Friday, February 08, 2008

We may have lost the Super Bowl, but we still have Tom Brady.

When you think about it, it probably sucks to be a Giants fan right now. Because, let's face it, they may have won the Super Bowl, but they weren't the best team. It must suck to win when you know you're not the best, right? It would make me feel empty inside...a hollow, meaningless victory. And in New England, we're definitely winners, because we have Tom Brady. Who needs a trophy when you have Tommy? Eli, you take the trophy; we'll take Tom.

Tom Brady isn't too upset about the Super Bowl anymore either, because he is Tom Brady. I mean, how cool is that?

Here's Tom's thoughts on the matter...

OK We Lost, But I Still Get to be Tom Brady

By Tom Brady

I'm guessing you saw the Super Bowl. Yes, we lost. I'm not happy about it, as you can see from this picture taken two minutes after the game.

I was really down, then I realized, "Hey - I'm still Tom Brady."

Let's play a little game of "Imagine." Who would you rather be, Eli Manning (gap toothed, googly-eyed, mouth-breather) or me, Tom Brady? He's marching down Broadway today covered in scraps of paper. Right now, I'm covered in supermodel. As I'm typing this, I can see the shadow of my reflection in the monitor, and even the silhouette of me is enough to bring a smile to my eyes, and when I see that smile, how can I be upset? I'm Tom Brady.

So many people are not Tom Brady. There are too many to list them all here, but open a phone book sometime and read every name except "Tom Brady." You'll see for yourself, it's pretty staggering how few people get to experience being me. I can only think of one off the top of my head.

What's so great about being Tom Brady? Here's an example: I'm dating Giselle. I'm in a Stetson ad for Giselle. So not only am I with the world's most beautiful woman, I'm actually making money by being with her. That's just one small example of what I call "The Tom Brady Experience."

So Giants, yes, congratulations. But also me, congratulations.

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Quote of the Year, 2007

After the Sox fell behind Cleveland 2 games to 1 in the ALCS, Big Papi gathered his teammates in the clubhouse to give them a pep talk. Here's what he had to say.

"Listen, we're not just a good team. We're a great team. And don't you fucking forget that. And let's go play one at a time and go prove that. Because let me tell you something.... There's a reason why you wear this Red Sox uniform....

Because you're a bad motherfucker."

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Monday, December 24, 2007

Gabe the Babe is back!

To celebrate Gabe Kapler's glorious return to Major League Baseball, I thought I'd share some classic Gabe photos. Gabe the Babe is BY FAR the most popular player I've ever posted about. So, I'm gonna give you people what you love, which, clearly, is Gabe.

He won't be wearing red socks this time, but I like the Brewers, and I think Gabe has landed on a great team.

But I know what you really want to see is Gabe out of his uniform. So here you go...

Okay, that last one isn't Gabe, it's Trot. He's a free agent! Where's he gonna sign? I know Boston needs another outfielder like it needs another 86 year curse, but I'd love to see Trot come back.

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Whatever happened to Matt Mantei?

Seriously...he retired? Why?


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Just because...

I'm sick of reading about Roger and 'roids.

For the sake of nostalgia...

I just thought the world could use a little more Rod Beck.


Friday, December 14, 2007

Brendan Donnelly and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Brendan Donnelly didn't have the best day. First, he was nontendered by the Red Sox. Since they didn't want to give him a contract, he effectively became a free agent. Nobody wants to be a free agent who's coming off Tommy John surgery, especially Donnelly, since he figures he'll only be able to pitch for the last couple months of the 2008 season. Who's gonna sign him? To make matters so much worse, the Mitchell report was published this afternoon, implicating players in the use of steroids. Guess whose name was on it? Yup, Brendan Donnelly.

But all of a sudden, his feud with Jose Guillen makes more sense. They were probably competing for limited resources...

Good thing Brendan had his loyal teammates to calm him down...

Oh Brendan. Where's the rally monkey when you need him?

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Okie Dokie didn't really have a fun season.

Hideki Okajima recently gave an interview in Japan about his first season with the Sox. He basically talked about how much the season sucked, how tired he was, how flying made him dizzy and gave him headaches, and how he survived on rice balls. Yum.

The interview was conducted by Terumi Yoshida and was translated by the Globe's Daigo Fujiwara. Here it is...

Yoshida: First of all, congratulations for winning the Series.

Okajima: Thank you very much.

Y: Looking back on the season, both the team and you individually, had a very successful season. What was it like from your perspective?

O: Well, going to America, a whole different country, I had no idea what to expect and I was very worried about the new environment and new language.I didn't even have an interpreter at the beginning of the season. In the first three month, I must admit that I was anxious and uncomfortable in my new surroundings.

Y: But you must have had some confidence that you can succeed in baseball?

O: No, I didn't. I was very anxious, and was not confident. The turning point was when I got my own interpreter one month after the season started. Being able to communicate with people through the interpreter made my being there more comfortable and then I was able to focus on playing baseball.

Y: What, in your opinion, is the reason for your success this year?

O: My best pitch in Japan was a curve ball. But with a more slippery American baseball, my curve wasn't curving as much as it did in Japan. So I had to figure out a different ball. Then after I figured the pitch [the change-up] out, I kept the use of the pitch to a minimum in the spring and the first part of the season, because I
didn't want my opponent to know about the ball. I'd only use it at the crucial moment. The pitch is what they named the "Okie Dokie"

Y: You have a very unique pitching form. You are not looking at the catcher while you pitch, where are you looking?

O: Yeah, when I release the ball, I am looking at the ground [laughs]. But before the pitch, I set my target. I envision the travel path of the ball and try to make my release point very consistent. At the release, I am not looking in front of me, but from the beginning of the delivery and right after the release of the ball, I am looking at the catcher, or my target. Especially with the power of the Major League hitters, you have to watch out for the ball that is hit. I don't want to get hit by a batted ball with Major League power.

Y: Have you had any coaches tell you to look at the catcher in the delivery in the past.

O: Yes. They told me to look ahead [laughs].

Y: What do you say to that?

O: I just told them I can't throw well if I change my pitching form [laughs].

Y: Your first Major League appearance was against the Kansas City Royals on April 2, and your first hitter, John Buck, hits a home run off of you in the first pitch. What did you think of that?

O: I said to myself, "Oh, no." I thought I pitched a pretty good fastball outside, and I didn't think he will hit it that long. He carried it to the right center stand very easily. Considering that he was hitting eighth in the order and I was "an unknown pitcher" from a foreign country, that was a big blow. In Japan, hitters don't hit an outside pitch for power. In that at bat, I saw Major League hitter's power. It made a huge impact. I also learned to avoid fastball outside over the plate. In some ways it was a good thing that he hit a home run that day.

Y: Then you went 19 games without allowing runs. What was your thought then?

O: So, I had that home run in my mind. If I was to pitch outside, I would aim for one more baseball outside than I normally do, and inside the same [one baseball inside], and I avoided throwing in the middle.

Y: Did you think about what you were doing [the streak] while it was happening?

O: No I didn't. It was all after the fact. I was taking it day by day. And without that home run I wouldn't have strategized my pitches as much as I did, and I bet I wouldn't have had that stretch of 19 games.

Y: So, thank you John Buck?

O: Yeah, thank you John Buck [laughs].

Y: What was the most memorable game this season? I know you must have many, but just one that you can think of now.

O: The one that I was probably most excited about was the game I saved against the Yankees [on April 20]. It was at Fenway Park, it was against the arch enemy, Yankees, and it was my first ever save in the Major League. Everyone was very excited about it, and all of the teammates came to congratulate me. It was like winning the pennant. I was very happy.

Y: So you went out and celebrated that night after? A wild party? With your wife?

O: No, no, no... [laughs] we didn't do anything. I didn't have the time or mental luxury to celebrate. There was no time to relax, or to celebrate. No time to let it loose during the season.

Y: Wait, you mean the whole season?

O: Yeah, the whole season. I didn't let it loose the whole time. Well, after we clinched the division, maybe a little bit. But not much at all.

Y: What is the biggest difference between Japanese Baseball and Major League baseball that you felt during the season?

O: In Japan, there are more teams that play "small baseball." Well, obviously there are exceptions, but for example, you rarely see a hitter put on a bunt.

Y: Do you think it suits your playing style?

O: Well, I think it helped me that I played last year [2006] with the Nippon Ham Fighters. In the Pacific League, there are more players who don't play small ball. [Note: Pacific League in Japan employs DH. He played most of his career with Yomiuri Giants, which is a Central League team.] That definitely helped me with the transition.

Y: There is a longer travel between the cities, for example, Boston and Los Angeles is like 4,500 km apart. That is a unheard amount of travel in Japan. Was it really bad?

O: That is a long flight. It takes like 4 or 5 hours. On top of that, there is a time difference. I get a headache when I am on the plane, maybe with the air pressure difference, and I usually am dizzy by the time I get off it.

Y: How did you get over it?

O: Get over it? I really didn't. I kept playing as is. I pitched through the headaches and the dizziness. There was nothing I could do. I really hated the time differences.

Y: During the game, I see on the TV that players in the bullpen sometimes munching on some snacks. I heard somewhere that, as a rookie, you were in charge of the snacks. Was there any truth to that?

O: Yes, it is true. It's a rookie's job. Everyone likes snacks, sweets and gums.

Y: Was it a tough job?

O: Not really, except that there was no time to get those snacks. In Japan there is some time set aside for eating dinner or doing something between the practice and the game. There were only about 30 minute or so in America.

Y: So what do they do? Eat fast?

O: Some don't eat at all. They just snack on something. Most have already eaten before the practice.

Y: So you had to do that, too? Eat before practice?

O: Yes, and I sometimes brought onigiri [Note: Japanese style rice ball] from home, or from a restaurant if it is an away game.

Y: Onigiri! That is the reason for your success. The onigiri power! [laughs]

O: Yes. Onigiri power. [laughs]

Y: During the season, you had only three whole-days off?

O: Yes. There is a game most days. Either that or we are traveling. It's not like Japan where you can expect one day off a week. It is a tiring experience.

Y: You must have been more tired than you were in Japan.

O: Yes. There is no time to recover. I was more tired than anytime in my Japanese career. I was trying to mentally over come it, but it really got to me after the All Star game.

Y: What was the thing that helped you during that time? Sleep?

O: Sleep? Sure, but there were times during the season, I was praying that I wouldn't be called up. Pitching every day was really tough on me. I was hoping for a rest day.

Y: Masumi Kuwata [of Pittsburgh Pirates] was one of your mentors in Yomiuri Giants, and you still train with him every year. What was your feeling when you saw him pitch in the Major League for the first time?

O: I was watching on the TV at an away stadium. I was really glad for him. I noticed that number 18 was warming up in the pen, and soon after, he was summoned. I was glad to have witnessed it on the TV.

Y: As for the next season, what is your goal?

O: Of course as a team, the ultimate goal is to repeat. To do that, you need to get to the playoffs, so that would be first goal. Going to the playoffs.

Y: What about your individual accomplishment? Are you aiming to have better stats than this year?

O: No, that is not my goal. I need to keep myself healthy and keep doing what I am capable of. If I try beyond my capability, then I will get injured. If I stay healthy and stick with what I know, I can pitch in more than 50 games and contribute to the team. I am not sure if it is reasonable to aim beyond the year where I was selected as an All Star and won World Championship. With one year under my belt, now I am little bit more familiar with what to expect next year. So, I just need to keep up and contribute to the team.

He forgot to mention the hazing. At least he didn't have to be the teletubby!


Thursday, December 06, 2007

Please please please let this be true!

Rotoworld is reporting that the Sox are going after Erik Bedard! Have my prayers finally been answered?! Bedard has been stuck in Baltimore, pitching for a crappy team, and never gets proper credit for his stellar pitching, simply because no one cares about the Orioles. Seriously...the guys on Sports Center skip right over him when talking about the day's highlights, even when Bedard has pitched a 1 hitter, or gotten 15 strikeouts, or done something similarly spectacular. Bedard is of the same caliber as Josh Beckett, and we'd be so lucky to have him as our number 2 starter.

I mean, just look at how fierce he is! And he's number I'd love to have a Sox ace wear that number again!

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Jon Lester beats cancer, Colorado, and wins the Conigliaro award

Jon Lester just won the Tony Conigliaro award, which is given to one player each year who has overcome adversity. As you all know, Lester was diagnosed with large-cell lymphoma last year during his rookie season. He beat cancer and battled his way back up to the majors this season. Lester took the mound for Game 4 of the World Series and pitched the Red Sox to victory.

Tony Conigliaro was an outfielder for the Red Sox. At the age of 22, he was selected for the 1967 All-Star Team. In that season, he also became the youngest American League player to reach a career total of 100 home runs. His season took a turn for the worse on August 18th, when he was hit by a pitch on the left cheekbone. With a broken cheek and considerable damage to his eye, Tony's career looked like it might be over.

But on opening day of the 1969 season, Tony took the field at Fenway and managed a true comeback. Despite his poor vision, which resulted from his injury, he hit 20 homeruns that season, and earned the Comeback Player of the Year award.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Lowell loves that dirty water.

Mikey Lowell reportedly turned down a 4 year, $50 million offer from Philly so he could sign with Boston for 3 years, at $37.5 million. He must really love us!

I'm so glad he's staying! Curt's glad, too.

He fits right in here, doesn't he?

I took that picture from the blog of a woman who loves to take photographs at Sox games. Her pictures are gorgeous. She has tons from the celebration when the Sox clinched the AL East. I'd be committing a crime against Red Sox Nation if I didn't post a link to the rest of her photos, so go check them out. She has the best shots I've seen from that celebration.

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

What is taking so long?

The Sox and Mikey Lowell have been negotiating for like 2 weeks now. Why is it taking so long? This is my idea of what must be happening behind closed doors.

Mikey: I want 4 years.
Theo: We'll give you 3.
Mikey: But I want 4.
Theo: But we're offering you 3.
Mikey: But, don't you like me?
Theo: Yes, very much.
Mikey: Then give me 4 years!
Theo: We'd prefer to give you 3.
Mikey: You're not being nice.
Theo: Yes we are.
Mikey: No, you're not.
Theo: Yes we are.
Mikey: Nuh uh.
Theo: Yah huh.
Mikey: Meanie.
Theo: Do you wanna play on our team or not?
Mikey: Yeah.
Theo: Then stop calling me names.
Mikey: Then give me 4 years.
Theo: No.
Mikey: Yes.
Theo: Nope.
Mikey: Come on!
Theo: We'll give you 3.
Mikey: But I want 4.
Theo: We'll give you 3.
Mikey: You stink.
Theo: I know.
Mikey: What's one more year to you?
Theo: Well, what's it to you?
Mikey: I want to play for 4 years!
Theo: Well, what's it like to want?
Mikey: Come on. Just do it.
Theo: No
Mikey: You don't want me to sign with the Skankees, do you?
Theo: Why not? Look at how well that worked out for Johnny!
Mikey: That was a low blow.
Theo: I know.
Mikey: But seriously, I want 4 years.
Theo: We'll give you 3.
Mikey: You mean 4.
Theo: No, just 3.
Mikey: Pretty please?
Theo: No.
Mikey: Pretty please with sugar on top?
Theo: We'll give you 3, Mike. That's it.
Mikey: You're not being very nice.
Theo: It's not my job to be nice.
Mikey: But, I'm the World Series MVP!
Theo: Congratulations.
Mikey: That stands for Most Valuable Player!
Theo: Yes, I know what it stands for.
Mikey: Don't I deserve 4 years?
Theo: In 3 years, maybe we'll offer you another year.
Mikey: But why not save yourself the trouble and do it now.
Theo: We can't, Mike.
Mikey: Why not?
Theo: Because you're getting old, Mike.
Mikey: Ouch.
Theo: Sorry.
Mikey: You didn't need to point that out.
Theo: But, it's true.
Mikey: You really hurt my feelings, Theo.
Theo: I'm sorry, Mike.
Mikey: Sorry just won't cut it.
Theo: That's a shame.
Mikey: You could make it up to me by giving me 4 years.
Theo: We'll give you 3. Maybe we can throw in a few bottles of Just for Men haircolor.
Mikey: Really?
Theo: If it would help.
Mikey: That's tempting...
Theo: I thought it might be.
Mikey: How about 4 years plus the Just for Men.
Theo: We'll give you 3.
Mikey: Okay, 4 years and no Just for Men.
Theo: 3 years, Mike. That's it.
Mikey: I want 4 years.
Theo: We'll give you 3.
Mikey: 4.
Theo: 3.
Mikey: 4.
Theo: No.
Mikey: Dammit!

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Papelbon, Manny, and Papi making the late night rounds

In case you missed it...

The Papel-bomb on Letterman

Manny on Leno

Big Papi on Conan

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Drunken Red Sox photos

There are some photos going around the internet of some Sox players celebrating in a bar after clinching the division. Click here to see Coco being a ladies man, Pedroia tending bar, Dice-K looking bored, Tek, Beckett, and Lowell hiding in a corner, and Papelbon being Papelbon.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Mannyfest Dustiny!

Q: How do you stop a run-away freight train?

A: Send it through Fenway Park when Josh Beckett is on the mound!

The Sox are going to win the World's our Dustiny!

Beckett set the tone tonight by striking out the first 3 batters he faced, and then Dustin hit a lead-off homer. It really just went downhill for the Rox from that point.

Poor Franklin Morales got Rocked...

His ERA is 94.5, to be exact.

Every Sox starter (with the exception of Jacoby) got a hit tonight. Julio Lugo had the best game of his life, with 3 hits and a walk.

I have to admit, I've been pretty afraid of Colorado. But not anymore! : )

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Grand Slam Hunting

Friday, October 05, 2007

Trot’s team: 1, Skankees: 0

I love the post-season, because there's always a baseball game on!

Here are the highlights from today's match-up between Cleveland and the Yanks.

Johnny hit a homer...

But that's okay, because I still love him. Even in pin-stripes.

A-Rod didn't hit anything.

Ha ha!

The Yanks were missing much more than the pitches today...

Cleveland won, 12 to 3.

Here's A-Rod after the game. Oh look, he has something in his eye!

But, more importantly, WHERE'S TROT?!?!??!!?

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Bring on the Angels!

The Angels are in town for the ALDS!

Here's Big Papi before Game 1...

Mike Scioscia has clearly been to Big Papi's house before and isn't too fond of Papi's welcoming gestures...

Youk got Game 1 off to a great start with a solo shot...

Then Papi hit a two-run blast. Lugo was very happy about it...

Papi and Youk then formed a plan of action for tomorrow's game...

With Beckett on the mound, the Angels weren't having much luck getting hits. They were pretty bummed about getting shut out, 4 to nothing....

Beckett, on the other hand, was psyched enough to do his best Ralph Macchio impression...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Open letter to Eric Gagne

Dear Eric,

The time has come for you to stop sucking. Seriously. What can I do to help? Do you need a rally monkey? I'll buy you a rally monkey. Do you need me to wear my lucky shirt? I'll do it. Do you need some extra incentive to pitch well? Whatever Steinbrenner's paying you, I'll double it. Just STOP SUCKING!


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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Love for Lugo Campaign

Julio Lugo isn't having the best season, is he? His batting average is .190! Right here and now I'm starting a grass-roots campaign to get Lugo's average back above the Mendoza line. The campaign is very simple. All you have to do is show Lugo a little bit of love. Next time you go to Fenway, cheer very loudly for Lugo. Pretend he's Orlando Cabrera, if that helps. Hell, pretend he's Nomah. Do what you have to do, just

The only way you can help him is by CHEERING for him.

Booing at slumping players only makes things worse.
Case in point: Bellhorn. 'Nuff said.

So, the next time you're at Fenway, show Lugo some love.


Sunday, June 24, 2007

In memory of Rod Beck

Rod Beck was a relief pitcher for the Red Sox from 1999-2001.

He passed away this weekend. He was only 38.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Schilling is practically perfect.

Many amazing things happened for the Sox during the last few days.

JD Drew showed us that he does know how to use his bat, but he usually chooses not to.

Dice-K showed us that he doesn't even know how to hold a bat, let alone swing it, and that he is very good at striking out.

And Tito showed us what he looks like when he's mad.

Really mad...

I swear, I saw him throw the eff bomb around a few times.

But most importantly, Schill proved that he is still the ace.

He would have pitched a perfect game, but Julio Lugo made an error, letting a guy get on base. It would be the only baserunner until the 9th inning, when the 28th batter got a hit, ending Schill's no-hit bid. Of course, if Lugo hadn't made the error and everything else had happened exactly the way it did, Schill wouldn't have faced that 28th batter, because he already would have gotten the final out of the game...a perfect game!

Of course, the fact still remains that Schill pitched a complete game, giving up only one hit and no walks. That's pretty damn impressive. I guess he's still got it!

Lugo, on the other hand, was in the dog house for his error.

The team made him stand in a corner for the rest of the game...

How embarrassing...

Although some people were betting against him,
Schill proved to everyone that he's still awesome.

Isn't Mike Lowell so cute?

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