E-mail to a friend in California, commiserating with a long-suffering S.U. basketball fan in exile after S.U.'s defeat in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals (the elite 8) Randy: Well, another year of delusion is over. 1) Were we ever really as good as our press clippings and victories against an unusually weak Big East made us … Continue reading Requiem For A Dream
OK, OK enough about the collapse. We get it. A distracted and defeated manager felt betrayed by players and lost control of some monstrous egos. The team often played without emotion, with poor fundamentals and had several players become out of shape at the end of the year. The management was distracted by the moneymaking … Continue reading Red Sox Reborn
On September 1, Boston was in first place in the American League East. The Sox had a half-game lead over the Yankees for the division title and a nine game lead over Tampa Bay for the American League playoff wild card slot. The Sox had a .610 winning percentage. Over the final month of the … Continue reading The 2011 Red Sox Collapse
Seth Mnookin wrote a phenomenal book a couple years ago about the post-2004 championship Red Sox titled "Feeding The Monster." The premise of the book was that the huge expectations of fans and press (and the demands for win NOW--at all costs) had to be managed, while not taking your eyes off the actions needed … Continue reading Boston Sports Press At It Again . . . but a lot of people are calling them on their bullshit.
The brilliant Joe Posnanski* notes that EVERYONE will be talking about the 2013 baseball Hall of Fame elections: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa all become eligible. It will sort out what everyone feels about the steroid era. * I could save a lot of time and effort just by reposting Joe on baseball … Continue reading The Baseball Hall of Fame Inductions Were Boring This Year. Just Wait!
He kicked cancer's ass, he can bust you up without even breaking a sweat!
The roster for Opening Day 2011: Rotation Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka Bullpen Jonathan Papelbon, Daniel Bard, Bobby Jenks, Dan Wheeler, Dennys Reyes, Matt Albers, Tim Wakefield Outfielders Mike Cameron, Carl Crawford, J.D. Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Darnell McDonald Infielders Jed Lowrie, Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia, Marco Scutaro, Kevin Youkilis. Catchers … Continue reading Ladies And Gentlemen, Your 2011 Boston Red Sox!
Update: San Francisco gets to celebrate as the Giants hold the Rangers at bay to win World Series Willie Mays, 79, watched from home Monday night and told the San Francisco Chronicle he had to leave the room after the last out. "Oh, man, I don't get overly excited about baseball, but looking at these … Continue reading For My Dad: Go Giants!
Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu Originally uploaded by Phil At Sun Almost my entire lifetime ago, 50 years ago today, Ted Williams played the last game of his 21 year career for the Boston Red Sox. Williams always said he had one goal in life: “All I want out of life is that when I walk … Continue reading 50 Years Ago Today
A great pep talk in the Boston Globe about why the Red Sox still have a chance to make the playoffs. For those of you who hate flipping through the gallery format--here's the 9 reasons: 9. History. Other recent teams have come back from a deeper hole: '09 Twins '08 Phillies '07 Phillies '04 Astros. … Continue reading It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over