Oops. The problem with the above rant is
that Glenn Ordway, host of WEEI's Big Show, gave the website 100%
credit. It's crystal clear on the tape. And all Glenn was doing was
simply quoting the BSMW passage on the Schilling/Massarotti situation
posted earlier that morning, essentially plugging the site. The segment
in question started this way:
Michael Felger: “What did Schilling say
about it Big O?”
Ordway: “Well the only thing I’ve got right
now is we’ve got something off the Boston Sports Media website here:
"Score one for the media…." Glenn simply went on to read a passage
quoted earlier in the day. I would imagine we'll see a front page
apology today on the Boston Sports Media site as someone must have given
Bruce Allen some very bad information about that exchange.
The Big Show spent most of the show on the
Schilling/Massarotti dust up. Tony took a beating on the air the likes
we haven't heard in years. Earlier in the day, Dale and Neumy made some
excellent points about Schilling's desire to talk to all of the fans
unfiltered (we'll update this later in the week).
Glenn Ordway also contradicted himself later
when he talked about the information he received on the Schilling
incident. Day one: "We get all these emails but we're not going to run
with it (Schilling surgery story emailed to the Big Show) because we
don't know if it's real. Maybe it was a hoax then we find out later it
wasn't what he wrote." Day two: "We'll you know they're real Tony
because you get all these emails, all from different email addresses,
with the exact same quotes. So you know it's real."
Well which is it Glenn? If you know it's
real as you said, why didn't you report on it when it came in?
6.13.04: Ready or Trot. Hurt Dog is
back... finally. The heart and soul of the Red Sox makes his triumphant
return from two injuries this Wednesday in Colorado. And on this trip,
and with the Yankees nearly unstoppable, we need him now more than ever.
Welcome back Trot Nixon.
Dinner with Nomar. Had dinner with
Nomar Saturday night at Sonsie on Newbury Street... well, OK, Nomar was
having dinner with a couple of friends and our group was a couple of
tables over. Nomar was sporting a black "Extinction Sucks" t-shirt (link
below on icon) as he obviously has burned through the 90 "Grrrciaparra's
Back" Boston Dirt Dogs shirts we gave him in 2001. He was nice enough to
pose for pictures with the standard table of all girls and seemed in
good spirits all night.
only exchange was my thumbs up sign when Nomar finally got up to go to
the men's room after sitting for four hours straight. He was very
animated in his conversation throughout the dinner and we tried our best
to read lips on a few occasions to no avail. So no scoops on his sheath.
But our rock solid medical mole, who told us back on June 2nd that
Schilling may be headed to the DL, writes in that "Nomar
is still in a lot of pain. Another trip back on to the DL, or at least
missing a few games, is absolutely not out of the question. He may
escape the DL because they have Pokey and Bellhorn but he's not going to
risk any type of permanent injury. This whole experience has freaked
Nomar out because the Achilles is so difficult to treat and if he were
to tear it, his career could be over. He's completely in the
driver's seat as to when he'll play and won't play."
Schill still out there. While he's
taking a break from posting off-the-record content behind the SoSH Iron
Curtain (thanks again Tony Mazz), Schilling took his unfiltered story
directly to the unwashed masses this time via that old fashioned device,
the radio. Curt called in again to those web mavens Mustard and Johnson
(sarcasm, these luddites set internet discussion back 10 years... it's
painful to listen to) on WEEI to update those without internet access on
his injury. Curt reiterated that there is absolutely no structural
damage in his famous right ankle right now. He's been consulting with
the top docs in the field and will shut it down when and if it starts to
cause structural damage that could threaten his career. Curt said he
prefers to pitch through the discomfort and that is what he intends to
do provided it does not cause additional damage. He said every pitcher
and player on the Sox is playing with some pain. Naturally, as long as
he isn't doing any permanent damage, he said he doesn't mind pitching
with the pain.
Hoss is also hesitant to shut it down
completely because his shoulder and arm will be affected if he does not
pitch for a couple of weeks to rest the ankle. He would then need a
couple more weeks to rehab the arm as he wouldn't be able to throw. He's
talking a minimum of a month with no guarantee that the ankle would feel
any better upon his return.
The off-season surgery option is
arthroscopic and exploratory, and if and when he were to go down that
road, he wouldn't be able to walk without assistance for weeks. He
stressed that surgery remains a last resort and he will not consider it
during the season.
He went on to talk more about his media
bitching in Karen Guregian's Herald piece today. Curt talked about a
recent situation when about 25 media members were in the clubhouse, only
a few were actively working on stories. The other reporters were sitting
on the players' couches watching TV or sitting at the table playing
video games or hanging around watching players play video games.
He wants the media to simply do what they
have to do and get out of the clubhouse. It's the player's sanctuary,
and it's limited as it is with the crush of reporters and the cramped
quarters. He said that before he brought it up, the media would be in
the clubhouse waiting for players as they came off the field. That
access has now been tightened up as the reporters aren't supposed to be
allowed into the clubhouse until 10 minutes after the game ends so the
players can have some private space and time to let loose or leave the
park without facing the Nation if they want to.
More on media. Also on WEEI Sunday,
Lobel was in studio at Fenway and revealed that, as an SoSH member, he
saw Schilling's detailed comments on his injury earlier in the week, but
respected Curt's wishes to keep those specific comments, which included
the surgery option, off-the-record.
Meanwhile the SoSH Members Only section
comments continue to pop up elsewhere as "Mark," one of the
administrators of a Boston sports media message board sends messages to
our inbox announcing that he cut-and-pasted private commentary from the
SoSH Members Only area into all his posts on that site. File under:
Oh and the next time someone other than SoSH
founder Eric Christensen thinks it's a good idea to call into WEEI to
explain the site or read stats from a notepad, think again. It's
embarrassing. As good as most of the members are with the keyboard, they
are typically horrible on air. First it was some kid "Mike from
Hamilton" boring hundreds of thousands of Sox fans last week droning on
about groundball to flyball ratios, trying to convince us that the Sox
are better off with Bellhorn at second. Then yesterday it was "Charlie"
calling in to wrongfully explain why Schilling goes online. It reminds
me of the debacle when
someone named "Steve" embarrassed the site, lying about his
membership, bragging about job titles, and highlighting the porn links.
Chris Collins had an excellent interview
Peabody's Jeff Allison tonight on NECN's Sports Late Night where
Jeff was very candid about his drug use. Catch a replay if you can.
We'll also be on CN8's Sports Pulse with Ed Berliner on Monday night at
Del Jones of The Patriot Ledger just
launched a site of his own called
Boston Sports Forum with daily topics, a message board and chats,
and regular sports commentaries.
We're going to be lost without seeing Frank
McCourt on TV or in newsrooms every 10 minutes.
Horse buys horse. "Boston Red Sox
pitcher Curt Schilling claimed the 9-Year-Old New Zealand-bred gelding
Thunder Storm N for $45,000 on Saturday night (June 12) at Balmoral
Park. Curt Schilling added his name to the list of standardbred owners
racing in Illinois. The 37-year-old Schilling who sports an 8-3 record
for Boston this year and 171 career victories has always been a big
contributor to local and national charities during his stops in
Philadelphia, Arizona and now in Boston. Thunder Storm N will be trained
here in Illinois by John Podres. If that name sounds familiar to
baseball fans it should, as his father John was Schilling's pitching
coach during his years with the Phillies."
Schilling claims Thunder Storm
Bird's eye view. 6.12.04: Fenway dogs
chime in: "I was at the game, sitting by third base, thinking about how
awesome it is to shut the Dodgers out with my favorite stress-free
addition to the team, Keith Foulke. Then suddenly, the ball was lifted
into the air by the crack of the bat. I looked up into the sky scanning
for the ball, but saw a small flock of seagulls instead. These seagulls
were chalky in color and being a spherical shape, could easily be
mistaken for a baseball. They had some mystique to them, almost as if
they magically appeared out of thin air only to cause chaos in the Fens.
Then, I looked down at Manny who was either doing the meringue or trying
to catch a seagull. Either one obviously didn't help because his last
scamper for the real baseball proved very ineffective... and you know
the rest of the story. It's a tough no decision from Lowe (who pitched
the best this season), but definitely a good thing that Shrek aka Papi
aka Ortizzle came through clutch. It may sound funny, but maybe Manny
does have a real, legitimate excuse for his error."
Michael culpa. Michael Silverman claims we were
wrong in accusing him of being the source for Tony Massarotti's
ill-advised Herald story about Curt Schilling's off-the-record comments
on SoSH. We like Silverado. Nice guy. He's had a very good year. If he
says he didn't tip Tony off to the off-the-record-remarks, we believe
him. Our apologies for the wrongful accusation.
Schill driven offline. On a related
note, Tony Massarotti's weak reporting, unnecessarily using
off-the-record info and anonymous sources, and his ongoing vendetta
against the internet, has now caused a problem for Curt. Thanks to Tony,
Schill will go offline indefinitely and will no longer be providing
post-game reports online. Thanks Tony. The SoSH crowd has the pitchforks
and blowtorches out. Good luck coming out of this one unscathed Mazz.
On Friday, WEEI's Big Show used a call on
the intro each hour that said "Hey Curt Schilling, what about those of
us who can't afford a computer or get on the internet? Never mind your
private chats with your private fans, why don't write a column in Herald
twice a week and talk to all of us?" Excellent idea, they can call it
"The world according to Curt."
Fried Cowboy. 6.11.04 - Hey Kevin, we don't need to see your 4-HR,
18-RBI-on-the-season (nice double tonight for 2 RBI slim) belly flopping
fielding face tearing through six buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken
during every Sox game on NESN. Never mind "Chicken Capital," make it
Batting Cage Capital as you pull outside pitches harder than you pull
those wings apart. Thank god that option kicked in. Do you need a
Flash in the fan. In the late
innings, a suddenly topless female fan was ejected from Fenway. Good
times. Rem chimed in "wonder what that looked like in HD?" File under:
Burks on the bench. "We're back to
square one" said Ellis Burks after more swelling in his knee has put off
his previously reported quick return to the Red Sox. It was good to see
The Rim Man on Extra Innings but it doesn't sound like he's coming back
anytime soon. Looks like the Vinoy hotel bus driver (retired back in
1991 from Revere, MA) who said Ellis told him he may need more knee
surgery may have been right.
Trick or Trot. Nixon looked good,
running hard hitting a double in Pawtucket last night.
Pitching with Pride. Old friend
Juan Pena picked up the win for
Nashua last week.
Can't forget Duquette.
We're enthusiastically supporting the Dominican flood relief effort, and
glad to see the Red Sox advertising the cause during the games, but it
reminds us of how poorly John Harrington and Dan Duquette (and the Red
Sox as a team) mishandled the relief effort for New Englanders who died
in the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
Sessions with the Shrink. Derek Lowe
reveals his deep thoughts from therapy with Dr. Melfi on CBS-4's Sports
Final this Sunday.
It's been an Annual Tradition on the old AOL
Message Boards to offer up my All Star Projections. Anyways, any bias
here is because Joe Torre is the American League Manager thus giving
every Yankee a chance to be at the All Star Game this year.
We'll see you guys at the Stadium over the
4th of July, Fireworks won't be needed then.
C Ivan Rodriguez DET
1B Jason Giambi NYY
2B Alfonso Soriano TEX
3B Alex Rodriguez NYY
SS Derek Jeter NYY
OF Manny Ramirez BOS
OF Vlad Guerrero ANA
OF Johnny Damon BOS
1B David Ortiz BOS
2B Ron Belliard CLE
SS Michael Young TEX
3B Hank Blayock TEX
IF Melvin Mora BAL
OF Hideki Matsui NYY
OF Carlos Beltran NYY
OF Ichiro SEA
OF Gary Sheffield NYY
C Javier Lopez BAL
C Jorge Posada NYY
P Mark Mulder OAK
P Barry Zito OAK
P Mark Buerlie CHW
P Roy Haladay TOR
P Curt Schilling BOS
P Tom Gordon NYY
P Denys Baez TB
P Keith Foulke BOS
P Joe Nathan MIN
P Eddie Guardado SEA
BOS: 6* w/projected 30th Man
30th Man Candidates
Jason Varitek BOS
Kevin Brown NYY
Javier Vazquez NYY
Teams who wouldn't get an All Star without the stupid rule:
Minnesota, Toronto, Tampa Bay
Last Two In: Tom Gordon NYY, Hideki
I'll assume Torre would really like to reward both Gordon, and Quantrill
who have meant the world to him this season in middle relief.
Last Two Out: Kevin Brown NYY,
Mariano Rivera, NYY
Again, a matter of which Yankees Joe Torre takes....With the injury past
of Brown, and the chance to give Rivera a few days off Torre might
decide to let the hitters travel, and the pitchers rest.
Torre's Troops - Yankee All Stars
Jeter, Rodriguez, Posada, Sheffield, Gordon, Matsui, Giambi
Red Sox All Stars
Ramirez, Damon, Ortiz, Schilling, Foulk
The Red Sox Torre wants to take
The Red Sox most likely to be the 30th
The Troops Torre Wants to Take
Quantrill, Rivera, Brown, Vazquez
Deserving but left out in the cold
P: Kenny Rogers TEX
SS: David Eckstein ANA
UT: Chone Figgins ANA
P: Frankie Garcia SEA
Not Deserving, but currently slated to
SS: Derek Jeter NYY
OF: Johnny Damon BOS
A case could be made for a Giambi/Ortiz debate, though Jeter and Damon
are clearly not deserving of a bid.
Projected Starting Pitcher: Mulder,
BOS X David Ortiz 1B
Curt Schilling P
Keith Foulke P
Kevin Youklis 3B
BAL X Melvin Mora 3B
Javier Lopez C
NYY X Gary Sheffield OF
Kevin Brown P OF
Mariano Rivera P OF
Paul Quantrill P OF
Tom Gordon P OF
Jorge Posada C C
Hideki Matsui OF C
Javier Vazquez P P
TB X Danys Baez P
Lance Carter P
TOR X Vernon Wells OF
Roy Haladay P
Reed Johnson OF
CHW X Mark Buehrle P
Juan Uribe 2B
Esteban Lolazia P
Magglio Ordonez OF
CLE X Ron Belliard 2B
Matt Lawton OF
Cliff Lee P
CC Sabathia P
DET X Carlos Guillen SS
Alex Sanchez OF
KC X Carlos Beltran OF
Ken Harvey 1B
MIN X Lew Ford OF
Joe Nathan P
Carlos Silva P
ANA X Jose Guillen P
David Eckstein SS
Chone Figgins UT
Felix Rodriguez P
Jared Washburn P
OAK X Tim Hudson P
Mark Mulder P
Scott Hatteburg 1B
Eric Byrnes OF
TEX X Kenny Rogers P
Michael Young SS
Hank Blaylock 3B
SEA X Ichiro OF
Eddie Guardado P
Frank Garcia P"
Table for 191, 611 please. 6.1.04 Exclusive: A friend of ours
had dinner with Peter Gammons the other night. As always, don't shoot
the messenger (this
is mutually exclusive from a similar earlier report):
"- A-Rod, not Theo, John Hart or
John Henry, initiated the talks b/w The Sox and the Rangers...
always wanted to come to Boston... thought it'd be great for
baseball to have him in Boston and Jeter in NY... wanted to keep
Boras out of it b/c he didn't want it to get F'd up... just
wanted out of Texas. Happy to be in NY but would rather be
playing in Boston.
- At one point during the whole
saga, A-Rod was talking to Gammons as he walked through Downtown
Crossing and people were shouting things like "What's gonna
happen?" and "Is it gonna get done?" at him... he held up his
cell phone and was like "Do you hear this?" and A-Rod was all
fired up about the passion of the city and the Sox fans.
- Did A-Rod bastardize his career by
moving to 3B? Yes.
- Schilling is tough to take in the
clubhouse... not surprisingly, he's got an opinion on everything
and it rubs a lot of guys the wrong way. Some of the Dbacks who
weren't fans of his were out w/ PG once and spoke glowingly
about the Big Unit and what a good guy he is... and every one of
them, to a man, said if they had to win one game, they'd want
Schilling out there.
- Mussina, when he was coming up on
Free Agency, told his agent, "I'm going to Pennsylvania (his
home), make sure I end up with the Yankees... we shouldn't take
less than $10M/year so anything you can get on top of that is
fiction anyway... just make it happen" end result --- $15M/year
- Of the four Sox FA's, it'll be
Martinez and Varitek that re-sign with the team.*
- Kris Benson and Billy Koch, while
at Clemson, were taking an exam together... both were struggling
with it and Koch looks to Benson for some help. Benson was
little, if any, help... Koch gets up and hands the blank booklet
to the professor, walks back and says to Benson "see you in the
Major Leagues" ...Gammons said that they use that phrase every
once in a while on Baseball Tonight and that's what they're
- David Ortiz is most likely older
than his advertised 28. His locker room presence can't be
overstated... keeps everyone loose, the whole team loves him.
- He thinks Arn Tellem wanted Nomar
to take the $15M/yr for 4 when it was offered but Nomar's so
competitive, he wanted to be paid like Jeter since he's had more
production and is a better fielder.
- Last off-season, Steinbrenner took
Sheffield and Gooden out for dinner and over a bunch of bottles
of wine, they agreed to a handshake deal to bring Sheff to the
Yanks... it was only afterwards that Sheff figured out what
"deferred compensation" means and backed out. A few weeks later,
Cashman had a deal w/ Vlad Guerrero more or less ironed out w/
only some language to be tweaked before making it official...
only to have Big Stein come in and squash it, saying "we're
signing Sheffield, not Guerrero."
- Back in the mid 80's when Boggs
and Mattingly were vying for the batting title, the Yanks played
the Sox in the last series of the season. Boggs was ahead of
Mattingly by a few percentage points and sat a few games out
with a "bad back"... in the last game of the series, Mattingly
needed to go 6-for-6 to beat Boggs... first at-bat, he homered,
2nd at-bat, he doubled... 3rd at-bat, he lined out to RF... on
his way back to the dugout, Dewey Evans ran by Mattingly and
said something to the effect of "It's too bad, we were all
pulling for you". Boggs = Bad guy.
- Jim Rice will be voted into the
HoF by the veterans committee.
- Dwight Evans was as good of a
defensive outfielder as PG has seen... cut-off throws, angles
taken on balls, etc... he also referenced Guerrero as a terrible
defensive RF who every once in a while will make a eye-popping
throw but more often will miss cut-off guys.
- Carl Everetts' wife got into a
fistfight with Bernard Gilkey's wife outside Fenway the day that
he head-butted the umpire.
- Team has a gag order regarding
Nomar's diagnosis but clearly they got it wrong out of the gate.
He also said that anyone who thinks he's trying to stick it to
the team by sitting out longer than necessary is crazy... he's
hyper-competitive and has too much pride.
- If he had to win one game, this
would be his line-up SP - Schilling C - Posada 1B - Pujols 2B
-Giles SS - (would be Nomar if healthy) Renteria 3B - A-Rod LF -
Bonds CF - V. Wells RF - Can't remember... I think he got
sidetracked and never got to RF Closer - Gagne.
- When Manny showed up for camp this
year, the 3 owners along with Theo sat down with him to clear
the air and at one point, Ramirez thoughtfully asked Gammons if
he thought Manny was a "cancer" in the clubhouse, as it had been
written. Gammons thinks this off-season caused him to do some
real soul-searching and has re-dedicated himself to enjoy the
game more and embrace Boston rather than keeping it at a
- In reference to the steroid
scandal, instead of talking about hitters and power numbers, he
focused mostly on pitchers and how velocity is markedly down
from starters to relievers... another thing he mentioned is how
desperate guys in the minors and overseas are to have just a few
seasons earning Major League money... therefore the desire to
stay competitive and do whatever it takes.
- While Mo Vaughn was MIA a few
seasons back, a member of Mets management received a phone call
from a guy in Chicago who was with him... at Scores, the strip
- Canseco (biggest waste of talent
he's seen) thought the ball hitting his head and bouncing over
the fence for the home run was funny and that it'd make a good
highlight... the pitchers on that team hated him for that. Also,
when he pitched in some extra-inning game later in his career,
his arm was dragging so much so that he could barely lift his
arm above his head weeks afterwards.
- Gammons was staying at the same
hotel in Hawaii that Mia and Nomar (and actually Mia's seats are
right next to Gammons' at Fenway so he's pretty tight with
her)...they saw on Sportscenter that it looked like he was being
traded, that's the first they heard of it.
- Sox brass is keen on Frank
Catalanotto from the Jays.
- If Mets are out of the playoff
race, don't be surprised if Al Leiter comes up to Boston to
pitch at Fenway for the last few months of the season.
- Players in general LOVE Theo...
has a way about him that's very approachable and is always
super-prepared for any and all discussions. Theo loves to have
people surrounding him who will take the other side of arguments
re: player ideas, etc.
- Foulke could've got the same money
from Oakland but liked Boston b/c he liked the way Theo and the
mgmt treated him... Bruins game, etc.
- I hate to mention it but in Game 7
of the ALCS last year, Grady Little unequivocally told Pedro he
was done after the 7th inning but then during the top half of
the 8th, decided he wanted Pedro to face Nick Johnson only...
obviously, he faced more than Nick Johnson… and the rest is
* In reference to the "- Of the four
Sox FA's, it'll be Martinez and Varitek that re-sign with the
team." bullet point on the website, to clarify, Gammons didn't
state it as fact, more that that's what he thought would happen.
Quadrophenia. How do you suffer a
debilitating quad injury while rehabbing from a "butt-knot?" After a
brief stint of sudden improvement, Trot's recent setback changes the
course of his rehab. R&R. No timetable for return. This is
Johnny P happy about Tony C.
Another outstanding interview by Cambridge at RSN.net:
"RSN: There is talk that Tony
Conigliaro's number may be retired by the Red Sox next year.
There has been similar discussion of retiring yours. What are
your thoughts on each?
JP: Well, I'm not so sure about me. I like the idea for Tony.
What happened to him was one of the saddest things I've ever
seen. I was managing when he first came up -- he was just a kid,
like Kaline was. The first time I saw him in the spring he
really opened my eyes. I kept putting him on the field, and he
just kept producing. What a great player he could have been."
"I had the great opportunity to attend the game in Louisville,
KY with the Louisville Bats and the Pawtucket Red Sox on
Sunday. I just wanted to let everyone know in dirtdog country
that Nomar was fabulous. Even after we had two tornados in the
area, one before the game and one after. Nomar was still a
hit. Maybe not in the sense of getting on base on Sunday, but
in the field he did have a work out. He also was very friendly
and signed a lot of autographs. He did not seem arrogant or put
off by the well wishers and people wanting autographs. He was
very nice and appeared to be excited to play again. There were
a lot of Boston Fans there, which was an awesome sight to see.
I didn't realize there were so many Boston Fans in the area, I
wanted to go around and gather names for a Boston Red Sox Game
Day Party. I called my uncle in Burlington, MA and bragged that
I got to see Nomar play before he did. It was an awesome day
and I will never forget how Nomar signed all those autographs.
Nomar is on his way back to you guys in Boston.
Sincerely a loyal dirtdog fan and Red Sox fan in Indiana,
needed. 6.1.04: In case you missed it in
the border on the right under the scoreboard:
"Manny, Pedro and David Ortiz
have helped now you can also help the people of Haiti and the Dominican
Republic through devastating times.
Now through The Official Manny
Ramirez's website www.MannyRamirez.com we have started a charity drive to help those
who have suffered loss, food, shelter etc. With your charitable donation
of $29.00 or more, you will receive a "panoramic stadium photograph
baseball of Fenway Park." Please click here for more details
He likes us. And more
importantly, he gets it. Manny's sister Rossy passes on the good word
from Manny: "He says you're a "hard working good guy.""
Batting around Manny. "The bat I use
is a Louisville Slugger S318; it’s a black bat, which has a small
Dominican flag on it. I also use the X bat sometimes, which is light
brown and the handle is darker; it has a silver X on it… When I’m
waiting to hit, I put weight on my arms with a heavy iron rod. I also
like to rotate my shoulders and extend the muscles around my back and my
waist… When I’m out there, I’m not really thinking about the pitcher,
even though I will look at his delivery. The main thing for me is my
swing, if I feel it’s flowing. Or if I have been working on my hitting
mechanics for that game, I tell myself to do what I was working on… If
my swing is fine and I see the ball, I’m going to make solid contact.
And that’s my goal every time I’m up." -
Questions for Manny
Come again? "Kevin Millar is the best
player in baseball," Ramirez says. "He's my favorite player in
Tomase on Manny and Millar (Kevin: more BP, less FSN Scoops)
Lowe blow. Greg Dickerson, filling in
for John Dennis on D&C on WEEI, threw out that he heard from a few
people that "the Red Sox are concerned about D-Lowe's 'partying'" and
are taking that into consideration during contract negotiations. Cheap
shot Greg. This isn't 2001. D-Lowe's off-field behavior is a non-issue.
What the Eck is going on
here? niceguyeddy's sister chimes in "although forced to watch the
a's broadcast thursday night and eck was in the booth with ray fosse, in
cleveland they teamed up as a perfect game, or was it a no hitter when
eck was 23... anyway, eck, my former favorite, was there for about 3
innings, ranking out the boston fans, "this is a tuff town to play in...
they boo-ed me out of town" etc. etc. even went so far to say he was in
a room full of sox fans secretly hoping and praying for the a's in the
division series, and he totally lost it when the ump ruled against
tejada and that whole interference thing... he went ballistic, and the
sox fans were all what' s your problem?I?!?" thanks eck...
we know your true colors." All this after he made Gisele hit the
backstop on her first pitch.
Gammons pitches for Sox again. "The
Royals want a young third baseman, catcher, second baseman, outfielder
and pitching, so Baird hopes to get three of the five if he deals
Beltran. "We know he'd give us one more potential free agent," says one
Boston official. "But it would be very hard to turn away from Beltran
for this season." With Kevin Youkilis, catcher Kelly Shoppach and
left-hander Abe Alvarez, the Red Sox might have a package that would at
least pique Baird's attention. But to give up three players who next
year will make $900,000, not to mention give them insurance if Jason
Varitek leaves and the promise of a much-needed left-handed starter,
might be too much. The Yankees have Double-A catcher Dioner Navarro, but
little else in terms of 2005-ready position players. So this may be
There's no "I" in
Schilling. 5.26.04: "Sox Injury"
thread on SoSH:
If you saw tonight's
game as well as the KC game, you'd understand that for Schilling to
be forced to miss a start, Francona would probably have a broken jaw
and the clubhouse would have about 20K worth of repairs.
Schilling response: "In other
words, Curt does what he thinks is best for himself short term and
doesn't worry about the future or the thoughts and opinions of his
You know, this is pretty
chicken @#%$ to say, even imply. You don't know the first thing
about me, and you say something this derogatory?
So you are implying that I
will stay out on the mound and pitch at the cost of my season? Or at
the cost of this teams season? This is so far opposite the truth it
makes me sick.
I get paid to pitch, ONCE,
every 5 days. No pinch hit appearance, no 1 inning relief shot, one
start, every 5 days.
I work my ass off to make
that day the most important day of my life. I work my ass off to
win, that game, that day, at all costs. I work my ass off to take
care of my 9 innings.
You don't think I know
myself better than anyone? I get paid to pitch, not manage, I don't
tell the manager when I want to start, I don't tell the manager that
after x amount of pitches I am done, the manager manages, I pitch.
It's a 7 month season,
this being my 16th one, I know how it works, I know how I work.
If I thought missing a
start would make things better for the rest of the year it'd be
done. If I thought that staying in a game would cost me my next
start, I'd be out. I work with about 8 different people to keep my
arm, my legs and my head in shape to take the ball 40 some odd times
and win, not just pitch, but win.
The work I do between starts, both physical and mental is so that
when I take the ball, the 24 guys wearing the same uniform as I do,
expect to win, and the 25 guys on the other side of the field know
it's gonna be real hard to win. I feel that, barring and act of God,
when I get the ball, we're winning. If that means 7IP and 125
pitches, or 9 innings and 102 pitches, so be it. It's what I do.
You're basically saying
that I'm selfish, which contrary to some circles belief couldn't be
farther from the truth. Oh there is some selfishness in that when I
pitch I want us to win beyond belief, and even better if I am good
enough to be the guy getting the W. But us winning on the day I
start overtakes every other concern I have.
I am not out there hoping
to get through 6, 7 innings so the bullpen can come in. I go out
there fully intending to face the other lineup 3-4 times and finish
the game. 6 innings leaves 1/3rd of the game left, I can't bitch
about getting a ND or an L if I leave a third of the game to be
played when I come out.
I was brought up and
taught that starting pitching, good starting pitchers, are about
innings. Because if the innings are there, and you have talent, the
other numbers will fall in to place
I have never, ever in my
life put my needs ahead of the teams, ever.
Oh sure, a quick internet
search and you could find me saying some stupid things, I've
certainly done that, I'm human.
I've had issues with
teammates, more than one, happens. Never had an issue with someone
that was about the team first though, or someone that worked their
ass off to be better.
People actually wanted to
use the KC CG as an excuse for the Toronto game, which was wrong. I
pitched bad in Toronto, arm felt great, but I pitched bad. Don't
make excuses for me, I don't need them, and they are like assholes,
everyone has one.
As for tonight, well I was
thinking after the 5th that I'd be in this one until my pitch count
forced me out, but I didn't let that happen. Had I pitched better in
the 6th and 7th I most likely would have still come out with a 12-0
lead and a normal 4 days off, after the 7th inning.
You want to rake me over
the coals for something I say, or something I do on the field, feel
free, that's how this business works.
But please don't ever
assume to know how I think, or feel, based on nameless quotes or
comments, or a gut feeling, too many people in the media do that
Schill fires back at selfish charge on SoSH
Killing Schilling. "Just
gag him. From ESPN the Magazine comes this quote from an anonymous
Red Sox teammate about camera-craving Curt Schilling. "If I had one
big game to pitch, I'd take Schill over anyone I've ever played
with," he said. "But every other day I want to kill him."
- Philly Inquirer
Pennant Fever Grips Hub.
Really. Standing on a corner,
not in Winslow Arizona, but in Brighton Massachusetts this morning, the
famed "57" bus comes by, and on the electronic bus number sign, in
between flashes of "57," the old Garden-style flashing bulbs said "GO"
then "RED" then "SOX"... It's May 27th. Buckle up.
"Steve has been the best thing to happen to sports media in the last 10
years. Yes, 10% of what he writes is incorrect, but that is the cost of
speed. He has scooped the Boston media on every major story of the last
3 years - this is the internet's power.
He has more contacts in the
Red Sox organization and throughout the periphery of the organization
(media, folks who work at the park, etc.) than you could ever imagine.
In financial markets there is
a premium paid for speed of information. It is understood that there
will be error in some of the information as a result, but people accept
that as a cost of doing business. Steve is the sports equivalent of the
top end market information providers. And more amazingly, the whole Dirt
Dog site was funded by him and he didn't make dollar one!!! That site
was blood, sweat and tears.
If you have a hard time with
Dirt Dog, I don't think you get what this internet thing is all about.
Give him his due, he knocked the ball out of the park here." -
Rick Burleson's Global Yambag, longtime member SoSH
Player for Renteria?
"Nomar Garciaparra found out the realities of the new market. After
turning down $15 million a year, Garciaparra discovered last year the
offer was trimmed to $12 million per year. And now that he's missed two
months of the season with an Achilles tendon injury, his value isn't
getting any higher. Where does that leave Renteria?... Garciaparra, who
turns 31 in July, is two years older than Renteria, has more of an
injury history and is less of a defensive force than the Cardinals
shortstop. Any team would have to be concerned what might happen to
Garciaparra's numbers once he gets out of Fenway Park. Over the past
three years he's hit .343 at home and .266 on the road (thought his
career splits -- .338/.307 -- are not as one-sided).
- Tom Verducci, SI.com
Right here, right now.
"We had Lynn, Rice, Fisk, Yaz and Tiant in the '70s; the Clemens Era
in the '80s; Nomar and Pedro in the '90s ... jeez, there was always
something happening. We have Fenway. We have die-hards spread across the
entire country, like Cyrus's armies in "The Warriors," enough manpower
to overpower half the home crowds in the American League. We have owners
willing to spend upward of $100 million a year to remain competitive, an
exclusive group, like being one of the only guys at a poker table with
chips. We have a complicated blood-feud with the Yanks that reached Cold
War proportions last winter. And we always have next year. Because you
- LA Sports Guy
represents. 5.27.04: "Guys, did you catch Ruben Studdard on American
Idol last night representing the Nation with his black Boston "B"
baseball cap during his song, "What If?"
Charity case. 5.26.04: Did Eddie Andelman
really slander the Fred's Run charity motorcycle ride for the
Massachusetts fallen police and fire fighters memorial funds in his rant
yesterday on WWZN? He certainly implied that Fred Smerlas and Steve
DeOssie were thieves when he said they were "lining their pockets" with
the proceeds from the event (even though that couldn't be further from
the truth). Did Eddie slander Smerlas
he took second billing in a Bill Griffith column on Friday? That’s
the $64,000 question.
World Narrow Web.
Speaking of Bill Griffith, how many more monthly
Remy Report ads do we
have to read before he realizes that there are many more tour quality
Sox websites out there? What about player sites like
JohnnyDamon.net Bill? Fan sites, discussion boards, and blogs like
Bambino's Curse, The
Joy of Sox,
El Guapo's Ghost, and
RedSoxNation.net offer rich, thought-provoking content daily. Yet
they go virtually unnoticed by the mainstream media. How many Wally
Adirondack chairs do you need Bill?
Thanks to Jim Goertz of
Dead Red Sports for the awesome hat, and Chris and Emily of
The Red Seat for the great shirts. And D-Lowe requested the rotten
tomato shirts tonight because he wore the red top the
time he came out on top.
"Kicking ass and taking
5.25: "I was shipped over to Iraq
last May as a part of the 223rd Military Intelligence Battalion. We
support the U.S. military's Central Command in gathering and analyzing
intelligence in the surrounding areas.
I'm in with a bunch of Red Sox
fanatics and we appreciate your website. We might even claim responsibility for that Red Sox banner in Central Command that you
linked one day.
We don't have much time and we
use your site as a barometer on how things are in Red Sox Nation. I miss
my wife and children and the Red Sox in that order. Thanks for making
things a little easier for us.
I'm not sure what the folks
over there are thinking but we are kicking ass and taking names. Just
like the Red Sox are going to do this year.
Thanks again for your work."
Something to chew on.
"Please do something about that chewing tobacco. It is disgusting,
dirty and degrading! Just think what an example is being set for all the
children watching the Red Sox games as the manager and many other
players spit out that brown juice. Yuk!!"
Should Schill skip a start? 5.20.04: Schilling on with
sabermetricians Loren and Wally on WROR 103.7FM at 8:30am:
"I got a little problem
with my ankle right now, it's been bothering me for a couple of
weeks, and the hole in front of the mound, when I turn to throw to
home plate my foot's half on the rubber and half off, so if he hole
in front of the mound's real deep, I kinda roll my ankle real hard,
and it got real deep real fast last night. When they don't have the
hard clay on the mound it gets to be a little bit of a problem.
...It's just one of those things. The only thing right now that
would probably fix it and make it feel better is two weeks of rest.
I don't see two weeks open in the schedule anytime soon. ...I just
aggravated a tendon, some ligaments in my ankle. It's better, it's
just kind of a little somethin' nagging."
Gordon Edes boston.com chat:
11:37AM What is your opinion of the internet "Fan Sites" in
attempting to break Sox news?
11:40AM I think, FDD, you have to recognize them for what they are.
I know the guy who runs the Dirt Dog site is extremely hard-working
and obsessive in the attention he pays to the Red Sox. He has
developed some good sources, but the DirtDog site might be more
inclined to run some stuff without subjecting it to the kind of
sourcing and double-checking that newspapers often require. That
said, Boston Dirt Dog has had its share of breaking news that has
been right on the money, while traditional media outlets, including
the Globe, has been wrong on stuff. (more)
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
11:42AM What the Internet sites have done, I think, is ratchet up
the urgency with which stories are reported. In this 24-hour news
cycle, there's a lot of stuff that is reported that is totally
unsubstantiated, yet takes on a life of its own because it's out
11:45AM Gordon- Do you put any weight behind the report on
bostondirtdogs.com that claimed Nomar had a tear in the sheath of
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
11:48AM I think the DD report highlighted the greater issue, that an
injury initially described as one that would sideline Nomar for a
few days has grown into a 2-month-and-longer ordeal. Dr. Morgan
insists the sheath itself is not torn, but it is clear that no one
anticipated it would take this long for the fluid to disappear and
the inflammation to subside. But I think it has been said repeatedly
that Achilles injuries can take a maddeningly long time to recover
from. Mark Grudzielanek and Mark Prior of the Cubs also are still
MIA with Achilles problems.
11:53AM Gordo, I think it's Day 75 since Nomar's mystery fielding
foul ball off the back heel (kind of tough if you're facing the
batter) that no one saw before either the B.C. or the Yankees game,
who will be back first? Nomar, Nixon, or Mo Vaughn?
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
11:55AM Leave it to the Dog to check in himself. I'm not as
skeptical as you are, Dog, that a traumatic event occurred, but I
think Mr. Morgan would also tell you that in any instance of
Achilles tendinits, overuse also becomes an issue.
- Gordon Edes chat on boston.com
Regular Foulke, stars
missing. Sean McAdam has new work on ESPN.com:
Foulke music looks at the new bullpen. And more on
waiting for Nomar and Nixon.
Knee surgery for Ellis?
A bus driver employed by the Vinoy hotel to take ballplayers and fans
back and forth to Tropicana field drove Ellis Burks to the airport
yesterday for a flight back to Boston "because he will possibly need
(more) surgery on his knee."
A Fall River friend chimes in from Florida:
"On the Red Sox win on
Wednesday, May 19th-----With two outs in the bottom of the
ninth, I felt I was in that heavily place we know as Fenway
Park. You know, that beautiful green palace where the faithful
assemble 81 times a year hoping for a glorious outcome.
Well last night I was
in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg witnessing an amazing sight
for the hard core Red Sox fan----something that doesn't show up
in the box score---a standing ovation of over 10K Red Sox fans
cheering Foulke on for the last out. After the game, a
contingent of hundreds of cheering fans invaded the third base
line just in back of the Red Sox dugout to see JDamon
interviewed live on NESN.
Upon leaving the field
a Devil Rays fan walking out directly in front of me said, "Is
this what it is like in Boston?" I said, "Yeah, very cool, isn't
The glory of Red Sox
However, what did
General George Patton say? "All glory is fleeting!"
Squeaky wing gets the
grease. 5.20.04: Larry Lucchino admitted today on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan
show that the Red Sox are working with Delta airlines to improve the
quality of the team's travel and to make the airplanes more comfortable.
The $40 million solution of a team plane is not palatable, nor is having
only one plane to rely on versus an entire fleet as is the arrangement
with Delta. El Presidente, in a shocker, also went on to deny the
report of any tear in Nomar's sheath "let's be concerned with real
facts, that's not the case and #5 will be back with us in the next
couple of weeks... not true (report), people would be lying to us, and
that's not the case."
Refreshing. 5.19.04: - "...I am staying at the Vinoy Hotel at the
Pier in St. Pete. The Sox are staying in the same hotel. Last night a
number of the Sox and Francona had refreshments in the lounge. It is
very interesting to see how well the team interacts with one another."
ESPortsguyN.com - Gerry Callahan with Bill Simmons on WEEI:
Bigger than Stu Scott now? Are you going to be the big star at ESPN.com?
"Oh man I hope so, there's not a lot of
competition. Yeah I'm gonna write like two, probably two or three
times a week, and they're building a website for me which will be
fun... I'll get my own website. (Are you going to be bigger than
Drudge now? SportsDrudge?) I don't think so, but it'll be different
and I think I can take the column in a couple of different
directions which can be fun... we're going to stay out here a little
while (in LA)... it's weird though, you come from Boston where
people just live and breathe sports every day, and then you come out
here and people literally don't care about everything... I still
read the message boards and read the websites and all that stuff,
but it's just not the same." - Bill Simmons, ESPN's Sports Guy on
Manny from The Crib) "Most pitchers in the Big Leagues are very
good, and don't make many mistakes. Also, the batter is always trying to
guess what the pitcher is coming with, and let me tell you most of the
times the batter is wrong, because pitchers have so many different
pitches. This is why hitting is not easy. But when I guess right or when
the pitcher makes a mistake, I feel there's no reason for not hitting
the ball with all my power. So if I miss the ball in that situation, I
get mad at myself. I try no to show that I'm upset, but at times I yell
"COÑOOOOO", which means 'damn!'
More from online Manny while we wait for his first live chat: "I think
good hitting happens when you see the ball clearly as it comes. Usually
if you are righty, you can see the ball better coming from a left-handed
pitcher, but there are some nasty left-handed pitchers too. Also, some
right-handed pitchers don't hide the ball too well. So for me it doesn't
matter if the pitcher is righty or lefty. If I see the ball, I will hit
the ball, unless it has some real nasty movement, and my body can't
adjust in time... Thanks for your support. You guys are the best fans."
Urine good hands. (Outstanding headline from New York Post back
on May 7th cannot go unnoticed here) - George King writes:
"Moises Alou has company when it comes
to using his urine to toughen up his hands.
"I do it during the winter and spring training to keep my hands
hard," All-Star catcher Jorge Posada said of the unorthodox skin
conditioning program. "You don't want to shake my hand during spring
training before practice."
Alou, a Cubs outfielder, Posada and
Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero are the only three hitters in
the majors who don't wear batting gloves (yes, Doug Mirabelli
too, thanks readers). While it sounds
unorthodox, older players apparently used urine to keep their hands
tough and people who do field work in warmer climates use it to keep
their hands from developing calluses."
Who's full of sheath? 5.18.04 - Tony Massarotti writes today that
"in the case of Garciaparra, who was hopeful about beginning a
rehabilitation assignment early this week, that step
has been further delayed."
Gammons says Sox shopping for a shortstop:
"The Red Sox expect Nomar back in the
first 10 days of June, but are considering the overtures of
Ricky Gutierrez's agent to sign him as a short-term alternative
Cesar Crespo, and a long-term answer as a utility infielder."
ESPN's Jayson Stark, on WEEI said that there are "players on the Red Sox
who are not happy with Nomar's behavior this season." Welcome to Day 74
of "day-to-day" (Nomar expected to see Doc in Boston Friday).
Three weeks ago,
medical guru Will Carroll told us
in "the clearest, smallest words he knows how" so that "everyone could
Boston have Nomar Garciaparra doing light jogging and getting ready
to start baseball activities early this week. Given the long layoff,
Nomar will surely need a rehab assignment and probably can't be back
much before mid-May (about the same time Mark Prior will be back
after a similar injury.) The Red Sox will also get Trot Nixon back
in a similar timeframe, meaning the team that just swept the Yankees
is going to add two key players to the mix. George can't be happy."
Unless Nomar is batting third at the
Trop tonight, and Trot is in right field, we're past "mid-May." File
under: always get a second opinion
Silverman reports on some Lowe blows
and Teknical knock outs.
can't believe how Derek Lowe has acquired the reputation of a No. 1
starter,'' said one major-league executive. "He's had one great year
but he's not an ace. If he gets $10 million a year, that's a
"He's the guy I'd let walk,'' said a major-league executive.
"People rate his intangibles so highly, he's bound to be overrated.
I'm sure he's great in that department but he's got a lot of mileage
on those legs, and catchers tend not to age well if they remain
catchers. Offensively, he hasn't had that great a career. I think
he's a guy who's destined to be overpaid, but not by the Red Sox.''
Silverman also reports on WEEI that Nomar doesn't want to come back
here, and vice-versa.
USA USA USA.
Just want to give a shout out to all our loyal readers in the military
who read this space from The Pentagon, on aircraft carriers, and
military bases all over the world. God Bless America. And God Bless the
United States Armed Forces. Stay the course.
Catch him if you can.
"Just wanted to let you know that my
store will be having Jason Varitek on May 22, 2004 in the morning
for a public autograph signing. I would appreciate it if you would
post it on your website for all the fans to see. They can visit the
store at Nashua Sports Collectibles,135 Main Street, Nashua, NH.
This is a great opportunity for the Red Sox fans to meet, greet, get
and autograph and a photo with Varitek."
More talking sheath.
Nomar on March 20, 2004: "The
good news is I took an MRI (Thursday) and there's nothing wrong with the
tendon. The tendon's fine, everything's fine. We just wanted to rule
that out. But it did show there's some swelling around the tendon,
there's some fluid that gets in there, that gets caught around the
sheath that surrounds the tendon and the bursa sac area that's right
below the Achilles' tendon, the Achilles' heel right there. When you're
dealing with an area like that where there's not a whole lot of skin and
everything, it just takes awhile to get rid of that inflammation and
that's really where I'm at. My status, I still plan on being there for
Opening Day, but I'll deal when it comes. Right now, we're just focusing
on a week, and we'll take it from there. Good thing it's happening now,
not the middle of the season when I'd have to take a week.''
Cabbage Patch Player's Association pins are
union labeled. The Globe tells us
Dirt Dauber gets buried, Cowboy Up is out too:
Q6. Why are some of the players not
To be included in the collection, players had to be a member of the
MLBPA (Major League Baseball Players Association) as of April 2004
and approved by MLBPA and MLB. (Kevin Millar and Brian Daubach are
not members of the MLBPA thus they were not included in the album.)
Full list of participating Pin retailers by town
Talking dirty in Texas.
Texas pitcher R.A. Dickey is working our side of the street when he
says "We've got a bunch of guys now that are just dirtbags. They just
love baseball; they love to come to the clubhouse; they love to stay
late and talk baseball. They're not afraid to be themselves. That just
frees you up to be an individual, and when you have a bunch of
individuals playing for a common goal, special things can happen."
Damon dream comes true for local fan. From our friends at
"Katie, a die-hard Red Sox fan diagnosed
with severe scoliosis last May. With a curvature of over 70 degree’s
in her upper spine and an inverted curve over 40 degree’s in her
lower spine, Katie was in constant pain and quickly becoming more
and more disfigured. Due to the rapid growth of her Scoliosis,
without surgery, the outlook was grim. Within a year, her ability to
perform simple tasks, let alone walk would have been difficult. In
August, she underwent major surgery at Children’s Hospital in Boston
with the understanding that she would have to give up all activities
for a minimum of 9 to 12 months. Before her surgery, Katie helped
her major league softball team win the town championship despite her
constant pain with any movement. Katie played every game and gave
110 percent. At 12 years old, she humbled many adults by her bravery
and strong constitution for beating the odds. Katie received the
“Coaches Award”, by her coach at the end of the season. An award in
which he stated he does not believe in giving but was so humbled by
Katie’s dedication and courage that he felt compelled to acknowledge
this in some way.
That trophy and Katie’s love for the Red
Sox helped give her the strength to endure the long and painful
recovery. Red Sox centerfielder Johnny Damon heard about Katie’s
courageous ability throughout her 12 years of life to overcome many
obstacles and invited her to meet with him before a recent game. He
presented her with an autographed Johnny Damon Fan Club t-shirt and
talked with her and her family for several minutes. His kindness and
generosity went beyond any expectations. He autographed a few
baseballs and t-shirts before a session of many photo’s taken by
Katie’s family. The day was a huge success and in Katie’s words “The
best day of my life”. Thank you Johnny Damon for your kindness and
generosity. You are a true testament to what professional athletes
Are there any signings in the Stars?
"I just thought I should clarify that my
argument in the previous email isn't that the ownership should open
the floodgates, and out of panic pay these four players more than
their value, or more than what they're worth. As a matter of fact,
I'm not even arguing that they should resign all four of them (five
with Ortiz), which would be next to impossible fiscally. Do I want
Pedro resigned for a couple decades at 50m a year? No.
My concern is that they aren't going to
sign any of them, or make any real attempt to do so, and they're
already starting to do the public relations blitz. Not overpaying
guys? That's great. "Overpaying guys" ruins organizations for years.
Look at Albert Bell or Mo Vaughn. I'm not advocating "overpaying"
anyone. I'm not looking to see the Red Sox become baseball's answer
to the New York Rangers... a bunch of names you recognize, with high
salaries, that are too past their prime to do anything. But putting
"we won't be overpaying guys" propaganda out there as P.R. dressing
for the fact you aren't even going to offer your stars what they're
worth? It seems to me that that's what they're doing, and I'm not
buying into it.
I hope more than anyone that I'm wrong.
But I guess they have to prove it to me first.
"Most "experts" say the Red Sox have
been something of a disappointment thus far. I emphasis "experts"
because I'm not sure what the definition of an expert is. Just
because someone covers the team in some capacity or is on a media
outlet that talks about the team, I'm not automatically going to
label them an "expert". That's where the "fan website" term eats me
up. It's used as a note of dismissal by traditional media members.
Yet I would say that some of the people on these sites qualify as
"experts" on the Red Sox moreso than some of the "traditional" media
members do. Especially radio & TV commentators and personalities.
The line between these folks and the average fan is pretty vague.
Most of these guys aren't in the locker room or around the players
and management any more than the average fan. So why should their
opinion count any more? Just because they have the "credentials" or
have attended the Connecticut School of Broadcasting?
I have respect for people like the beat
writers. They are around the team everyday. They do the grunt work.
Their role is much less glamorous than the talking heads of radio
and TV, and they get less recognition. In general, they're the ones
whose information I'm more likely going to trust."
- Bruce Allen, BSMW, 5.18.04
He is a con man. Yet another
example of double-talk-radio, Glenn Ordway had no problemo referencing
our report on the
catfight in Cleveland. It was the only report ever published.
Odd couple. RIP Tony Randall,
the 84-year-old actor has died. In other news, his 34-year-old wife
Heather Harlan has accepted a lunch date with 82-year-old Jack Klugman.
Worst rumor of the week. Much to the chagrin of the talk radio
crowd, we don't run with every internet rumor, like this one: "A friend
of mine, Phil A. was a partner in the Pawtucket Red Sox. He told me that
he still has contacts within the Red Sox organization. He learned that
although Manny is tearing it up, his contract is more than the current
ownership is willing to absorb. And things have not changed since the
winter. The Red Sox are still trying to move him and may have made a
deal with a National League team that will be announced in the next
Eddie Andelman poses with Boston Red Sox Lenny DiNardo and
Kevin Youkilis at The Hot Dog Safari
Still, It Gets
Panned. Al Alexander
nasty, personal attack filled review of the fans in the Red Sox
movie. As someone at the Boston Sports Media Watch website posted
"something tells me Al gets blown off by women like Erin and Jessamy on
a regular basis." It does sound like Al hasn't had a date since his
junior prom with all the vitriol he spews towards the famous fans. Erin
Nanstad's dad, upset at the gratuitous attacks on his daughter and her
friend Jessamy, has written a letter to the editor of the Patriot
Ledger. Jessamy's sexy sidekick Erin tells us "To
sum it up he says we are blue-collar (nothing wrong with blue-collar
workers mind you) blonde bimbos, the type you'd pickup in a local
bowling ally (sic). That was uncalled for. Oh well, I guess it goes with
Passive aggressive. From Tom
Werner's mailbag (good to see we are not alone on this one) on
As a die-hard fan of 25 years who comes
to at least a dozen games a year, I've got to say that the many
improvements inside Fenway Park have been terrific. It's almost as
if the Monster Seats and the Big Concourse have always been a part
of the park.
"There are some other recent developments, however, that have been
anything but terrific. The first is the almost police-state
atmosphere caused by the aggressive and rude Fenway "security"
personnel. It seems that the Sox, like many of the local teams here,
have been sold a bill of goods that somehow all of this shakedown
and hassle is necessary. Visiting other cities' major league
baseball, football, and basketball venues shown me that, sadly,
there isn't any place as paranoid as Boston. Second, the new policy
barring people from returning to their seats during an at bat is
terrible. During last Sunday's game against the Royals, about two
dozen of us were told that we couldn't return to our seats during
Bill Mueller's tough at- bat with the bases loaded. The reason?
Because it would block the view of the people in the box seats.
Hmmm... some get a temporarily obstructed view versus some getting
no view at all. Besides, I don't see the need for this change --
after all, the view from those seats has been the same since 1912!
No name given
Tom Werner: We certainly don't want our security personnel to
come off as rude and aggressive, and if you feel that, we would
certainly like the name of the particular person who is "hassling"
you. In our defense though, we have stepped up security measures at
the Park because we want everyone to feel safe.
As for our recent experiment regarding barring people from returning
to their seats in the middle of an at-bat, this is something I think
needs your patience. We spend a lot of time talking about how to
make the experience of going to the ballpark better, and customers
sitting in the first few rows above the cross-aisle deserve to see a
game without the nonstop movement that occurs from the first pitch.
We are striving to curtail some of the traffic by asking fans to be
courteous and wait till an at-bat ends. However, to help fans
waiting to return to their seats, we are going to be installing more
televisions as well. If, at the end of the year, we feel more people
are inconvenienced than helped, we will reverse the policy, I
(Tom: We can't give you the names of
the the overzealous security personnel, after we wrote one quip
about Rodrigo S. in September 2002, all the security personnel's
name tags were removed.)
Get your motor running.
Bikers, get down to Foxboro this
Sunday, May 23rd for
Fred's Run to benefit the Fallen Firefighters and the Law
Enforcement Memorial Funds. Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie host the
second year of this great event.
The Savior of Fenway. "Over the
course of the final two games of the American League Championship Series
between the Boston Red Sox and their bitter rival, the New York Yankees,
a Quincy bar bursts at its seams with the anxiety experienced by three
friends who live every moment in hopes of a Red Sox victory and who
would stop at nothing to defend Fenway Park from its still rumored
demolition. They can overlook their personal failures if only their
beloved Red Sox can finally win game seven."
- Go see it throughout May.
All Aces for Pedro.
Pedro told the Greek Yard prior
to his first hit on Sunday "you know they're gonna give you the silent
treatment if you hit a home run here." Pedro also purchased the Youkilis
home run ball for Kevin from the fan who caught it. - 5.18 Kevin on with
Dale & Neumy, WEEI
Wendy nixed. From Ozzy at
Boston Sports Media Watch:
"I didn't see it mentioned on the board,
but I wanted to send him an "attaboy" for the torpedo he used to
sink the S.S. Wendi Nix on yesterday's Big Show. In case you didn't
hear it, they were just gassing about the Sox, when all of a sudden
Felgie piped up, "You're a part of the Red Sox organization, Wendi."
Well, that fish apparently hit her square amidships because she
proceeded to go nuts, launching into an obscenity laced tirade
against Mrs. Baseball that Brett had to cut out of the show.
Evidently, this comment hit a little too close to home for her.
Felger of course, being the wuss that he is, immediately backtracked
and apologized. The truth is that he was 100%, spot on, dead right.
She has ZERO credibility when it comes to the Sox, and she
apparently knows it, or is worried about it. Her husband not only
owes his job to Theo, but is an old friend of his too. Do you think
Mr. and Mrs. Cherington have been out socially with Theo and his
significant other du jour? Will we ever see a story on Channel 7
about how the current front office is making a pig's breakfast out
of things on Yawkey Way? Even further, her husband works for the
current Red Sox ownership group. I await the first Channel 7 story
critical of Lucky Larry and Powder or the first Channel 7 expose on
what a dump Fenway Park is.
We're always pointing out media people
with "personal agendas" real or perceived. A 'reporter" who has half
of her household income directly dependent on a team she is
covering, not only screams personal agenda, but outright conflict of
interest. Felger may not have had the "strong lower body strength"
to stick to his guns, but he was right to point it out."
- Ozzy, BSMW forum
A-Punk'd. Just in case you
missed it: The Ultimate Diva, A-Rod was Punk'd on MTV, Ashton Kutcher's
old show. Kutcher had a waiter pretending to be a crazed Sox fan hound
Alex at a restaurant, but Alex wasn't such a good sport about the bit.
He refused to sign the waiver so the segment will not be on your MTV
Sam Horn's new sons.
5.11.04 - Now it can be told. Finally. NESN analyst Sam Horn is the new president of
the Sons of Sam Horn website (funny, he wanted nothing to do with them last
year "don't go there"... must be all the success of The Remy Report that drove him to the
web). Sam mentioned on the NESN pre-game last weekend that the SoSH party on Saturday was "his fan
site's first get together." Hardly. Note to Sam: SoSH is a
site that always has, and always will, belong to its members. SoSH was around
long before Sam came into the digital picture, and they've had numerous
gatherings in the past. Mr. Nicest Guy Eric Christensen remains as the
founder (and most importantly head dope) of the popular private discussion board and promises that nothing will
change (except Sam seems to think membership is open among other
things). Congratulations to SoSH for diving head first into mainstream
media (sorry Eric, the underground days are over :-). Hopefully Sam will
figure out that the board is about more than selling t-shirts one of these days
too. Stay tuned for some big SoSH events coming up. ...A member of the
media is running SoSH. The apocalypse is definitely upon us.---
Radio Free Schilling. How did WEEI drop
the ball on this one? (Ya' gotta pony up Entercom) Every Wednesday at 8:30am, Curt Schilling will
join Sabermetricians Loren and Wally on 105.7-FM WROR (slightly more
listeners than SoSH members) live on the air to
talk about the week in baseball and whatever else is on his mind. He’ll also
talk about something very near to his heart: “Curt’s Pitch for ALS,”
fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease. “I am thrilled to be working with a local
Boston station in getting the word out about ALS. After seeing the passion
of the Red Sox Fans, I am confident that the people of Boston will step up
to the plate and help strike out this disease,” said Schilling when asked
about his partnership with WROR.
To be one of the lucky folks to hear these
interviews, you must know someone who has tuned into WROR before and have a
dog who can hear the special radio signal password which will be broadcast in pig
Latin at 3:00am. Otherwise, you'll just hear static. In other Schilling
Frank Viola thinks Schilling is The Man on the Boston Staff
4.30.04 - We remembered him from the big Herald expose on scalpers a
couple of summers ago. One of the main guys, dress in a "Boston Fire
Department" t-shirt with his hand-made "need ticket" sign. He needs to
buy your extra ticket at face, then turn it around in Kenmore Square at
a 300% markup. Been going on for years. Larry Lucchino is apparently
powerless after three years of trying to solve the ticket problem. We're
still waiting for the Camden Yards-style legal fan ticket sale area
Larry. So what's so different now with the scalping scene? Fenway is so
banged out these days, record crowd yesterday, that these guys are
working the action about 500 yards out on Storrow Drive as you approach
the Fenway/Kenmore exit. They're buying any extra tickets from fans who
are stuck in traffic on Storrow, and running them over to Kenmore to
Free tickets from friends. Catch a meter on Brookline street. The Bud
man knows Ty (holding "Manny's Best Friend" sign above), and flips us a
beer on the House, two great seats behind home plate, Sox are down 2-1
in the first when we sit. Bang. Tek hits a bomb. Two minutes later its
7-2 and we're thinking "will Tito be apologizing to Lou tomorrow?" Good
Met the remarkable Shonda Schilling as she walked into the park. Curt
said to her "hey, did you say something on NESN last night" as we had
posted her Questec comments copied here :-). We were foolish in saying
that she is a 10-1/2 point favorite over Curt. After meeting her, the
line has moved to 14-1/2.
Blond F-Bombshell Jessimy (early morning typo Jessamy) Finet,
star of the Red Sox Movie, with a beer in her hand naturally.
Surprisingly she did not have her security people or posse with her. She
too, was disappointed that the movie is coming out PG-13. She claimed to
be sitting in the bleachers with the little people.
email update: "It's
F-Bomb girl from the movie...I'm sure I'll bump into you in the
future but I just thought I would give you the correct spelling of
my name Jessamy... guess where I got to sit yesterday
afternoon...the Budweiser seats they were pretty damn awesome!"
Zim was sitting in Henrytown seats wearing a Members Only (no not you
SoSH) style leisure suit per usual. Getting catcalls per usual.
FacePlant should come back to Boston, he fits right in. He could be
hired as Pedro's personal coach and valet.
Not saying anything about the rotten tomato shirts the Sox were forced
to wear last night. And not interested in the Nomar's Not Here
Umm, there were some overzealous ushers working behind the plate area
last night who were shaking down some squatters in our section. Hey
old-timers, squatting seats until the bourgeoisie show up has been going
on at Fenway since 1912. Don't be grabbing peoples' tickets and
escorting them into the aisle demanding to see tickets on the spot. Is
this part of a new police state policy for the Nation? Did the Red Sox
hire that crazy Australian soccer security nut from the Patriots? Ushers
(Yeah!), your time would be better served refilling the men's room paper
towel dispensers that are ALWAYS empty by the 6th inning. Someone get on
that please and thanks.
Too much congestion folks. This between inning two-to-three traffic
light stop up the onramp to get back in the park from the inner
concourse has to be rethought. They're not giving enough "Go" time. The
Security staff is in the way, overdoing it and causing more problems
than they're solving. Policy began on Wednesday night with Schill's
start. Let's get another focus group on this Dr. Charles.
Saw a sizzling line drive shatter a cup and hit a fan in the head in the
late innings. Paramedics were right on the scene. John Henry did not
show up. Oh, and the fan was OK.
The Wave made almost 7 full rounds and continued between innings. I've
never seen anything like it. I'm starting to enjoy it at Fenway.
Horrible, I know but there's something about it at Fenway on an April
night that feels like July that makes it all work. Go team!
"You know what's even better than 7 full
rounds of the Wave? When the left fielder does it too!
From our vantage
point in the right field bleacher during yesterday's matinee, it was
clear that at least twice as the Wave made its way around to left
field Manny waved right along with it. I believe it was during the
8th inning (Timlin was pitching).
Oh that Manny.
4.28.04 We really, really like him.
"The thing is not that Red Sox Nation hated him. We did not. The thing
is not that individual fans hated his batting numbers. We did not. The
thing is that we didn't know who the heck he was, as a person. In that
vacuum, we see his actions. And they were ... worrisome.
We've seen him lollygag down the base paths. And we wondered. We've seen
him jog in the outfield chasing fly balls. And we wondered. We've seen
him decide not to pinch hit in a key series in New York. And we
wondered. Who is this man who is earning so much money and who plays for
our Sox? We want to like him. But we wondered if we could.
What we didn't see is that the man works hard. Every day. In the batting
cages. And in the outfield. Ten days after the end of the season and the
man was working out to get into shape. We didn't see that, so we were
left with just a one dimensional picture. Who is Manny Ramirez, we
wondered and why should we care?
This year, Mr. Ramirez obliged and he has opened up. And it turns out
that there's a person there. A person who was uncomfortable trying to
speak in his second language to a media that's transmitting to every
person on the planet. And which is why he was so close-mouthed for so
long. There's a person there and he seems affable. He likes the game and
more to the point, he appears fairly humble and, in fact, down-to-earth.
All the things that we knew about him are still true. He's still a great
hitter. He's still the man with the $20 million dollar salary. He's
still the outfielder who makes you cringe sometimes. But now, he's Manny
Ramirez, a real person. Someone you can connect a personality with;
someone, I dare say, you can understand and even like. He's a real
person. He's not just a remote ballplayer, a hitting savant, a man who
shuns the cameras. He's a man with quirks and foibles, who avoids the
cameras for fear of sounding awkward, and who tries *real* hard to do
his job. What else do you need to know?
That's what's different about Mr. Ramirez this year. That's why I've
stopped wondering about him. And that's why I suspect we, as fans, are
Because we no longer wonder about him. He's Manny Ramirez.
And we like him." -
Orrie on RedSoxNation.net.
Invisible Man on Fire. 4.26.04 - "Hello, My name is David Cavell
and I'm a staff writer for the Tufts Daily newspaper. I was sent to the
premiere last night for my paper, and happy more than happy to go. As my
photographer and I were waiting in the lobby for this thing to start, I
noticed someone come in through a side door with their girlfriend (umm,
that would be Manny's wife... or it better have been :-). He talked to
the security guards, who let him walk across the Red Carpet right past
an unknowing Shaungessy (sic), who had his back turned. As Manny walked
past me, I looked around to see if anyone else had noticed him, then
watched as he walked up to the regular ticket line. As he was buying his
tickets, I approached the slugger and said "Manny, don't you want to see
your movie?" He turned to me, smiled, and replied "Naw man. I'm seeing
'Man on Fire'." His girlfriend smiled, and they made their way through
the throngs of reporters and TV crews, none of whom noticed him, and up
the escalator to the theaters.
I informed some of my colleagues, and the rumor spread like wildfire.
Just thought you'd like to know the full story."
"That's why they make sequels." 4.26.04 - Went to the
"star-studded" premiere of the Red Sox Movie tonight. It was a virtual
who's who of who cares. I had seen the movie already, and although I had
hoped it would end differently this time, I am sad to report it does
not. Sox lose to the Yankees in Game 7. But as Kevin Millar said on the
way in "that's why they make sequels." Cowboy showed up with his rock
star wife. Like Shonda Schilling, she is a 10-1/2 point favorite over
Paul Doyle, one of the filmmakers, brought the house down during the
intro when he noted that "the fans are the Red Sox." What was really
disappointing about the movie itself was that the perfectly peppered
F-bombs dropped by East Boston's
did not make the final cut. The film makers said the Red Sox made "one
tiny change" to the final outcome. That may have been it. Expect this
movie to be rated PG-13.
Brighton's own Angry Bill (who confirmed he enjoys reading this space)
carried the documentary on his back, Cedric Maxwell style. I see an
Oscar nomination in his future. Jessamy and Erin will battle for best
supporting actress. The rest of the cast, well, let's just say they were
your typical fan, and they shouldn't quit their day jobs.
Johnny Damon was scheduled to attend along with Millar, but was a last
minute no-show. From the truth is stranger than fiction department,
Manny Ramirez was in the same theatre (Loews is right next door to his
Crib)... except he was taking in "Man on Fire" with Denzel Washington
instead. This is true. As co-MC Bob Neumeier said "you can't make this
Other luminaries at the event included Wally the Green Monster, who
finally got a raise so we can no longer yell "they don't pay you enough
Wally" when he is dancing on the dugout in that fur suit when its 90
degrees in August. Big Sam Horn was there, and as a special favor,
that's all we'll say about Sam and any new endeavors.
Special thank you to Dan Shaughnessy, who confirmed that Katie Couric
and Tom Werner did NOT get married over the weekend as I thought I
overheard. We thought we had a national scoop but it was an error in
eavesdropping. And since everyone and their grandmother is writing a
book these days, Tom Werner is writing one about the Red Sox as well,
focusing on this season. Otherwise Dan S. mentioned that he has yet
another puff piece coming out tomorrow. This one on the new Manny. But I
suspect we'll have the old Shaughnessy back before the month is out.
Another guy in over his head in the wife department, Larry Lucchino,
made the affair, as did John Henry, who I met for the first time. John
says the only reason he hasn't been posting online lately is that he
hasn't had much to say. He is also amazed at the stunning turnaround of
Manny Ramirez this season. Dr. Charles Steinberg was there, and I
apologized for an ornery email I sent him a couple of weeks ago. NESN
host Tom Caron was working as always but informed me that he loved
"Tonight we got a Petey like it's 1999." You never know what people are
going to respond to.
Michael Silverman, who is a new member of SoSH, but doesn't like to
post, had kind words to say about this space as well. As did NECN's Mark
Ockerbloom. Alice Cook reported that Lobel couldn't make it because he
was at Ted Johnson's fundraiser in Cambridge dropping lines like "why
can't we get mothers-in-law like that?" Yes, you had to be there. Lobel
claims that Pokey Reese's double play in the 7th on Saturday was the
most important defensive play the Sox have made in the last 10 years.
Paul Williams, the grounds crew grinder, and Brian from
'Not-Your-Average-Joe' rounded out the "celebrity" list. Brian chuckled
at my "Gil in the eighth, Fabio in the ninth" joke. Oh, and of course
Luis Tiant was in rare form. And Rob Bradford who penned Chasing
Steinbrenner made it as well.
Former Red Sox employee Dan Duquette did not make the event, but he was
having dinner up the road at The Stockyard with Dave Jauss.
That's all folks. (Oh, we previously
film here. Pics at
bottom of this page.)
Update: Lacking Belief:
Eric Wilbur's review is right on.
Hench's softball. "From Gammons ESPN.com column, Martinez says
(this is an old quote actually) "there are three players for whom I
would put my arm in the fire for the way they work and the way they are
there for the rest of us -- Jason Varitek, Trot Nixon and Manny
What does that say about Pedro's feelings about Nomar?
See you at Saint on Friday night Pete?
The New York Post reports that Pedro Martinez hung out at the 40/40
Club Saturday night until 2 a.m. and still managed to wake up a few
hours later to shut out the Yankees.
Fort Fenway The Bronx. 4.25.04: Keep up the good work Sox fans in NYC this weekend:
made me sick how many redsox fans there were at the game. they were
everywhere, walking around like they own the place, meanwhile when
yankee fans go to fenway, they get harrassed all game. i couldn't
believe it when boston scored that 3rd run. it sounded like half the
stadium was cheering. Something needs to be done about this." - posted
by kenetics81 on
4.25.04: Schill on Tillman.
Schilling speaks to old friend Lisa Olson from the New York Daily News:
"He was a devastating hitter, almost an
over-achiever, in the sense he didn't light up a clock, he just
played incredibly hard," Schilling said. "When he went into the
service, I was in awe more than shock. Just the way he did it, he
didn't do it as a publicity stunt, he did it as a challenge. He was
a guy who seemed like he was always finding a challenge and beating
"He was never content with his life the
way other people thought he should be. He lived his life by his own
standards and there aren't many people who do that."
Could Schilling leave all he had earned
for a life of service? Could many of us?
"If called to do, absolutely.
Voluntarily, I don't know. My father was in the Army for 20 years so
it was something I grew up around and have a tremendous amount of
respect and reverence for. But I have a wife and four kids," he
said. And he paused, looked out onto the pristine Stadium grass
where soon a peaceful game would be played, and admitted what we all
"I guess," said Schilling, "you always
assume there are always other people to do that."
Schill still going strong online:
"In an extraordinary postmortem by the
standards of most players, but par for the course for him, Curt
Schilling paid a middle-of-the-night visit to the Sons of Sam Horn
website after losing in Toronto and gave a virtual blow-by-blow
description of what took place. He said that if Terry Francona was
going to take him out, it would have to have been after the seventh
inning, and he reiterated his contention that he is here to win
games in the late innings, not to turn them over to the pen."
- 4.25.04 Boston Sunday Globe.
Manny Ramirez is the latest Sox player to go
online as he's launching
his own website. I wonder if Manny will move his at-bat summaries
and other interesting insight behind private password access forums,
thus eliminating the unwashed masses from getting a little wisdom? Let's
Do you want fries with that Nomar?
4.24.04: Celtics fanatic Nomar Garciaparra has been rehabbing his
Achilles' heel with the folks at
Train Boston in Wellesley for a few weeks. The other undisclosed
location where Nomar has been lifting weights and working on his lateral
movement is the Boston Sports Clubs at HealthPoint in Waltham, Celtics
section. (Gordon Edes references Boston University as a workout
destination as well in the Sunday Globe).
But more importantly, our "sandwich insider"
reports that Nomar has gone into Mark's Sandwich Shop in Wellesley after
some of his rehab sessions:
trip lunch order: small steak and cheese and a lemonade
Second time: small chicken parmesan with an order of fries and a
Does this sound like the lunch order of a
man who is ready to come back soon? Stay tuned as we investigate his
dessert choices this weekend when Nomar is expected to be in Manhattan
to watch the NFL Draft today and take in "Movin' Out" at the Richard
Rodgers theatre tonight.
Give it up for Dauber. The Original
Dirt Dog is hitting .353/OBP .420 and over .700 SLG in eight games at
Pawtucket. We anxiously await his triumphant return to Boston. Theo said
he's been a big influence on hot hitting
Andy Dominique as well.
But was he a Yankees or a Red Sox fan?
4.23.04: "I was in the head at Yankee Stadium earlier tonight,
takin' care of business at the urinal, when all of a sudden this guy
bursts out of one of the stalls. He's waving a 6" brown cardboard tube,
yelling "Goddamn Yankee Stadium - it's only the fifth inning and they're
already out of A-Rod." - W. Finberg.
Yeah, sounds like the Capital Grill crowd
made its way south for the weekend.
One last splitter. 4.20.04:
Schilling had some parting words for Yankees fans online after the
"No need to jump off (insert NYC bridge
name here) yet. The lineup you all are running out there is going to
produce, it can't NOT produce given who's in it.
Given all that happened this winter I
thought the one spot the Yanks had a HUGE edge over most teams in
this league was the bullpen, if those arms stay healthy your bullpen
will be a good one.
It's a 4 game series in April for
whatever that's worth, glad it was us that won the 3 though. With
the new unbalanced divisional schedule, winning inside the division
is as important, if not moreso, than it was in past years. Main
problem IMO is there are no patsies in this division this year,
every team can hit.
I think the team that pitches and
catches best, and most consistent, has a HUGE edge." -
inning game raises $100,000 for ALS.
"Thanks to 183 players and more than
1,600 sponsors, the 100 Innings of Baseball Spectacular (actually
101 innings played over 31 straight hours ) raised more than
$100,000 for Curt's Pitch for ALS. Final score: Gehrig's Stamina
100, Schilling's Endurance 51 -- yes, this was the real score.
See the Official Linescore.
Shonda Schilling, wife of Curt
Schilling, scored the 95th run in the bottom of the 93rd inning
after reaching by ripping a single up the middle off of Mike Lembo
-- with his bat.
Box score, and tons of pictures will come later this week."
no Bob Hohler, I don't have any more questions about Pedro... until
And no, we
don't know anything about anything that went on at the Fleet Center the
other night. Nothing. Nada. Nope.
Hate-Hat-Gate. Regarding Schilling's hat, many emails. First
of all, it is not a New York Yankees hat as many feared. It is not a
Yankees minor league team hat. But it is not part of another Yankee
hating company running around town with six names for their gear now.
Did Kevin Millar deliver these custom hats to the team before the
Yankees series? Research in progress....
Update: Doh!, we forgot all about this promotion. Ours
came in the mail today. See right (it's a pitchfork and horns off the YH),
and note below (Got the hat, thanks Michael :-):
not remember, but on 4/4/04 I sent you an email asking for your
mailing address. I wanted to send you a press kit for our
Yankeeshater baseball cap line. The press kit was mailed yesterday;
you should receive it tomorrow. It includes, among other things, an
official Yankeeshater cap.
recognize the cap as soon as you get it. It's the same cap Schilling
was wearing at the Bruins game. Last week--prior to the Yankees
series--we sent 36 of the caps to Kevin Millar in the Boston Red Sox
clubhouse, on the theory that he was the clubhouse prankster and
that if anyone would pass them out to the Red Sox, he would.
Fortunately for us, he did.
Schilling picture also made today's NY Times. Unlike the Herald,
they understood the significance of what appeared to be on
Schilling's cap, and did a brief story on it. You can find it on
design that Schilling was wearing was created for promotional
purposes only. We are actually selling a different design on our
We gave away several hundred of the Schilling-design caps at Fenway
Park on Friday and Saturday. We have been contacted by several
buyers in the Boston area already, but we plan to be selective with
to the hysteria, I have been told that one of the street vendors at
Fenway Park managed to get his hands on one of our free hats, and
was selling it for $75
been asked to do a pre-game (e.g., 5 p.m.) live spot from Yankee
Stadium on Friday by CBS TV (the network that will telecast Friday's
Sox/Yankees game in the NYC area). We plan to go in there with full
guns blazing! We may end with a few bruises, but the fans of Boston
deserve nothing less!
enjoy the cap; should be there soon.
CEO, Rebel Forces, LLC
Owner of Yankeeshater.com"
good, but at some point we've got to start rooting for our team and stop
obsessing about the GD Yankees. Does it look too much like their real
logo? Worried more about Toronto (tonight) and
Baltimore (leading division) right now thank you.
And we keep
getting "Curse" and "First" related requests for promotion. FYI, the Red
Sox are neither cursed, nor have they finished first yet. Why mention
either? Don't want to see a play, or wear a shirt related to it.
Speaking of the ick department:
Dog - I
just received this message from George Roy, the director of the
film, and I promised him that I would pass it on to you:
week for The Curse of the Bambino, winner of 2 Emmy's, including the
prestigious, Best Documentary.... Other for Best Original Score. I'd
really appreciate it if you could also post a letter of some sort on
my behalf and get it out to a few of the real big Red Sox fan
sites...Thanking the fans who were in the film as well as Red Sox
Fans everywhere for their passion, their heart and soul, and most
importantly their sense of humor. I know I'll get heckled by some,
but without you Sox fans, there would be NO film.... George Roy
The Media "Go-To" Guy. "How you doin', let me look in your eyes...
you're ready, you're ready." - Manny to Joe Castig before tonight's game
Manny is starting to chime in via The Crib (name for his discussion
board). Regarding the misplaced flyball against the Yankees last
weekend, he offers this explanation through his site administrator:
with Manny after the game. "The ball kept curving away from me, hard
to my left and I looked down too soon. My bad! Thanks God nothing
serious came of it," Manny explained. He gave Embree a big hug and
apologized to Williamson. He was very happy about Boston's win and
about the fact that he was able to contribute. On the homerun, Manny
said "The ball was down and away, but I was looking away, so I was
able to put the fat part of the bat on it".
a shout-out welcoming and thanking all his fans in the Crib, to
You forgot to add "Stay Strong... Naturally" my man. He'll be
answering questions from the Cribsters next week. At this rate, the new
Media Manny will be replacing Howard Stern as the King of all Media
before the end of the summer. Can a Manny FOX reality sitcom be far
behind Tom Werner?
We will have
new Boston Dirt Dogs T-shirts and hats for sale, hopefully before the
end of May.
Bizarre rant against Mike O'Malley. 4.20.04: Hey Mike
O'Malley, thanks for hijacking ESPN's Outside the Lines with your inane
banter and plugging of Sonny McLean's, satellite TV, and for whining
about getting into SoSH. Newsflash: Ben Affleck, an avid reader here, is
the official celebrity spokesperson for the Red Sox. He dragged J-Lo's
ass to the game. He stays to the end, in the rain. He knows what's going on with the
team. And he doesn't dress like a 6-year old when he goes on national TV
to talk baseball. Oh, Mr. Hollywood, do you think you can get a real
tackle-twill road jersey the next time you have to suit up for us? The
cheesy press-on letters faux jersey you were wearing was indeed
embarrassing. Crowbar open that west coast wallet and get yourself
a real jersey just in case you are invited to derail another program
anytime soon. We'll review the OTL show at a later date.
analyst and former player Sam Horn finally getting in synch with the
Sons of Sam Horn? We'd rather see NESN's
Krisily Kennedy or
Sam Marchiano get involved. Stay tuned.
Friends and rivals.
4.15.04: So my buddy and I are in Harvey Frommer's new book as I
Red Sox vs. Yankees, The Great Rivalry, On the eve of the first
clash, here's what was published in the new coffee table hardcover.
From my friend Matt Zelek, so called number one Yankee fan:
am a MA based Yankee fan who attended the Yanks/Sox playoff game in '78.
was lucky enough to have a friend who was at Fenway that Sunday and left
the game to stand in line at the box office in about the 4th inning when
he realized that Rick Waits was going to beat the Yankees (for about the
6th time that year) and that the Sox were going to hold on and win their
game. I quickly accepted his invitation (despite the punishment of being
benched for the Tuesday Harwich/Nauset game for missing Monday
There was so much tension in the stands as fans were anxious but also
nervous for the game to start. I remember seeing Ron Guidry warm up in
the bullpen before the game. He was pitching on 2 days rest (can you
ever imagine Pedro volunteering to do that) and could not have weighed
more than 145 lbs at gametime. Yet in the bullpen, I remember the warm
up catcher (I think it was Elrod Hendricks) having to wear a mask since
Guidry was firing bullets. In fact, between him and Goose Gossage I
don't think a pitch was thrown at less than 90 mph all day, since
neither pitcher was gonna get beat in this game on a changeup or hanging
curve. Other great baseball memories that day were:
clutch rip on a Guidry fastball early in the game (he did not choke as
some say on his final at bat. He was lucky to make contact on that
Gossage fastball the way the shadows were at that time).
Sweet Lou's blind stab in right field (I was 50 feet from him and it was
a blind stab as I am sure he only grabbed it from the sound of it about
to go by his ear).
eerie silence after Bucky's HR and my feeling of euphoria at seeing all
the annoying Red Sox fans hopes crushed.
Nettles catching the final out below his left shoulder as if wanting to
prolong the Sox fans agony as that pop-up hung in the air for what
seemed an eternity.
this day, despite all the World Series Championships and other great
Yankee moments - for me, that Nettles catch off the shoulder - ranks as
October 14, 1999
AL Championship game two at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 3, Red Sox 2
Even though I'm a third generation Red Sox fan, this was my first trip
to Yankee Stadium. My best friend, a Red Sox fan from Boston who
relocated to the City, got us a pair of tickets. I threw on my hat and
jacket and just bee-lined down '95 right to the Bronx and into the
Stadium's parking lot. I met my friend Jim across the street from
Stadium, in a very small bar next to Stans. It was more like a pizza
shop that sold beer, but it was wall to wall people before the game.
They put your beers in paper bags so you take them out on the street. I
had my "1967 American League Champion" jacket on with a traditional Red
Sox "B" cap.... we were leaning on the counter, having a beer in the bar
when suddenly the chant "a**HOLE... a**HOLE" kept getting louder and
louder behind us... I asked Jim "who the hell are they yelling at?" He
was then hassled a bit and warned "not to wear that shit into the
Stadium"... but I did anyway. A third-generation Red Sox fan isn't going
to wear his team colors during his first trip to Yankee Stadium for a
playoff game? Give me a break. Turned out their bark was worse than
their bite. They tossed a few items my way, but no real trouble on that
45 degree night until Paul O'Neill drove in the winning run with a
seventh-inning single as New York's playoff win streak reached 12 games.
Boston reliever Rheal Cormier said "unfortunately, the ball went behind
the shortstop where nobody was." Pedro Martinez and the Red Sox went on
to crush the Yankees and Roger Clemens in Boston for game three, 13-1.
But the old towne team lost the next two, and the series. Same old song
other non-news: Shaughnessy approached Schilling (who had spanked him on
national radio programs recently) in the clubhouse recently to clear the
air. But apparently Dan still needs to answer the
Clemens article question and/or to the charge of an anti-Pedro bias.
NESN said they would fix the score bar at the top of the screen and they
did. The three red bases representing Oriole runners in the 11th inning
yes Bob Hohler, I do have a few more questions about Pedro...
Radio Free Duquette. 4.13.04: Disingenuous Dan Duquette, who
refused hundreds of requests to speak to fans on various radio programs
while he was employed by the Red Sox is now a weekly contributor on 1510
The Zone's The Diehard's program. He'll be appearing every Monday, in
studio once a month. While he talked about Jim Duquette and the Mets,
who he saw over the weekend, he went to to wax, like only he can, about
working in baseball, projecting talent, John Patterson, high-schoolers,
but mostly he was there to stoke his league, the New England College
Baseball League... and the Keene Swampbats and other hot topics. “Bill
Thurston is a really good judge of talent… and loves this kid Donahue
that we got… he pitched a shutout against Wesleyan a couple of weeks
ago… we’re trying to sign some freshman pitchers so we can bring them
along…This is a darn good league… in some respects it’s better than the
Cape Cod league because you’re playing in front of paying customers.”
More later on Duke still taking credit for today's Red Sox and telling
us how wonderful the farm system was under his stewardship.
"It's a Pleasure." More from The
Movie - Grady speaking with Giuliani right after Game 7 in the manager's
"I know a lot of folks are wondering if uh, why I probably didn't take
him out, but he's the man we wanted out there to win it...
Rudy: the way Joe kept Mariano in, he could have tired but (GL:
He did pretty good)... you did a great job.
Grady: Thank you very much, it's a pleasure. Thank you very much for
coming in here.
Rudy: I think you should get Manager of the Year.
Grady: I don't know about that.
We Give it Two Cowboys Up.
4.12.04: Reader's digest version of Red Sox Movie on the
2003 season by Bombo Sports & Entertainment:
The two-and-three split screen documentary, shot last year opens with
the first day of ticket sales, February 7th, goes through spring
training to the Game 7 at Yankee Stadium. How much you like this film
will depend on your interest level in the team, familiarity with Boston
fans, Fenway, how much you like thick Boston accents, documentaries in
general. We liked it for the most part, especially when compared to
HBO's "Curse of the Bambino," and Stop-and-Shop's "Cowboy Up" DVD.
favorite stars of the 'film' were 'actresses' Jessamy Finet and Erin
Nanstad of East Boston (although we're not sure if you're gonna get
Jessamy's most perfectly placed F-bombs -- has this film been rated (no)? We
ran into Eastie's dynamic duo on Opening Day at Copperfields, and they
said the version they previewed had no curses... well almost no curses).
You may know Jessamy and Erin from around the Park, or the Cask. They
never seem to miss a game, rain or shine as you'll see. They even road
tripped up in Milwaukee and Chicago.
Best supporting actor goes to Mr. Negative, Paul "Angry Bill" Constine.
Other notables included Jim Connors of the venerable Sox and sometimes
Tom Werner hangout Sonny McLean's of Santa Monica, California, and old
school Harry Mann of Dracut.
Theo talks about being a Red Sox fan in the opening minutes. Then in
Fort Myers we get a live shot of Dennis & Callahan segment with Larry
Lucchino at the infamous picnic table at the minor league complex.
There's some fun banter from Henry, Werner, Lucchino at a booth in some
We go to March 31, opening day Carl Crawford walk-off 3-run jack, when
Angry Bill reveals that "you might as well go into the season thinking
they're going to be a failure... it's more fun to be pessimistic."
Someone puts Manny's $50k necklace on Papa Jack. Jim Rooney of the
Baseball Tavern gets his 30 seconds. Steve Kraven, a Rosi firefighter is
one of the chosen. Great shot of Theo watching a game fall apart from
his office. Take a ride with Grady up Newbury Street to tell us how he
loved the Yankees growing up. Nomar tells us he's really a simple guy.
Pitcher's meeting and observations from Pedro and Dave Wallace would
have been good to watch a little longer. The baseball operations folks
and the owners get a kick out of a "Revenge of the Nerds" headline from
a New York tab back page. Great footage of the actual Suppan trade (Theo
worked on Vasquez the whole time "couldn't get him") on July 31st
including the call to Freddy Sanchez telling him he was traded.
Gammons and Theo chatting behind batting cages in September: Theo: "Who
do you think will step up for us in October?" Gammons: "Nomar." Theo: "I
The film will have a celebrity-packed premiere on April 26 at Loews
Boston Common and will open in theaters in the Boston area on May 7.
Jesus Freaks. 4.11.04: The bearded Disciples of Damon were
out in force for Johnny, who is expected to rise on the third day, last
night. Even Millar has a new Damon shirt out now: "The Curse Is Over:
We've Got Jesus.'' Yuk. Brings up the "C" word, is blasphemous, and
doesn't even roll off the tongue. This should be interesting as some
players are already offended by the religious references.
Good news for the future: Hanley Ramirez is 4-for-8 in his first two
games. Bad news on the past: Tony Womack was on the same pace for Cards.
Gammo in the Know. - 4.8.04: WEEI's The Big Show with Mr.
Larry Johnson: "I saw 'Pardon the Interruption' the other day, the
Boston Media, is it that we're (The Boston Media) is making too much out
of these things or is this something that really should be dealt with,
players leaving early?
Peter Gammons: Um, I thinks sometimes these things take on lives of
their own in Boston that they might not take otherwise. There's an agent
and a very good friend of mine and a guy who's really fair. Said
to me today, you know it's so much easier playing for the Angels, the
Dodgers, people like that, and people say 'yeah, it's west coast' well,
you know those teams draw 3- 3-1/2 million too. (LJ: Why is that pace
though) Because they don't care, I mean like, the case that we
were using was like, sometimes with Nomar, 'oh you know, he's not that
outgoing.' In Anaheim, Troy Glaus is, actually it's because he's so
painfully shy, however he barely ever talks, and you know kinda goes his
own way, very much like Nomar he's very sort of 'media shy.' And nobody
questions it there. The fact that Glaus and Garret Anderson are both
unsigned, it hardly ever gets mentioned out there. You know what, I mean
but that's not to criticize anybody. People out there love those teams,
but they don't love them the way we do on the east coast. There aren't
any Sons of Sam boards in Anaheim because there aren't people that live
and die with their teams and can sit there with their computers and come
up with fascinating... almost you know sometimes brilliant um uh essays.
They don't read Baseball Prospectus the way we do. And it's very
different and people care about it.
Glenn Ordway: I think sometimes it's misconstrued as being negative
when really it's deep rooted emotion, and it rides either way. When the
team is doing great, they are all over this team with accolades. And
when the team is doing poorly, they take it personally.
Peter Gammons: There isn't any better place... I separate it from
the Yankees because they've won so much and it's so much the biggest
franchise in the game, yeah it's great playing for the Yankees, there's
no getting around it, but it's still, in Boston, people care so much,
and there's that electricity, and I still say even more than New York
it's the most intelligent audience. I sit there sometimes and I've had
guys that are ex-players and even players on opposing players say to me,
it's amazing. Fans at Fenway Park anticipate the way player's do. I mean
a pitch, a situation. I mean... (GO: You hear it with crowd
reaction... right) there's a lot of times in games, you don't hear
that wall of noise, you know Go Team Go because people are thinking
about all the things that can happen, and the situation is... people
standing up in the Metrodome just making noise, that's not rooting,
that's not understanding the game. (Talk about how they knew Rickey
Henderson would pinch run... why do they still do the wave).
It's not only Boston, this whole thing about Jason Giambi's, the guy who
throws batting practice to him, and I mean this thing has taken on a
life of its own when its hardly a story either I mean, he's paying the
guy I think $150,000 a year and certain promises were made when he
signed and the Yankees feel they have to get away from it and Brian
Cashman said Jason Giambi and... it's true in any passionate place. But
you know, I'm glad, you know it may freeze tomorrow... I'm glad I live
in Boston because I like that passion, I like these... I love going
through... I mean I scroll through the Sons of Sam and the Dirt Dogs
every day just to see what's out there on people's minds and it's, you
know that's one of the great things and it's hard for players because
they don't understand it a lot but... (GO: Or what's on Curt's
Schilling's mind, one or the other)...
Steve Buckley, Boston Herald: "He (Pedro) doesn't do sessions, these
days, which btw I happen to think he misses, and uh but there are
certain guys that have been around for a long time that he likes, he
trusts. I'm one of them (sfx: Honk). Sean McAdam is one of them.
Michael Silverman's one of them and uh (Andy: Shaughnessy one of
them? Glenn: I don't think Shaughnessy's one of them.)
Evening with Edes. Behind Enemy Lines: A Baseball Chat with Gordon
Edes of the Boston Globe
Red Sox Nation Gathers to Fight Two Evils, Cancer and the Yankees
On April 24, Gordon Edes of the Boston Globe will gather with Red
Sox fans to chat baseball at the West Side Tavern in New York City. The
West Side Tavern is located at 360 West 23rd Street, between 8th and 9th
in the Chelsea District of Manhattan. The event starts at 7:30 pm and
should last until about 10 pm. The cost of entry is a $10 donation.
For Red Sox fans domiciled “Behind Enemy Lines”, this is an excellent
chance to chat with the Globe’s top baseball writer. Gordon has
graciously donated his time for this event to help raise moneys for two
cancer-related causes – the Jimmy Fund (a Red Sox- supported charity)
and the North Shore Cancer Center (Massachusetts based).
As we embark upon what we hope will be a historic season, this is a
great chance to gain inside knowledge into the Red Sox in an intimate
and casual setting. Gordon will chat with fans, will host a Q&A session,
and will play host to Red Sox Jeopardy, as 2 lucky fans will get to
compete for a special “prize.”
At the event, there will be several items up for auction. These include:
· Tickets to the Red Sox in Boston, coupled with a Gordon Edes
guided tour of historic
Fenway Park (tour on same day as game);
· A Kevin Millar autographed game jersey;
· A Curt Schilling A-2000
· 4 Field Box Seats to the June 30th Red Sox/Yankees
game in New York;
· Autographed copies of David Halberstam’s “The
Teammates” and “Summer of 49”; and
· Autographed copies of
MoneyBall by Michael Lewis.
(Note: The items for auction are still rolling in so we expect
there to be one or two more special items. If you have something you’d
like to donate to the cause, please feel free to contact us.
Please let members of the Red Sox Nation know of this event. We hope to
see you all there. It should be a terrific time.
The proceeds of the event will be split 50/50 between the Jimmy Fund and
the North Shore Cancer Center. All costs of the event are being born by
the sponsors, so 100% of the proceeds will go to the charities.
Email [email protected]
with any questions.
4.8 A Dog's Life: So Pedro wants to come back as a dog in his next life, and Manny wants to be Allen Iverson. More to follow on Manny's website (having some delays)...
4.12 Update: Inside Out. ESPN Outside the Lines: Red Sox Internet Wars (Thursday April 15, 11:58pm EST)
"With an owner who surfs the internet, a star pitcher who likes chat rooms, and a fan base that never tires of taking Red Sox, the web sites Sons of Sam Horn and Dirt Dogs have become mandatory for hardcore Sox followers, and for the local media, which often finds stories on these sites before they appear anywhere else (Jeremy Schaap).
4.8: ESPN's Outside the Lines, will focus on the new media and it's relationship with Red Sox fans, the team, and the traditional media. The founders of SoSH, Boston Dirt Dogs, and Glenn Ordway of WEEI will be featured. The new media got booted out of the old media's house during the taping of this program. But that's another story.
The Passion of The Christ 4.8.04: A tale of two emails:
#1: The "Johnny Jesus" and "Christ has Risen" headlines referring to Johnny Damon are pretty offensive, especially during the Christian Holy season...You ought to be more respectful. This is a pretty good blog, don't screw it up!
#2: Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I am still laughing about today’s headline.
As soon as our Christ Child made that spectacular jump in center to deny Segui a HR, I told my wife that there was going to be a pretty creative headline on tomorrow’s Boston Dirt Dogs webpage. SO we started to think of what we might see. Nothing came close to Christ has Risen but here are a few for your enjoyment:
Holy Christ! What a catch!
Jumping Jesus Cancels a HR!
Christ! That Guy can Hit!
He’s much better when he is off the Jesus Juice
Thanks for keep us entertained!
Et Tu, Curte?
4.2.04: We've all enjoyed reading and hearing every one of Curt Schilling's soundbites and diatribes since last Thanksgiving. His pre-signing
net chats were
classic. His spontaneous radio call killed. But now he's really put his foot
in his mouth. No, not about steroids, media, Ruth, or D-Lowe or J-Tek's
now starring in another commercial, for the New England Ford Dealers, where he dares to utter
the C-word. The commercial is set in Arizona where our Ace (who really
should be starting on Sunday obviously) was trying to hitch hike a ride when
a red Ford F-150 comes by, Curt gets in and the driver asks where he is headed
and Schilling says "Boston, trying to break an 86 year old curse." Oh my.
Was there a problem with a line like "Boston, trying to bring Red Sox fans a
World Series Championship." Wait until SoSH gets a hold of this (the Black
Canyon Films "Curse of the Bambino" guy barely got out alive). Yes another
hack copywriter wrote the line, but Curt should have rewritten it as he is
well aware that even mentioning the C-word gives it life. And now I have to
go get TIVO to avoid seeing the thing 700 times over the next few months.
Let's pahk the Curse talk. In fact bury it once and for all.
second thought, after having watched it for the 10th time already, the
C-word voiceover comes when you're out of the shot Curt. All you have to do
is re-record the punch line. Go with "Boston, trying to help the Red Sox win
it all this year." Anything like that is fine. Not the first time JWT has
had to change Ford Dealer copy. Remember the Ford Focus ads where the
girlfriend gets a Focus tattoo and her 18 yr. old boyfriend said "Daddy
Likee," which most found odd, one month later the voiceover was changed to "Soweeeeet."
So it can be changed. Put the hammer down on this one. This is W.B. Mason
"The Truth About Ruth" all over again. But I digress...Did you
catch the Yankee opener in Japan the other morning? During the latter part
of the game, as the Rays extended their lead, the Japanese crowd started
chanting: "Let's Go Red Sox, Let's Go Red Sox, Let's Go Red Sox." Nicely
Mark Bellhorn, David McCarty, and Cesar Crespo be the new 2004 Dirt Dogs?
Gammorza primed the players' pump on 'EEI yesterday by doing his best Donald
Fehr impersonation, basically saying that steroids had little to do with the
power surge in the last few seasons and that amphetamines in the '50's and
'60's had a much greater impact on the game. Maybe Peter and Frank Deford
should consider sharing an apartment at an assisted living home.
Speaking of Schill, while he's mostly gone underground behind the SoSH iron
curtain to reach Red Sox fans, he recently surprised the diehards at
NYYfans.com by signing on and throwing his two cents in there. He chimed
in on the game's greatest players, and his Ruth-would-be-average running
joke with Johnny Pesky, Schilling tells Yankee fans:
team I play for has zero bearing on my opinion of the games greatest
players. I grew up a Pirate fan, my dad was born and raised outside of
Pittsburgh. So my team was Stargell, Parker, Blass, Bibby, Sanguillen
etc. Clemente was a hero, not really because I saw him , but because
anyone my dad held in such high regard had to be an incredible person.
Larry Doby and Jackie Robinson were the games most important players,
followed closely by Curt Flood. All three were groundbreakers in their
The Babe was important in a very different way. Without him baseball
probably wouldn't have become as big and as important as it did, when it
did. Considering the era and the situation in the US he was the early
1900's version of Sosa/McGwire, or actually they were a later, smaller
version of him.
Speaking of Pesky, he's not a Yankees Shucks kind of guy either. From
blood between the Red Sox and Yankees? There wasn't any in Pesky's day.
"How are you going to hate Bill Dickey?" he asked. "What a guy he was.
Rizzuto, Yogi, Bobby Brown, Henrich? How are you going to hate them? In
those years, when we played the Yankees, we played them hard and they
played us hard, but there was no hatred. We were equal. They just won
all the time.
took Wakefield only a few days to put Boone's home run behind him until
he was able to step back and objectively say, "Wow, we were part of the
greatest series ever played. They beat us, but it was a great series and
that's what baseball is about. That's how baseball should be played, and
why it's played."
has wrapped its arms around Red Sox Nation (great original idea fellas) with
the new commercial "I pledge allegiance to the fans." This effort is much
better than "The Year to Be Here" or "Reality TV" crap they slapped together
the last two seasons.
Warning: Spoilers!: I think you know how it ends. We were
a little to the party for The Red Sox Movie naming ceremony. Some of our
suggestions would have been:
- Timlin in the Eighth, Williamson in the Ninth
- Not in Our Lifetime (a.k.a. Lobie's license plate)
- Pharyngitis Fever Grips Hub
- In Grady We Trusted
- Cowboy Yuk
- Chicken Little: The Sky is Falling
- This Isn't The Year
- To Little: Too Late
- Belly Up! in the Bronx
- Guys Gone Wild!
Why Can't We Get Players Like That? (Last
minute submission by you-know-who)
Allegedly the majority of the voters chose
"Still, We Believe: The Red Sox
Movie" which premieres in Boston April 26th. Not a chance in hell that
boring name was chosen over "A Little Too Late: The Red Sox Movie" another
lame option. They lyin’ their asses off (sorry "New York based" Bombo but
Eddie Andleman sent the "Believe" safe play in 10 years ago fer chrissakes).
Amazingly "This is the Year" made one of the short lists. Huh? The year for
what? Coming up short? Geezus. Hello. The documentary is fantastical. But I
am not happy knowing what longtime 'EEI caller Angry Bill looks like. The
mental picture was Sean Penn and the movie gives you Danny Aiello.
the Sports Illustrated 2004 Baseball Issue, an opposing team's scout sizes
up the Red Sox, "They're calling Trot Nixon's back injury a herniated disk,
but I hear it is a lot worse."
Trump owned the Red Sox, Grady would have been fired last May. RedSox.com
"Proclaim your independence and help push the Empire back to its
borders." One last change to the masthead on the Official Site as well. No
Manny and Nomar did not get kicked off again, but the folks at Advanced
Media in NYC were instructed to swap in the new "emotional" Manny (left) on
the new full color versions.
Houston and Bobby Brown may soon have their own reality TV series. This
could top Blind Date as the world's greatest television show.
Rumblings: Caught up with SoSH scribe supreme Mike F. (right) doing his infamous
workmanlike reporting from his next high above courtside at CoPP. Somebody
get that man a nice scorebook for Christmas. Missed the last game in Dunedin
because I thought it was at 7:00pm because of the original game was supposed
to be against the Devil Rays at night. So I spent the day on Clearwater
beach instead of seeing Petey get shelled. Another good decision.
Velocity and the City: Petey also keeps getting shelled on his slowball in
the press, New York Daily News columnist
John Harper chimes in with:
scout who has seen him said he'd be willing to give him "more of a
benefit of the doubt" if it weren't for the fact that Pedro's velocity
was an issue in October. In two starts each against the A's and Yankees,
his fastball varied from 87 to 94 mph, and only occasionally resembled
his high-octane heater of old.
"That's why this might be significant," the scout said. "At the time it
looked like he had a tired arm from pitching a full season. In a couple
of those games, especially the one against the Yankees (Game 3 of the
ALCS), he had to rely heavily on his breaking stuff and his changeup
because his fastball was so flat. He couldn't pop it like he used to.
"I thought after a winter of rest he'd be popping that thing again, but
the ball just doesn't seem to be coming out of his hand with much life.
He's only about 165 pounds, so you have to wonder if all the innings
have taken a toll on him. He's had some shoulder problems, too. I don't
doubt that he'll still be a winning pitcher, but he may have lost some
of his dominance."
Texas Ranger Captain Alex Rodriguez makes an ass of himself in
ESPN The Magazine with bogus quips like:
"It's hard to put a number on
how much I want to win, but here's one: $52 million. That's what I agreed to
take out of my contract when I had a handshake agreement with the Theo
Epstein (a.k.a. done deal). I should have gone through the union first, but
I was so eager to get closer to winning that I tried to get the approval of
the union after the fact. That was my mistake. But if being willing to give
up $52 million doesn't show you how badly I want to win, I don't know what
does... When the Boston deal fell apart, I went from euphoric to
heartbroken.... nothing compares to my first 60 days as a Yankee. This is
the happiest I've ever been. Every time I put on pinstripes, I feel like I'm
dreaming. Don't wake me until the end of October."
Translation: "Please like
me. I'm really, really insecure."
Frommer's new book is called "The Greatest Rivalry" (Frank Defraud did not
write the foreword). It features exclusive interviews with Rudy Giuliani,
Mario Cuomo, Michael Dukakis, Don Zimmer, Nomar Garciaparra, Derek Lowe,
Jason and Jeremy Giambi, Lou Merloni, Dwight Evans, Theo Epstein…and me
(when Yankee fans attack in the Bronx story) and Matt Zelek (my Yankee fan
friend with some drivel about Munson or Mattingly, who cares). Don't know if
we'll make Schilling's book, but that one is sure to be a page turner.
Everyone is writing something about Red Sox. Remy's got a new book out.
Castiglione. Halberstam back on the rivalry bandwagon. Paul Williams the
groundskeeper will probably be next. Wally may tell all about life in the
costume. The Aramark popcorn guy has something to say. Bob Rodgers could pen
something scathing about NESN. Who doesn't have a book deal?
Add one more to the list.
Old friend Jeff Pearlman writes:
Howdy. My name is Jeff Pearlman. I write for Newsday, and before that
spent six years covering baseball for Sports Illustrated. I have a new
book coming out entitled, "The Bad Guys Won." It's a biography of the
'86 Mets, but it's STUFFED with Red Sox stuff. I was wondering, if you
have the chance, if you could perhaps mention that the book is coming
out on your blog (or just attach a link to my site,
www.thebadguyswon.com). I very much enjoy your site.
PS: Among the things the book covers:
• Why John McNamara is infinitely more at fault than Bill Buckner
• The idiotic antics of "Oil Can" Boyd during Game 6 of the Series.
• Calvin Schiraldi's wavering confidence during Game 6.
Klapisch, from New Jersey via ESPN.com,
tells us what Aaron Boone is called in Boston:
Because the Yankees just might sign Boone later this summer if his knee
heals quickly -- just in time for the three-game series at Fenway on
Sept. 24, the final weekend of the regular season.
Because Torre might pencil in his new second baseman as "A.F. Boone."
Because that's his name in Boston, now and forever.
amazing that these morons are able to get paying jobs writing this crap. I
haven't heard Aaron Boone's name mentioned once "in Boston" since last
October. No one cares about Aaron Boone enough to give him a middle initial
"F." That game was lost before he stepped to the plate, and for reasons that
had nothing to do with him, or Tim Wakefield for that matter. Between Frank Defraud's mail it in nonsense blaming Red Sox fans for the media
embellishment of the "rivalry," and that NPR idiot that wrote the BS that
"because though Boston fans say they want the Sox to
as world champions and may even believe it, that outcome would likely
bewilder rather than delight them" garbage in the
Boston Globe Magazine last Sunday, this has not been a banner week for
some so-called baseball writers.
Rodriguez is much more comfortable with herself than her famous husband. She
loved the image to the right of Jeter's face on her body in the SI swimsuit
shot. She wanted it. So we sent it to her through a mutual friend.
friends at Boston.com redesigned their
Red Sox page. Nice work. There's a new Red Sox discussion forum at
BostonSportsNation.com. Check out
BoSoxBabes.com as well. Sorry I can't get to all the link requests or feature
everything on the front.
website is taking shape with a new Flash intro "Not just fame, love the
game, and you shall triumph." According to our contact at the site,
MannyRamirez.com will be a tribute to his fans. They asked us what we
think the site should incorporate to be a fun place, where his fans can get
to know Manny better, while supporting the endeavors of his foundation. Stay
tuned. They also sent along the news that "We saw how intensely Manny worked
out during the off-season, and we’re confident that Manny will have an
AWESOME YEAR!" Good. We're gonna need a monster year from Manny with the
walking wounded we've got hobbling around town.
Kevin Millar, please stop fooling yourself, the Cowboy died in the Bronx
on October 16th, went Belly Up! my friend. Sorry the guys forgot to tell you.
Look, you were lucky to pull it off here the first time. Just let the name
come to you. And if you celebrate another Wild Card birth like its the end
of WWII, you'll be run out of town faster than you can say Chunichi.