Sign of The Times?
"It's all about the ingredients of the pitchers themselves, the character
that we have in those four or five guys we have down there," Little said.
"We feel fully confident that it will work."
Another member of the organization, speaking on condition of anonymity
said: "It could work, but not with the group we have here. Some of them
have had the opportunity to be a closer in the past and have failed."
- Murray Chass, New York Times, March 30, 2003
Return of the
Jinx Episode III
Evil Empire on Sports
Illustrated Baseball Preview cover for third year in a row. Won't return to
Series for third year in a row either.
HERE WE GO
Market Correction Martinez is on the Mound for Openers.
Yes, this is the year.
Martinez Money Talks Stalled. Pedro Will Have
to Play Under Terms of His Deal.
Gammons Runs the Gamut
Red Sox This Week, UPN 38 3.29.03
Yankees vulnerability is the bullpen,
same as Sox. Second year in a row Rivera hurt. Karsay hurt. Whoever makes
best trade for a reliever wins. Bobby Valentine at ESPN says, Sox will
trade Shea Hillenbrand for Armando Benitez in June and win the World
Series. I think there's a lot to that. Red Sox can trade for the dominant
reliever, the Yankees can't. The Red Sox are much closer to the Yankees
where they were a year ago. Very deep this year. If they get Pedro and
Lowe pitching well, they can 95-98 games. Will be the wild card. Have a
chance to go deep in the post season.
Pedro's Contract: I'd make him
compromise a little bit but I would sign him now. The work he's done with
Chris Corenti has changed his body entirely. I'm amazed 150- to 193
pounds, all good weight. Understands how to take care of body. Grady made
sure he had 4 days rest. Wake can move in front of him They'll protect
him. Keep him there. He's a $14-15M pitcher in my eyes. And I think he'll
pitch another 5 years.
Shea Hillenbrand: He worked very hard
during the winter with therapist and strength guys in Tempe to get more
flexible, shorten approach with Ron Jackson, much better hitter, he'll
have more ease recognizing pitches. Tried to deal with what he can and
can't do. Get Benitez, Escobar, or Juan Cruz, not some utility pitcher.
Defense not as good as Anaheim,
Minnesota. But Chicago and Yankees are bad defensive teams. Oakland is not
very good defensively. Sox won't get hurt as much as people think. Sox
outfield will be all right.
Fossum, I think he's gone back to the
style that make him good. He was trying to do many things. Now throwing
Bob Tewksbury curveball which gives him his fastball down. Should win
10-12 games. But without Fox, not sure they're not better off with Casey
in the bullpen to come in and strike people out in the 6-7-8th innings.
By RUSS SMITH - The Wall Street Journal - March 28, 2003
There is obviously something different about Boston and New York, making the
competition bitter from the day Babe Ruth was sold to New York after the 1919
season. Both cities are unusually sports-centric, for one thing, with a rabid
collection of journalists eager to stoke the emotions of lifelong fans. Fenway
Park and Yankee Stadium were built before the Depression, in urban settings, and
many spectators still use mass transit, often reading the tabloids, to reach the
games. And the Sox and Yanks were part of the original eight-team American
League, back when players traveled by train and fans listened to games on the
All this tradition matters. Stars may claim that the rivalry doesn't concern
them, but when a free agent like Jason Giambi becomes a Yankee, he finds himself
caught up in the history of the battle between two of the most valuable
franchises in sports, and he starts to care.
In spring training this year, Yankees manager Joe Torre ruminated about
short-reliever Ramiro Mendoza, a mainstay in New York's dynasty but now a member
of the Sox. "I've been such a Mendoza fan forever," Mr. Torre said. "But
obviously, where he is sitting in that dirty, rotten uniform he is wearing we
are going to have to pull against him."
Fossum Finally Blossoms
Burkett, Fossum Sharp as
Sweeps Atlanta 2-1
Anton is out in Atlanta.
DLowe Looks Set to Go
Derek goes six solid as
Sox beat Braves 4-0
IP H R ER BB SO HR
D Lowe (W,1-0) 6 1 0 0
1 2 0
Wall Seat Journal
to be Ready For Home Opener Again.
A moment of silence
for US military casualties in the Persian Gulf.
Grady and The Gamers are Ready to
Opening Day Line-Up
"Imagine that, Pedro Martinez in New York,'' he said
with a smile. "How many Dominican flags do you think there would be? I don't
even want to imagine . . . The Yankees and Pedro? I don't even want to think
about it . . . it would be great for George, not for the Red Sox.''
Lucchino: "We are not going to negotiate during the
season, if we have an announcement to make, it will be made in the next few
Pedro tells Sox 'don't talk to me
after the 28th.' Sox expected to pick up option.
Reds rule 6-1.
Lawrence MA's Susie Castillo is Crowned Miss USA.
Mr. Gone Away
Castillo Has Seen His Last Day.
Good Omen for Damian
Damian Jackson makes team, Adrian Brown goes back to Tampa,
Sox to carry 12 pitchers to start.
Steve's got something up his sleeve.
Sox lose to Bucs 3-0.
IP H R ER BB SO HR
S Woodard 4 1 0 0 0 3 0
Nomar's ComPadre Goes to San Diego
Waive Goodbye to "The Governor" Merloni: "I'm happy, I'm ecstatic"
Lou could go to San Diego.
New Best Friend?
Do-Rags & Don'ts
Nomar the star, Sox pound Reds
Lucchino reacts to Casey getting crushed.
Fossum Flops Again,
C Fossum (L,1-3)
IP H R ER BB SO HR
4 7 7 7 0
Casey Gets Vote of Confidence.
Little Sticks with Fossum for Fourth.
spoiled little brats. I'm very thankful we have those types of people.'' - Pedro
Let's Be Frank.
Castillo Should Start 'Till Person is Ready.
Sox Can't Afford to Start cAAAsey.
Lucchino after seeing Casey today: "I'm less concerned than most other people
around here, on his control in particular, I tend to think we overreact in
spring training. I have a lot of faith in Fossum this year."
Casey Comes Clean on Colon,
Pedro Has Eye of the Tigers.
Sox Win 5-3.
Giambi, Ortiz, and Garciaparra go deep.
Theoretically Speaking: Shea to Stay
Chicago Says No Go
Cubs general manager Jim Hendry has decided not to
trade any of his high-end pitching for the moment. At least that's what he told
Boston Red Sox manager Theo Epstein on Tuesday
when Epstein called seeking Juan Cruz, Carlos Zambrano or Kyle Farnsworth in
exchange for third baseman Shea Hillenbrand.
J-Lo Goes to Colorado
Ja Rule V Pick Lefty Lopez Gets Traded to Rockies.
Zuleta Goes Down
Earl Snyder, Julio Zuleta and Lou Collier to their
minor league camp on Friday. Zuleta, who has played at first base, the outfield
and designated hitter this spring, was hitting .367 with one homer. Collier, an
outfielder, was batting .282 with a homer and a triple.
"I think the
capability is there to make the Red Sox the most effective franchise in
baseball, with a huge advantage over everybody else for the next 15 to 20
years." - Craig Wright
Sox to Win
World Series by 2010, the Latest.
John hopes we can create is a methodology that gives us a distinct advantage
over many trades, many draft picks and many seasons--with our goal being to make
the postseason every year," Epstein says. "There are eight postseason teams.
With such a large degree of chance in a short playoff series, that means we
should theoretically win the World Series every eight years."
Business 2.0 - Baseball by the Numbers April 2003
Derek Hits the Deck
Mayor's Cup Goes to Minnesota Again,
Twins win 7-6
Sox in Cruz Control?
Sox may lay one down for Cubs power pitcher
Critical Outs Pen?
"The fact that we
don't have a high-profile, proven, late-inning relief pitcher is probably a
financial decision. Using our best relievers to get the most critical outs,
that's purely philosophical. We could have had closer X, but we would still be
committed to using him in the seventh inning on a given day if it was
appropriate. Instead of religiously waiting till the very end, we're picking our
might lose intangibly, you gain from a sense of unity and cohesion in the bullpen.
By forgoing conventional roles and individual stats and replacing them with the
common goal of getting the last out and getting a win—not a save or hold but a
win—I think that builds a certain esprit de corps in the bullpen."
- Theo Epstein
Sports Illustrated: Boston's Bullpen Gamble, Daniel Habib, - March 17,
Garciaparra and Ramirez go deep,
Boston 9 Cleveland 4
Trot New Trade Bait?
The Red Sox are not actively shopping outfielder Trot Nixon, but they have
let it be known that he is available.
Casey gets crushed. Nation, Sox concerned about
Fossum as fifth starter. Person pummeled in relief. Castillo the way
Pirates Pound Red Sox 10-4
IP H R ER BB SO HR
C Fossum (L,1-2) 2 1-3 5 6
6 3 3 0
While Sox Try to Trade Shea
In their pursuit of Burroughs,
the Red Sox have offered to trade third
baseman Shea Hillenbrand and take on outfielder Bubba Trammell, who has been
shopped by the Padres for a year. - San Diego Union Tribune 3.15.03
There is a growing suspicion that Boston will deal Shea Hillenbrand
before the season starts. One reason is that they feel that they can get by
with Bill Mueller in the seventh or eight hole until Kevin Youklis is ready, and
Hillenbrand is the one chip that can get them a young, talented player into a
weak system. The Mets, Cubs, Marlins and Orioles have all expressed interest,
the it appears the Sox will wait until they get what they want. - espn.com
... He Keeps
Hillenbrand goes deep again with 2-run bomb.
warmed up in St. Pete but Sox bats cold.
Devil Rays 3 Red Sox 2
Grinder Nixon, Kevin Gamer Millar, and Doug Gritty Mirabelli
Homer as Dirt Dogs Out Slug Reds
Garciaparra add two hits apiece too.
Boston 8 Cincinnati 5
Person Chucks Yankees, Can Get
Robert Should Be in the Rotation,
NY Beats Boston 6-3
Millar, Sox Get Ready to Kick Some Yankee Ass
JZ The Big Rapper Can't Be Denied
Me and Julio Not Getting Sent Down to the School Yard.
Red Sox 8 - Twins 4
Trot Throws His Weight Around
Death, Taxes, and Lou Bitchin' About His Annual Trip to
Big Benny and "I'll Be Back"
Banks released. Wake Looks Great Again, No Runs Given Up All Spring
Hillenbrand Stays Hot, Sox Win
Boston 6 Baltimore 3
Person Makes Purpose Pitch Against Yanks Tonight.
Performance Puts Pressure on
Burkett to Keep Person from Starting
Face of an Ace
Another Solid Start for Pete
Sox lose to Reds 5-2,
but top Bucs 1-0
D-Lowe Gets Crushed,
Sox tie Reds 8-8,
Adrian Brown Steals the Show.
Trot May Not Start as Millar May Be the Right Dirt Dog.
Who's on Third?
Mueller Makes His Case
Who's on First?
Shea enters the fray.
Sox top Toronto 5-4,
No Name Bullpen is the Star.
Cool Hand GM Deals With Hot Head Third Baseman
John Tomase: Epstein led a smirking Hillenbrand into a back room at the
City of Palms Park clubhouse. Hillenbrand emerged 10 minutes later looking ashen
Theo Lays Into Shea for Talking Too Much
Shea: "I'm not going out quietly, I'll tell you that much. They think we're
Can a trade to Cubs be far off?
WrestleMedia II: Sean
McDonough Slams Buckley, Shaughnessy, and
Red Sox/Globe Partnership
The ZZZone wakes up as Sean says talent-less Buckley brings
nothing to the table and just shows up at his print, radio, and TV gigs. Claims
negative Dan Shaughnessy's attacks on (PA announcer) Ed Brickley and former GM
Lou Gorman are over the top. Criticizes beat reporters for acting like
columnists and questions the credibility of the Boston Globe.
Wakefield of Dreams
Tim twirls three shutout innings
Sox 6 Blue Jays zip
Bagwell or Head Swell?
"They don't know
what they have with me. If they get rid of me, they'll know what they have.
You've heard of Jeff Bagwell?"
"But if you tell me that Bill Mueller is going to be the first
one off the bench and he's going to give you a day off, would you sign him to
two years for $4.5 million? And they're talking about cutting costs and saving
money. I'm not stupid."
"Why not sign me to a multiyear [contract]? Sign me now so I
don't have to go to arbitration." What happens if I go out and have an All-Star
year this year and go to arbitration? You have to pay me more."
Hillenbrand said on-base percentage is overrated unless you're the leadoff
batter. To me, if I get a 7-8-9 hitter on base, it don't mean [expletive] to
Hillenbrand Looks Concerned
Must Be the Boston Media
Crazy Carl to
Dallas Reporter: (Screaming now...people watching.) If you're gonna ask some
f***ing ridiculous questions, then I'm gonna give you some f***ing ridiculous
answers...I mean, that's just f***ing ridiculous... That's right. I'm mad
because I don't like the f***ing media. Keep it up. Go head, keep it up. Keep
talking back. I'm gonna have you escorted outta here. And you better get up off
that f***ing table. You're gonna learn to respect us. This is our house. You're
gonna learn. Get up off that table. (I don't move.) I said get up off that
table. (I still don't move.) You better get up.
While Tony the $5
Million Phony Spreads His Gospel
'Cobweb' Clark Finally 'Fesses Up on The Fan
Here's what the
smiling sweet-talkin' thief had to say to Mike and the Mad Dog regarding what
happened during his time with the Red Sox last year:
"I just got off track, unfortunately there were a lot of different things going
on last year that kept my focus from being where it needed to be and
consequently I didn't play the way I'm capable of playing. I went into the
off-season trying to clear out the cobwebs in my head... (last season) the
ballclub decided to make the adjustment they needed to make to make the run they
felt like they needed to make as the year went along, and they didn't include me
in those plans."
Sweet Pete Strikes Out Side
But Sox Can't Score
Pedro Positive He'll Stay in Boston
Nervous As Fossum Can't Focus
"We have concern, but the kid's working hard
and we have confidence he'll get smoothed out." - Grady Little
Baltimore 10 Boston 6
impressed. Everybody hypes him up to be this big thing. He's average."
Shea Had Something to Say...
Silent Slugger Shows Contreras Who's Boss
The Quiet Manny Knocks One Out Again
But Sox Go Down 7-4
THE CON MAN COMETH
''This (Yankees) has always been my team''
JZ The Big Rapper
The New Zu
Review at First Base
Julio Plans to Stick at First Base, Puts
Pressure on Hillenbrand Trade.
Split Squad Splits
Sox Beat Twins 6-4, Lose to Tigers 5-4.
Chat on boston.com 2.27.03
recently wrote a matter-of-fact column about the dwindling number of
African-Americans on major league baseball rosters, particularly focusing on
this year's current Red Sox roster. While you presented the Red Sox advances
and commitment to improving in this area, and clearly gave the impression
that the current statistic is an aberration, some noted baseball writers and
radio hosts translated your column as an indictment of the current
organization. Was this unjustified backlash just part of the ongoing
WrestleMedia in Boston?
Dog I honestly
wish I knew why that column elicited the response that it did. I'll take
some responsibility in not making it more clear that it was not intended in
any way to be an indictment of the current Sox regime, or the last one, for
that matter. One of Dan Duquette's most meaningful legacies was to make the
Sox clubhouse a much more diverse place than it was in the past. I thought I
noted that the declining numbers of African-American players was not
exclusive to the Sox, but I think the best explanation for the reaction is
that race in Boston is a hot-button issue, especially when the Sox are
involved, given their sorry history in that regard.
Home Run Ramirez
But Twins Win
Mayor's Cup in Jeopardy, But Manny
and Dom Giambi Go Deep.
Pissed and Jacked
Repaired Right Shoulder "Throbbing"
Boston Herald - 3.2.03 Horrigan:
Person, who was on the phone with his
wife at the time, said he was listening to a Janet Jackson song and didn't think
his stereo was too loud. If the music's that damn loud, how am I going to talk
to her?'' he said. ``I'm asking him, he's asking me and we're pushing each
other's buttons and he said, `Step out of the car.' When he put me in that
chicken-wing hold, it was my right shoulder and I told him, `Whatever you do, do
it to my left arm (because) I just had surgery. Please don't ruin my career,' ''
Person said. ``I said I'll cooperate, but just when I said that, I get an extra
nudge and that's excruciating pain. I buckled down to my knees and I was like,
'You've got to be kidding me.' So now I'm hot and I'm more talkative, so then to
shut me up, I get the pepper spray gun right in my eye and that was unnecessary.
That's why when I got in the police car, I said all the expletives because now
I'm pissed and my shoulder's throbbing for no reason.''
Just Another Person?
Red Sox Night Owl
Arrested for Cranking Tunes in His Ride After Leaving Club Cache
"You black (expletive.). You punk (expletive.) You
pulled me over because I have a nice (expletive) ride. You pull me over because
I'm black. I'll have your (expletive), cat. I got your (expletive). (Expletive)
you, (expletive-expletive) police. That's the reason why I hate the police."
Fit For a King
Larry King, spokesman for the Lee
County Sheriff's Office,
told the Boston Herald the case is "over and done with."
Sox Slip By Pirates
Boston 6, Pittsburgh 5
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