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  • March 21, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Back in the '80s, I once met Charles Einstein when my mom was working with him at a New York PR outfit. While he was very personable, my greater appreciation of Einstein came later while delving into The Fireside Book of Baseball, of which he edited four volumes. It's a great book for baseball fans, containing such gems as "Hub fans bid kid adieu," John Updike's classic New Yorker account of Ted Williams's last game (as many of us know, the Splendid Splinter, in poetic form, hit a home run in his last at-bat, in a mostly empty Fenway Park.

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  • March 09, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Although Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline has fostered significant improvements in city government, his administration is again being taken to task for what a group of concerned West Side residents call a lack of communication. The same gripe has previously been sounded about City Hall's approach to planning & development, and about changes at the West Broadway School

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  • March 01, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Given the encouraging words offered by Sox GM Theo Epstein, it seemed likely that the team would extend Curt Schilling's contact. It was a bit of a surprise, then, when the braintrust went into wait-and-see mode. Big Schill looked good in last night's spring training opener, and he knows how to endear himself to fans, reiterating that, even if he departs via free agency, he won't go to the Yankees.

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  • February 27, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Besides being a valuable resource for Sox fans, Bruce Allen's Boston Sports Media Watch does a good job of critiquing the periodic overblown, media-driven Manny Ramirez controversies. Yesterday was no exception:

    The power of the press to slant opinion was evident this morning, as Manny Ramirez reported to camp. The accounts on blogs such as the Globe's Extra Bases, described things as "terse" and that Manny spoke "sharply" to Jackie MacMullan.

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  • February 21, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    As a kid, the appearance on the newstand of Street & Smith's Baseball Yearbook was an encouraging sign that spring -- and baseball -- were steadily creeping closer. I picked up the latest annual of S&S, now in its 66th year, last weekend, and was pleased to see how the Sox are ticketed for a first-place berth in the AL East.

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  • February 16, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Thanks, Keith. We'll always have 2004.

  • January 31, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    For the baseball obsessives among us, the New York Times had an inspired headline -- and a pretty good story, too -- earlier this week. Spring training will be here before we know it.

    IMHO, I'm glad the Helton deal didn't happen. The Sox don't need to be giving up young studs like Hansen and Delcarmen to get an aging slugger.

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