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Thirty Years Ago Tonight

Thirty years ago tonight I cried myself to sleep. I was 11 years old and I just witnessed something horrific, game six of the 1986 World Series. It was the worst night of my childhood but maybe it was a blessing in disguise.

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 1986 was a magical season and it was the first baseball season that I followed closely from start to finish. By the time the playoffs began I was fully invested. The Red Sox were my team and I tuned in to watch them win it all. I tuned in expecting them to win it all. I was a month away from turning 12 and grew up in Upstate NY away from the angst of New England. I was naive and knew fairly little about Red Sox history. I had no baggage.

My team had Roger Clemens, Jim Rice, Dwight Evans,Wade Boggs and the guy I called "the glue", Marty Barrett. They were the best team in baseball and the best team wins it all, right? Dave Henderson homered off of Rick Aguilera in the tenth inning putting the Red Sox up 5-3. They were three outs from winning i…

Keith Law Thinks Tim Tebow Sucks

If you follow me on twitter you know I love Keith Law. I love his baseball knowledge but he also can be kind of a condescending dick. You may say that is a bad thing, I tend to find it entertaining. In case you haven't heard, Tim Tebow is playng baseball in the Arizona Fall League. Keith Law is there. Keith Law has opinions on Tebow and they are not good if you happen to be a fan of Tim Tebow. The best part will be reading his responses to angry Tebow fans who are sure to be blowing up Keith's twitter timeline as I write this. For now, let's take a look at Keith Law's scouting report on Mr. Tebow.
Tim Tebow is in the Arizona Fall League. He might be better suited to playing in an Arizona high school league. His presence here is a farce, and he looks like an imposter pretending to have talent he does not possess.Tebow the baseball player is not a baseball player; he's a washed-up quarterback who has size and nothing else. His swing is long, and he wields the bat l…

The Curse of Tito

Five years ago tomorrow Bob Hohler of the Boston Globe published his investigative piece on the epic Red Sox collapse of 2011. How did a writer from the John Henry owned Boston Globe get such incredible access to things like Terry Francona's personal medical issues? I think we know the answer.

 The 2011 Red Sox collapsed and there was a ton of blame to go around. Deciding to let Francona go was a reasonable decision, letting him continue as the manager also would have been reasonable. Deciding to trash the most successful manager in franchise history as he walked out the door was not reasonable. The Red Sox, or let's just say John Henry and Larry Lucchino (who the hell are we kidding?) are very concerned about public relations. They knew that some fans would disagree with the Francona decision so why not leak stories about Francona's shortcomings and then claim ignorance? Francona's marriage was attacked, the article insinuated he had a pill popping problem, that hi…

The Myth of the One Run Game and Why Red Sox Fans Should Feel Confident

The Boston Red Sox finished the regular season with a 20-24 record in one-run games. The Texas Rangers went 36-11 in one-run games, the best in baseball. Surely this means that the Red Sox stay in the playoffs will be a short one. After all, the key to winning in the postseason is winning those tight games. Right? Not exactly. What if teams with great one-run records were really just very fortunate if not lucky? What if those teams suddenly didn't get those same breaks come postseason time? That appears to be the trend over the last decade plus of baseball. Just one time since 2000 has the team with the best one-run record in the league gone on to win it all that year. That honor belongs to the 2005 Chicago White Sox. The Boston Red Sox have had a recent history of not being great in one-run games in the regular season. How has that worked out for them come playoff time? Pretty good. In 2013 the Red Sox went just 21-21 in one-run games in the regular season only to win it all in …