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  • December 17, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Red Sox tickets seem recession-proof, so perhaps it's no surprise that the august New York Times Company may be considering selling its 17 percent share (h/t Romo) in the Old Town Team (a topic whose implications I previously examined here).

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - New York Times Co (NYT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) could raise at least $200 million if it sold its 17-percent stake in the Boston Red Sox baseball team to raise cash to counter the advertising decline that is gouging U.

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  • December 16, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    N4N was among those selected for an invite to the Sox' first "Great Fenway Yard Sale," so I made the familiar trek to the old ballyard on Sunday.

    Basically, for $30, you got the chance to take away two bricks from 96-year-old Fenway and to have your pick of a bunch of other grab bag-type material, including T-shirts (one per customer), yearbooks, media guides, mini-packs of 2007 baseball cards, and such.

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  • December 12, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    (With apologies to Kevin Phillips)

    My old friend Stefan Fatsis was on the money when he recently wrote:

    As long as sports have been played for money, someone has complained about how much of it the players receive. “Salaries must come down or the interest of the public must be increased in some way,” Albert Spalding, the owner of the Chicago White Stockings of baseball’s National League, said in 1881.

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  • December 10, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Word comes that C.C. Sabathia is poised to join the Evils.

    Meanwhile, Mike Lowell remains one of the great class acts in baseball, but landing Mark Teixeira would solidify the Sox offense for years to come, whereas Lowell is approaching the end of his career. What's more, Tex sounds like an upstanding citizen.

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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 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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  • November 11, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    He had one of the great old-time baseball names -- though not nearly as good as Urban Shocker -- and almost got the Brooklyn Dodgers to the promised land.

  • 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 09, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Maybe the Floridians are spending too much time in the sun (h/t Dirt Dogs):

    The latest style to sweep the west coast, home of the Rays, is a bikini wax. Mohawk style.

    Try waving that around at a game!

    Michelle Foster of Skin Deep Spatique says she was inspired by her son's Mohawk, reports
    Tampa Bay's 10 News.


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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 08, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    This is a timely event times two -- Kearns Goodwin is both a presidential historian and a big Red Sox fan.

    The 2008 U.S. presidential election is heating up, and its results will forever change the modern American political landscape. As Election Day approaches, Roger Williams University will host Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who will present a timely examination of the current and past American presidential campaigns to the University community and general public.

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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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