How About Them Red Sox Patriots Celtics?

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Not a big basketball fan, but it is worth noting that the Celtics are off to a great seasonal start.  An historical one, if trends continue.  Right now, their winning percentage outpaces that of the 1995-96 Bulls, largely considered to be the best professional basketball team ever. I don’t know.  The Red Sox took the World Series.  The Patriots are … Read More

The Mitchell Report

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I wasn’t going to address this, but I had the same thoughts as Volokh conspiracy blogger Ilya Somin (also a Bosox fan), so I might as well dive in: Unfortunately, the prominence of Yankees stars in the Report and the near-absence of Red Sox stars raises the question of whether Senator George Mitchell, the Report’s primary author, was compromised by … Read More

That Ruins The Song For Me!

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The Caroline of "Sweet Caroline" (the Neil Diamond song) is Caroline Kennedy, JFK’s daughter (who just turned 50, if you can believe that).  Neil Diamond revealed this in a recent interview. By the way, the song has returned to the singles charts, due in large part to the Red Sox Nation (the song is played at every home game).

Instant Replay In Baseball

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Well, why not? For the first time Tuesday, baseball general managers recommended instant replay be used to help umpires make difficult decisions. The recommendation, by a 25-5 vote, was limited to boundary calls — whether potential home runs are fair or foul, whether balls go over fences or hit the top and bounce back, and whether fans interfere with possible … Read More

Busy, Busy, Busy

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The closing weekend of Little Shop of Horrors was successful and loads of fun.  Show got even tighter and the audiences were relatively large and appreciative.  Strike, which I thought would be the worst, was completed in about 3 hours — that includes transporting and unloading everything back at the shop.  Night hadn’t fallen yet, and we were all off … Read More

Good Times Never Seemed So Good

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2 games to 0.  Nice 2-1 win.  Schilling, who is no longer the Schilling of yore, still knows how to compete.  Then came the "dynamic duo of Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon" who kept the Rockies in place for the back end of the game.  Nice to see that even when the bats aren’t connecting (unlike Wednesday’s blowout), the pitching … Read More

Terry Francona Announces Josh Beckett Will Start Games 1, 4, 7, 2, 6, 3, 5

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From The Onion: BOSTON—Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced Tuesday that the Colorado Rockies would receive a healthy dose of pitcher Josh Becket during the 2007 World Series, saying that the ALCS MVP would start games one, four, seven, two, six, three, and five, in that order. "I don’t think this should come as a real shock to anyone," … Read More

TIVO/Liveblogging Game One

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Little Shop brush-up went well and we got out of there at a decent enough hour, so with a little help from TIVO, I can watch Game One of the World Series.  Might be the only game I get to see. Pregame (TIVO):  Blah blah blah blah blah.  OMG.  That’s Yaz?  Well, I guess he’s got to get old too.  … Read More

Oh, Me Of Little Faith

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And I was all ready to throw in the towel last week.  Shame on me. Down 3-1, and with Manny saying "Well, no biggie if we lose" (or words to that effect), I just didn’t have a good feeling about the Red Sox taking the pennant. And even though we got off to a good start last night, we were … Read More

The Anthem Psych-out Fails

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The Indians thought that if they got Josh Beckett’s ex-girlfriend to sing the National Anthem, it would affect his pitching. Beckett pitched 8 innings, landed 11 strikeouts, and only allowed seven guys on base. Back to the drawing board, Wile E. Coyote.

Let’s Talk Baseball

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FUN FACT:  Watching your team lose twice to the Indians [Monday (4-2) and Tueday (7-3)] on TIVO fast-forward is no less painful than watching it unfold in real time. I have no empirical proof of this, yet I believe it to be true. Also…. MEMO TO RED SOX:  Your rare back-to-back-to-back home runs would have been soooo much cooler had … Read More

Fun Begins Tonight For Curseless Sox

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The Red Sox nation is confident, maybe even cocky.  And why not?  This ain’t 2004… In 2004, she always felt that "something will happen." Now, she says, the Nation is eager to see if the team can take care of business. "That year they didn’t win their division. Now they have. Now they won’t be the underdog. They have to … Read More