Roger Angell is the greatest of all baseball writers.
Today, the game has recognized the fact. This July, along with Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, and Tony La Russa, Roger
will be celebrated in Cooperstown, New York, the site of the Hall of Fame. He will receive the J. G. Taylor Spink Award,
which has previously gone to the likes of Grantland Rice
, Red Smith
, Ring Lardner
, and Damon Runyon
. [more inside]
Fenway Park, in Boston, is a lyric little bandbox of a ballpark. Everything is painted green and seems in curiously sharp focus, like the inside of an old-fashioned peeping-type Easter egg. It was built in 1912 and rebuilt in 1934, and offers, as do most Boston artifacts, a compromise between Man's Euclidean determinations and Nature's beguiling irregularities.
So wrote John Updike in his moving tribute to Red Sox legend Ted Williams
-- an appropriately pedigreed account for this oldest
and most fabled
of ballfields that saw its first major league game
played one century ago today
As a team in flux
hopes to recapture the magic with an old-school face-off
against the New York
Yankees, it's hard to imagine the soul of the Sox faced the specter
not too long ago. Now legally preserved
, in a sport crowded with corporate-branded superdome behemoths, Fenway abides
, bursting with history
, record crowds
, and occasional song
. [more inside]
The Boston Globe's Bob Hohler gets to the bottom of the Red Sox's epic collapse:
Inside are tales of alienated potential MVP candidates, pitchers playing video games and eating take out chicken and biscuits instead of being in the dugout, and older players chasing statistical glory.
After beating the Texas Rangers on Sept. 3, the Boston Red Sox were 84-54. Although half a game behind the Yankees in the American League East, the Red Sox had a nine-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays for the wild card and roughly a 99.6 percent chance of making the playoffs.
Fast forward one excruciating month
to a dead heat with Tampa coming into tonight's bitter imbroglio. Boston struggles ahead of laughingstock Baltimore by a single run until a rain delay clears the field, leaving them in the surreal position of rooting for the hated Yankees
playing down in Florida. They can only watch from the sidelines as the rival Rays, tied with Boston in the pennant race but down 7-0 against New York, roar back to life with six runs in the eighth inning and a tie run on the final pitch at the bottom of the ninth
. And then, after blowing two different strikes that would have salvaged the game, Boston loses to Baltimore
, completing what is arguably the worst late-breaking collapse in the history of major league baseball
Red Sox "Nation"
After the Boston police take full responsibility for the killing of a student
at the ALCS celebrations on Wedensday night/Thrusday morning, the Mayor takes aim at thugs
and threatens bans on alcohol sales, bars showing the series in the city, and expulsion of students. The city wants more police presence at the World Series. Many news reports refer to mayhem and riots, but "video footage from the scene showed large crowds but no sign of rioting."
the face of the new Sox?
Underdog to NY Yankees --> "Who's YOUR Daddy
Resistant-bacteria reports cause alarm
Another good reason to avoid Fenway Park and the Redsox
Goodbye Trust (Hello Shyster?)
After 60+ years of Yawkey ownership and a year's worth of politicking, the Red Sox
have been sold to a group
headed by the current Florida Marlins owner
and the man
who presided over a fire sale
as owner of the Padres (and is pals
). The local heroes dropped out of the group
today after a spat. The new owners' remaining local talent consists of former senator George Mitchell
and Les Otten, a man who had trouble making money in the ski business. And staying out of trouble
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times....
for Boston Red Sox fans. This story from espn.com's Page 2 about Game 6 of the 1986 World Series is well-written and fills me with sympathy and empathy for Sox fans. See, as a Yakee fan, I was rooting against them at the time, but I feel sorry for them now. What a cruel punishment that game must have been. So close, and yet so far. (Please pardon my sports digression and shameless use of cliches.)
Fan summits Everest, burns Yankee cap
This is what I call a real fan. I tip my hat. (only a redsox fan can understand)