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  • December 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Good news for Sox fans in what has been a slow start to the hot stove season: Dustin Pedroia, who has fast become one of the top faces of franchise, has signed a six-year extension.

    Dustin Pedroia, the team's popular and remarkably productive second baseman, signed a six-year extension with the Red Sox today for $40.

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  • November 19, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    OK, I'll try to make this my last baseball-related post today. It is November, and some of us are getting twitchy in withdrawal.

    Anyway, Evan Grant, a sportswriter at Belo's Dallas Morning News, left Dustin Pedroia entirely off his MVP ballot.

    I'm sorry it's taken me so long to actually post this, but I've been trying to answer e-mails and respond to phone calls about why I left Dustin Pedroia off the AL ballot.

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  • November 19, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    N4N was in Fort Meyers for spring training 2006, when Coco Crisp was tearing it up, seemingly ready to deliver on the promise that made the Sox acquire him. He got hurt a short time later and spent a long time coming back. Crisp regained more self-respect in 2008, getting combative with the Rays and playing a key role as Jacoby Ellsbury slumped.

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  • November 18, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Our MVP:

    BOSTON -- Just call him Mr. November. Or better yet, refer to Dustin Pedroia as the Most Valuable Player of the American League.

    The second baseman of the Boston Red Sox continued his rapid burst into the national spotlight on Tuesday, when he was recognized with that impressive honor.

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  • November 12, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Perhaps this would have worked out differently had the Sox made it farther into the post-season, but the team with the highest-priced tickets in baseball has announced a freeze on cost increaes for "pre-existing seats" and SROs at Fenway for next season. (To read my story from last March on Sox Nation's growing frustration about ticket availability, click here

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  • October 23, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    You've got to feel for Terry Francona.

    He generally doesn't get his due, his jaws must be sore from chewing 72 pieces of gum during seven innings of a single ALCS game, and he's set to undergo back surgery in the off-season -- he's not sure exactly why -- because the 49-year-old skipper hasn't been able to feel his arms in four or five months.

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  • October 20, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Congrats to the Rays, who can be expected to make life in the AL East a lot more competitive over the next few years.

    Momentum seemed to favor the Sox last night, but Garza simply outpitched Lester. There were no goats, just an ALCS that lived up to its promise. Boston's stirring comeback in Game 5 will go down in history, with Carlton Fisk's Game 6 home run in 1975, as a tremendous effort in a cause that ultimately came up short.

  • October 17, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    I wasn't going to make the same mistake twice. In 2004, when the Yankees took a lead toward the end of game four of the ALCS, I shut the TV and went to bed, because I didn't want to see the pinstripes celebrating in our place. We know how that turned out.

    Last night, we were prepared to tip our cap to the Rays, to agree with all the obits, to acknowledge that we were wrong earlier this year when we asserted that Tampa Bay was playing over its head.

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  • October 16, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    As I wrote earlier this year, the demand for Sox tickets makes getting into Fenway a tough thing to do, to the point where fans head out of town to try to see their favorite team.

    That is, unless you win 95 games, beat what was tabbed as the best team in the American League during the ALDS, and then drop three in a row to a hot bunch of upstarts.

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  • October 15, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Yeah, we've been caught up short before in the faith department. But it does feel different this time, so the CHB, aka Dan Shaughnessy, is on the mark:

    Watching this game [last night] was like reading your 401(k) statement.

  • October 14, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    *Dirt Dogs' description for the Sox after their losses in ALCS games two and three.

    I prefer the outlook expressed by Red over at Surviving Grady.

    Good.

    That was my first impression watching the Sox get taken out behind the woodshed by, in no particular order, the entire Rays batting order, Joe Maddon, the TBS announcers, two beer vendors, a small log and some chickens.

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  • October 08, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From the Globe's Extra Bases blog:

    Terry Francona announced the Red Sox ALCS at a press conference:

    Game 1: Daisuke Matsuzaka
    Game 2: Josh Beckett
    Game 3: Jon Lester
    Game 4: Tim Wakefield
    Game 5*: Daisuke Matsuzaka
    Game 6*: Josh Beckett
    Game 7*: Jon Lester
    (*if necessary)

    Francona set the rotation trying not to be too complicated -- everyone gets enough rest, no one gets too much.








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  • October 07, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Although Jason Bay and Jed Lowrie, not to mention Jon Lester, got the job done last night, it was Jason Varitek who made a crucial game-changing play in the 8th inning, snaring an inside fastball and racing up the third base line to tag out speedy Reggie Willits after a failed suicide squeeze.

    No, Tek doesn't hit like he used to.

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  • September 29, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    When it comes to the Red Sox getting far in the post-season, it doesn't inspire confidence that J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell, and Josh Beckett are ailing.

    Then again, says Mazz:

    It's worth noting that in Beckett's 27 starts this season, the Red Sox actually had a losing record (13-14). Behind Lester (22-11) and Matsuzaka (23-6), the Sox were a stunning 45-17.

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  • September 26, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    In a big blow to the staggering ProJo, Sean McAdam, the paper's nationally respected baseball writer, is joining the Boston Herald.

    While ProJo sports editor Art Martone is also an ace when it comes to baseball and the Red Sox, McAdam's departure will leave a big hole, just because his game stories and analysis are quite a bit better than the sportswriting norm.

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