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  • January 10th, 2015

    January 10, 2015: Foundation To Be Named Later Hosts Service Day This Afternoon

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:33 am in Baseball,Good Deeds | No Comments

    image001Prior to tonight’s 15th annual Hot Stove Cool Music Boston Benefit, starting this evening at 8:00pm at the Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, the Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) will host a service day as part of the concert event to raise money for disadvantaged Boston youth.

    The biannual event, seeking give back to the community will have Paul Epstein and Mike O’Malley shooting hoops with youth while Peter Gammons and Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo) will create music with guests in anticipation for their concert later this evening. Other attendees will have the opportunity to cook dinner with the West End Chef for neighborhood families. There will also be blankets, hats and welcome packages made for the Home for Little Wanderers throughout the afternoon. Read more…

    January 7th, 2015

    January 7, 2015:
    Pedro, and Smoltz, and Johnson, and Biggio–Oh My!

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:45 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comments (2)

    Not that there is any surprise about these four being the class of 2015, except maybe that the writers actually would elect so many at once–it’s been 60 years after all, since so many players made it in at one time. But when you have so many who are clearly deserving of the honor, I guess there isn’t much choice there.

    But it is still astounding to me that there are actually baseball writers–folks who are supposed to be “experts” in their field (although that is not a criterion for membership in the BBWAA), that do not consider any of these inductees to be “first year” candidates. I mean, Pedro got just shy of 92% of the vote. We all know his stats, how transcendent he could be on the mound. How is that even possible? 92%? And the Big Unit with 97.3%, how is THAT even possible? John Smoltz received 82.9% of the votes, which is less mind-boggling, but not much… Read more…

    January 2nd, 2015

    January 2, 2015: BBA Binary Ballot Recommends Seven For Cooperstown

    Posted by Christine E. at 3:46 pm in Baseball,BBA,Old Friends,Red Sox | No Comments

    BaseballBloggersAlliance-thumb-200x155-12545Seven players from the 2014 Baseball Writers of America ballot were recommended for enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame by the members of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) today.

    Given the backlog of quality players on the ballot, this year the BBA adopted the plan suggested by St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Derrick Goold of a binary ballot. Each player on the ballot was given a yes or no vote by the BBA voters and those receiving over 75% were then recommended.

    With this format, pitcher Randy Johnson received 100% of the vote while pitcher Pedro Martinez was close behind at 95%. Others that topped the 75% mark were catcher/second baseman/outfielder Craig Biggio (90%), pitcher John Smoltz (89%), catcher Mike Piazza (85%), first baseman Jeff Bagwell (77%) and outfielder Tim Raines (77%).

    Those that just fell short of the mark were designated hitter Edgar Martinez (71%) and pitcher Curt Schilling (68%). Read more…

    December 17th, 2014

    December 17, 2014: Hot Stove Cool Music Benefit Concert, slated for January 10th, announces its 15th Anniversary All-Star Line-up

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:07 pm in Baseball,Good Deeds,Old Friends,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    Hot Stove

    The first performance by the Juliana Hatfield Three in nearly two decades, the return of The Cavedogs and performances by Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), the legendary Al Kooper and Tanya Donelly and Gail Greenwood of Belly highlight an all-star evening of music and baseball talk at the 15th anniversary Hot Stove Cool Music charity concert, presented by Walmart and Mintz Levin, which will be held at the Paradise Rock Club on Saturday, January 10. The show raises funds for the Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL), which supports local non-profits that benefit at-risk youth. Doors open at 7 p.m., and once again, the event will be emceed by actor/comedian/ writer Mike O’Malley.

    VIP tickets, which include a pre-show party featuring artist meet-and-greets and mouthwatering dishes from select Boston-area restaurants, as well as general admission tickets, are now on sale.

    The FTBNL has granted more than $6.5 million to 200 deserving non-profit agencies. FTBNL also supports 46 under-resourced students from the Boston area at four-year colleges around the country. Read more…

    December 10th, 2014

    December 10, 2014:
    Jon Lester Ruminations…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:48 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    I wish I could say I was surprised, but that is probably one of the few emotions I DON’T feel with regard to Jon Lester signing with Theo and the Cubbies for 6-years and $155 million. But here are some random thoughts, musings, ramblings, etc. etc. that started to coalesce when I was on twitter last night for hours, watching it blow up, and knowing in my gut that the Jon Lester Era was over in Boston…

    First and foremost, I don’t care how much he signed for, if you know Jon Lester AT ALL, this was in no way about the money–it was NEVER about the money. It was about the fact that this kid came up in the farm system, pitched like an ace (110-63 with a 3.64 ERA, oh and a 0.43–yes, like 43 CENTS–in the postseason), battled cancer, CAME BACK, and AGAIN pitched like an ace, is arguably one of the best lefties in in the game. He also loved the fans, loved the organization, hell, loved PLAYING IN BOSTON…

    THIS was about respect. And I don’t mean the annual Big Papi whine-fest about how he doesn’t get any respect. This is about the fact the Sox could have gotten Lester for 4-5 years for about $100-120 million a year ago. But chose to lowball him with 4 years SEVENTY million. And then TRADE HIM to Oakland in the July fire sale. I don’t proclaim to know the intricacies of baseball contract negotiations. But what the ^&*^@#&!*@^! is wrong with this picture???? Read more…

    December 4th, 2014

    December 4, 2014:
    4 Months To Go…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:00 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    …give or take a couple days…

    It’s 28 degrees here in the Northeast, we had snow on Thanksgiving, and summer seems so far away…just like it does every year. But the Hot Stove has been doing a decent job of warming up the Red Sox, so now if the Sox can just focus on starting pitching (Jon Lester, cough cough), things would be even better…

    Speaking of… Apparently, The Dodgers are making this big splash play for Jon Lester at the 11th hour. Up to this point it has been the Sox, Theo’s cubbies, the Braves, San Fran, and Toronto. Honestly, how on EARTH could he possibly want to go to the fracking DODGERS???? That totally does not seem like a good fit for him and his personality. And if he does decide to make it all about the money, and go to La La Land, then he’s not the guy I thought he was, and deserves what he gets…

    And if the Sox do not get Lester, they need to get SOMEONE cause right now freaking That Clay Person is the default Ace of the Boston Red Sox, and they will ne-VA E-VA will a world series that way..E-VA. Read more…


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