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  • February 26th, 2015

    February 26, 2015: 6th Annual Run to Home Base Slated for July 25th

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:43 am in Baseball,Good Deeds,Red Sox | No Comments

    image001Red Sox players Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli and team Chairman Tom Werner joined leaders from the Red Sox Foundation, New Balance and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, runners, Veterans and their Families at JetBlue Park in Ft. Myers yesterday to announce July 25th as the date for this year’s run and commemorate New Balance’s long-standing commitment as presenting sponsor of the event.

    Since the run’s inception in 2010, event participants and sponsors have raised more than $11 million to support the Home Base Program’s efforts to help Post 9/11 Veterans and Families heal from the Invisible Wounds of War – post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury – through clinical care, wellness-based programs, community outreach, education and research.

    “It is vital that we continue to support the brave Service Members that protect our freedom and provide the best care possible for them and their families when they return home facing the Invisible Wounds of War,” said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. “Thanks to the generosity of New Balance and area runners, we will continue to honor these courageous men and women for their service for our country and provide top-notch clinical care through the annual Run to Home Base.” Read more…

    January 28th, 2015

    January 28, 2015: Going Back to Fenway!

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:46 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    Orioles vs. Red Sox, Thursday, 6/25/15, 1:35pm Grandstand Section G25, Row 11, Seats 1 & 2.  Yay!

    The annual pilgrimage continues! Yay! Although this may be the last year for a while, or at least until my daughter gets a bit older. I am not willing to pay full price for a ticket for a toddler…It should be at least 5 and under, not TWO and under…

    And with all the weather New England got this week, I’m hoping the snow will be melted by then…

    Although I am liking the new ticket venue–you can better make your selections,and see options, rather than click on one game, wait FOREVER in that fracking “virtual waiting room” , only to be told that you cannot buy 2 tickets as there isn’t that many left together, and you need to start all over again. As I am mom to a toddler, I have needed to modify my old ritual of grabbing a coffee and sit at my monitor starting at 10:00am on ticket day, and not moving until I get my tickets. But, with her on my lap, I sat down about about 5:30pm and it took less than 10 minutes to get my tickets this year. Completely painless (except for the ridiculous “convenience fees” and ” order processing” surcharges that added $16.00 to my ticket prices…) Read more…

    January 22nd, 2015

    January 22, 2015: Book Review: Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:20 pm in Baseball,Book Reviews | No Comments

    downloadby Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts

    I have never been a fan of Alex Rodriguez. Always thought he was disingenuous at best (The whole “I’m probably pretty sure it will all work out” statement before he bailed on the Rangers), and a cheater at worst (Slapping the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s glove during the 2004 ALCS). I have also been interested in more information on the whole doping scandal in MLB. So when I was offered a free copy of Blood Sport for review, I jumped at the chance

    There were a number of things I did not know, and found disturbing and fascinating when I read this book. Read more…

    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…

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