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Tuesday 9.30

Pennant Express is Ready Out West


Game 1 in Choakland: Wednesday, October 1st, 10:06pm EDT
ESPN and PAX-TV 68, Hudson (16-7) vs. Pedro (14-4)
NESN - 30 minute, mini-game in morning
Game 2 in Choakland: Thursday, October 2nd, 4:06pm EDT:
ESPN2, WCVB-5, Zito (14-12) vs. Wakefield (11-7)


New York is Cursed! 3-1 Minnesota in Stadium Opener.

Mime Games

Pedro Won't Address National Media

No MLB fine. Millar, Tek speak for Pete. Grady prefers his silent  superstar speaks for himself.

Manny Shows Up a Day Late

No worries. The Pennant Express will not be derailed.

Arroyo Gets Nod Over Suppan. Nixon Doing Better.

11 Mile

PeteyM – Win Yourself

Look, the Sox have one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything we ever wanted—One moment
Will they capture it or just let it slip?

Yo, his palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
Pedro's been beaten by Hudson once already, go steady
He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready
What's the count? Man, he keeps on forgetting
A fastball straight down! The whole crowd goes so loud
Pull the trigger, filty change strikes him out
A changeup?! how? Everybody's screamin now
The ump calls: Strike Threeeeee! Over, pow!
Snap back to reality, Oh there goes gravity
Oh, there goes our D-Diva, he'll choke
Pete's so mad, but he won't give up that easy
No, he won't have it, he knows his whole back city's hopes
It don't matter, he's dope
He knows that, but he ain't broke
He's so stacked that he knows
When he goes back to his DR home, that's when it's
Back to the lab again, yo
We're from bad rap city
He better go capture this moment and hope it don't pass him

You better lose yourself in the playoffs, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime you better,

New season's beginning, through his bullpen hole that is gaping
The series for Boston, one for the taking
Pete is King, as we move toward a new world order
A normal life is borin, but superstardom's close to post mortom
It only grows harder, only grows hotter
He blows us all off these media hoes is all on him
Coast to coast shows, he's know as the Pete prima donna
Lonely roads, God only knows
He's grown farther from home, it's no matter
He comes home and barely knows his own fans as he scatters
Don't hold your nose cause there goes the cold water
His throat's not botherin him no more, he's all over it
They've moved on to the next schmoe who blows
He nose cold and played nada
So the soap opera is told and unfolds
I suppose it’s old partner, but the beat goes on
Da da dum da dum da da

You better lose yourself in the throwin, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime you better,

No more games, Pete'll change what you call rage
Tear this muthafloatin roof off like dirt dogs caged
He was happy in the beginnin, the mood all changed
He been chewed up and spit out and booed off stage
But he kept winnin, not slumpin, no slip slidin,
Best believe somebody's payin the pied piper
All the pain inside amplified by the fact
That he can get by without 95
And he can provide the right type of drive for Sox handily
'Cause man, these goddamn up cowboys can handle the pressure
Of playin on the biggest stage of their life
And these times are so hard and it's getting even harder
Tryin to feed and water his greed, plus
Teeter-totter caught up between trying to be a leader and a prima donna
Manny mama drama's screamin on and
Too much for him to wanna
Stay in one spot, another scam or not
To the point he's waitin for the other shoe to drop
He's got to formulate a plot or he'll forgot how many outs they got
Success is his only mothafloatin option, failure's not
Man, I love you, but this losin's got to go
I cannot grow old in my grandfather's spot
So here you go it's your shot.
But fail you not or not this may be the only opportunity that we got

You better get your team to the Series, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime you better,

This team can do anything they set their minds to, man

  - Matt Welch and Big Dog

8-mile - Lose Yourself - Eminem 8 Mile Video

Monday 9/29

Don't Cry for Me Lou Pinella

My Team is Going to the Playoffs

Tampa doesn't get 100th loss 3-1

Sox to Rebound Again in Oakland

No One Better than Bill

Billy Ballgame Wins Batting Title
(but he only has eyes for the big prize)

Sunday 9/28

Go to Church and Say a Prayer
for Fatty's Calf

Don't Kid Yourself,
We're Gonna Need Him


"The last time Fenway fans saw their Red Sox, they were being hosed down with champagne and catching souvenir hats from their beloved "Dirt Dogs" after clinching the AL Wild Card. Who knows what will be in store the next time Boston takes the field?" - redsox.com lottery

(Hey, if you get two, I'm the best guest ever, buying beers all day)


Communist Yankee Sympathizer Umps Rob Dave as Joe West Goes South

Flopicana, Rays 5 Sox 4

Suppan Gets Shelled in First. Sox Trumped in Trop.
Walker, Belli, Nomar Go Deep.

(In other news: Chad Fox Leads Florida Relief Corps,
Rheal Cormier 7-0 for Phils... Go Ahead Bob, Ask the Question)

Saturday 9/27

Fandemonium in the Trop

Sox-Yanks ALCS Tix on sale Monday via phone and web. Games 3, 4, and 5 (if nec.) at Fenway.

(hey, if anyone has an extra, please email)

"I'll Have a Tampa Devil Dog Daiquiri with a Mini-Martinez Chacer Please"

The Dominator
Hangover Eliminator

Manny, Night Kap Give Tampa a Headache 7-2

Pete Ready to Cross Hudson

Friday 9/26

Sober Up!

Happy Hour is Over

Champions Break Bad News to Manny

(John Henry, unable to convince Manny himself by 4:30am, called on Larry Bird, Bobby Orr, and the New England Patriots to visit Ramirez at The Ritz with the sad news that the Boston Red Sox did not win the World Series last night.)



Champagne Showers


Touch 'Em All

I'm gonna tell you a story
I'm gonna tell you about my town
I'm gonna tell you a big bad story, baby
Aww, it's all about my town

Yeah, down by the river
Down by the banks of the river Charles  
(aw, that's what's happenin' baby)
That's where you'll find me
Along with lovers, fuggers, and thieves (aw, but they're cool people)
Well I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you're my home (oh, you're the Number One place)
Frustrated women (I mean they're frustrated)
Have to be in by twelve o'clock (oh, that's a shame)
But I'm wishin' and a-hopin, oh
That just once those doors weren't locked
(I like to save time for my baby to walk around)
Well I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you're my home (oh, yeah)

Because I love that dirty water
Oh, oh, Boston, you're my home (oh, yeah)

Well, I love that dirty water (I love it, baby)
I love that dirty water (I love Baw-stun)
I love that dirty water (Have you heard about the Strangler?)
I love that dirty water (I'm the man, I'm the man)
I love that dirty water (Owww!)
I love that dirty water (Come on, come on)

Thursday, September 25, 2003

The Ghosts of Red Sox Past Cannot Stop Christmas from Coming

Tonight We're Gonna Party Like It's 1999

11 wins in 19 postseason games is all it's going to take to get King Kong off our backs after tonight .. let's step it up, cowboy up, and get up on our feet tonight... everybody on their feet for the whole friggin' game... not that hard... let's make some noise in this place, raise the friggin' roof, and
send the boys to Oakland with a bang.

Will Garciapopup Step It Up?
(You Better Believe It)

Lucchino: Look for Wake in the Two Hole

Game 1 in Choakland: Wednesday, October 1st: Hudson-Pedro
Game 2 in Choakland: Thursday, October 2nd: Zito-Wakefield
Game 3 in Boston: Saturday, October 4th: Lilly-Lowe
Game 4 in Boston: Sunday, October 5th: Hudson-Burkett (if nec.)
Game 5 in Choakland: Tuesday, October 7th: Zito-Pedro (if nec.)

Will Grady's Extension Get Picked Up in Post-Season?

All Systems Lowe Tonight

Derek Delivers Sox Into the Wild

D-Lowe = Done Deal.

Thursday 9/25 - The new intro song by Polyphonic Spree:

Light And Day

Light and day is more than you'll say
'Cause all my feelings are more
Than I can let by or not
More than you've got
Just follow the day
Follow the day and reach for the sun

You don't see me fly into the red
One more you're done
Just follow the seasons and find the time
Reach for the bright side
You don't see me fly into the red
One more you're nuts
Just follow the day
Follow the day and reach for the sun

Just follow the day
Follow the day and reach for the sun

You don't see me fly into the red
One more you're done
Just follow the seasons and find the time
Reach for the bright side
You don't see me fly into the red
One more you're nuts
Just follow the day
Follow the day and reach for the sun

Just follow the day
Follow the day and reach for the sun
Just follow the day
Follow the day and reach for the sun

Mariners Can't Stand Pat

Seattle Needs Anaheimlich Maneuver

M's Go Down Easy, Sox Can Go
Into the Wild Tonight

(Walker Steps on Scribe on 'EEI: "This Shaughnessy guy must have had a bad childhood, I'll tell you what, he's unbelievable... we don't put our confidence in guys like that.")

Wednesday 9/24

Hold Your Horses

Cowboy Ups Get Crushed 7-3

Playoff Party Postponed

John is Up to His Old Self

(First inning flop. Did someone pop a champagne cork early?)

Grady Denies "Hangover Effect" from Emotional Win

Party Poopers

Birds S--- All Over Sox

Do You Believe in Tragic?

Two for 'Tiz, Too Little, Too Late

(I'm no Sabermetrician, but by my calculations, if Ortiz was in the starting lineup since April, he'd have 96 home runs and 212 RBI)

Trot's Calf Still Tight, Not Right, Sits Tonight

Nation Celebration Procrastination

It's Not a Cinch to Clinch

Tuesday 9/23



Pack it up, pack it in,
Let me begin, we came to win, battle us that's a sin.
We won't ever slack up,
Punk you better back up.
Try and play the role, and yo the whole crew'll act up.
Get up,
Stand up, (c'mon)
C'mon throw your hands up,
If you've got the feeling,
Jump and touch the ceiling.
Todd let the funk flow,
Someone's talkin' junk, yo,
We'll bust him in the eye, and then I'll take the punk's ho.
Feeling funky,
Amps in the trunk,
And I got more rbi's than there's cops at a Dunkin' Donuts shop.
Sure 'nuff I got props,
From comeback kids on the hill plus my mom and my pops.

I came to get down,
I came to get down,
So get out your seat and jump around!
Jump around!
Jump around!
Jump around!
Jump up, jump up, and get down!
Jump (times 17)


Win of the Year, Boston 6 Baltimore 5


All Cowboy'd Up!


Todd Takes Julio Deep in 9th, After Visiting School Kids in 4th Grade Earlier

3-Run Jack in Bottom of 9th: Boston 5 Baltimore 5

"These Fans Make it All Happen"
- Todd Walker

The Bad News Page Was Ready to Go Live... Could Not Hit "Send":


"Offense" Sinks Sox Scoreboard Watch is On

Matos is One Man Army, This Bird is a Predator

Brown Bagging It

Stolen Summer: Yo Andrian, Nice Wheels

SauerbecK finally steps up but Millar Kowboy Upchucks Again
(Curse of the Video?)

Kaplan Chokes Too. Tek Stuck at Third.

Pen Does Their Part

ArrOh-No! Charles Bronson Could Have Provided Better Relief. Grady Can't Deal with X's... and O's.

Baltimore 5 Boston 2

Curse of the Dog: "Wakefield is a 3-run home run waiting to happen." - 9.21.03 on NECN, Roll the tape

Monday 9/22

Wild and
Woolly Win

Manny, 'Tiz, and Trot Power
Sox Past Pesky O's

Red Sox 7 Baltimore 5

Soup Hot Enough. Mr. Jones, Embree-Oh-No Make it Interesting, But B.K. = Bird Killer

Get Damian Jackson Away from Second

Sunday 9/21


Playoffs? Playoffs.

Martinez Mojo Rising

Manny "Hot Hand" on the Bat

Cowboy Ups 2 Indians 0

OK Kim Gets Through Inning.
Offense is Off, But Sox Still Winning.

Cowboy Upset

Late Inning Collapse #32

Indians Down Cowboy Ups 13-4

4-1 Lead Blows Up on Lowe After Jackson Hole Opens Up Game

"Hot Hands" Williamson, Sauerwalk Light the Latest Alley Inferno in 7th and 8th

Committee Remains Headless

BK Translates "Cowboy Up" in Korean:

"No matter who boos me or whatever the media writes in the paper, it doesn't really affect me because I have great pride in my job as a closer. I went out there and did my job. A situation like yesterday, you never know, it might happen again. I might get pulled again, but that's something I have no control over. I didn't ask to be a closer. They asked me to be a closer, so I'm just doing what I was told to do."

Saturday 9/20

John Dough

Old Man Winner is On The Money Again. Johnny Come Lately, Nomar Back on Track
Road Sox Skunk Tribe 2-0


Kimbecile Hits Two Batters in Ninth

B.K. = Bad Karma

Kimpotent Closer Can't Get Job Done. Kimmittee Closed. Grin Gone.

Ruthless: As a way of reminding the Red Sox of their history of heartbreak, the Indians played a video replay of Bill Buckner's infamous error in the 1986 World Series following the sixth inning.

I Love a Parade

Theo Row, Owner Boxes Empty at Fenway Thursday Night While Brass Was Out Finalizing World Series Parade Route

Friday 9/19

Timpossible Dream

Wake Takes One for the Team,
Sox 4 Rays 3

Closer-by-Kimmittee Shaky Again, Manny Blast Makes a Difference

Mueller Joins the Walking Wounded

Thursday 9/18

Curse of the HBO

Sox Haven't Won Since Mockumentary Aired

Tampa Bay 7 Pawtucket 0

Everybody's sick, tired, or wounded. Wonderful.

Gasoline Alley Gets "Edge" Watching Game on TV. Yeah Right.

Wednesday 9/17

Into the Wild

Pedro Pushes
Sox to Playoffs

The Dominican Dominator Bedevils Rays

Petey Up!

Complete Pete Repeats Feat

Wild Horses Couldn't Drag
Martinez Out of the Game Again.

Vroom 122: Pitch Counted.

Comeback Cowboys

Sox are 'Tizzling Hot 3-2.

Lobel: "David is Goliath"

HBOld: "Curse" Clueless, Useless

Predictable Bambino Show Filled with Tired, Hackneyed Clichés, Same Old Media Mouthpieces, Drones on About Ruth,
Blames Buckner for Game 6 Loss to Mets

(anyone in their right mind knows that game is gone after the passed ball)

The Only People "Tormented" Were Those Who Decided to Watch, Sox Fans are Fine

Dialing for Accolades: Original Dirt Dog Paul Sullivan Kills in '86 Phone Bit

Our October 25, 1986 story. UMass crew (Rath in attendance for LA crowd), Saturday night houseparty in Waltham. "Ojeda vs. Clemens" printed on the funky invites. Game on the big screen. Mets fans welcome. Fenway franks. Tissue-paper green monster with netting and scoreboard running along living room wall. 55 people. Primed to win it all, we get everyone into one room for the last three outs. Roomate and I grab the two bottles of Moet to get ready for the big moment. Two out, none on (hurry up goes through mind) I peel off the foil, untwist the wire, and attempt to hand "loosen" the cork as Gary Carter steps to the plate... "POP"... cork flies across room, into faux monster netting. 55 people turn and look at me (mouths open wide) at the same time as I say "no worries, this game is over, nothing can go wrong now... hey, give me that cork..." stuff cork back in bottle... Carter, base hit. Mitchell, base hit. Knight, base hit. Stanley-Gedman cross up, Mookie Wilson... attempt to drink entire bottle of Moet in one sip, slouched, in corner while Red Sox and Mets fans taunt relentlessly... didn't sleep 'til Tuesday.

Tuesday 9/16

Red Sox ReLowed the Big Guns

Sweet 16 Covered
by Derek and the Domino Effect

D-Lowe Does the Lowecomotion

The schedule is in our favor:
Boston 8 Tampa 2

Texas Messes with Seattle

Dominican Dynamite

Big Blows by ManRam and Big-O Steal the Show

Mia Gets Laid Off, Nomar Expected to A$k for More

(Unless he dumps her for J-Lo,
then she can bankroll all three)

There Was A Hero Among Us

R.I.P. Ron Burton

Catch the vision of Ron Burton’s ‘Springfield Story’
By KERMIT ROWE, News-Sun Sports Editor,
Springfield News Sun, Springfield Ohio

July 5, 2003 - HUBBARDSTON, Mass. — Ron Burton Sr., the first high school All-American football player from Springfield, two weeks ago today stood for the 19th time in front of a group of needy young boys, welcoming them to his Ron Burton Training Village for his annual five-week summer camp.

"I’m not supposed to be here," he said, referring to his 12-day hospital stay that had just ended the day before when he talked his doctors into releasing him so he could be with his beloved "young men" once again.

Some knew only that he had been sick lately. Others knew just how true the words were.

Burton has been fiercely fighting his biggest battle since December of 1999 when those same doctors diagnosed him with multiple myeloma. The disease an incurable and excruciatingly painful form of bone cancer, and doctors told him he had one to three years to live.

Christmas was three years. Yet, here he was, six months later, standing strong in front of boys who desperately need to see someone, anyone, stand strong for them.

Only a shell of his former self physically, he was still spiritually the Ron Burton nearly all of the Boston area and a growing portion of Springfield had grown to love and respect.

"Why would I put myself in jeopardy like that?" he asked his group of young men rhetorically. Then he answered his own question, "I want you to know that I love you. Whatever you need me to do, I’ll do it for you. I just want to share with you what I know."

What Burton knows is that there is no gain without risk. That is a big part of his vision, one that has carved this beautiful retreat called a "training village" (for more reasons than meet the eye) out of 305 acres of unspoiled Massachusetts wilderness. But the biggest part of his vision is the unconditional love which saturated his every word for boys he hardly knew personally, but knew very well experientially.

So while the pain just days ago was so unbearable "I couldn’t even move," it was unconditional love that lifted him out of his bed of affliction and powered him as he once again shared his “Springfield Story” with those who needed to hear it.

Some campers heard it for the first time, some for the fifth and some of the camp staff, made up of family and friends (who feel like they are family), for the 10th time or more. It didn’t matter, because the story just keeps getting better.

Burton’s “Springfield Story” started in the early 1950s when he was a little boy growing up around the Dilbert Avenue area where Davey Moore Park now sits.

"I would lose at everything, and I would always cry when I lost," Burton recalled. "My mom got tired of hearing me cry so she told me I had two choices, either stop playing or start winning."

It was a slow process, but he chose the latter. In junior high football, "I was the only kid in school who they wouldn’t give a uniform. Finally, they felt sorry for me and gave me one."

His seventh grade season came and went without Burton seeing action on the football field. His eighth grade season looked like it would be a repeat, but in the last game of the season, the three players ahead of him were all hurt and there were 33 seconds left in the final game of the year. In came Burton, who got one carry and 10 yards.

"Those 10 yards were the most important 10 yards of my life," he told his eager listeners. "A high school coach saw me and said that I was not that fast, and not that big, but that he liked my spirit, courage and determination."

Still, that wasn’t going to take Burton very far in a town where "all there was to do was high school football," and the coach told him as much. So Burton asked what he had to do to get better and was told to run six or seven miles five days a week. Then he’d be ready. So while his friends were goofing off each summer, Burton ran those miles and became a great football player.

"Up to that point in my life, I was laughed at, joked about, teased," he said. "When I came around, they’d say ‘Here comes nothing.’ So I was willing to pay anything to get better."

In fact, those seven miles remain an integral part of his village’s training regimen. Boys are pushed with encouragement and fueled by love to get up at 4:30 each morning, Monday through Friday, and run a route that includes woods and steep hills. Burton tells them that it doesn’t matter if they stop and rest 100 times, as long as they finish the course and try to get better each day.

“That’s what matters most,” he said.

The rest of the story is Springfield sports history. As a sophomore, he beat all the juniors and seniors in the mile run. By his junior year, he had set nearly all of Springfield High’s rushing and scoring records, many of which still stand today.

"It was the first time I had the opportunity to play football without the laughter," he said.

But that sophomore year was rough. His mom died and his dad’s health was so bad that Burton had to go live with his grandma, “Shang” Burton, who was a gospel preacher.

"We were so poor, but she literally prayed in the food," said Burton. "The people of the church had to give us food every day. I learned early that life is not a joke. My grandmother saved me."

Instead of crumbling, Burton soared, becoming a high school All-American.

"I cried. I cried because I had learned to be thankful," said Burton of the honor. "Three years earlier, no one wanted me on their team. Now I had 47 scholarship offers."

Despite pressure at home to play for national powerhouse Ohio State, Burton chose to attend Northwestern and play in a then-floundering program for a man named Ara Parseghian, who later became a coaching legend at Notre Dame.

Burton became an All-American running back and Heisman Trophy nominee for the Wildcats, who became a national power in their own right under Parseghian. Burton then went to play for the Boston Patriots from 1960-66.

Upon retirement, he built a career as a motivational speaker for John Hancock, where he still keeps an office.

"You can’t believe how far you can go if you do it right," Burton told his young men.

Then he let them in on some secrets, upon which his training camp has been built, prefacing them by saying, "I am going to give you the answers to the exam." That would be life’s exam.

*"People like nice people. They listen to what you say and watch what you do."

*"You can’t necessarily be the best athlete, but you can be the sweetest person. It costs nothing, but it means a lot. Work as hard as you can to be as sweet as you can."

*"I lived two years by myself, and it’s scary. So I’m going to understand when the hurt and the uncertainty come."

*"Success is a journey, not a destination."

*"The reason I made it through all the storms was that I was a good listener."

*"The only thing I need from you is to love one another."

No doubt, some "young man" caught the vision that day. I did, sitting there in the camp dining hall watching Burton give yet another piece of his heart to yet another group of young needy boys.

The Boston Red Sox have caught that vision. As was reported in this space earlier this year, the Red Sox partnered with Burton in November of 2002 to use his training village for weekend retreats they would sponsor for inner-city Boston boys during the weekends the annual camp wasn’t in session.

The Red Sox’s Yawkey Family Foundation has caught the vision. It is finalizing plans to donate $1 million for a new bunkhouse at the training village.

The New England Patriots have caught the vision. Owner Robert Kraft has begun a "Ron Burton Award," to be given annually to one individual who shares the vision that Burton has proven successful with his inspiring, risking and loving rags-to-riches life.

"They want everybody to be like Ron Burton," said Burton, in humble but shocked tone. "For me, it is one of the greatest rewards one can receive."

Unless, of course, you catch his vision.

"If you do it my way," he told a group of needy young boys two weeks ago today, "you are going to experience a lot of joy."

How about you? Have you caught the vision of Burton’s “Springfield Story?”

Reach Kermit Rowe at [email protected]

(Our deepest sympathies go out to Steve and everyone in the extended Burton family.)

"There's a Changing of the Guard on the Tobin Bridge Right Now."

- Pete Sheppard, WEEI, 9.14.03 7:34pm EDT.

a.k.a. Pats win. Sox lose.

Sunday 9/14


A Funny Thing Happened While the
Red Sox Were Printing Playoff Tickets

ChicaGoes all out against Boston

(And that's just you-know-who being you-know-who above)


Burkett is Worst in First Again

Lee, Thomas Bash BoSox

Boston Loses Series and Game 7-2

No Nomar Lineup in Question. And No Questions Asked When Nomar's Sick. He's a Gamer.

(From the Dumb and Dumberer Files: "Nomah's Sick... Blame the Media!" (um, yeah, OK)

The Time is Now...

Sox (and Pats) Have 15 Games Left to Lock Up a Playoff Birth.

Buehrlehurelee vs. Burkett Today

Saturday 9/13

Cowboy Upended

  Scent of a Wow Man:
Chicago Puts on Too Much Colon

Bartolo Gives Boston Complete Colonoscopy, 3-1 Bad Guys

(Third complete game in a row for weight watcher...
why can't we get starters like that?)

Bloom Comes Off the Rosalita

Sox Go to Lip-Synch Millar Video and Lose Again

No Offense, But The Infield Defense Was Mostly Horrible Tonight

And Belli Bails Out on This One

Killer Garciapopup in 8th.


... next scheduled clutch hit for Nomar is April 17, 2004.
Is this the worst slump of his career, 50 or more ABs? Timely.

(Nomar not feeling well but "sucks it up" for team. Phary... nah)


Will Billy Ballgame and the BoSox Wake Up Tonight?


Walk This Way

Seesaw swingin' with Cowboys playin' fool
And the balls flyin' up in the air
Swingin' hey diddle diddle
With your Kimmy in the middle of the swing like he didn't care
So we took a big chance at the big league dance
With a Kimmy who was ready to play
Wasn't me he was foolin' 'cause he knew what he was doin'
And I knowed closer was here to stay
When he showed us how to

Throw this way.



Red Sox Take a Walk
on the Wild(card) Side

Boston 7 Chicago 4

Walking the Walk

Lame Game but Sox Get Job Done. Damon's a Walkaholic, Kap was Klutch.
BK 1-2-3 When Heat is Off

The Cowboy Up with People Suppan Spin from Eric Wilbur at Boston.com: "The righty hurled six innings last night, and if not for a pair of solo homers off Chicago's bats, would have allowed only one run." -- Too bad home runs count too eh?

Dauber Comes Home

Will He Be in the Doghouse All Weekend?


Pistol Pete Cowboys Up

Pedr000-000-00, 5-0

Playoffs Here We Come

The Man in Black Sees the White Light

RIP Johnny Cash and John Ritter

Three's Company? Keep a Dream Team of Doctors Near Johnny Damon, STAT

(John Henry Williams Has Form of Leukemia, Expected to Survive)

Nixon Out for Seven Days

Trot's Calf Strained, Not Torn, Well Just a Little. Dirt Dog Shall Return.

Will Fatty's Calf Kill Sox?

Trainers Leave Nixon in After Blown Calf

(Big Dog was out 6 months with same injury in softball last summer... I'm just saying...)

Lucchino's MVPs

1. Mueller, 2. Ortiz, 3. Millar, 4. Garciaparra, 5. Varitek ("It's his clubhouse")

Love is in the Air with Pedro's Huggy Bear

Afternoon Delight

Gonna find my Petey, gonna hold him tight
Cause he won this afternoon delight
My motto's always been "When he's right, he's right."
Why wait until another Pharyngitis fight?

When everythings a little clearer in the light of day?
And we know he's playing out his contract anyway?

Thinkin 'bout you pissin' off a keyboard knight
Lookin' forward to him throwing with the speed of light
Rubbin' press and fans together makes the sparks ignite
And the thought of Red October's gettin' so exciting

Yes Pedro is slight!
After wins, out of sight!
But this Afternoon Delight!

The Pete is On Today

Sports Guy and Hench Feel the Pain from 3,000 Miles Away. They Get It.

Tuesday, September 9, 2003

I'm Just a Bill.

Yes, I'm Only a Bill.
And I'm sitting here on top of the hill.
Well, it's a long, long journey
To the October Series.
It's a long, long wait
While I'm cursing the committee,
But I know I'll be a Champ some day
At least I hope and pray that I will
But today I am still just a Bill.

D-Lowe D-Livers #15

And Ortizzle Sizzles

Nice and Easy Does it Every Time,
Sox 9 O's 2

(Mendoza Line Just Fine)

  Monday September 8, 2003


Gasoline Alley Cats Sink Dirt Dogs

Baltimore, Sox Less: Orioles 13, Red Sox 10

The Defense Rests


Mission Kimpossible Balls Find Bats Again
as Pig Pen Can't Clean Up After Burkett


Also-Rans Will Run Red Sox Out of Playoffs. Good News: Sox Get to Show How They "Bounce Back After Another Tough Loss."

Curse of the Poncino?

Did umps screw Gump, Sox?

Sunday September 7, 2003

No Reverse Massacre.
But No "No Mas" Either.

Sox Deserve an October Rematch

7th Inning, Stretched

Soup Gets Cold Fast

Yankees 3 Red Sox 1,
But Sox Aren't Done

Little lineup limits chances,
Garciapopup at the worst time again

Sunday Bloody Sunday


I can't believe the news today - Oh, I can't close my eyes - And make it go away - How long... - How long must we sing this song - How long, how long...
'cause tonight... we could've been one back - Tonight...

Now don't be sad
'Cause two out of three ain't bad
Now don't be sad
'Cause two out of three ain't bad

Fat Boy, Slim Chance

Well, Well, Wells

Boomer Baffles Boston Bats

Broken Record News: Manny Wants Out

"According to a reliable source, Ramirez already had told some team personnel this season that he does not like playing in Boston, that he would prefer to play in New York. Some team officials even believe that Ramirez would be willing to sacrafice (sic) some of his $160 million contract with the Red Sox to do so."
- Tony Massarotti

But How Much Will He Really Eat on his Con-tract?

Lawyer Settles

 Buffalo Soldier, on Bledsoe's Rostah
Buffalo Soldier, on Bledsoe’s Rostah:
There was a Buffalo Soldier broke heart of the Patriots,
Stolen right from under us, right to our nemesis,
Fighting a new rival, fighting for survival.

I mean it, when I analyze the stench -
To me it doesn’t make a lot of sense:
How the All-Pro Rock Star is now the Buffalo Soldier,
And he was taken right from under us, right to our nemesis,
Fighting a new rival, fighting for survival.

Said he was a Buffalo Soldier, on Bledsoe’s Rostah
Buffalo Soldier broke heart of the Patriots.

If you know your history,
Then you would know where he’s coming from,
Then you wouldn't have to ask me,
What the 'eck I think of it.

He’s just a Buffalo Soldier broke heart of the Patriots,
Stolen right from under us, right to our nemesis,
Said he was fighting on arrival, fighting for survival;
Said he was a Buffalo Soldier fight the war for Bills now.

Dreadie, Lawy yoy yoy, Lawy yoy-yoy yoya,
Lawy yoy yoy yoy, yoy yoy-yoy yoya!
Lawy yoy yoy, Lawy yoy-yoy yoya,
Lawy yoy yoy yoy, yoy yoy-yoy yoya!
Buffalo Soldier troddin' through the strange land, wo-ho-ooh!
Said he wanna ran out, He didn’t wanna holdout,
Troddin' through the strange land, yea-hea, yea-ea.

Said he was a Buffalo Soldier in the war with the Patriots;
Buffalo Soldier, on Bledsoe’s Rostah,
Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival;
Driven from the homeland to a team in our Division.

Singing, Lawy yoy yoy, Lawy yoy-yoy yoya,
Lawy yoy yoy yoy, yoy yoy-yoy yoya!
Lawy yoy yoy, Lawy yoy-yoy yoya,
Lawy yoy yoy yoy, yoy yoy-yoy yoya!

Troddin' through Albany in the arms of new team;
Troddin' through the Upstate, now a Buffalo Soldier
Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival:
Buffalo Soldier, on Bledsoe’s Rostah.

Lawy yoy yoy, Lawy yoy-yoy yoya,
Lawy yoy yoy yoy, yoy yoy-yoy yoya!
Lawy yoy yoy, Lawy yoy-yoy yoya,
Lawy yoy yoy yoy, yoy yoy-yoy yoya! /fadeout/

Saturday September 6, 2003

When You're Out on the Sweep

(Uh Oh Oh Oh Oh)

When that whistle blows
Girl, I'm down the street
I'm home, I'm out of my work clothes
When I'm out on the sweep (Uh Oh Oh Oh Oh)
I walk the way I wanna walk
When I'm out on the sweep (Uh Oh Oh Oh Oh)
I talk the way I wanna talk
When I'm out on the sweep (Uh Oh Oh Oh Oh)
When I'm out on the sweep

"We go a long way back with Boston... and we've come full circle. There aren't many places where you can walk in and feel the soul of a city, but this is one of those places." - Bruce Springsteen

"I feel your pain... I know we're from New Jersey, perilously close to that place... I know you've been struggling with your nemesis to the south, where those Evil citizens are in New... New... New Rochelle... and those greedy bastards from New... New... New Haven..."  - Bruce Springsteen

Wells Runs Dry. Soup is Good Food.

Sox take care of business in the Bronx.

Yippie Kay Yay MFYankees

One More Time

The Rising

Can't see nothin' in front of us
Can't see nothin' coming up behind
We make our way through this darkness
We can't feel nothing but this chain that binds us
Lost track of how far we've gone
How far we've gone, how high we've climbed
On our back's an 85-year-old stone
On our shoulder a half mile of lies

Cowboy up for the rising
Cowboy up, lay your hands in mine
Cowboy up for the rising
Cowboy up for the rising tonight

Left the Park this evening
Balls stinging filled the air
Wearin' the cross of our calling
On Grady's fire they came chargin' up hill

Cowboy up for the rising
Cowboy up, lay your hands in mine
Cowboy up for the rising
Cowboy up for the rising tonight

Li,li, li,li,li,li, li,li,li

There's spirits above and behind us
Aces gone bad, but his eyes burnin' bright
May his precious pitch blind us
Soup, as we stand before the Yankee sweep

Li,li, li,li,li,li, li,li,li

I see you Manny in the garden
In the garden of a thousand sighs
There's a perfect picture of our players
Dancin' in a diamond filled with light
May we feel teams around us
May we feel them lose it this time
A dream Series comes to us
Like a catfish dancin' on the end of my line

Sky of blackness and sorrow (a dream of mine)
Sky of love, sky of tears (a dream of mine)
Sky of glory and sadness (a dream of mine)
Sky of mercy, sky of fear (a dream of mine)
Sky of memory and shadow (a dream of mine)
Your burnin' wind fills our Park tonight
Sky of longing and emptiness (a dream of mine)
Sky of fullness, sky of blessed strife

Cowboy up for the rising
Cowboy up, lay your hands in mine
Cowboy up for the rising
Cowboy up for the rising tonight

Li,li, li,li,li,li, li,li,li


Things Are Looking Up as Sox Cowboy Up in Bronx Again.


Wakefield of Dreams
is a Yankee Nightmare

And Millar, Nomar Drill Clemens

Roger Gets Rocked Early,
Sox Crush Yankees 11-0

"The Dogs on Main Street howl
'Cause they understand
If I could take one moment into my hands
Mister, I ain't a boy, No, I'm a man
And I believe in a Promised Land"
- Bruce Springsteen


Glory days ARE HERE for red sox, GONE FOR ROGER

I had a friend - Was a big baseball player - Back when he ruled - He could throw that speedball by ya - Make you look like a fool boy - Saw him the other day at this New York park - Sox were runnin' in, he was walkin' out - He went 4, inside - Sat down, had a few drinks - But all he kept cryin' about - Was Glory Days! - Well they've passed him by - Glory Days! - In the wink of a young Duke's eye -
Glory Days! Glory Days!

Thunder Road Show

Big Bad Boston Bats Explode on Rocket

Roger Returns the Fenway Favor, Gets Knocked Out in 4th

"Let's Go Red Sox" Chant Takes Over Stadium, Tim McCarver Tanks No Hitter on Wake

"It's one of the few occupations where you can refer to yourself as a dirt bag and have it be a compliment." - McCarver on Millar's comments

Another Standing O?

Think Again Con Man,
You're Not at Fenway Anymore

Business As Usual Today. Fatboy Up!

"If you're scared, you should go home."

- The Big O, The Green Mile, Florida Evans, Star of David "MVP" Ortizzle

Exclusive: Springsteen Fenway Playlist for Tonight's Show

Thunder Road Trip

Real Manny

Glory Day

Lucky's Town

57 Channels (and NESN on)

Fade Away


Mourn in the Yesterday

The Ghost of Tom Gordon

Cherry Red Cadillac

Cover Pete

Promises Promises Land

Manny's Place

Darkness on the Ledge

Part Man, Part
Rally Monkey

Born to Run Second

Middlesex County

Manny's Job

I'm Goin' Down (in the order)

Pete's the One

Lyon's Den

Petey Darlin'


Petey and the Doctor

Curses in the Night

Dead Fan Walking


Streets of Fired

Cowboy Up for the Rising


Tenth Avenue Frazee Out

Blood Brothers

Comeback Kids

The Wall

Trot's on Fire

Lose it All Night

Countin' On a Miracle


Trouble in Paradise

Valentin's Day

Walk Like a Manny

Wild Billy's Circus Song

Working on the Fenway

Living on the Ledge

Grady Bye Bye

Friday September 5, 2003

Prince of the City

Petey Throws a Party Like It's 1999

Martinez Means Business in the Bronx,
But Enrique Wilson Didn't Quit


Damon Leads the Charge for Sox. Sauerwalk Leads Yankee Comeback

Vaquero Para Arriba! Even Manny is In.

(who knows how many outs? :-)

Inhale to The Chief

Those Were the Days My Friend

(Parish Gets Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame)

Will Pedro Show the Yankees Who's Boss?

The Pharyngitis Phenom Is Flat Out of Excuses

Time to put your money where your mouth where your heart is.


Chumps chime in from 3,000 miles away

"He's never been happy over there," Arizona infielder Carlos Baerga, Ramirez's former Cleveland teammate and close friend, said Wednesday. "When he signed over there, two months into his first season (2001) he went to ownership and told them he'd give them the money back if they would just trade him."

"Carl Everett and Manny were the only two to take me under their wing in Boston, the only two who ever taught me how to play, when I came up. A couple of other guys helped, too -- Troy O'Leary and Darren Lewis -- but other than that, Manny was one of those guys who took the initiative to make me feel comfortable. Manny bought me numerous things when I first came up," Hillenbrand said. "Meals, clothes, shoes. It's a disgrace that this has to be exploited, that the Red Sox bench him and say their best lineup is without him. That's BS. That's not (manager) Grady Little at all, it's obvious to everybody that that's not the right thing to do. You can't say that your best lineup is without Manny Ramirez."

"He doesn't care (shocker Shea). He doesn't care if people like him. He doesn't care to be a star person. He wants to go have fun, go play baseball, and support his family and friends. He's done a lot to help people in that organization.

"The Boston media is loony. And you can put that in quotation marks: The Boston media is loony."

(yeah, that's why Tek and Millar had to sit down with the Manny and nearly "called him out"...)

It's Bosston on Saturday!

See Lip Syching Stoner Boy Get Confused by Tricky Lyrics Here

Steinberg... errr Millar, yeah... ram Cowboy Up down our throats. Hey, Trot uses it too ya' know, don't be throwing around that dirt dog term no more! Cowboy Up, just tone it down. Most over-the-top, overdone column ever. We get it. We got it when we bought the shirt at Venice beach 10 years ago.

Here Come the Red Sox

      Right Where We Want 'Em, The Belly of the Beast

Pedro vs. Pettitte Friday

(BHK Banned in NYC Like RSDD on SoSH)



Manny Fined $97,000 for Being an Idiot

(that's like $35.00 to most people)

Gammon's said Ramirez fined. Edes says no, fine not levied.




Manny-to-Nomar-to-Tek Saves the Day on D

Mike "It's-in-my-contract-that-I-must-give-up-one-home-run-per-appearance" Timlin Coughs Up Another One. Karaoke Cowboy picked off

Another Tight One in Chicago As Banged Up Damon Can't Make Clutch Catch

Yippie Kay Yay

Flo is the Hero, D-Lowe Shows and Goes 7,
Tek Goes Up Top Too

"Lights Out" Kim Gets the Win, 5-4 Thriller Takes 10

Manny Starts Tonight, Bats Cleanup, in Left

He must have gotten the message overnight. Go Manny!!! And Go Sox!!!
On second thought... great move. No New York distractions necessary.

Keep Manny on His Fanny

Manny still doesn't get the "TEAM" message. Let him sit.

Sean McAdam reiterates with Dale & Neumy on WEEI: "Grady tried to make the point that it's not just Theo, it's not just me, it's the other 24 guys in there that you've played with all year that have lost respect for you given the way you've handled yourself... trying to reach his pride if anything else, unfortunately Manny's response was "I don't care." Before the game there were no off or on the record disagreements as to what Grady was doing. The general sentiment of the players is that "He doesn't want to pinch hit, fine, we came back twice in Philadelphia, if he doesn't want to be part of this, we'll do it without him." I'm almost getting the sense that some of these guys are using this as a bit of a rallying cry. I wouldn't say the attitude toward Manny is as angry as it is against Bowa in Philadelphia... but there is a great disappointment with Manny here in that clubhouse and I wonder if that doesn't translate a little bit here, 'let's keep on winning here without him to prove a point to others, and to prove a point to Manny that this is a team game and that it isn't dependent on one guy even if he is the batting champ, even if he is the best right-handed run producer in the game.' Who knows, this may carry them for a while. Maybe after a few games Manny is like the kid who has been tossed out of the game and has to watch from the sidelines, and maybe he changes his act a little bit. But it becomes a day-to-day referendum."

Is Manny trying to shoot his way out of town? "That theory has certainly been advanced by some in the Red Sox organization yes. And it's hard to argue with the evidence of the last couple of weeks."

Hohler Clears the Air on Conflicting Reports

Bob was kind enough to let us know today that: "It turns out both stories I wrote were accurate based on the information at the time. The results from throat cultures came later and indicated he had strep throat."

We still wonder why "extensive tests" that "only" revealed pharyngitis did not come with the caveat that "throat culture results would be coming later." Things that make you go hmmm.

Timetable for throat swab culture: If the rapid test is negative, a throat swab is sent to the lab for further testing. This takes from 24-48 hours. If streptococcal bacteria grow during this time, the test is positive, and the diagnosis of strep throat is confirmed.

So why did Pedro's culture swab take two weeks to diagnose and not two days like it does when I go to St. E's? Something is not right here. Hohler's original report on the "extensive" tests should have included the final results of the culture swab by the time his notebook went to press on August 23rd. There's more to this story.

From Bob Hohler, part 2: "The lag in reporting time has a lot to do with Pedro's prickliness about talking and the medical staff's hyperness over the new law about making info public. It could be that Manny has strep, too, for all we know, but I'm not sure how much that changes things for either guy. From everything I know (which admittedly isn't a helluva lot compared to someone with a medical
degree), you can feel much better pretty quickly once you start taking the antibiotics."

Fair enough Bob, thanks again for the follow-up, much appreciated. Case closed on your end. We're waiting for Dr. Morgan to chime in right now. Hang on... .... ....

Second Opinion Sketchy

Bob Hohler, Boston Globe reports on Saturday, August 23, 2003:

"The Sox said extensive tests indicated Martinez was suffering only from pharyngitis, the initial diagnosis. Pharyngitis also can be related to more serious conditions such as strep throat and mononucleosis."

Bob Hohler, Boston Globe casually reports on Wednesday, September 3, 2003:

"Pedro Martinez, whose severe throat inflammation turned out to be strep throat, remains on track to pitch Friday against the Yankees amid some concern about his stamina."

Which One is True Bob?


May the Best Team Win, Bench Manny Again


"I don't care."

Manny's response when Grady Little informed him that his actions in the last few days had cost him the respect of his teammates.

"He's going to hear it from the fans for a long time."

"He had those days off because he was sick, well, he can rest some more now. He's a big part of this team but we also know that there are 25 - now there's 30 or so - of us who need to take the ball every night, who want to play. Everyone knows we need him to be holding a bat in his hand. Even if he's asleep on the bench, we need him there, too. That's what suck it up means. We've had to battle, we've been in every game the last two weeks. We're very competitive. He's going to hear it from the fans for a long time, so that's something he's going to have to deal with. We hope he goes out on the field and has a big September like he did last year.'' - Johnny Damon, Rock Star, Rock.

Ramirez, the real embedded Yankee, expected to pinch hit tonight... if needed.

Manny the Mutt

Larry Johnson Draws Up a Quickie

Captain Crushes Another One

He's Still Hot to Trot

Nixon's the One More Time,
Night Kap Steps in, Up for the Phantom of Pharyngitis

(Gabe may kill someone in that outfield however)

Old Man Winner Gets the Job Done, Time to Tip Your Cap to John. Closer-by-Kimmittee Nails It Down Easy (yikes!), Williamson Gets the Critical DP. Why in the World Was Lyon-and-Cryin' in There?

Sox Win 2-1, Manny Sits,
Team Stands and Delivers

"He's not too bright" - Eck

Manny Benched Indefinitely (Not Suspended)

Ramirez calls his guidance councilor Ino Guerrero to ask why.

Grady "Stones" Little Gives it to Us Straight (smell the stench, he can't say bench)

"He is available to DH today, but my decision to wait is: I like the way our club has responded the last few days, I'm putting the team out there that I feel gives us the best chance to win. No, I'm trying to win the game. He'll return to the lineup if I think it will help us win the game. There are a lot of factors in my decision, all of them lead to putting the team on the field that can win the game."

boston.com pre-game report survey:

Official Statement Coming on Manny

John Henry: "I'm not going to comment. A statement will be issued this afternoon. I usually like to address these things head on but I don't want to comment, at some point I'll say why."

Lawyer Milloy Released

That's how you lay down the law in the NFL. Go Patriots.
How will the Red Sox handle Manny "Terry Glenn" Ramirez?

Part-Time Prima Donnas in Trouble with Theo

Late Show Pedro

Pedro did not arrive at Fenway until noon on Saturday before his 1:15pm start. Was not in dugout today. Sox brass furious. Top to bottom.

Manny MIA

WEEI pre-game show/Joe Castiglione: "Regarding Manny, his symptoms are similar to Pedro's, are they suffering from the same illness?"

Theo (sternly): "I don't know... he's not here today... we need him in the lineup."

The Real Embedded Yankee

Was Manny puttin' on the Ritz with Willie Randolph Saturday night? Not sure about Willie, but Manny was at the bar after 9:30pm, and the Playa didn't play all weekend when it counted. Players are "very upset." Manny throws Grady under the bus today by not calling in sick until batting practice.

(Weary Star Struck Apologists, Out of Excuses, May Have to Crawl Back Under Rocks Soon as They Can't Blame Media, Fans Any Longer)

Dog Day Afternoon

Manny and Pedro Cowboy Up to Take Down the Yankees

Manager's Decision Has Been Made

Grady the Little Enabler Will Be Fired at the End of the 2003 Season

Manny Ramirez and Pedro Martinez will be shopped in the off-season. Nomar Garciaparra and Jason Varitek will be signed to long-term contracts

After blowing off his 11:00am doctor's appointment on Sunday, Jerry Narron and Jim Rowe had to ask Manny to pinch hit yesterday. Manny said no, Grady will go.

And Manny the Selfish Slacker Wants to Be Traded

Can New York take on his contract since Manny said publicly that playing for the Yankees is "one of my biggest dreams right now?"

One Sox player who didn't want to be identified said: "You know who would need to speak to him, probably the front office. I don't think there'd be any guys in here who'd really want to speak to someone like that. I know I wouldn't.''

Manny needs to fess up

(Pedro flies to Chicago needlessly while Wake wants "to be with his team")

Front Office Expected to Respond to Ramirez Kicking Fans in the Teeth Today

Willie Freed: "It wasn't me." - Randolph denies Channel 7 report that he was the Yankee with Ramirez at Ritz on Saturday night.

Reports that Manny hit the town beyond the Ritz on Saturday night cannot be confirmed at this time.


All Work

And No Play

Is Slack a Sick Boy?

"This says a lot about the team and guys who are on it and guys who went into the game today," said Nixon, making an obvious reference to Manny's reluctance to grab a bat. "You can look at that any way you want. I'm sure a lot of people would like to have seen Manny up there. Well, I'm just as confident with the people who went to the plate. Those guys are the MVPs of this game. I'm not talking about Manny, just those guys."

They're Not Exactly Rallying Around Him

How You Feelin'?
Trot, Trot, Trot

Working Like a Dog, Nixon Leads Labor Movement in Grand Style,
Sox Rally, Rally Again 13-9

What's up with Garciapopup?


Theo offers series of "No Comments" on Manny fiasco, praises Johnny Damon for "fighting his way back in the lineup.. really banged up, ankle and knee bothering him, banged his head against the wall, bleeding from the mouth, he couldn't even move around. We weren't counting on him after his treatment today, but he sucked it up. That's what you want to see your players do this time of year during a pennant race."

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