It was not easy to find supporters of John Harrington in the late 90's. Unofficially, Harrington was CEO of the Red Sox. Officially, however, he headed only the Yawkey Trust, which took over the team after Tom Yawkey's death in 1976. After much bickering and behind-the-scenes maneuvering, the triumvirate of Harrington, Haywood Sullivan and Jean […]
I was about to write a piece about the Sox loss of base-stealing ability with the departure of Jacoby Ellsbury. However, it appears that Conor Duffy of Bosoxinjection.com beat me to it. I agree with Conor (who is young enough to be my grandson) that Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia will have to make […]
High hopes in March often fade quickly in April and May. The Red Sox found this to be true in 99, when Sox pitching coach and (briefly) future manager Joe Kerrigan assessed his bullpen. He was optimistic about six hurlers- Tom (Flash) Gordon, Jim Corsi, Derek Lowe, John Wasdin, Ron Mahay and Mark Guthrie. […]
I was hoping they were going to come out and give me one of those cans of spray in case they decided to attack me again. -Mike Carp after the bee swarm at Steinbrenner Field.
The late Larry Whiteside was a low-key writer, rarely critical. But when he began this March 99 piece with the line "Think it's easy being Dan Duquette?" you knew there was trouble. The issue this time concerned team physician Dr Arthur Pappas, who had also been a limited partner of the team since 1977. The […]
Rick Burleson, where are you? I'd like to put the Rooster, now 62 years old, in a time machine and transport him back 40 years to 1974, when he took over the Sox shortstop job. Burleson and his attitude would look great on the '14 Sox. Down in Fort Myers, the team again has […]
Ryan Dempster's announcement that he will not pitch in 2014 didn't cause any particlular outcry from writers and fans. First of all, Dempster is nearly 37 years old. Second, he was considered the number 5 man in the rotation in 2013. His stats seem very average- an 8-9 mark in 29 starts and a 4.57 […]
The story about Roger Clemens moving to the Yankees was one which would not easily go away. Dan Shaughnessy already had made lots of money on the Curse of the Bambino, a book which basically told the story of the failings of the Sox since 1920. Not surprisingly, the Clemens defection provided fodder for Shaughnsessy […]
Chris Capuano is now an official member of the Red Sox after passing a physical. He was signed to a one-year $2.25 million deal after Ryan Dempster announced he would not pitch in the upcoming season. Capuano started 20 games for the Dodgers last season and went 4-7 with an ERA of 4.26.
One of the few newcomers on the Sox as they go for their World Series defense is the catching spot. It opened when Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who had perhaps his best season in the majors in 2013, signed a three-year, $21 million contract with Miami over the winter. To replace Salty, the Sox brought in 37-year-old […]
Fifteen years ago this week, headlines blared: "Latest Insult: Clemens a Yankee." Already down in the estimation of Sox fans, Roger committed the worst indignity possible- defecting to the Evil Empire. Bad enough that he went to Toronto and won two more Cy Youngs. Now he was contributing another chapter to the Curse. The Jays […]
Ryan Dempster told reporters that he would sit out the 2014 season citing his neck injury. He felt he would not be able to pitch at the level he needed to with his physical limitations. The Red Sox have five solid starters in their rotation but will need to have an insurance starter for the […]
The Red Sox are ready to have Xander Bogaerts as their starting shortstop and seem to be moving on from Stephen Drew. John Farrell made it seem like the Red Sox had turned the page: I can tell you the conversations with Xander to date have been to focus on shortstop. If that needs to […]
On the baseball side, the Sox rewarded newcomer superstars Pedro Martinez and Nomar Garciaparra with huge long-term contracts. Insider Peter Gammons felt in the summer of 98 that a deal with Vaughn was being worked out- four years for $42 million. But when the contract was presented to Mo, it was two years and $17 […]
About a month ago, I wrote a piece called "The Last Championship Defense". It talked about the 08 season, and how the Red Sox might have repeated as World Champions had the Devil Rays, as they were then called, not exploded from nowhere to take the AL East with 97 wins. Tampa then continued their […]