08/29-31 - Yankees at Fenway
PROUD TO HAVE STARTED THE "RO-GER" CHANT AND PROUDER TO HAVE
LOUDLY CHEERED CLEMENS FROM BEHIND THE YANKEE DUGOUT WHEN HE LEFT
Fenway Faithful Have
the Right Stuff. Sox Fans Were Winners Today as Emotional Roger
Clemens Exits the Big Stage
Even Lucchino Gives a Standing O
Distracted Sox Don't Bother Showing Up
for Sunday's Game
Yankees Win Easy 8 - 4
The Ohio Con Man's
The Skinny on Clemens
Glaring at Rocket
From today's Gordon Edes' Notes
column in the Boston Sunday Globe:
Dispatch from the Left Coast:
Kevin Hench, coffee drinker, democrat, red pepper hater,
recently married, civil war buff, excellent parallel parker,
softball ringer, moviegoer, and glasses-wearing member of Red Sox
Nation offers these thoughts on Roger Clemens: "Over dinner last
week, my fellow University of Vermont alum Kirk McCaskill suggested
that Roger Clemens may just be the greatest pitcher of all time. I
had to explain. Clemens made eight postseason starts for the Red Sox
and managed one win, putting him right behind Steve Crawford on the
team's all-time playoff win list, tied with Rich Garces. Not exactly
Bob Gibson's seven wins in nine World Series starts, now is it?
Clemens went 152-72 in his first nine seasons with the Sox and has
gone 113-48 since leaving. In the bizarre, four-year, mid-career
decline phase in between, as you all know, he went 40-39. Clemens
was 30 at the start of the '93 season and 34 at the end of '96. No
other 300-game winner has won so few games between those ages. It
will be those four years in the wilderness, Blistergate in Game 6 of
the '86 Series, and the Terry Cooney ejection in yet another
postseason loss to the A's in 1990 that, for me, will define
Clemens's career in Boston. His post-Boston defining moments?
Drilling Mike Piazza in the head and throwing a shattered bat at him
in the World Series. The interesting thing about Clemens's 40 wins
from ages 31 to 34 is that the stat really vindicates Dan Duquette's
offer. Bill James can say in retrospect that power pitchers last
longer, but the fact is that nothing in the history of baseball
suggested Rocket's twilight would be quite so bright. In 100 years
of baseball, no pitcher had ever been so mediocre over such a
protracted period in his early 30s and gone on to turn it around
like Roger. I hope they slap a Blue Jays hat on Clemens's bust in
Cooperstown because that is the only team he ever chose to play for
when the decision was entirely his. He wasn't drafted by the Blue
Jays. He wasn't traded to the Blue Jays. There were no other factors
involved, just Roger, a pile of money and his terrible sense of
geography -- since, after all, he moved on only to be close to his
The Yankee Iller
Another Pedro No Show
Pete Can't Compete, No Excuse Necessary, Nation Sick
of Second Place,
Yankees 10 Red Sox 7
Joe Torre was worried
Ramirez might bat as a pinch-hitter in the pivotal
eighth, but Ramirez wasn't even at Fenway then.
"I never believe that
stuff," Torre said, referring to news reports of
Ramirez's illness. "I keep thinking Kirk Gibson will walk to the
Yanks Nick Then Dent Sox
The Dangerous Enrique Wilson and
Nick Johnson Take Down Martinez
Sox Lose to NY for the 15th time in the
23 games that Pedro has started
Andy turned dandy, and Pete outpitched by Bronson
Pedro runs afoul of Puritan Sox fans
"When he's happy, everybody's happy. When
he's not, it's not the same in here (Red Sox clubhouse)." - member
2003 Boston Red Sox
BK Can't Close the Big Ones. Period.
(and somebody wipe that s***-eating-grin off his face)
The Pharaohs of Pharyngitis
Should We Quarantine
SERENITY NOW...SERENITY NOW... get well
soon Manny... we love you Manny... Manny is God... you're the King
Manny, the King, you come up so big (think Stepford Wives here).
Want me to bring some chicken soup over so we can watch the game
together at the Ritz?...SERENITY NOW... SERENITY NOW...
Go Sox!!! And Go Pedro!!!
Manny's Mother Has Not Fainted)
What is causing them
to get sick in the first place?
Manny was speaking
just fine last week when he was dreaming about being a Yankee:
Ramirez, despite having five more
seasons on an eight-year, $160 million Red Sox deal that runs
through 2008, told Morgan that playing for the Yankees "is one of my
biggest dreams right now. I know I've got a big contract here in
Boston, but maybe when it's over, I'll go out there and try it.''
-- Manny Ramirez to ESPN's Joe Morgan, 8.31.03
Manny Out Sick for
Second Yankee Game in a Row
(expected to play Sunday, but not
sure if he'll show up)
Lip Synch Bruce is on the Loose
But Rally Comes Up Short Again
Empire Fate Building
Au Contreras, Sox Bomb
Bombers Out of the Gate
Boston 10 New York 5 for Openers
Along with Nomar, Night Kap, Star of
Eye for the Good Guys
Let's Party Fellas
Sox, Yanks Lock Up Tonight
Get into the Groove, New York's Gonna Lose,
D-Lowe's Tough to Beat, Yeah.
(we agree, most gratuitous use of a
All Systems Lowe
(Our good luck headline) Derek vs. The
43-year-old Cuban Con Man Tonight,
The Pitcher of Health Goes Tomorrow.
Gammons: Martinez is No Longer a #1
ESPN's Peter Gammons on WEEI's
Baseball Show with Bob Neumeier, Sean McAdam, and Steve Buckley
The Red Sox starting pitching is OK, but
there isn't anybody that goes out and pitches eight innings and
shuts the other team down, and they need a #1 starter, they don't
have one here. Lowe comes the closest, but he can be inconsistent,
but they don't have that guy who goes out and throws complete games
and I think that's what's really strained the bullpen and they don't
have a Mussina, or a Pettitte, they don't have people like that and
that's what worried me most about them trying to win.
Where's the indication (that Pedro's a
#1 starter)? Where's the 20 wins, and the 240 innings... he's a very
good pitcher, but because of the injuries... he pitched as well as
he could yesterday, he threw one pitch above 88, but the innings are
not there, he's a very good pitcher, he pitches with a ton of heart,
and a lot of things have happened to him, but the record wouldn't
really indicate that. The last 17 starts against the Yankees, he's
pitched very well, but the fact is he's won three of those 17
starts, and they don't have that big huge guy that throws all those
innings. A number one starter in my mind is a guy that throws well
over 200 innings. If you gave Pedro that compliment, I think that's
one of the problems is that there's so much pressure on Pedro to be
the guy who bails them out at different times, I don't it's really
fair to him. If you had a guy who went out and threw 240 innings,
and was out there every fifth day averaging about 7-1/3 innings a
start, I think it would make Pedro that much greater a pitcher. He
has to shoulder something right now that he really can't do.
(Why can't he perform at that level
at such a relatively young age?) He doesn't let on much about
his shoulder, he endures a lot more than he'll ever let on. He's so
proud and so competitive, that he tries to do the mind over matter
thing, he probably hasn't recovered from that flu he had, so
physically, I'll grant that yesterday, but I think he's battled
through an awful lot more than we know and he doesn't let on about
it, but it's very clear, the three times that he's pitched 8
innings, in those three starts afterwards, he's 0-3 with a 10.79
ERA, tells you it's got to be more difficult for him to bounce back
than we ever imagined.
I don't know in his mind what he thinks
he should be getting. If he thinks he's going to be getting $17.5M
after next year, he's not going to be here. They're not going to
have Garciaparra, Ramirez, Martinez here after 2004, that's fairly
well guaranteed. It's just a matter of which guy they get signed and
how they go about doing it. As I said all along they'll go very hard
after Nomar and try to get him wrapped up during the off-season.
"Privately, there are players
in that clubhouse who have issues with Pedro off the field. They
aren't very happy with him." -
Little Doubletalk for the Nation
Before the game, Red Sox manager Grady
Little was asked this question: "Is Pedro back at complete, full
strength?" This was Little's response: "Yes, we feel like he is.
He's ready to go today."
After the game, Little said something
substantially different. "He [Martinez] wasn't 100 percent today,"
the manager said. "He's still a little bit affected by the sickness
he had last week and it caught up with him pretty good there about
the fourth inning. He's had better days and he'll have better ones
later. He just gets fatigued."
For $15 million, which is what Martinez
makes this season -- or even for the Major League minimum, for that
matter -- a guy ought to be able to answer the occasional question
about the way he played the game. The issue is not "the media." The
reporters are not a privileged class. They are in the clubhouse only
because the fans, the people who pay the freight, have an abiding
interest in the games and the people who play the games.
In a case such as this, Pedro Martinez
leaves all of the pertinent questions of Red Sox Nation directly
unanswered. Was he still really weak? If so, maybe he shouldn't have
pitched in the first place. Or was he just ineffective? Or was it a
combination of the two? He's won nearly 78 percent of his decisions
as a Boston pitcher, but he's only .500 lifetime against the
Yankees. Are they that good, or what? The questions are more than
numerous, but the answers are exactly zero.
(...a little scary when you have to
go to mlb.com for the hard-hitting commentary.)
Putting Pedro in Perspective
There will clearly be plenty of Pedro
apologists out there today. And, yes, the man deserves to have some
benefit of the doubt, especially due to past performance.
But let's also deal with the reality of baseball today, and the
decision to lock up Pedro for next year at $17.5 million was the
silliest decision of the (thus far) exceptionally well run Epstein
I love Pedro. The Fox graphic today that
listed him favorably versus Koufax was brilliant (even if they have
used it before). But the reality is that he is not a $17.5 million
pitcher right now, and strong historical, statistical evidence notes
he won't be again.
Pedro's fragility hurts this team at
precisely the wrong times. He cannot be counted on to go deep into
the game on back-to-back starts, be it because of illness, injury or
ineffectiveness. He has not pitched into the eighth inning on three
consecutive starts, for goodness gracious, since 2001. And, let's
also note that he is now 7-8 lifetime against the Yankees. (Folks,
we do not play in the same division as the Mariners.)
Pedro is a terrific pitcher. An ace on
almost every team, including this one. But here's the thing. He is
not a $17.5 million starter. No-one in baseball -- no-one -- would
have shelled out that kind of money for him next year.
Well, now you have Pedro for next year,
and we have limited financial flexibility in the off-season. We'll
have to cross our fingers and hope that Arroyo or Lyon can become a
quality starter to replace Burkett. We'll have to hope to get 180
innings (tops) out of Pedro. We'll have to hope Lowe stays injury
free. OR, we're going to have to trade Nomar for top-quality (maybe
Kevin Brown) starting pitching.
That's the predicament we are in because
of the Pedro option. So apologize for his performance today all you
want, and glorify his past performance. I don't begrudge that...
just keep it in perspective because keeping Pedro next year is a
very, very risky proposition.
Final point... it's truly ironic that
Pedro was matched up with Pettitte in this one. In today's baseball,
an inning-eater like Pettitte who also has big-time stuff and
make-up is the most valuable kind of pitcher you can have. There is
absolutely no coincidence that this current Yankee dynasty began in
Pettitte's rookie year.
- Big Tools, redsox.com fan forum
Manny Happy, Returns?
8.31: "Wearing baggy jeans and a leather hat
that looked like something from LL Cool J's collection of lids,
Manny Ramirez walked around the Red Sox clubhouse with a smile. He
joked with teammates and told one of the clubhouse attendants to
pack his bags." -
Dave Heuschkel, Hartford Courant (glad to see Manny so happy
about missing two critical games).
CLEAR MY THROAT
At the count of three
I want everybody in the place to be
To make some noise if ya down with me
One, two, three
Hit me with the horns Petey
Keep makin' noise, keep makin' noise, yeah, oh...
Here we go now, here we go now, here we go now...
Here we go, here we go, now listen
Some of y'all might know this
And some of y'all don't (jam jam)
Some of y'all might be with this, and some of y'all won't
But listen, let me clear my throat
Oh, have mercy babe, Ha!
I hope ya don't mind, let me clear my throat
Special dedication going out to everybody there
In Manoguayabo Bay in Dominican Republic here we go now
Check it out, ah huh, ah huh, ah (God Damn)
Yeah, rock to the rhythm of the funky rhyme
So I can get this in just one more time
To the bat and ya don't quit
It's that ol' skool rap with that new skool hit
Peter Petey picked a pepper but MannyKool got the Runs
And I can still rip up the park
Every God damn time I get on the plate, I go crazy
Peace out to D-Lowe, Tek, and Doug Lazy
I bet 'cha never knew but now ya know
I'm the undisputed king of this fiasco
And I never let the bat, might not tire me no more
Cuz DJ KoolManny rip up the clubhouse floor
I'ma rap a rhyme with the greatest of ease
And swing it like the man taken out by a sneeze
And if you don't like it you grab on these
And now I need some help from the Pedro please
Jam, Ha! So look it here check the flavor of the rhythm
I wrote and while I got a chance here
Let me clear my throat oh, have mercy babe, ha!
I hope ya don't mind, let me clear my throat
I need these monitors right here
Music and the monitors, and it goes a little something
Like this here ah huh ah huh ah
Now if y'all wanna party like we do
If y'all wanna party like us, lemme hear ya say
Ah ah ah ah ah, if y'all wanna party like we do
If y'all wanna party like us lemme hear ya say
Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
Now when I say uh, you say ah
Uh (clubhouse crowd) Uh (clubhouse crowd)
And now when I say hey, you say ha
Hey (clubhouse crowd) hey (clubhouse crowd)
Now when I say uh, you say ah
Uh (clubhouse crowd) Uh (clubhouse crowd)
Now when I say hey you say ha, hey (clubhouse crowd)
Now when I say Frazee you just freeze one time
When I say Frazee y'all stop on a dime
When I say Frazee you just freeze one time
When I say Frazee y'all stop on a dime freeze
Ah huh ah huh ah (God damn)
Oh, lemme send my little shout outs here
Special dedication once again going out to everybody there
Manoguayabo Bay in Dominican Republic, we love y'all madly
Special dedication going out to David O
Todd Walka da' joiner, Dirt Dog, Billy M, DJ Johnny
Cosmic Kev, special dedication going out to Nomar G
Sweet Lou, BH K, and if you're with me, if you're with me
I need some help from the music, from the Pedro
Check it out somebody make some noise in this joint man
The Vote is Official.
Lou Wins in a Landslide.
Sox on Halladay. Tek, Tiz, and Todd
Take the Weak (Jays) Off
Cy Old Hangs with Cy Young
Sox 6 Jays 3, Yanks Lose Too
"It's that one hit that makes a huge difference."
- Todd Walker
8.28.03: Larry Lucchino ahhh ummm turns into ahh Eddie Andleman
overnight. "I meant to ahh say I umm didn't agree with the ahh
sentiment after uhh talking to him yesterday... I wasn't very
Lucchino confirms it was WEEI's Pete Sheppard that set Petey off.
"Larry Lucchino has got to be steamed by this." - Shaughnessy
"Be accountable (Pedro), he said it." - Kevin Dupont
bothered or disturbed because Pedro has denied he said that those
were his sentiments. And we believe Pedro." - Larry Lucchino
Hey Larry, please do not insult the
intelligence of Red Sox Nation. You are not in San Diego any more.
This Nation may have been born at night, but it sure as hell wasn't
last night. He said it. The dirty stuff too. And of course you know
it. And you certainly are bothered and disturbed by it. Is the Rasky/Baerlein
Group telling you that bullshitting us is the way to go here? Take
our advice, let's deal with the truth, as much as it hurts. Then we
can really move on and get down to what's important.
(kiss my butt). I'm black and I'm Dominican. I'll make my $17.5
million next year, and then I'm out of here.''
Hey Karen Guregian, there were no
"kisses" or "butts" mentioned in Pedro's vile statement to his fans
that pay his salary. You're close on the action he'd like us to
take, but not quite. As legitimate media, aren't you supposed to get
the quote correct?
Sox brass will let it slide: Hopes Pedro storm blows over
Everyone looks for something to set themselves apart, something to
make them different. Everyone has their own little unique routine or
style, something that is, uniquely, theirs. This is especially true
in the world of sports: Nomar has his rituals at the plate and
leaving the dugout, Trot has the dirtiest hat in the history of the
MLB. Then there is Manny, who is, simply, Manny. And it is these
differences, these bits of self in a uniform game that we love and
another facet of the sports world, the ink stained and carpel tunnel
syndrome cursed land of the sports writer, these personal touches
are not only nice, but required. Bob Ryan has his two voices: the
cranky old man lamenting how it used to be or the genuine old timer,
steeped in the game's rich past, who can appreciate what he sees now
on the field. The same is true for all the other columnists in the
papers, the voices on the radio and the masses that lend their views
to the internet, including yours truly. The Sports Guy is funny, Rob
Neyer is a stat head and Gordon Edes knows pretty much everything.
Everyone has an opinion about everything Sox related, and a good
number of people can write pretty darn well. Then what gets people
to read what you have to write? Those individual special touches
you, and only you can put into your writing. Some may call them
gimmicks, and yeah, they probably are. And sports fans, I have found
one for me. No longer is the fact I am only entering the senior year
of high school enough to keep the eyeballs here. Times change and I
will change with them. And with that, I'd like to unveil my new
gimmick. I'm going to be happy and positive about all things in Red
Sox Nation. I'm going to be an optimist.
quote the adjective defying, disgraced ex-coach of the Boston
Celtics, one Rick Pitino: "The negativity in this town sucks." You
know what? Rick was right about that, it does. Maybe we, the
hometown, homegrown faithful, don't realize it, but we are a very
pessimistic and downtrodden bunch. It seems we are always
complaining, lamenting our fortune or screaming about how the sky is
falling. Just this week, several mean callers harassed Kevin Millar
while he was on WAAF. I guess they spoke too soon. Millar won it in
the 10th on Saturday, did he not? Well, I for one have learned my
lesson. Take, for instance, the Sox record since the all-star break.
Did you know that it is 21-17? Before their current winning streak,
it was 16-17. But you know what, all that means is that they have
gotten their second half losing out of the way early, and now can
start up winning. Just like Jeff
Suppan! He had three lousy starts after Theo snatched him from
Pittsburgh. We saw Friday how good he can be, as he went 6-2/3
innings and allowed only two runs to a solid Mariner lineup. So for
those of you writing off the other recent acquisitions, Sauerbeck
and Williamson, just give them a chance. Things should work out for
How about the fact every expert on ESPN has decided that the Sox
will be the odd man out in their four teams for three spots race
with the Yankees, Mariners and A's. It's not just the commentators.
ESPN.com poll results show that 44% of the 160 thousand voters agree
with the on air talent that it will be another cold October in New
England. You know what that means? Just that the Sox will have a
little Cinderella magic going for them when they do make the
playoffs. They can draw on the fact they have been discounted all
along for an extra drive. Surely, it does not mean that it is clear
to anyone anywhere the Sox are cooked.
Maybe it is just the five game winning streak, including a four game
sweep of the Mariners, but I am feeling great about this team.
However, what I'm feeling even better about is this new optimism of
mine. The glass is half full and the Sox are catching the Yankees,
A's and Mariners, not falling back of them.
There's negativity just swirling all around this team, and you know
what, it just stinks! I promise I will not be a part of it. At
least, until they lose another game.
Look for Lou to Come Home
for the Fall (and the Rise)
Costly, Manny Chokes in the Clutch, Sauerbeck "Rusty" Again.
12 Sox 9, Missed Opportunity to Move Up
To Little: Too
Grady Leaves Tim in Too Long,
Takes Soup Out Too Soon
Little: Margin for Error
Grady Makes All the Wrong
Moves, More Fan Mail Coming
McCarty in Left, Jackson in
Center, Kapler in Right Tonight. Damon, Trot, and Ortiz will Sit.
But How Will it Sit with Them?
(At least Mirabelli is catching)
The Full Petey
(This is what he said, anything else is BS)
"The media and fans can
(expletive) my f***ing (expletive). I'll make my $17.5 (million)
next year and I'm outta here. They're criticizing me because I'm
black and Dominican."
(Yeah right. Umm, and shouldn't we go out to
dinner first Pete?)
"I can look myself in the mirror. I wasn't
eavesdropping. I asked the Pedro about the criticism he received
while being attacked by hosts and callers. I hope he isn't calling
me a liar. I hope he just had second thoughts about what he said."
- Jon Miller, WBZ radio
Brass Sick of P. Dirty. Take That to the Bank.
"We're Not Negative, We're
"Where has the media been so negative? I've heard the boos at Fenway
Park, when Sauerbeck walks two guys, then Williamson comes in and
gives up the home run. I've heard the boos, fine. Boos are boos.
Boos are legitimate. I don't know where this great negativity is
coming from. I don't hear it. I don't think this is a great negative
town, these are people who want to win. What's the problem?... We're
not negative, we're not. I mean we're trying to have a sense of
humor. OK, we're cynical. Cynical is one thing. Sarcastic is one
thing. Negative? You want to see negative? Print the headline "We
Hope You Lose, You Losers." That's negative. "You Guys Really
Stink." That's negative. I mean this is kid glove stuff. There's no
atmosphere of negativity around here, there's an atmosphere of
caring but in a cynical and humorous way." Guys like Nixon and
Varitek understand it. You want to pick out something negative, pick
out the way the media handled the Catholic church, that's negative.
But it's directed in the right places. You want to pick out
something negative about the Red Sox? Point out the way we handled
the previous ownership, that's deserved. - Bob Lobel, WBZ-TV4
Just What the Doctor
He's the Pitcher of
How Sweep It Is!
The Red Sox Have Done it Again Today,
Sox 8 Mariners 1
P. Dirty is Pitcher Perfect Against
Ortiz is the Real Deal.
Hi Manny (He Must See Us Waving Our Little Dominican Flag).
Talk of Division in Sox Clubhouse!
Red Sox Ready to Go After
Going, Going, Gone
is All Done in Boston
(He will not be resigned by the
Boston Red Sox. End of discussion.)
"You think I'm f***ing lying. I'm only f***ing
human. Can't I get sick? I'm not f***ing fine. Can you see I'm not
f***ing fine? I would have been in that f***ing game if I was fine.
(Conditions seem ripe for a no-hitter today)
I'll make my $17.5 (million) next year and
I'm outta here.
(Don't kid yourself, he said it, and then
teammates silently seethe about the star treatment afforded
Martinez." - Sean McAdam
How Will Sox Spend
the Extra Dough?
at Home D-Lowe and D.O. Steal the Show
Boston 6 Seattle 1
Cowboy Up and
Off the Wall
"Lights Out" Kim Blows it Again But
Sox Win in 10
Sox 7 Seattle 6 in 10
Old Man Winner Goes Today
Will the real John Burkett please step up?
Pedro only has a sore throat from Wednesday night's
episode. May start Tuesday vs. Jays.
And Suppan Throws
Red Sox 6 Mariners 4, Wild Tied
Let the Manny Come Through
Williamson, Trot Save the Day. Ramirez, Tek Put M's
(BHK Almost Leaves Sox DOA)
Pedro Covers Up!
Recovering from flu-like symptoms, Pedro Martinez
(with wig and beard disguise to avoid fans) gets some fresh air in Cambridge
Janet Marie Smith tucks him in.
But his Dream Team at St. E's says he still needs
more rest after being diagnosed with a sore throat.
Feelin' Stronger Every Day
We do believe the news
And we know you believe in Pete
And now we realize
Pete's not all that he's supposed to be
And knowing that you would have wanted it this way
We do believe he's feelin' stronger every day
Feelin' stronger every day
Feelin' stronger every day
Feelin' stronger every day
(You know he's alright now)
Feelin' stronger every day...
The Came, They Saugus, They Conquered?
Does Saugus Have the Right Stuff?
Newsflash: Nomar Unhappy
New at 11:00, Oakland's Frank Menechino breaks the news that Nomar
is very unhappy here. NESN PR gurus to respond with Tom "Mike
Wallace" Caron doing a fireside chat from the East Oakland Marriott
Courtyard (as soon as Larry Rasky removes the Millar tape).
Video Killed the Radio Story
Here comes Millar the Video Star. I guess we were Born in the
Down Goes Fossum. Down Goes Fossum.
Bronson on the Front Burner
Pesky and El Tiante Weigh in on
Pedro's No Show
“I never did. That never happened in my day,” said Pesky. “We
had some guys that might’ve been hung over, but they still got to
the park. I played with some rascals.”
Luis Tiant never called in sick. Then again,
he used to pitch on four days of rest and probably walked 10 miles
“Different era. Different mentality.
Everything has changed,” he said. “Today they’ve got specialty this,
specialty that. When I play, you start the game, you better finish.
Don’t be looking to the bullpen.”
Tiant had heard from Manny Ramirez that Pedro
hadn’t been feeling well the past few days. Asked what El Tiante
would have done in a similar situation yesterday, he said he’d
probably drag himself to the park.
They Shoot Aces, Don't They?
This is about flu-like symptoms -- and hey, you can never be too
careful. After all, influenza killed 21 million people worldwide ...
Perhaps that's a little too glib
-- the flu can really take a person out of commission, and knock
them off their game. Then again, can't a broken ankle, like the one
Kerri Strug vaulted on at the 1996 Summer Olympics? What about a
mangled knee, like the one Willis Reed hobbled on in Game 7 of the
1973 NBA Finals? Or the separated shoulder Emmitt Smith played
through in January 1994 against the New York Giants? Or the hip and
foot injuries that slowed, but never stopped, three-time Boston
Marathon champion Uta Pippig?
I suppose you can't really
compare them, though. Pippig has her titles. Strug has a gold medal.
Reed's Knicks won that championship. Smith's Cowboys won the NFC
East, then the Super Bowl.
Pedro has his Cy Young Awards, a
long list of memorable performances, and a right hand completely
bereft of championship rings.
Spin Doctors Give an
Extra (Innings) Opinion
Larry Lucchino: "Doctor Morgan
will be on to put this issue to bed so to speak. Pedro is a real
competitor, anyone who knows Pedro knows that he wanted that ball
tonight (so why didn't he sleep it off and take it for one inning?),
that his teammates wanted him, were counting on him, and it took
some serious, uh adverse medical, uh information to keep him from
pitching tonight, so I think we should not run off half-cocked on
that theory because that's just nonsense. This guy had some serious
medical issues to deal with and as it turned out it worked out
pretty well, Casey came up big and stepped right into the breach (of
contract?) ... People that know him, people that played with him,
that know something about his personality will testify to the fact
that this guy is an intense competitor (no doubt), when he gets that
baseball in his hand (that's the problem, doesn't happen enough), he
is as intense and competitive as anybody I've ever seen on a
pitcher's mound and so the notion that somehow that he backed away
from the night is complete nonsense (obviously, but he should have
called the doctors at night and tried to get ready to pitch in a
critical pennant race game.)
Doctor Makes a House Call
A Little Morgan Magic Over at NESN
Pedro could be 'upgraded' to strep throat by the
morning. He was taking evaluation tests until 2:00 (or
"hospitalized" for the apologist inclined)
Dr. Broadway Bill Morgan: That
was really the first indication there was a problem (phone call from
Pedro), we don't hear from Pedro early in the morning very
frequently and he's so intense on the day that he's pitching, he
contacted Chris Correnti around 7:00-7:30 (late eh?) this morning,
Chris contacted me. And just that series of phone calls indicated
there was a problem. Pedro came in, he had a problem with uh a lot
of problems with sore throat he had a fever, a significant fever,
over 101 when he came in. He had some abdominal pain as well, and
Pedro essentially spent the whole day at the hospital being
evaluated from approximately 8:00 o'clock in the morning until about
2:00 o'clock in the afternoon.
Rodgers: A lot of issues too, he wasn't
able to sleep last night because of the symptoms that he had that
came on last night and then as you, you know, diagnose him I mean
basically the medical staff advising him, there's no way he could
DBM: Yeah, I have to tell you, since the
time he arrived at the hospital, he was intending on pitching
tonight and as the series of events went through, with the fever,
with the blood work that he had that showed he had a high white
count, meaning he had an infection going on, I advised against him
pitching. I mean he was tired, he had to have an IV put in because
he was dehydrated, he was a sick guy and he's a little better right
now but he's still a sick guy.
Rodgers: So what's wrong with him?
DBM: He has a series of things, he has
what looks like strep throat and this is the pharyngitis that we're
talking about, a very bad red throat, and we're waiting for the
cultures to come back to be sure but he's being treated with the
antibiotics for that. He's also had some abdominal pain and he went
through a series of tests today that luckily were negative,
including a CT scan, uh but he still has some pain, and we're
watching closely for that.
Rodgers: He's at home resting
comfortably right now? He's not in the hospital?
DBM: That is correct, we'll see how he's
feeling tomorrow morning, if he has continued problems with his
abdomen, then we need to do a little more testing to see where he
is. If he's feeling better and his temperature's down, and his
energy level is up, then I think it's safe for him to be mobilized
Rodgers really laying it on heavy:
Sometimes when you pitch when you're sick, sometimes you can get
other injuries when your body's not ready to recuperate after
throwing, is that right or no?
DBM: Oh sure, particularly somebody like
Pedro who's such a gamer (yikes) you know, you see the difference in
how he is when he's not playing than when he is playing. He's
focused, he doesn't speak a lot (either way right Doc?), and he's
intense and he's going to throw and pitch and move as quickly and as
hard as he possibly can despite how he feels, and we all know that,
and this is not the time for him to be pushing it (of course not, it
never is) with a 101 fever and really his energy level being way
down (from all the horseplay in the dugout I guess).
Stay tuned for some good blister talk
when we continue...
Pedro Has a Sore Throat!
(Or Pharyngitis in Apologist Speak)
Imodium and Halls
(Apparently Sold Out at Store 24 in Newton)
What did Pedro do on his night off?
After he watched the gritty Saugus Americans battle their hearts out
against Texas, Petey watched ESPN Classic Sports where prima donna
Michael Jordan was throwing up his own guts just moments before Game
5 of the 1997 NBA Finals in Salt Lake City. Jordan brushed aside a
fever, vomiting and other flu-like symptoms and out-hustled the Jazz
for 44 minutes. Pippen helped MJ off the court during a fourth
quarter timeout. Michael was exhausted and dazed. His eyes were more
bloodshot than Robert Downey Jr.'s after touring the Los Angeles
rave scene. In the 1987 finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin
McHale played with a broken battered right foot. He reportedly used
a patio chair as a walker when he was off court. "With all that
pain, we don't want you to play,'' K.C. Jones said, adding "He said,
`I'm doing this!' "It's a testament ... to his fiber,''
Parish said. "Most players with a broken foot wouldn't think of
playing.'' Back in 1997, the big wuss Sid Fernandez pitched with a
fever and sore throat. "I've got the flu, it looks like," Fernandez
said, sucking on a cough drop. "I started feeling it Friday." But he
pitched his turn on Saturday.
"I'm Sick of Him!"
Dan Shaughnessy's Two Cents on FM
Talk 96.9 with Bob Lobel: The guy might have been sick, we have
to take that on faith that he was sick, but there's certainly reason
to be suspicious of some of these guys right now and he's one of
them. He blows off the team picture, he's been hypersensitive this
year, he's lugging around 9 wins on August 22nd which is hardly Cy
Young caliber. I'm sick of him, you know? He's a great pitcher when
he's on. He's become 3/4 of a pitcher that you cannot count on
anymore. It's unfortunate that he got sick so we hope he gets well,
how's that. But I think as many have said, you got to be
near-death-bed to be not pitching that game last night under the
Bob Lobel: I would say that you
have to have a near-death experience to not come out.
DS: And you know what? The team
picture is just one more thing, it's like "you suckers gotta do this
stuff and I don't." And I'm sorry, say it's a small thing, but
if I'm John Henry paying this guy $17 million after they extended
him for next year out of the goodness of their hearts when they
didn't have to, and he's lugging around 9 wins in August, um, show
up for the team picture, don't make chumps out of your teammates.
Bob Lobel: And now you're being told
that we should feel lucky that this was all he had. This wasn't like
malaria or dysentery.
DS: Oh yeah, thank God he's not a
patient over at the clinic, it's like, geeze, c'mon.
Bob Lobel: So let's say you have what we
affectionately used to call "the green apple quick steps" in Ohio.
That would be diarrhea. That's why they have Imodium. That's why
they have this medicine at your local store. So let's say you have a
sore throat, I mean, that's why you... he hasn't talked all
year anyway. I don't get it.
DS: Bill Ballou's lead today in the
Worcester Telegram : "Pedro Martinez wasn't the only one around here
who had felt something tightening in his throat in recent days..."
Isn't that a great lead?
Has Millar Gone
Millar in the media: "I want to see somebody cowboy up and stand
behind this team one time and quit whining about all the negative
stuff and talking about last year's team and 10 years ago and 1918.
When you play for the Red Sox and you're in the race and you get to
this time of year, you're going to hear about The Curse. There's no
way around it."
Yeah Kevin, there's no way around it. Especially when the Red Sox
run ads for "Red Sox Rewind" that say "You can't reverse the curse,
but you can rewind the week." There's no way around it when you
star in a commercial for W.B. Mason that shows fake World Series
banners from years like 1945 and 1965 that never happened because of
"The Truth about Ruth" in 1919. Who knew Kevin? Who knew?
Millar in the media: "Three things particularly rankled Millar in
recent days: a group of television commentators writing off the
team, a postgame television analyst suggesting Derek Lowe should
have tried to go deeper in Tuesday's game despite a finger blister,
and several callers to a radio show describing the Sox as inferior
to the Yankees during an appearance by Millar. Four of the six
(callers) were telling me, 'You (stink). You guys (stink),' " he
said. "I mean, four of the six callers are against you?"
Hey Kevin, take it up with Eck and Gary Tanguay, but you were on
WAAF when callers told you to "dust off your clubs." It's a hard
rock station with a bunch of headbanger listeners you goof. They're
not baseball fans. You asked for more Yankee callers yourself and
now you're bitching about it you goof.
Millar in MLB.com column: "We have a bunch of dirtbags and we're
ready to win. It's almost to the point where the media is waiting
for you to fail. The radio shows, the TV shows, the newspapers, want
you to fail. You almost get that sense."
You forgot to add that "Nomar Garciaparra contributed to this
report" because you haven't been here long enough, you goof.
Owner/Player Roundtable Leaves Media Mess Unresolved.
Mess with Saugus!
Eight Run Lead
Vanishes But Americans Come Back to Beat Richmond Texas 14-13
(Timmy had a tummy ache but played
STEP UP AND
STOP THE BLEEDING
D.O. Gets it Done.
"It was the biggest
game of the year because it's today." - Fossum
Manny, Walker Run Away from A's
Grady: "Pedro was still laid up in the
SICK OF IT ALL
Photo and Doesn't Get the Picture
Fans Are Sick to Their
ACE DISGRACE MAY TAKE SOX OUT OF RACE
(Yes, Over the Top, Lighten
PART-TIME TAKES SICK TIME AFTER HAVING A FUN TIME IN THE DUGOUT LAST
PEDRO CALLS IN SICK WITH THE SNIFFLES
FOSSUM STARTS FOR DOMINICAN DIVA
Things that make you go hmm: First
Grady says "He's been battling something all week." Later in the day
he says "This just kicked up last night."
Pedro Didn't Call Grady Until the
Morning, Went to St. E's to Have "Stomach and Sore Throat" Checked
Out. This Can't Be Happening.
Did NyQuil Go Out of Business?
Is Pedro Run Down Because of
All the International Travel this Season?
Is This Photogate Discipline
Millar, Is Pedro Going to "Cowboy Up" Tonight?
MUST WIN GAME
As New England
Battles Texas Tonight
(and Sox play out string at
Fenway... KIDDING... Lighten up Sunshine, a.k.a. Mediabasher Millar,
we want you to win, you goof.)
Joins Silent Superstars After Blistergate.
is Back, Blows Off Team Photo Again
Larry Lucchino: "It's not too
much to ask him to show up. Someone will talk to him, either the
manager, or the GM, or me. He has a history of this... in six years,
he's made two pictures. It's a little bit troublesome... the whole
organization was there, it would have been nice... they'll be some
kind of discipline."
Red Sox Broadcasting Legend Ken
Coleman Has Died. R.I.P.
1925 - 2003... 1967
Doesn't Catch Clutch Throw
Now Entering Choakland, MA
"We've got to find a way." -
Out the Lights,
The Party's Over,
They Say That All
Good Things Must End
BK Comes in 8th, Can't
Belli Doesn't Bunt,
Blows Play at Plate,17 LOB
Oakland 8 Boston 6
8 Games Behind Yankees
in Loss Column After Pig Pen's Latest Effort
We'll Get 'Em Tomorrow
Gotta Tip Your Cap to 'Em
"We need to head upward, tomorrow's a new day, we've got Pedro
Martinez going, we'll see if we can't get it headed upward. All of
our losses are tough, I can't put any more weight on them, but when
you're up two runs and want to get six outs and can't get them,
it'll hum up right quick." - real Grady
Manny Looks Bad in
Nomar Hasn't Had an RBI Since 1998.
on My Thumb
When I'm out pitching I throw my stuff
yeah I'm so strung out
ball's high as a kite but I just might stop to strike you out
don't let me go on like a blister on my thumb
don't let me go on bullpen I know your the one
body gets beat I stain my sheets I don't even know why
my fan friends they're at the end they are starting to cry
don't let me go on like a blister on my thumb
don't let me go on bullpen I know your the one...
A's Add Insult to
SOX BLOWE IT
Alley is Back as
WHERE WAS EMBREE EARLY GRADY?
Chad Sauerbeck and Ramiro Williamson Give it Away.
Sox Get F for Effort Against A's. Little's Big Men Kapler, Jackson
Get Sox in Front Early,
But Bats are Awfully Quiet Late.
Oakland 3 Boston 2, No Mas, No Manny
Keep Sox Under Their Thumb
Blistering Through 6,
Grady Thought He Would Go 9,
Maybe He Played 18 on Monday.
Grady's Little League
Blood-and-Guts Derek Fingers the Media,
Eck's Not High on D-Lowe
"He doesn't say the right things to me, doesn't give
me a lot of confidence. I wanted to hear him say "I couldn't feel
the ball" but he says nonchalant
"I'm worried about the rest of the
year"" - Eck
Was Boo-Boo Getting Worse?
"I don't know, not necessarily, it's the same blister. I mean it's
hard to explain. It's to the point where you really can't throw
effective, and you have to look down the line, you want to pitch
every five days, that's the biggest key. Hearsay is pretty easy. Obviously you guys
don't want to talk about the game, you just want to talk about the
blister." - Lowe
Rust Never Sleeps
(Neither Do the Excuses)
""I'm a guy who needs to be out there every day, I'm a feel pitcher.
When I have four days off, if you look at my career numbers, I'm not
that good with that amount of rest." - Sauerbeck
Can Theo Claim that Sauerbeck and Suppan are Injured
and Get Freddy Sanchez Back?
The Arrogant A Makes an Appearance
Has-Beane GM Doesn't Like Fenway Boo-Birds (Boo-Hoo)
Need to Get Straight A's This Week
All Dressed Up.
Somewhere to Go?
Where's the Old
Chicken Fajita Stand?
Another Hot Saugust Night in Williamsport
Saugus 4 East Boynton Beach 3
Craig Cole, Second Base.
Why Can't We Get Players Like That?
Ump Dumps on John
Burkett Gets Squeezed
in Fatal Fourth
Seattle 3 Boston 1
Think Wild After West, Pennant Express Derailed
The Long and Grinding Road Leaves Sox
Six Games Back in Loss Column
Grady's Post Game Press Conference:
"I'll tell you what, I'm not happy about coming back 3-4 on this
trip. No way. We're not here to compete, we're here to win. And that
was a game we could have won today. Granted we were the victim of
some inconsistencies out there, but if we took a better plate
approach early, we might have had a few more runs up on the board.
We weren't patient enough and I don't know what the big hurry was...
we're all gettin' on the plane home at the same time last time I
checked... bottom line is we're running out of time, we've gotta'
get it done today, not tomorrow. We'll solve this problem of what
appears to be a lackluster performance at the end of these road
trips but now we're going home. Our fans will be ready. And I
promise you this, this team will be ready to battle Tuesday night
and won't be satisfied with nothing less than a win. No excuses.
We've got the team. It's time to get the wins, and to get on a roll.
This one step forward, one step back bulls*** is unacceptable. We've
got the talent to put together a winning streak here and it's got to
happen now. We're about .500 since the All-Star break and that's a
big disappointment throughout this organization. We should be even
with the Yankees, but we're six games out in the loss column...
and... well, good thing we got that dang wildcard, but this team
wants the division championship, so they better get after it now or
it will be gone quicker than a jackrabbit on the 17th green at
Garcia is in Rare Form
Grady Can't Fire Up
on Getaway Day Again
Sox Trip Back Home
Bats Packed for Flight,
While Burkett Puts Up Fight
Saugus or Bust
Muldoon Spells Doom
for Washington, 2-1
Boston 5 Seattle 1
Suzuki Throttles Timlin in Sloppy
Suppan Stinks and It Sucks.
Walker Runs Up the Score for Seattle.
Shigetoshi Hasegawa, 'Nuf Said.
Mariners 10 Red Sox 5
They Came, They Saugus
Saugus (1-0) a 2-1 win Friday over Tallmadge, Ohio, in the
opening game of the Little League World Series.
ALL ABOARD THE PENNANT
NOW LEAVING SPLITSVILLE,
NEXT STOP SEATTLE
A Manny Among Men,
Ramirez Rallies Sox
Mr. Clutch Crushes One in 9th,
Gabe, Damon Kap it Off in 10th
Mueller Drives in Winner
Oakland 2 Road Sox 4
Gotta Tip Your Cap to
and Especially Tim
(Momma Ramirez Feeling
Lightheaded After Rare West Coast August Road Rally Win)
Massive Power Outage
Sox Wilt Under Lilly
While A's Have a Rude aWakening
Can't see nothin' in front of us
Can't see nothin' coming up behind
We make our way through this darkness
We can't feel nothing but this chain that binds us
Lost track of how far we've gone
How far we've gone, how high we've climbed
On our back's an 85-year-old stone
On our shoulder a half mile of lies
Come on up for the rising
Come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight
Left the Park this evening
Balls stinging filled the air
Wearin' the cross of our calling
On Grady Fire! they came fallin' down hill
Come on up for the rising
Come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight
Li,li, li,li,li,li, li,li,li
There's spirits above and behind us
Aces gone bad, but his eyes burnin' bright
May his precious pitch blind us
Lord, as we stand before the Yankee fight
Li,li, li,li,li,li, li,li,li
I see you Manny in the garden
In the garden of a thousand sighs
There's a perfect picture of our players
Dancin' in a diamond filled with light
May we feel teams around us
May we feel them lose it this time
A dream Series comes to us
Like a catfish dancin' on the end of my line
Sky of blackness and sorrow (a dream of mine)
Sky of love, sky of tears (a dream of mine)
Sky of glory and sadness (a dream of mine)
Sky of mercy, sky of fear (a dream of mine)
Sky of memory and shadow (a dream of mine)
Your burnin' wind fills our Park tonight
Sky of longing and emptiness (a dream of mine)
Sky of fullness, sky of blessed strife
Come on up for the rising
Come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight
Li,li, li,li,li,li, li,li,li
On the Third Day
They Rose Again
Manny, Millar, Mueller Break Out the Bats,
Mulder Off the Mark,
Sox 7 A's 3
D-Lowe Shows Up,
Puts His Game Face On
"It was time to cowboy up and we needed someone to cowboy up,
and D-Lowe did it for us." -- Kevin Millar
Make This Thing Go Right)
I wanna pitch right now
Not Cy Young bound but I get Lowe down
I'm not internationally known
But I'm known to rock the pitchers mound
Because I get stoopid, I mean outrageous
Stay away from me if you're contagious
'Cause I'm the winner, no, I'm not the loser
To be a starter is what I choose 'a
Ladies love me, fans adore me
I mean even the ones in Boston that boo me
Like the way that I'll pitch against Oakland
The reason why, man, I don't know
So let's go, 'cause
It takes Lowe to make a thing go right
It takes Lowe to give the A's a fight
Hear Her Now?
West Coast Trip
Continues Heading South
Inning Fiasco for Burkett
Push Across Runners in 8th, Mueller, Nomar, Manny Fail Miserably
A's 5 Sox 3
August Continues, Yankees Win
Ted's Hole Head Sits in Can. DNA Gone.
Sox Can't ComPete
FLOWS THROUGH BOSTON, MARTINEZ DOESN'T BRING A's-GAME
Pedro's Pooped After
Team Barely Alive
West Coast Trip:
Bulldog Blows Away Sox,
Oakland 4 Boston 0
Rem-Dog with the mic on:
"Something smells like dead fish in here... I think
it's that bag of shit over there... Chinese food."
(No Jerry, it's your team that stinks.)
We'll Get 'Em Today
"bring your lunch pail and
your hard hat"
"If you don't win this game,
you'll take it to your f***ing grave...
your f***ing grave."
- Herb Brooks (1937 -
2003) before 1980 gold medal game vs. Finland
Hey Pedro, Your Mother
Wears Army Boots!
Time to Fire Up Angry Ace Again.
Petey Loves a
But the Pennant Race Must Be On as
Pedro Skips Dominican Parade in Jamaica Plain to fly to Oakland to
Prepare for A's.
Soup Kitchen Feeds Birds
No Mulligan for You!
Orioles 5 Red Sox
Little – Margin for Error:
Been Caught Stealing Twice.
Project Greenlight Grady:
Manny, Trot Go Belly Up on the Basepaths
Foul Tip: Don't Swing at
Balls in the Dirt, Dog.
Limp to Left Coast
Bronson Arroyo Throws Perfect Game
Millar, Manny Step Up, Stop Skid
Sox 6 Orioles 4
Wake Up to #2?
OPENING DAY NIGHTMARE
Double Header Trouble
Baltimore, Sox Less.
Grady, Error Costly in Nightcap,
DuBose Does in Sox
Groom Left Grady Disheveled
Division Slipping Away While Oakland Looks Pretty Wild.
(And Where's Bandwagon Hitter
Blows Game One
Rotten Tomato Shirts Stop Streak
10-4 Good Buddy
And Welcome to Boston
Opening Day Diehards:
No Entertainment, No Gifts, No Thanks.
Ready for Ray
Opening Day Pullout Section Tomorrow with Full Calendar of Events
Bless America to be sung by Bette Midler
and Ashton Kutcher to throw out first pitch
will introduce the 2003 Baltimore Orioles
Yastrzemski will introduce the 2003 Boston Red Sox
appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, Yo-Yo Ma, and
(Update: Duffle bags will bring provided so
you can carry your gifts home. Free Plasma TVs will be delivered by
August 22nd. The Red Sox thank you for taking two vacation days off
and for paying $400.00 for grandstand, $200.00 bleacher.
Burkett Goes in Final
Tune-Up Against Angels Tonight.
Florida Goes Deep Twice
Against World Chumps
Sox Bring Angels Down to Earth
9 Anaheim 3, Sweep Up.
Old Man Winner Does it Again,
Burkett Workin' 9-5
(Sign him for '04 before the
price goes up!)
NESN: In an Effort to Steal Pedro's Thunder He Will Offer Mia Culpa
to Red Sox Nation, Shed Some Tears, and Sign On for Eight More Years
at $72.5 Million
"yeah (shoulder shrug) I
like it here..." - N. Garciaparra
COMPLETE PETE CAN'T
Pedro Pride is Back.
Martinez Silences Angels Bats, And Devilish Critics.
Ace Positively Accentuates
the Negative, Gets Sox Back in Division Race
''You could see it in his eyes -- he wanted to go out and get it for
Put Him On Standby to Santo
Pete Finally Steps
Up to the Plate, And Ump, Wall
Offer Second Helping
Ortiz, Manny, Nomar Bring the Sticks. Pedro Brings the Stones.
(pitch counts are for wussies)
Life in the Fast Lane:
#1 Goes 96 on 128
(after flying around on 747)
Boston 4 Anaheim 2
Rock Star is Quite the Catch
If Pedro Gets
Torched Tonight, He'll Only Need a One-Way Ticket for His Next Trip
Hate to Rain on
Pedro's Parade But He Has to Punch in for that Pesky Red Sox
Pitching Job Again
Pressure's on Pete
Can He Shoulder
the Load Tonight?
8.5.03 ESPN's Tim Kirkjian Chimes In with Craig Mustard & Larry
Johnson on WEEI 850:
TK: Pedro is different in that he has to be a little bit more
protected than your normal ace starting pitcher. And he should. He's
a little guy who's had some arm problems, and he's the most
important guy on the team. Anytime that he's been hurt over the
years, the team goes in the tank. They win without Nomar
occasionally, they don't win when Pedro goes out for a long period
of time. So I think everyone in the organization understands that
Pedro needs to be treated differently than say Barry Zito needs to
be treated. Or than Curt Schilling needs to be treated. And everyone
needs to understand that's the way it works.
CM: Well in other words then if Pedro wants to go to the Dominican
Republic for the All Star break and then wants to return for the Pan
American games two weeks later then the organization has to allow
him to do that because he's a temperamental, delicate, fragile
psyche that needs to be pampered.
TK: I think there's some truth to that, however, I still can't
understand for a second how Pedro doesn't start the first game back
after the All-Star break (CM: Makes no sense to me, how does the
best pitcher in the American League... you're going against Roy
Halliday, having a great year, maybe the Cy Young winner, he was
allowed to go a day early. How can he not come after leaving the
Dominican Republic and pitch in the first game.
TK: Well I don't understand that one at all. I was talking with my
old writer friends the other day about when we used to cover Earl
Weaver in Baltimore... imagine telling Earl Weaver, "look, I'm gonna
be back Thursday but I'm not gonna pitch Thursday, I'm not gonna
pitch until Sunday." That would not have flown 20 years ago
certainly, and only Pedro can get away with that. Now should he get
away with that? No, I don't think he should. All I'm saying is, if
he says "my arm is hurt" or "I'm in trouble here," then you have to
protect him. But as long as he's healthy, he should have started the
game back after the All-Star break.
CM: Now here's the problem, if you project it out, not only does he
miss a start against I believe it was Tampa Bay, he still gets to
pitch against the Yankees in his third start back if he pitches
Thursday against Halladay and the Blue Jays. He missed the Baltimore
series altogether for the Pan American games. If he starts that
Thursday after the break, he pitches in Baltimore and probably beats
TK: Well again, if he starts Thursday, he starts again the following
Tuesday, so clearly he's going to miss a start because he was
spending time in the Dominican and he wasn't starting a game he
should have started. And if the Red Sox end up losing the wild card
by one game, yeah you can look at that, but, again, that's Pedro,
and you have to be a little bit cautious with him, but I didn't
understand that one.
Sox Found Out
About Pan Am Trip Two Weeks Ago
Then why wasn't it announced until the night before the flight?
From Soup to Nuts
No Soup for
You! (Jeff Gets a Mulligan), But Manny, Millar, Nomar Lead Sox
Comeback in Wild One
Nixon Gets the Game Winner
Against Angels Best; Timlin, Williamson Hard in the Middle, Closer
by Kimmittee Finishes Job.
10-9 "Big at-bat (by Trot Nixon)" - G. Little
McCarty Parks at Fenway,
Sox Pick Up Oakland Waiver
Giambi on 15 day DL with Hellenic Shoulder Tendonitis
(He's actually really hurt)
McCarty, 33, an outfielder who hit .269
with two homers in eight games with the Athletics before being
released is a career .236 hitter with 31 homers and 150 RBI in 512
games with Minnesota, San Francisco, Seattle, Kansas City, Tampa Bay
and Oakland. He will also be a defensive backup at first base for
the Red Sox.
Jeff's Cookin' in Fenway Kitchen
"Pedro Pitches His
Ass Off, Who Cares
What He Does On His Off Days?"
"Uh, oh. I knew someone was going to get
around to it.
The problem is, Pedro ISN'T pitching his
ass off, and that's obvious to anyone who watches him obsessively.
He has been merely pedestrian vs LH batters, rarely going 94-95 mph,
and with much less velocity delta and movement on the change and
two-seamer -- essential to getting LHs out. His command is not there
-- and with an injury, that's the first thing to notice, not a loss
of velocity. I raise my glass to him for gutting it out as long as
My guess is, he's hurting, especially
after laboring through several high pitch count, tough outings. The
extra time off was probably a gamble. Imagine trying to make a deal
for a starter at the deadline if Pedro's on the DL with another
This is the way it is, IMO. And it's
only my opinion. But I've watched so many Pedro sequences of
hitters, left-handed and right-handed, where he would masterfully
move from pitch to pitch, changing velocity/location/movement, like
a maestro. Now, it's pretty obvious after one time through the
lineup what he's got on the menu on a given night." - Carroll Hardy,
pedro marteamez pan scam game
PEDRO, GRADY PUT
PAN AM GAMES AHEAD OF RED SOX ROTATION
POST-ALL STAR GAME
STARTS SCHEDULED WITH SECOND DOMINICAN VACATION IN MIND
The 13 Game Schedule They
Pedro Starting on Eight-Days-Off Sunday After All-Star
Third Start is Conveniently Thursday 7/31 at Texas, Next Start
is Wednesday, 8/6 vs. Anaheim, Allowing Pedro to Go to Back to
Dominican Again for Pan Am Games Parties.
The 14 Game Schedule They
Pedro Starting on Thursday After All-Star Break:
Third Start Would Have Been Sunday 7/27 vs. Yankees (last game of
series). Fourth Start Would Have Been Saturday Night in Baltimore,
Party Time in Santo Domingo.
Tim Kirkjian, ESPN: "He should have started the
first day back from the All Star break, I don't get that one at
SOX KNEW PAN SCAM
SCHEDULE THEN, BUT MADE ANNOUNCEMENT THE NIGHT BEFORE FLIGHT
Who Asked Who, When?
From panamgames2003.com, 8.1.03: "It is reported that
baseball star Pedro Martínez has received special leave from his
team, the Boston Red Sox, to take part in the ceremony. President
Mejía will declare the Games open, and at long last the torch will
be lit by Dominican baseball legend Juan Marichal."
Two for 'Tiz
Change in the Weather,
Bats Show a Little Thunder, Sox Pour it On Late
Boston 7 Baltimore
Solo Shots Reign Down on
All Time Lowe
Sox Shamefully Drop Fourth Straight.
Buckley: "Is it a Curse?"
Gammons: "Oh God, please, I just can't stand garbage like that...
sounds like something the Globe would run."
Where the Rubber Meets
the Road: Sox 0-3 When Martinez Leaves the
Sox Two Games Under .500 on Road.
Since the All-Star Break: 8 wins, 8 losses
93 runs scored, 93 allowed (5.8 runs per game)
Bats Silent at Fenway South.
Nomar: "You gotta tip your caps to them too."
Sox Have Become Comfortably Numb
Has Manager Trading Deadline Passed?
O's No! Dropping the
Ball in Baltimore Again
Pedro Parties While Lowe, Pen
Go Up in Smoke,
Bury Sox in Camden Yards
Lopez Outpitches Lowe,
Kills Sox Again
Season Going Down in Flames?
Be David Ortiz' Rally Monkey from Another Country Can He? Pedro
Fiddles While Rome Burns. Ace to Do Critical Side Session Under the
Expert Eye of Condo Developer and Baker Ramon Martinez.
"Hope Pedro doesn't have to work the North End's
Columbus Day parade during the ALCS."
PART-TIME PARTIES AT PAN-AM GAMES,
NOT BACK IN BOSTON UNTIL MONDAY
"These games will be a party for all Dominicans''
- Dominican Republic President Hipolito Mejia
Frequently Fragile Flier
Leaves On a Jet Plane
(Don't Know if the Dominator Will Ever
Be Back Again)
Gammons on WEEI Big Show: "Pedro
has not been sharp his last two games, his command had not been the
same, he hasn't been dominant. Great pitchers do win 1-0 games
occasionally, even in the American League and Tim Hudson's had three
more leads blown for him than any pitcher in AL over the past two
years, he wins those 1-0 games once in a while."
Hey Pete, How About the
Duquette Singing Theo's Praises
This is for the Birds!
Sox Winning Everything
Except the Games
Was Pat All
Sox Production is
Boston Drops Third Straight,
Burkett Deserved Better Fate,
What Happened to Patience at the Plate?
Orioles 2 Red Sox 1
Batters Hack Away Again on
"What Happened in Texas, Stays
News: Grady Tips His Cap to Oriole Starter