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Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:51

Portland's 20th Anniversary All-Stars

A look at some of the most successful Sea Dogs

The Portland Sea Dogs are celebrating their 20th anniversary this season. The team's first season was 1994; they began life as the AA affiliate for the expansion Florida Marlins. They remained part of the Marlins system through 2002, when the team switched affiliation and joined the Red Sox farm system, where they remain to this day.

A lot of future big leaguers have worn the Sea Dogs uniform. In honor of this auspicious anniversary, it seemed fitting to assemble an all-time lineup. Here's a look at some of the best players ever to grace the grass at Hadlock Field.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:20

Hope springs eternal

For anyone who has been a Boston baseball since before the days of 'Red Sox Nation,' there are a couple of basic requirements tied to the calendar. One is to anticipate the September swoon and the disappointment that follows (except for those glorious '04 and '07 seasons); the other is to greet each new campaign with optimism and unrealistic expectations. Since we're less than two weeks from Opening Day, it seems like as good a time as any to engage in some wishful thinking and envision a scenario where the Red Sox rise from worst to first.

Published in The Sports Edge
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 12:35

It's never too early to talk Red Sox Baseball

WZON hosts its 10th Annual Baseball Hot Stove Night

BANGOR - The Boston Red Sox don't start spring training for a few more weeks, but fans came out to the Bangor Civic Center Monday Night ready to talk about how the team will fare in the upcoming season.

Six hundred baseball fans came out for the 10th Annual WZON Baseball Hot Stove Night. This was a night where fans were treated to the presence of Red Sox radio personalities Joe Castiglione and Dave O'Brien. During this two hour event, fans were given the opportunity to ask questions to Castiglione and O'Brien regarding the Boston Red Sox.

Published in Sports
Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:40

Boston's burning hot stove

A look at some Red Sox signings

After an abysmal 2012 season that saw the Boston Red Sox finish with 93 losses their worst season in 40 years and engage in perhaps the biggest salary dump trade in the game's history, the team finds itself in a rebuilding phase.

They have made some free agent signings aimed at altering the franchise's trajectory and halting the downward spiral they've been in for the past couple of years. Here's one fan's take on those big signings as well as one former franchise fixture's return to the division on the other side of its most heated rivalry.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 16:31

Red Sox acquire John Farrell as manager

BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox are hoping that two big trades will help them get back to the playoffs after missing out three years in a row.

The first was a genuine blockbuster that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto and Josh Beckett to the Los Angeles Dodgers and freed up more than $250 million in future salaries. The second was the deal that brought John Farrell back to Fenway Park on Sunday.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:46

Football nation

A few weeks ago, the great Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe posited that his city, one of the last holdouts, was now officially a football town. For 140 years, the 'Hub of the Universe' had reserved the deepest of its sports love for the game of baseball, from the National League's powerhouse Braves of the late 1800s through the Americans and Pilgrims, the forerunners of the Red Sox. Generations of fans who followed the likes of Ruth and Speaker, Williams and Pesky, Yaz and Tony C., Fisk and Lynn and even Manny and Pedro had held a stranglehold on the market that even three Patriots Super Bowl wins couldn't wrest away. Then came September of 2011, followed by what we may someday refer to as 'the Valentine year.' And just like that, the Sox (and baseball in general) were relegated to second fiddle status.

Published in The Sports Edge
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:34

Rotten tomatoes

Historically, the beginning of October marks the start of great things to come. Think about it: Columbus Day weekend (a day off with zero responsibilities!), leaves starting to turn, Halloween, Thanksgiving fun things on the horizon.

In sports it's a time where you are overwhelmed with options. NFL and NCAA football go full tilt, the MLB regular season comes to an end and playoffs begin - but this year, for me the options are limited, and there is no one to blame but the Boston Red Sox. Playoffs? Not this year - not by a long shot.

Published in The Sports Edge
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 12:53

Kind of a big deal

Red Sox, Dodgers make massive trade

Any doubts the Boston faithful may have had about 2012 being a lost season have officially been eliminated.

In one of the biggest money trades in baseball history, the Red Sox sent pitcher Josh Beckett, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, outfielder Carl Crawford and utility player Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a package of first baseman James Loney and four minor leaguers: pitchers Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa, infielder Ivan DeJesus and outfielder Jerry Sands.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:09

Red Sox Report Card July

Even optimism has its limits. We are reaching those limits when it comes to the 2012 Red Sox. As we enter August, it is clear that this season's squad is underachieving.

That's not to say that they are a bad team. They're not. A bad team, we could deal with. We dealt with bad teams for a long time. No, what we have in 2012 is worse a mediocre team. Boston has hovered around the .500 mark for the entire season; there have been a couple of strong stretches, but even those were almost immediately offset by bad patches.

This season's addition of a second wild card playoff spot has kept postseason hope alive in Boston. However, it has also kept hope alive in several other cities across the country. It's going to take an extended stretch of quality play to give the Red Sox a chance to leapfrog into that wild card spot. Is it possible? Absolutely. Is it likely? I'm not so sure.

Published in Report Card
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:57

Dirty Little Secret

As the dog days of summer approach, Red Sox fans continue to be troubled by what has been a season-long series of false starts and dashed hopes. There have been flashes of brilliance from this team but also much longer stretches of mediocrity, all while the guys in pinstripes continue to play with a youthfulness that makes you wonder if there's a Dorian Gray-like team portrait hanging in Hank Steinbrenner's office. It would be enough to make me add several new gray hairs if it were not for my dirty little secret. No, it's not Just For Men. It's that I just don't care like I once did. 

Published in The Sports Edge
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