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Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Better Than the First Robin of Spring
Someday, I will get here.
DYERSVILLE, Iowa -- More than 15 years after Ray Kinsella built it, people still come.
I read (and reread to tatters and had to buy a second copy) the book many years before the movie came out. Both are two of my favorite sports creative works I have ever experienced.
And someday, my dream of getting there will be realized.
Monday, March 28, 2005
Bit o Blog News
Will Carroll has given me the opportunity for Red Sox Nation to ask him questions! Will Carroll is the author of a new book - "The Juice: The Real Story of Baseball's Drug Problems" and is also an expert on injury - if a player is subsceptible to injuries and what not. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and blogs at Baseball Toaster. Here’s your chance to ask him ANY question. Have a question about steroids? Injuries? Anything in general? Leave a comment and talk about it…
So. Any burning questions? See Evan.
Barry Zito, Ace Photographer
I'm a bit of a compulsive shutterbug (you should see how many rolls of pictures I come home from trips with) and I also love experimenting with differnt angles and framing techniques and lighting and subject matter and etc.
Thursday, March 24, 2005
I think he's growing on me
He loves Boston's Idiot Club For Men.
Said general manager Theo Epstein when asked about adding a potentially abrasive personality to the Sox clubhouse: ``What, we don't have any guys like that already?''
This might actually work out.
Captain of the Pen
Funny how far faith, a mother's love, and a survivor's instinct can take a man. The White House? Hey, that was a great day, don't misunderstand. Timlin couldn't have stood much taller than he did that afternoon, when George W. Bush saluted a fellow Texan. But if you really want to take the measure of the man, beyond the fact that this is his 15th year in the big leagues and he has pitched for a half-dozen teams and has three World Series rings and has appeared in more games than all but 26 pitchers in big-league history, you'd do well to recall what Red Sox manager Terry Francona said earlier this spring.
They have a name for Timlin in the Sox bullpen. They call him "Captain," not in a formal, Jason Varitek sort of way, maybe even with a touch of old-goat teasing in there, but also because he's as steady as they come.
They said he had no guts in Baltimore," a veteran major league scout said here yesterday. "Nobody in Boston says that, do they?"
No, we don't.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Field of Dreams
Friday, March 18, 2005
What I Did On My Summer Vacation, By Bronson Arroyo
Thursday, March 17, 2005
RIP "The Monster"
Dick Radatz, whose towering presence and 95-mile-per-hour fastball made him baseball's most dominant relief pitcher in the mid-1960s and earned him the unforgettable nickname of "The Monster" in Red Sox lore, died yesterday when he fell down a flight of stairs in his home in Easton, according to police.
I wasn't old enough to see him play, but all that I've read and seen show that he will be missed.
On the way home from work today, they had Johnny Pesky on the radio, talking to him about his memories of Radatz. He was telling wonderful stories in incredible detail about things that happened 40 years ago. I can't even remember all I did last week.
Johnny is an absolute treasure. We as Red Sox fans are truly blessed.
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Warning. Danger, Will Robinson
Whatever you do, don't drink and read this at the same time. A definite Hazard For Your Keyboard(tm).
A bit more news on Tedy Bruschi here
My Stop and Shop got the Hood Red Sox ice cream last week.
Monday, March 14, 2005
Fab Five Update
In the Herald today.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -The "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's" Fab Five will take on the Red Sox' Fab Six here today as Kevin Millar, Johnny Damon, Bill Mueller, Jason Varitek, Doug Mirabelli and Tim Wakefield line up for some serious tszujing.
Have I mentioned I can't wait? This should be a total kick.
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Gleaned from boston.com
The cover of the 2005 Red Sox media guide shows Doug Mientkiewicz leaping on top of a barely visible Jason Varitek and an obscured Keith Foulke, while Bronson Arroyo, Kevin Millar, Schilling, and Dave Roberts charge toward the celebration after Game 4 of the World Series. In an unusual twist, the club, next to a photo of the championship trophy, runs the following text: "This championship isn't just about these 25 guys. This is for every fan who has ever been to Fenway Park. This is for Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio and Ted. This is for Yaz and Lonborg, Tiant and Fisk, Evans and Rice. This championship is for everyone who came so close and for everyone who cared so much." Classy.
I can't wait.
Checking In With an Old Friend
"When you spend so much of your life in one place, it matters. As far as that city goes, those fans, they always embraced me," Garciaparra said before last week's exhibition against Texas. "I tried to do everything I could. I will always appreciate them.
"I never watch the World Series. There are only two times I've watched the World Series. The last one (before 2004) was in 2000, because Jay Payton was my roommate in college, and he was my boy," Garciaparra said. "You have to watch your boys when they're in the World Series. I'm watching the Red Sox, and these guys are my boys, too. Pedro (Martinez) and D-Lowe (Derek Lowe ).
Saturday, March 12, 2005
Boomer . . . Butter . . . Butter . . . Boomer . . .
Nicked the pic off of The SGMB
Thoughts and Prayers for Mrs Pesky
Ruthie Pesky, 82, was stricken last month. Johnny Pesky stayed at her side, missing the opening of spring training for the first
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Must See TV
Rather than have him face the Fab Five from Bravo's ``Queer Eye for the Straight Guy'' all by his lonesome, Kevin Millar's teammates have decided to help him out. Not only will Millar get a makeover, but Bill Mueller, Tim Wakefield, Doug Mirabelli, Varitek and yes, Damon will also participate. Carson Kressley, the most fabulous of the show's five hosts, will don a special pink Red Sox jersey to help him focus on his duties.
And Must Read Magazines
Must Read Books
Damon, whose book ``Idiot: Beating the Curse and Enjoying the Game of Life'' is expected to hit bookstores in the coming days, followed up that photo shoot with another cover shot.
And a Must View Movie
Hollywood stars Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon flew to Fort Myers last night and came directly to the visiting clubhouse at City of Palms Park, where Damon was waiting to join them for a photo session for an upcoming cover for Entertainment Weekly on Barrymore, Fallon and the Farrellys Brothers' ``Fever Pitch'' flick about an obsessed Red Sox fan.
Man, what a spring. And soon. Games! Games that count!
Life is rich when you're a Red Sox fan.
All info gleaned from The Boston Herald
Sunday, March 06, 2005
Run to Glory.
And Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta began speaking the consoling GM dialect that says we've found a good place for you - yeah, right - as the joy sapped out of Dave's expression and Tricia began saying, "Where? Where? Where?"
"Until you put on that Red Sox uniform and experience those fans and that ballpark on an everyday basis . . .," he said and paused, then said, "It changed my whole attitude and perception. It became real. It's something I wish everybody who puts on a baseball uniform could experience. It would almost be a disservice for me to try to describe it."
So the crestfallen Tampa-bound baseball player turned up in the 2004 Red Sox clubhouse, probably the best place for a crestfallen anybody to alight. He immediately noticed uncommon warmth. He saw a team that actually breakfasted and lunched together, and he'd eat with folks such as Gabe Kapler, Doug Mirabelli, Kevin Millar, Tim Wakefield.
When Tricia went into labor in mid-September, a potential complication arose as the team found itself in Tampa and "I broke down at the ballpark," Dave said. "I was supposed to play that night. And the guys actually were there with me supporting me, and I'd just gotten there. Curt Schilling and Kevin Millar and Jason Varitek came in, and they said they arranged it so I could fly [a private plane] home."
At six pounds, 12 ounces, Emme Roberts joined the world ultimately without complication on Sept. 19 - born in Boston, in the far-flung corner of the country.
Go. Read. Enjoy. Remember.
Ringing In a New Season
Interesting blurb in Peter Gammon's latest column.
Lowe's teammate in Boston, Mike Myers, says he has an off day and is flying in to Boston for the ring ceremony at Fenway Park. "I'm really excited about being there. I will never forget that parade. People holding up pictures of their dead parents and grandparents and yelling, 'thank you.' I had tears in my eyes. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience." Informed about Myers' decision, Lowe said, "I have the day off, and I want to be there so badly I may fly in from L.A. for the ceremony and fly back. To be there when those rings are handed out would be unbelievable."
I hope they both can make it. I'll never forget Myers coming on to strike out Matsui in game 5. Such an important out. But in some ways, DLo *was* the postseason for me. Man. Three wins in each of the three clinching games. Pitching in two elimination games against the Yankees. Pitching on *two days rest*. I don't know if I'll ever see a post season pitching accomplishment like that in a long long time. I hope the Sox and the Dodgers find a way to make it happen. I'd love to see DLo get his ring in front of a Boston crowd in Fenway park.
In fact. I hope they can get as many of the 04 Sox there for it as they can. I know a lot of them will be playing games for their own teams. But those who are retired, like Burks and Leskanic? Get them there. Pawtucket and Portland are close. Get people like Abe Alverez there. Anybody still unsigned? Ship them in. Can we borrow Gabe from Japan for a day?
I can't wait.
Friday, March 04, 2005
Great article in today's Globe about Kevin Millar.
Kevin and his wife, Jeana, have wanted a child since late in Millar's days with the Florida Marlins. But they never could bridge the gap between that desire and deliverance. In late 2003, they turned to in vitro fertilization. But, 14 weeks along, in mid-April, two weeks into the last baseball season, season, Jeana miscarried.
Millar was home just a few weeks after the World Series. The family was gathered for Thanksgiving when the phone rang. Millar, like Doug Mientkiewicz, had stated he wanted to play full time, forcing the Sox to begin shopping one of the two.
The way Millar sees it, he doesn't have Alex Rodriguez's Inspector Gadget tools, Gabe Kapler's slingshot right arm, or Dave Roberts's pistons. What he has is the ability to help turn a band of cowboys and idiots into a symphony.
He will stay in, or around baseball.
All this and more, to be found on the Globe Site.
One more quote.
They were on the phone last week when one of them mentioned a make of candy sold only in California.
What a great Mom.
Thursday, March 03, 2005
The Garden has returned. In name anyway. I think I like it. It's not "The Boston Garden", but it can be shortened to The Garden. And they're right. Much better than a Center.
The deal ends the whimsical auction of daily naming rights on eBay that resulted in the building being named -- officially, if not in actual usage -- such things as the KurtCenter, the JoeyColinAbbyCenter and the Nocturnal Nannies Arena for 24-hour periods over the past month.
I think we should call it "Fred".
Misters Sox Go to Washington
Don't our boys clean up nice?
First the owners attend the Jackie Robinson Medal Ceremony.
Then the entire team make a trip to the White House for the traditional Champion Of Whatever Sport Has Photo Op On South Lawn.
Then a trip to Walter Reed Hospital to visit with the Soldiers. (Tissue alert for this one.)
And on another note, I need this book.
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
An Unfortunate Choice of Words
I'm still poking around The Daily News when I find this
TAMPA - After pitching two innings in yesterday's intrasquad game, Kevin Brown said that his body feels as good as it has since he joined the Yankees last winter.
Um. Kevin? You might want to avoid wall references for a while. Just a small piece of advice.
All Hail the Theo
Nice article about Theo today in the NY Daily News, of all places.
Now, "they'll probably build a monument in Boston for him," Yankees GM Brian Cashman says. "He's got to be one of the most famous people in New England, when you're the guy who brings that to an end."
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
*does a solo conga line-like dance*
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