The year was 2006, and the Red Sox had a problem: Josh Bard could not catch Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball. So with a Wakefield start against the New York Yankees looming, the Red Sox struck a hasty April trade. They’d send Bard to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Wakefield’s longtime personal catcher, Doug Mirabelli, who had […] The post Massachusetts State Police wouldn’t...
May 01, 2016
If you were a conscious Red Sox fan in 2006, then you remember what unfolded when backup catcher Doug Mirabelli was traded back to Boston from the San Diego Padres. But you probably haven’t heard the story from everyone who was involved. The Hardball Times’ Tim Healey published an oral history of the trade Friday ahead of its 10-year anniversary, which comes on Sunday. In it...
Just a police escort away! So far, this year’s spring training has been a pretty routine mix of awesome and zany, from Mookie knocking baseballs all over Florida to Victorino taking on the Boston sports media and Ortiz laying down the steroid gauntlet. But it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. And now, unfortunately, somebody has. Word that Christian Vazquez is getting...
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