Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Also known as Schaefer Stadium and Sullivan Stadium, it's hard to disagree with the book on this. The Garden and Fenway were so very hyped and Gillette is so state of the art, that Foxboro reminds some of a simpler time. When New England football was the weak link in Boston sports, where John Hannah, the greatest lineman ever, was the star. Foxboro sounds like a wonderful place to be even if it was god awful. It was also sent out in fitting style. The Snow Bowl. Vinatieri sent the Pats into the AFC Championship Game in 2001 and they eventually won the Super Bowl in Foxboro's final season.
On the trade: "I want to be a Red Sox my whole career," Pedroia said. "I want to be here during the World Series times, during the September collapse, the biggest trade, and I want to be here when we're world champs again. I want that. I've been through times when not a writer said a bad thing about me, or the talk show hadn't said a bad thing about me, and I want to be here when they say a bad thing about me. I look in the mirror every day and at the end of the season I'm going to look back and say I did everything I could to help us win. Were there parts I regret? Yeah, without question. There were a lot more than in the past, but I learned from those things. It's going to make me better, I believe that. Yeah, I have to believe that. It's going to."
On the Youkilis-Bobby V controversy: "Basically I was trying to get Youk's back and just say, basically, if someone had a problem with somebody just come to them and talk to them about it. It came out wrong. I messed that up. No question about it. Obviously I don't want to call out our manager by any means. I've never been put in that situation before and I didn't know how to respond. I regret that all that happened. I probably should have looked and saw what was going on and tried to check the pulse of how the fans and everyone was reacting to our team. I had no idea."
On the July 26 meeting: "Obviously we weren't playing very good and this meeting was of bigger magnitude because we're all trying to figure out why we're not playing well. Why are we losing ballgames, and how come we're not like we were last year before September? Basically everybody spoke, everybody gave their opinions on why we weren't winning. My intentions when I spoke was to talk about how we can improve and be better. It had nothing to do with Bobby. How many pitches has Bobby thrown this year? How many hits has he got? When that thing came out … Obviously I understand two of the bigger players, it's a bigger story if you name the two. I get it. My intentions in speaking in that meeting was to try and help everybody get on the same page because you can't win if everybody is not pulling together. It doesn't matter if it's the No. 1 guy on the roster, the 25th guy on the roster, Billy, our video guy. Everybody needs to be pulling in the right direction to help us go where we want to go and that's to compete for a World Series every single year. I had no idea that that nonsense would come out and it was like a big deal to try and get Bobby fired. That's not the case."
On the thumbs up photo: "We were in Oakland and Bobby passed out, he was sleeping, taking a nap. We were all tired. We were grinding. David was right there and I took a picture, put two thumbs up, smiled and took a picture. I was trying to keep the guys … We weren't playing very well, trying to keep a loose atmosphere. That was it. You have to enjoy your life. It was funny. I'm not trying to be disrespectful. I had no idea … First off, I don't know how, maybe somebody was just joking around with somebody and told them, 'Hey man, this was hilarious,' and this guy thought it was a story I was disrespecting the manager. That was basically it. I was just trying to keep the guys loose, having fun, playing the game right. That's it. Listen, when you have a different manager, it's a different environment. I was basically thinking, 'This is fine.' Me and Bobby have built a relationship that's pretty darn good. The other night I led off the inning, struck out, and we ended up four or five, and Bobby looked at me and said, 'Hey, way to start it.' I'm laughing. It's normal as a team and normal when you have a good relationship to do things like that, because we're around each every day. We're in the fight together. When times are tough people would view that, 'Oh, can you believe he said this, or did this.' All of our intentions are good. We all want to win the game. Everybody wants to have fun doing it. It's not to disrespect anybody. I've never disrespected anybody."
On Johnny Pesky's funeral: "Johnny meant the world to me, just like he did to everybody. That's something I'm going to have to live with, not being at his funeral. It was just a tough situation. Then I got my wife out for a couple of hours at Josh's thing, she was starving and we went out to dinner real quick and went back to the event. When you look back, yeah, it looks bad, but I had no intentions of disrespecting anybody. That's all I can say."
On his injuries: "I learned sometimes you've got to be smart waiting a few extra days could mean a lot more to your team than sacrificing a whole month. I learned a ton about that. I learned a lot about trying to be a leader the right way. I watched Jason Varitek for so long, and he led by example so well you had to follow him. He never had to say anything to anybody because we were always demanded to play a certain way. There were some parts where I was vocal, but I think leading by example is the most important thing. I've always played as hard as I can, and people know that. I think just putting your head down and just grinding through it means more than mentioning things to guys and they see that."
Pedroia definitely said what he needed to say. I love him that much more. Put the C on his chest already!
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
I'll have a small fondness for John Henry, Larry Lucchino, and Tom Werner in that they saved Fenway Park from demolition and replacement. I may not like them, but that was a good move. It's the best venue in all of sports. 100 years old. Green Monster. Pesky Pole. Fisk Pole. Red seat. Center field corner. Fenway Franks. Everything about is classic, perfect, sharp, awesome. To think about replacing it? Hell no. The field has been graced by some of the best ever. Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Carl Yastrzemski. This is where Fisk waved it fair, where Dave Roberts stole second, where Teddy Ballgame belted out an All-Star Game home run, a 502 foot home run, and his final home run in his final at-bat. Where Tek pounded A-Roid and Pedroia led off the 2007 World Series with a shot over the Monster. Getting rid of Fenway would be like getting rid of a little bit of Boston, a little bit of history, a little bit of baseball, and a little bit happiness. Leave Fenway alone.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
- Fenway Park needs more. They've got the Teammates and one of Ted Williams, but there's many more moments to be commemorated. Maybe one of Yaz who saved the Sox in '67. Maybe Fisk when he waved it fair. Maybe one of Dustin Pedroia!
- I whole-heartily agree that Fisk should have a statue, but I have to single this out. There's gotta be something from the 2004 season. Here are my top five choices for a 2004 statue. Varitek smashing A-Roid, Dave Roberts' steal, Ortiz's walk-off, Schilling's bloody sock, the final out of the World Series. Make it happen.
- The Swamp in Gainesville could use another Tebow statue. They have one already and also a plaque, but Tebow is so great he needs another. Maybe the jump pass, or the chomp, or the red jersey game. Denver should recognize him too.
- The Swiss Inn & Tennis Center in Switzerland should definitely commemorate Roger Federer's contributions to the sport and the country.
- When Brady and Belichick and Kraft are all gone, they should give them each a statue. That'd be nice to see. They're all so influential.
- Outside of Leicester Middle School, a statue of Caleb should be erected in mid-Calebing form. That'd be awesome. I'll make it happen.
Ah. This one's hard to answer. Yes, he did mold the Red Sox into what they are today. The street next to Fenway is named after him! Yawkey owned the Sox from 1933 to 1976. He renovated a fallen Fenway and created the amazing teams of 1946 (Williams, Pesky, Dimaggio, Doerr), 1967 (Impossible Dream), and 1975 (Greatest World Series Ever). He never won a title, however. The argument against him comes in that he could have.
Yawkey was, sadly, notoriously racist. It's a dark cloud in Red Sox history, but it's there. He held tryouts for Willie Mays AND Jackie Robinson. He strung them along and never wrote back to them. The first black player on the Red Sox? Pumpsie Green in 1959. Think about that outfield for a second, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, and Jackie Robinson. On the same team! Was what he prevented greater than what he created? I can't quite answer that, but I'd put him in the Hall, although I strongly disagree with the racism.
Imagine that outfield.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Well, let's take in the facts before we get hasty. Johnny Damon was the leader of the Idiots in 2004 and he led the Red Sox to their first World Series championship in 86 years. He knocked the Yankees out of the ALCS' Game Seven with a Grand Slam. He said he would never ever sign with the Yankees.
And then he signed with the Yankees. He cut off the hair, cut off the beard and went to the dreaded rival. Look, if you wanted more money, that's fine, thanks for your time, go anywhere. Except New York. Don't go there. You won't be beloved anymore.
His career was sent into a downward spiral after that and he now finds himself as a free agent.
So, yes, Johnny Damon was a traitor. But thanks for '04.
- Not only did Aaron Hernandez sign a $40 million dollar contract over five years, but he gave $50,000 of it to the Myra Kraft Foundation as a thank you to the Kraft family. How nice.
- Jabar Gaffney and Dont'e Stallworth were released as every NFL team had to cut their team down to 75. Strange that they're gone again.
- Zoltan Mesko, the Patriots punter, won the Community Service award. Nice job, Mesko, you're becoming one of my favorites.
The season starts in only 13 days!
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
The Office has long been my favorite show and I am definitely saddened that it's going to end, but optimistic. Daniels said that in the final season, he hopes for a Michael return, we'll meet some of Dwight's family (lead into The Farm spinoff), we'll meet the documentary crew, see David Wallace running Dunder Mifflin again, see Roy's (yes that Roy) wedding, and test Jim and Pam's love. Along the way from September to May, I'll give updates and create different Office things. I'll provide a recap of each episode, as well. I am going to miss The Office so very much. My favorite is coming to an end...
Today, the Red Sox completed the biggest trade in MLB history with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers will take nearly all of the over $250 million dollars combined among these players. The Red Sox just cleaned house. I don't know how to feel.
It's nice with a clean slate, but I think Crawford and Gonzalez could have provided something. I understand that Josh Beckett would still be here if we kept the other two, though.
Ah, Josh Beckett. In my opinion, his legacy will be that we would not have won it in 2007 without him. Although, I probably still will not care for him due to the beer, the chicken, and the awfulness.
I'm gonna miss Gonzalez. He had provided big things for Boston and was one of 2012's bright spots. I still find it weird that in the offseason of 2010 when we traded for him and signed Carl Crawford, the Red Sox were supposed to win the World Series and dominate the world. Now, neither of them are here.
And Carl Crawford. In the month that he played this year, I thought he was going to be able to provide something in 2013. Guess he won't. I thought he had some potential.
Punto. Who cares about Punto?
I can see how this could benefit the future. I may still miss Gonzo and Crawford, but I know that this is for the best. However, I still want Lucchino, Henry, and Lackey outta there. Wouldn't it be awesome if Yaz or Nomar or someone like that bought the Sox? Wouldn't it be awesome if we go on a September tear? This could make or break Boston's future.
I don't know how to feel.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Let's keep going with the theme of yesterday. My argument that the greatest of the greats featured these players. Brady, Bill, Bobby and Ballgame. Tom Brady, Bill Russell, Bobby Orr, and Ted Williams closed the case that the greatest of the greats are from Boston. But who's Boston's best athlete? To make it a tad fairer we can put in a backup from each sport. Larry Bird for basketball, Carl Yastrzemski from the Sox, Ray Bourque takes the Bruins, and I'll go with Tedy Bruschi for football. Eh, why not make it an even ten? Doug Flutie and Rocky Marciano can be the wild cards. Then it's simple. You set up a bracket with the big four as the top four seeds.
I'm just kidding that's not a good way about it. Here are the simple facts: Ted Williams would have set the home run record had he not gone to the army for three years, but he still ended up with 521. The last player to hit .400. Triple Crown winner. MVP. Pennant winner. All-Star Home Run. Red Seat Home Run. Last Home Run. Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived. Sorry, Brady, Bill, and Bobby, but this one goes to Ballgame.
My pick for the best:
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Are The Greatest Of The Greats From Boston?
Book Answer: Yes.
My Argument: There's one way to go about this. Every city that doesn't have all four major sports (basketball, baseball, football, hockey) is eliminated. This is the greatest of the greats, after all. This is who remains:
Boston, Chicago, Dallas - Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis - St. Paul, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco Bay Area, Washington DC.
It's only fair that each city get to brag now,
Washington DC boasts Alex Ovechkin, five-time all-star and two-time MVP in the NHL, but what about the Wizards? Do you settle for Michael Jordan even though he was way past his prime in DC? How about the Nationals? Ryan Zimmerman, maybe. In a couple of years, it'll be Stephen Strasburg, but not now. For the Redskins you make a push for Joe Theissman. But really? DC is weak.
San Francisco starts out strong. Joe Montana and Willie Mays are arguably the greatest in their respective sports and heck, Chris Mullin played on the Dream Team, but hockey just destroys it. Joe Thornton's the best you send out there. That's not a good guy to send out there.
Phoenix probably can't go wrong with Randy Johnson representing baseball and Charles Barkley headlining basketball, but there goes that hockey again. Sure, they had Bobby Hull, but not in Phoenix, that was back in the Winnipeg days. So what now? Thomas Steen? Why even bother with football? Although, Kurt Warner's 2009 season probably put him in Arizona sports lore.
Philadelphia isn't awful. Wilt Chamberlain gets sent out there, but then it's just a string of good players, not greatness. Mike Schmidt from the Phillies, Donovan McNabb from the Eagles, and Mark Howe from the Flyers. Philadelphia just isn't at the greatness level.
New York probably comes closest. Baseball is just crazy. You could pick Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, or Babe Ruth and be happy with each one, but I'll say the Babe for this argument. Mark Messier probably gets in the NHL's Top Ten of all-time. Joe Namath ranks among the top twenty quarterbacks of all-time and Patrick Ewing among the top twenty-five basketball players, but for this argument, each one has to be in the top ten. Sorry Empire.
Minneapolis is kind of sad to go through. None of the Wild's hockey players were good enough to have their number retired apparently, as only 99 and 1 are retired. 99 was retired league-wide in honor of Wayne Gretzky and 1 was retired in honor of the fans. Just throw in Marian Gaborik, their all-time scorer, so they can have a hockey player. Timberwolves have Kevin Garnett, although he's known for Boston now, the Vikings showcase Randy Moss, who was known now for New England, and then Kirby Puckett for the Twins. Minnesota is just one big meh.
Dan Marino and LeBron James probably make Miami smile. The Marlins and Panthers do not. Josh Beckett, the 2003 World Series MVP for the Marlins, you can put in with little confidence. What about Pavel Bure and his Panthers? Get out of town, Miami.
Detroit goes bang bang bang. Barry Sanders. Gordie Howe. Ty Cobb. Bang bang bang. And then the team who should provide the most bang (they're named the Pistons for god's sake) just fall flat. If they're satisfied with sending Isiah Thomas or Bill Laimbeer to the front, then they should rethink their Piston fanhood.
Denver goes mile-high in football. You've got your Tim Tebow and your John Elway. Although, most would say Elway. And then disappointment again. Alex English or Carmelo Anthony for the Nuggets, weakens the whole shebang. The Rockies? Pffft. Larry Walker, I guess. Patrick Roy represents the Avalanche, but he's known for his Montreal days. There there Colorado.
Ahh, Dallas. In about fifteen years, this one could make a strong argument. Not yet, though, not yet. It's hard to against Roger Staubach AND Troy Aikman, but Emmitt Smith has to take the cake. Dirk Nowitzki shouldn't depress Maverick fans too much. Nolan Ryan brings the heat from the Range. But hockey kills it again. You don't want to say 'I guess' with greats, but that's what you say with Mike Modano.
Chicago is right there at the second-tier, very close the top. Michael Jordan vaults the Windy City and Walter Payton and Bobby Hull keep pushing, but even though there's two baseball teams, neither provide a whammy. Shoeless Joe was about to until he got banned from baseball. You settle for Andre Dawson, but you wish there was something else out there.
Now we're brought to Boston where the argument concludes. You know it's something when the weakest link is Tom Brady, one of the best quarterbacks ever. From a baseball standpoint, cities would be more than happy to have Carl Yastrzemski, but I'll take Ted Williams to rub it in. Bobby Orr leads the Bruin stampede. Basketball features two of the best five ever. Larry Bird or Bill Russell? It doesn't matter. You win with either. And just to brag a little more, we've got Doug Flutie, if you want to count college.
So, yeah, the greatest of the greats are from Boston. Pretty nice.
(Don't worry, all the arguments won't be that long).
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The pregame Johnny Pesky ceremony at Fenway Park featured #6 cut into the grass right behind shortstop, readings from Don Orsillo, Dave O'Brien, and Joe Castiglione, every player on Boston wearing #6, photo montage, wreath around his retired number, illumination of Pesky Pole. Very, very nice.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Yes, it's the end of August, therefore it's time for the Jimmy Fund Telethon. Players like Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez have gone on WEEI's The Big Show and made donations. Not only that, but Jarrod Salatalamacchia and Jenny Dell visited the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Pretty cool video:
Monday, August 20, 2012
So you've heard from the candidates: Dustin Pedroia, Tim Tebow, Kevin Love, Gabby Douglas, and Roger Federer. Here are some interesting tidbits on the candidates:
- Pedroia, Tebow, Love, and Douglas are all running for the very first time. Roger Federer is the only one to do multiple campaigns, this being his second.
- Gabby Douglas looks to be the first female Sports President.
- Roger Federer looks to be the first foreign Sports President.
New images of the Fantasyland expansion have been released. Well, concept art, technically. This depicts Belle reading outside of our cottage with the Beast's Castle in the distance. Note the Mickey lilipad.
I'm so excited for the opening of the expansion! Also, awesome images! So very well done, props to the artist!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
ESPN, there is a contest to see which university has the most fans. Florida is currently in 16th place with 2102 votes. Go vote, I know I have! Go Gaotrs!
Paul Lukas is going to rank the quality of sports uniforms from #122 to #1. It's a daunting task, but quite fun. He has not yet revealed the best uniform, but he has revealed the worst:
When Lukas reveals his best, I'll highlight my favorite teams, and choose my favorite, too! For now, here's my worst:
When Lukas reveals his best, I'll highlight my favorite teams, and choose my favorite, too! For now, here's my worst:
Friday, August 17, 2012
The good people over at Vita Coco Coconut Water landed Dustin Pedroia as a sponsor for their coconut water last year. Now they want to goof around with him a little bit. Everything about this video is amazing except for the fact the A-Roid is in it. Why would they put him there? I don't know. I like how Cody Ross talks to a cardboard cutout the whole time. I post this in honor of Pedroia's 29th Birthday.
Remember how in 2008 I had the Sports President Election between Tiger Woods and LeBron James? Tiger won it, but his reputation (along with LeBron's) turned negative quickly. He wasn't the type of guy we wanted in office. In 2011, Tiger was officially impeached. A new campaign was held featuring many different athletes trying to become the Sports President. Aaron Rodgers, Tim Thomas, Kevin Durant, Landon Donovan, and Roger Federer campaigned. Tim Thomas eventually won the title of Sports President and he was slated to hold it until 2016. All of a sudden, he says he doesn't want to join the Stanley Cup champion Bruins in visiting the White House. He says Obama is awful and the government sucks. He supports Chick Fil A. Why can't we get a good guy in office? They all turn sour. He's allowed to have his own opinion and all, but equality and respect are two things that are important in becoming Sports President. So now, we will have a new election now that Tim Thomas has been impeached. Hopefully this guy will hold it until 2016. Please submit names of people that you think would be good for the office of Sports President.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
2B Dustin Pedroia
DH David Ortiz
1B Adrian Gonzalez
RF Cody Ross
LF Carl Crawford
3B Will Middlebrooks
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
SS Mike Aviles
I can't complain about the bench either:
Bullpen is awesome:
And you now, what? If Lester and Beckett can regain form, the pitching rotation isn't awful:
So, please, fire Bobby V and hire someone who will take nothing. The 2013 Red Sox team? I have high hopes. Extremely high hopes.