Things I’ve Said Before Red Sox Spring Trainings: A Brief History of Delusion

I’m the first to admit that days buried under piles of winter snow can make a man crazy. As evidence, I’ll submit some of the spring training prognostications I’ve made over the last 25 years or so. While at first glance they may look like the ramblings of a guy who’s taken leave of his senses, I prefer to think of them as proof that hopes springs pretty ******* eternal...
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February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Martinez’s Hall of Fame induction brought out his best

On Tuesday, Pedro Martinez was one of four players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. After the announcement, Pedro made an appearance on MLB Network. After a relatively basic interview with Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, Ron Darling, and Bob Costas, Kevin Millar jumped into the fray, and Pedro had no issues having some fun with his former teammate. Ignoring Millar’s offensive...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Martinez: Nolan Ryan, Bret Saberhagen Were My Heroes Growing Up (Video)

Pedro Martinez is a hero to many, but even the Boston Red Sox great has a select few pitchers that he grew up admiring. The three-time Cy Young and eight-time All-Star was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame — along with Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio — with 91.1 percent of the vote in his first year on the ballot. Shortly after the announcement was made Tuesday...
January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Millar, John Lackey Rock Cowboy Hats At NFC Wild Card Game (Photo)

Kevin Millar and John Lackey made their NFL allegiances pretty clear Sunday. The two former Boston Red Sox went to the NFC Wild Card Game in Dallas between the Cowboys and the Detroit Lions, and they wore some sweet cowboy hats to show their support. They even ran into fellow Cowboys fan and former Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster, who elected to wear something much more subtle. ...
January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Dream Job: Acquired!

I’ve been sitting on some pretty big news for a while now. About two weeks ago, I went to Secaucus, New Jersey for a job interview at MLB Network – and I was offered the job! I couldn’t be more excited to start – this is everything I worked for in graduate school, and everyone I met when I was down there as extremely friendly and welcoming. Perhaps the most exciting part...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Network announces offseason plans

The MLB offseason is upon us (BOOOOOOO), and that means MLB Network needs to kick into offseason mode. But even without live games on the slate, there will be plenty of live programming this fall and winter on the network. There will be five and a half hours of live studio programming (to start) beginning on Monday, November 3rd. Hot Stove returns for a third season, and will be...
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November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Trot Nixon: I’ll Never Forget Playing For Boston Red Sox Fans (Video)

Boston fans never will forget Trot Nixon. The former Red Sox outfielder never will forget them, either. Nixon joined host Chris Rose and former teammate Kevin Millar on MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk” this week as the Red Sox celebrated the 10th anniversary of their 2004 World Series win. The topics ranged from Boston’s epic title run to Nixon’s clutch heroics. Nixon spent...
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s 2004 World Series Win Changed Life As Boston Fans Knew It

Joe Castiglione’s famous call still stands. Can you believe it? The Red Sox broke the Curse of the Bambino and won their first World Series since 1918 exactly 10 years ago Monday. The triumph not only ended a stretch of intense playoff futility. It changed life as Boston fans knew it. Back in 2004, the phrase “We believe” was tossed around with regularity. A more accurate rallying...
October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Clutch Hits, Long October Games Highlight 2004 Boston Red Sox Season

It’s hard to believe, but a decade has passed since the Boston Red Sox broke the Curse of the Bambino and won their first World Series since 1918. Since then, Boston fans have been spoiled with two more World Series championships and the attitude toward the Red Sox has changed from a team that always found a way to lose, to a strong organization that has won the most championships...
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

That Time Kevin Millar Predicted the Future

Before The Steal there was The Walk, Kevin Millar’s improbable base on balls against Mariano Rivera that help fit Dave Roberts for his Superman cape. But before The Walk there was The Speech, Millar’s “don’t let us win tonight” oration which is also ten years old this week. At the time, it seemed nothing more than an attempt to keep his teammates’ spirits up and deflect...
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October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

"You cannot let the Sox win today." 10th Anniversary of the 2004 ALCS. Game 4.

Jorge CamargoContributing WriterPhoto by GettyOctober 10th, 2004, the Red Sox are one inning away of being swept by the Yankees... an even more dramatic story than the one that happened a year ago. Little did Massachusetts know, that this game would end up being the beginning of the end of The Curse. Being an inning away from being swept, they ended up winning the World Series 17...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Ten Years After: Dave Roberts' Watershed Steal

It can't possibly have happened a decade ago. But, re-checking our trusty FN WayBack Machine, it appears that the Dave Roberts Steal was exactly ten years ago today—although technically, it happened after midnight. As one of the privileged 34,826 who attended the 5 hour and 2 minute contest, I can safely state that it was the most thrilling sporting event I ever witnessed in person...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Red Sox Hurler Ryan Dempster Retires

Ryan DempsterHe is Kevin Millar's best buddy. He does a wicked impersonation of Harry Caray. And, he saved the Red Sox $13.5 million last year. Those items—and the fact that he's retiring from baseball—are the things you need to know about Ryan Dempster. The 37-year old made his retirement official yesterday—ending a very good 16-year career for four teams, including the Red...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Roddick & Reiter Podcast: Bill calls in from his new second home, LeBron's Cleveland

Andy Roddick is joined by Kevin Millar to put Derek Jeter's final game in the Bronx in perspective. They take a look at how Jeter was viewed by his baseball peers, his all-time great career exit and his endearing class. Plus, Bill reports from a very eventful Cavs media day in Cleveland.
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September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Kevin Millar: Yankees’ Derek Jeter Calm Like Tom Brady, Joe Montana

It would be accurate to say Derek Jeter is the quarterback of the New York Yankees. Jeter has long been one of the Yankees’ best players, a true leader and someone capable of taking charge whenever he steps between the white lines. The Yankees captain also has a propensity for rising to the occasion when the lights shine brightest, causing former Boston Red Sox first baseman and...
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Kane County Cougars Are Champions!

The Chicago Cubs Class A affiliate team, the Kane County Cougars, are champions of the Midwest League. The Cougars beat out the Lake County Captains Saturday, earning Kane County its first Midwest League championship since 2001. The Cougars, champions of the Western Division, beat the Captains, the Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, 7-2 to complete the sweep at Classic...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Kevin Millar Understands Rusney Castillo’s Reported Contract With Red Sox

Kevin Millar understands where the Boston Red Sox are coming from. Millar, like everyone else, doesn’t know for sure whether Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, who reportedly agreed to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with the Red Sox, will become a good Major League Baseball player. But the former Red Sox first baseman and current MLB Network analyst doesn’t blame the Red...
August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Kevin Millar: Manny Ramirez, Roger Clemens Deserve Hall Of Fame Nods

Former Boston Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez said Thursday that he thinks Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds deserve Hall of Fame consideration based on their numbers before any performance-enhancing drug allegations arose. Kevin Millar shares a similar belief. Millar said Friday on WEEI’s “Middays with MFB” that players shouldn’t be kept out of the Baseball Hall of Fame because of...
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: A’s Player Mocks MLB Network Hosts, NBA Officiating

Oakland Athletics player Stephen Vogt did his best stand-up performance in a recent segment on MLB Network with co-hosts Kevin Millar and Chris Rose. And the results were as expected…pretty darn hilarious.  Vogt even went as far as penalizing Rose for his signature pink shirt. Always a character, Jonny Gomes said that he was crying like a baby the very first time Vogt pulled...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The Surviving Grady Red Sox Podcast: Talking to People About 2004 With Guest Amara Grautski

In our continuing series of podcast chats on the topic of 2004 and how it defined — and continues to define — Red Sox Nation, we are joined for this episode by Amara Grautski, writer and online sports editor for the New York Daily News. In addition to valuable insight from the other side of the 2004 coin (the Yankees side), we discuss Kevin Millar, booze, prayer as a scoundrel’s...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Kevin Millar: ‘Writing Is On The Wall’ For Red Sox To Become Sellers

The Boston Red Sox’s hot streak is over, the woes are back in full effect and the 2014 season is beginning to look like a lost cause. The Red Sox, who won eight of nine after struggling for most of the first half, entered Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field having lost three in a row. Former Red Sox first baseman and current MLB Network analyst Kevin Millar...
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Carlos Gomez dressed as a Ninja Turtle during a Mark Reynolds interview

During Thursday’s edition of Intentional Talk on MLB Network, Carlos Gomez dressed up as Leonardo of the Ninja Turtles and trolled Mark Reynolds during his interview with Kevin Millar and Chris Rose. For as bombastic as Gomez is on the field, he’s an absolute riot outside of game situations. Now, go ahead and insert your jargon about NOT RESPECTING THE GAME here.
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Carlos Gomez dressed as a Ninja Turtle during a Mark Reynolds interview

During Thursday’s edition of Intentional Talk on MLB Network, Carlos Gomez dressed up as Leonardo of the Ninja Turtles and trolled Mark Reynolds during his interview with Kevin Millar and Chris Rose. For as bombastic as Gomez is on the field, he’s an absolute riot outside of game situations. Now, go ahead and insert your jargon about NOT RESPECTING THE GAME here.
Via The Outside Corner
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Has it Really Been 10 Years Since That Varitek/A-Rod Brawl?

Tuesday night, after the Red Sox **** the bed in somewhat predictable fashion, leaving an unsettling number of runners in scoring position just 24 hours after scoring 14 runs, I calmly shut off my TV, emptied my last beer, checked my scraggy face in the mirror and said, “Ah, we’ll get ‘em tomorrow.” Then I had to catch myself. Optimism? On the heels of a Red Sox loss? From...
Via Surviving Grady
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

D-Backs prospect Andrew Velazquez makes minor league history

(Photo credit: Arizona Diamondbacks infield prospect Andrew Velazquez made minor-league history on Sunday during the South Bend Silver Hawks game against the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Though it happened in Single-A, the young shortstop reached base for the 72nd consecutive game, a remarkable feet at any level of professional baseball. South Bend Silver Hawks manager Mark...
Via Phoenix Sports-Kings
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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