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  • April 14, 2009
    By Ryan Stewart

    I know the Globe has problems these days, but if they can find a way to hang on to Adam Kilgore, it would be a good thing. His Extra Bases post today is the first sensible thing I've read about this team since the season started. He's one of few mainstream newspaper reporters to use more advanced metrics, and, as a result, he's able to contextualize the team's early struggles in a way that goes beyond simply looking at the baseball-card numbers, which really aren't that meaningful at this point in the year.

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  • April 09, 2009
    By Mike Miliard

    Can't say I knew too much about the Angels' rookie pitcher, but he sure threw a gem last night, and looked to have boundless potential.

    Which makes what happened immediately after the game just that much more shocking and tragic.

    Sincere condolences to his family, friends, and teammates.

    Tonight's Angels game has been postponed, obviously, but one presumes this weekend's Boston-Anaheim series will be played as planned, with heavy hearts on both sides

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  • April 07, 2009
    By Mike Miliard

    OPENING CEREMONIES

    3:45 - Players making their way through the grandstands now... don't slip on the wet stairs! Surprisingly, the fans are being retrained and not mobbing the guys...a few high-fives here and there.

    3:47 - HUGE ovation for MVP Dustin. Papi with Oakleys on the brim of his cap...don't think he'll need those today.

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  • April 06, 2009
    By Mike Miliard



    * Guess we’ll have to wait till tomorrow afternoon to see our beloved local nine “descending the stairs from the grandstands.” From the stands? Are they for real? This positively reeks of Steinbergism.


    One SoSHer’s take...


    I'm already getting excited for the 2010 home opener.





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  • April 06, 2009
    By Ryan Stewart


    First off,  good for the Red Sox for getting out in front of the weather and postponing early, rather than letting everyone drive down, pay for parking, sit around in the cold and rain for hours (all while shelling out more and more cash for hot dogs, beer, etc.) and then postponing the game two hours after the start time.

    We're posting our predictions anyway, though, just so we can get on record. The usual disclaimers apply: predictions are, ultimately, a silly, meaningless exercise, and when you're trying to guess at things like individual award-winners, there's really just no point to it. But it's kind of fun, also, so why not.

    They follow, after the jump:

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  • April 02, 2009
    By Mike Miliard

    As Wally fluffs his fur after a winter-long hibernation and the Sausage Guy scrubs down his grill, the Boston baseball season gets set to commence on Monday afternoon. (We’ll be live-blogging the 2:05 p.m. game right here at Sox Blog.)

    In this week’s Phoenix, I run down a quick-hit list of nine seamhead storylines to follow over the coming 162-games.

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  • March 23, 2009
    By Mike Miliard

    You’re a blowhard, and a know-it-all, and sort of a geek.

    But you were our geeky blowhard know-it-all. And when you rolled into town not long after that awful Bronx night, a good-guy gunslinger pledging, at long last, to make us whole, promising to “make 55,000 people from New York shut up,” few could have predicted, despite the fact that you'd done it before, how emphatically you’d make good on your word — never mind the incredible circumstances under which you’d labor to do so.

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  • March 09, 2009
    By Ryan Stewart

    Feel free to take a shot at creating your own caption in the comments section.

  • March 05, 2009
    By Ryan Stewart

    One of the most bizarre phenomenons in the world of sports fandom is the way people approach players whose careers have been marred by frequent injuries. It's sort of like a hyena mentality: they lie in wait so they can pick at the carcass after the kill has already gone down, laughing all the while. (I'm just going to assume I've completely mischaracterized how hyenas operate; please, zoologists out there, don't bother e-mailing me as I am already acknowledging my mistake in advance).

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  • February 25, 2009
    By Mike Miliard
    7:07 - Where's Remy??? 7:13 - First of 2,367,987 W.B. Mason ads this season. 7:18 - Josh Bard digs into the batters box, secure in the knowledge that Doug Mirabelli is not walking through that door. And........pops up to end the inning. 7:25 - Brad Wilkerson's a bum! Get rid of 'im!!! Charged with an error, Twins up 1-0. 7:26 - Aaaaand, 2-0.

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  • February 25, 2009
    By Mike Miliard

    Fort Myers, Florida. Hammond Stadium. 7:05 p.m. (No, not 7:10 just yet.)

    Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

    The quest for the Mayor’s Cup begins.

    Players you can expect to see...

    Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
    Dustin Pedroia, 2B
    Kevin Youkilis, 1B











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  • February 19, 2009
    By Ryan Stewart

     

    News item: John Henry renews his call for what he describes as an "enlightened" version of a salary cap in baseball.

    We hear the argument for a cap in baseball quite frequently, usually around times when the Yankees have spent a lot of money. Allow me to say, then, that I disagree with both the owner of my favorite baseball team and the editor of this very publication and suggest that a salary cap is really not going to fix much of anything.

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  • February 06, 2009
    By Mike Miliard

    Fifty-nine days and counting...

  • February 04, 2009
    By Mike Miliard


    Goes to Madoff whistleblower Harry Markopolos, for his pronouncement today lambasting federal securities investigators:

    “If you flew the entire SEC staff to Boston, and sat them in Fenway Park, they wouldn't be able to find first base.”

    Wonder why he didn’t say Shea Stadium instead, though? (Or rather, ahem, the new and unfortunately named Citi Field?)






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  • January 30, 2009
    By Mike Miliard




    Now can we all get on with the rest our lives?

    Quote of the day
    : “Never before has a 37-year-old coming off a .220/.313/.359 season received this much attention.”

    Really remarkable that it got to this point.

    One thing that disturbs me: “In ‘10, he can earn another $2 million in incentives based on playing time, beginning at 80 games started.








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