Theo Weekend Chat
Sox Fit to be Tied
As Gasoline Alley Catches Fire Again
Pittsburgh 8 Boston 8 in CoPP finale
Crespo Does NOT Get a Hit Today
Arroyo OK, Considering Everything
Foulke music hits another sour note.
Williamson pounded like Embree and Timlin recently.
How Manny Spring Homers? Nada. No
Ace Falls on Face in First, But
Rebounds for Another Feel-Good Outing
Toronto Pounds Pedro, Sox 13 - 8
Nation Gives Pete Another Mulligan
but the Rubber Meets the Road on Sunday
Tampa Spanks Yanks in Far East
Behind the plate, a section full of
scouts scratched their heads. Martinez had touched 90
mph on just a couple of fastballs. He delivered them
from an arm slot noticeably lower than the Pedro of old.
"I could never give that guy a three-year contract,"
said one scout. "He's got two years left in him. Tops."
- Stark: Sox, Jays go to head of AL East
Big Second Helping Sox
Ortiz, Millar, Damon Second Inning
Knock Out O's 8-3
Wake Sharp. Perfect Day at City of
Tek Makes the Tag on Bang-Bang Play
to Stop the First Run
3.28: vs. Phillies: Millar tracked down Jim Thome's double,
fired to Bellhorn whose relay to the plate beat Glanville
Jupiter Trip Leaves Sox Lost in Space
Embree (Above) Hit Hard, B-Team Gets F
as Marlins Shut Out Sox
The Drive Was Longer than the Game.
Tried to Fly Standby on Air D-Lowe
Miami 4 Boston 0
D-Lowe Solid for Seven but Penny
Roger Dean Stadium: Worst Park, Worst
Fans Give Schilling Kiss 108
Sox Horse Gallops Over Phillies as
Schilling Goes Extra Mile with 108 (112 update)
Pitch, 10K Outing
"Physically, I feel like I'm throwing the ball
as good, if not better, than I've thrown it in the last five years"
- Curt Schilling, 3.27
Tek, Tiz, Damon Lead
Veterans over Philadelphia 7 - 2
Lowe Puts Contract Cards on the Table
New Kids on the Block
Alvarez, Crespo Lead Boston over Pittsburgh 5-1
Schill on the Hill
Today, Next Update Tomorrow After Jupiter Trip
The Old Man and the "C"
That's Our Official Grade for Pete
Twins Pound Sox 12-7
Pedro, Foulke, Timlin Hit Hard
"You know what, guys? -- I'm a proud
man. If I ever feel like I can't compete or I can't put up the
numbers I've been putting up or somewhere near, I'll just pack my
cleats and go home. Give my cleats to my nephews and start playing
catch with them. At this point, if you look at the last two years,
why would I worry about velocity, why would I worry about anything
at all? I'm still number one, on top of a lot of good guys that we
have on this team. They have me as the ace. Is that because of
respect or is that because of the numbers?"
"I got hurt. I'm older. I got a lot of
innings in this shoulder. I actually pitched the last three years
around 91, 92. When I have to click, I clicked. So I will do that
when I feel it's right. I thought I threw some fastballs over 90
today. I don't know what it was, but I felt it. I just knew when to
throw it. "Lost my fastball? . . . 90, 91, nobody lost a fastball.
That's a good fastball. And if anybody wants to test it, let the
scouts stand there with a bat, I'll beat them at 91... You go to our
minor league complex, you'll find a lot of guys at 95, 97 miles an
hour and they're still in the minor leagues. Is that a coincidence?
Why would that be?" - Pedro Martinez, after Twins outing.
Hopefully pictures are worth a thousand words 'cause we're off
Pedro Needs to Be on the Money Today
Time to Crank it Up Against Twins
A-Rocked But Yanks K.O. Sox Again
"Hey Alex, can you put in a good word to George for me buddy?"
Sox Drop Another One
McCarty CRUSHES Another One, Crespo
Reese Shows Off Wheels, Still Looking for Lefty
Yankee "fans" start filing out in
Manny Was Born
to Be Wild
Sox wheel into
Tampa to take on The Ego Empire
Sox Meeting Strikes Fehr
Don's Now Ascared of the
''You have to be willing to look at things
again as current situations change."
- 3.23.04 -
Donny Fehr, Tuesday after meeting with the
Boston Red Sox
All Systems Lowe
We Can't Say
Sign-Him-Now-D-Lowe Cruises for Six Scoreless
"Two years ago I
had a similar spring training, but again, I
don't want to keep repeating myself but last
year missing that month killed me."
Manny, Ellis Power Sox Over Rays 7-4
Can Pete Still Throw the
Pedro, John Henry both at late night
City of Palms talks.
Last call on contract? Is Pedro's
agent saying "we all gotta eat?"
While Schilling Throws 90 Pitches, Martinez
Having Trouble Getting Over 90.
"Some concern about
Martinez exists within the organization. Martinez
has been pain-free all spring, but some in
management are asking why Martinez has yet to top 90
mph on radar guns in three Grapefruit League
outings. There's also some fear that his lower arm
angle, which his close friend, David Segui of the
Baltimore Orioles, pointed out to him after an
at-bat 10 days ago, is indicative of some soreness
in the shoulder."
- Is heat on or off with Pedro?
Schill on the Hill
Ninth inning rally falls short; Sox lose to Dodgers
Schilling throws 87 pitches over
5-2/3, 1R, 1ER, 4H, 4K, 1BB
Lieutenant Frank Returns.
Mendoza Returns to Bench.
Sox Battle Tampa Bay
Should These Two Get a Room?
Maybe Shonda needs to get
back to Ft. Myers...
I'm just sayin'...
"RJ, who is a man of
few words, said the difference in ST this year
is "Curt's gone" "We can't bring him back" and
"it's quieter now."
have never heard or read anything any DBacks
player ever said on or off the record derogatory
towards Schilling to anyone in the Phx. media.
To the contrary, they all praised his hard work
ethic and extreme preparation and willingness to
take younger pitchers like Brandon Webb and
Brian Anderson under his wing and show them how
he prepares. In fact, I remember Reggie Sanders
once said seeing Curt work so hard to get every
batter out made the team work harder to get him
The 3 stars of the 2001 WS Championship team
were Curt, Randy and Gonzo. RJ and Gonzo's
contracts were up for renewal a year or two
before Schillings, and they got the extensions
and big bucks. But the team still owed more big
money to Matt Williams and Grace, etc. Williams
refused to be traded so he was released but
still got his 10 mil salary to stay home. To
keep the team going financially they had to
bring in new investors who demanded that
starting with 2004 (and beyond) the budgets must
be slashed way back.
Thus, thru no fault of his own, Schilling was
the odd man out with no contract extension to
assure he would end his career here. This would
be understandably disappointing and stressful.
Because he and his wife still had a home and
ties to Philly, there were some rumors last
summer that behind the scenes he was trying to
get the Phillies to trade for him so he could
get an extension to finish his career there. The
only hint of any negativity from teammates was a
rumor that some of his DBack teammates resented
this so called lobbying to go back to Philly, so
they hung a Phillies uni in his locker once last
summer. This was never substantiated by anyone.
Curt has said many times that he is comfortable
with himself and his opinions, but admits he
sometimes says stupid things in his willingness
to give an honest answer. He is also an
interviewer's dream because he gives articulate
extensive answers beyond the re-tread jock speak
phrases and basic yes and no replies, so the
media seek him out. Joe Garagiola Jr. (DBack's
GM) said "Curt probably has never has had an
unspoken thought." RJ, who is a man of few
words, said the difference in ST this year is
"Curt's gone" "We can't bring him back" and
"it's quieter now." Except for the days he
pitched, when he was all business, Schilling was
always described as a chatty, fun loving
extrovert in the clubhouse. Being human, I am
sure he might have rubbed a few players the
wrong way once in awhile, but I think it was
mainly due to their own jealousy. After all, he
was a superstar here, and was always sought
after by the media and fans, much like he is now
with the Sox faithful.
Pat/AZCurtFan on redsoxnation.net
The 104th Mish-M*A*S*H
Nixon Out Six Weeks
with Herniated Disk
Nomar Shows Up to Camp in Walking Cast
Opinion is in: Trot's Back on the Front
Unsigned Shortstop's Foot His Achilles'
Not Ready for Prime Time Players
Dog-gone: Nixon Will Not
Be Sunday Night Live for Openers,
May Not Be Ready 'Till June
Nomar's MRI Negative but
He's Wearing Walking Cast,
He Should Be OK for O's Opening Night
There may not be enough time for
Nomar, Nixon 2-4 (now 6) weeks
Cowboy Up Lame
Nixon, Nomar, Kim Late for '2004
– The Last
Unnamed Veteran Says
Schill Wanted his Cy
(But is the nameless accusation baseless?)
Gordon Edes, Notes, Boston Sunday Globe,
3.21.04 -- No one who knows Curt
Schilling is the least bit surprised that he
would find himself in the middle of the
steroid controversy. Not because anyone ever
suspected him of using supplements -- he's
the first to make self-deprecating jokes
about his body -- but because he is
constitutionally incapable of remaining
silent on any subject worthy of his
reputation for outspokenness was well known
in the Red Sox clubhouse even before he
arrived here. One Sox veteran, who expressed
surprise at how Schilling had so much to say
this winter, before he'd thrown a pitch in
Boston, said that during labor negotiations
two years ago, Schilling made comments some
Sox players interpreted as selfish, when he
implied he didn't want a possible work
stoppage to jeopardize his chances of
winning a Cy Young Award. "There were some
ticked off guys in here," the player said.
"I was kind of glad Schilling lost a few
games after that and fell out of
Schilling admits that he has tested the
patience of management and teammates in the
past, and there have been times he has said
some "stupid stuff."
he also likes to believe that over time, his
judgments have been tempered by experience
and greater insight. And reporters, knowing
that Schilling usually will give a direct
answer to a question, figured his locker was
a place to stop to talk about steroids.
was asked last week if he knew first-hand of
players who had used steroids.
"Not anymore, no," he said. "I've played
with guys, oh yeah. I've talked to guys.
I've discussed it with different people. Not
many people, and the ones I discussed it
with had stopped.
"For whatever reason, this thing has taken
on an incredible life of its own, obviously
starting with the [Ken] Caminiti and [Jose]
Canseco thing [both former players charged
that large numbers of players were using
steroids]. Everybody was knee-jerking out of
that, including me saying I'm sure [the
number of steroid users] was 25 percent or
whatever. I really had no idea. Who have I
played with that I know for a fact [used
steroids]? A couple of guys in 15 years.
"Like everybody else, I suspected a lot of
people, but that's exactly what it is,
suspicion, which means nothing. There are
guys I know who people have suspected, and I
know for a fact they weren't using. They
just put in time and effort to be what they
are, and they're the ones paying the
ultimate price right now."
name that has surfaced in speculation is
that of Schilling's former Arizona teammate
Luis Gonzalez, because Gonzalez, who had
never hit more than 31 home runs in a
season, hit 57 three years ago for the
"Luis, that amazes me," Schilling said of
people linking Gonzalez's name to steroids.
"That's one guy, no way. I heard Nomar [Garciaparra]'s
name, which just floored me. I've been
around the guy. I've seen the effort, I've
seen the work, I've seen the intensity and
passion for the job. But again, I don't
know. I just know what I feel and what I
think. That doesn't make me right; that's
just my opinion."
Schilling is militant on the subject of
privacy safeguards for drug testing, as well
as the inherent risks of a procedure that
could prove ruinous to a player's career,
even if the test proved to be a false
- Not curt, outspoken
The Kids Are Alright
Arroyo Starts it off right. Alvarez
finishes the job.
Sox sneak past Orioles 4-2
continues, Sox worry about Pedro power
Winds: Womack traded for Duff; Brooks added in Rule
Walking Wounded: Shumpert cramps leg; Mueller
Mets 86 Sox Steroid Talk
PA Flunkies Glavine and Leiter Rip
Schilling, Damon for Policy Comments
"I like Curt, but he's got a
lot of opinions, sometimes bizarre," Leiter said. "He's
an intelligent guy, but my frustration with Curt and
other players like Curt is that they're never involved.
If Curt would actually go and sit in the meetings and
hear and listen and understand truly how it works, he
would have never said that."
"What Curt is getting at is
inaccurate, and he's wrong, and he doesn't know what
he's talking about."
Said Glavine, "If you want
people knocking on your door at 6 o'clock in the morning
and following you around for a couple of days and
knocking on your door in the middle of your Thanksgiving
dinner, I guarantee you 99 percent of these guys will
shut their mouths."
- 3.20: NY Newsday
Nomar Taking Small Steps Back
Sox Pound Jays 9-4
Wake looks great. Ortiz, Millar,
Mirabelli go deep.
Foulke needs work.
Ft. Myers is Pete'sburgh
Sox, Pedro Outlast Pirates 11-8
Pete bored with press; not concerned
Time for The Hungry Man to Hit the
As the World Turner: Tale of Two $50
million Mass Millions Winner Clifford
Turner: "I'm speechless. But my mother
was a very understanding person in the
community -- she was a giving person. My
mother wouldn't want me to keep this money
for myself. I'm very happy living off
$20,000 a year. That's all."
million Patriots Cornerback Ty Law: "I'm
just saying it won't be a comfortable
working atmosphere. I don't want no 'just
for this year.' I can't even see myself
putting on that uniform again, that's how
bad I feel about playing here... hell, we
all gotta eat."
Courtesy of Curt
Schilling; the following SoSH web posting is for
online fan communication and not for attribution
for publication, reprint, or broadcast by
members of the media.
Testing has Potential for Legal Supplements
to Show Positive Results
3.19.04 -- Herein lies another story, or
problem, that's gone basically unnoticed, and
spring we were informed of the drug test, and
how it was going to take place. We knew this
test was going to take place soon after the
prior collective bargaining agreement was in
told that the test was going to go like this.
were to be tested on a Monday, and seven days
later another test was going to be administered.
also told that immediately following the first
test, we were to stop any and all supplements we
were taking for one week.
asked why, we were informed that the tests were,
and I am trying to remember exactly how it was
put to us, "checking for levels of specific
chemicals in the body" in addition to what I
would assume was the current list of banned
chemicals. We were told that there was the
potential that a supplement we were taking might
keep certain chemicals at levels that may indeed
force us to show a positive result in the test,
even though we may not be doing any of the
illegal substances we could still show up as a
of quite a few guys, me included, that did not
stop taking supplements at the time. I knew the
company, or was pretty sure at the time, that I
was using had a great track record and I was
sure the vitamin supplements I was taking were
all very legal.
don't know is exactly what levels they were
checking, or whether or not the supplements I
take showed a positive result on my test or not.
remember the White Sox were talking about
refusing the test as a whole, to insure the 5%
was met and testing was implemented, and I think
a lot of us felt that same way when it came to
taking or not taking supplements.
the players, at least a majority of us, wanted
to see testing implemented. We knew, or know,
that there are some players cheating, and I
think a lot of us felt that this was the only
way to make sure they got caught. Naive or
shortsighted I don't know, but I am not sure
this is what any of us bargained for.
back to the original point, I am pretty sure
that the % of players that tested positive
didn't ALL test positive for illegal substances.
I would bet they didn't, but I am not sure. They
were testing for certain specific levels of
chemicals first, and then supposedly after one
week of no supplements, any questionable levels
found the prior week would be out of your system
and your second test would be clean.
the 7% of players that were positive fail
because they were all on steroids? I don't think
so. I don't have a clue as to how many of the
failed tests were due to an illegal substance,
or to a double positive test of a player who
maintained taking supplements and whose levels
of whatever they were testing for stayed within
a range to label them as a positive.
The final note here is that we were GUARANTEED
the tests were 100% anonymous. No chance of
being able to place a test to a name, none. I am
not sure where the fault lies here, other than
with whomever signed off on the process and made
it happen, whether it be the MLB folks AND the
MLBPA, I don't know, and really don't care. I
just know that whomever had our trust and their
shot at handling testing last year needs to step
aside and we as players need to be pro active in
this situation if it does in fact progress into
something more than what it is.
There is no such thing as a "False Positive"
BRUSHES BACK SCHILLING
calls Damon, Curt "completely
ignorance of the facts. The owners don't
collect urine. An independent party
does. The owners don't do the testing.
An independent party does. And both
[independent parties] are employed
jointly by the union and the
- Rob Manfred, MLB
"I know Mr. Henry is
not going to be in a lab coat doing
testing," Schilling said. "If guys like
Mr. Henry were the norm, there would be
a lot fewer issues."
- 3.19: Edes
Courtesy of Curt
Schilling; the following SoSH web posting is for
online fan communication and not for attribution
for publication, reprint, or broadcast by the
There is No Such Thing as a
3.18.04 -- Anyway. No doubt you've been
reading the daily reports on the steroid front,
and I seem to have fallen smack dab into the
middle of this fracas unfortunately.
comments you've read, attributed to me, are not
misquotes, but I don't think I made the point I
was intending to make when I answered the
questions I was asked.
envision a scenario wherein Mr. Lucchino and Mr.
Henry are standing in their lab coats, splitting
urine samples and running an independent set of
drug tests. Nor did I intend my "I don't trust
them to run it" comment to be an all inclusive
accusation. From everything I have heard, and
the initial impressions I have gotten, Mr. Henry
is a man of impeccable integrity, which would
explain his success in his field of work also.
the owners aren't going to be "doing" the actual
drug testing, that's not what I meant. What I
meant was that I didn't trust Mr. Selig and the
Owners to implement a process based on the knee
jerk reactions we are now seeing.
Understand this, from a players standpoint, and
not just any player but a player that will
unfortunately NEVER be accused of using steroids
in any case, there will be NO FALSE POSITIVES.
are indeed dead set on a firmer, much more
stringent application of drug testing, I am ok
with that, but the process must be one where
every single leaf is turned up, every single
scenario envisioned, and every possibility
explored because IF you test positive, false or
not, you're career is pretty much over. Now I
understand you're career is not really "over",
but for all intents and purposes you are done.
If you are a guy that legitimately has worked
his ass off you are gonna see your life's work,
and career flushed down the toilet, regardless
of any "retraction" or follow up clearance that
member of the union it's part of my
responsibility to make sure that can't happen,
main problem, IMO, from where I sit today is
that it's just not as simple as everyone would
like it to be.
change the CBA contents regarding the drug
testing would be opening up a can of worms I
don't want to see opened. As a player rep I have
been privy to negotiating sessions during the
off season, lockouts and strikes. The owners of
this game aren't stupid, they didn't make their
money doing bad business deals. As stupid as it
may sound to some, if we were to agree to reopen
the CBA and change terms already agreed upon,
that would be setting a horrible precedent IMO,
one that I would bet my house on would be
exploited in the future.
I play commissioner for a day, again.
what I would like to see happen.
period starts the process.
that 30 day period every player in MLB would be
asked to submit any and every supplement they
are taking. Those supplements would all be
tested. Players would be notified of any
supplements they are currently taking that
contain anything that might show up as
"positive" on a drug test.
lot of the companies we work with are not FDA
controlled, approved. There are companies that
do in fact distribute supplements that contain
more than what's on the label. It's ultimately
my responsibility to know what I am putting in
my body, but up until now I never questioned the
content of anything the company I work with put
into my vitamins. I work with a company called
Vitacube out of Colorado. I know they are now
very big in the NFL due to the strict nature of
their testing policy, so I chose them for the
product and their track record. Come to find out
that not all companies do this.
this process should precede any testing of any
kind. Then players would be subject to drug
testing for the pre-determined list of banned
substances, like we do now, and the NFL does.
the case now, anyone showing up positive would
be subject to an immediate follow up test to
confirm the first test.
area here is the one I am concerned with most,
but know the least. How accurate are these
tests? 98%? 90%? Either of those numbers doesn't
work for me. I don't know the math but what are
the probabilities of falsely failing 2
consecutive tests presumed to be 99% correct?
you do from here is really something I am not
real concerned about, beyond the fact that you
should be punished at this point. Anyone stupid
enough to fail a drug test to begin with, much
less now given everything that's happened,
should get hammered.
ramble, sorry about that, but I hope you
understand that it's just not that easy, even
though it appears to be.
I want people that are taking performance
enhancing drugs punished, and if they fail to
fix it, eliminated from the game. I don't want
the era I played the game in to be tainted
because a few idiots couldn't do it by the
rules. But I also don't want ONE GUY to be
falsely accused and have his career relegated to
obscurity because the public witch hunt forced
people to implement a program that didn't cover
all it's bases.
There is no such thing as a "False Positive"
Where's the love Bob
official: Monster seat raffle
Monster Seats Up to $110
- 6:50pm EST: Breaking ticket news
exclusive: Green Monster tickets for
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the club's seats) you must fill out and
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today). One submission per person;
registration will close at 5:00pm EST on
Monday, March 22, 2004 (Sox will adjust
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a random selection of winners from the
pool of registrants. The winners will
then have the opportunity to purchase up
to four (4) Wall seat tickets at face
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fees) for one (1) home game. Green
Monster tickets will be variably priced
from $25.00 to $110.00 per ticket
depending on the location and the Red
Sox' opponent (hint: $25 for Tampa
Bay, $110 for the Dodgers, Yankees,
Philadelphia). ...Red Sox make
another call to MLB Advanced Media in
New York to pull a link (if you signed
up for seats, you have to do it again.)
other news: NESN to go with Pre/Post
Game Rotating Co-Hosts. Who will be the
new two? Tom Caron and Eric Frede?
Cesar's Salad Days
Crespo on the Major League Menu?
McCarty Parks Two
But Cleveland Storms Back to Beat Boston
A-Mart Error on Merloni Sac Bunt Ends
Game. Lowe Wild, Relief Falters.
Wed. Mar. 17
Curt Leaves Tribe Green with
Schilling Goes Six Strong, Two Hits, One Bomb.
Star of David Shines Again,
Sox Win 3-1
The Steroid Spin
(the finger pointing begins)
"Nobody Say Nothing!"
Dan Shaughnessy: "PA Members Cowardly"
Jeff Kent: "Who Tested Ruth?"
Reggie Jackson: "SomeBody's Taking
Curt Schilling: "I Don't Trust the
Larry Lucchino: "Damon Couldn't Be More
Gene Orza: "Players Don't Want Changes"
Truth-Orza-Dare in Denial Again
provisions that exist in the basic
agreement are the representation of the
will of the players," insisted Orza. "To
the extent that people wish to suggest
that is no longer the case, I just don't
think they're right. There is little
sentiment among players for changes in
the basic agreement regarding anything."
got all the hammers. He's got the
Constitution. He's got the basic
agreement. And he's got the continued
silence of his loyal and cowardly
- Selig's words have no juice
"I don't trust the people that run
the game to handle drug testing. We
were told last spring that we were
taking anonymous tests. (I've) come
to find out that that's not the
Ninety-three percent of us, I think,
would be all for being tested in
some way, shape or form by an
independent third party."
- 3.17 AP
Lucchino: "Interesting. I did
see that comment (above). Again, I
have enormous respect for Curt
Schilling. I can understand his
skepticism. He's been an opinionated
player his entire career and we
admire that. But I assure you that
the testing is going to be conducted
by independent people anyway, you're
not going to have owners out there
giving tests." -
3.18, WEEI Dennis & Callahan
Ben is at
"Don't ever underestimate the crookedness of
Steinbrenner for one thing."
3.16 Self-appointed Spokesceleb (and
faithful BDD.com reader)
of Red Sox Nation Ben Affleck on Larry King Live (Caller: What
do you think about the A-Rod trade?): "You're in shock. It's sad
for humanity. I mean the Yankees stole A-Rod is what happened. They
stole him. It was crookedness. Don't ever underestimate the
crookedness of Steinbrenner for one thing. (LK: What did he do that
was crooked?) Well, I mean I don't know exactly, but I know it was
crooked. I know, I mean he had the players union. He was gonna... it
doesn't matter, it's past us.
We have a great team. We have a
tremendous team, as Curt Schilling said it's gonna make it that much
sweeter to beat the Yankees. And you know the problem with the
Yankees is that they have no heart. It just becomes the French
Foreign Legion. Just hire everybody who's good. Who are the top
four, five guys paid in baseball is Giambi, A-Rod, Kevin Brown, you
know they're all play for New York, and Jeter, they all started
playing somewhere else. (LK: Will Nomar go there next year and play
second?) I'll hang myself if that happens. You'll see me hung,
dangling back there as a silhouette. I can't imagine that would
happen because honestly then there would be giant marches on Yankee
Stadium from Boston, it would be like the crusades, people from
Boston would mount horses."
Tues. Mar. 16
Stars in Fifth Wish
Arroyo Bounces Back, No Hits Reds
Over Three, Pleads Fifth Starter
A-Mart Blows Save in Ninth,
Cincinnati 5 Boston 4
Light Play the Heavy?
Commissioner May Invoke "Best Interests" to
Save Game in 10 Days
This Bud's for users: "At a time
when rumors of steroid use continue to swirl through his game,
baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is considering invoking his
far-reaching "best interests of the game" clause to strengthen the
sport's policy on performance-enhancing substances, an industry
source said Tuesday. ...Unless dramatic progress is made in stalled
negotiations between team owners and the Major League Baseball
Players Association, Selig could act within the next 10 days, the
- Baseball may get tough on steroids
Player X marks his spot: "The
union guys were talking about the various parts of the testing
program in our meeting, quoting this doctor and that doctor, and I
was so pissed off I didn't even want to listen anymore. I sat back,
put a dip in and read a magazine. If players get caught, I think
baseball should have the right to do anything it wants to them.
You've got a couple of guys in the union leadership protecting the
steroid users, and it's not going to last."
- Up in arms on ESPN
Schilling doesn't trust the owners:
"I don't trust the Major League Baseball
ownership group to handle drug testing for Major League Baseball. In my opinion, you find an independent
third party that will handle drug testing free of ownership input
and I'd bet you 99.9 percent of the players in baseball would say
please do it. I'd be all for it."
Damon thinks owners just want to bust
up union; Bonds on trial for
murder: "I actually believe the owners want
[steroids] in the game. What boosted attendance in baseball more
than home runs, guys taking steroids and hitting home runs? That
boosted attendance. It boosted salaries. It boosted money for
owners. Bonds, Sheffield and Giambi are going on trial. They're
getting in trouble because another company got in trouble and to
save their time they spilled the beans. So that's what I'm kind of
upset about. It's unfortunate. It's like they got convicted of a
murder and they're on trial for murder."
- Schilling, Damon break gag order
John Smoltz, President Bush, Reggie Jackson, Jim
Palmer, Kenny Rogers, Turk Wendell,
Todd Walker... the list of those who speak out against steroids
grows while THG joins banned drug list.
Blames Haunted Players for His Failure
He's a Little Bitter, and He's Throwing
20 of His Players Under the Bus in GQ*
Buckner Wrongfully Blamed for Game 6,
and Now Game 7
"I had players come and tell me that when they're on the field
they're thinking about those ghosts. They think about Bill Buckner
-- and not wanting to be a Bill Buckner. And if I got a couple of
players come tell me that face-to-face, then I know in my heart I
got twenty thinking that. It's just a couple of them got the balls
enough to say it out loud." - Grady Little
We want names
Give us the names of these
Cubbage plays blame game too: On the execution of the game:
"I think there is going to be an NFL-type game plan for each and
every game the Red Sox play from here on out," says Grady's ex-coach
Mike Cubbage. "I think they're going to have the manager manage on a
nightly basis to execute the game plan." (yes GQ screwed up the
3.17: Peter Richmond on D&N on WEEI:
"well two weeks ago on the golf course in North Carolina he didn't
know 'Bill James' name, he knew who he was, but he didn't know his
Richmond guarantees that players
definitely did tell Grady they thought about ghosts instead of
kicking Yankee ass and getting into the World Series.
*Ghost Quarterly (Correction)
Mon. Mar. 15
Gordon Edes Boston.com Chat
Kim Goes for a Swim
As part of his Red Sox Aerobic Rehab Program, Byung-Hyun
enters the Southwest Florida Female Carrying Championships
to strengthen his shoulders, legs, and get back in pitching shape.
BK Shelved for Two Weeks with Bum Shoulder
Sox officially worried about the fifth
starter. Arroyo or ?
Ben There, Done That
Affleck, Jimmy, and Rachael Get
Back Making Boston Look Cheesy While Ben Speaks for Red Sox
Nation Again on SNL This Week.
In other news, will
Jeter be jealous?
New York Post, March 12,
"CYNTHIA Rodriguez, do you know where your husband is?
Our spies say that before spring training began, new Yankee
superstar Alex Rodriguez (above) was paying regular
visits to the VIP strip club on West 20th Street to enjoy
lap dances from a certain Brazilian-born beauty. "He sees
her and only her," says our insider. "He was coming in every
other week. He'll come in, sit at the bar and wait for her
to come over. Then they go into the VIP room and she dances
for him. He usually spends about $500 to $1,000 on her,
getting lap dances and drinks." A spokesman for the Yankees
- God Bless Page Six
Here Comes WebManny
Pick Manny's Website Name
(Even though he just bought out
MannyRamirez.com -- switching over now)
Sun. Mar. 14
But Does Pete Really Throw Faster Than His
Can Go in 10 Seconds?
Well Worth the Weight: Too-Strong (and too wild)
Pedro Martinez Feels Like '96-'97, Can Throw 98, and is Finally
Comfortable in His New Body.
But he only broke 90 once on scouts' guns,
Segui said his arm slot was off,
and his contract may be on his mind when at the mic.
Sox Keep Rollin' 5-2, Ortizzle Still Sizzlin'
"Fanciest car in the Sox parking lot
belongs to Pedro Martinez: an Aston Martin Vanquish, a newer version
of the car that James Bond drove in "Die Another Day." "Pedro is one
of a kind, though," said Derek Lowe, who took a little spin with
Martinez the other day, the roar of the car engine temporarily
transforming a quiet side street into a Grand Prix course. "Pedro
had them make his a convertible, and Aston Martin doesn't make that
car as a convertible." One car enthusiast listed the price of a
Vanquish as $228,000. The Vanquish can go from 0 to 100 in 10
seconds, according to the experts. Wrote one car reviewer: "We
cannot come close to really imparting the sound of this 6-liter
V-12; a lion's roar, heard in person, would stir this kind of
emotion. Sure, we're waxing poetic on you, but the sound of this
motor is really something you must hear to understand -- a deep, low
rumble at idle and a huge throaty baritone hum that turns into a
scream at redline."
- 3.14: Boston Sunday Globe, Gordon Edes, Notes
Sat. Mar. 13
Eight Spring RBI Locks Brian Back on Major League Roster
D-Lowe Ready for the
Show, Goes Five Strong Innings,
Sox Win Again 7-1 over Jays
In the minor league
game, Schilling pitched four innings, allowed one hit, two walks,
six Ks, 62 pitches.
Phoenix Fan Says
Schilling's "The Man"
"This is not to
discount the important contributions of RJ,
Gonzo, Grace, Womack, etc. to the Championship.
However, as one local journalist put it after
the trade to Boston was a done deal, Schilling
was the "Assassin," the key player that went in
for the jugular and slayed the Yankees."
the various opinions shared here about the legal
and ethical aspects of Curt's SoSH postings
being used by the media against his wishes
presents an interesting topic to debate. But
IMO, the heart of the matter focuses on the fact
that Curt was communicating with Red Sox fans to
share his opinions, answer questions and give
folks the unique opportunity to be exposed to
the insights and experiences of an articulate
veteran MLB player. He made it clear that any
members of the media wanting to discuss the same
topics with him could ask him questions directly
and he would respond. In Gordon Edes online chat
Edes even says (I am paraphrasing here) that he
checks out SoSH often to look for other
perspectives or topics that might be interesting
stories to look into and write about. No
problem. He is still doing the interviews,
writing the stories, etc.
Living in the Phoenix area I had the pleasure of
watching Curt pitch from 2000-2003, and his work
is awesome. You Red Sox fans are in for some
powerful pitching performances. The DBacks would
never have won the 2001 WS if it had not been
for Curt carrying the team on his back every
game he started during the entire 2001 post
season playoffs and just willing them to
victory. This is not to discount the important
contributions of RJ, Gonzo, Grace, Womack, etc.
to the Championship. However, as one local
journalist put it after the trade to Boston was
a done deal, Schilling was the "Assassin," the
key player that went in for the jugular and
slayed the Yankees. I encourage each of you to
refresh your memories about his part in getting
the winning done by viewing "Destiny in the
Desert," MLB's official 2001 WS production.
Count your lucky stars he is on your Red Sox. He
is a workhorse and a true winner. He is the guy
you want to give the ball to in the seventh game
of the WS.
As for Schilling being available to the regular
press for interviews, I can tell you that he
stood in front of his locker game after game,
win or loose, year after year and did interviews
for the media. Last year he and the other DBack
pitchers suffered for months from lack of
offense, which lead in large part to his poor
W-L record (along with his injuries), but he
never gave up trying to get the W's for his
team, and never openly griped to the media even
though everyone knew he and Webb deserved better
then they got from the hitters. I have seen him
suffer some of the dumbest media jerks and
politely answer questions that even I would have
said "you have got to be kidding me Bozo" in
response to. This got even worse during this
past off season when it seemed the electronic
media were tripping over themselves to out
stupid one another with what they thought were
clever sound bites with Curt once it became
known he might be traded.
In addition to his on field contributions, he
and his wife have done so much good in this
community (and I guess in Philly too) with their
charity work for ALS awareness and fund raising
and the melanoma prevention/sun safety education
foundation that they started that AZ has lost
far more then just an Ace pitcher. The
Schillings have been important "family members"
to all of us, and now they are part of your New
England/Red Sox family, so you are twice
I am very disappointed that the SoSH postings
are only available to SoSH members now because I
found them interesting and learned a lot about
baseball and the inside workings of a major
league team and clubhouse thru Curt's postings
and the questions asked of him by the other SoSH
chatters. It is such a pity to lose out on this
experience just because of a few lazy media
jerks who would not respect a simple request
that denied them nothing. All they had to do was
work a little to get their own quotes on the
topics from CS.
Go Curt, Go Red Sox! I hope you win it all in
2004. If the DBacks thought they had a
snowball's chance in you know where to get to
the playoffs this year, they never would have
traded Curt to "dump salary," because he is The
Pat/AZCurtFan on redsoxnation.net
Fri. Mar, 12
Hits Hideous Parking Lot Shot off Nomo
on Track with 'Tek Catching.
Nomar Out of Lineup.
Sox Beat Dodgers 5-1.
Tony Conigliaro Forty
A Remembrance by Shaun L. Kelly
Thu. Mar. 11
This is for the birds.
Baltimore Outslugs Boston 10-8.
O's continue to have Sox number. Arroyo's hit hard.
Manny loses sun ball in the first, opens door for big inning with
Tejada, Gibbons HRs.
Wed. Mar. 10
Kim Leaves Game with Bad Back.
Ortiz Goes Deep Again as
Sox Beat St. Louis
officially not worried about Trot, Foulke, BK, Damon, Nomar's heel,
or Pedro's pitch count.
to go with Pre/Post Game Co-Hosts)
FEHR PUNTS ON SENATE STEROID CHALLENGE
The impervious, Teflon Don Fehr, right, executive
director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, wouldn't
accept Senator John McCain's challenge to agree to the NFL's more
comprehensive steroid removal policy. Commissioner Allan 'Bud' Selig
says his prayers.
Republicans and Democrats Agree on This One
(And more than 90% of more than 64, 000 on ESPN.com
want to revisit baseball's scam steroid policy)
"The union's wrong, here. Baseball is the
national pastime, but it's the repository of the values of this
country. There's something simply un-American about this. This is
about values, about culture, it's about who we define ourselves to
be.'' - Senator Joe Biden,
NATION LOATHING FEHR, UNION. PRESSURE MOUNTS FOR
PLAYERS TO CLEAN UP OUR GAME
Players union's position on steroids
still has two serious flaws
will have to act in some way unless the major league players union
acts in the affirmative
and rapid fashion"
Senator McCain Attacks
"Your failure to commit to
addressing this issue straight on and immediately will motivate this
committee to search for legislative remedies. I don't know what they
are. But I can tell you, and the players you represent, the status
quo is not acceptable. And we will have to act in some way unless
the major league players' union acts in the affirmative and rapid
Baseball has a 'legitimacy problem'
"Sports organizations that allow
athletes to cheat through weak drug testing regimes are aiding and
abetting cheaters,'' McCain, R-Ariz., said at the start of a hearing
of the Senate Commerce Committee. Each of you, and particularly
major league baseball, has a legitimacy problem,'' he said,
addressing top baseball and football officials in attendance. "As
your athletes get bigger and stronger, the credibility of your
product in the eyes of the public gets weaker.''
- 3.10 Fehr testifies
NFL SACKS MLB IN HEARINGS
"Why has this issue been among the
highest priorities of the N.F.L. and its players? First, these
substances threaten the fairness and the integrity of the game on
the field. To allow the use of steroids and banned stimulants would
not only condone cheating, but also compel others to use them to
Second, we have a responsibility to
protect our players from the demonstrated adverse health effects of
steroids and other banned substances. Medical literature is replete
with research linking the use of these substances to a wide range of
serious health problems."
- Gene Upshaw, NFLPA
Selig, Fehr testimony, Biden, McCain remarks
Mon/Tues - March 8-9
Pedro Flows in First Outing.
Schilling Not Dunn after Home Run, Second Fiddler Strikes Out
Night Kap Looks Good Again.
Reds Slip Past Sox 3-2
"To me it's a great honor to
have Curt Schilling on my team... if he was the one starting the
first game of the season it would be the same pleasure." (barking
dog in background) - Pedro Martinez, UPN-38
Pedro and Curt
Cincinnati Hurt Tonight
Sox past Philly 5-3; while
Shumpert powers Boston
past Twins 9-4
Trot's "butt knot" is not that bad, but he'll miss a
week. Damon improving, Nomar too.
Nomar Yanks Sox Chain.
Schilling Messes with Media.
"Are the Yankees recruiting
you?" Garciaparra was asked, since he'll be a free agent
after this season.
"You never know," said Garciaparra. "In
this game, anything can happen. Why, I didn't know I was going to be
traded last winter."
Now, Nomar, you weren't traded. You were
just almost traded.
How did the Red Sox brass feel about
Garciaparra showing them up with all his public Yankee hugs? You
didn't have to look far. They were all in the box seats -- watching.
"Nomar's agent was in town Friday and Saturday, so this may not have
been entirely unpremeditated," said one Red Sox executive.
Meanwhile, back in the Red Sox
clubhouse, Curt Schilling was explaining to the Boston media for the
umpteenth time that he is very offended when they go to the Red Sox
fans' chat room (sonsofsamhorn.com) and take the quotes he posts
there and put them in the newspaper. After all, he writes "off the
record" beside the quotes.
Curt, if you rent a billboard and post a
quote on it beside your picture, do you think that's off the record,
too? What is it, a disease? A smart player goes to Boston and within
months his brain cells disintegrate. "I never anticipate that any of
the stupid things I say will be turned into more than they are,"
explained Schilling. Sort of.
"Curt wants to pick a fight [with the
media]," said an exasperated Red Sox executive. "We don't know why."
Tom Boswell thumbs Nomar, Schilling.
Sun. March 7
Pokey Has a Blast but
Tony-the-Phony Hits Two Bombs,
Yankees win 11-7, Sheill Hammered for Six Runs.
Circus Atmosphere at City of Palms
One eBay ticket: $500. Standing Room Only:
female Sox-Yankees fans
having fist-a-cuffs in the parking lot? Priceless.
R.I.P. John Henry
As reported here last week, Ted's only son
battle with leukemia at 35.
And Yes, He's Headed to Alcor
"The greatest gift that any parent could ever bestow
upon their children is to have the drive to want to get up every
morning, to want to do something, to want to succeed in something,
to fight for success." - John Henry Williams
"Just the idea of Ted Williams's head lying in a
freezer somewhere in Arizona should be enough for Red Sox Nation to
rustle up a posse to go after his kid." -
Bob Ryan, July '02
The 41-year-old, $32 Cuban
Con Man Crushed Again
Jeter Error Costly, Millar
Doubles in Manny,
Burks, Kapler (two steals) in on Mueller Hit.
Bronson Near Perfect for Three.
Sat. Mar. 6
The SoSHit Hits the Fans
Again as Radio and
Newspaper Guys Attempt to Figure Out the Internet,
Mission Kimpossible II
BK Pitches Two Hitless Innings,
But Twins Explode for 5 in 6th for
Bean ball costs Sox win. Ortizzle goes deep.
Schilling Slammed for Three Hits as
Northeastern Takes Him to School
Just kidding big guy. You were a rock star
Nervous Ace showed great command of fastball in 35 pitch
effort, had good rapport with Tek.
Red Sox improve to 3-0 (Yes, we're counting the college
Sox win 7-0
Split Squad: Wake wasn't feeling well gives up 2 HRs,
Sox win 9-3
After the threat of a lawsuit from
the Ramirez camp, the Houston-based
owner of the Ramirez fan-site 'MannyRamirez.com'
agrees to turn over the URL domain
in exchange for an undisclosed sum
and autographed memorabilia
Manny hopes to launch his new
charity and fan site over the next
month or so.
Silly satire (for those who can't
tell the difference):
In addition to Manny's charity
M.R. Make a wish, Manny may use
his site to review new movies,
beginning with The Passion of
Christ, and television programs such
as Sponge Bob Square Pants, show
pictures of his new Car-of-the-Week,
engage in a Q&A with fans on Red Sox
history, have a sweepstakes to have
dinner and drinks at The Ritz (both
of them) with Enrique Wilson, show
live footage from his new helmet
cam, have weekly fireside chat
guests including Dan Shaughnessy,
Jim Donaldson, and John Dennis,
Bling-Bling Bingo to win a piece of
Manny jewelry, pick Manny's
hairstyle (via computer generated
photo enhancements), play the
popular 'Where in the World is
Grady?' game, tax tips, dating
advise, and read nightly bedtime
2004 Bill James Handbook,
in both Spanish and English, and
much, much more. We can't wait.
D-Lowe Looks Sharp, as Sox Rally Past
blast seals the deal. Dauber gets on the
Nomar 4th is just what the doctor
Curt Schilling comments
for Sons of Sam Horn and
Boston Dirt Dogs readers please
Self-Promoters Exploit Fan
Conversations and Drive SoSH, Schilling Behind
Shocker: Dickerson spends entire
show talking about Himself-and-Schilling and
sends out "open invitation" for Curt to come on
his show to "clear the air"
(because something definitely
smells bad in Burlington)
Dickerson Goes Quiet in
Followup Show, Dumps "What Should Curt Do When
He Sees Me on the Street" Poll Results
3.4.04 - CS/SoSH: "Not really sure I was THAT
upset (about Millar misunderstanding),
just bothered, but certainly expected. I spoke
with Bob Hohler today, we agreed that there was
some sort of misunderstanding today between he
and I. Nice guy.
P&G (a password protected SoSH forum)
might be the way to go, because despite the
repeated desire for most of this stuff to remain
in this forum, some members of the media cannot
seem to adhere to something as simple as that...
that may end up being ten times easier than the
What part of "I'd like the posts I make here, to
stay here, and on BDD (Boston Dirt Dogs)
only" is so hard to understand or follow?
Do they have some sort of fiduciary duty to not
do this? I don't see it, they have a lot more
access to me than folks here.
BTW, anyone else think its funny to check the
MFY (team to the south of us) chat boards
off of BDD link (www.nyyfans.com)
and see them react the same way you all do to
MFY news? Hilarious. The Pesky discussion is one
Johnny and I have had daily, same thing I used
to do with Richie Ashburn, and it's a whole
lotta fun. Funny to see it get so much play.
Great thing is, even though neither side will
admit it, you two groups of people are so
similar it's eerie. Problem is they lead 26-1
(well 26-5) at this point, so that's a
Mediots Swing and
3.4.04 - 10:00pm On Fox Sports New England
Gary Tanguay: Kevin Millar was
talking with Curt Schilling, and Schilling said
'hey, I got all you guys on video tape in
Arizona, and then Schilling went out and pitched
batting practice, and buzzed one by Millar's
head. Kevin's having fun, he's a wiseguy 'I had
no idea Curt Schilling was that sensitive'...
Schilling was wrong! He shouldn't have done
this! You don't do it to a teammate.
Greg Dickerson: Jason Varitek told me last week
starting pitchers cannot be team leaders... one
of the first things we started to hear when we
got down to spring training little over a week
ago, there was a small little buzz going around
and maybe Curt Schilling was rubbing some people
the wrong way, because of his attitude, because
he was stepping into a team that was five outs
away from going to a World Series, that had
leaders, and things like this you can see where
he had maybe some small problems.
Gary Tanguay: I hope he doesn't alienate guys,
he's gonna go out and have to pitch well, or
else he's gonna get creamed in this town. I
don't compare to the Harrison incident (hard hit
on teammate during Pats training camp last
season), that's football, this is baseball.
Throwing at somebody's head is dangerous enough
when the guy's on the other team. You know what
he's a baby. If he can't take ribbing form KEVIN
MILLAR, WHO HAD ONE HOME RUN OFF HIM IN SEVEN AT
BATS, HE'S A BABY!
Comments to Curt on SoSH from 6:30pm show
(which drove his reply):
Mike Fortuna, aka PedroisGod: G38, I love the
way the media spins things. Just now, according
to FSNE Greg Dickerson said "Schilling strikes
me as a Schilling 1st team 2nd guy", and oh and
apparently you "Threw at Kevin Millar's head"...
what a joke.
Schilling: This may be the only kind of comment that really
is an issue for me. I have never met Greg
Dickerson, he has not met me, if so it was a
handshake, tops. How would he know me? What he's
heard? What others in his profession claim?
These are the kinds of gutless comments that
makes players hate the media and makes us
realize just how little integrity some folks in
that line of work have. Whether you all buy it
or not is not the point, this guy doesn't know
the first thing about me, beyond what the media
guide says, so where does crap like this come
They really think we are that stupid. We
understand they HAVE to write stories, they have
to TALK about sports, EVERY SINGLE DAY. Problem
is they have to write and talk about something
INTERESTING, or they lose ratings and readers.
Does something REALLY SERIOUSLY newsworthy
happen EVERY SINGLE DAY? Of course not.
When it doesn't, some of them need to create
news, and from where I sit that's a shame. There
are alot of real good stories out there, as many
good ones, if not more, than bad ones. How about
the fact that in the midst of this juice war
someone writes about guys that are doing it the
right way, the old fashioned way, guys like
Nomar, Bill Mueller. How about an article on the
fact that Manny has shown up like 4 of the last
5 days for EARLY WORK on his OF? Reading
anything along those lines?
Man this is gonna be a hoot to watch some of
these guys work all year. Don't get me wrong,
there are alot of good guys in the media, alot,
funny part is that the real bad ones are so easy
Just Messing Around
3.3.04: FYI, been awhile since I posted, but
I am asking for the same rules as before, I am
posting this for the fans here on SoSH, and for
the fans over on BDD site. If any member of the
media is browsing this forum I am more than sure
that your media outlet has someone standing in
our locker room at 7am every morning
representing you, anything you need to ask or
want to know, ask then please.
First off, the pitch was nowhere near his neck,
obviously whoever wrote the piece was not
actually an eyewitness to the incident. Second,
what Bob Hohler wrote was not accurate either,
since it was he who asked me the question, not
The pitch WAS intended to be a joke, kinda. I
wasn't trying to hit him, nor would I, we were
playing around in the A.M. and he was giving me
crap for taking me deep last year, instead of
responding, I knew he was in my BP group, so I
waited to make my response
It worked, everyone had a laugh, and I think
everyone that isn't a close friend or teammate
in the immediate vicinity got the idea.
Lastly, what he did ask me, which in reality is
really none of his business, was if I was
joking, which I thought was a pretty stupid
question to begin with, of course I was as far
as he was concerned. But the work being done
during BP is not a joke. Everyone outside of the
batting cage, rookie pitchers and hitters
included, were left to wonder whether it was or
wasn't, so I was satisfied. Bottom line is if I
can scare the crap out of one of my teammates
(for just one second), then they ought to be
pretty confident that when the games count,
starting tomorrow, like every winning team I
have ever been on, they have my back, I have
And in all honesty, I think I walked about 60
guys in my last 400 or so innings, if I wanted
to hit someone...........
So the short of it, after the long winded
version, is that no, I wasn't trying to hit
Kevin Millar, nor would I.
I thought this was a group of fans that didn't
buy into a lot of the crap being written, you
can't take a lot of this stuff at face value,
Gets Schedule Nod as Sox Put Ace
on Calendar Cover
Schilling Wears Sarcasm on His Schirts
"The message on the shirt was pointed: "You have the
right to remain silent. Anything you say will be
misquoted, and then used against you."
Garciaorza Speaks on 'Roid Rage
"Testing is not the answer"
Positively False Nomar, Harvard
Professor Says Less Than 1% Chance of
Error on this Sophisticated Tests)
"You see too
many guys' faces tattooed up there on
TV," he said. "How many times have we
seen guys in the NFL or the Olympics,
and it says, `Failed substance abuse
program,' and the first thing you think
of is cocaine, marijuana, steroids, or
something? Then they find out he took
Advil before the event and forgot to say
that. Nobody puts his face up there
again and says, `Oops, we messed up.' "
too soon about not revisiting the "false
positives" and aspirin conspiracy
Gene, Gene the Lying
Machine is Back
Union Ostrich Says
Steroids No Worse Than Cigarettes
Gene Orza, now officially drunk with his
great power at the Major League Baseball
Players Association, speaking about
steroids yesterday at something called
the Octagon World Congress of Sports:
assume that (steroids) are a very bad
thing to take," Orza says on his junket.
"I have no doubt that they are not worse
double negative, but you get his
"But I would
never say to the clubs as an individual
who represents the interests of the
players, 'Gee, I guess by not allowing
baseball to suspend and fine players for
smoking cigarettes, I am not protecting
- Orza fails logic test
Lawyer Says Fans Stuck
with Bogus Numbers and Cheating Players
Guilty Cheaters Have No Fehr and
Loathing Fans Furious
least he's not
we're doing all that
said. "So people are
going to find out if
they're taking it or
not. I'm sure all
the athletes that
are being accused
right now or being
looked at because
[those indicted in
tests. I'm sure
you'll find they're
They're all hard
workers. They work
There's a reason why
they're big, they're
strong, and in the
positions they are,
because of their
- Steroid recipients
Dan Doubting Nomie?
tongue in cheek
except for CHB!
"There will be more
stories every day
reputations will be
suspicions will be
that photo of Nomar
on the cover of
without his shirt a
couple of years ago?
What was that about?
Did Nomie swallow
infielders look like
What's going on?"
- Shadow of doubt
Schill Says No No on
"Please don't even
mention Nomah's name
in the same sentence
as steroids. I spent
7 weeks with him
this winter, he's
who he is, and does
what he does,
because of his
to himself, and to
the sport, period."
3.4.04 Schilling on
"Damon played with
one of the players
named (do your
Says Damon, "I know
he's done stuff in
the past. He's made
a lot of money.
aware, he'll stop,
and he'll continue
to play well."
- 3.3.04 Boston
Globe, Bob Ryan
While Andy Van
Slyke calls out
taken them, without
taken them. I can
say that with utmost
- 3.3.04 Bonds took
(Do you believe Andy
Van Slyke... or
SoSH's Big Mike?)
"All I know (when he
saw Bonds* naked
daily) is one head
got bigger... the
other got smaller."
- Andy Van Slyke,
D&C WEEI, 3.4.04
Thu. March 4
Season Begins, Time to:
ALL SYSTEMS LOWE
D-Lowe Set for Twin Killing Tonight
"Let's Play Ball"
Official Statement from Mr. Rodgers'
"I regret the outcome of the
last week, but I lost a job, not my character.
I would have a much more difficult time dealing with losing the
respect of those players who worked so hard for me all season."
has been an important part of me for my entire adult life. I
basically grew up there as I watched the station grow from infancy
to where it is today. I made a lot of long lasting friendships
during my 17 years and worked with some of the most talented people
in the broadcasting industry. I am proud of what we accomplished
and the shows we established. I hope they continue to have success
in the years to come. Those who know me, understand how much I
treasure the opportunity to coach and hopefully have a positive
impact on my players. I regret the outcome of the last week, but I
lost a job, not my character. I would have a much more difficult
time dealing with losing the respect of those players who worked
so hard for me all season. Although we lost the game to CM, it was
an amazing night for our kids and the program and I couldn't imagine
missing it. The Red Sox and NESN have been very good to me over the
years and although I am disappointed to leave under these
circumstances, I truly appreciate all of the opportunities they have
given me over the years." - Bob Rodgers, 3.2.04
(courtesy of Jay London, lead
sports reporter for the Whitman/Hanson Express)
Update on anchor search:
Lucchino "thinks" the new hire will be a local personality,
but Bill Borson, NESN VP Programming, may have some talent
lined up. Another possibility is PR assistant Glenn Geffner
who has on-air experience with the Padres. Glenn is expected
to replace Jerry Trupiano after next season as Troup
recently signed a one year deal.
John Henry Williams is Near Death
36-year-old John Henry Williams,
fighting a losing battle with leukemia since October, is "gravely
Mon. March 1
Average Joe Blows It
"Bawx around my haht" Brian loses Larissa with five
outs to go.
"L" word, over-the-top accent, and fanboy crush on Wake does him in
(plus it wouldn't hurt if he hit the gym)
...Gil in the 8th, Fabio in the 9th.
– Trump Style
"I'm very disappointed at the outcome, and it's unfortunate
that such long service comes to an end this way," was his
"I really don't want to say anything until I
consult an attorney."
- Bob Rodgers, former NESN anchor
Bob Rodgers and NESN part ways.
Bill Griffith read
it here first.
Rodgers was fired yesterday after not
calling in sick even one day in 17 years. Did Orsillo shank
Bob by refusing to pinch hit? Say it ain't so D.O.
"Those who are on the
outside looking in are scratching their heads, wondering
why Rodgers would risk a high-profile, high-paying job
to travel up and down the East Coast just to coach a
high school basketball game.
Those who ask this question
do not know who Bob Rodgers is."
- The Enterprise
New Host Hunt Underway
NESN looking at "Dream Job" dropouts and
frontrunners including Keith Olbermann, Suzy Waldman, Tom
Caron, Rex Hudler, Michael Kay, Eric Frede, Chris Collins,
Sean McDonough, Jimmy Stewart, Dan Roche, John Meterparel,
Dan Shaughnessy, Jim Corsi, Gary Tanguay, Tim McCarver, Mike
Ratte, Ed Berliner, and Psycho Steve Lyons (who hates
Big Dog already passed over despite
lapdogging H/W/L since 2001.
Parrotheads, Cheeseburgers, and Fins to
Fenway Gets Another "Concert."
And if you visit
here, you'd know by now.
"It's music for people who don't like music:
background, laid-back fluff."
Juicin' Giambi's Two
Steroid-Aided Home Runs Blocked Sox from Series
On the Juice
Off the Juice
Shame 7, October 16,
From the Box: HR: Giambi 2 (3, 5th inning off Martinez,
P, 0 on, 0 out;
7th inning off Martinez, P, 0 on, 2 out)
Giambi said he could make very good use of a little extra
Juice Guy Changes His Tune
From ESPN Page 2, Summer 2001: Jason, which
superpower would you want most: the strength of 100 men, the ability to fly,
turn invisible or shoot fire out your rear end?
Giambi: I think I can already do the last one.
Probably the strength of 100 men.
You're about the first one to say that. Almost everyone
else picks invisible.
No, strength is more practical. It would be such an advantage in
Giambi comments on strength after scandal breaks:
"There is no miracle
[drug] for this game," he said. "You either have talent or you don't. [Taking
steroids] doesn't help you hit a baseball or achieve things people worked hard
Going, Going, Bonds*
"The Most Wanted Man in
America... Black Power!"
– Barry Bonds*, 3.2.04
Better Hitting Through
Slugger Should be Banned for Life
Bonds*, Giambi, Sheffield Given Steroids, Home Run
Records Tarnished Forever.
"San Francisco Giants slugger Barry
Bonds*, New York Yankees stars Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield and
three other major league baseball players received steroids from a
Burlingame nutritional supplement lab, federal investigators were
- San Francisco Chronicle
73* is off the books
too as Bonds* also took Human Growth Hormone (HGH) in 2001
Commissioner calls steroids
"sinister and seductive"
(How do you like them apples*?)
The Big Dead Machine
Schilling on the
Hot Spot... and Loving It
"I assessed the potential teams, all the
pros and cons. And the Red Sox had one thing
that no other team could offer. Instead of
looking at it as a negative, I looked at it as a
positive. The chance to step up and help this
team (win) the World Series for the first time
in 86 years.
"I've established myself by being at my best
when it's on the line. People say I like the
attention. It's not that. It's that I like to
succeed when it's do or die. I went after it
harder this winter than I've ever gone after it
before, because it's the first time I've been in
a win-or-else situation. We're not allowed to
lose. And I love that."
- Philadelphia Daily News
Radio Stole the
"This is a different
camp. The feeling around here is different.
The mentality is different. It's not a win or
lose here, it's win or else. And I think
everyone is OK with that."
2.24: CS on with
'EEI's D&C: I think I've always been
pretty open. As people in Philadelphia will tell
you, there's not a whole lot of mystery to me.
I've never had a problem with people knowing how
I feel about things, right or wrong, so this is
certainly a different environment for me, given
the intensity and the scrutiny, but it's
something I'm very comfortable with, I'm
excited. And I understand the first time I go
out there and give up 6 runs in a game in April,
these same people will be calling me names, so,
it's OK though.
The guys that
come here and excel here are a different breed.
Baseball on the East coast of the United States
is a lot different than anywhere else in the
country, in the world for that matter, and New
York is like the epicenter for intensity, and
Boston is right there with it."
GC: I remember
you told once what you did with your first major
league paycheck, cashed it, literally, twenties
and tens and went to sleep with it...
I spread it out all over my bed and watched TV
on it. I thought it was more money than I was
ever going to spend in my lifetime.
GC: That was the
goofy Curt, you had earring, nose ring,
and nipple rings...
CS: No nipple
rings, no nose rings, just the earring... and a
white Beemer supposedly with spinning hub caps
from what I hear.
GC: You have
forfeited the right to say 'I want my privacy, I
need my privacy, when you drive around in a
Hummer that changes colors...
privacy thing is, honest to God, I sign fewer
autographs and I know more people in
Philadelphia than anywhere in the country.
Because they know me, they know my family. When
I'm out with people in public, they ask how
Gehrig is doing, or how my wife is doing. I was
part of that community. I envision kind of the
same thing happening here. It's going to be a
little different. There's going to be a lot less
privacy and it's one of the reasons we decided
to live where we're going to live. There will be
a little more privacy instead of being in the
city but when I want my privacy I'll find it,
and my family will find it. Otherwise, it
doesn't bother me.... what a great guy he is,
great guy (Drew Bledsoe).
Name the Schilling Sandwich
Is there a real ad man in the house?
Lame-ass copywriters for Dunkin' Donuts (Schilling ad) and
the Red Sox (new ticket sales ad) mail it in with tired,
hackneyed over-the-top Boston accent cliché crap concepts
(BOTH use "wicked good."). Real Bostonians don't sound like that
(except in Ben Affleck or bad Kennedy clan movies of
course). And we haven't used "wicked" since 1986. "Pahk"
your ad agency fellas. Find some talent with something
original to write.