Quotation
"I knew it was going to be a close play at first because the guy (Wilson) runs so well. The ball went skip, skip, skip and didn't come up. The ball missed my glove. I can't remember the last time I missed a ball like that, but I'll remember that one." -- Buckner on Wilson's ground ball.
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The Victim:
Bill Buckner




Suspect #1:
Calvin Schiraldi


Calvin Schiraldi not only allowed the Mets to tie the game 3-3 in the eigth inning, but he gave up THREE two-out singles in the 10th inning. Let's also not forget that in Game 7 Ray Knight homered in the seventh off Calvin Schiraldi to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.


Suspect #2:
Bob Stanley


Bob Stanley relieved Schiraldi. Stanley worked Mookie Wilson down to his last strike of the last out of the game. Seven pitches in, Stanley lost control. and threw a wild pitch that tied the game. Think about this... 16 Different Pitches would have clinched the World Series for the Red Sox. Schiraldi and Stanley blew it!

Suspect #3:
Rich Gedman


Let's not forget Catcher Rich Gedman who failed to block the wild pitch and could have prevented the tying run. See how there's PLENTY of blame to spread around before Bill's name comes up? I'm telling you, this was all one big set-up!

Suspect #4:
John McNamara


Manager John McNamara was obviously a Masochist to throw Bill Buckner out to defend first-base in the 10th inning.

Suspect #5:
Roger Clemens


Clemens claims he wanted to pitch the 8th inning but Manager McNamara "chose" to give the game to the chokers in the bull-pen. McNamara claims Rog-ah refused to go out because had "torn a blister and a fingernail on his pitching hand." Biting your nails Roger? Heck let's just blame them both. Disasters this big have many villains.

Suspect #6:
Jesse Orosco


As long as we're looking for villains we'll just lump in Jesse Orosco. He seems like a nice enough guy and has probably played for everyone by now but we all could have clubbed him in 86. In Game 7 The Sox added two runs in the eighth to pull within a run but Jesse Orosco retired the final five Red Sox in order to clinch their second World Series title (((CRY...SOB...))).
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Thursday, March 25, 2004

Happy thoughts
There's an awesome series of articles at ESPN.com this week by Alan Schwartz rating the three greatest defensive plays of all time at each position and including the single worst defensive play at each position.

He covered First and Third Bases on Wednesday, Second and Short Stop yesterday and Pitchers & Catchers today.

For the worst defensive play ever by a pitcher here is what he said:

WORST PLAY: Mariano Rivera, 2001 World Series


When the Yankees sent out Mariano Rivera (the best postseason reliever of all time) to close out the Diamondbacks in the ninth inning of Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, he seemed like a lock to preserve the Yankees' 2-1 lead and deliver their fourth straight championship. But Rivera failed -- not just as a reliever, but as a fielder, too.


Mark Grace opened with a single and was removed for pinch-runner David Dellucci. Then Damian Miller bunted the ball back to Rivera. Rather than go to first, Rivera decided to try to get Dellucci at second. But his throw was wild, leaving the Diamondbacks with runners on first and second with none out rather than just first with one.


Jay Bell next bunted in front of the mound, with Rivera getting the lead runner at third. But after a double by Tony Womack, a hit-by-pitch to Craig Counsell and a single by Luis Gonzalez, the Diamondbacks had snatched away the title. Rivera admitted afterward that the whole inning probably would have been different had he only completed that first play at second.


"That's baseball," he said afterward. "There's nothing I can do about it."

Schilling, Pedro, Wakefield and Lowe all look set to get the season under way. Arroyo looks like he's bounced back from his bad outing and should be fine as our fifth starter, even if he and Kim take turns in the fifth slot.

Manny still looks happy and confident. Red Sox Nation is still waiting to see how Nixon's back is coming along and everyone wants to know what the heck the deal is with Nomar's ankle. It really won't feel like the red Sox until Nomar's back at short.

The A-Rod mis-hap yesterday where he got a shiner from a thrown ball bouncing off Daubach's leg certainly generated some buzz in Red Sox Nation. Some of us saw that as a certain amount of Karma being parcelled out by the cosmos. Some of us just saw it as plain amusing. Nobody would wish harm to come to a player but just the hope that A-Rod might be sidelined for a few months was enough to make us thank the heavens.

In this game all you can count on is that ya never know what's going to happen.

Go Red Sox!

Deane
Deane @ 2:11 PM
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Friday, March 19, 2004

Nomar's Ankle MRI shows no damage!
The latest news on Nomar's ankle is that the MRI shows no damage.

Hopefully Nomar just has some mild muscle strain and can work it our in a few more days. Looks like everyone expects to see him on opening day so that's good news. On the other hand BostonDirtDogs says he showed up wearing a cast today and could miss 2-4 weeks. What's the dillio Nomar?

Trot Nixon's back problems are of greater concern. I read that he may have a problem with a herniated disc in his spine and had an injection recently to relieve the pressure. This news is fairly worrying as this may require surgery at some point to correct.

Some posters on bambinoscurse.com worry about the talk of Curt Schilling and Pedro talking about how great their arms feel. The worry is that it sounds like they could be jinxing themselves by talking about it. My opinion is that I'm happy to hear them talk about feeling good and getting command of their pitches early. As long as they don't strut around saying "We are the greatest! We are the GREATEST!" then I won't worry about them jinxing themselves.

Schilling hasn't really had pitching related injuries. He works out hard and takes care of himself so I'm not worried about him. Pedro is Pedro. If he spends a month on the DL that's par for the course. If he stays healthy enough for 30-35 starts then so much the better.

Loved reading about the two home runs that McCarty hit out. Sounds like his pitching is going to be more of a novelty than anything else but he seems like he could be a good role-player for us this year. Good write up about Crespo too. We've got some good guys on our team.

Rumor mill has it Seattle might be trying wrangle a deal for Ellis Burks. I'm glad to see him back in Boston so hopefully he'll stay but it will be interesting to see how that plays out.

Good luck Red Sox. Go get em!

Deane

PS The McFarlane figure of Nomar I ordered is arriving in the mail today so that's going to be fun. Now I just need Manny, Pedro, Schilling and Lowe. I think McFarlane should also have a Veritek figure as well but we'll save that talk for another day.
Deane @ 8:48 AM
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Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Curt is in the house!
So here's the Dillio on St. Patrick's Day.



Curt Schilling.... 74 Pitches.... 6 Innings.... 1 Earned Run, 2 Hits, 0 Walks, 2 K's.

Red Sox beat the Indians 3-1. Ortiz got his fifth spring training homer.

If Ortiz keeps this up in the regular season he'll have 40-50 home runs by October.

The Recap ralked about Curt feeling way ahead of his usual Spring Training curve and reports his command is way ahead of where it usually is. The recap is at:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=240317102

Go get em Red Sox!

Deane
Deane @ 8:43 PM
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Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Grady thinks Buckner was on the grassy knoll
BostonDirtDogs.com quoted a GQ article where Grady talks about players being afraid of being th next Buckner. he hints that this is the real Red Sox curse. It also sounds like he is saying the players fear led to a lack of execution on their part.

So Grady keeps ducking the blame. Pedro stood up like a man after the game and said "If you're gonna blame someone blame me." And all these months later Grady acts like Pedro was bullet-proof. He acts like we hadn't seen Pedro turn totally mortal after hitting 100 pitches all year long. He must not have noticed that the radar gun didn't go above 94 for Pedro all night.

If anybody was affected by Buckner-itis it was you Grady. Pedro got into a jam in the 7th and we all started sweating as Pedro's pitch-count went into the 90's. Luckily Pedro got out of the jam but he obviously wasn't dominating anymore. The bull-pen was ready to go. Cry all you want about how they performed earlier in the year but in the post-season the bull-pen was perfect.

Grady should have pulled the trigger on Pedro but he choked. Now he ducks from the responsibility for that.

We have some key new guys in our club now though that know better and they know what needs to be done. Curt Schilling came here looking for a challenege and looking to make history. He will have strong benefits to the rest of the team's confidence. Foulke is going to be our lights-out closer. Ortiz is turning into a slugging machine that will be deadly in tadem with Manny.

These are the guys we need. 2004 is our year. Let's go get em Red Sox!

Deane
Deane @ 10:33 AM
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Friday, March 12, 2004

Revving the engine
As Spring Training is in full swing and the Red Sox start revving their engine I found that the most meaningful thing I could want to post right now is the Life of Reilly article from October 1999 titled: The Team I Love to Hate



Heard somebody grumble the other day that this year's New York Yankees are hard to hate. That statement is just so ignorant. Always remember this: No Yankees team is hard to hate, even these small-ball, Ken-doll Bronx Bunters.

That's why I'm coming out with my three-volume series, The 4,008 Best Reasons to Hate the New York Yankees, among them ...

1. They fired Red Barber.

2. They hired Steve Howe. A seven-time drug offender.

364. Rooting for the Yankees takes all the courage, imagination, conviction and baseball intelligence of Spam. It's like rooting for Brad Pitt to get the girl or for Bill Gates to hit Scratch 'n' Win. (This is why I'm proposing legislation that would allow only those born in one of the five New York boroughs to be Yankees fans. All others who root for the team will be considered overdog-loving, Eveready-chucking, bandwagon-hopping, fair-weather, brownnose, pucker-lipped human goiters and be required to turn in their pinstriped underwear or be tossed into the East River with only Chuck Knoblauch to throw them a life preserver.)

1,011. The Yankees are the only team that doesn't sew its players' names onto any of its unis. Like kids are supposed to memorize the roster after their bedtime prayers. Let's see, 3 is Ruth, 4 is Gehrig ... and 55 is Ramiro Mendoza.

1,312. Everybody is so charmed by Yankee Stadium public address announcer Bob Sheppard, with his teeth-clenched, perfect-diction English. He sounds British. Is he British? No, he's from Long Island! Why, then, does he speak like Thurston Howell III? Bunch of Yankees fans drunk on lighter fluid in the stands, screaming, "I paid a buck to see ya mutha naked, Rocker!" and the club has some guy on the P.A. making like Alistair Cooke. Fuhgeddaboutit!

1,500 through 1,850. Convicted felon and Lucky Sperm Club member George Steinbrenner III, the despotic Yankees owner, fills half of one volume by himself. For example, Georgie Porgie, as Boston Red Sox manager Jimy Williams calls him, just elevated his vice president of player development and scouting, Mark Newman, over his general manager, two-time American League pennant winner Brian Cashman, because Cashman lost two arbitration cases last winter. And forgot to salute.

1,855. After every nauseating, soul-sucking Yankees victory, radio play-by-play man John Sterling bellows, "Yankees win! Tha-a-a-a-a-a-a Yankees win!" like a goat stuck on an electric fence. Hey, John, give it a-a-a-a-a-a-a rest.

1,856. After every nauseating, soul-sucking victory at Yankee Stadium, tens of thousands of tin-eared fans hang around and sing the Frank Sinatra standard New York, New York over and over, until you pray the ghost of Sinatra himself will appear on the DiamondVision, screaming, "Stop!"

2,651. The Yankees' payroll this year was the largest in baseball, by the GNP of Guam. If YANKEES WIN WORLD SERIES is worth a headline, so is BULLDOZER DEFEATS TULIP.

2,651. According to The Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology, the word yankee was originally a "term of contempt." Isn't that great? The Yankees named themselves after an insult! It's like calling a team the Atlanta Rednecks or the Los Angeles Cokeheads. Iron that on your wife-beater.

3,199. In the spring after their 1996 championship the Yankees charged fans to have their pictures taken with the World Series trophy.

3,200. After they lost the 1976 World Series, the Yankees voted their batboys $100 shares. Their opponents that year, the Cincinnati Reds, gave theirs $6,591 each.

3,911. For decades Yankocentric Eastern seaboard media -- like this magazine -- have overhyped Yankees players to exhaustion, so much so that six of baseball's 30 All-Century team members were Yankees, including righthander Roger Clemens, who currently is New York's fourth starter and can't get a Bic lighter out. Do you realize the Yankees have retired the jerseys of a .273 lifetime hitter (Phil Rizzuto) and a .257 lifetime hitter (Billy Martin)? What, no Bucky Dent (.247)?

3,989. Lovable Yankees coach Don Zimmer, who has had more hard objects bounce off his skull than Gilligan, was on the bench for the perfect games by Don Larsen (1956) and David Cone ('99) and never got off in between.

4,008. Hating the Yankees is an American tradition that has been honored throughout this century. Remember, nobody ever wrote a play called Damn Diamondbacks!

(Very prophetic there Rick. Just two years and two weeks later the Diamondbacks did win the World Series in 2001, led by our own fearless warrior Curt Schilling.)

I have yet to see anybody top this essay for why nobody should be buying Yankee merchandise and rooting for them to win. I agree. It's freaking un-American.

In Spring Training news I was glad to hear that Ortiz hit a blast that beat the Dodgers. I've heard they have pretty good pitching so that's a pretty good accomplishment.

Bummer to hear that BK Kim has a bad shoulder. He's had funky problems like that in the past and it adds to his ecclectic mercurial nature. Still I hope he gets better soon and gets a few more starts before the season starts.

Bronson Arroyo got shelled the other day and gave up 6 earned runs in three innings against the Orioles. It was a bad outing but he'll learn from it and move on. It will be interesting to see if Arroyo gets to make some starts during the regular season.

The best news I've seen lately was this bit from www.redsox.com:

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twelve pitches, nine strikes. Three up, three down. It all looked so crisp and effortless for closer Keith Foulke as he made his exhibition season unveiling with the Red Sox.

Looks can be extremely misleading when you are examining a perfectionist.

In truth, Foulke felt anything but sharp as he mowed down the three veteran Dodgers (Shawn Green, Juan Encarnacion and Robin Ventura) in the fourth inning Friday afternoon at City of Palms Park.

To strike out three pretty good hitters on 12 pitches is pretty damn impressive. A good omen of thigns to come no? :)

The RedSox.com story on the right filed roof seats going on sale is interesting. I wonder what the game would look like from way up there. Then again I still wonder what any game at Fenway looks like. The closest I've been to seeing a game there was watching the Red Sox play the A's in Field of Dreams.

Welp, the wheels are turning and things are progressing nicely to the beginning of the season. I can't wait!

Deane

Deane @ 6:22 PM
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Monday, March 08, 2004

And the hits just keep on comin'...
The frirst Spring Training Game between the Yankees and the Red Sox came and went Sunday.

It was a good day for the offense on both clubs. Looks like everyone had a good workout and it added some grease to the wheels from last October to get the wheels turning in the Yankees-Red Sox machine.

All the hoopla was a bit unnerving, especially the commemorative pins that sold out at $6.00 a piece. Still I was happy to see Pokey Reese slugged one out. He was hoping to show some more pop with his bat this year so hopefully he's off to a good start.

In other news, it looks like there must be something in the water in the Bronx that makes those folks a little belligerent.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - A pizza deliveryman who says he was roughed up by Karim Garcia and Shane Spencer filed a police report Monday, and investigators said they would try to question the New York Mets outfielders.

JOse Contreras looks like he's old enough to be Fidel's grandfather and Gary Sheffield is going to be out a month or so with an injured thumb. He was kind enough to let the Yanks know that it was an aggravated previous thumb injury from last year that the Yanks hadn't known about it.

Sometimes you have to love the way the wheel of justice goes around. As Red Sox fans we'll take whatever we can get.

Still the pumps are primed and the Red Sox are in good spirits. Manny Ramirez and Kevin Millar had the reporters at training camp rolling in the aisles doing a fake interview routine where Millar was pretending to translate for Manny. When Manny Ramirez takes time to joke with reporters you know the winds of change are blowing our way.

Everyone seems positive, optimistic and full of hope. This may just be the cycle of hope with baseball where the hope and joy of spring gives way to the long hot summer followed by the cold hard facts of autumn but for now I'll take hope and joy.

Deane
Deane @ 6:07 PM
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Saturday, March 06, 2004

Fire it up baby!
The Spring Training season is under way and the Red Sox are already firing on all cylinders.

Derek Lowe and Curt Schilling were sharp in their first appearances. They both feel great and are mentally upbeat and confident.

They know that they are still looked at as the underdogs, but they also know that they are the team to beat in the AL East.

Sunday March 7 the Red Sox take on the Yankees. The excitement level is high and there is definitely something in the air. It's going to be a long hard climb but it will be fun to see the view from the top when we get there. And I know the journey will be just as rewarding as the destination.

I'm still kind of chuckling at the news that Jose Contreras has a bad back. The track record for Cuban defectors is starting to look like a game of roulette to me.

Hard to believe that the A's could hammer Bartolo Colon and the Angels for 26 runs. Good thing spring training is a time for working out the kinks.

Let's go get em Red Sox!

Deane
Deane @ 7:00 PM
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Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Bring it on
I read today that after Kevin Millar asked Curt Schilling if his video research library included the 331 foot home run Millar gotoff him as a Marlin in 1992, Curt worked on his control by throwing some chin music to Kevin.

I guess that shows the intensity and competitiveness Curt has inside him. That's going to be helpful.

The steroid scandal gets more explosive everyday. Andy van Slyke says that Barry Bonds definitely took Steroids based solely on his gaining 40 pounds of muscle mass in his late 30's.

Johnny Damon is saying someone named in the scandal that he used to play with was definitely on the juice. That sounds like Giambi to me.

And of course there's good old Gary "Temper Temper" Sheffield who has also been named as taking steroids from Balco.

ESPN reports that they could all three be tested soon as part of a probable cause clause in the union agreement. Wouldn't that be interesting. I sense in my crystal ball that Gary Sheffield, Jason Giambi and some other Yankees could soon see a drop in their power numbers.

Of course it won't have ANYTHING to do with the steroid testing. I wonder how the red Sox power numbers will hold up in 2004. Should be interesting.

I can't wait to see the first Yankee Red-Sox game on April 16. It's going to be a real war this year.

Deane
Deane @ 3:07 PM
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