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Red Sox bring Yankees their Bee game


Bees swarm Steinbrenner Field, who can blame them?

Bees swarm Steinbrenner Field, who can blame them?

The rivalry is on! Red Sox vs. Yankees, spring training exhibition game at Steinbrenner Field in Florida. Even though this is merely glorified practice and doesn’t count, the Red Sox wanted to win this one.

How badly did they want to win it?
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Truck Day at Fenway Park


A truck at Fenway Park in Boston was packed with Red Sox gear and sent down to JetBlue Park, aka Fenway Park South, in Fort Myers, Florida for spring training.

As dedicated fans look on, a truck at Fenway Park is packed with Red Sox gear and sent down to JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida for spring training.

Baseball season can’t come fast enough. For many sports fans, hockey and basketball just doesn’t cut it. We want baseball, America’s pastime, and we want it now.
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10 things I learned about Bill “The Spaceman” Lee


Bill Lee and a young baseball fan at The Ridgefield Playhouse. —Patricia Gay photo all rights reserved

Bill Lee and a young baseball fan at The Ridgefield Playhouse. —Patricia Gay photo all rights reserved

Bill Lee is a character inside and out. At 67, the once-great major league baseball left-hander has never given up the game. He’s still playing, and last week finished a tournament in Florida (his team won).
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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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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…

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