So I'll meet you at the bottom If there really is one They always told me when you hit it you'll know it But I've been falling so long It's like gravity's gone And I'm just floating" --Gravity's Gone, Drive-By Truckers Last year, when the Red Sox went an incredible 7-20 in the month of … Continue reading Red Sox Collapse, Part Deux
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.
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!
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
First--I have spent so much time focusing on the Sox and their AL East foes, I'm seriously out of the loop on many teams. It was hard to identify anyone I knew at several positions on the National League ballot--much less assess their play. Secondly--I can vote up to 25 times on-line. Someone from Chicago … Continue reading My 2009 All Star Game Ballot