Tuesday, November 20, 2012



Monday, August 13, 2012



Sunday, August 12, 2012

And So it goes.... down the Drain.

Hate to say I told ya so, but Booby - er Bobby V - utter dismal failure.  

Bobby V - would have had more real world success if he had done nothing as opposed to what he has done.   

Honestly believe the Theo Nathan Epstein and Terrance Jonathon Francona / for the previous 8 years - saved ownership from themselves. 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sounds Like Someone Called An Image Consultant?. . . Omaha.. Get your money back at the Door.

Red Sox owners call 2012 new chapter, say team has something to prove after September collapse 
By Associated Press, Updated: Saturday, February 25, 10:13 AM


FORT MYERS, Fla. — Calling 2012 “a new chapter,” the Boston Red Sox ownership group plans to be more present this season as the team looks to rebound from last September’s historic collapse.

John Henry, Larry Lucchino and Tom Werner addressed the team Saturday before the first full-squad workout of the spring.  Henry says he has spoken with Terry Francona, who was replaced as manager by Bobby Valentine this offseason. Henry also says he plans to apologize to outfielder Carl Crawford for critical remarks Henry made about him.  All three owners tried to dispell any notion the team is cutting costs. Lucchino says the franchise collectively “has something to prove in 2012.”.   END STORY

Ok so who actually has a press conference to say they will apologize to someone.  That is so crazy - that instead of trying to come up with an analogy to it - I am going to use is as an example of being crazy in future analogies.

What exactly does "More Present" mean?  Like - No Ben you cannot hire Dale.  Are they going to take turns on alcohol patrol in the late innings in the club house.   I would almost think that if they trust the people they have in place to get it done - they wouldn't have to be more present - but maybe I am just taking that out of context.   

Sunday, February 19, 2012



Much Better


Oh My God.....Really?



Nation Rises A New For 2012...... this should be interesting if nothing else. I suppose 2 recent - in Red Sox Time anyway - World Series makes this upcoming season a little less scary - But as Raymond Crock once said - When you are Green you Grow- - and When you are Ripe you Rot.   

There is plenty of "New New" and there is plenty of "Old New" coming this season, and the only thing for sure is this season more than any other in recent memory marks a new chapter in the history of the club.    2002-2011 will stand on its own and those of us lucky enough to live through it - especially those of us who lived  the 15-20 years prior - should consider ourselves fortunate to have seen it. 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

If only for 60 days thank you God

Ok - just a reality check......... If TH14 comes back to Arsenal for 60 days no matter how it turns out - it will be bigger than anything the Sox can do this year.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

David Ortiz - Beyond Base Ball


The Preceding Video is Doodle Approved

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Ben - Welcome to Hell - May as well just give Larry the Title GM cause he sure isn't going to let you make any of the real calls.   DS would have been perfect -but more over he was Ben's guy. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Lord O' The Dance - Shipping Down To Philly

I see more 2010's for the guy than 2011's - Overall he was good for us - but I am not sad to see him go. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Adrian, Ellsbury, Pedroia pick up Gold Gloves


Three Red Sox take honor for third time in franchise history Ian Browne Nov 02, 12:53 AM, ET

BOSTON -- For much of the summer, the Most Valuable Player Award candidacy of three Red Sox players was discussed quite a bit. While it was the offensive numbers of Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez that led to all that debate, perhaps not enough was made of their glovework.

It came into focus on Tuesday night, when the terrific trio was unveiled as Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for 2011.

It was the first time the Red Sox have had three Gold Glove winners since 1979, when Rick Burleson, Dwight Evans and Fred Lynn all won. The only other time in club history that occurred was in '68 (George Scott, Reggie Smith, Carl Yastrzemski).

In fact, this is the first time Boston has had multiple winners since Mike Boddicker and Ellis Burks were recognized in 1990.

The Dodgers were the only other team this season to have three Gold Glove winners.

For Ellsbury, Boston's standout center fielder, it was his first Gold Glove. He didn't make any errors in 394 total chances. Ellsbury led American Leaugue center fielders in starts, innings and putouts.

Pedroia won for the second time, and the first since his MVP season of 2008.

It was Gonzalez's third Gold Glove, but first in the AL. He won it for the Padres in 2008 and '09.

"It's pretty special," Gonzalez said in an interview with ESPN during the awards presentation show. "Being able to win one in both leagues now, I'm pretty grateful to everyone that voted for me, and it was a lot of fun playing defense this year."

With the Gonzalez-Pedroia tandem, there weren't many grounders that could sneak through the right side of Boston's infield.

"It's pretty awesome hearing that Dustin won it as well. It's fun playing alongside him," Gonzalez said. "We had great communication this year and we move around quite a bit. We communicate every pitch, every hitter. We try to cover the whole right side of the infield, and hopefully we can continue to do it for many years to come."

Ellsbury's stellar glovework was just part of a standout season that ultimately put him at or near the top of the MVP discussion, an honor that will be handed out on Nov. 21.

Last month, Ellsbury was named the AL Comeback Player of the Year.

Making Pedroia's defensive prowess even more impressive is that he played the entire season with a screw inside of his surgically repaired left foot. Not once did Pedroia's range seem compromised.

In fact, he set single-season Red Sox records for a second baseman by playing in 159 games and 1,392 1/3 innings. Pedroia ranked second in the AL in putouts, third in total chances, third in assists and fourth in double plays turned.

When the Red Sox acquired Gonzalez in a blockbuster trade with the Padres last December, all the hype was over the gaudy numbers he would put up in the hitter-friendly confines of Fenway Park. While that proved to be true, Red Sox fans were also treated to slick fielding. One of Gonzalez's signature plays was his aggressive throws across the diamond to get outs at third base.

"I try to be a complete player," Gonzalez said. "You can always go into offensive slumps or times you don't do as great. Defense is something that should never leave you. You can always help a team win on the defensive side of the ball, especially being a first baseman and being able to help out the rest of the guys, and just give them comfort that they don't have to throw it right at my chest every time. They can just give me a chance to help them out and I'll try to do my best."

Gonzalez finished second among AL first baseman with a .998 fielding percentage while leading in games, starts, innings and assists -- while making just four errors.

For Gonzalez,the only bittersweet aspect of the Gold Glove is that it came on the heels of a 7-20 September by the Red Sox, leading to an epic collapse that left the team out of the postseason.

"The only thoughts right now is trying to do next year what St. Louis did this year, and try to win a World Series. That's the only goal," Gonzalez said. "We're talking about the Gold Glove, and personal accomplishments are great, but the only thing that really matters to us is winning a World Series and getting to the playoffs first and foremost, which we weren't able to do this year.

"The only thing on my mind right now is what I can do to help the team. Hopefully, everybody else on the team is doing the same thing, and next year we can come in hungrier than we were this year.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hey Toronto Blue Jays. !!!!!

We want our Manager back...

The Doodle

Droppy to Go under the knif

Lackey to have Tommy John surgery Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington announced at his introductory press conference Tuesday that right-handed pitcher Jon Lackey will have Tommy John surgery this offseason.

Lackey, 33, is coming off the worst statistical season of his career, going 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA in his second season with the Sox.

"He had some intermittent elbow soreness throughout the season," Cherington said. "We decided, he decided it would be a good sea after to the season to get that checked again. He saw Dr. Yocum recently in LA, had a follow-up MRI to compare to the previous one that was done in May or June. After more consultation with Dr. Yocum, John has decided to go ahead with Tommy John surgery. We're waiting on a surgery date, but I talked to him the other day, and he's really excited about the future, certainly anxious about the surgery and getting that done and the rehab, but knows that he's a much better pitcher than what he showed in 2011.

"I believe he's going to be a much better pitcher than what he showed in 2011, and we look forward to having him as part of the stuff likely in 2013."

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

World Series.

And I was hoping for Detroit vs Milwaukee....pffff. Never should have given Markum the ball.  

Anyway I suppose its Go Texas ..St Louis has enough if them already.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


By Bob Hohler

Globe Staff / October 12, 2011

With their team in peril and their manager losing his authority, three Red Sox pitchers last month were uniquely positioned to prevent the greatest September collapse in major league history. All the Sox needed was Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, and John Lackey to apply the skills and commitment that previously made them World Series champions.

Instead, Boston’s three elite starters went soft, their pitching as anemic as their work ethic. The indifference of Beckett, Lester, and Lackey in a time of crisis can be seen in what team sources say became their habit of drinking beer, eating fast-food fried chicken, and playing video games in the clubhouse during games while their teammates tried to salvage a once-promising season.

The story of Boston’s lost September unfolds in part as an indictment of the three prized starters. But the epic flop of 2011 had many faces: a lame-duck manager, coping with personal issues, whose team partly tuned him out; stars who failed to lead; players who turned lackluster and self-interested; a general manager responsible for fruitless roster decisions; owners who approved unrewarding free agent spending and missed some warning signs that their $161 million club was deteriorating.How a team that was on pace in late August to win 100 games and contend for its third World Series title in seven years self-destructed is a story of disunity, disloyalty, and dysfunction like few others in franchise history.

This article is based on a series of interviews the Globe conducted with individuals familiar with the Sox operation at all levels. Most requested anonymity out of concern for their jobs or potential damage to their relationships in the organization. Others refused to comment or did not respond to interview requests.

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia, portrayed on a Sports Illustrated cover in August as “the heart of the Red Sox,’’ declined to hold any individual culpable.“I just know that playing in Boston, you’re required to play your tail off every day to try to win ballgames for this city,’’ Pedroia said. “That’s what hurt so much as a player, that we not only let each other down in the clubhouse but we let the city down.’’

By numerous accounts, manager Terry Francona lost his ability to prevent some of the lax behavior that characterized the collapse. Team sources said Francona, who has acknowledged losing influence with some former team leaders, appeared distracted during the season by issues related to his troubled marriage and to his health.
Francona spent the season living in a hotel after he moved out of the Brookline home he shared with Jacque, his wife of nearly 30 years. But he adamantly denied his marital problems affected his job performance.

“It makes me angry that people say these things because I’ve busted my [butt] to be the best manager I can be,’’ Francona said. “I wasn’t terribly successful this year, but I worked harder and spent more time at the ballpark this year than I ever did.’’

Team sources also expressed concern that Francona’s performance may have been affected by his use of pain medication, which he also vehemently denied. Francona said he has taken pain medicine for many years, particularly after multiple knee surgeries. He said he used painkillers after knee surgery last October and used them during the season to relieve the discomfort of doctors draining blood from his knee at least five times.

Francona acknowledged that he consulted the team’s internist, Dr. Larry Ronan, during spring training after one of his children expressed concern about a pill bottle in his hotel room. Francona said the doctor told him he did not have a drug abuse problem. Ronan could not be reached.

“I went and saw the proper people and it was not an issue,’’ Francona said. “It never became an issue, and anybody who knew what was going on knows that.’’

Commitment lacking

By all accounts, the 2011 Sox perished from a rash of relatively small indignities. For every player committed to the team’s conditioning program, there was a slacker. For every Sox regular who rose early on the road to take optional batting practice, there were others who never bothered. For every player who dedicated himself to the quest for a championship, there were too many distracted by petty personal issues.

he closer the Sox inched toward September, the more their ill temperaments surfaced.
As Hurricane Irene barreled toward Boston in late August, management proposed moving up the Sunday finale of a weekend series against Oakland so the teams could play a day-night doubleheader either Friday, Aug. 26, or Saturday, Aug. 27. The reasoning seemed sound: the teams would avoid a Sunday rainout and the dilemma of finding a mutual makeup date for teams separated by 2,700 miles.

But numerous Sox players angrily protested. They returned early that Friday from Texas after a demanding stretch in which they had played 14 of 17 games on the road, with additional stops in Minneapolis, Seattle, and Kansas City. The players accused management of caring more about making money than winning, which marked the first time the team’s top executives sensed serious trouble brewing in the clubhouse.

As it turned out, the Sox swept the Saturday doubleheader, but that stormy day marked the beginning of the end for the 2011 team. It was the last time the team would win two games in a row. After getting two days off, the Sox spent the rest of the season playing uninspired, subpar baseball, losing 21 of their final 29 games.

Sox owners soon suspected the team’s poor play was related to lingering resentment over the scheduling dispute, sources said. The owners responded by giving all the players $300 headphones and inviting them to enjoy a players-only night on principal owner John W. Henry’s yacht after they returned from a road trip Sept. 11.

But the gestures made no difference. The hapless Sox became the laughingstocks of baseball as they went from holding a two-game divisional lead over the Yankees after the Aug. 27 doubleheader - and a nine-game advantage in the wild-card race over the Rays - to finishing a humiliating third in the AL East.

While the seeds of failure were sown long before the shame of September, other foreboding signs emerged earlier. In springtime, there proved to be regrettable irony in the entire starting rotation - Beckett, Lackey, Lester, Tim Wakefield, and Clay Buchholz - donning Sox uniforms and hamming it up in front of the Green Monster for a video of a country music ditty, “Hell Yeah, I Like Beer.’’

Drinking beer in the Sox clubhouse is permissible. So is ordering take-out chicken and biscuits. Playing video games on one of the clubhouse’s flat-screen televisions is OK, too. But for the Sox pitching trio to do all three during games, rather than show solidarity with their teammates in the dugout, violated an unwritten rule that players support each other, especially in times of crisis.

Sources said Beckett, Lester, and Lackey, who were joined at times by Buchholz, began the practice late in 2010. The pitchers not only continued the routine this year, sources said, but they joined a number of teammates in cutting back on their exercise regimens despite appeals from the team’s strength and conditioning coach Dave Page.

“It’ s hard for a guy making $80,000 to tell a $15 million pitcher he needs to get off his butt and do some work,’’ one source said.

For Beckett, Lester, and Lackey, the consequences were apparent as their body fat appeared to increase and pitching skills eroded. When the team needed them in September, they posted a combined 2-7 record with a 6.45 earned run average, the Sox losing 11 of their 15 starts.

Wakefield also was part of the problem. Amid a seemingly interminable quest for his 200th career victory, he went 1-2 with a 5.25 ERA in September, taxing the bullpen as the Sox lost four of his five starts. The 45-year-old knuckleballer then appeared more interested in himself than the team when he asserted in the final days of the season that the Sox should bring him back in 2012 to pursue the franchise’s all-time record for wins (shared by Roger Clemens and Cy Young at 192).

“I think the fans deserve an opportunity to watch me chase that record,’’ Wakefield told Fox Sports, raising eyebrows on Yawkey Way.

Growing ineffectiveness

Francona, who mutually parted with the Sox after the season, has been careful not to criticize individual players. He generally downplayed the pitchers’ drinking in the clubhouse, but he left little doubt that their absence from the dugout reflected a lack of dedication to the team.

Beckett, Lackey, and Lester did not reply to messages left on their phones and with their agents.

“The guys that weren’t down on the bench, I wanted them down on the bench,’’ Francona said last week in a contractual appearance on WEEI. “I wanted them to support their teammates.’’

But Francona’s troubles ran deeper than the three starters. As he completed his eighth year as manager - a historic run in which he guided the Sox to two World Series titles - Francona by his own admission grew less capable of motivating the team. His losing influence with some former leaders came into sharper relief after he convened a closed-door meeting Sept. 7 after a 14-0 victory the previous night to address the clubhouse malaise. His players responded by failing to adjust their attitudes or improve their slipshod performances.

In the face of his team’s corroded spirit, Francona became increasingly ineffectual, according to team sources. Francona was burdened not only by the frustration of coping with the least dedicated group of players of his Boston tenure, but by the likelihood that Sox owners would not exercise his contractual option for 2012.

Francona took strong exception to the suggestion that his problems motivating the players had anything to do with his commitment to the team.

“You never heard any of these complaints when we were going 80-41 [from April 15 to Aug. 27] because there was nothing there,’’ Francona said. “But we absolutely stunk in the last month, so now we have to deal with a lot of this stuff because expectations were so high.’’
While Francona coped with his marital and health issues, he also worried privately about the safety of his son, Nick, and son-in-law, Michael Rice, both of whom are Marine officers serving in Afghanistan.

In the end, only Pedroia and a few other players appeared to remain fully committed to winning, according to team sources. They said the veterans who no longer actively exerted their leadership included the captain, Jason Varitek, who was saddled with injuries and ineffective on the field (he batted .077 in September).

The 39-year-old catcher, in a brief conversation, chastised a reporter for calling him at home and otherwise declined to comment.
Other than Varitek and Wakefield, the only holdovers from Francona’s 2004 championship run were David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis. Although Ortiz once gathered his teammates in September to try to rally them, his most memorable act off the field in 2011 was bursting into a Francona news conference to profanely complain about a scorer’s decision that could have cost him credit for batting in a run.

Weeks later, Ortiz committed another disrespectful act by suggesting Francona was hurting the team by failing to insert reliever Alfredo Aceves in the starting rotation. Reached for this story, Ortiz said of his role in the collapse, “I don’t feel like talking about it anymore.’’

Nor was Youkilis willing to talk after a second straight injury-marred year in which his production suffered. Youkilis, by nearly all accounts, grew more detached and short-tempered as he tried to play through his ailments. He also factored in a divisive clubhouse issue as the only player last year who publicly criticized Jacoby Ellsbury - several others privately chided the outfielder - when Ellsbury missed all but 18 games with rib injuries.

The episode chilled Ellsbury’s relationship with the team. As joyful as Ellsbury’s MVP-caliber season was to many fans, his interaction in the Sox clubhouse was limited mostly to his friend Jed Lowrie. Ellsbury produced one of the most sensational seasons for a leadoff hitter in franchise history - he also ranked with Pedroia, Aceves, and Jonathan Papelbon among the team’s hardest workers - but he contributed little to the clubhouse culture.

Leadership errors

The gift of leadership also eluded Adrian Gonzalez. On the field, Gonzalez’s overall production was superb, but he provided none of the energy or passion off the field that the Sox sorely needed. His most unfortunate act in September was grousing about the Sox schedule, which required the team to play five getaway games on Sunday nights.

“We play too many night games on getaway days and get into places at 4 in the morning,’’ Gonzalez complained. “This has been my toughest season physically because of that.’’

Blaming five stressful nights over a six-month season for a tough year smacked of the self-interest that is uncommon among leaders of championship-caliber teams.

To general manager Theo Epstein, acquiring Gonzalez by trade last winter from San Diego was crucial to solidifying the middle of the Sox lineup. But Epstein struck out in trying to beef up the bullpen, most notably by investing $12 million over two years in Bobby Jenks, so far a bust.

The Sox also suffered from the exorbitant signing of Lackey ($82.5 million over five years), as the righthander logged the worst ERA (6.41) among regular starters in team history.

While Epstein has accepted blame for signing subpar performers such as Lackey and Jenks, the owners share the responsibility of unanimously approving their signings. But Carl Crawford was a different story.

Ownership was divided over Epstein’s push to acquire Crawford as a free agent, sources said. At least one top executive believed Crawford’s skills as a speedy lefthanded-hitting outfielder seemed to duplicate Ellsbury’s. But the owners ultimately agreed to gamble $142 million over seven years on Crawford - a lost wager to date.

The owners also indicated in postseason remarks they were generally unaware of how deeply damaged the Sox had become until after the season. They denied being distracted by their expanding sports conglomerate - from the Sox and NESN to Roush Fenway Racing and the Liverpool Football Club - but they professed to have no knowledge about players drinking during games, among other issues.

In the ugly aftermath, the Sox owners privately vowed to correct any lingering problems. And at least some players were expected to look in the mirror.

“We have to hold ourselves more accountable,’’ Pedroia said. “That has nothing to do with the manager or coaches. On the great major league teams, players police each other, so we’ll get back to doing that.’

Bob Hohler can be reached at hohler@globe.com; Globe staffers Nick Cafardo and Peter Abraham contributed to this report.

© Copyright 2011 Globe Newspaper Company.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011



Monday, September 12, 2011

300 Baby - Now Squish the Fish


Not so safe for Children but funny as hell Pat’s Dolphins Preview…. Someone owes me a steak dinner from last year… ok double or nothing.

I am taking the position that the Pat’s will win – big time – unless they don’t and then if they happen to get beat – better in the regular season than in the post season – so you see I can’t lose.

Props to the Bears – if they can do that each week – you have something – of course other teams have the ability to protect their QB, but fair play to the Bears.

Whatever to the Jets. What was that? Divine intervention? There were more “Ear Muffs!” going on at my house last night than in the movie old school.

Hold on to the Ball Tony.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Pardon The Interruption On Belichick And The Patriots


In Related News

Em.... Hello... Red Sox????

Is anybody home?

Sox turn to Lester

It's up to Jon Lester to stop the Red Sox' four-game losing streak today in Tampa.

Friday, September 9, 2011


Counting Crows - Rain King (Live at Town Hall) from CountingCrows on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

And Now for Something Completely Different


Counting Crows Bolster Legacy Of Masterful Debut With 

'August & Everything After|Live At Town Hall'

I'm occasionally reminded there have been only a handful of  great debut records in pop music history and I gladly throw Counting Crows' August & Everything After into that conversation. It was remastered and expanded a couple years ago with bonus tracks and a second disc featuring a live show recorded in Paris at the end of the August tour in 1993.  
Timelessness is one measure of an album's greatness and this package gives us an uncommon way to measure the timelessness of August by presenting the album live in its entirety, performed by a group of musicians who have lived and lived with these songs for 18 years. It's quickly apparent in August & Everything After - Live At Town Hall these songs have lost none of their vitality or emotional impact. They were great when first committed to tape and they remain great because the struggles and conflict at the heart of these songs expressed through the lyrics of front man Adam Duritz are universal and it's clear at times throughout this performance some of these wounds still haven't healed inside him. 
Crows fans have long known Duritz and the band  whose lineup has altered slightly from the lineup that recorded the album  take liberties with arrangements and lyrics of their songs. Their best songs are great as studio compositions, but in concert they're vehicles for Duritz to go wherever the moment takes him and the band has learned to follow him to those places. 
Performing one's debut album in its entirety is prone to evoke some level of nostalgia and in some of the between-song banter from Duritz, you catch a hint of that but this is not a maudlin, mundane exercise of a band running low on energy or ideas. They push these songs to new places, extending some and adding new instruments to the arrangements. He improvises lyrics when it pleases him and occasionally sprinkles bits of other songs  his own and others  throughout the night. 
"Round Here" is combined with "Raining In Baltimore" and it's tough for me to be critical because it works really well. It's just that "Round Here" is arguably the most important song on the record and part of me that wants to hear it played "straight." "Mr. Jones" remains true to its recognizable form from radio and video, although it feels heartier without rocking harder. 
We should all be grateful someone was rolling tape and film on this night for "Perfect Blue Buildings" alone, because it is staggering as is "Anna Begins," the latter of which is one of the five most emotionally brutal songs in my burgeoning music collection. I don't know if it destroys anyone else that way but I can barely breathe when I really invest myself in it. I'm more likely to drive after downing a fifth of rum than while listening to "Anna." It is beefed up on this night, bolstered by great mandolin work by David "Immy" Immergl├╝ck in the intro and throughout before Duritz dives heart-first into this crippling song.
I won't spoil all the surprises but I will point listeners to "Rain King" and Murder Of One," where special improvisations occur. Some of you will see/hear them coming  particularly if you watch the interview with Duritz and Charlie Gillingham that is a special feature on the DVD and Blu-ray  but those opting just for the CD might not see them coming. 
Jimmy Buffett named one of his compilations Songs You Know By Heart, and for thousands of people my age that's an apt description of these songs, but the real joy ofTown Hall is exploring and rediscovering them. This is the same band that brought them to us, except it's not. These are the same songs we fell in love with, but not really. They're not the same, and neither are we. The legacy of August & Everything After has been secure for some time now but Town Hall bolsters it and should be eagerly snapped up by anyone whoever allowed it to become a part of their life. 
I'd like to consider this package in the context of the current music business climate before we close. Some service sectors of the economy go out of their way to find out what their customers want for the express purpose of providing said service. The record industry seems intent on doing the exact opposite. This package is being offered on CD, DVD, and Blu-ray, and they're all sold separately. Some may complain at the prospect of having to buy things "more than once" but you're not being forced via packaging to buy something you don't want or need. You can have audio, video, or both. The live program on CD and Blu-ray is identical, although the Blu-ray offers us an in-depth interview with Duritz and Charlie Gillingham about the making of the record and its legacy. Choice- that's what music fans want and record labels remain defiantly, willfully blind to it. 


Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, by Josh Hathaway

About the author

Huntsville, AL resident Josh Hathaway has turned a lifelong musical obsession into a not-very-lucrative career as a freelance music writer. BlindedBySound is the best chapter in that adventure, where he serves as site publisher.


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Ok is it just me or is this Crazy - Quick Pitch

If this was April 1, I would think it was an April Fools Joke - A Quick Pitch????   OK I suppose there may be a rule that says the batter must be set - but you decide for yourself.   Think we have an Umpire who was looking just a little too much for something very specific - and called it  when he saw something very mundane.  

Wednesday, August 10, 2011



Perhaps he can pitch as well?


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Red Sox New Secret Weapons........

The Clark Sisters

Monday, July 4, 2011



May as well release him to make room on the roster.  

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Who needs sushi when you got Timmy
Sox take 2 of 3 from Cubs.  

Dan Danielson and the Doodle.  

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Eh Hemm

0 and Fucking 6???

Friday, April 1, 2011

Waiting For Some Runs


The Coach
Dan Danielson 'N the Doodle


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St Patricks Day - Fealing Lucky?


Pam Danielson is..............................

Well how can anyone say no after that?   That's right with her new exercise and work out routine - Pam is making heads turn and causing accidents all over the place.  Happy St.Patrick's Day all - especially to the Arseblogger.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

To Tell The Truth?

Major League Baseball was not particularly happy with Boston Red Soxowner John Henry in 2009.
According to the Boston Globe, Henry told radio station WEEI Tuesday that the league fined him $500,000 that year for things he said to the paper dealing with revenue sharing. From the Globe: "Henry said at the time that seven ‘chronically uncompetitive teams' received over $1 billion. `Who except these teams, can think this is a good idea?' he asked."
Now one wonders if Henry will be fined for telling the station that he had been fined

Monday, February 28, 2011

Beckett's Got Balls

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett was visibly shaken up after getting hit on the left side of the head with a ball before Monday's spring training game.

Beckett, who was standing in left-center field, went to one knee after he was struck and teammates immediately called for the training staff. He was escorted off the field with his hand on his head.

The ball that struck Beckett appeared to be a ball hit by Red Sox staffer Ino Guerrero, who was standing in the outfield hitting shagged balls with a fungo bat back to a bucket behind second base when one got away from him.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Now at what point would a "Normal Person" Call it Quits

Certianly Before This.....

Promotion Time

Official Press Release

BOSTON, MA —The Boston Red Sox today announced the promotion of seven executives in the organization’s front office: Troup Parkinson to Senior Vice President/Corporate Partnerships; Craig Shipley to Senior Vice President/Player Personnel and International Scouting; Mary Sprong to Senior Vice President/Human Resources and Administration; Allard Baird to Vice President/Player Personnel and Professional Scouting; Mike Hazen to Vice President/Player Development and Amateur Scouting; Brian O’Halloran to Vice President/Baseball Operations; and Mark Solitro to Vice President/Controller. 

Troup Parkinson will head up the club’s corporate partnerships operation, securing new business, formulating local marketing strategies and renewing corporate relationships. He had previously served as the Red Sox Vice President of Client Services since February 2008. Parkinson will continue to oversee the Client Services department, which includes managing relationships with all Red Sox limited partners, corporate sponsors, season suite holders, EMC Club members, Dugout Seat holders and State Street Pavilion Club members. Parkinson came to the Red Sox organization in January 2002 after spending four years with Octagon Marketing.

Craig Shipley runs the Red Sox international scouting department and is also highly involved on all Red Sox player personnel decisions. He was promoted to Senior Vice President/International Scouting prior to the 2009 season after serving as the club’s Vice President/International Scouting in 2007-08 and as Vice President/Professional and International Scouting in 2006-07. Shipley joined the Red Sox in December 2002 as a Special Assistant to the General Manager/Player Development and International Scouting after spending the 2001 and 2002 seasons as a professional scout with the San Diego Padres. He began his baseball operations career in 2000 with the Montreal Expos as Minor League Infield and Baserunning Coordinator. A native of Sydney, Australia, Shipley played 11 Major League seasons as an infielder with the Dodgers (1986-87), Mets (1989), Padres (1991-94, 1996-97), Astros (1995) and Angels (1998).

Mary Sprong joined the Red Sox in January 2008 as Vice President of Human Resources and Administration. Her responsibilities will continue to include organization and leadership development, recruiting, compensation, benefits, diversity, employee relations and training for the Red Sox and their affiliates. Sprong, who has more than 20 years of progressive human resources and operations management experience, was the Vice President of Human Resources at Boston-based Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation before coming to the Red Sox. She has also held senior management positions at BankBoston and Fidelity Investments. 

Allard Baird will continue to oversee the Red Sox professional scouting department and is a key voice on all player personnel decisions. He previously served as Assistant to General Manager Theo Epstein, a post he held since November 2006, after joining the Boston organization in July 2006 as a special assignment scout. Prior to coming to the Red Sox, Baird spent 18 years in the Kansas City organization, including holding the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager from June 2000-May 2006. 

Mike Hazen will supervise both Player Development and Amateur Scouting in his new role after spending the last five seasons as Boston’s Director of Player Development. He joined the Red Sox in February 2006 following five years with the Cleveland Indians organization. Hazen oversaw Cleveland’s Major League advance scouting in 2001 and 2002, served as Assistant Director of Professional Scouting for the 2003 season, and was promoted to Assistant Director of Player Development in September 2003. A native of Abington, MA, he was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 31st round of the 1998 Draft and played two minor league seasons as an outfielder in the San Diego system.

Brian O’Halloran, who has served as Boston’s Director of Baseball Operations since 2006, is involved in all areas of the Major League operation and plays a key role for the Red Sox in contract negotiations, salary arbitration, payroll management, and the club’s compliance with league rules. He joined the Red Sox as a Baseball Operations Assistant in 2002 and served as the club’s Manager of Major League Administration from 2004-05. The Weymouth, MA native began his baseball career with the Pawtucket Red Sox and was also a baseball operations intern with the San Diego Padres. 

Mark Solitro, who joined the Red Sox in June 2009 as Controller, manages the daily operations of the accounting department and oversees financial statement reporting, taxation, planning and forecasting. He previously served as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer for several successful software and high-tech companies in both public and private markets. A veteran of 17 years in the field of finance and accounting, Solitro began his career in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he earned his CPA

Just In Case You Were Wondering!!!!


Dan Danielson 'N the Doodle


Thursday, February 24, 2011

NCAA Blows it.....again

You know - the first thing they teach at writing schools is the importance of a crisp opening sentence. So much for a scholarship...........................

Symbolically Suspending Jim Calhoun for three Big East Games to start the 2011-12 season is the most recent and probably best example that the Archaic landscape which compromises the NCAA dogma surrounding their "rules" is simply a freaking Joke.

It will never happen - but what should happen is the top - 40 coaches in the College game. Calhoun Bayhiem Izzo the Rest of the big east Guys (minus De Paul) - should just call bullshit.


Start their own developmental League. Pay the Players - say $2-$3 Mill a year - well enough to go back and get an "education" cause lord knows the Dwayne Wades of the world have a career performing heart surgery after basketball.

Make em stay for 2-3 years

Ultimately replace the NCAA for the not ready for prime time players.

The simple fact is that if anyone followed every rule - they would spend more time trying not to break a rule than they would actually recruiting..... At the same time you have the Clowns like the Calipari's of the world who just blow through the rules and lay waste to programs and then move on.

Case in point the current Seattle Seahawks Coach.

The concept / argument that "the kids are getting an education" totally shits the bed when the money these guys are producing in college for the NCAA could buy them an education 20 times over.

So that's my take. Screw the NCAA - get Mark Cuban or someone with the funding to create a league - sell it to ESPN - you could call it " The Guys who would Have gone to "insert your top 40 team here"

Life is too short for bullshit although Bullshit is a part of life. Their comes a time though when it is time to move on..... It may not happen tomorrow - but it will happen.

Speaking of Bullshit - I have to go find some Wisconsin State senators
Dan Danielson 'N the Doodle


Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Its Bucket No 6

So Rock Out with your Sox Out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Jarrod Saltalamacchia - Give the guy a Chance- Please.


All I keep hearing about our Starting Catcher -  Jarrod Saltalamacch - is how he is such a big question mark for 2011 - Such as seen here. 

Can we all take a pill please? ? ? 
The guy has never been in more than 84 games in one year – so thanks for that news flash on him being a question mark. Apparently he was also one for Texas and Atlanta.
Bottom line is for me is as it is now – if this is who we are going with – and it looks like it is -  you have to start the guy 5-6 out of every 7 games.  Give him a chance to get in – make the adjustments he needs to make – and adjust to the adjustments teams will make on him. 
To guess now is fun – but for me – give the guy a chance – or don’t – but don’t kind of give him a chance – other teams already have already done that – and 4 years later he is still a question mark. Lets change that – for one way or the other.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Why We Play


Where We Play


What We Play




Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia reports to camp early, says left foot is fully healed

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has reported early to spring training camp and says his left foot is fully healed.
Pedroia appeared in only 75 games last year — the fewest he's played in since making his big league debut in 2006 — after fouling a ball off his foot July 25 in San Francisco. That was the day after he hit a career-high three home runs in Colorado.
Pedroia says Friday his foot is repaired. He says there's a screw inside holding everything together and it feels much better.
The 2008 AL MVP expects to be monitored this spring and won't take part in the team's conditioning drills. But he doesn't anticipate any setbacks and he's ready for all his hard work in rehabilitation to pay off on the field.

Some AL East faces have changed, but it figures to be Red Sox and Yankees at the top

Ron Chimelis, The Republican By Ron Chimelis, The Republican 
Rampant February optimism, or realistic analysis of a changing baseball landscape?

"Health has to be the biggest question,'' Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein told media this week.

"It usually is, but in our case, we have so many players coming off injuries that we're going to keep a close eye on them.''

The lofty predications associated with the 2011 Red Sox are predicated on a healthy lineup. The truth is that of the eight projected positional starters, seven are coming off injury problems.

Only newly acquired outfielder Carl Crawford comes with a clean bill of health. Some of the injuries are most serious than others, but given the quality of the players involved, the Red Sox could not be blamed for using caution at the outset, even if it costs them a quick jump on the New York Yankees and the rest of the AL East.

Assuming reasonable health, though, it's hard not to see some form of role reversal in the division. In most years, the Red Sox have found themselves chasing the Yankees in hopes a playoff spot would allow them a chance to prevail in head-to-head competition.

The Yankees' lineup remains fearsome and could even improve if new catcher Russell Martin regains his old form and Jorge Posada finds a comfort zone as designated hitter. But other than CC Sabathia and perhaps young star Phil Hughes, New York's rotation is stunning in its unreliability.

A.J. Burnett is coming off one of the worst seasons a Yankees starter has ever had. From Freddy Garcia to Bartolo Colon, from Sergio Mitre to Ivan Nova, New York is trying to patch together a rotation that would not have looked very attractive, even had Andy Pettitte decided not to retire.

The rest of the AL East has a changed look. How much that changes the standings remains to be seen. 

As predicted, the Tampa Bay Rays overhauled their roster, shedding Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, Rafael Soriano, Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett.

They may not have the overall talent of the last three seasons, when Tampa Bay went to one World Series and two playoffs, but they will still be interesting. Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon have signed on.

There is still plenty of good young pitching, with Jeremy Hellickson a star in waiting. The five-man rotation may be enough to keep the Rays among the elite, but Soriano's closing job is up for grabs and Crawford, in particular, will be a huge loss on offense.

The Toronto Blue Jays have replaced Vernon Wells, a face of their franchise, with 50-steal man Rajai Davis in centerfield. They plan to go with Frank Francisco as closer, which may work if the former Rangers closer can stay healthy - something neither Francisco nor former Toronto closers have been able to do.

With former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell on as manager, the handling of the staff will at least have rationale. But with Wells gone, all eyes will turn to Jose Bautista, who hit 54 home runs last year - the most totally unexpected power surge in baseball since Brady Anderson hit 50 in 1996.

The Blue Jays won 85 games last year, an impressive total for a team that played the Red Sox, Yankees or Rays 54 times. Yet they still finished fourth, and a young rotation will have to mature as unit for them to do any better this year.

Remember the Orioles? An embarrassment last spring, they were pests by last fall. Now they are barely recognizable.

Always interested in acquiring aging stars (Sammy Sosa, Miguel Tejada), Baltimore signed Vlad Guerrero and Derrek Lee. They also added Mark Reynolds, who has fearsome power but has been good for more than 200 strikeouts a year.

It's the Guerrero signing getting bashed, though. The free swinger's days as an outfielder are over, and after hitting 20 homers in a sizzling first half of the 2010 season, he had nine in the second half. 

The Orioles don't have to finish last, but it may take a good dose of manager Buck Showalter's magic to avoid it in this division.

At the top, it looks like the typical Red Sox-Yankees squareoff, unless the Rays can count on four-hitters from their starters every night.

With the addition of speed in Crawford, power in Adrian Gonzalez, a rebuilt bullpen and a Yankees rotation in flux, Boston has reason to think it's gained the upper hand. All they need is health.

Of course, that's what they were missing last year. A long but most tantalizing season awaits.
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