Like a ghost, Sox could disappear on Halloween | news-press.com | The News-Press - Sarasota County officials want an Oct. 31 deadline to finish a spring training deal with the Boston Red Sox.Commissioner Joe Barbetta said the county would have liked a deal by mid-October but wanted a deadline that would be comfortable for all parties. The commission, which has been pursuing the Red Sox for months, has spoken recently about building a downtown stadium for $59 million.‚ÄúIn reality that is probably truest in fairness to (Lee County,) and the Red Sox and us,‚ÄĚ Barbetta said, about the Oct. 31 deadline. From cjdusa
WHEN BIG BATS ARE SECOND TO BIG DOLLARS - Up in Bean Town this week, in the heart of the Red Sox Nation where baseball is rated roughly equivalent to air, water and food as a life necessity, the Sox are jockeying for an edge over the New York Yankees and struggling even just to earn a wild card berth in the playoffs. From cjdusa
Lester hurls 18th Red Sox no-no - The Boston lefty was magnificent, walking just two batters while leading the Red Sox to a 7-0 victory over the Royals.Instead of tiring, Lester only got stronger as the night wore on. Over the final five innings, it seemed the Royals were struggling just to make solid contact. Not only was this Lester's first no-hitter, but it was also his first complete game. From cw
More Manny Being Manny - I had forgotten about the first at-bat highlight; that's pretty hiarious. Steve Berthiaume gives major love to my favorite Manny clip (the cut-off of the Johnny Damon throw), and what I forgot about that is just how awful Damon's arm is. You can almost understand what Manny was thinking when he cut that throw off. Almost. From cw
Yankees unearth buried Red Sox jersey from new stadium - The New York Yankees have ended a construction worker's attempt to jinx its new stadium with a buried Boston Red Sox jersey.Team officials watched on Sunday as construction workers removed the jersey, with slugger David Ortiz' name on it, from 2 feet of concrete in a service corridor of the stadium that's under construction.The team says a construction worker who is a Red Sox fan recently buried the jersey there while on the job. Two other supervisors found the tattered shirt on Saturday.The Yankees plan to donate the jersey to charity, and may pursue a lawsuit against the construction worker. From cw
Red Sox are kings of the AL East! - The Red Sox clinched their first American League East title in 12 years in most bizarre fashion. More than an hour after they had downed the Twins, 5-2, to reduce their magic number to one, the Yankees put it at zero by squandering a three-run lead in the ninth and losing to the Orioles in 10 innings on a bases-loaded, two-out bunt single by Melvin Mora. From cw
eBay: Manny Ramirez: JENN-AIR Grill - Hi, I`m Manny Ramirez. I bought this AMAZING grill for about $4,000 and I used it once... But I never have the time to use it because I am always on the road. I would love to sell it and you will get an autographed ball signed by me =] Enjoy it, Manny Ramirez. From cw
Boston Red Sox - back in action! - Well, here's my take on the Red Sox this year after watching the first game of the season...
Meeting the Rangers in their own stadium on a perfect day for baseball, with Schilling back on two feet, the Sox were looking good going into the game. Coco Crisp came out swinging, attempting to make contact with something but failed to do so on his opening at bat. However Schilling was looking better than I had seen him in quite a while and held back the Rangers hitting as well.
By the 5th inning the Sox hitting was falling into place with some great hits by Varitek and a great homer off the foul pole by Papi. That put the Sox into a 5-0 lead.
It'll take a while before we see how the new hitting lineup falls into place, but I did notice that all of the runs in the first half of the game were with two outs in the inning. Maybe the Sox will stop leaving men on base this year? Maybe?
By the sixth inning Schilling was looking a bit tired and let through a 2 run homer. Papelbon came in to relieve and looked fantastic! That kid is going to be great. Maybe that's why Roger was in the stands? However, with a 7-2 lead, Foulke comes in and starts to make me remember why it's painful to be a Sox fan, however, even he didn't screw it up enough to lose.
John Flaherty Retires - The three-way battle to replace Doug Mirabelli as Boston's backup catcher was reduced to two with Tuesday afternoon's news that veteran John Flaherty, who broke into the Major Leagues with the Red Sox back in 1992 and returned to the organization last December, has decided to retire. From cw
Boston Red Sox : Tickets : Single Game Ticket Information - Single-game tickets go on sale via the internet and touch-tone telephone beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 28. There is a two-game, four-tickets per game limit on all transactions. Tickets will be available for all games with the exception of the nine Fenway Park match-ups with the Yankees. From cw
Inside the deal - Coco Crisp going to the sox! - The Red Sox are on the verge of finding a center fielder and leadoff hitter to replace Johnny Damon. The Boston Globe reported Monday that the Sox and Indians have agreed in principle on a six-player deal that would bring Coco Crisp to Boston. We examine each part of the trade, and let you decide if you think it From cw
Epstein returns to Red Sox front office - For weeks, Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino promised that the light would be left on and the door would be kept ajar in the event that Theo Epstein opted to return to the club. After weeks of speculation, that exact scenario unfolded, with the Red Sox releasing a brief statement Thursday night saying simply that Epstein, who departed his post as general manager on Oct. 31, will return to the organization. From cw
J.T. Snow signs with Red Sox - While vacancies loom at shortstop and center field, the Red Sox can all but cross off first base as a spot of need.Veteran first baseman J.T. Snow, one of the top defenders at his position, agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with Boston. From cw
Sox tender contracts to three pitchers - he Red Sox gave another strong indication on Tuesday as to how they will go about structuring their 2006 pitching staff.All five of the team's arbitration-eligible players are pitchers, and the Red Sox tendered contracts to three of them. From cw
Damon leaves Sox for Yankees - The Red Sox knew they could be in the market for a new center fielder to start the 2006 season, but that didn't lessen the shock late Tuesday night when Johnny Damon signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the New York Yankees. From cw
Shakeups in the Boston Red Sox - Acquired Loretta from the Padres for Mirabelli; acquired Marte from the Braves for Renteria and cash considerations; offered arbitration to 3B Bill Mueller, CF Johnny Damon and 2B Tony Graffanino; declined to offer arbitration to LHP Mike Myers, 1B Kevin Millar, RHP Matt Mantei and 1B John Olerud. From cw
Red Sox land Loretta from Padres - [LINK WILL JUST GO TO THE RED SOX SITE - breaking news] With all the avenues the Red Sox have pursued at the 2005 Winter Meetings, it was only a matter of time before the club made a move. On Wednesday, they traded catcher Doug Mirabelli to the Padres for second baseman Mark Loretta.
Who the HELL will be catching for Wakefield! From cw
Red Sox file suit over historic ball - "We have made numerous approaches to the Mientkiewiczes, and to their representatives, to seek an amicable private settlement, and to ensure that this piece of club history remains accessible to all of our fans," Treat said. "All were rebuffed. That is why we now seek a judgment." From cw
Bullpen Starting to Take Shape - In their constant quest to add depth to the bullpen, the Red Sox on Thursday acquired right-hander Jermaine Van Buren from the Cubs for a player to be named later or cash.The 25-year-old Van Buren made six appearances for the Cubs last season, posting a 3.00 ERA over six innings. Opponents hit just .118 against him in his brief Major League stint. From cw
Sox agree on trade for Beckett - With Theo Epstein off quietly living his life, and the general manager search reaching periodic points of inertia, the Red Sox last night were on the verge of acquiring Marlins pitcher Josh Beckett, a momentous move that would position the club with an ace around which to build its pitching staff for perhaps a decade to come. From Sledog
Damon offered a three year 30 million dollar contract - Just a couple of days after publicly urging the Red Sox to present him with an offer, it appears Johnny Damon has gotten his wish.The Boston Globe reported on Thursday that the club submitted an initial offer to Damon worth somewhere from $27 to $30 million over three years.Damon has said publicly numerous times that he is looking for a longer deal, perhaps five years or longer. From cw
Damon left waiting for a contract - Before fully throwing himself into the middle of the free agent market, center fielder Johnny Damon is eager to see what kind of offer the Red Sox will present to him.Damon would very much like to remain in Boston for the remainder of his career, and if that's going to happen, the dynamic leadoff man says time is of the essence. From cw
I'm starting a new podcast for Red Sox fans! I'll be doing a show with the
owner of BoSox1.com, a good
friend of mine, Kevin. We'll be doing a show once in a while until the games
start. Once the season starts, we'll be doing one after each game. This is the
first podcast for us, and the very first Red Sox only podcast on the internet!
So if you are a red sox fan, check it out, we'll have a lot more on the latest
rumors, the latest news for the team, the trades, game commentary, and a lot
Theo.... Going,Going, Gone! - First, I want to thank John Henry, Tom Werner, and Larry Lucchino for the opportunity to serve as General Manager for the last three seasons. Their support and friendship mean a lot to me, and I wish them all well. I also owe a debt of gratitude to the players, Terry Francona, the coaching staff, the front office, the baseball operations staff, and the fans for making my Red Sox experience so meaningful. From cw
Fenway Park - Until last year's heroics when the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, the Sox, had been on a short end of a rivalry with the New York Yankees since 1916.The trials and tribulations of the hard luck team only increased the mystique of Fenway Park, Mecca for the millions who consider themselves part of Red Sox nation. Now that the Sox are reigning champion, and in the hunt for another World Series, tickets for Red Sox games at Fenway, the oldest and smallest ballpark in the major leagues, are even harder to come by. The faithful have to shell out upwards of $200.00 to scalpers for run of the mill regular season games. Some drive up to a thousand miles and still end up on the short end outside the park. But just being able to touch the outside walls and hear the sounds inside is enough for many fans. From cw
That's the great news, even better, the White Sox, playing with only 2 of
their regular starters played and won putting the Red Sox in an even better
position for both the wild card as well as closer to securing their tenuous
(tied with the NYY) first place hold. This is a very stressful weekend for me as
a die-hard Red Sox fan. Go Sox!
Red Sox Lose First Place - Typical. The Red Sox have lost their tenuous first place position and are now a half game out of first as well as a half game out of the wildcard spot. It's a very competitive year and I had doubted that the Sox would even have a .500 year. At work I'm surrounded by Yankees fans who whisper "Go Sox" to me as they leave every day knowing that that puts the jinx on. The last three games of the season (against the evil empire) is a set up for who will win the division, that is, if the Sox can keep up.
Stones concerts delay start of Red Sox game - The team trucked in 40,000 square feet of sod to replace a huge swath of the Fenway Park outfield that was destroyed this week during the band's two concerts. The Red Sox moved the start of Friday night's game against Detroit back one hour to give the grounds crew time to get the grass in place, but the work was done well before the first pitch. From cw
I'll be in Boston all day tomorrow, ending the day going to the Red Sox game so the site updates will only be done early in the morning and late at night when I get back. So get anything in for tomorrow's posts before 9:00 AM EST.
I'm sure I'll have lots of great pictures from the trip!
Red Sox RING in Opening Day at Fenway! - Highlights from the ceremony: The sun came out and Fenway Park was glaring from the Red Sox world series rings. It was one of the all time great moments in the history of Fenway Park. Here are the highlights.
A bit old news, but I have to give a shout out and a link to bosox1.com since Keven started updating it again.
That is just one of the perks of being defending World Series champions. That road began by taking down the Yankees after pulling off an unprecedented comeback from down 3-0 in last October's best-of-seven American League Championship Series.
Sox reach deal with Varitek - It can no longer be said that Jason Varitek is the unofficial captain of the Boston Red Sox. Along with making it official that they had re-signed their invaluable catcher and leader to a four-year contract, the Red Sox immediately named Varitek their first captain since Jim Rice (1989) at a Christmas Eve morning press conference Friday at Fenway Park.
Red Sox announce signing of Miller - In a move that doesn't have much risk, but does hold a lot of potential reward, the Red Sox officially announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Wade Miller to a one-year contract on Thursday.
Seven Sox reject arbitration - Seven Red Sox free agents had an opportunity to bind themselves to the club next year by simply accepting the club's arbitration offer by Sunday's midnight deadline. All seven declined, a list that included catcher Jason Varitek, right-handed starter Derek Lowe, shortstop Orlando Cabrera, infielder Pokey Reese, first baseman David McCarty, right-hander Pedro Astacio and lefty specialist Mike Myers.
Sox acquire Payton in deal with SD - The brief but memorable stint of Dave Roberts in a Red Sox uniform ended Monday night when the speedy outfielder was dealt to the Padres in a transaction that brought veteran right-handed hitting outfielder Jay Payton and left-handed hitting utility infielder Ramon Vazquez to Boston.
Martinez struck by baseball during parade - Pedro Martinez was hit in the forehead by a baseball thrown from the banks of the Charles River while he was riding on an amphibious vehicle during the World Series victory parade for the Red Sox. He was not seriously injured.
To you non-sports fans, what does this mean? Let me tell you...
The Red Sox have not won a world series since 1918, I'm sure you have heard
that from your Yankee fan friends. But this year was different. Why? Because I
watched every game, and took my father to a game this year, that's the
difference. My father called me last night and said, "You know why they won?!,
They won because we didn't watch the games together and you took me to a game
Let me take you back to 1986 - I was living in a semi-apartment in my
father's basement, watching the world series for the first time as a Red Sox Fan
(a SERIOUS Red Sox fan!), my father called me up from my "apartment" in the
basement to watch the last out with him, this was a serious moment!... We
watched...as Buckner (who had to move to Canada to avoid the wrath of the fans)
missed a play at first base so easy any high school kid could have made it.
Buckner missed the play. And the Curse of 1918 continued....
This is what being a Red Sox fan was all about, I knew the feeling in 1986, I
watched the games and felt the pain with my father. He raised me to be a Sox
fan, and I hated him for the pain I felt ever since! I watched them fuck up in
86, I have vague memories of 75 games against the Yankees, and I dream of wins,
every night since the Sox won the ALCS this year!
This year wasn't about a team winning more, it was about a legacy ending, a
legacy of losses, this team was meant to win, and I felt it! I went to 3 games
this year, and I took my father to one in July, it was probably the best, last,
father son thing we'll do, it was great, the Sox won... we loved it!
I should note here that my father never took me to a baseball game, so my
taking him to a game solidified in his mind the reason for the world series win,
Maybe that was it, maybe it was me wearing my green Red Sox hat, maybe it was
me wearing a Manny shirt on Sunday games, or not wearing my hat on Mondays,
maybe it was me not shaving for that week in July, or the 3 days I didn't shower
to win the ALCS, maybe it was the game I refused to sit down, or the game I only
drank a beer on the odd innings....
Thank You Red Sox !
Thanks for the year and the shit I went through to hope you'd do it. You did,
now I can sleep!
World's oldest man cheering for Red Sox - In 113 years, Fred Hale Sr. has seen a lot. There's one thing he'd like to see again. Hale, documented as the world's oldest man, is a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan.
WOW! The Red Sox are up 3-0 in a World Series! I always thought I'd die never
seeing the Sox win a series. However, in Red Sox fashion, they still can screw
it up. Also, as the Sox already proved, three down is not out! So Cards fans,
don't give up hope, it's not over yet! Suppan really messed up that run to home,
that was a turning point and probably cost the Cards 2 runs in that inning.. My
friend Kevin was saying it reminded him of the 1975 world series, game 6, same
thing happened. I guess that just goes to show you that sometimes you shouldn't
listen to the 3rd base coach.
Well, tomorrow we have Lowe vs. Marquis. Don't be worried yet Cards fans, as
a Sox fan I know that Lowe is a head-case and falls apart if he gets hit early.
However, he's done well in the last few starts, so it should be interesting.
The Sox won game one. Manny made mistakes, Wakefield was sub-par, our infield
was shaky. You'd think these boys would come to play the game and not fuck up
like I saw tonight. Yeah, the Sox won, but it was a game filled with infield
errors and unpredictable outfielding.
Look Red Sox, IF you want to win this series, you have to give it everything
you can! Half-assed commitment won't do against the Cards, they are a very good
team, probably better than the NYY.
Good work Bellhorn, you're our new hero tonight, tomorrow who knows? At home
it should be a total shut-out, not this crap we saw tonight! Please get your
game together and play ball!
Tonight the Red Sox once again match up against the Evil Empire of the New
York Yankees. The Sox have done the impossible, becoming the first team EVER to
come back in a playoff after a falling behind by the first three games. Can they
win tonight? Well, anything is possible but as a true Red Sox fan, I'm expecting
the worst to happen. Lowe is a head case. If he gets hit against early in the
game, he may fall apart. Unfortunately the pitching staff for the Sox is worn
out. I wouldn't be surprised to see Wakefield and even Pedro in the game tonight
at some point. Whatever the outcome, Sox fans can hold their heads a bit higher
now that they tied up the win count.
Cadaver pitches in to help Red Sox - With the team's future increasingly dependent on Curt Schilling's right leg, doctors decided to try an apparently unprecedented procedure to keep a tendon from slipping around in his ankle. But first, they wanted to test it out.
WOW! This series took a few years off my life. Even with the Sox up
by 7 I still was thinking "well, they could still lose it..."
No team in baseball has ever done this before (actually other than
hockey, I don't think any team in any sport has ever done this before)!
This was the best series played in baseball history. At least any history
that anyone alive can remember. I became a Red Sox fan in 1978 when my father
introduced me to the pain that is accepted with the tag of a Red Sox fan. In
1986, I watched "that game" with my father. This summer, I brought my
father to a Red Sox game. The Sox won. We had a great time. Maybe something is
different this year. Who knows.
The team sure looks like they want to win. Nothing can replace the memories
of Schilling playing with a shoe full of blood and pitching great, Bellhorn (the
league leader in strikeouts and walks) hitting a homerun, Lowe and Pedro coming
through even though the press was crapping on them, Ortiz winning the games the
rest of the team lost. Hell, the whole year has been great, look at Pokey
hitting the only in-the-park home run of the year (not to mention he hit two
home runs that game!), Youkilis hitting a home run his first ever at bat in the
major league.... This has been a great year. The Red Sox have given me a great
year of baseball. And they come through and win a series when everyone said it
Even if they don't win the World Series, they have given me a lifetime of
memories. Thank you Sox!
DAMN! After over FIVE HOURS of watching this game the Red Sox win it with Ortiz saving the day once again with a home run. I believe no other team has won game four in a playoff after losing the first three games. So the season is not over yet. I'm not sure if I'm happy about this, you see there's little chance they can win all of the next three games, but one can have hope.... right?
I think it's pretty safe to say that the year is over for the Red Sox (yes, I
know technically they could win the next four games, but it's never happened in
the past). Too bad, it was a good year, but they failed to show up for this
Damn, we got a new thing tomorrow and it's not a debate! We have a game one
between the Red Sox's and the NY Yankees. Pay attention boys, here's a game to
start a good series. I'll be following it, and although you may not be from the
northeast of the US, you may want to follow this one since this is the biggest
match up since, um, the last time,
The Red Sox will pound the Yankees, easily, they will show them who's boss,
basically the sox will make the yaks their prison bitches.
Wow! What a night for the Red Sox. They had me happy, pissed, hopeful, and
angry tonight. Late games in the playoffs shouldn't have so many ups and downs.
Kevin, who runs bosox1.com called me up
early in the game just to say "They're going to lose." (I believe, right after
Bellhorn screwed up at second). No faith! I almost turned the TV off when it
looked like they were just going to make errors and throw the game away, but I
figured I needed the torture to get me ready for the rest of the playoffs. Well,
they ended up winning it 8-3 with a burst in the 9th to solidify their lead.
This is great, they only need to win 1 more out of the next 3 games to make it
to the next round. The pressure is off a bit now.
Red Sox win in Oakland! This is good. I was predicting a sweep against the
sox in this away series (as I mentioned to Kevbo) but it seems that they have
the ability to actually win a late night game while on the road. I'm happy with
the win, even though Manny didn't catch that ball.
I went to the game today (the Red Sox game for all of you out of my area that
don't know what team I love and follow). It was a great day. My friend Kevin and
I are a bit superstitious about the games we go to. Every game we have ever gone
to, the Red Sox win. This is because we follow a strict regimen of
procedures for every game.
We arrive in Boston at exactly 4:00 PM, park in the same garage, wearing the
same shirts we have worn for every game (Kevin wears a Nixon shirt, me, a
Ramirez shirt). We go to the same bar (the Irish bar right next to Trader Joe's
across from the Pru.). We sit at the same seats at the bar, a hour or two at the
bar, on the left side, then sit at the table at the open window for a bit.
Let me explain about Boston and Sox fans for a bit here: we were sitting at
the bar however our table at the window was occupied by another group of people.
I knew that we had to sit there for a bit before the game. So I asked the people
sitting at that table if I could use their seats, and explained my ritual. They
were VERY happy to move and let me sit there for a bit just to make sure the Red
Sox won today. They were totally understanding about my obsession about
Boston is probably the only city where you can go up to a bunch of strangers,
explain that you need to use their table for a while, and six people will move
with no questions asked, and understand completely why they should move out of
your way. You won't see this in New York!
Kevin and I were very concerned about his wife, who had not gone though our
traditional pre-game ritual. We were very concerned that her presence would somehow
jinx the game. I believe that she was also concerned as well and would have
skipped the game if we really thought it would somehow jeopardize a Red Sox win.
But we were pretty sure that our skills in following pre-game rituals would be
enough to guarantee a win.
Having satisfied all of our "traditions" pre-game, we walked over to the
game. Kevin had gotten us some great seats for the game, right in the front row,
on the first base line. Life is good when you have great tickets for a great
team and you're in Fenway. The Red Sox did not disappoint us. They won, probably
because we followed all of our pre-game traditions and the people in Boston were
understanding enough to help us out. It was a great night, life does not get
better than this.
If you watched the game, I was on TV three times that I know of, maybe more,
I'll post the game day TV coverage if I have a chance later.
The Red Sox won, of course, and we all had a great night, great seats, great
game! Thanks to all the Boston people that dealt with us tonight, it got us one
Here's a few pictures from this night (click for the bigger pics), I'll post more later.
Entrance to the best ball park in the world.
A Ball girl that, I believe, was the one who made a great play early in the
year diving into the stands to catch a foul ball.
Fans at Fenway, Boson's best.
Kevin and I after Kevin caught a foul ball hit by a White Sox player, me
biting the ball he caught.
Me and one of Boston's firemen. You pass the fire station on the way to
Fenway, so we stopped in to talk to the fire people, all good folk!
Jerry Remy, doing the game show for NESN outside of Fenway before the game.
Life is good.
On the sidewalk while walking to Fenway, outside of a church entrance.
Well, the Sox lost tonight, even though Millar hit 3 home runs, Manny wasn't
in the game going 0-5 tonight. Even with their comeback in the second half of
the game, I had a feeling that they couldn't bring it all together. Folk did his
usual job of fucking up the game.
It was quite appropriate that NESN ended the game with a shot of Schilling
totally broken down in the dugout and the rest of the team nowhere to be found.
Where the hell is the team? Literally!
In other news, my friend Kevin, who runs bosox1.com,
will be in France for a few weeks, so I'll be taking over the site. Expect a ton
of changes to it since I now have control. I'll just need some time to change
the format and add a few sports feeds to the site. I have a busy weekend; I'll
be going to Mountain
Creek on Sunday for some serious downhill mountain biking on Sunday, so I'll
have to reverse my schedule so I can wake up on time to get there on Sunday
morning. I'll have some great pictures from there I'm sure, so be sure to check
the site out early next week for those updates. Oh, and I could use a few
contributing sports writers for bosox1.com, if you're interested, let
me know, no real talent required, I'll edit the stories.
Well, the Sox lost tonight. If they win tomorrow, it'll make it a 50/50 away
series. But does it matter? Probably not. They have (had?) a shot at the
wildcard, but it seems that the team is falling apart. Ortiz throwing bats,
about to get suspended for 5-7 games, Manny is playing well, but fucking up the
rest of the team with his attitude (I was commenting to Kevin tonight that Manny
plays like I work - gets the job done well but it a major distraction to
everyone else, he agreed). They need a 10 game winning streak to change things
and I can't honestly see that happening. I'll settle for a few good games, if
those are the ones I'm at this year. Oh well!
Remy Reads This!
Some good news on the Red Sox front... I received in the mail today a
plain envelope containing a score card from Jerry Remy (Red Sox player from my
time, now the color commentator for the NESN games). It contained a scorecard
from my birthday, and almost the 6th birthday of this site, June 22nd. It is
shown below, and if you can't read his scrawl, it says "Happy B-Day
Codewolf.com & BoSox1.com - Jerry Remy" Very nice to get this in
the mail today, I needed something like this to cheer me up a bit. Thanks Jerry,
Click the picture
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Jerry's Scorecard Front Side
Jerry's Scorecard Back Side
ANOTHER great thing I received in the mail was four T-shirts from
longtime friend and visitor, Red, with the codewolf name on them, 2 with
a Boobies picture, and two with a good Bush & Rummy caricature on them. THANKS
RED! MAKE MORE!!! I wore the boobies one out tonight and received a lot of
funny looks from people. The chick at the beer store that usually fights to ring
my order up did so, but wouldn't talk to me after she saw my shirt! Why are
chicks so afraid of boobies? I had passed out about 1000 business cards at local
bars around Fenway on the days that I was at the games last week with about the
same logo on them. If you found one, hold onto it, it's a collector's item! You
may have found the BoSox1.com
full-color cards as well, Kevin was just trying to out do me. I like the retro
black & white.
Here's the front of the
shirt. I don't have a scan of the other ones yet.
So I went to the game tonight. Our seats were in Grandstand 4, not a great
area, but upon entering Fenway, Kevin (bosox1.com)
spotted four unused seats in section 9 right by first base (about 10 rows from
the field), so we took those seats and no one showed up, so we ended up with
great seats for the whole game!
I'll post the pictures from tonight a bit later, but it was a great game,
everyone that went had a great time and the Sox won! What more can I say, it was
OK, for anyone watching the game, here's where I'll be tomorrow night. The
game is on NESN (and/or) ESPN at 7:00 PM EST. I put in for us to be interviewed
on NESN for the game, since it's Connecticut day it is possible that we'll be
interviewed, so watch the game!
The Sox won tonight, that's the good news. The bad news is that they have a
habit of blowing away a team on a short series and then falling apart the next
day. I sincerely hope this doesn't happen to the team tomorrow, not just because
I'll be at the game, but also because they need to get out of the habit of a big
win then a bunch of losses. The team really needs to get a bunch of wins under
it's belt to get some confidence in the lineup and the offense.
Hopefully Francona won't play any games with the pitching or the lineup in
this series. Remember last year, Oakland gave us a run, and they still can.
Oakland is a very good team and tonight's win, although it was a blow out, is an
important win. This is a team that is doing very well and we won against the
second best team in the league. Good win, I'll take it.
I'll expect the best the players can give tomorrow, and if they fuck up I'll
be the first one yelling at them. I'd like to see Pokey play, but I think he may
be healing his thumb that he probably hurt making a fantastic play a few nights
So tomorrow I'll see Pedro take the mound against Redman (just an OK
pitcher). Pedro should do well, he's been pitching well lately and I think he's
gotten into a good grove, just a bit shaky in the first 3 or so at bats, but
should do well overall. If the offense keeps hitting like they did tonight
(everyone getting a hit) it should be a great game tomorrow. Looks like the
weather should be good for a game as well.
Update - a few Pedro quotes for tonight:
"I'm not trying to let it all go on every pitch that comes up"
"Our team is just going through a funk"
"our defense has gone down a little bit"
"The first half is not even over yet" - NOT
"They might run away with the division title, but there's still the wildcard"
The Red Sox won a game tonight. Finally! They should have won last night, but
tonight's victory should at least give a bit of hope to the ailing sox. I think
that the team was getting into a slump and just counting the losses. Today they
earned an easy victory against a team that didn't put up much of a fight. Was
that a loss? NO! They needed to feel a win and I think this will at least give
them some gumption to win a few more and get the season going. In usual Sox
fashion they'll start coming back a bit late, let's hope not too late. Schilling
did a great job, pitched and hit in a good game tonight. I'll take this win and
gloat like a typical Sox fan. It's all about tonight.
OK, so the Red Sox fucking lost another easy game in extra innings! What the
fuck happened?! There was a very bad call by the home plate umpire in the 10th
inning that should have been contested when Foulke threw a wild pitch and the
batter tipped the ball while trying to bunt. This gave the Braves a runner at
third and a run a few seconds later. Not only did the Sox fuck themselves again,
but Francona failed to do his job as a manager. That play should have been
argued till he was thrown out or the call was changed.
I was relieved to see that the Braves stadium wasn't that filled
tonight in hopes that the Sox would treat this like a practice game and actually
win it tonight. But in typical Red Sox summer slump time, they fuck up what
should have been a very easy win. So WHAT HAPPENED?
So the Red Sox were swept by the Yankees tonight. I wished they actually
realized that they are supposed to WIN THE FUCKING GAME! The entire team (except
for the starting pitchers, Manny, and Ortiz) is playing like shit. They aren't
getting the hits, leaving people on base with no outs and making lots of errors.
This loss tonight was devastating, but it seems that the team doesn't think so.
Pedro (who did pitch a good game tonight) stated after the game, "This was
the best game I was in." NO! Pedro, this was a heartbreaking game, you hit
Sheffield early on in the game to get the Yankee temper hot and we lost a game
we should have won in extra innings.
Kevbo (who runs bosox1.com)
stopped by near the end of the game. He feels that Francona is doing a shitty
job, but I disagree to some extent. I don't believe he's a shitty manager, but
his decision to give Nomar the day off tonight in a must win situation was a
poor decision. He should have at least kept him on the bench ready to pinch hit.
I just wish the Sox would take a look at what they are doing with a great
team and not playing up to their potential. Manny and Ortiz have been carrying
the team through all the games for the last 10 games or so. I hope the rest of
the team would get off their collective asses and do the fucking job they are
getting paid to do.
I'll be going to 2 games next week and really don't want to go see a bunch of
fucking losers that have forgotten how to play baseball. Oh well.
Here's some great pictures that Kevin took of
Fenway Park tonight as the Red Sox won the game. Great game tonight, great
pictures. I'll be at Fenway on July 7th, July 10th and August 14th. I love
Looks like the Red Sox are doing OK tonight. However, every time I post
before the end of a game, they end up losing a lead and I think I caused it.
Kevin (who runs bosox1.com)
is at the game and has been calling me with updates.
It looks like Pedro may want to stay in Boston after all. He said recently in
an interview, "If I don't stay with Boston, it'll be because (of the)
management." Maybe his agent has told him that his best bet is with the
Sox? Who knows why he's changing his attitude, maybe because he's only had one
decent pitching outing lately?
Looks like the diamond chain wearing boy that was once the pride of the Sox
pen is now the low pig in the pen. This flop couldn't walk a straight line
tonight, letting runs through, relying on the hitting power to carry a possible
win through. The Sox rallied and got ahead, but even Pokey's great fielding
couldn't hold the lead. Timlin makes a try at saving the game but fails
miserably. He's been sitting too long to come back from the set up. What happened
to the Sox holding an early lead? I guess the bullpen can't keep up with the mediocre
hitting. Get Your shit together Sox!
Even the relief Anaheim pitcher with a shitty ERA, did OK against the
Red Sox. Foulke tries to save the game, and Fails.
I think this game is lost. And it is, even an Ortiz long hit to middle is
caught with a man on base, leaving a man hanging and only Manny to save the day,
but he strikes out to end the game.
At least Jerry Remy entertains me even through major losses.
So the Red Sox pulled off another win today. Thanks to David McCarty hitting
a two run homer in the 12th inning! I watched most of the game on TV but had to
catch the extra innings on the radio, sitting in the Home Depot parking lot (had
to get there before it closed). Ortiz was interviewed on NESN after the game,
great guy. I think he was truly disappointed that he had no contribution to the
game; better luck next time Ortiz! I'm quickly gaining faith in Terry Francona's
management skills. He played almost the entire bench, even pulling in Damon on
an off day to hit, definitely making the difference in the game. One question,
someone explain the pitching "win" rules to me.
The Sox weren't playing today, so I watched part of an Expos game. Yeah, I
know, very lame, so I quickly wandered from the game and did other things. Like
surfing the net for sports injuries, finding
this tidbit. I also watched Shrek 2, downloaded it last night, good movie,
very entertaining worth a watch. The BoSox will be playing a 3 game series
against Oakland this week at home so there should be some good games to watch.
In other baseball personal news, I've got about 300,000 more baseball cards
coming that I just ordered. I've got to get a new hobby. If you have any 1970's
cards I want them. Someone suggested collecting comics, I may just do that. I
used to have a killer collection that would be worth a hell of a lot if I didn't
leave them out in the rain one day in my youth.
Well, the Sox slammed the A's! This was a killing, a slaughter. Youkillis did
well, this kid has promise, Ortiz slammed some great doubles, and everyone
played well. This team is doing great, they have the players to get the job done
and although Oakland isn't a great opponent, they are playing well all around.
They should sweep this series easily unless they really fuck it up. Good job
So the Sox lost tonight. What the hell is going on? Wakefield should have
been pulled early. It seems that the BoSox are getting into a habit of letting a
few runs get in early and attempting a rally in the last inning. This won't
work, especially since they are losing against shitty teams. With the team on
the road for the next few days I don't have much hope in their game changing
enough to get back into a winning mode. I'll wait and see though.
Red Sox kicked out another win. Pretty good game tonight, Manny running on
the field with an American flag was great. Pedro was getting hit but fell into a
groove after the second inning and ended up doing a great job. If Wakefield can
start off well tomorrow they'll win the game. Losing runs in the first inning
has become too routine and unsettling.
So Kim is pitching tonight, and Daubach is playing left field. I was
wondering why the fuck Manny wasn't out there, until I realized that he's out of
the game right now because
he's getting his US citizenship! Way to go Manny!
This just in, Kim's out, Arroyo back in. If you know me and have talked to me
on the phone during the games, I guess you'll be saying "codewolf had it right."
Francona has been bullied by the pitching staff and has played the hitting
lineup according to the stats. I have some faith in the players but I can't
understand some of the changes he's been making. I just hope the team can hold
up under his (mis)management.
So the Red Sox seem to be somewhat out of their slump. Pedro started pitching
well after a rough start. But the team has a bit of work to do before they
become a winning machine. If they faced the Yank-sucks again tomorrow, they may
lose. It seems that Francona played some games with the hitting lineup based on
stats. But hell, the stats are driven by the lineup, so any changes he makes
changes the hitting stats. He may have had a good idea, but it was poorly
implemented. I think the lineup should be somewhat influenced by the hitting
abilities, but don't fuck with what was working! In my opinion, Kim should be in
the bullpen and Arroyo should be given more play. Looks like they'll win
tonight. At least Pedro was throwing some decent fast balls tonight.
So it looks like
Pedro Martinez will be going Free Agent. Seems like he feels that the Red
Sox haven't been giving him enough (I guess $17,500,000 isn't enough?) Screw
that, he may be good, but what more does he want?
Tonight the Red Sox are facing the Rangers, This game may get rained out, I hope not. I really want to see the Sox continue their sweep of games. Arroyo vs. Drese, should be a decent game since the Rangers are playing pretty well right now. I'll update this as the game continues.
Update: Yup, it was rained out, another double header tomorrow.
The game isn't quite over, but I think I can safely say that the Sox will
take this one (5-0 as I write this). Dan offered me tickets for yesterday's game
but unfortunately I couldn't go. Fortunately (for me, I guess) it was rained
out. So I'll have tickets for tomorrow's first game, but I don't think I'll be
able to make the early game. It's OK, lots of games to go!
Schilling pitched a lot better today; he really looked good. Byung-Hyun Kim
should be pitching tomorrow, and I believe Pokey Reese should be back in the
lineup. It should be two good games tomorrow, as long as Kim can do his job.
So the Yankees got spanked tonight, what the hell!? Maybe tomorrow they will
play a game. Nomar "double-out" Garciaparra was sitting out of the
game, attending a fucking Celtics game! WTF! He's on my shit list.