Monday, June 30, 2008

Monday...are you ready to rumble!

That's right, tonight at the Trop, it's the grudge match between the Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. Even though Coco Crisp won't be there as he serves out the remainder of his suspension for starting the brawl between these two clubs, it should be fun as Jonathan Papelbon has promised some payback for the now first place and Devil-less Rays.

Maybe Manny Ramirez was getting in the proper mindset as he got into a scuffle with traveling secretary Jack McCormick. Sean McAdam has the blow by blow details in the Projo.

At Wimbledon, another upset this morning as #2 seed Jelena Jankovic gets ousted. Venus Williams has advanced to the quarterfinals.

At last night's WWE PPV: Night of Champions, Triple H and Edge keep their titles, meaning both World Titles are now on Smackdown. In an upset, Kofi Kingston takes the I-C Title from Chris Jericho, with some assistance from Shawn Michaels. Expect the Michaels/Jericho feud to continue now on the heels of that. Kane lost the ECW Title to Mark Henry. Thankfully, Mickie James took out Katie Lea Burchill to keep her Women's Crown. And since I know you are all waiting for it, Cody Runnels turned on Bob Holly and turned out to be Ted Dibiase JR's tag team partner to take the Tag Team Titles. An update on Vince McMahon's accident is forthcoming tonight on RAW, 9pm on the USA Network.

More later, if time allows.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Saturday update

Unfortunately, the news is not good in Providence radio as WSNE is making changes again. 93.3 Coast FM let Brian Mulhern of the"Tad and Brian" morning show go on Friday. Brian is one of the good guys in the biz and was one of the ones who reached out to me after the Score flipped formats earlier this year. I, for one, wish Brian nothing but the best as he moves on to that next gig.

Good friend Ken Fang of "Fang's Bites" weighs in as well.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Radio update

FYI...the news regarding Providence radio is a shakeup in morning radio. Details to come.

Happy Friday!

Back at it after a couple of days to take care of some things.

Last night's NBA Draft turns into a trade-fest with 14 trades going down including a blockbuster with the #3 and #5 picks swapping cities in an eight-player deal. OJ Mayo heads to Memphis with Kevin Love going to Minnesota. This one works for both sides as the T'Wolves wanted Love all along, just didn't want him at three and they get Mike Miller to boot. The Griz get a great talent in Mayo plus they get Adriana Lima's fiancee, Marko Jaric.

As for the Celtics, Danny Ainge continues to show that drafting is his strong suit. JR Giddens out of New Mexico can step right in as a lockdown defender, taking James Posey's place if he doesn't come back to Boston. In the second round, Bill Walker out of Kansas State could be a steal if his knees hold up as Walker's going into his 3rd surgery next month.

Interleague play tonight has the Yanks and Mets playing the day/night, two-stadium double-dip today. Game 1's at Yankee Stadium at 2pm while the nightcap is at Shea Stadium at 8pm. I have Pedro Martinez going for my fantasy team!

In local media news, Laura Benhke heads out west to San Francisco, according to Scott's Shots. Hazel Mae's tenure at NESN is done. In New York, Mike Francesca from WFAN says stay tuned for an "interesting summer" while stating he won't discuss his contract (never has, never will) on the air or in print. Francesca, on "Mike and the Mad Dog" Friday, said he could stay with Chris Russo for another 19-20 years or it could be time to move on. Stay tuned.

More later if warranted as we are working some late breaking Providence radio news as well.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Imus tries to clarify

In this morning's show, Don Imus tried to clarify his remarks regarding Adam "Don't call me Pacman" Jones by saying he was trying to be sarchastic. Several times, Imus came back to the same ol' phrase, "why don't you just leave me alone" when referring to his "enemies."

The best quote in the past 24 hours comes from Jones himself in the Dallas Morning News:
"Obviously Mr. Imus has problems with African-Americans. I'm upset, and I hope the station he works for handles it accordingly. I will pray for him."

Monday, June 23, 2008

More Imus trouble?

I meant to post this earlier, but you know how things have a way of getting away from you during the day. Don Imus is once again feeding into stereotypes. This time, it's Adam "Don't call me Pacman" Jones and the question of his race in regards to being arrested. I'll let you read and listen hear for yourself, courtesy of ABC News. If you just want to listen to it, it's here for you.

An update on the "Mike and the Mad Dog" story from over the weekend: Chris Russo said unequivocally today upon opening his show at 1pm that he's under contract until 2009 and doesn't know where the story about the end to Russo and Mike Francesca's talk show is coming from. Stay tuned.

Finally, since we are talking about sportsradio the past few days, here's some props. While playing with my daughter Abbie this afternoon, I was able to listen to Sean McAdam on the Big Show on WEEI. To me, McAdam is just a pure joy to listen to and today was no exception. While talking about the Baseball Hall of Fame with Lou Merloni and Pete Sheppard (No Glen Ordway today on the Big Show), there was great opinions, entertainment and no shortage of good quality calls to fill the 45-minutes I got to hear. If only that could be the norm instead of the exception for the Big Show. Yes, it gets ratings and makes money, but as in everything in radio, to each his own. My own would be to listen to a McAdam-type show everyday of the week.

Keep those comments coming as to what you listen to, I'm enjoying the feedback!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

So who do you listen to?

With the news regarding Mike and the Mad Dog making the buzz around the internet today as to whether they will continue as an on-air duo or not (contract ploy or not!), it's got me thinking to who is really the best out there.

I'd love to hear who you think is the best out there and who you listen to in your cars, on satellite and online throught your days and nights. Send your thoughts here.

As for me, I'll start with Mike and the Mad Dog as a must-listen for me. It's been tough over the years with me having a show in the same timeslot for so many years at the Score. Whether it's a breaking story, top notch guest or let's get down to the bottom of what's really going on, Mike Francesca and Chris Russo gave it to you in a sports-first, informative and entertaining way.

I used to love to listen to the old Chuck Wilson and Tony Bruno Show on ESPN back in the day. Chuck was rock-solid sports while Tony would always take Chuck to the places you wanted to hear him go. Tony was laugh-out loud funny!

Also back in the day was Jay Mariotti on Sporting News Radio. Ironically, it was one of the first shows I teched back in 1997 on the Score! Jay was one of those rare guys that could carry a three and four-hour show by himself. Great interviews mixed with provocative topics and fast-moving callers kept that show on its toes.

Mariotti's show brings me to another must-listen in today's age of sportstalk: Jim Rome. Even though you have to listen on satellite and online in order to hear him clearly in Rhode Island these days, the Clones are always looking for more from Van Smack with an A-List of guests every week, outstanding takes, production that's beyond compare and a unique twist that makes you just shake your head and say "did he just say that." Now, I grant you, he's tempered it down a bit since the "Jim don't call me Chrissy Everett" days, but Jim's still a great listen.

Locally, it's a far cry from the best in the biz. If you like the "I'll outscream you and say the most outrageous thing I can think of" brand of radio, then you are definitely getting what you ask for these days. Please, do not count me in that category. Don't get me wrong, there is some good radio going on in Southern New England, but you have to listen really hard to find it.

If you want to go way out west, the recently reunited "Mason and Ireland" show might do the trick. Heck, I remember watching them on DirecTV and Fox Sports West back in the 90's as a simulcast for XTRA Sports and now they're back in the afternoons on 710 ESPN in Los Angeles. It's a great mix of sports, entertainment and guy talk that you can stomach without the insane and irritating yelling you find so many places on sportstalk radio.

Those are just a few, I'll continue to add along the way!

Bye bye Mike and the Mad Dog?

According to Newsday's Neil Best, we may have heard (and seen) the last of "Mike and the Mad Dog" on WFAN and the YES Network. It would be a shame as they are easily the best in the business on a conistent basis in sportsradio.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Blame it on the Rain

Just when you thought Jonathan Papelbon couldn't get any more crazy, there's this. Paps and Manny Delcarmen combine for this stunning remix of Milli Vinilli's "Blame it on the Rain," which debuted last night at Fenway Park.

Also last night, the Sox paid tribute to the World Champion Boston Celtics (doesn't that sound great!). Here is is, courtesy of NESN.

Oh yeah, the Sox lost to the Cardinals, 5-4.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Gibbons axed in Toronto

Time to get excited Blue Jays fans, Cito Gaston is back. According to TSN's website, manager John Gibbons and his coaches have been axed in Toronto. Gibbons was just 305-305 as the Jays skipper including a disappointing 35-39 this season. It will be interesting to see just how quickly the Jays turn into a fire sale or add to win now.

Curt KO'd

Curt Schilling will have season (and quite possibly) career-ending surgery on Monday. Read more about it on Curt's blog. Red Sox manager Terry Francona and general manager Theo Epstein will address the media later this afternoon at Fenway Park.

Here's a funny look back at a parody of the bloody sock with "Grey's Anatomy."

Another look back at that 2004 season for the Sox.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

This made me laugh

From Fox News, watch the third story in with the reporter "bugging out."

You kind of wish that Joba Chamberlain would've given us this kind of reaction last year in Cleveland, huh!

My daughter Abbie's week in pictures

Saturday - at Jasmine's Birthday / Graduation Party with Mama

Wednesday - jumping on zebra before bedtime

Thursday - a reflectful moment before dinner

Thursday - Papa and me with my Red Sox friend Hoody!

Thursday - in my playroom with my fairy princess wand


Abbie :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tribute to Tim

A very emotional day in Washington D.C. as family, friends and colleagues alike say good-bye to a political icon. Luke Russert remembers his Dad, Tim Russert.

"The Boss" Bruce Springsteen pays tribute to his friend.

Former NBC Anchor, colleague and friend Tom Brokaw remembers Tim.

A full wrap-up with Brian Williams on NBC's Nightly News.

Celtics parade details

For those of you making plans for Thursday's coronation of the Celtics 17th NBA Championship, here are the details, according to the Boston Globe. Click on the map for a larger view.

BTW: Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett will be on the "Late Show with David Letterman" tonight at 11:35pm on CBS 12.

The Legend Grows

In stunning news, the legend of Tiger Woods grows exponentially today. Not only did Tiger outlast the field and Rocco Mediate through 91 holes to win the US Open and his 14th Major Championship, but he did it with a double stress fracture of his left tibia and a torn ACL. OUCH!

We all knew that Tiger was mentally tougher than everyone else in golf history, but now we can all lay witness to the fact that he is just as physically tough as well. Doctors told him before the US Open that he should be on crutches with 3 more weeks of rest before starting to rehab. Tiger, according to his official website, is done for the 2008 PGA Season.

I can only imagine what Tiger could've done healthy over the past weekend. Remember, after he won on Monday, Tiger said he was done. As usual, he's so far ahead of the rest of us.


While Paul Pierce may have garnered MVP honors, Kevin Garnett graces the coveted Wheaties Box.

Parade details

From the AP and WBZ...

Boston Mayor Tom Menino told WBZ-AM on Wednesday that a "rolling rally" to honor the NBA champion Boston Celtics will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

The rally is expected to start at the TD Banknorth Garden. Full details will come at an 11:30am presser by the Mayor.

We are the Champions!!!

For the 17th time in NBA history, the Boston Celtics are NBA Champions!!! Can you say complete domination! 131-92, the biggest victory in an NBA Title clinching game.

Of course, there were some rowdy souls celebrating around Beantown. Parade details coming later for Thursday's celebration. We'll forward when we get them.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Wang out long-term

According to Mike and the Mad Dog on WFAN, Yanks pitcher Chien-Ming Wang will be in a protective boot at least 6 weeks. Looks like the Yanks will be without their ace until September. Can you say CC Sabathia in NY?

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Tim Russert 1950-2008

With much sadness and shock Friday, the world learned that we had lost one of America's true political icons. Timothy J. Russert had passed at the young age of 58, collapsing while at work at the Washington Bureau of NBC News. The bureau chief and moderator of "Meet the Press" died of a heart attack, never regaining consciousness after his collapse.

Since news of Tim's sudden passing, his friends, colleagues, competitors, guests and much of America have been left to wonder: what's next? Who will tell us the truth about what's going in Washington? Who will challenge those trying to get by with less than 100%? And yes, who will break things down to simple terms so that even I can understand them?

The answers to all those questions are a simple, no one like Tim Russert.

In this day and age of "look good, just get it on first and we'll fix it later" news cycles, Tim was a tireless journalist who vowed to get to the bottom of what's going on but always to just get it right. Whether it was election night 2000 where he used he dry erase board to make sure they got Florida correct or in this latest roller coaster ride of a Presidential Campaign, I always searched out where Tim was on TV. To me, the news wasn't put to bed without Tim Russert telling us about it. It was Tim and Tom Brokaw who have led me to watch NBC News all these long years. Yes, Peter Jennings was very good, but he just didn't cut to the level of Tim and Tom. It wasn't about Q-rating, good looks and graphics, if Tim and Tom said it, I believed it.

When Tim joined "Meet the Press" in 1991, he quickly elevated it from a mundane chat to a must-see television event each and every Sunday. If you had to make it in Washington or American politics, you had to sit opposite Tim Russert and meet the truth. He didn't try to get you in a "gotcha" moment, he simplied did more homework than the rest and presented his guests with what they said or did and challenged them to tell America what the real truth is. Sunday mornings just won't be the same without him.

Tim's what we all inspire to be as a devout family man, devoted son and the best at what he did at his profession. Through it all, his colleagues will tell you that it was his positive nature, the coaching and the faith he had in them to always push them to higher greatness that they will take with them from this day forward.

Did I know Tim Russert personally as they did? No. But from watching, listening and hearing him all these years, I feel like I did.

Good night and Godspeed dear friend. You will be missed.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Papelbon continues the feud!

Thanks to Comcast Sportsnet New England for this week's edition of Jonathan Papelbon. According to Paps, "it's on" as to the war with the Rays. Yes, the devil will come to Tampa June 30th!

At the US Open, Patrick Sheehan faded on the back nine, but is still in the hunt after one day and an even par 71.

Jon & Kate + 8

So far a good showing by Patrick Sheehan and Brett Quigley at the US Open, Round 1 in San Diego. Sheehan's your leader as we pass the 1pm mark of Thursday.

Meanwhile, as I promised, here's our friend Jon and Kate and the kids on the Today Show earlier this morning.

ESPN's doing a good job so far with its interactive coverage across DirecTV, ESPN, and ESPN Radio. Speaking of ESPN, not so good marks on its coverage of Spygate according to its own ombudsman Le Anne Schreiber, but then again, we already knew it was slanted against the Patriots.

Thursday morning update

A huge night ahead for the NBA Finals as game 4 comes our way from the Staples Center at 9pm. A Celtics win and the series will for all intents and purposes, be over. A Laker victory brings the series to a dead heat at two games a piece. Rajon Rondo is expected to give it a go tonight despite his left ankle injury.

All sorts of odd stories around the world today...

* - The Red Sox were flagged for food violations before Opening Day.

* - Milton Bradley is upset over what Royals broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre had to say about him.

* - Alfonso Soriano is out for 6 weeks with a fractured hand.

* - Paul Pierce is wearing an LA Dodgers hat.

* - An end to the ban on bikinis in Utah?

* - Euros buying in Bud?

* - Tragedy and heroism in Iowa during a tornado.

* - The NBA on ABC/ESPN crew getting an "Adult Education" in LA.

Back with more later...including video of our friends "Jon and Kate +8" on the Today Show this morning.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

NBA Finals Day-off

A few things from the NBA Finals day off between games three and four:

Kobe Bryant's postgame presser from Tuesday night with an interesting take on sportstalk radio and yes, it is uncensored.

From the Celtics, I have no clue as to why Rajon Rondo would blog on his injury. Sure, it gives us insight into it, but wouldn't you want to take the Bill Belichick approach and say nothing about your ankle injury? Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge must be so pleased.

And just in case you missed it, here's the celebrity breakdown for Game 3 in LA-LA-Land. FYI, Jeffrey Osborne (Providence native no less) sings the National Anthem Thursday night at the Staples Center. Here's American Idol winner David Cook doing his rendition on Tuesday night before Game 3.

Don't forget, it's game 5 - Thursday night at 9pm on ABC.

Beat the Heat

So, on the final day of the dreaded heat wave Tuesday, it was a loss all the way around in New England.

The Celtics, despite getting only 6 points from Paul Pierce and 13 from Kevin Garnett, still had a chance to take game 3 of the NBA Finals last night in LA. Eddie House's 3 doesn't go down and the Lakers rip off 5 straight to seal it in an 87-81 victory. The C's shot only 35 percent for the game and now look forward to a day off to rest Rajon Rondo's sprained ankle before Thursday night's game 4.

In related NBA news, there's another referee scandal as Tim Donaghy alleges playoff series were rigged in 2002 and 2005.

At Fenway Park, another Josh Beckett start turns into another loss as the Orioles top the Sox 10-6. It's just the seventh home loss for the Sox who send Bartolo Colon to the hill tonight against the O's Garrett Olson.

Meanwhile at McCoy Stadium, a cozy crowd (the smallest I've ever seen for a June game) saw the Pawsox drop an 8-7 decision to the Bats. Yours truly was in attendance along with my wife, daughter and nephew, although little Abbie only made it through dinner at the BBQ Tent as the heat was just too much!

I'm out, more later as time allows.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Patriots NKOTB

Wes Welker and Matt Cassel get "The Right Stuff" going karaoke style!.

More later.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Sox and C's

In order to accomodate their Celtic loving Sox fans, the Red Sox have moved the gametimes for Tuesday and Thursday's games against the Orioles from 7:05pm to 6:05pm. Thank you!

Weekend leftovers

Before we get to what happened this weekend and what's ahead, I implore those of you with kids to check out my daughter's new feature, Abbie's Dining Review to get the latest on where you should eat with children around Southern New England. Isn't she so cute :)

Now to the weekend, where we spent Saturday at Fenway Park.

That's Manny Ramirez at bat where he clocked a two-run moonshot in the first inning to power the Sox to an 11-3 victory over at Fenway Park. Despite its seats and crowded concessions, Fenway is still a treasure to be seen in person. The Sox get a much deserved day off today after taking two of three from the M's. Baltimore's in town on Tuesday.

Onto the NBA Finals, where if you went to bed at the start of the fourth quarter, you thought the Celtics cruised to an easy win and a 2-0 lead in the series. Well, they are up 2-0, but not without some anxious moments in the final few minutes. A 31-9 fourth quarter run by the Lakers got them to within four in the final seconds, but Paul Pierce capped it with two clutch free throws for the 108-102 victory. Your highlights are below. Game 3 Tuesday night in LA.

If you were looking for perfection this weekend, you found it in Rafael Nadal. Talk about your utter domination. The 2nd ranked tennis player in the world completely confounded #1 seed Roger Federer in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 to capture his fourth straight French Open title. Nadal's now 28-0 in Paris. Pure poetry and power on the tennis court was Nadal in a match that Federer thought he actually played decent tennis.

Coming up on WWE Raw tonight, your first chance to win a $1 million from Vince McMahon. Log onto to for more.

What can Brown do for you? Well, if you're that Triple Crown streak of no winners since 1978, you're still alive. Big Brown can you say Big Hype turns to Big Disappointment!

Finally, with Hillary Clinton formally out of the race, the general election is now under way. Can't you just feel the heat? Oh yeah, that's the oppressive 104 heat index I'm feeling today on June 9th. Are you kidding me! Can someone please pass the Del's.

Back with more later.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Celtics up 1-0

With heroics from the captain Paul Pierce, the Celtics are up 1-0 in the NBA Finals and just three wins away from winning championship number 17. Check out the highlights from our old friend Rick Kamla, "the Freak" from NBA TV.

Suspensions are in for the Red Sox/Rays brawl from last night. Coco Crisp gets the most at 7 games, which he is appealing. Jon Lester got 5 games and will miss no starts as he'll flip flop with Bartolo Colon and pitch Thursday of next week. Sean Casey also got 3 games. Read more from the Boston Globe. In case you missed it, classic Aerosmith version of the brawl is here for your enjoyment from You Tube.

As for the Manny Ramirez/Kevin Youkilis saga, it's over. Reportedly, it was all over Manny being Manny and getting in Youk's grill about throwing his gear in the dugout. Gotta love it! You go Man-Ram!

Should be a hot, summery weekend as temps hit the 90's. I'll be at Fenway on Saturday with pictures I'm sure to follow.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Has it really come to this that two women kissing at a baseball game is going to be a big thing in 2008? The place is Seattle's Safeco Field. The opponent, of course, was the Boston Red Sox.

On a side note, the garlic fries for which the female couple were eating are better there than in San Francisco, where they get so much publicity. Safeco Field and AT&T Park both were part of the many stops on our honeymoon back in 2004.

No, we didn't see any women kissing each other in Seattle. I'll refrain from what I saw in San Francisco.

Let the games begin!

MySpace Countdowns

Now, back to MLB circa 1987 for June 5.

DET A 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 - 4 7 0
BOS A 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 - 2 6 1
WP: Robinson (4-2)
LP: Nipper (4-5)
SV: King (3)
HR: Sheridan (3)

CHI A 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 4 5 0
CAL A 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 x - 6 9 2
WP: Candelaria (5-2)
LP: Allen (0-2)
SV: Buice (3)
HR: Fisk (4), Calderon (8), Howell (11)

NY A 1 0 0 5 6 0 1 0 0 - 13 15 0
MIL A 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 6 2
WP: John (6-1)
LP: Nieves (4-3)
HR: Winfield (12), Cerone (1)

TEX A 3 1 1 1 1 4 4 0 0 - 15 17 0
MIN A 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 0 1 - 9 13 0
WP: Harris (2-4)
LP: Blyleven (4-5)
HR: O'Brien 2 (13), McDowell (4), Buechele (6), Smalley (3)

CLE A 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 - 4 6 1
OAK A 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 3 5 1
WP: Candiotti (2-6)
LP: Andujar (1-1)
SV: Bailes (4)
HR: M. Davis (14)

KC A 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 2 9 4
SEA A 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 x - 7 9 1
WP: Guetterman (3-0)
LP: D. Jackson (2-7)
SV: Shields (3)
HR: Brantley (1)

BAL A 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 2 5 0
TOR A 0 1 4 0 0 1 0 0 x - 6 12 0
WP: Key (7-3)
LP: Bell (5-3)
HR: Barfield (13), George Bell (18), Fielder (5)

SD N 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 6 0 - 10 13 1
ATL N 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 - 3 5 3
WP: Show (2-7)
LP: Alexander (1-1)
HR: Gwynn (4), Bochy (2), Thomas (3)

STL N 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 - 5 13 0
CHI N 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 2 1
WP: Mathews (3-4)
LP: Sanderson (3-2)

LA N 2 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 6 12 0
CIN N 0 0 0 0 3 1 4 0 x - 8 12 0
WP: Hoffman (4-1)
LP: Howell (2-2)
SV: Franco (12)
HR: Sax (3), Davis (20)

SF N 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 3 0
HOU N 0 0 2 1 2 0 1 0 x - 6 11 0
WP: Scott (6-3)
LP: Krukow (1-6)

PIT N 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 6 2
NY N 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 x - 5 7 0
WP: Gooden (1-0)
LP: Dunne (0-1)
SV: Orosco (11)

MON N 1 0 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 - 6 9 0
PHI N 1 0 2 0 1 2 1 0 x - 7 13 1
WP: K. Gross (4-4)
LP: McGaffigan (0-1)
SV: Bedrosian (13)
HR: Wallach (8), Hayes 2 (5), Schu (4)

Standings At Close of Play of June 5, 1987
NL East Team Name G W L T PCT GB RS RA
St. Louis Cardinals 51 32 19 0 .627 - 289 234
Chicago Cubs 53 30 23 0 .566 3.0 262 226
Montreal Expos 52 28 24 0 .538 4.5 248 244
New York Mets 51 26 25 0 .510 6.0 232 234
Philadelphia Phillies 50 24 26 0 .480 7.5 213 243
Pittsburgh Pirates 50 23 27 0 .460 8.5 221 247

NL West Team Name G W L T PCT GB RS RA
Cincinnati Reds 53 31 22 0 .585 - 281 232
San Francisco Giants 53 29 24 0 .547 2.0 260 233
Houston Astros 52 26 26 0 .500 4.5 221 230
Atlanta Braves 53 26 27 0 .491 5.0 276 275
Los Angeles Dodgers 53 25 28 0 .472 6.0 214 220
San Diego Padres 55 13 42 0 .236 19.0 201 300

AL East Team Name G W L T PCT GB RS RA
New York Yankees 54 34 20 0 .630 - 293 224
Toronto Blue Jays 51 31 20 0 .608 1.5 251 190
Milwaukee Brewers 50 28 22 0 .560 4.0 245 257
Detroit Tigers 51 26 25 0 .510 6.5 273 241
Baltimore Orioles 53 27 26 0 .509 6.5 277 274
Boston Red Sox 54 25 29 0 .463 9.0 246 260
Cleveland Indians 53 18 35 0 .340 15.5 219 305

AL West Team Name G W L T PCT GB RS RA
Kansas City Royals 51 28 23 0 .549 - 225 209
Seattle Mariners 54 28 26 0 .519 1.5 259 272
Minnesota Twins 53 27 26 0 .509 2.0 279 278
Oakland Athletics 52 26 26 0 .500 2.5 256 237
California Angels 54 24 30 0 .444 5.5 240 276
Texas Rangers 50 22 28 0 .440 5.5 273 294
Chicago White Sox 50 21 29 0 .420 6.5 213 232

Wednesday, June 04, 2008


You ask for Monkey and the Monkey is delivered.

You just gotta love the 80's don't ya!

June 4, 1987

Here's where we were at on June 4, 1987, courtesy of Retrosheet. Enjoy..

DET A 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 - 5 11 3
BOS A 1 0 1 0 1 5 0 0 x - 8 14 1
WP: Hurst (6-4)
LP: Terrell (4-6)
HR: Trammell (6), Madlock (1), Herndon (3)

CHI A 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 - 2 6 1
CAL A 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 x - 3 4 0
WP: Lazorko (1-2)
LP: DeLeon (4-4)
HR: Baines (6)

NY A 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 - 3 7 2
MIL A 0 1 0 1 7 0 0 0 x - 9 9 1
WP: Higuera (5-5)
LP: Niekro (3-4)
HR: Deer 2 (14)

KC A 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 1 - 6 12 0
SEA A 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 7 1
WP: Saberhagen (10-1)
LP: Morgan (5-6)
HR: Seitzer (3), Tartabull (8), Balboni (8)

PIT N 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 3 6 1
ATL N 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 x - 8 12 0
WP: Z. Smith (6-3)
LP: Fisher (2-2)
SV: Dedmon (3)
HR: Diaz (7), Murphy (15), Thomas (2)

STL N 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 3 8 1
CHI N 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 7 2
WP: Cox (6-2)
LP: Maddux (4-5)
SV: Worrell (12)
HR: Clark (16)

SD N 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 - 5 11 0
MON N 0 2 0 2 0 1 3 0 x - 8 9 0
WP: Youmans (4-3)
LP: S. Davis (1-6)
SV: St. Claire (6)
HR: Wallach (7), Brooks (2)

Standings At Close of Play of June 4, 1987
NL East Team Name G W L T PCT GB RS RA
St. Louis Cardinals 50 31 19 0 .620 - 284 233
Chicago Cubs 52 30 22 0 .577 2.0 261 221
Montreal Expos 51 28 23 0 .549 3.5 242 237
New York Mets 50 25 25 0 .500 6.0 227 233
Philadelphia Phillies 49 23 26 0 .469 7.5 206 237
Pittsburgh Pirates 49 23 26 0 .469 7.5 220 242

NL West Team Name G W L T PCT GB RS RA
Cincinnati Reds 52 30 22 0 .577 - 273 226
San Francisco Giants 52 29 23 0 .558 1.0 259 227
Atlanta Braves 52 26 26 0 .500 4.0 273 265
Houston Astros 51 25 26 0 .490 4.5 215 229
Los Angeles Dodgers 52 25 27 0 .481 5.0 208 212
San Diego Padres 54 12 42 0 .222 19.0 191 297

AL East Team Name G W L T PCT GB RS RA
New York Yankees 53 33 20 0 .623 - 280 223
Toronto Blue Jays 50 30 20 0 .600 1.5 245 188
Milwaukee Brewers 49 28 21 0 .571 3.0 244 244
Baltimore Orioles 52 27 25 0 .519 5.5 275 268
Detroit Tigers 50 25 25 0 .500 6.5 269 239
Boston Red Sox 53 25 28 0 .472 8.0 244 256
Cleveland Indians 52 17 35 0 .327 15.5 215 302

AL West Team Name G W L T PCT GB RS RA
Kansas City Royals 50 28 22 0 .560 - 223 202
Minnesota Twins 52 27 25 0 .519 2.0 270 263
Oakland Athletics 51 26 25 0 .510 2.5 253 233
Seattle Mariners 53 27 26 0 .509 2.5 252 270
California Angels 53 23 30 0 .434 6.5 234 272
Chicago White Sox 49 21 28 0 .429 6.5 209 226
Texas Rangers 49 21 28 0 .429 6.5 258 285

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Continuing our look back

In our quest to look back at the year 1987, I give you June 3rd's MLB happenings:

MLB results, courtesy of Retrosheet
The Cubs rout Houston 22–7 at Wrigley Field in a game that features a ML-record-tying three grand slams. Keith Moreland and Brian Dayett hit grand slams for Chicago and Billy Hatcher connects for the Astros to equal the record set by the Orioles and Rangers last August 6th.

Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Atlanta Braves 1 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
W: Bob Kipper L: David Palmer
Chicago Cubs 22, Houston Astros 7 at Wrigley Field
W: Rick Sutcliffe L: Bob Knepper
Cincinnati Reds 6, St. Louis Cardinals 4 at Riverfront Stadium
W: Pat Pacillo L: Tim Conroy S: John Franco
Los Angeles Dodgers 5, New York Mets 2 at Dodger Stadium
W: Orel Hershiser L: Ron Darling S: Matt Young
Montreal Expos 4, San Diego Padres 3 at Stade Olympique
W: Neal Heaton L: Andy Hawkins S: Tim Burke
San Francisco Giants 4, Philadelphia Phillies 1 at Candlestick Park
W: Mike LaCoss L: Bruce Ruffin S: Jeff Robinson
Oakland Athletics 7, Baltimore Orioles 3 at Memorial Stadium
W: Curt Young L: Jeff Ballard
Boston Red Sox 7, Minnesota Twins 6 (10 inn.) at Fenway Park
W: Calvin Schiraldi L: Joe Klink
Detroit Tigers 15, Cleveland Indians 3 at Cleveland Stadium
W: Jack Morris L: Ken Schrom
Milwaukee Brewers 4, Kansas City Royals 2 at County Stadium
W: Len Barker L: Mark Gubicza S: Dan Plesac
New York Yankees 9, California Angels 3 at Yankee Stadium
W: Rich Bordi L: Don Sutton
Texas Rangers 14, Chicago White Sox 3 at Arlington Stadium
W: Jose Guzman L: Floyd Bannister
Toronto Blue Jays 7, Seattle Mariners 2 at Exhibition Stadium
W: Dave Stieb L: Mark Langston S: Mark Eichhorn

In pop culture, George Michael's "I Want Your Sex" gets banned by the BBC today in 1987.

Back with more on Wednesday!

Would you dare?

If David Ortiz were to be out for the season with the partial tendon scheath tear in his left hand, would you dare go out and sign Barry Bonds? Red Sox fans discuss!

Monday, June 02, 2008

So long Hazel

Breaking news tonight as NESN will be saying goodbye to Hazel Mae. Hazel is leaving at the end of the month. You can read more from the Boston Globe's Red Sox blog. She will be missed by many in Red Sox Nation.

Looking back at 1987

Since we're all nostalgic this week with the NBA Finals pitting the Celtics and the Lakers against each other for the first time since 1987, we'll also take a look back each day this week at the year 1987.

First up, the #1 songs for the month of June 1987:
"You Keep Me Hangin' On," Kim Wilde
6 June 1987/1 week

This was the third 1987 chart-topper that had been a # 1 before. (The other two: "Venus" and "Lean On Me"). "You Keep Me Hangin' On" was a hit for the Supremes in 1966. Several previous remakes of the song made it to the Hot 100, done by Vanilla Fudge (1968), Wilson Pickett (1969), and Jackie DeShannon (1970); but it was British pop singer Kim Wilde who took it back to the top of the chart.

"Always," Atlantic Starr
13 June 1987/1 week

Atlantic Starr was signed by A&M Records in 1978, but the nine-member group split into two factions in 1983, and A&M dropped them, freezing their royalties. The Lewis brothers -- Jonathan, David and Wayne -- with percussionist Joe Phillips and a new vocalist, Barbara Weathers, signed with Warner Bros., and had this # 1 hit, written by the Lewis brothers, off their first album for that label.

"Head To Toe," Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
20 June 1987/1 week
Hell's Kitchen resident Lisa Velez hung out at a Manhattan nightclub called the Fun House, hoping to be discovered, just like Madonna had been at the same club some years earlier. And it was there that Mike Hughes, a member of Full Force, spotted her. Written and produced by Full Force, this song was Cult Jam's first of two chart-toppers.

"I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," Whitney Houston
27 June 1987/2 weeks

This was Houston's fourth # 1, written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, who had also penned another of the chart-toppers, "How Will I Know," and who were also A&M recording artists (Boy Meets Girl). Produced by Narada Michael Walden, the song was the first single off Houston's second album (and Walden's third # 1 for 1987).

Next up, MLB standings for June 2, 1987:

Eastern Division

NY Yankees
32-19 .627 ----
29-20 .592 2.0
26-21 .553 4.0
27-24 .529 5.0
24-24 .500 6.5
23-28 .451 9.0
17-34 .333 15.0

Western Division
Kansas City
27-21 .563 ---
27-24 .529 1.5
27-24 .529 1.5
25-25 .500 3.0
Chi White Sox
21-26 .447 5.5
22-29 .431 6.5
20-28 .417 7.0

Eastern Division
St Louis
30-18 .625 ----
Chi Cubs
29-21 .580 2.0
26-23 .531 4.5
NY Mets
25-24 .510 5.5
23-25 .479 7.0
22-25 .468 7.5

Western Division
29-22 .569 ----
San Francisco
28-23 .549 1.0
25-25 .500 3.5
25-25 .500 3.5
LA Dodgers
24-27.471 5.0
San Diego
12-40 .231 17.5

Also of note, the Seattle Mariners draft some kid named Ken Griffey, JR. with the number one pick in the MLB Draft.

Prices, courtesy of Mr. Pop Culture:
Roll of Bounty paper towels - .89 ...
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes - 24oz box - $2.09 ...
Fresh fryer chicken legs - .24lb ...

TV Ratings:
Family Ties (23.0),
The Cosby Show (22.6),
Cheers (21.3),
Growing Pains (20.7),
Murder, She Wrote (19.7),
Who’s The Boss (19.0),
60 Minutes (18.7),
Unsolved Mysteries (18.3),
Bob Hope Special (18.0),
Days and Nights Of Molly Dodd (16.6),
Miss Universe pageant (15.6),
Golden Girls (15.3),
Two Fathers’ Justice (15.1),
20/20 (15.0),
Cracked Up (14.7),
LA Law (14.6),
Matlock (14.6),
NBA Basketball (14.4),
Hotel (14.0),
Night Court (13.7)

The Untouchables - Kevin Costner
Beverly Hills Cop II - Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold
Happy Hour - Richard Gilliland, Jamie Farr
The Secret Of My Success - Michael J. Fox
The Chipmunk Adventure
Harry And The Hendersons - John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon Don Ameche

More as the week continues to close in on Game 1 Thursday night.