Bobby Valentine ‘Very Excited’ About Upcoming Return To Fenway Park

This embed is invalid" /> Bobby V. will be back in The Bean this week. Bobby Valentine is scheduled to serve as an ESPN analyst for Wednesday night’s Boston Red Sox-Texas Rangers game at Fenway Park, according to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo. It’ll be Valentine’s first visit to Fenway since the Red Sox fired him as their manager following...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Did ESPN and the Boston courtiers spend the winter drinking Redsocks' Kool-Aid?

In this millennium, ESPN's broadcast booth has been a virtual Hebrew Home at Riverside - (I've been there; it's like a college campus!) - for homey and verbose ex-Redsock lug nuts.Terry Francona (2012) practically switched seats with Bobby Valentine (2011), and then there was Nomar Garciaparra (2010-13) and now the eternally bloody-socked Curtis Montague Schilling. Let's not forget...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

What in the world is Dan Shaughnessy talking about?

Bill Foley (@Foles74)Contributing WriterI had to read the paragraph again. And then a third time.Yes, he really wrote that. Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy wrote that the 2013 Red Sox championship season was “incredibly lucky and somewhat inadvertent.”Now, I have taken Doom-and-Gloom Dan with a grain of salt since he suggested Red Sox Nation should panic if the Red Sox...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Already?

  Denton here. One week away from Opening Day and I’ve decided to come out of my cave. My decision to embrace the whole hibernation thing was genius. Did I miss anything? How was the weather? At long last, real baseball is just around the corner. Don’t be discouraged by that dirty white **** on the ground, Mother Nature will take care of that soon enough. The boys will leave...
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March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Andrew Miller Benefited From Red Sox’s 2012: ‘Bobby V Was Good For Me’

Bobby Valentine’s disastrous one-year tenure as manager of the Boston Red Sox helped at least one player: Andrew Miller. Miller, who signed a four-year, $36 million contract with the New York Yankees over the offseason, looked like a first-round bust until Valentine converted the left-hander from a starter into a full-time reliever in 2012. That fact isn’t lost on Miller, who...
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

The Fringe: Secret To Golf Revealed & An Epic Pole Vault

Welcome to The Fringe, Back9Network’s daily feature to keep you up-to-date on the best stories happening in golf, social media and pop culture. College Golfer’s New Game Plan is Pure Genius Harvey Penick’s “Little Red Book,” Ben Hogan’s “Five Lessons,” John Daly’s “Golf My Own Damn Way” — three of the greatest golf instruction books of all time. What do they...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Worst to First to Worst to… First?

Fenway Park – Photo Credit – Chrissy R. 2013 seems like such a distant memory to the fans in Boston now as we approach Spring Training 2015, just less than 2 months away from now. The taste of victory and baseball supremacy has left the mouths of fans and the remaining members of the 2013 Red Sox World Champions squad. After the disaster that was 2012 and everybody in the 617...
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January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Larry Lucchino: Boston Red Sox As Hungry As Ever After 2014 Struggles

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox will never get used to the taste of defeat. Boston stumbled to a last-place finish in 2014, much to the organization’s chagrin. Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino is ready to turn the page and focus on building a contender. Losing simply isn’t acceptable for a franchise that has won three World...
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Gammonites phone in another gold glove to Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia, flashing the leather than won his 4th Gold Glove.I realize that under terms of the Secret Honorarium Agreement of 2014, the Yankee fan base is supposed to someday give a chair or cowboy boots to Dustin Pedroia, in a teary ceremony where Bobby Valentine rappels from the right field mezzanine - to pay back Boston for the great way they handled Derek Jeter's finale.And...
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

The Boston Red Sox Should Explore Upgrading at Manager

Bryce Brentz #73 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after striking out with the bases loaded against the New York Yankees during the last game of the season at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Mandatory Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images) The Boston Red Sox made a terrible mistake by overreacting in 2012 and replacing manager Terry Francona with Bobby Valentine. That desire to shake...
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October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Andrew Miller Revisited: Should Red Sox Pursue Reunion With Reliever?

The Boston Red Sox’s focus should be on finding the next Andrew Miller. Miller has been trending upward for three seasons. The summit of his incline will be a nice payday in free agency this winter. But while Miller deserves every cent he’s about to receive and the Red Sox need a left-handed reliever, the 29-year-old’s price tag should be enough for Boston to reconsider a potential...
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Torey Lovullo No Longer Candidate For Rangers’ Managerial Job

Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo will need to wait a little longer. Lovullo, who is looking to become a major league manager for the first time, confirmed to The Dallas Morning News on Monday that he no longer is a candidate for the Texas Rangers’ managerial job. Lovullo interviewed last week for the position vacated by Ron Washington, who resigned in September amid marital...
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Mets Bat Boy Moustakas Tearing It Up In Playoffs

Courtesy of Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press Mike Vorkunov of pointed out that the Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas is a former Mets bat boy. Now, he’s tearing up the 2014 postseason to the tune of .318/.348/.864/1.211 line. He’s also recorded four home runs in just six playoff games. Moustakas was a bat boy under Bobby Valentine‘s Mets regime. In a New York Times...
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October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 4 moments of the 2014 Boston Red Sox season

Jorge CamargoContributing writerPhoto by: Christopher EvansThis season has mercifully ended. After yesterday's loss to the Yankees, the Red Sox finished up with a 71-91 record with only two more winning games than the 2012 Bobby Valentine Squad. We all know that this season wasn't enjoyable in any single way. From the ugliness of injuries to Victorino to the departure of Jon Lester...
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September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox Shouldn't Pop Any Corks Over Next Win

No Sham-Pag-Knee For You!When (and if) the Red Sox win one more game it will signify that they have passed the Bobby Valentine Win Barrier of 69—brilliantly achieved in the 2012 season. However, to paraphrase Pulp Fiction's Winston Wolf, "Well, let's not start getting too excited quite yet." Indeed. Getting 70 wins the year after winning a World Series Championship is nothing to...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox Find Ray Of Sunshine; Pummel Tampa, 11-3

(Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)They sent out seven rookies last night and scored a ton of runs. Is this a portent of things to come in 2015? The Red Sox eviscerated the Rays on Wednesday 11-3—and in the process reduced their Bobby Valentine Magic Number to 1 with four games left. Garin Cecchini (first MLB HR), Xander Bogaerts (2-4, 3 RBIs) and Anthony Ranaudo ( 7 IP...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Rusney Castillo Displays Wheels, Other Notable Qualities

BOSTON — The Red Sox snapped a five-game home losing streak in a big way. The Red Sox downed the Tampa Bay Rays 11-3 on Wednesday at Fenway Park. It was Boston’s best offensive output since scoring 11 runs Aug. 26 against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The win was the Red Sox’s 69th of the season, pulling them even with Bobby Valentine’s 2012 squad, which finished...
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Memo To NOG: Cut 2015 Ticket Prices By 20%

There's one thing the NOG (New Ownership Group) can do to really demonstrate their "caring and concern" for the Red Sox fan base: cut 2015 ticket prices by 20%. As it is, Boston fans pay the highest ticket prices in all of baseball (average ticket: $52.32; total Fan Cost Index: $350.78). And for what? A team that might pass the 69-win threshold set by Bobby Valentine's 2012 legions...
Via FenwayNation
September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

3 Reasons to continue watching the 2014 Red Sox

Jorge CamargoContributing WriterAfter beating the the O's one last time for this season, the Red Sox currently hold a 68-88 record. Since the Bobby Valentine season ended with a 69-93 record, it seems very unlikely that this year the Red Sox will end with a worse record. After all, the 2014 squad did better that the 2012 Red Sox. Since the Red Sox are not making it to the playoffs...
Via RedSoxLife
September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Scarily Close To Not Passing Bobby V.

With 22 games left, the Red Sox only needed 9 wins to eclipse Bobby Valentine's magical 69 win plateau from 2012. Now there are only 10 games left—and they still need four more wins to hit 70. Can they do it? For the cipher-challenged out there, four wins out of ten translates to a .400 winning percentage. To this point in the season, the team is winning at a .434 clip, so, theoretically...
Via FenwayNation
September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Can Sox Get Nine Wins Over Last Twenty-Two?

Your 2014 Carmine Hose still need to win nine games to eclipse the Bobby Valentine Win Threshold of 69. Can they do it? They only have to win at a .409 clip—but do you really have a lot of confidence that they can even do that? Let's look at the remaining schedule. They have more than 50% of the games (12) at home. That's a good thing, right? Well, so far they are 29-40 at America...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Breaching The Valentine Line No Longer Easy

Before the Red Sox lost seven straight, it seemed like a cakewalk for them to surpass the 69-win threshold so valiantly put up by Bobby Valentine's 2012 squad. Now, not so much. With just 33 games left in this miserable season, they still need 14 wins to get to 70. That's a .424 winning pace—and they're currently winning at a .434 clip. Also, as we pointed out before, they are...
Via FenwayNation
August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The Road To Breaking The 'Valentine Curse'

Your 2014 Carmine Hose have 38 games left to play in this dismal season. In order to surpass the win total of the 2012 Boys of Bobby Valentine, they will have to take at least 14 of those games. Seems like a pretty easy task, right? Except the eight teams they will face until the end have a combined .537 winning percentage—and only one of those teams is under .500 (Tampa Bay)....
Via FenwayNation
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

When losing to the Cubs doesn’t hurt, it’s time for Mets to make a move

There’s no team that it’s okay to lose to yet if there’s one team that we should never accept defeat against – it’s the Cubs. They haven’t been to the World Series for 17 years before we played our first game. And the Mets’ franchise is over 50 years old. My wife’s grandmother is 103 and the Cubs have not won a World Series in her lifetime. You look up the definition...
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

John Farrell – Okay for Now

For the second time in three seasons, the Red Sox seem headed for a last-place finish. However, the circumstances are hardly the same. The 2012 group was managed by Bobby Valentine, who seemed totally unable to deal with the situation. He fought with players and coaches. His media relations were poor. His pitching coach was fired after three months. Dugout cameras seemed to show...
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August 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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