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My Dog Ate My… Baseball?

According to Jonathan Papelbon, his dog, Boss, ate the baseball he used to strike out Colorado’s Seth Smith and complete the Red Sox sweep in this year’s world series.

I wonder if he made his pitching face at the dog when he found out.

(Via mlb.com)

Home is Where The Wins Are

Congratulations to the Celtics for starting the season 12-0 at home. They tied a franchise record last night that was set by the 1983-84 Celtics with a 104-82 win over the Bucks last night.

No Current Red Sox on the Mitchell Report

Not that we thought there would be, but it’s nice to know for sure. For those who don’t know, the Mitchell Report is a report on an investigation in to steroid use in Major League Baseball by former Senator Majority Leader George Mitchell.

I quickly searched for Red Sox and though the name came up many times, nothing about current players. Some former players mentioned include Roger Clemens and Mo Vaughn.

My biggest annoyance with the report?

When the Boston Red Sox were considering acquiring Gagné, a Red Sox official made specific inquiries about Gagné’s possible use of steroids. In a November 1, 2006 email to a Red Sox scout, general manager Theo Epstein asked, “Have you done any digging on Gagne? I know the Dodgers think he was a steroid guy. Maybe so. What do you hear on his medical?” The scout, Mark Delpiano, responded,

“Some digging on Gagne and steroids IS the issue. Has had a checkered medical past throughout career including minor leagues. Lacks the poise and commitment to stay healthy, maintain body and re invent self. What made him a tenacious closer was the max effort plus stuff . . . Mentality without the plus weapons and without steroid help probably creates a large risk in bounce back durability and ability to throw average while allowing the changeup to play as it once did . . . Personally, durability (or lack of) will follow Gagne . . .”

If Theo knew this was an issue why did he sign the man who became the bane of our late season relief?

Update: Statement from the Red Sox

Gagne Declines Salary Arbitration

Eric Gagne has finally lived up to his job title and Sox fans everywhere can breathe a big sigh of relief. According to this, the reliever has declined the team’s offer for salary arbitration making it highly unlikely that we’ll see him back in a Red Sox uniform. The fine print still says the Sox have the option of signing him, but something tells me we’re in the clear.

Thanks for taking one for the team, buddy!

And the most important news of the day

Free agent and World Series MVP Mike Lowell will remain with the Red Sox for three more years.

Sunday Sports Wrapup

Two bad, one good, not a great Sunday :(

The Patriots played almost perfectly in Buffalo Sunday night. The final was 56-10. I guess going for it twice on 4th down may be considered running up the score some, but hey, just playing the best we can.

The Celtics has their unbeaten streak come to an end on Sunday night in Orlando. The Magic held on to beat the Celtics by 2. Early in the game the Celtics were down by 20 and made a huge comeback, but fell just short in the end (and I’m not so sure I liked Pierce taking a 3 as the last shot, why not just get the 2 and go to OT?)

Last, the Revolution lost to Houston for the MLS Cup. Final score was 2-1. Congratulations to the Revolution for making it to the Cup two years in a row. (Sadly, they have lost both years).

Two Football Games on Sunday

One of each kind!

At noon tomorrow, we have our New England Revolution playing the Houston Dynamo for the 2007 MLS Cup. The game is down at RFK Stadium in Washington DC. You will be able to watch it on ABC starting at noon. If the Revs win, it will be Boston’s second major sports championship in 3 weeks!

Then, at 8:15PM, the most hated team in the NFL (and damned proud of it), our 9-0 New England Patriots hit the field in Buffalo against the 5-4 Bills. This game will be on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. This was changed due to this week starting the flex schedule in the NFL.

If you don’t already love the Red Sox

I will give you yet another reason. The Red Sox had Danny Vinik throw out the first pitch last night. If you can’t quite place that name, he is the kid who grabbed a foul ball which changed game 2 versus the Angels. Now that is a team giving its fans their due :)

One Down!

Thanks to an amazing pitching performance from Josh Beckett (108 pitch complete game) and some HRs from Youk and Papi, the Red Sox took Game One of the ALDS. Great job guys!

Time to Rally!

The rally celebrating the Boston Red Sox first AL East Championship in 12 years will begin at 4PM this afternoon in City Hall (as opposed to Fenway Park like it has been the last 2 times). Both The Standells and the Dropkick Murphys will be playing the event. There are some traffic and parking closings in the City Hall area today, so make sure to avoid the area.

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