Web Analytics and Web Statistics by NextSTAT The Boston Sports Nut: May 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Ortiz: 'Just put down 'Papi stinks''

from WEEI:

David Ortiz hit what might be his lowest point of the season in the Red Sox' 12-inning, 5-4 loss to the Angels, at Angel Stadium Thursday afternoon, going 0 for 7 while stranding 12 runners. It was the most runners left on base by one Red Sox hitter since Trot Nixon equaled the total in 2003. The Sox as a team left 17 runners on base. After the game, Ortiz would only say, "Sorry guys, I don't feel like talking right now. Just put down 'Papi stinks'." Ortiz is currently hitting .208 with no home runs.

MY TAKE ON THIS: Got to move him down in the order and move Bay to #3 and when the Youk comes back, put him cleanup. Papi will have to bat#8. Sure has gone a long stretch without a home run. I think that they should send him down to Pawtucket to take some pressure of him. Can this be the beginning of the end for the Big Papi?

Friday, May 8, 2009

Where have you gone, Dom DiMaggio.

Former Red Sox great Dom DiMaggio died at age 92 in the early morning hours on Friday in his Marion, Massachusetts home. A center fielder and leadoff hitter for the Boston Red Sox, DiMaggio played 10-plus years alongside teammates Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr and Johnny Pesky.
The Red Sox plan to pay tribute to DiMaggio with a moment of silence prior to Friday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. "You talk about Dominick, he was close to Bobby and Ted and Me," Pesky said. "We had that corner in the clubhouse and we spent a lot of time together. We talked a lot about baseball and life. We stayed great friends through the years." "Dominick is what you call the perfect player," Pesky said. "He ran very well, threw very well, he was a good hitter and a class guy -- very quiet, easy going."

DiMaggio still holds the team's consecutive-game hitting streak record of 34 in 1949. He is the younger brother of New York Yankees Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio, who holds Major League Baseball's consecutive-game hitting streak of 56. click here to read more

Red Sox score 12 in 6th inning

BOSTON -- The Red Sox rounded the bases at a rapid rate and broke an 84-year-old AL record.
Twelve batters came up and all 12 scored before Boston made its first out more than a half hour into the bottom of the sixth inning of a 13-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.

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June 27, 2003 Sox score 14 in first

Red Sox set or tie records in 25-8 romp

BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox were enjoying a record-breaking performance when a hush fell over Fenway Park. Boston set a major league record by scoring 10 runs before making an out and cruised to a 25-8 victory over Florida on Friday night

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A-Rod book lacking in substance

A new book by journalist Selena Roberts says Alex Rodriguez used steroids while in high school and as a Yankee, but the evidence is largely circumstantial. To read the article, please click here

Friday, May 1, 2009

Jose Canseco to make MMA debut

Former baseball slugger Jose Canseco is trying his hand at mixed martial arts, with seven-foot-two South Korean Hong Man Choi his first opponent.

The Canseco-Choi matchup will take place on the Dream 9 card May 26 in Tokyo, Dream said on its website. But Dennis Holahan, Canseco's Los Angeles-based lawyer, said the announcement was slightly premature.

"I think they have (jumped the gun) and I don't have any problems with them doing that because I don't anticipate any problems but it's just not confirmed yet," Holahan said.
"It probably won't be a sure thing for another week or 10 days," he added.
Holahan confirmed Canseco was training "very hard" in MMA.

Choi, a 29-year-old former kick-boxer, is 1-2 as an MMA fighter, with losses to Fedor Emelianenko and Mirko (Cro Cop) Filipovic. The fight is part of Dream's eight-man open-weight tournament.

Canseco, 45, does have some celebrity combat experience. The six-foot-four 240-pounder fought former child star Danny Bonaduce to a draw in a celebrity boxing match in January in suburban Philadelphia. The bout featured only three one-minute rounds. Canseco was soundly beaten by former Philadelphia Eagle Vai Sikahema in a previous celebrity bout last year.
Canseco, the 1988 AL MVP, was a home-run hitter who has stayed in the limelight with tell-all books like 2005's "Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big," and 2008's book, "Vindicated: Big Names, Big Liars, and The Battle to Save Baseball."

He also appeared on Season 5 of "The Surreal World," a reality TV show.

Selig Speaks

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday he will withhold comment about any possible disciplinary action against Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez until he has read A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez, a soon-to-be published book that details how Rodriguez tipped opposing hitters about what pitches were coming.

“I’m not going to respond until I see the book,” Selig told SI.com. “I just heard about it.”
When asked in general if giving pitches to an opposing team would subject a player to possible disciplinary action for striking at the integrity of the game and violating a contractual obligation to the “high standards of fair play,” Selig maintained his refusal to comment in detail. “I need to see the book and go over it,” the commissioner said. “I need to see the book, for goodness sake.”