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Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:06

More peerless prognostication: MLB 2012

Thoughts on the upcoming baseball season

It's almost time. Florida and Arizona are abuzz with Major League Baseball teams getting themselves ready, tweaking those rosters and making those difficult final decisions about minor league demotions and even the ends of careers.

The game is once again coming to life, but while one of baseball's hallmarks is its consistency, this particular offseason has seen a lot of change. There have been some major changes of address: Prince Fielder moves from Milwaukee to Detroit; Japanese sensation Yu Darvish will take the mound for the Texas Rangers; and St. Louis icon Albert Pujols made the move to the West Coast in joining the Angels.

However, the biggest development of all is MLB's decision to add another wild card team to the postseason. This means that five teams from each league will make the playoffs, with the two wild card teams kicking off the October festivities with a one-off, win-and-in game. This can only serve to provide even more fans with reason to stay invested in their home teams throughout the long season.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 12:24

Red Sox owners ready to move on in 2012

FORT MYERS, Fla. - John Henry was walking off the stage after a television interview during his team's first full-squad workout of the spring when the Boston owner was confronted by a lifelong Red Sox fan holding a bright red sign with white letters.

'All we ask is that you make us proud again to be a Boston Red Sox fan,' the sign read.

'We're trying,' Henry told her.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 17:05

Requiem for a knuckleballer

Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield calls it a career
It was a sad day in Boston last week. An era came to an end when knuckleballer Tim Wakefield - the longest-tenured member of the Red Sox - announced his retirement.

We all knew (or at least suspected) that this was coming. The 45-year-old Wakefield's effectiveness has been gradually dwindling over the past few years, and guys simply don't pitch deep into their fifth decade. But there he was, tossing up that beguiling, twisting knuckleball and infuriating all manner of major league hitters.

I'm going to miss him.

Published in Sports
Tuesday, 18 October 2011 14:37

An open letter to Theo Epstein

Dear Mr. Epstein,

I've been a Red Sox fan for a pretty long time. I first started really following the Red Sox at the tail end of the 1986 season. I had just started the fifth grade and the Sox were making their memorable run to the World Series. So my fandom was born in heartbreak. From day one, I understood that being a Red Sox fan meant being disappointed. It meant understanding that it wasn't a matter of if the Sox would blow it, but rather when.

And then you came along, Mr. Epstein. You came along and changed what it meant to be a Sox fan. You and yours took a team that hadn't won a championship in eight decades and landed two rings in a span of four years. You were only in the driver's seat for nine seasons, but in that time, you completely changed the perception of the Boston Red Sox organization.

Published in Sports
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