Two Days In October: Reliving the 2004 ALCS
Surviving Grady
by Red
3M ago
I always get sentimental around mid-October. Not because it was around this time in the 90s that my Uncle Thad, last seen walking down route 128 eating from a sack of onions, was declared missing and never to be seen again. But because my mind instantly teleports me back to the 2004 ALCS. Specifically, the four days between games four and seven. These are days I consider the best of my life, even though I spent most of them bleary-eyed, disheveled, unshowered, undernourished, bleeding internally (probably), hungover, shaking, frightened, paranoid, and quaking in the corner of a dark room betw ..read more
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Flashback to the Night Derek Lowe Crushed the Oakland A’s
Surviving Grady
by Red
4M ago
The pre-2004 postseason picture was pretty lean for the Red Sox. In their 1988, 1990, 1995, 1998 and 1999 playoff appearances, the Sox went an embarrassing 5-20, winning only the 1999 ALDS against Cleveland. Not surprising, most of Red Sox Nation figured we’d never sniff a Red Sox World Series in our lifetime. Then came 2003. And something about that team just seemed different (although this is from a guy who swore Dante Bichette would lead us to the promised land). We had Billy Mueller, Manny, Ortiz, Nomar and, of course, Pedro, who won two-thirds of our post-1986 playoff victories. It was a ..read more
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This Can’t Be the End, Xander Bogaerts
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by Red
4M ago
Two things should be fairly obvious to even casual readers of this blog. First, I’m almost always a bit drunk. Second, I love me some Xander Bogaerts. Ever since he ascended from Pawtucket into the Red Sox’ starting lineup and hung tight in the 2013 postseason, becoming one of the more reliable bats as we churned our way to the World Series trophy, I’ve been a fan. His soft spoken demeanor, his pie-eyed love of the game, the fact that he speaks more languages than some Harvard professors, the maturity and professionalism that makes us sometimes forget that when he first came up he wasn’t old ..read more
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5 Reasons to Keep Watching the 2022 Red Sox
Surviving Grady
by Red
4M ago
The 2022 Red Sox had some flashes of brilliance, and gave us at least a couple games’ worth of excitement and even a few moments of jump-out-of-your-chair-and-throw-your-beer euphoria. But for the most part, and especially the last few weeks of the season, it’s been a slow and painful circling of the toilet bowl. Right now, the Sox are set to finish the 2022 season in last place in the AL East. That’s the ninth time since 2012 that they’ve ended up in first or last place in their division. Of course, two World Series titles tucked neatly into that span has helped ease the pain, but the feast-o ..read more
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And We’re On to 2023
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by Red
4M ago
After last night’s mind-numbing loss to the Yankees, rife with gaffs and miscues and just embarrassing play, it’s time for even the die-hards among us to take off the puffy foam hand and look toward the 2023 Red Sox season. So where do we go from here? I think the Red Sox should just go nuts. Let it all hang out and make the last couple weeks somewhat memorable. I’m talkin free beer for the fans. Let Wally pitch. Replace the ball with a fresh-baked ham. Exploding bases. John Henry dickpunch booth. Trot Nixon repairing fans’ cars in the outfield during games. Bullpens transformed into the Sam ..read more
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Triston Casas Joins Elite Group of Red Sox Banana Enthusiasts
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by Red
4M ago
In my opinion, one of the more enduring images from last night’s Red Sox game wasn’t Triston Casas’ first major league home run (or his struggles extracting his oversized frame from the home run cart). Nor was it the awkward visual of Rays mascot DJ Kitty trying to negotiate with the fan who caught the home run ball (even though it packed a year’s worth of cringe into two minutes). To me, it was the sight of Casas munching on a banana shortly after launching said homer. I’ve never been much of a fruit guy myself (in fact, there isn’t a lot of anything I consume that someone might consider “he ..read more
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The 2022 Red Sox Refuse to Die and I Cannot Quit Them
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by Red
5M ago
Around 10:00 tonight, with the Red Sox flailing and looking to drop the first game of this homestand against the Rangers, I tweeted that I was starting to get a string feeling that this might not be the Red Sox’ year. Then I finished my fifteenth beer, put my pants back on, and left my local tavern to walk my ass home. By the time I returned to my place and turned on the telly, the Red Sox were putting the finishing touches on a four run ninth-inning and a walk-off win with the final nail powered by, of all people, Rob Refsynder. It was a dramatic victory in a season that has felt like a seri ..read more
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Red Sox Suddenly the Hottest Last Place Team on the Planet
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by Red
6M ago
The haters will tell you the Boston Red Sox are in last place in the AL East and won’t sniff a drop of the playoffs come October. To them I flip the double bird and say sometimes all it takes is a spark to set a team off on a tear. The 2002 Red Sox may have had their spark tonight, as they came back with late-inning magic to walk one off against the Yankees. For those keeping score, this was the Sox’ second win in a row, and both wins came off AL East teams. By the time we got to the ninth, this one was shaping up to be a frustrating 2-1 loss. But then JD Martinez knocked in Xander Bogaerts t ..read more
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And Starring Chris Sale as Mr. Glass
Surviving Grady
by Red
6M ago
In news that is surprising yet unsurprising all at once, the Red Sox today announced that Chris Sale broke his wrist riding a bicycle, required surgery, and will be out for the remainder of the season. I won’t get into questions about how Sale managed to break his wrist riding a bike (unless of course he punched the bike for subpar performance) but it’s hardly a reason to lose one’s shit. Sale may be a fierce competitor, but he’s also a Man of Constant Injury. Most of us had written him off for the season anyway after he got smoked by a line drive in that broke his pinkie finger in July. This ..read more
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Derek Jeter Still Upset About the 2004 ALCS
Surviving Grady
by Red
6M ago
The good Lord knows that between the 1999 ALCS and the 2003 ALCS, the New York Yankees have done more damage to my soul than any woman I’ve ever gotten tangled up with. So it was morbidly gratifying to learn, in the latest episode of ESPN’s Jeter-centric series The Captain, that some former Yankees players are still haunted by memories of the 2004 ALCS, in which the Red Sox famously pulled off the greatest comeback in MLB postseason history. In a preview clip posted Twitter, folks like Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada wax rhapsodic about the weight they carried with them after that epic defea ..read more
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