Found March 03, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Aaron Cook
TEAMS: Boston Red Sox
FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Aaron Cook sees the reminder every day. As he walks into the Red Sox clubhouse, the right-hander can't dodge the sight of the 2007 World Series banner draped over his side of the room. As a pitcher for the Rockies back then, Cook -- who was tabbed with the loss in the deciding Game 4 -- finished on the wrong side of history. Nearly five years removed from the crushing defeat, Cook said he has come to grips with the result. "It's not that bad," Cook said. "In Colorado, we had a really good run at...

The Varitek's don't like the A-Rod picture. I don't care.

Of all the things that Jason Varitek has done during his lengthy career with the Red Sox, none is more recognizable than jamming his catcher's mitt in the face of Alex Rodriguez.  And that's something that doesn't sit well with Jason, nor his father. Via “It wasn't something that you're proud of. We've been down this road talking with my kids...

Interview with Alex Hassan

Alex Hassan is a 23 year old outfielder who spent all last year playing for the Portland Sea Dogs. Hassan is a Massachusetts native who grew up in Milton. He was drafted by the Red Sox in the 20th round of the 2009 draft. Hassan has done nothing but impress since being drafted by the Sox. He is known for his excellent plate discipline and ability to grind out at bats. He received an...

Darnell McDonald Ready to Assist in Red Sox Outfield, Adjusting to Bobby Valentine's 'Shag-Free' Camp

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Darnell McDonald didn't train with any more urgency this offseason. When the outfielder first received word of Carl Crawford's wrist surgery in January, he didn't overthink the situation. The 33-year-old just kept his routine the same, patiently biding his time. "Every offseason, I try to put myself in the best situation to help contribute...

Northeastern Huskies vs. Boston Red Sox Exhibition Game

Time: 2:35 PM ET Northeastern Huskies Aaron Barbosa RF Tucker Roeder C Matt Miller LF Jon Leroux DH Pete Castoldi 2B Jason Roth 1B Ricky Salvucci 3B Oliver Hart SS Connor Lyons CF Boston Red Sox Jose Iglesias SS Jacoby Ellsbury CF Dustin Pedroia 2B Adrian Gonzalez 1B Jarrod Saltalamacchia C Darnell McDonald DH Ryan Sweeney RF Cody Ross LF Will Middlebrooks 3B Pitching: Jon Lester...

Alfredo Aceves Pitches for Red Sox to Kick Off Spring Training Season (Video)

Alfredo Aceves was largely the most important reliever on the Red Sox roster in 2011. The reliable pitcher threw some very meaningful innings for the Sox last season and hopes to work his way into the starting rotation this year. Aceves kicked off the spring training season for the Red Sox on Thursday with a "B-Game" against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers. The score...

Carl Crawford Suffers Minor Setback in Return From Wrist Surgery

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Another setback has slowed Carl Crawford's bid for a starting spot on Opening Day. After a few swings on Tuesday, the Red Sox outfielder sensed pain in his left wrist –– the same one that was surgically repaired in early January. He aggravated it more during bunting drills on Wednesday and will be shut down for a few days. "You're always concerned...

Jason Varitek Calls Red Sox His Family, Grateful for Keeping Him With Team for Life (Video)

Jason Varitek was extremely emotional in his retirement speech on Thursday, expressing his utmost gratitude and appreciation for the Red Sox organization. Varitek reached out to the owners of the Red Sox during his address, telling John Henry, Larry Lucchino and Tom Werner just how much spending his entire career in Boston truly meant to the 15-year veteran. Check out the video above...

Report: Theo Epstein Wants to Limit Cubs' Partying, Nightlife

Well, it looks like another Major League Baseball team is out to limit alcohol and its effects on performance. As newly crowned Chicago Cubs president, Theo Epstein wants his players to get a good night's rest before each game. After all of the news that came out regarding the Red Sox clubhouse this offseason, it seems only fitting that Epstein would impose some sort of regulation...

Yanks- Red Sox Won’t Be the Same Again

When it was announced that Bobby Valentine would be the new manager of the Red Sox, I wrote how this would “spice up” the rivalry with the Yankees. Although we saw some of that in action this week with the comments Valentine made about Derek Jeter (’01 flip) and Alex Rodriguez (Varitek brawl), don’t be fooled into thinking this will ever return to the cold war days of 2003...

Actual Baseball on TV Tonight

There are two games today; the second is televised.Pitching: Felix Doubront, Junichi Tazawa, Doug Mathis, Chorye Spoone.Nick Punto will play second. Pedroia will start the first game, whivh is not being covered.

Most folks who can retire at 39 are very happy. Jason Varitek is not one of those folks

Former Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek retired yesterday. Crying like you would if you could retire at 39. Every time you check your email, think -- gotta check Bob's Blitz. Follow us on... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Liriano pitches two scoreless innings in SS loss

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Josh Beckett pitched two scoreless innings and Lars Anderson hit a grand slam, leading manager Bobby Valentine and the Boston Red Sox to an 8-3 victory over a Minnesota Twins split squad in their spring training opener Sunday. Beckett gave up one hit with two strikeouts for Boston, which beat Northeastern 25-0 and Boston College 6-3 Saturday in exhibition...

To the Moon

In a nice coda to Jason Varitek's classy, low-key departure, the Future (it's always about the Future) had something to say during a meaningless B game. Buster Olney ‏ @Buster_ESPNRyan Lavarnway with a moonshot homer to left with two outs in the first. This is not to say that the future has been determined, but it's a good reminder that change is good and necessary...
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