Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Patriots 2007: To runneth or not runneth uppeth thy score

So, Super Bowl 41.5 is set for Sunday at the RCA Dome between the undefeated Patriots and Colts. Clearly, the 8-0 Pats and the 7-0 Colts are in the NFL's hierarchy at the moment. Everyone else is just playing second fiddle when it comes to these two. After all, the Colts are the defending Super Bowl Champions, having won 12 in a row. As for the folks from Foxboro, New England is fresh off completing a record-setting eight game stretch, outscoring opponents by double-digits in every outing thus far this season. And let's be honest, it hasn't even been that close.

Yet, with this epic match-up this Sunday, what are we talking about? That's right, we're talking about running up the score. Did the Pats run it up the last three weeks on the Cowboys, Dolphins and Redskins? In all honesty, I say no. I don't believe in running up the score when you play pro sports. If you don't like what your foe is doing, do something about it.

What I do believe in is class however. I don't think you should be throwing the ball on fourth and two when you're up by 45 points (45-0 to be exact) and less than eight minutes left in the game as the Pats did against the Redskins. You can just as easily hand the ball off and show some dignity and respect for the game.

I'm not saying the Pats should've just laid down gauntlet and given the ball to the Redskins. But you can act like you've won a game before. Have some class and not strive for a 33rd first down that leads to a Matt Cassel touchdown scramble. Heck, at that point, just put Tom Brady back in the game. No wait, that happened in the Miami game when Cassel threw a pick for a touchdown to draw the Dolphins to within 14 points until Brady led the boys on another td romp upon his return to the game. At least in that instance, you could make a case for the modicum belief that Miami might actually make a game of it and after all, every head coach including the Messiah, Bill Belichick is always paranoid.

Remember, this stuff goes in cycles and yes, even the mighty Patriots will soon be on the other end of some of these scores. So, with that in mind, I leave it very clear on how I stand on running up the score.

You want to leave your qb in the game well into the fourth quarter. Feel free, but just remember, the risk reward scales fail to come up in your favor should you lose Mr. Brady with a 30 point lead.

You want to continue to run your offense, feel free. Just don't throw the ball on fourth down with a 30 or 40 point edge.

And if you want to snub your nose at the rest of the NFL after "videogate" earlier this year, feel free. Just beware of the big 'ol bullseye on your chest, because it just got a heck of a lot bigger now.

Now, can we just talk about the game now......

Monday, October 29, 2007

Why I don't want Alex Rodriguez on my team

Ok, here it is in black and white. I don't want Alex Rodriguez on my team. Period. And here's why...point by point:

1)What has he won? Now heading towards his fourth team, the Mariners and Rangers were all better when he left them. As for the Yankees, you can make the case that if they use their money wisely in some pitching, they will be a more productive squad too. Can you really say that he'll make the World Champion Red Sox more improved? I say not.

2)Can you justify $30 million dollars coming to Boston? In the business model the Sox look at in addition to baseball ops, A-Rod will not put one more fanny in the Fenway seats. It will not draw one more viewer to NESN than say, Clay Buchholz, who will cost you roughly $29.5 million less.

3)Is A-Rod more clutch than Mike Lowell? Needless to say, I tend to believe that when you need a run in say, game 4 of a big series, Lowell gets it in, like he did in games two and four of the World Series. The same can not be said of Mr. Rodriguez, who as we all remember, failed to drive home a run from third base in game 4 of the ALCS vs. the Sox that would've sealed their fate and created no such comeback for the Idiots.

4)Respect. First off, why was A-Rod not in Denver Sunday night to collect his award from Hank Aaron? Prince Fielder was there. It was because Alex knew his agent would leak the news that A-Rod was opting out of his Yankee deal later that night and he didn't want to face the music in person. There's no respect for his fellow teammates, fellow teams or the game itself.

5)Me, me, me, me, me! It's always been just about A-Rod and never about the team.

6)Would you rather have Mike Lowell and a quality pitcher for $30 million or would you rather have A-Rod? Pitching and clutch hitting wins championships. Two in the last four years for Boston if you're couting at home.

In all, A-Rod just rubs me the wrong way. He might have the records and be the best regular season player on the planet. But as for me, I'd rather enjoy the ride to another title without him.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Sox on verge of a sweep

Count me as one of the ones that was truly surprised that the Rockies did not take game 3 last night. Now, it's not that I don't have faith in my Red Sox, I just figured that game 3 was their best chance for a win in the series since I picked Boston in 5. But, the fact that Josh Fogg couldn't get anyone out in the 3rd did them in as well as not capitalizing on Matt Holliday's 3-run hr to bring them to 6-5. The Rockies just handed back three runs and the game.

So, now it's onto tonight's game four and the great unknown. Jon Lester hasn't started a postseason game ever. Aaron Cook hasn't pitched since August 10th. If you're writing the Hollywood script, it's a no-brainer. The Comeback Kid from the Pacific Northwest pitches the game of his life and completes the remarkable season, coming back from cancer and gives the Sox their second championship (and second sweep) in four years.

As for MVP, where do you go? Lots of choices here. Josh Beckett for being dominant in game one and would be a lock if the series goes five and he pitches the clincher. Jonathan Papelbon for closing the door so far in games three and four. Dustin Pedroia, who's gone 5 for 14 and a .357 clip while playing solid defense at 2B is a good candidate. Jacoby Ellsbury is a longshot despite now hitting .417 in the series. And how about the unlikely choice of JD Drew who's hit .455 (5 for 11) in the series and has been red hot since game 6's grand slam in the ALCS.

Of course, I'm getting ahead of myself, but that's what we do. We tend to look ahead.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

World Series Game 3 Random Thoughts

A few things to think about going into tonight's Game 3 of the World Series between the Red Sox and Rockies...

* - Isn't it about time the leagues get on the same page when it comes to the rules? Why penalize the Red Sox for a style of play that they've used all season long, including two rounds of the playoffs. It's a distinct, competitive advantage for the Rockies that the Sox have to sit Kevin Youkilis, arguably one of the hottest hitters right now. Tonight, at least to start, he's relagated to bench duty as David Ortiz plays 1st and Mike Lowell's at 3B with no DH at Coors Field.

* - 8:40pm first pitch? What 11:05pm wasn't available?

* - I do think the Rockies get the lift tonight from being back in familiar surroundings. If there's one game I give them the edge in, it's this one. Manager Clint Hurdle is promising line-up changes as his offense has struggled to the tune of just one run in each of the team's first two losses. Dice-K Matsuzaka is in another "show-me" start, which means better than his 5.65 ERA in the postseason. Josh Fogg fave up just 2 runs in his win over the Sox earlier this season.

* - When is our first Alyssa Milano sighting at the Series? Can't wait.

* - If you're Josh Beckett, which "ex" do you party with after winning the Series and possibly, a second MVP? Danielle Peck, Leann Tweeden or Alyssa Milano. Can anyone say foursome?

* - Thank you Jacoby Ellsbury for the free taco.

* - Curt Schilling is on a mission: it's called Cooperstown.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

World Series Game 2: Deja Vu all over again...

Hey, haven't we been here before? That's the case of the Boston Red Sox this Thursday heading into game 2 of the World Series against the Rockies. The ace, Josh Beckett has just handed them a 1-0 series edge with yet another dominating performance (7IP, 1R, 9K's) and now it's Curt Schilling heading to the hill for game 2 and a matchup with an very heralded up and comer. Against the Indians, it was Fausto Caromona. This time versus the Rox, it's Ubaldo Jimenez, he off the 100mph fastball and 70mph off-speed stuff that keeps hitters with weakening knees.

The question again for Sox nation is what Schilling we'll get. Will it be the guy who was on shaky ground for the first three innings against the Indians in game 6 and for 4 and 2/3 in game 2 or will it be the guy who settled down with a 9-1 lead to hold the Indians at bay forcing a game 7 of the ALCS.

My bet is that in what will more than likely be Curt in the car's last Fenway start for the Sox, Schilling will shine. This one's been going around in his mind for days now. He knows the urgency of the situation, the history of the event and yes, the monetary conatations it might hold for him next season as a free agent.

The Rox are still stunned from last night's 13-1 rout fueled by Beckett and the Sox offense, a World Series record for runs in game one. The look of disbelief on their faces abounds.

Can they rebound? I'm sure they can and put forth the good effort tonight. Yet, when all is said and done, another chapter in Schilling's epic Red Sox story will be written and Coors Field will await with a 2-0 series advantage.

Here's one for you Rockies fans!

In the wake of Boston's 13-1 thrashing of the Rockies in Game 1 of the World Series last night at Fenway Park, I give you Blake Shelton...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Sox vs. Rox - the prediction

Yes, Colorado, there actually is a World Series. After eight days off, the Rockies will finally set foot on the beloved grass at Fenway Park to start World Series 2007 against the Boston Red Sox. Let the questions begin...

Will the lay-off hurt the Rockies? Yes, it will. Not so much because of the momentum of it all. Winning 21 of 22 is quite a feat, don't get me wrong, but momentum in baseball goes as far as the next day's starting pitcher. Unfortunately for the Rox, the Red Sox start Josh Beckett, the most dominating pitcher in the game right now, in game one. That kills any momentum the Rox have going in. And yes, I don't really care about the six runs that Beckett gave up back in June in the Rockies win at the Fens. I don't really care that Beckett is 4-1 against Colorado in his career. It's about the here and now and right here and now, Beckett trumps Jeff Francis in game one.

Will the Red sox miss Tim Wakefield? Not really. I say this because in my opinion this will be, at best, a five game series and that means Beckett pitches two wins and closes it out in game 5. Jon Lester and the bullpen will be fine in game four given the fact that you didn't know what you would get from Wakefield in the first place.

Biggest obstacle for the Red Sox: How do fit three pegs in two spots. When the series shifts to Colorado starting with game 3, the Sox have to figure what to do with David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis and Mike Lowell. Ortiz is your co-stud, along with Manny Ramirez, so even with that ailing knee, he's going to play at least two games at first. That means Terry Francona has to manage his way through Youkilis and Lowell at third and trying to keep their hot, clutch bats in the series while away from Fenway. My guess is that along the three games in Coors Field, each guy sits one game.

Biggest obstacle for the Rox: The beginning and end. Facing Beckett twice is a task and right now the end of the Boston bullpen is untouchable with Hideki Okajma and Jonathan Papelbon closing the door.

Line-ups: both are potent with the Rox having a slight edge up and down the order with 5 guys driving in at least 90 runs this season. If the Sox lower part of the line-up (Jason Veritek, Jacoby Ellsbury, Julio Lugo) continues to get on as they did in games 6 and 7 of the ALCS against the Indians, this one could get ugly for the Rox.

My prediction: Sox in 5 and wouldn't be surprised if it's a sweep. It may be the first time I actually agree with John Kruk from ESPN!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Game 7 tonight

One game. Nine innings. Twenty-seven outs. All to get one win in hopes of keeping the dream alive.

That's what is at stake tonight for the Red Sox and the Indians in game 7 of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park. In game 6 last night, everything worked for Boston. Sticking with JD Drew paid off huge dividends in the very first inning, taking a 3-1 dead red fastball into the centerfield camera area for a grand slam and early 4-0 Sox lead. Then, with "Big game" Curt Schilling getting out of a two-on, none out jam in the top of the third, the Sox rewarded him with 6 for a 10-1 lead, a lead helped by rookie Jacoby Ellsbury, who scored his first ALCS runs as well as his initiail ALCS hit later in the game. Even Eric Gagne looked impressive in closing the door on Cleveland in the ninth for a 12-2 victory and a 3-3 series stance.

Gone is the 3-1 Cleveland edge in the series. Gone are their top two starters legend. The only way CC Sabathia or Fausto Carmona will make any difference in this series positively for the Indians is if they come in for relief on Sunday night. And if they do come in for relief, that may not be a good sign for Tribe fans.

Now, while Sox nation was confident with Schilling, who masterfully crafted seven innings without his best stuff, they are equally questionable about Diasuke Matsuzaka. They hope he does well, but his last several outings haven't given us that positive outlook we all crave. Can he do it? Absolutely. Will he do it? Tonight will show the true tale of his make-up.
As for Jake Westbrook, he pounded the strike zone to the tune of 14 first pitch strikes to the first 15 batters in game 3 to garner the 4-2 win over Dice-K. Can he do it again in a big spot, a win or go home game? He must if Cleveland has any chance of keeping this a game heading into the late innings.

Gut feeling: Fox will be happy with a Red Sox / Rockies World Series. Your thoughts?

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Schilling meets Grey's Anatomy

Did you miss this one? Meredith Grey meets Curt Schilling's bloody sock...

Game 6 tonight

So, here we are again. The Red Sox in need of a win or the season is over and the man on the mound is Curt Schilling. Yes, it's the man of bloody sock fame taking the ball again for Sox nation. But the question for Sox nation is which Schilling will we get? Will it be the Ace that shutout the Angels for seven innings while sweeping the Angels in the ALCS or will it be the haggered vet who couldn't get out of the fifth inning last start against the Indians. The answer to that question will go a far way in determining whether the Red Sox will extend the season to Sunday night and a winner-take-all game 7.

Of course, Schilling's performance isn't the only part of the equation. Fausto Carmona is also looking to rebound Saturday night. Last Saturday, he too did not make it out of the fifth, with his Indians eventually winning 13-6 in 11 innings. Now while Schilling was getting hit to the tune of a .313 avg by the Tribe, Carmona held the Sox in check to a .193 avg. His achilles however was the five free passes he gave the Sox that left him in a 5-4 hole.

Now, if you're looking for history in game 6's, there's a lot of good and one very bad memory. We all remember 2004 and the legendary heroics of Schilling forcing game 7 against the Yanks. Who could forget Carlton Fisk's 12th inning theatrics in the 1975 World Series to top the Reds? We would, however, like to forget the Buckner ball in 1986 against the Mets (even though I still profess that Rich Gedman should've stopped Bob Stanley's wild pitch preceding it).

The numbers are on the Boston side of the ledger as this is the seventh time the Red Sox have hit a game 6 down three games to two. In the previous six games, the Sox are 6-0 and have gone on to win the series three of those times. At Friendly Fenway, site of tonight's game 6, Boston is 4-0 with victories in the World Series in 1918, 1867, 1975 and an ALCS win in 1986 against the Angels.

So, keep it locked to the Score tonight to see if it the Sox will roll a lucky seven. Broadcast time on Sportsradio 99-7 and 7-90 the Score starts at 7:35pm with Jon Miller and Joe Morgan.

My gut feeling tells me they will and we'll be staring at game 7 with Dice-K on the mound Sunday night. Gulp! But, let's get to that when we get there right?

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Beckett Babe

Just in case you missed Josh Beckett's ex-babe, Danielle Peck do the National Anthem before Game 5 of the ALCS Thursday night, check her out here:

manny being Manny

Tough Thursday

Since this could be the end of the Red Sox season tonight in Cleveland should the hometown heroes not get it done behind Josh Beckett, I give you this flashback to 2004 Championship Season. Enjoy!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Game 3 tonight!

3pm: Game 3 of the ALCS tonight for the Red Sox in Cleveland. Full coverage here on the Score at 6:35pm followed by Game 4 of the NLCS as the Rockies try to clinch a spot in the World Series

Lineups for game 3:
Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
David Ortiz, DH
Manny Ramirez, LF
Mike Lowell, 3B
J.D. Drew, RF
Jason Varitek, C
Coco Crisp, CF
Julio Lugo, SS

Grady Sizemore, CF
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B
Travis Hafner, DH
Victor Martinez, C
Ryan Garko, 1B
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Kenny Lofton, LF
Trot Nixon, RF
Casey Blake, 3B

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Tug of war turns tragic

Sad story from Colorado where a pep rally turns tragic. Check it out:

Is it over yet?

Memo to baseball commish Bud Selig: don't start playoff games after 10pm in the East. Why you may ask? There are many benefits to the West Coast folks right? Sure, that's why I was able to fall asleep at 11:30pm Friday night during game 2 of the NLCS between the Rockies and Diamondbacks, get 3 hours of sleep and wake up in time for the end of the game in the 11th. The clock tolled 2:46am, eastern time when this one was over (3-2 Rockies for those of you who didn't stay up late!)

Is there really such a problem with going with the standard 4pm & 8pm starts? I think not. God forbid there's actually some day baseball in the postseason.

BTW: Saturday's ALCS game 2 start time for first pitch between the Red Sox and Indians: 8:21pm. That's right, won't be over until after Saturday night live's monologue on NBC. But that's alright, just listen to the Score while you lay in bed.

Now, that I'm off my high horse, what another dominating performance by Josh Beckett. Is there any question that the Red Sox should now bring him back for game 4? Six innings of four hit, 2 run work while striking out 7 and tossing just 80 pitches. Beckett vs. a less than 100% Tim Wakefield. Hmmmm, let me think about that for one second. Yes, Beckett will be throwing on three days rest, but I don't think there's a challenge Beckett can't handle at the moment. It allows you to throw Schilling in game 5 and Dice-K in game 6 on regular rest. And to boot, Beckett can come back to start game 7 on normal rest as well. Terry, are you listening?

Game 2 tonight at the Fens will be a classic. The prized vet vs. the up and comer. Schilling vs. Carmona. This is the one that's worried me since the ALCS match-up was made. Carmona has nasty stuff with his sinker and cutter matching his fastball. If anyone can slow down Ortiz and Manny (who got on base all 10 times Friday night), Carmona could be the guy. But don't cry for Schilling. Despite an uneasy 9-8 regular season record, Schill shut the Angels out for 7 innings to close out the ALDS. Pounding the strike zone is the key for success for Curt.

Should be a good one. Broadcast time on the Score is set for 7:35pm tonight. Don't forget, Brown football vs. Princeton at 12pm as well with Scott Cordischi and check out the Handicapper's Corner picks on our website:

Friday, October 12, 2007


OK, haven't had much time to post the past 24 hours, so here's your breakdown pitching wise:

Indians get the edge slightly due to Sabathia and Carmona pitching in four of the seven games, if the series goes the distance. The Indians also get the edge in set-up guys, but with Okajima and Papelbon at the end of Boston's pen, the Sox get the advantage here.

Game 1 tonight. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Continuing on...

Alrighty now...where were we?

Jason Veritek vs. Victor Martinez
This is the classic offense vs. defense matchup, although Veritek doesn't have horrible numbers vs. the Cleveland (.279 lifetime). Martinez hit .353 in the ALDS win over the Yankees and is lifetime .301 against the BoSox. For me at this time of the year, give me the guy who can handle the staff the best.
Advantage: Veritek

Left field:
Manny Ramirez vs. Kenny Lofton
Now, I'll agree with you that Lofton brings defense, speed and some offense to the dance, but let's be serious. Manny Ramirez may be the best right-handed hitter of my lifetime. He's now hit in 20 of 22 playoff games and has hit home runs in his last two games, including the walk-off Friday night in game 2 vs. the Angels.
Advantage: Ramirez

Center field:
Coco Crisp vs. Grady Sizemore
We love Coco, seeing he was a regular Thursday guest here on the Score. But, with 24 HR's and 33 steals this season, I'll give Grady the edge. He went 6 for 16 against the Yanks while Crisp eeked out only 2 hits in 10 at bats vs. the Angels. There is incentive though for Coco as the Indians are the team that traded him to Boston and he's looking to make a big splash with Jacoby Ellsbury looking over his shoulder to take his job in 2008.
Advantage: Sizemore

Right field:
JD Drew vs. Franklin Guttierez
Who would've thunk it? JD Drew getting the edge in the playoffs. Now, he's not getting the start in game 1 vs. CC Sabathia. That lucky assignment will go to Bobby Kielty, who is hitting over .300 against the lefty. But, Drew is hitting .360 in the LCS play, all in the National League. So, add that in with the platoon with Kielty and the extra added bonus that Ellsbury could be factored in here, I'll give the edge to JD over Guttierez, who hit .266 with 13 HR's in the regular season.
Edge: Drew

David Ortiz vs. Travis Haffner & anyone!
Do we really need to comment on this?
Edge: Ortiz

Pitching match-ups later in the day.

ALCS Breakdowns

With just one day until we get this ALCS party started between the Red Sox and Indians Friday night at Fenway Park, let's take a little time to break down the position by position battles for Boston and Cleveland.

1st Base
Kevin Youkilis vs. Ryan Garko
We all love "Youkie" here in Red Sox nation, but he's hit a little bit of a slide in the 2nd half. Defensively, he's rock solid so no worries there. Youkilis had a good ALDS against the Angels, going 4 for 12 with a home run in game one. Ryan Garko slapped the Yanks to the tune of a .364 average with a home run and 3 rbi's. Youk has the higher average vs. the Indians (.295 vs. .261) and is better defensively, so I'll give the slight edge to Youk.
Edge: Youkilis

2nd base
Dustin Pedroia vs. Asdrubal Cabrera
Pedroia is the rookie of the year. Both struggled in the ALDS as neither hit over .200. Given the fact that Pedroia hit .370 this season against the Indians, I'll give him the advantage.
Edge: Pedroia

3rd base
Mike Lowell vs. Casey Blake
No contest here as Mike Lowell has had an MVP like season for the Sox. He hit .333 in the ALCS sweep over the Angels and tuned the Indians at a .346 clip this year. Blake did hit 18 HR's in the regular season, but struggled against the Yankees in the ALDS, getting just two hits and against the Red Sox in the regular season (.217).
Edge: Lowell

Julio Lugo vs. Jhonny Peralta
This one boils down to what Jhonny Peralta will you get in this series. In the ALDS vs. the Yankees, Peralta smashed his way to a .467 avg yet against the Sox, he hit just .240 with no extra base hits. I'm gonna say Peralta continues to hit while Lugo maintains his steady pace.
Edge: Peralta

More later as Miss Abigail is waking from her morning nap!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Two minute drill

If you love the CBS hit show "How I Met Your Mother" and missed the last episode, check out the latest 2:00 drill!

Comeback Wednesday

I guess it's comeback Wednesday in the world of sports considering that "the Fountain of Youth" Vinny Testaverde is back in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers. Vinny was cut by the Patriots during the preseason.

Also making his way back is Allan Houston after a two-year hiatus due to a knee injury. He'll be making a return to the NBA with the NY Knicks.

Hump Day - Sox/Indians 2 days away

1:05pm Coming up today on the show, we'll continue the countdown to ALCS Game 1 between the Red Sox and Indians as well as take the pulse of Yankee nation. Plus, it's a big football hump day as BC's Jamie Silva (625pm) joins us along with Jay Glazer from Fox Sports (503pm), former Patriot Peter Brock (425pm) and of course, Zo Knows (445pm). It's all up at three on the Beat.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Up next: Sox vs. Indians

3pm See ya later Yanks! Yankees fans have their voice next on the show. Plus, we'll dissect the Red Sox/Indians ALCS matchup and Pats TE Benjamin Watson on the Beat!

Check out Miranda Lambert's "Famous in a smalltown"

and "Kerosene"

Monday, October 08, 2007

Monday at Tavern 12

2:44pm 15 minutes to show time and yes, the boys are live at Tavern 12 today to preview Game 4 ALDS Yankees vs. Indians. We'll have the game, of course, live on the Score after the Sportsbeat at 6:50pm. Coming up on the show, it's the Exta Point Football Show at 6pm with the Pats Lonnie Paxton plus, your calls on the Sox sweep, Yanks win and the Pats now 5-0 after Sunday's victory over the Browns.

4pm Line-ups for tonight's game 4 in NY:


4:25pm The 79 days of Christmas begins shortly right here on the Beat!

4:45pm Roger Clemens off the ALDS roster and replaced by Ron Villone. So, Clemens is out for the ALCS as well. He could return for the World Series.

Later this week on the show, Pats TE Benjamin Watson (Tuesday at 4:03pm) and ESPN's John Clayton (Thursday at 5:20pm).

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Game 2 ALDS Red Sox vs. Angels

With one swing from Manny Ramirez, the Red Sox head to the left coast with a 6-3 victory and a 2-0 series edge over the Angels in the ALDS. A tremendous ending to a grinding win for the hometown heroes is what we are left with on this very early Saturday morning. Take a listen to the postgame sound from the Sox and Angels below:

Friday, October 05, 2007

Sox/Yanks fan fight

Check out this story from WNBC-TV:

NEW YORK -- Two men attacked a Red Sox fan outside a Yonkers hotel Thursday night, beating him so badly he ended up in the intensive care unit, police said.
The incident began when the two victims, Carlos Ortez and Walter Ostromecki -- one of whom was wearing a Red Sox hat -- were in the bar of the Ramada Inn late Thursday night, according to police.

Suspects Duane Somers and Edward McConaughey made a comment about the Red Sox, leading to a heated exchange, police said.

The suspects allegedly followed the Red Sox fans out into the parking lot, where they attacked Ortez, who ended up in the in an intensive care unit with broken facial bones.
Ostromecki managed to get away.

Somers and McConaughey have been arraigned on assault charges.

Cubs fans have something to cheer about

So what if the Cubs are down 2-0 the Diamondbacks in the NLDS! They're heading back to Wrigley Field and that means fun!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

10 more to go!

Now that's what I call a dominate performance. You couldn't ask for anything more from the Red Sox in game one of the ALDS last night against the Angels at Fenway Park. Josh Beckett goes the distance in a thoroughly stellar outing, giving up just 4 hits and striking out 8 for the complete game shutout. Home runs by Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz powered the offense while Mike Lowell, Coco Crisp and Jacoby Ellsbury, who told me he had no nerves before the game, showed off the glovework to boot.

Now, after Thursday's day off, it's game two with Dice-K Matsuzake facing Kelvim Escobar. If there was a time for Dick-K to show us the superstar qualities he's brought over from Japan, this would be it. Forget the one-inning blow-up you usually have and the Sox could be heading to Anaheim just a Curt Schilling victory away from a sweep.

Sure, just in case of a Dice-K meltdown, the bullpen is stocked with Jon Lester the most likely candidate for long relief should there be early trouble.

Thursday's games on the Score:
5:50pm Game 1 ALDS Yankees at Indians followed by Game 2 NLDS Cubs at Diamondbacks with Arizona looking to go 2-0.

Don't forget, John Clayton joins us on the Beat Thursday at 5:20pm as we broadcast live from our Soxtober home: Tavern 12, Post Road in Warwick.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

1-0 Sox

1-0 Red Sox on Kevin Youkis solo home run, his 1st postseason hit.

Thursday schedule

Thursday's off-day schedule:
12pm Terry Francona press conference

1:30pm Mike Scioscia press conference

Angels will work out at 2pm. Red Sox will not

First pitch

First pitch 6:38pm. Looked good, but called a ball.

In the press box, tv is delayed after the crowd reaction. This will drive us crazy all night long.

One hour away

Well, it's 5:30pm and about an hour (67 minutes to be exact) until first pitch. You'll hear Jacoby Ellsbury on the show to preview his first MLB playoff game. Plus, we'll be updating as the night goes on.

Game 1 Red Sox vs. Angels today

We'll be live from Fenway Park today for game one of the ALDS between the Red Sox and Angels. Listen live to our coverage on as we'll have updates on the pregame. I'll be back with more updates here as well after 3pm.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Waiting for Wednesday

2:52pm Today's a workout day up at Fenway Park with one more day before the ALDS between the Red Sox and Angels starts up on Wednesday. We learn today that the playoff roster for the Sox does include 10 pitchers, no Tim Wakefield and catcher Kevin Cash. Learn more on the Beat today at 3. Listen live at

Here's the full roster:
Jason Varitek
Kevin Youkilis
Dustin Pedroia
Julio Lugo
Mike Lowell
J.D. Drew
Coco Crisp
Manny Ramirez
David Ortiz

Eric Hinske
Alex Cora
Jacoby Ellsbury
Bobby Kielty
Doug Mirabelli
Kevin Cash

Josh Beckett
Daisuke Matsuzaka
Curt Schilling
Jon Lester
Jonathan Papelbon
Eric Gagne
Hideki Okajima
Mike Timlin
Manny Delcarmen
Javier Lopez

No production, no music, no nothing! See ya on Wednesday.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Manic Monday

3:03pm No Scott...No Bryan...the show must go on!

4:45pm MLB Divisional Playoff gametimes set:

Boston vs. LA Angels
Wednesday, Oct. 3
Los Angeles (Lackey 19-9) at Boston (Beckett 20-7) 6:37 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 5
Los Angeles (Escobar 18-7) at Boston (Matsuzaka 15-12) 8:37 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7
Boston (Schilling 9-8) at Los Angeles (Weaver 13-7) 3:07 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 8
Boston (Beckett 20-7) at Los Angeles (Lackey 19-9), if necessary 9:37 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10
Los Angeles (Escobar 18-7) at Boston (Matsuzaka 15-12), if necessary 8:37 p.m.

Cleveland vs. New York
Thursday, Oct. 4
New York (Wang 19-7) at Cleveland (Sabathia 19-7) 6:37 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 5
New York (Pettitte 15-9) at Cleveland (Carmona 19-8) 5:07 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7
Cleveland (Westbrook 6-9) at New York (Clemens 6-6) 6:37 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 8
Cleveland (Byrd 15-8) at New York (Mussina 11-10), if necessary 6:07 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10
New York (Wang 19-7) at Cleveland (Sabathia 19-7), if necessary 5:07 p.m.

Arizona vs. Chicago
Wednesday, Oct. 3
Chicago (Zambrano 18-13) at Arizona (Webb 18-10) 10:07 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 4
Chicago (Lilly 15-8) at Arizona (Davis 13-12) 10:07 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6
Arizona (Hernandez 11-11) at Chicago 6:07 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7
Arizona (Owings 8-8) at Chicago, if necessary 1:07 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 9
Chicago at Arizona, if necessary 10:07 p.m.

Philadelphia vs. Colorado-San Diego winner
Wednesday, Oct. 3
Colorado-San Diego winner at Philadelphia (Hamels 15-5) 3:07 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 4
Colorado-San Diego winner at Philadelphia (Kendrick 10-4) 3:07 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6
Philadelphia (Lohse 9-12) at Colorado-San Diego winner 9:37 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7
Philadelphia (Moyer 14-12) at Colorado-San Diego winner, if necessary 10:07 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 9
Colorado-San Diego winner at Philadelphia (Hamels, 15-5), if necessary 6:37 p.m.