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And yes, I got choked up thinking about Field of Dreams just now. 

8 months, 3 weeks ago on ‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right!

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You nailed it. Growing up, baseball was one way I had of relating to my dad. He worked at Fenway for 8 years prior to the impossible dream team years to pay for his education, so the place holds its own space in his heart.  He grew up with brothers and had all daughters, so we were able to bond with him watching the game with him. Even now, the first thing I say when I see him is something Sox-related. I spent three years living with them during difficult economic times, and my dad and I established a ritual every night when I came home from work:  get out the Sam Adams, turn on NESN, watch the game. We bonded over hating Tim McCarver's commentary and laughing over Remy's booth antics. He could tell me everything about the team's past - I got to the point where I was involved in fantasy leagues and could tell him all about Sox prospects. My knowledge of the current game began to surpass his.  He's the guy I always asked every question to, since he always had the answers. Now I'm honored when I see him and he asks, "who's this kid Bogarts they got now?" He's passed it down to me.  I take him to games now instead of the reverse.  What's sad is that when we go to the park, I can see he feels his time there has passed - he's not really into the fan experience anymore, would prefer to watch the games on NESN where he can see pitches up close, use his own bathroom, etc. - and he can't stand "sweet caroline", hates all of the between-inning distractions and the advertising and the hype and the drunkenness. He just wants to see the pitcher and the batter and nothing else. So with the new team, on the other hand, some of the magic of the old days of empty seats and 10-cent peanuts is just gone for him. I think going to a game at the park now just makes him feel old. I still am glad that the last time I took him this season to the game, making sure to get good seats that wouldn't obstruct his view of the mound, Johnny Gomes hit a walkoff home run to end the game, and I got to see some of that joy return. 

8 months, 3 weeks ago on ‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right!

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@Gerry I'd love to see Hassan make it. His cousin is married to a childhood friend of mine. 

8 months, 3 weeks ago on The 2013 Red Sox are a force of nature

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Koji! Koji! Koji! Koji!

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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@StacyB @New Lyndsay @GarrettCRW @HokieSox oh, whoops! seriously? Please Nap do not offer to introduce Xander to her friends.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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@GarrettCRW @HokieSox because he's single.  None of the Red Sox wives like the beards. Salty said his wife says his beard smells bad.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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@alexis_b82 which gives me an idea - can we have the Napoli-His Beard Dialogues? That would be great.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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the crowd should be chanting. LET HIM HIT. LET HIM HIT

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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@Jennie @New Lyndsay but but but...what if they DON'T? :-(  I can't picture him in any other uniform.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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@hannah82 @New Lyndsay and its so fitting that it's a walk. He'd better fucking steal a base now, for me Jacoby, FOR ME!  We've had 6 glorious years together.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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This might be Jacoby's last at-bat with us, I am SO SAD right now. it just hit me.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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@VJ in Stuttgart they're about to cut the lead in half!...wait, now. no...NOW.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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@alexis_b82 Hits for everybody! Stephen Drew you get a hit. and Johhny Gomes you get a hit...

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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@Papasurf The Cardinals have no Large Fathers present.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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6 outs!  6 OUTS!

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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@alexis_b82 @New Lyndsay the team calls him Dirt? how'd he get that one?

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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You know Stephen Drew is the type of guy to correcft you, "um, my name is Stephen" if you try to call him Steve.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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@English Sox Fan that reminds me of how SWEET it was to get Yankee fans' money on bets in 2004. The moment they had to fork it over...one of the best moments of the whole '04 Series experience.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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when they showed Breslow warming up in the bullpen my roommates andf I screamed NOOOOO!!! simultaneously.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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Ok get this gimp bitch out.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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Lackey: "this bitch Holliday is MINE."

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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@VJ in Stuttgart No, he's earned the right to finish the inning, no matter what happens.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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@alexis_b82 McCarver thinks all Dominicans look alike, and.or all Martinezes are related.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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That was hilarious, awesome, and adorable. McCarver: "He will have MANY suitors this offseason, Joe...I COVET HIM."

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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@Sox in the Desert @New Lyndsay I missed that game and didn't realize he was the pitcher for it. Wow they were pretty much like "here is run support for ALL the games you pitch this year!" for this one.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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I think this is the most number of runs John Lackey's ever had to work with in his time with the Red Sox.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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That look that on Lackey's face after he struck out Freese:  "BRAAAAAAINS!"

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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@alexis_b82  They are such sore losers all the time. I don't think Maddon sets a very good example with that.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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They really can't squander another opportunity to plate a runner against this kid.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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Punish them, Napoli, for walking Ortiz.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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regarding the above post - I was too young to react that way in ;86, but after game 7 in '03 I distinctly remember crawling into bed and not speaking for about an hour.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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come on Jacoby. RUN!

8 months, 3 weeks ago on World Series Game Six: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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I'm still worried about who they go with for the 7th and 8th innings. Breslow isn't dependable right now.  And if they lose, who starts Game 7? is it an all hands on deck type of scenario? Fuck. I'm already worried about the pitching.  Remember, the Yankees thought they had the series in the bag in '04.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on The 2013 Red Sox: On the Edge of Glory

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I can't believe Lester's only at 83 pitches.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Five: Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Beards of War!

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@Tex19 @alexis_b82 @StacyB he also breaks ribs-  too risky.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Five: Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Beards of War!

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@Jennie "Nobody's a better brewer than Greg Maddux."

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Five: Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Beards of War!

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@Splinter (aka COYS) @New Lyndsay @Flatsixes Can there be a more punchable face than A-Rod's though? I feel like he's on another level of punchabiity.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Five: Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Beards of War!

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@Flatsixes This is debatable - I've always found Swisher to be highly punchable.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Five: Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Beards of War!

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Holy shit, Ortiz is beating out grounders! He can run! Leave him in!

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Five: Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Beards of War!

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@SoxFaninMD But if you are showering and they score runs, you have to take a shower every time they come up to bat. those are the rules. Are you sure you want to commit yourself to that?

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Five: Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Beards of War!

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I think Jeremy's dead.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Five: Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Beards of War!

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They should not have sent Ross.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Five: Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Beards of War!

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I removed my Jacoby shirt - the one I bought the day he dislocated his shoulder, and I was wearing for his 2 strikeouts - so Im convinced he will hit now.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Five: Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Beards of War!

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Stephen Drew wants to score a run. It's been so long since he' done that.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Five: Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Beards of War!

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YEAH way to work a walk, Drew!!!! My roommate just said :its important for Stephen Drew to get on so he can practice running the bases again" lol

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Five: Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Beards of War!

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@alexis_b82 he's been lost for years. He was sure we were playing golf in the ALCS.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Five: Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Beards of War!

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@alexis_b82Keith Foulke needs to get his ass on this forum and comment with us, I think he'd make a great  addition

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Five: Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Beards of War!

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@alexis_b82 I have an inkling that Japan will produce a female flamethrower one of these days.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Five: Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Beards of War!

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NINE strikeouts. fuck us.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Five: Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Beards of War!

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ugh. 5 innings and only one run? I can't take this again.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Five: Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Beards of War!

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@Ben (02144) @New Lyndsay it was easy to miss it - he said it in some kind of "behind the scenes with Pedroia and Francona playing cribbage" NESN thing in 2008. Ortiz walked in the room and Pedey shouted "Big Pun!" I just always remembered that for some reason.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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Alternate title:  "where Firebrand finally podcasts again after a 3 month sabbatical"

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Episode #145: Where Nava finally plays…

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Also, Jeremy's body is found and his parents feel like a-holes. 

8 months, 4 weeks ago on #HowGame5WillEnd: A Compendium

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I'm going to go with Jacoby Ellsbury stealing home again. 

8 months, 4 weeks ago on #HowGame5WillEnd: A Compendium

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Goodnight all. It's been fun so far sharing this fucking weird mindfuck of a World Series with you all so far. We're in the stretch...

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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@bradleysalmanac They followed the advice I was attempting to impart to them through telekinesis.  Nice.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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@Ben (02144) Pedroia started that years ago

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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@alexis_b82 don't we have another game to play in St. Louis? I thought it went 2-3-2.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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Koji and Ross looked like they were going to kiss.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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High five city Koji, high five city!

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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The Cards have figured Koji out.  FUCK.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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@mental4sox @Sox in the Desert I have to assume that job falls to Alfredo Aceves now.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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@Sox in the Desert Our bearded boys will find him a nice slumpbuster in St. Louis tonight.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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@Sox in the Desert Lock him and Drew in a room together so they miss the bus to the game?

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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ok now if everyone can agree not to try to make crazy-ass unnecessary throws in the last half of the 9th, we can do this. NO UNNECESSARY THROWS.  Got it Ross?

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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One guy. Come on.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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Xander Xander Xander!!!  if you drive RBIs home I will bang you so hard after the game, you have no idea.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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I just realized that the Quinton Berry switch is the first time I've said "good move, Farrell" this entire series. And NO, Lackey is not coming in to pitch McCarver you moron, have you forgotten they need him to go 7 deep for GAME 6 as he's one the two effective starters they have right now?

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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@SoxFaninMD I think he's sitting in the dugout rocking back and forth going, "Shoulda gone to medical school, shoulda gone to medical school..."

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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NOW NOW NOW.  This is Grady Little memories, Farrell.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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WHAT? He's letting Breslow face Beltran???

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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Don't sleep on this Farrell...PULL HIM NOW!

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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ohhh Breslow. what is going on with you in this series?

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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ooo! We got some anus then some CHODE. Nice.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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Good eye Felix! Everytime they say MAYYYNUS I giggle.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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@StacyB no spoilers please, for those of us who will watch the re-air after the game.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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I feel very RELIEVED right now. And I think they should keep Felix in, he's pitching so well.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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Pedroia and I had the same reaction.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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MR. CLUTCH RETURNS

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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Come on Jonny! The moonshiners are shooting at you!

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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@alexis_b82 I can't decide what my favorite near-death experience of his is. it's between being shot at by moonshiners, and attacked by wolf in his grandmother's yard.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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@Tex19 Yes, I wish he was wearing it right now.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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Ok Gomes needs to go back to being The Legend and hit like his life is under threat for the 6th time.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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@snaptaker McCarver has always thought we were the Mets.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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@English Sox Fan I really want them to just start hitting the shit out of that ball so I can use "ducks on the pond!"

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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I am surprised. McCarver has been aggravatingly me LESS this game.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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@Nikki in Denver did it really? I didn't see. I was looking for Jon Lester's sign.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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@GarrettCRW @SoxFaninMD @Red on 3 days rest though, even with one day off when they come back to Boston?

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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@English Sox Fan This first one's for your mother. Fucker.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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@urn-ie I think Buck already is. A friend just texted me that he looks like a 1970s heroin addict.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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@Tex19 It would make me sooooo happy to have him picked off first, AGAIN.  It would just be too funny.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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They keep saying Lackey is available out of the pen. Uh, I really don't see that happening because Lackey needs to start game 6. I would much MUCH rather see him go 7 innings in game 6 than come in for a few innings tonight and blow his next start.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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@GarrettCRW I cant decide if its his Drewness that's making him suck at the plate.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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But now its CAHHHP!

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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I love that Lynn needs this much counsel from Molina for DAVID FREAKIN ROSS.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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Stephen Drew was useful!  Yayyy! 

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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I love the look on Ortiz's face when he's running really really hard.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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Nice chugging, David!

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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I wanted Xander to RBI some in because I did not want this scenario - bases loaded and Automatic Out Drew at the plate.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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He's 21? He's from Aruba?!?!?!? WHAT THE FUCK!

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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And the Kid comes to the plate. BE A FUCKING HERO.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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Is it me or does Bucholz look even more gaunt than usual tonight. I hate to be the starter of false rumors but I do wonder if there's an underlying drug problem and/or degenerative health issue like arthritic spine that is bothering him. He has no muscle whatsoever on his frame, that might protect his frame and spine (I'm thinking of women who are anorexic or serious athletes that restrict calories and their bones become brittle from calcium deficiency, hence more prone to injury). My roommate also suggested Crones disease which makes you unable to tolerate ibuprofen, and given that he's unable to keep weight on would make sense. He also did have that unusual esophagitis issue in May that he said was from overusing ibuprofen, could point to a liver issue common with painkiller addiction and/or intolerance. Hmm. I just feel like there's a lot more to his health that is (justifiably and rightly) being kept from us. This is totally speculative of course, I have no info to support this.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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I hope they have an agreement tonight that nobody throws to third from home. Just hold on to that ball goddammit!

8 months, 4 weeks ago on World Series Game Four: Clay Buchholz and the Art of Subterfuge

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@VJ in Stuttgart @alexis_b82 It's probably an indoor golf course with catwalks.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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@baystater 4evah That's what I'm saying! I knew it as soon as it left his glove that it was overthrown, same thing with Breslow last night. Fucking stupid. They got greedy. 

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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SAME PLAY as last night where Salty way overthrew third.  If Salty holds the ball, we get the runner at home, save the play at third, this game is still tied.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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REVIEW THAT SHIT!!! REVIEW THAT SHIT YOU FUCKS!!!

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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@VJ in Stuttgart @Sox in the Desert But Koji can handle two innings. Why risk it with Workman at the plate AND closing out the 9th?

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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@Sox in the Desert @New Lyndsay The game comes down to Workman? Ugh. I don't like this plan.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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They just gave away that inning.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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Workman over NAPOLI?  WHY. WHY. WHY.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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I find Workman's eyebrows really distracting - I feel like he drew them on with a Sharpie.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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@Tex19 @New Lyndsay @baystater 4evah But Xander really wants to prove himself. He's a hard worker. Kozma's sperm would just miss the egg.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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@baystater 4evah I want to have Xander B's baby. He seems virile.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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Now it;s up to Salty and his Magic Perm.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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SAFE.  THANK GOD. I was willing Nava to be the one to do this.  Now if Xander comes up big, I think Tim will jizz himself.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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@alexis_b82 I wish I could dig up Johnny Cash to write another verse to "The Legend of Jonny Gomes".

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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Why are these parents continuing to pay their obviously irresponsible son's phone bills???

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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youre on base now Jake, now for the love of God FUCKING RUN

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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here comes the Baby Pedro ref. HOW OLD IS HE, TIM???

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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Is it me or has the Sox outfield been having communication problems all game.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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I've lost respect for Pearl Jam.  Being promoted by Joe Buck is a new low.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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@alexis_b82 I've been trying to figure out what that is a tat of.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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It would be awesome if Holliday got picked off third right now. 

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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Breslow. what the fuck. is he having a meltdown?

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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@Tex19 @New Lyndsay I was Lyndsay on the Firebrand site, then had to recreate a username so made myself New Lyndsay so they'd know I was the old one. Just using my Firebrand Livefire name here.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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@Fla Beck/Becky @Tex19 should start a thread of best McCarver quotes during commercial breaks...it will be hard to top his gems from the ALCS though.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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@Sox in the Desert @New Lyndsay I wouldn't be so quick to say Will = offense.  Will = ???

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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Wondering if this singer is actually a retired officer this time or he's just wearing someone else's uniform.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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"Doubront is almost like a starter!"" No, he IS a starter dumbass.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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Great, so we have a pitcher who ALSO looks exactly like Kozma and Carpenter. And Drew has mercifully been euthanized.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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I really hope Nava hires Scott Boras, just to get him a huge contract this offseason...dude is so underpaid.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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it does not help that theres a guy named MANUS(!!) in the bullpen too. Jesus.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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@Sox in the Desert @New Lyndsay "and he's seen plenty of CHOAT" - I think Buck's just doing it on purpose now.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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And now we get to hear CHOAT even more - I don't know if I can handle it...

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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They REALLY need to start running on these guys, even good catchers are accurate only 30% of the time.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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@COYS Nice of him to get the ball for the opposing catcher too - so helpful, that one

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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@Sox in the Desert @New Lyndsay Hey there, new here, usually comment over at Firebrand.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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The ball/strike calls in this game are laughably absurd.

9 months ago on World Series Game Three: On the Heels of a Loss, a Chance for Asskickery

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Haha Jack you cannot stop Tim from babbling nonsensically.  It just isn't possible.  He's impressed with cardboard boxes, he just learned there's a place called Aruba, he has an unrequited crush on Greg Maddux, and LOUD NOISES! you will never get him to shut up.  

9 months ago on Random Thoughts from Game One of the 2013 World Series

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Is Kozma really an above-average defender?  He looks pretty damn below average to me. Then again, I can't tell him and Carpenter apart at ALL.

9 months ago on Random Thoughts from Game One of the 2013 World Series

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Jesus did I just write Xavier? Dammit.  I just Menino'd that.

9 months ago on Game 2 Thoughts

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My thoughts:  1. the media angle of the Boston Beards vs. the Clean-Cut Cardinals is officially a FAIL. You cannot claim you're a "clean cut" team when EVERY PLAYER ON YOUR ROSTER ASIDE FROM MATT HOLLIDAY HAS A BEARD AND NEEDS A HAIRCUT.  2.  For the life of me, I cannot tell that Cardinals infield apart.  The team consists of one of the brothers Molina, Beltran, the aforementioned Holliday and about 10 clones of the werewolf from True Blood.  I think Fox Sports should put its efforts towards a guide to telling Kozma and Carpenter apart, because the first game I swore up and down they were twins. 3. Michael Wacha is 22. Carlos Martinez is 22. Xavier Bogarts is 21. They are very young. Let's all acknowledge this fact and then MOVE THE FUCK ON.

9 months ago on Game 2 Thoughts

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@KK @New Lyndsay ok, fair enough on the Scherzer technicality - they did get that one run off him. Still, wouldn't you agree that you can't win a whole series that depends on getting past the starter and into the bullpen? Depending on dramatic late-inning comebacks is a dangerous strategy, and so is Victorino getting on base by HBPs.  I don't see pitch counts affecting Detroit starters too much, especially if they are striking out the hitters with the regularity we just saw. The high strikeout rate for the first two games isn't a big concern for you? And if they are going to stretch this out 7 games that means they face Sanchez and Scherzer each one more time. They HAVE to produce against the starters no matter what the bullpen looks like. Also it puts an awful lot of pressure on Lackey, Peavy and the rest of the starters to keep the Tigers off the basepaths and wait for the Sox to catch up offensively. 

9 months, 1 week ago on Monday’s Links – The Unforgettable

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Ok, I hate to be Debbie Downer here but...once the excitement of the comeback dies down, we've (or you guys, or everyone) needs to not let it overshadow the serious concerns with 2 things:  1.They were hitless against BOTH Detroit starters. HITLESS.  You can't win a series that way. Heroics are great, but they don't happen every night. If this team wants to win this series, they HAVE to get some hits off the starters, can't wait for the bullpen every time. 2.  Had this game gone the other way (they lose), we would have had to have a conversation about John Farrell's very Grady Little-like move of leaving Clay Buchholz in 2 batters too long, allowing the Tigers to get those 5 runs to begin with.  He should have had the bullpen warming up long before then, but instead  he looked asleep at the wheel, like he was so locked in with Clay that he forgot to call the bullpen. Those guys were warming up before they even got the call because everyone in that park knew Clay should not be facing another batter.  They may not have needed Ortiz's heroics had Clay been hooked once he started to get in trouble. I know hindsight is 20/20, but it seemed obvious to everyone but Farrell that he had been left in too long. Can we please talk about this??

9 months, 1 week ago on Monday’s Links – The Unforgettable

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@baseballNE @New LyndsayI think in most players' nightmares Padilla is beaning them over and over again with fastballs while laughing maniacally.@New Lyndsay

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Ben Cherington’s 2013 Report Card: Sleep, Marry, Kill Edition

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It does feel like a reaaaaally long break here while we watch our lesser rivals beat on eachother over the scraps. Ellsbury said it feels like the all-star break. I hope the guys are using it wisely. 

One thing that bugs me is that this wild-card game tonight between Cleveland and Tampa is being called the first game of the playoffs. Um, no, it's really not.  It's ONE GAME. You didn't make it to the playoffs - you made it to the gladiator arena.  This 2nd wild card thing is a joke to deceive mediocre teams into thinking they have a chance and exciting their fan base to buy tickets and merch because they think they're in the "playoffs". No, sorry Tampa and Cleveland fans, you're just suckers. This is just to drum up some revenue for those middling teams and get more ratings for the end of the season.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Wednesday’s Links – The Waiting Game

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Vicente Padilla - hilarious and SPOT ON. He and Julian Tavarez need to be in a Danny Trejo movie.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Ben Cherington’s 2013 Report Card: Sleep, Marry, Kill Edition

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@Benjamin Lieberman No, you're not rambling. This is very true. I lived in New York during two very different times in baseball - first in 1998, then again in 2006. In 1998 it was obnoxious and I could not wear a Red Sox hat to Yankee Stadium. Friends that were Yankees fans tortured me mercilessly. It was embarrassing to claim Red Sox allegiance. I'm embarrassed to admit that I actually went to a Yankee parade after they won the WS in 1998 out of peer pressure. When I lived there 2006 to 2007 - and left the summer of '07right before the second WS win - it was a very different vibe. There was definitely more of a mutual respect and acknowledgment that the Sox were actually a legitimate threat capable of beating them and winning the whole thing. You would actually get Yankees fans saying, "you guys are actually good this year" which you would NEVER have gotten pre-2004. And of course, we could both always say "at least we're not the Mets!" and bag on Mets fans. Tampa is actually somewhat of the same vibe that you get from Orioles fans now - they hate the Yankees too, but they also hate you because you have the big evil payroll that lures young talent away from them. You might get awesome seats at Camden Yards but you will get no love from Orioles fans, let me tell you.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Living With the Enemy

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Also, can I ask an 'outsider' question?  What the hell is up with all the dudes fishing off of bridges there? Like at all hours of the night and day?

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Living With the Enemy

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I am actually impressed that Brandon Moss is still in the pros. Anyone know what happened to Craig Hansen? He was part of the deal that sent Moss to the Pirates, which at that time was akin to certain career death/permanent languishing in quadruple A.  Also, I still fondly remember in 2007 a friend's Dad confusing Brandon Moss with Randy Moss. 2007 was good times. I am actually looking forward to playing the As, I think it'll be a lot of fun to see our old prospects doing well.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Ghosts Of Red Sox Past: The 2013 Playoffs

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Oh yeah, another one, Carl Crawford stealing a base off of Lester. Which you know is going to happen.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Ghosts Of Red Sox Past: The 2013 Playoffs

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"Lowrie will probably harm the Sox by staying up late with Ellsbury and watching chick flicks and eating ice cream before the games"   THIS.

Also, f--k the Dodgers. I do not want to have to face the Dodgers for a million reasons, one being that if they won they would most definitely cover Landsdowne Street in their own urine, second that we'd have to listen to Adrian Gonzalez whining about everything again and we'd have to continue to look at his facial hair that is clearly drawn on with a Sharpie, third that if we lost that series all we'd hear about is that the Dodgers got the better end of that trade. It would just validate their reckless financial strategy. And fourth, the part of the series at Dodgers Stadium would involve an a$$load of celebrity Sox "fans" getting on camera and making a$$es of themselves. I think these are very good reasons to hope that the Dodgers somehow get knocked out.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Ghosts Of Red Sox Past: The 2013 Playoffs

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This is interesting because I took a vacation to St. Pete (cheap and all-inclusive and on the beach, which is what us grad students needed) and was wondering about their population. Also because this was when the Rays were nipping at the Sox heels one game behind so I took the opportunity to trash-talk the hotel staff when they had the game on at the hotel bar.  Were you born in St. Pete? I figured when I was there that there had to be in influx of retirees from the Northeast who retained their allegiances and that must aggravate the hell out of the native-born population who need a team to root for and no, the Marlins are never an option. So I guess I can understand how one might develop an aggressive inferiority complex that translates into annoying gnat that keeps dancing around your head.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Living With the Enemy

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We need a tribute post too to all the guys on the team who are trying SO hard to grow a beard but just can't. (does not include Stephen Drew - it's very clear he isn't trying and/or facial hair is against his religion or something).

10 months, 1 week ago on Don’t Forget How Fun This Is

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Here, here. This is a very enjoyable team and a very enjoyable year. We are so used to worrying about the next step and thinking about when will they fall back to earth? that we forget to enjoy the present moment. I don't know what the hell sort of magic potion John Farrel sprinkled in everyone's Wheaties but is is a rare feat to get almost everyone in your lineup AND in your rotation to consistently play at their best and have career years. For a lot of the guys on the roster, this is one of their best years career-wise. It's important to remember - we aren't talking about 1 or 2 Ellsbury 2012's here. We're talking about MOST of that roster setting or breaking personal bests, and not just young guys who are at the right age to have banner years - look at Lackey, Uehara, and Ortiz.  I know that the manager isn't the one actually playing the game, but that can't just be a coincidence. That really says something about your manager if he is able to accomplish that in one season. And to only have one major guy on the injury list and out of the lineup (Ellsbury) (knock on wood!) is huge too, given what the past few years has been like with this team and injuries. I don't want to jinx anything, but I will say I think everything is lining up for a very favorable outcome in October.

10 months, 1 week ago on Don’t Forget How Fun This Is

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Any of the big bad threats are beatable if you can get past their one or two ace starters.  And with the way they are pulling runs out of their *sses in those ace starting, low-scoring games, you throw Koji in there against any of their closers and you can pull it off. We're all thinking starting rotations now but if they keep it close, Koji is the key here and there's no better closer in the league right now.

10 months, 1 week ago on Ranking Possible Playoff Opponents

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I just do not want any part of Scherzer, Darvish or Price. I would take the sad empty carcasses of the Yankees any day of the week. There's too much of a mess going on in that clubhouse for them to be any serious threat.  Their bullpen...I mean, Jesus Christ.  They don't even look like they want to be there. Even with A-Rod playing well the word "resurgent" does not come to mind at all. And kicking them when they're down is always fun.  Bring em on.

10 months, 1 week ago on Ranking Possible Playoff Opponents

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@JK7_ @Hunter Golden Wow, it didn't occur to me until I read this that the teams that have to play that one-game wild card will likely throw in their ace for that game and thus effectively take him out of starting off the division series. This one game has the potential to exhaust the team that ends up moving on to the playoffs. All the better for the Sox that they are sailing into the playoffs in first, and not using the ol' "division place doesn't matter, as long as we've got the wild card".  It really motivates teams to play it out until the end to avoid being in that game. It must be kind of fun for the Sox to look down from their perch at these teams all scrambling and playing desperately to get in and just mow them down in the process and increase their lead. They have to be enjoying this.

10 months, 1 week ago on Ranking Possible Playoff Opponents

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Like I said on another post, it is a really weird feeling to be in a place as a fan where they're not trying to get into the playoffs by the skin of their teeth. They did that consistently 2005 onwards and ended up out of it by the first or second round.  I mean, 2004 they were also right on the edge too obviously, but it actually kind of feels nice to not be worried about this team for once. When they were dominating in 2011 pre-September, it felt like flying high on a rollercoaster, but at the same time you were afraid they were going to fly right off of it (as they did). This year doesn't have the same feeling as previous. I think I started to have this feeling of no worries with the last series with Detroit, when they absolutely killed them, and that was supposed to be one of their toughest series this year. Dare I say it and jinx it, I feel more confident in this team than I have in any team in years - more than 2007 team even, which felt like a very nerve-wracking September.

10 months, 1 week ago on Is there something to be said for September momentum?

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It really is the strangest feeling to be in September and not worried AT ALL about this team. Not even a little bit. I am so used to us being 1 or 2 games ahead or away from another team or in a panic about a losing streak and saying "well, they don't really need to win the division - they're fine as long as they get the wild card." or, "yeah sure they're playing badly now but, it's just cuz they're saving the good stuff for the playoffs!" and it's not streakiness like 2011 - they have been playing at this level really consistently. None of that. It feels like smooth sailing right now. Or maybe that's a false sense of security? should I be worried that I'm not worried? like in 2007 with the Pats? Oh the trials and tribulations of a neurotic Sox fan...

10 months, 1 week ago on Friday’s Links – The Bright Future

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I really wish I could hire Koji Uehara to high five me when I arrive at work every day.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Why we should have seen Koji Uehara coming

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Jokes about Ted Williams' frozen head never get old.  And Xander Boegarts impregnated me with his eyes even BEFORE he got called up.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on For Those About to TrollBag

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You did not include the Jose Iglesias question so it is hard to know what was the answer was in response to. Please do an edit with the question included.  Thanks.

10 months, 4 weeks ago on Nick Cafardo Fun Bag!

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I love it, especially the comment about Stephen Drew not having walkup music because it's too much fun. There shall be no music, dancing or merriment in the Drew household, none!

I think Salty's walkup music should be something from NWA, to pay tribute to his Jheri curl mentors Ice Cube and Easy E.


11 months, 3 weeks ago on A Good Day to TrollBag

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Anyone?...Anyone?...Bueller?/....Bueller?....Bue....

Have Fireside Chats been officially abandoned?   You guys are averaging only one a month. What's the deal -  we didn't even get a podcast at the trade deadline! 

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Fireside Chats Podcast

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@Gerry Dude, Cafardo can't even write a column that is consistent from sentence to sentence. let alone all of the bad baseball analysis and "predictions" based on "sources" that are never accurate or come to fruition.  And that's his CAREER! It would be different if he were any old Joe Blow writing a blog about his baseball "knowledge" - no wait, it would be BETTER if that was what his column was. But he's been given one of the most highly coveted positions in sports writing, and his writing is AWFUL. Read his column some time - the incomplete sentences and thoughts are like something your dad writes to you in email.  It's an insult to those who actually provide good analysis of the game and put real effort into what they do, and try to write like writers and not just like fans, like the writers here at Firebrand. And no I am not a Firebrand writer but the difference in quality and skill is dramatic.  The Globe needs turnover in those positions because those guys have been phoning it in half-assed for way too long.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Roster Power Rankings, July Edition

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@Gerry I don't know about excellent.  A good player, yes. Above average.  He'll never put up 2011's numbers again though.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Roster Power Rankings, July Edition

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David Ross is doing just fine - he seems to fit right in with the Beard Crew.  Mike Napoli posted a pretty funny youtube homage to him if you will, on his twitter account.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Roster Power Rankings, July Edition

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And. Stephen Drew is such a Drew it's not even funny.  The Drew children must have been taught that any show of exuberance is the Devil's work or something.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Friday’s Links – It Ain’t Over…

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I really hope they keep Johnny Gomes for a while.  He doesn't even have to put up huge numbers  - I just want him there. I hope he becomes the Kevin Millar who years later you see sitting in the dugout long after he's left and it doesn't seem weird. He's got a little bit of Millar and a little bit of Youk, with a little bit of Manny's random craziness thrown in for good measure (the GOOD parts).

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Friday’s Links – It Ain’t Over…

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I am going to reply to myself here. New Lyndsay, it could indicate their intention to start Bogarts and not wait until September callups.  That is the intelligent response. My purely superficial, female hormones would take Bogarts OR Andrus any day of the week as they are equally adorable.  My other purely aesthetic pick would be Brian Wilson, because he would be so at home amongst the other beards/Civil war generals/Amish mafia of Pedroia, Ross, Gomes, Dempster and Napoli.  It just seems like such a natural fit facial hair-wise. How badass would that group be in the postseason?? I WOULD bet the farm to make that happen only for my own amusement.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Wednesday's Links - Grand Larceny

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Looks like the Rangers might be willing to trade some pieces for a bigger bat, with Nelson Cruz possibly out for the Biogenesis stuff.  I would like Elvis Andrus please. That would be awesome. I wouldn't even care about getting a bat at third base at that point.  Seriously, does this mean the Sox are committing to Stephen Drew's paltry numbers to get to the postseason at this point? 

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Wednesday's Links - Grand Larceny

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You know what I would love to do? Sit next to my dad at a game, write up all of his comments and observations, turn that in to the Globe and get published, and call myself a sports journalist.  Sorry but "a guy I talked to said he thinks so and so pitches better fat' is not a story. Can we have a post sometime tracing the Globe staff's career paths to figure out how the hell they got to where they are saying absolutely nothing? Maybe one of them pulled a "Secret of My Success" move or something.

1 year ago on Snark Free!

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That story in Boston magazine from a year or so ago said it all:  Boston Globe sportswriting is terrible.  There is ZERO analysis; it is all rumor, conjecture, and coming up with stories where there isn't one. One thing I am always amazed that they get away with is their supposedly "hypothetical" scenarios, which they claim to write up "just for fun!'  This is usually something ridiculous and not even a remote possibility, like, what if the Red Sox had Derek Jeter? This then gets the headline of, "Will the Red Sox sign Derek Jeter?" and gives the impression that it's an actual possibility.  Man, I wish my job were so easy. Go ahead, throw out anything you want with zero accountability or journalistic responsibility. Papi on steroids? Sure!  Sox trading Lester and Buckholz for Miguel Cabrera? Why not! It's not like they'll actually get fired or anything. How did Cafardo even get this job? When he's filled in for Remy on-air, it's pretty clear he has zero insight or analysis into the game. He either parrots Orsillo, or makes fairly obvious observations. So the question is, did Cafardo (and definitely Shaughnessy and Massarotti, for that matter) have to hide a body for someone in order to keep up this gig? How can the three of them be considered journalists or sports analysts? They don't do any analyzing whatsoever.  It really is downright embarrassing.

1 year ago on Snark Free!

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This is great. I particularly enjoyed the existential questions like whether prospects are aware of their own mortality, and whether Daniel Nava exists or is merely a figment of our collective imaginations.

1 year ago on TrollBag 3: This Time, It's Personal

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