Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Monday December 30, 2002
Ex-Yankee Signed: 2 Years, $6.5 Million
"I will face the Yankees like rivals"
Sunday December 29, 2002
Steinbrenner Calls Henry "Stupid" and Lucky
12.29.02: NY Daily News: John Henry, your former
partner and owner of the Red Sox, was quoted as saying after you signed
Contreras that he "was and is a big risk." What's your response?
GS: That's just ridiculous. It makes him look
stupid because they did everything they could to get him, including
offering more money than we did. They offered $10 million to get him away
from us. I give credit to Mr. Contreras. He wanted to play for the
John Henry put down $1 million to buy into the
Yankees. He gets back $4.7 million. I hope he does as well for his
NY Daily News: Larry Lucchino, president of the
Red Sox, called the Yankees "the evil empire" after the signing.
GS: That's B.S. That's how a sick person thinks.
I've learned this about Lucchino: he's baseball's foremost chameleon of
all time. He changes colors depending on where's he's standing. He's been
at Baltimore and he deserted them there, and then went out to San Diego,
and look at what trouble they're in out there. When he was in San Diego,
he was a big man for the small markets. Now he's in Boston and he's for
the big markets. He's not the kind of guy you want to have in your
foxhole. He's running the team behind John Henry's back. I warned John it
would happen, told him, "Just be careful." He talks out of both sides of
his mouth. He has trouble talking out of the front of it.
Pats Catch Miami, But Jets Sack Pack
Friday, December 27 2002
The Battle of
Good vs. Evil
Sox Caught in
Sandbagged Red Sox, George Went Contreras Shopping Early to Wrap Up Cuban
Official G. Gordon Blakeley, Contreras Agent Jaime "Pay Me" Torres set up
Jose Bag Job.
HO HO HORRIBLE
Calls Deal with The Devil "Ludicrous"
"The Evil Empire extends its
tentacles even into Latin America"
New York Stories
Writers Invent Broken Window, Door to Embellish Epstein
Free Agent Negotiation, Money,
Length, and Signing Remain Unconfirmed
Yankees Win Contreras Battle But This Means War
Tuesday, December 24, 2002
SOX OUTWIT, OUTLAST,
OUTPLAY, OUTBID YANKEES BUT CAN'T LAND CONTRERAS IN CUT-SHORT CONTEST
"Yankee Mystique" or Yankee
Sox Deal for Cuban Goes Up in Smoke But
Yankees May Get Burned in the End
AU REVOIR CONTRERAS
No Way Jose Under Sox Christmas Tree
Contreras Conned into
Cuban a Yankee at 4-years at $32 million
NY payroll swells to $158
in Managua Ends in Early Knockout
Sox to turn focus back to
We'll Have a Blue Christmas
Steinbrenner Steals Contreras from Sox
El Siglo report of signing
false. Contact made.
But no negotiations yet.
Monday, December 23, 2002
Yankees-Red Sox Fight for Contreras
Epstein, Eljaua Turn Up Heat in Central America
Is Saint Nicaragua Coming to Town?
Theo is in Managua (and keeps talking to Minaya)
'The Wizard' of
Panamanian Paper Reports Red
Sox-Mendoza Deal Done. Fox, Timlin Signings Still Not Official.
Will Red Sox Give Ramiro three years at $12 million?
"I feel annoyed, but I
must move ahead now and go to work for the Red Sox", said Mendoza. "the
things now will change,
I will face the Yankees like rivals".
Fox Signings Official
Offerman II Avoided in Fonzie Scheme
Theo thankfully didn't bite on Duquette-style "4-years for $26 Million"
Friday, December 20, 2002
But Not Forgotten
After Midnight, They're Gonna Let Dauber Hang
Down (Bye Bye Brian).
Walks To New York
Mets Pay $26 million/4 years for Mr. Thin Skin Brittle Bones
(May be their best move since Mo)
Still Dragon His Feet on Japan
Thursday December 19, 2002
The Six Million Dollar Man
We can replace him. We have the 'payroll flexibility.'
We have the capability to sign a true first baseman.
Who will be that man? Better than we had before.
Better . . . stronger . . . faster.
Injury Prone DH Rejects Salary Arbitration from Red Sox
Theo on Deadline Deals and Nomar Batting 5
Will Floyd Be
Song: In the Midnight Hour
Artist: Cliff Fraud and the Three Year Deals
"Iím gonna wait till the midnight hour
Thatís when the Dodger deal comes tumbling down
Iím gonna wait till the midnight hour
When thereís no other teams around
Iím gonna take arbitration I fooled you
Do all things that sold you in the midnight hour
Iím gonna wait till next year to go out
See dollar signs in my eyes
Iím gonna wait till the midnight hour
Thatís when the Sox begin to shine
Youíre the only team I know
Really love Boston so in the midnight hour"
Cuban star granted free-agency. Sox in driver's seat.
Beefing Up the Bullpen
Sox sign veteran reliever Mike Timlin (Needs physical first before
Houston You Have a Problem
Astros Sign 34-year-old Jeff Kent for two years
Jackson 5 Backup
Sox sign Damian Jackson as second shortstop
Wednesday December 18, 2002
Godzilla Going to Gotham,
Matsui a Yankee
Yomiuri Slugger Agrees to Record Setting Deal with Yankees
Courtesy of Riff at 'Your Turn:' According
to Gordon Edes, Theo wrecked some hotel furniture when he found out that
Edgardo Alfonzo had slipped through his grasp. The kid's a Rock Star. And
based on this incident alone, he should get along fine with the newly
acquired Giambi. This incident could spawn a new Mastercard commercial:
Edgardo Alfonzo: $13 million for 2 years
- One tacky Opryland chair: $85.00
- Trashing a hotel room like Led Zep: PRICELESS
writes "the chair was already a bit damaged when Epstein's assistant,
Craig Shipley, rendered it useless merely by sitting on it."
Old Man Floyd sends Dodgers
LA Times: "Cliff Floyd Sr., the father of the
slugger, said Tuesday that if the Dodgers don't sign Floyd before
Thursday, his son will accept an arbitration offer from the Boston Red
Tuesday, December 17, 2002
Sox Sign J. Giambi to One Year Deal
Sox Bent on Kent?
"There's been significant dialogue"
but Astros have inside track on Jeff
Monday, December 16, 2002
Dodgers Making Run at
Cliff Falling Off Red Sox Radar?
Red Sox Get Another Colonoscopy, Reexamine Trade for Expos
Notes from Nashville
Sox Pick Up Cesar "Salad
Red Sox Go White, Brown in Rule V Draft
Sunday, December 15, 2002
Here Art Thou!
Sox Trade Josh Hancock for Jeremy Giambi
and Naia Sheffield at 2001 ESPYs
(Will he wear that jacket on Newbury Street?)
Vazquez Show His Face in Boston?
Sox/Yanks Come Down to Wire on Expos deal
Saturday, December 14, 2002
When To Hold 'Em
But the Fat Lady Hasn't Sung in Nashville
Born Under a Bad
Theo Puts Burkett on the Block
Sox Hope to Strike Back at John
MLB finds residency application of Jose invalid,
Sox pursuit of Cuban Star may have to wait.
Friday, December 13, 2002
Not Today. Nomar Makes it out of Nashville.
Thursday, December 12, 2002
Sox Know the Way to Land Jose
First Things Second
Sox Trade Minor League RHP
Josh Thigpen and 3B
Tony Blanco for Reds 2B
Nashville News Breaks Early as
Sox Run to Walker
Not So Fast
Sox Have Last Word on Pedro Talks
"When the time is
they will sit down and have the appropriate discussion, with the key
phrase, 'When the time is right' ''
T'is the Season
Petey wants his $17.5M before testing shoulder
year starts, in spring training, and I am not anywhere with them,
then I will wait and become a free agent.''
Kidnap Caper a Hoax.
Pedro's Dad Not in
MLB: There was no plot. Pedro was mistaken.
Friday, December 6, 2002
Are the Red
Sox Turning Japanese?
really think so)
slugger Hideki Matsui said on Wednesday he is thankful for the interest
the Boston Red Sox are showing in acquiring him for next season. "It's
something I'm very pleased about," said Matsui a day after choosing Arn
Tellem as his agent for negotiations with major-league clubs. "The Red Sox
are a team of tradition." Matsui, who was enjoying a game of golf with
former teammates of the Japan Series champion Yomiuri Giants, also
acknowledged Japanese fans' affinity to the club because of players like
Hideo Nomo who once played for the American League team. "Nomo-san and (Tomokazu)
Ohka both played there, so the fans are quite familiar with this team,"
Port Stays with Sox
Lefty, Righty, and Over the
The Red Sox
are introducing two new mascots next year named Righty and Lefty. The
"aggressively friendly" mascots will focus on Fenway toddlers who are too
afraid of Chris errr Wally the Green Monster. In other non-baseball news,
the Red Sox received approval to put
312 seats on top of the Wall in 2003.
Sean McDone? Met on it.
Thursday, December 5, 2002
Go Theo Go
Wednesday, December 4, 2002
Tuesday December 3, 2002
No More Nomar?
Disgruntled Shortstop May Go West This Winter. Are you
mad? Or Vlad?
Rojas Goes to Bullpen (No, not Cookie)
Tuesday December 3, 2002
Red Auerbach, Harry Sinden, Lou Gorman,
and Bill Parcells give Epstein
''Another important part of the job will be working with the
manager. Tell him right up front what your point of view is, or what
your philosophy running the club is. Then if he wants to do it
another way, or his own way, fine. But he better win. From the
organizational standpoint, get everyone on the same page. Get them
together and let them debate. Listen to what they have to say. But
make sure when all of you walk out of the room, you are together,
and not divided.''