all work together. We definitely work it 1-through-9, we don't sit around waiting for the three-run homer." -- The Great Jonny Gomest
"As a baseball player, going there to work, it's a dump. I mean, it's old. It does have a great feel and nostalgia, but at the end of the day, I'd rather be at a good facility where I can get my work in... They should do like New York did and get a new one, get a new park... I got to see a priceless thing driving back to my apartment. I see all the Boston fans walking around, and I mean they were crying crocodile tears. ... It was like someone shot their dog. I rolled down the window and I'm like, 'Ah, hah, sucks doesn't it, when someone laughs or makes fun of you when things aren't going your way.' " -- Rays outfielder Luke Scott on America's Most Beloved Ballpark last season
Mile High Club 15, Colorado 5 | Will The Way Back Machine Leads Romp Grand Stand: Will Has The Old Stroke Back, 7 RBI a Career High
Good Luck with the Tigers Coco and Co., You're Gonna Need It
Into Thin Air: Boston's Batted Balls for 16 Hits in Coors Light Field
Ortiz Reaches 100 RBI Mark, Will Lobby For Contract Extension Soon
With His Eyes on the Prize [read: Free Agency], Ellsbury Gets Back Sooner
Peavy's Rocky Start Drove Nation to Light Up a Smoke After He Got Lit Up
It Won't Be The Same Without You, Yankees
His Left Foot: Nap Rests for Another Day
Vic Wasn't Fit to Be Tied in the Fourth
Salty Chips In With 4 Hits, 3 RBIs
Well Played, Todd Helton
"When I'm hitting the ball well, it goes all over the place." -- Will Middlebrooks on his big night
Postseason Clinch Is Suddenly Not a Cinch
Not-Well-Rested Sox Need a 'Sleep Room' Power Nap Today
Red Sox president Larry Lucchino on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan: "One of things we did this season, it sounds like a little thing but I'll mention it anyway, we created a sleep room in the clubhouse. I think the players have made terrific use of it. It's a sound-proof room where guys can come in and get some rest, take a nap during the afternoon. Guys are around the ballpark from about 11 or 12:00 even for a 7:10 game and I think the little gestures, well they're more than gestures... it was actually an idea that came from our sleep doctor. We have a sleep specialist to study the problems confronting baseball players with the travel and the jet lag they have and found that a tremendous number of our baseball players are sleep deprived... it's nothing too glamorous, it's just a room with a couple of bunk beds but it's sound proof and it's just off the second floor of the clubhouse and it's a place where people can grab some rest if they need it during the day. A couple of our players have talked about how they've been able to get some of the best sleep they've had in weeks when they are able to do so."
Baltimore 5, Boston 3 | Beards Can't Shave Down Magic Number Double-Play Trouble: Sox Hit Into 4, And Only 3 Runs To Show On 15 Hits
Orioles Refuse to Let Sleeping Dirt Dogs Lie And Pound Sox Again
I Preferred To Sleep In the Dugout. Sincerely, Bobby Valentine
More Pillow Talk: Looks Like Koji Is Back On Track
Speaking of Power Nap: Mike Goes Deep for No. 23
Will Thursday Night Be Another Big Snoozefest?
Watch: Bearded Nation Gets In for $1
Boston 9, New York 2 | Yankee Elimination Party Buchholz Picks Up Where He Left Off, Now 11-0
Fitting Tribute: Sox Celebrate Beating Mariano To Win 2004 World Series
When Am I Going To Be Honored at Fenway? Sincerely, Jonathan Papelbon
Farrell's Most Beloved Ballpark: Red Sox Win No. 50 at Home
Hot Nava: 4 More Hits for Daniel
"It’s how we play. We want to win every game. We never settle for what [the lead] is. It’s 'Go for the next one.'" -- Salty on the Red Sox roll
It's Carp Diem All Over Again
Another Night, Another Biggest Win of the Year
Boston 7, St. Petersburg 3 | Life Is Grand As Red Sox Runaway Train Keeps Rollin' Making More History: 7 Pinch-Hit Homers a New Club Record
Doing Us Proud: Mass. Man Arrested For Trying to Choke Raymond This New Red Sox Exceptionalism is Dangerous. Sincerely, Vladimir Putin
Winners Win When They're Winning. Sincerely, The Boston Red Sox
This Just In: Yaz Thinking About Showing Up for Statue Unveiling
Since When Did Joe Maddon Forget How to Manage Games?
Insert Roberto Hernandez/Fausto Carmona Joke Here
And We Got to Listen to Our Old Friend D-Lowe, Too
Starring Mike Napoli As Mr. September
And Stephen Drew As Jose Iglesias
Take That James Loney
“It’s tough any time you pinch hit in the big leagues. Just to get those opportunities all year long, we’ve been wanting them, kind of foaming at the mouth. I’m just excited to be part of something like that.” -- Magic Mike Carp
It's a Broken Record in Boston
(BDD Photo Illustration / Y. Chan)
But Mr. Koji Miyagi Is Extraordinary
34 Straight Batters Retired, Another Red Sox Club Mark
New York 4, Boston 3 | Workman's Wild Walkoff Lester OK in Finale, But Sometimes You've Got To Pitch to the Score
Ells Has About 20 Million Reasons to Return Quickly This Time
The Second Coming of Middlebrooks En Fuego
Nava Might Not Be The Best Leadoff Option
‘"It just kind of got away from me. We were trying to work a little bit up on him." -- Brandon Workman on the walkoff wild pitch