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Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series Champions!


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Boston Strong!

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Boston Red Sox: Jonny Hustle


Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester uses his glove to make a close play at first.

Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester uses his glove to make a close play at first.

This Pennant race with the Tigers has been a nail biter, both literally and figuratively. Man, these Tigers. Every game (save one) has been a clencher to the last out. After last night’s 4 to 3 win, the Red Sox get a day of rest then it’s back home to Fenway Park for game 6.

I don’t want to say “and game 7.” Read more…

David Ortiz’s grand slam photo: All about the angles


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Two different views of Torii Hunter tumbling into the Red Sox bullpen attempting to catch David Ortiz’s game-tying grand slam. Photo on the left was taken by Stan Grossfield of the Boston Globe and photo on the right is from TV video.

Still euphoric from last night’s come from behind win over the Tigers by the Boston Red Sox, I was surprised to see a photo on Facebook this morning of Torii Hunter and the Boston “bullpen” cop with matching V’s, one arms, one legs.

It’s a great photo of David Ortiz’s game-tying home run blast, and appears to have been taken by Stan Grossfield of the Boston Globe. (At least that’s where I traced it.)

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Boston Red Sox: Victory snatched from the jaws of defeat


Torii Hunter tumbles over the wall in a failed attempt to catch David Ortiz's game-tying grand slam. A bullpen catcher casually catches the ball while an enthusiastic cop looks on.

Torii Hunter tumbles over the wall in a failed attempt to catch David Ortiz’s game-tying grand slam. A Red Sox catcher in the bullpen casually makes the catch while an enthusiastic cop looks on. —WEEI photo

The name of my blog is Expect the Unexpected, and that’s what happened in Fenway Park last night. In one of the most dramatic and exciting baseball finishes, the Red Sox came back from the dead to win when all hope seemed to be lost. Read more…

We’ll miss Jerry Remy but we understand


The two Jerrys. Jerry Remy and my husband Jerry in a Chicago elevator.

The two Jerrys. Jerry Remy and my husband Jerry in a Chicago elevator.

Beloved Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy has announced he will not return to the broadcasting booth for the rest of the season. It’s a sad turn of events for Sox fans who love what Jerry brings to the game. Let’s hope he comes back next year.

Jerry Remy is not only the the president of Red Sox Nation, the team’s official fan group, but he is the face of the Boston Red Sox. A former Red Sox player with an undeniable workingman’s Boston accent (You can tell he’s from the Fall River area) his baseball knowledge is deep plus his banter with partner Don Orsillo during the Sox games is priceless. Read more…

Alex Rodriguez: Greed gone wrong


Alex Rodriguez jeered by fans in Chicago. —Corey Sipkin New York Daily News photo

Alex Rodriguez is jeered by fans this week in Chicago. —Corey Sipkin New York Daily News photo

“A-Rod is playing third, batting fourth, and pleading the fifth.”

That’s my favorite quote of the week, made by former pitching ace turned baseball analyst Curt “Bloody Sock” Schilling. Read more…

Red Sox: Two walk offs in one day, luck of the Irish?


The Red Sox celebrate after their second walk off in one day. —AP/Photo Michael Dwyer

The Red Sox celebrate after their second walk off in one day. —AP/Photo Michael Dwyer

Ever since John Farrell started managing the Boston Red Sox, things have changed. For the better. In the year since Farrell arrived the team went from worst, and is currently in first.

Farrell called last night’s walk-off win against the Seattle Mariners, “magical.”  I agree. When John Farrell came aboard he appears to have brought the luck of the Irish with him. Read more…

Raging Bullsh*t: David Ortiz, anatomy of poor sportsmanship


David Ortiz, an out of control raging bull.

David Ortiz, an out of control raging bull.

Anyone who follows this blog or is in the least way acquainted with me knows I am a fan of the Boston Red Sox — bigtime.

I have been going to their games since I was a kid and in the past few years I’ve planned road trips to see them play across the U.S. and Canada.

But what Sox player David “Big Papi” Ortiz did last night was indefensible and Sox fans need to be the first to rally and call for harsh penalties against him. Read more…

Poetry Friday: Play ball!


Friends Tatsu (left), and Len and Mary (right), join my husband in Chicago to watch the Red Sox play the Cubs.

Friends Tatsu (left), and Len and Mary (right), join my husband in Chicago to watch the Red Sox play the Cubs.

baseballboyEvery year I say I’m not going to watch so much baseball, I have better things to do, and every year I break that promise. As a kid and young adult I played softball, but except for a company game here and there, my playing days are over. But I still love the game. My team of choice is the Boston Red Sox, but I’ll happily watch and cheer other teams too.

And what about the New York Yankees, our bitter foes? The way I see it, we all need a worthy contender and rival to motivate us to do our best and keep us on our toes. The Red Sox and Yankees are true rivals. Their games are arduous and long, with each team working hard to tire out the other pitcher and hit that long ball. Without the Yankees, the baseball season wouldn’t be nearly as exciting. So I celebrate the rivalry.

Here are a few selected baseball poems written from different points of view and perspectives. Also, here is a link to perhaps the most beloved baseball poem of all time, Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer. Batter up! Read more…

Red Sox: Big Papi hits a triple, pinch pitcher debuts


RedSoxScoreWhat a game last night at Fenway Park. With a final score of 17 to 5, obviously a lot happened. The Red Sox scored in seven straight innings against the Rangers, and after racking up six runs in the second, for all intents and purposes the game was over. But I’ll leave the game recap to the pros. Read more…

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