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  • July 17, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    As if his increasingly inconsistent output and occasionally bad behavior weren't enough, there's this from the Boston Herald:

    Manny Ramirez might get his meeting with John Henry, but the Red Sox [team stats]’ principal owner will have a hard time giving his slugger any sympathy.

    Henry responded via e-mail to Ramirez’ statement in The Herald yesterday saying that he hoped for a postseason meeting with ownership to clear up their plans for his future.

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  • July 16, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Tito Francona did the classy thing last night, giving A-Rod and Derek Jeter the chance to get parting applause from Yankee Stadium fans by pulling them from the field mid-inning, and going with Mariano in the 9th.

    The preponderance of Yankee fans, though, couldn't really bring themselves to return the favor -- even though J.

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  • July 14, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    In the course of a recent discussion of Pink Hats (male and female), some of the hosts on WEEI vented about what they called an excess of babies and toddlers during games at Fenway, as well as too many fans who are utterly oblivious to the game and/or ignorant about Sox history.

    N4N had the good fortune to be there yesterday for the 2-1 win that moved Boston into first place, ahead of the Rays.

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  • July 11, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Along with Art Martone, Sean McAdam, IMHO, is the best thing about the ProJo's sports section. His game coverage is far and away the best of Journal sportswriters, and he writes on-point features and analysis pieces while also breaking news.(He also adds a voice of reason component to some of the more excessive personalities on WEEI.

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  • July 09, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Great win for the Red Sox last night, with the 6-5 comeback over the Twins.

    It's always fun to check out the crowd. A pair of brothers from Panama, taking in their first game at Fenway, from a perch in section 159, were among those exulting during the big 8th inning. Meanwhile, the guy sitting to my right could barely be moved to applaud earlier, and he and his female companion split before the tide turned.

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  • July 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    As dispiriting as the Rays' sweep of the Sox was, it's hard not to remember that there's a lot of baseball left, and that Tampa Bay, even with its talented staff of emerging young pitchers, might be playing a bit over its head.

    For most of the season, the Sox have looked very balanced and very strong, and this is their first real rough patch of the year.

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  • June 30, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    As the Sox prepare to resume fisticuffs this evening with the insurgent Rays, Sean McAdam broke the news of how Manny Ramirez harshed out on Boston's traveling secretary:

    Ramirez had asked [Jack] McCormick for 16 tickets for Saturday night's Red Sox-Astros game, an unusually high number for day-of-game.

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  • June 24, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Ms. N4N and I were traveling out-of-town late last week when I flipped on the hotel TV and caught some kind of retrospective chatter on ESPN about Curt Schilling. I immediately suspected he had announced his retirement -- and that might more or less be the case, although not necessarily.

    I wish Curt well.

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  • June 06, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    For those of us there on Wednesday night, it was easy to miss the building tension between Coco Crisp and the Rays.

    Last night? Not so much.

    Like some other baseball fans, N4N finds a little bit of basebrawl highly entertaining and a reminder of the seemingly more frequent donnybrooks of my youth. A day after, though, I tend to agree with those who think Coco was selfish, putting himself and the team at risk at a point when injuries seemed to mutiply exponentially.

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  • June 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    It remains to be seen if David Ortiz's wrist issue may, as Tony Massarotti writes in today's Boston Herald, put him out for the rest of the season.

    In the here and now, Hazel Mae is leaving the NESN coop. The reason why has been missing from most accounts; the Herald's Inside Track says she got low-balled in contract talks.

  • May 23, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The Yankees should forget about contending this year -- they're just not going to do it -- and focus on rebuilding into a more worthy adversary for the Sox. As it stands, the Evils are still getting distracted by a certain big guy to the north.

    From today's NYT:

    David Ortiz is a mammoth, powerful and gregarious left-handed hitter, the kind of slugger who would not need acting lessons to imitate Babe Ruth.

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  • May 20, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    During the Sox' recent four-game losing streak, I opined that Boston's pitching will get better. Just how good -- as was the case last night -- we had no idea.

    Lester's no-no is a great story all around, from the kid's remarkable comeback from cancer, and an incredible demonstration of his promise, to the obvious bond that exists between the lefty and skipper Tito Francona.

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  • May 13, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    We'll always cherish those memories of Manny rubbing the scalp of Julian Tavarez, of his rolling his throws to first, and his exhortations to infielders on where to throw the ball.

  • April 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    David Scott (h/t Boston Sports Media) has some news about the Globe's Gordon Edes, whose coverage I've always enjoyed (yet whose "Paw-tucket" pronounciation seems off for a native Bay Stater) and a successor (the previously mentioned Heidi Watney) for Tina Cervasio at NESN:

    Multiple sources have confirmed to Scott’s Shots that Boston Globe writer, Gordon Edes, has agreed “in principle” to a job with Yahoo! Sports as a national baseball writer

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  • April 21, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    N4N played Curt in a Car while driving home from yesterday's utterly sweet 6-5 comeback win by the Sox over the Rangers. Landing via cell on WEEI, I expressed my appreciation for the versatile Jed Lowrie and wondered aloud if the time might be coming to make him a fixture on the Boston nine.

    Julio Lugo, as I pointed out, has shown a propensity of late for hitting weak grounders into double plays.

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