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Thursday, September 29, 2005


Bronson of A Bitch

Going into tonight's playoff game:
15 Games
7-0 3.71 ERA

September 2005
5 Starts
4-0 3.60 ERA

The numbers looked good going into tonight; too bad his average, hanging junk looked even bigger and better for Jays hitters…
Bronson falls to 4-1 4.97 ERA with this disappointing outing…In 6 starts this month, he has allowed 7 runs in the first inning, yet he is likely a setup man should the Sox maneuver into the playoffs…

Clement Since the All-Star Break:
3-4 5.61 ERA
1-3 5.79 ERA
Career In September:
12-13 4.62 ERA

A Red Sox Nation turns its terrified eyes to you, Matt…

“I hear a lot of people getting on Tito lately for his handling of the bullpen and I have to say that’s way off base…He’s done a great job with what he’s had…”
-Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Sox Fans Will Gladly Wave Bye Bye To Dale: Sveum May Trade Waving In Dead Ducks In Boston For Waving Terrible Towels in Pittsburgh.: "I want to manage. You're always going to be interested if someone wants to interview you -- and especially [in Pittsburgh] because I'm familiar with all of those kids and the city and everything."
Red Sox Hub-Schilling Edition: You Hurt Me With Your Words: "Stung by recent criticism attributed to an anonymous teammate, Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has responded with disappointment and disgust, saying the harsh remarks came from 'somebody who's not wired right.'

''Somebody on this team wants me to get booed to make them feel better, and that really bothers me a lot,' Schilling said in Tuesday's editions of the Boston Globe. ''Those are the kinds of things that really make me look at this game and understand that when I'm done in the game, I'll be done with the game.'"

Monday, September 26, 2005


N.E. Patriots Hub: Rod-Knee and Matt's Injuries Could Mean Lights Out For The Patriots In 2005-06; Stars' Knee Injuries Look Serious
The injury to Matt Light looked less serious than Rodney's on film, but it is all speculation; Both Rodney Harrison and Light will be re-evaluated today.

Although he cautioned that it is all speculation, A physician that we spoke with stated that based upon the side angle of the blow, Rodney would be very lucky to escape a torn ACL. If it was an MCL tear, he could play with a brace or even have surgery and be back by the end of the year...Although the loss of Rodney Harrison would be a significant blow to the Patriots defense, the loss of left tackle Light would be an even bigger loss. The Patriots would have to rely on rookie 3rd round pick Nick Kaczur to protect Brady's blind side, putting the franchise quarterback at risk and likely throwing off the timing of plays. Brady needs to have full confidence in his left tackle in order to execute the complex and heavily timed Patriots offense...


Kaczur is a big surprise - The Boston Globe

Patriots Rookie Nick Kaczur From 9/15/05

Pats' Kaczur delivers
Can Rookie Tackle Nick Kaczur Save The Patriots Season??
Kazur Karma in 2005 for Brady's Blind Side

Saturday, September 24, 2005


Say It Ain't Sox
Some fans may whine, but for the debt loaded Sox owners,
this is simply the business of baseball

The Sox need to take advantage of all revenue streams possible while the Sox are hot, as bandwagon fans will quickly fade away. The true and loyal fans probably have angles for tickets, so let the market dictate the premium for those that want to be "Scene" in the Nation's Nest.
Fans that have paid to carry a "Red Sox Nation" Bangwagon card are privileged enough to bid on these seats.

Randall Gay Feeling Better Blog: "Preparing for Pittsburgh

Every team likes to play at home. We play eight at home and eight on the road. After a while you get used to playing on the road. We won in Pittsburgh last year just like we lost there last year. We've got to play it tough no matter what. We lost last week but this has been a solid week of preparation. The team had to get better between now and then. The game is really won during the week and during practice.

The ankle injury is getting better, that's all I can say. I went down hard and it feels better than when the injury happened. You never know with injuries, that's why it's so important to take it one day at a time. Hopefully, you feel better each day. As a football player, you want to play every week, but if I play this week, it's entirely on Coach Belichick. "
THe FAMILY GUY:Fauria Prefers Brady's Yelling To His Kids'...He's just regular family guy psyched for some solitude

Coming off of a loss

Basically you don’t want to sit and dwell and relive it everyday. You need to have a funeral in your mind and forget about the loss and be done with it. The last thing we want to do is be thinking about the Carolina Panthers game, especially when we’re playing a team this week that is as good as if not better than them. You’re always at disadvantage when you’re not at home. I think everyone plays better at home, because you have a comfortable feeling there. And at least you can hear the snap.

We went out there and won against the Steelers in the championship game, so them breaking our winning streak last year is not on my mind. The whole thing is done with. The theme of the NFL is that each year is completely different. You can’t compare and contrast because teams and situations are different. No matter how bad you mess up, you want to move on the next season.

I had my birthday yesterday and I’m celebrating tonight by getting out of the house. The babysitter is coming over and whether I go out to eat or catch a movie, it’s better than hearing the kids scream in my ear all night.

Friday, September 23, 2005

RED SOX HUB DIGEST September 24, 2005

There have been discussions in the Cubs organization about the possiblility of Nomar Garciaparra re-signing with the Cubs and moving to the outfield in 2006, as the club seems committed to highly touted shortstop prospect Ronny Cedeno, who ironically is on the D.L. for the rest of the season. If Nomar wants to play shortstop, Seattle and Arizona are good possibilities. Nomar’s brother Michael is still in the Mariners organization…If 3B Bill Mueller chooses the home cooking of the West Coast over Boston as is being predicted, Cubs will be free agent second baseman Todd Walker would be a nice low budget fit as a third baseman, a position for which he is better suited and has played well in the past. Walker would provide insurance at 2B, in case phenom Justin Pedroia flops there in 2006. Tony Graffanino is a free agent and likely a player rental unless he is willing to take a short deal and agree to a utility role with the Red Sox…

Johnny Damon’s nagging injuries shouldn’t discourage the Sox from signing the sparkplug to a 4 year deal, but should increase the offseason urgency to move Manny Ramirez, which would allow Johnny Rockstar to move to a much less taxing Fenway left field. A deal with the Mets that includes Mike Cameron and top prospects makes sense, although ultra phenom Hanley Ramirez is still likely to move to center field…WEEI morning show conservatives Dennis and Callahan have been taking sound bytes of Tito Francona out of context in embarrassing fashion; embarrassing for them, that is. Francona appears on the mid morning show with Dale Arnold and Michael Holley, who have criticized the morning pair for their low brow antics. The morning boys don’t have the gajones to do anything but smooch between the cheeks of their regular guest pet, Sox President and part owner Larry Lucchino…Francona is getting ripped by fans and morning hacks alike, but is really doing his best management job ever in 2005, keeping a porous team, (No #1 or #2 starter, the worst bullpen in baseball (E.R.A.), no closer, a first baseman that hit like Jackie Gutierrez for most of the season, and a slugging left fielder who doesn’t respect the game and will shut it down if confronted), in contention and actually in first place for most of the season. If you want to rip anyone, look upstairs in 2005. No, not God, and not "Dubya"...this one can't be pinned on the one man in America who graciously accepts more blame than Terry Francona...

Thursday, September 22, 2005



Papi and the rest of the Sox bats are red hot
3 games left at home versus the first place Yankees
August 10th: Red Sox held a 5 1/2 game lead
Mike Timlin: 18/32 inherited runners have scored off of Timlin-56%
Papelbon, Hansen, or Foulke will need to save the pen for the Sox to have any chance
Manny lollygags to first base once again; It is simply inexcuseable-He is disgracing his team and his teammates.
Yankees seize first place; Sox likely 1 game out of the wild card after tonight.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Red Sox Hub Digest September 20, 2004

“We got pounded today, plain and simple. So our season’s over? That’s a crock of you know what. This team doesn’t do that.”
-Kaptain Jason Varitek, hitting .122 in September and hitting into DP's and whiffing like a fat kid at the school dance.
Yes, Tek, we do know what; right now, you are stepping in it...Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?? The Mark Hendricksons and Pete Walkers are stopping Tek; Once again, he is on a "roll over" down the stretch...Leadership is important, but clutch hits in September are paramount.
-Red Sox Hub

Hub Baseball Facts:
The Rare Solo Threesome
There have been 11 unassisted triple plays in baseball history and 16 perfect games…1 of each in World Series history...

Triples account for approximately 2% of all hits in the modern game, while homeruns now account for 12% of hits. In the days before Babe Ruth the hitter, triples were more commonplace than homers.

Red Sox Hub Digest September 20, 2004

Big Papi: The Big Movie
He has his own salsa and his own sandwich, so it is only a matter of time before he has his own movie. So who should play Big Papi? Ving Rhames quickly comes to mind, as does Michael Clarke Duncan of the Green Mile and Dare Devil fame. Well, we at the Hub are partial to a darkhorse: Florida (Esther Rolle), the loveable mom from good times. Sure, she likely wouldn’t look good trying to hit the long ball, but she just has that winning big papi smile, not to mention the perfect shaped head and hair to play the Cookie Monster…Now, we have to overcome the whole dead in 1998 thing, but hey, this is the movies...If Sinatra, John Wayne, and Fred Estaire can peddle products from beyond the grave, certainly Esther can "pull off a Big Papi" for a "B" movie.
Bizarro Theo
In 2003 and 2004, everything that Theo Epstein touched seemed to turn to gold. Everything he missed turned out to be lucky. In 2005, it can now officially be said that his run of luck has turned. Put these in any order that you see fit; Each move had a domino effect on the others, and the result seems to be a pile of rubble in September...

1. Matt Clement and David Wells over Pedro and Derek Lowe:
Lets see:
The “Big Three” are not walking through that door in 2005, Slick Ricky Pitino.In the long run, the Sox have saved some significant dollars, and if Pedro’s shoulder falls off next season, few will argue against Theo on this one. For the next 2 seasons, however, this looks like another large blunder. Even if the Sox get into the playoffs, they no longer have the advantage of a big 3 in the rotation. Wells has made almost $10 million this year, and his option has now kicked in for next season that could pay him another $8-10 million. Over paid, Mark Blount. Wells is a pretty good #4, who is now likely the #1 or #2 should the Sox limp into the playoffs…Clement is signed for another 2 years at $8-9 million per, and has shown to be the same second half flop that has been dumped out of Florida and dropped from the pennant race rotation in Chicago last September. He is 4-7, 4.80 E.R.A. the last 3 seasons in September; If the playoffs started tomorrow, this guy would be the long man in the pen. One cannot live on stats alone, but in this case the evidence was damning for both “Sabregeeks” and “Old School Scouts”: Clement’s second half history and psychological reputation should have scared the Sox off. With a stable top of the rotation of Pedro and Lowe, the Sox could have used guys like Bronson Arroyo and Tim Wakefield to plug the sinking bullpen. Instead, Craig Hansen, a 21 year old with 11 INNINGS of professional baseball, is forced into a pennant race. That, Costanza, is a chucker…or an Epstein clunker.
2.The O.C. finally walks, for O.C.,
Error Renteria shows us it IS about the money
Orlando Cabrera was a catalyst of the Red Sox World Series Championship (Still love typing that) and provided a spark both at the plate and especially with the glove-just ask Derek Lowe. Sure, he is an impatient hacker that isn’t one of Theo’s cherished “On Base Machines.” Well, Ghost of Jeremy Giambi, the Sox had plenty of those in the lineup going into 2005, and clearly could have lived with a low count Cabrera. A .270 average with unsurpassed range and steady hands (5 errors this season) would have been more than enough for $18-20 million. But, the Sox missed on their free agent fancies like Adrian Beltre, Carl Pavano, and Carlos Beltran, and overpaid to grab the last available name from the claws of mid-market Cardinals.Edgah now looks like a 40 year old (he may actually be, I’d check those birth records), and is likely the love child of Steve Sax and Jose Canseco in the field, with Jackie Gutierrez in his blood the plate. Four years and $40 million…29 errors…The routine has now become a hellish adventure.3. Deeper and Deeper: Trades Jake’init Payton for The Chad.Bradford proved with the A’s that he is nothing more than a long guy, failing multiple setup and closing job opportunities. Payton has produced 17 homers and has been a very productive starter in Oakland. The Sox now have two contact pitchers in key bullpen roles that can simply be managed around in Mike Myers and Bradford. With the expanded September rosters, this has been a major issue for the Sox bullpen, as teams have plenty of bench players to neutralize these guys through lefty/righty matchups. This was an out of character, Panic move by Theo to unload Jay “Pay-back is a bitch” and try and stop the bleeding in the pen.
4. No More Mr. Nice Guy: Trades Hero Dave Roberts for
$$Payton and "Lead" Vasquez.
Vasquez can’t play, while Payton is miserable from day 1, telling the Sox that he doesn’t want to be a 4th outfielder anywhere. Roberts is a catalyst, and likely leads the Padres to the N.L. West. Title.
5. Yeah, I Meant To Do That: Schilling over Vasquez.
Curt Schilling was actually the Red Sox 2nd choice back during the offseason of 2003, but the Yankees were able to put together a better package of prospects for his services, signing the young righty to a $40 million deal. The Sox, desperate to match the Yankees rotation, ignore father time and and extensive injury history, extending the then 37 year-old Schilling’s deal to 3 years and up to $45 million in order to convince him to leave Arizona. Well, we all know what happened in 2004: Vasquez wilted in Gotham, while Schilling’s heart was even stronger than his flame throwing arm. Curt and the Sox take a big risk ($30 million over 2005 and 2006 to be exact), and send Schilling to the lions den on a stitched up, bloody drive wheel. It was the ultimate in drama, heroics and underdogs. Well, David knocks out Goliath, and the curse is history. Lucky miss indeed.Fast forward to 2005: The Sox now have a 38 year old would-be-ace with an unstable push off ankle, an E.R.A. over 6.00, and an uncertain short and long-term future. The Sox took the risk last year, and it paid off; Now, we are beginning to understand the true cost of the 2004 World Series Championship, both to Schilling personally and to the Red Sox through 2006.

Sunday, September 18, 2005


Hansen Could Soon Do More Than Mop
Let's get someone who actually likes the game, and can throw harder than Tommy John, Mother Foulker

Boston Red Sox HUB: The Portland Sea Dogs' postseason came to an end last night, which means there's a very good chance that Craig Hansen's major-league career is about to begin.

The Sox want to check in today with Hansen, who did not pitch last night, and see how he's doing physically. Hansen was shut down for two weeks earlier this month with a dead arm, but has pitched for the Sea Dogs in the postseason and reported no soreness.
His fastball has regularly been 95 to 96 mph.

Boston begins a week-long road trip to Tampa Bay and Baltimore starting tomorrow, and the Sox organization likes the idea of having Hansen make his debut on the road, away from the media attention that would blanket his debut at Fenway.
Though he was not on the major-league roster before Sept. 1, Hansen could be eligible for the postseason roster if he can convince the club that's he's worthy of a spot over the final two weeks."

Friday, September 16, 2005


Once again, Tek Pulls a Daffy With Ducks on the Pond.
$10 Million a year…Yankees are 1 back in the loss column…Varitek has been far from Wyle E....It is time to call his contract a "Porky Pig". ’Tek’s stretch drive performances just don’t cut it.
Maybe Jason Varitek has taken too many shots in the Yankee...

Thursday, September 15, 2005


Red Sox HUB Digest 9/15/05
2002-2004 September
18 games to go...
Tek has hit .252 down the stretch over the last 3 seasons and has struggled in Yankee stadium...forget sentimentality, the Sox are better off facing the A's or Cleveland...

A Call To Arms
Red Sox
Wells 10-3 3.46 E.R.A.
Clement 3-4 4.68 E.R.A.
Schilling 7-3 4.13
Wake 6-4 3.54
Arroyo 3-0 3.64 limited appearances


Johnson 10-3 1.88
Leiter 5-8 3.99
The bullpen is the bigger concern for the Sox, as they clearly have the edge in starting pitching this September...Clement is a legitimate worry, as he has shown signs of his usual second half swoon...

Manny .345 22 66
Millar .314 10 44
Ortiz .276 19 55
Nixon .292 9 32
Damon .272 9 41
Rent .284 2 46
Billy Mueller .292 6 28
Tek is Tired
Once again, the bats are not the concern, although Tek has hit a worn down .252 down the stretch over the last 3 seasons and has always struggled in Yankee stadium...forget sentimentality, the Sox are better off facing the A's or Cleveland...

"Big Papi solidified his case as the best Red Sox clutch hitter of all-time…"-Mike Lynch...Big Papi now has 40 homers 2 years in a row...Believe Rice or not, he is the first player since Yaz to accomplish this feat...Jim Rice had a 46 homer season in 1978, but prefaced and followed it with 39 homer seasons...

If I Wanted You To Think I Would Tell You What To Think
David Ortiz nonchalantly carried the wooden plaque under his arm as he left the Red Sox' clubhouse last night...Large enough to hold the prized antlers of an 18-point buck and engraved with his name, it declared him the ``Greatest Clutch Hitter In The History Of The Boston Red Sox.'' Ortiz didn't quite know what to make of the unexpected accolade when it was presented to him by owner John Henry and president Larry Lucchino just minutes after he had belted a game-winning, walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning that sent the Los Angeles Angels to a stunning, 3-2, defeat. ``Just a little present, I guess,'' Ortiz said. ``They made it in 20 minutes''...Actually, the plaque had been made by ownership vice-chairman Phil Morse in honor of the slugger's never-ending heroics...
(Herald 9-7-05)

I'm sure Big Papi prefers the $20 Plaque from Chelsea Softball Trophies over a fair value extension of his undermarket deal...From Tom Werner giving Wally a sneaker deal to the Sox selling Keith Richards-Stones-dead turf on their website as 2004 Championship souvenirs, these owners have grown tiresome...Overexposure for both themselves and the Sox is officially here, and they are beginning to cheapen the brand. Hey, we know that you own the Globe, or vice versa; Can't we get even half as many Patriots stories as promotional Red Sox fluff?? Dignity, humility, and even better, being seen but not heard would be nice on occasion...


"I think Don you have to question…bringing him in in that situation…bases loaded and nobody out. The Keith Foulke thing…when they are trying to get him into a situation…bringing him in with the bases loaded I don’t think is that situation,I don’t think that’s the place to try to get your feet on the ground... You let him start an inning with nobody on until he gets his confidence back. I think maybe there you would follow the path we’ve seen lately with Papelbon coming in more of a power pitcher/strikeout guy then followed by Timlin."
–RemDawg boldly calls out his employer and their Tito (9/12/05)


David Ortiz blasted his 42nd HR for Boston on Wednesday - Sept. 14, 2005.

Which Red Sox player holds the team record for homers in a season?
A. Jimmie Foxx
B. Mo Vaughn
C. Ted Williams
D. Jim Rice


A. Jimmie FoxxFoxx smacked 50 homers for Boston during the 1938 season. The next highest total was 46 by Rice in 1978.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005


Down, Down, Down, Red Sox Knight Going Down
Loss of Kapler to ruptured achilles leaves Sox outfield deathly thin...Jay Payton is a little bitch; As Theo promised, plenty of P.T. has been available in the Sox outfield. The Fenway boo birds will make Jayhole Pay-ton Thursday night...
-Red Sox Hub - Writers - Roy Johnson: Auerbach blazed trail while winning titles - Monday September 12, 2005 3:26PM

Monday, September 12, 2005

Not 1978 All Over Again...Yankees would host Red Sox in tiebreaker

Tuesday, September 06, 2005



Sunday, September 04, 2005


Nomah Being Nomah:

The Chicago Cubs waited a long time for Nomar Garciaparra to get healthy and start hitting.
Garciaparra, who missed most of the season with a groin injury, hit his fourth homer in six game as Chicago beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

'After you have the injuries and that stuff, it's just good to get out there playing,' Garciaparra said. 'I'm just trying to see the ball and drive it. I'm getting good concentration and have been able to drive the ball.'

Nomah did not hit his first home run until Aug. 9 after spending April 21 to Aug. 5 on the disabled list. He connected leading off the second inning Sunday and finished 2-for-4 with his sixth home run.
'Having Nomar in the center of that lineup,' Cubs manager Dusty Baker said, 'is a big offensive threat for us.' "

Friday, September 02, 2005


The Blonde And The OlderDude

Suddenly, The Sox have 15 HR's and production at 1b with their "blonde bombshells"

Blonde Bombshells:

Country Kevin Millar hit 2 HR's on Wednesday and led the Sox to victory...Olerud hits 2 bombs and has 6 RBI on Thursday, finishing off the sweep and cooling off the Devil Dogs.

Olerud hit his 500th career double last night, to go with his 2 homers

Yankees lose to the Seattle Mariners 5-1 earlier Thursday.

Sox moved 3½ games ahead of New York in the AL East.

The Red Sox led by as many as 5½ and as few as 1½ games in August.

Sox have won five in a row overall and 19 of 20 at home.

Sox have scored at least 7 runs in each of their last 14 games at Fenway Park. But they've needed almost all of them: In nine of those games, they've given up 6 runs or more.

Thursday, September 01, 2005


Red Sox Hub
Hub Baseball Digest September 1, 2005

Mark Bellhorn showed up yesterday with significantly shorter hair, citing a conversation he had with Torre Tuesday. "All I said was, 'Hair may be a little long, I'll let you know," Torre said
--New York Newsday

Red Sox Smash Bronson's Guitar And Tell Him He's Gotta "Take A Piss":
Red Sox management has wisely asked Bronson to cancel his musical obligations for the remainder of the season, and he has obliged. Bronson has been the Rockee rather than the Rocker on the mound lately, so this will at least stem criticism from the fans and media citing his off field activities as at least partially to blame for his pitching woes...
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