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2012 Red Sox Preview: Relief Pitchers

A big storyline heading into this new season is how the Red Sox bullpen will perform given significant personal changes. Gone is four-time All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon to free agency. A big change awaits former dominate set up man Daniel Bard as he is stretched out to start this year to help a limited rotation. […]

What We Learned This Week: Professor Paps, Peyton’s Place?

What We Learned This Week Week of March 3 – March 10   Peyton Manning Got Cut From a 2-14 Team What a scrub! I hope the poor guy can somehow catch on with another team. It will be strange to see Peyton Manning in another uniform (or another helmet) but Johnny Unitas with the […]

Dropkick Murphys’ Comment About Papelbon Taken Out of Context

With the departure of closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Philadelphia Phillies after last season, we here in Boston assumed Pap’ would take everything with him. Ken Casey, the frontman of Boston’s own Dropkick Murphys, reportedly told ESPN Music that he does not want the former Sox closer to use their song, “Shipping up to Boston” […]

Is Rooting for Recycled Laundry Worth the Time?

In the past several months, Boston sports fans have seen some of their favorite players leave town for other franchises. Jonathan Papelbon bolted for a sack of cash in Philadelphia and Glen “Big Baby” Davis was sent to Orlando in a sign-and-trade. What initially struck me about both of these events was the lack of […]

Exploring the Closer Market for Red Sox: Bell, Madson, Cordero, Others

After Jonathan Papelbon accepted a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, Ben Cherington and the Red Sox must now find a new closer. There is a great multitude of options this offseason, including big name free agents and possible trade targets. There is also the greatly discussed possibility of transitioning set up man Daniel Bard to […]

Ben Cherington’s Task List: Hire a Manager, Replace Papelbon & Drew

With the end of the Theo Epstein era in Boston comes the beginning of Ben Cherington’s reign as general manager. Born in New Hampshire, Cherington was raised as a Red Sox fan throughout his childhood, often imitating the batting stances of favorite players like Jim Rice. His mind was always his most impressive feature, memorizing […]

Philadelphia Phillies to Sign Jonathan Papelbon

The Red Sox have officially said goodbye to their All-Star closer this offseason. The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly reached a deal with Jonathan Papelbon for 4 years/$50 million, pending a physical. Papelbon put together another stellar season in 2011 with a 2.94 ERA in 64.1 IP with 31 saves and a 12.20 K/9. The Phillies […]

How to Fix the Red Sox this Off Season

As the offseason gets underway, the Red Sox don’t particularly have that many needs. Except for a manager. And an outfielder. And a few starting pitchers. Oh and an entire new bullpen. I guess I was wrong, they do have a lot of needs. And considering the payroll, there’s not much room for an Albert […]

Red Sox Need to Re-Sign Jonathan Papelbon

After a disastrous September torpedoed the Red Sox in the playoff race, a significant number of decisions will have to be made this offseason to impact the future of the franchise. The end of Terry Francona’s run as manager was the first notable change, and now with the emptiness of October baseball in the background […]

MLB Playoff Predictions: What the Red Sox Woulda/Coulda/Shoulda Done

Despite doing everything they possibly could to throw away their chances at the postseason in the month of September, the Boston Red Sox somehow still found themselves one strike away from at least forcing a one-game play-in against the Tampa Bay Rays. Then, in the course of three agonizing minutes, two walk-off wins left the […]

Rays Rally and Red Sox Crumble to Complete Crushing September Collapse

Blame it on the rain. On a night that started out looking like everything could be forgotten. The Red Sox would make the playoffs and the collapse would be nothing but an after thought. The Rays were down 7-0 to the Yankees and the Red Sox were up on the Orioles. Unfortunately, the baseball gods […]

Ellsbury’s 3-Run Home Run in 14th Downs Yankees

Ellsbury Lifts Red Sox As the Red Sox playoff hopes are dwindling by the minute, Jacoby Ellsbury kept the Red sox head above water late Sunday night belting a three-run home run in the top of the 14th inning to down the Yankees 7-4. Lackey Slow Start, Strong Finish John Lackey took the mound in […]

Is Theo Epstein to Blame for the Red Sox Collapse?

On September 1, the Boston Red Sox held first place in the division and led the Tampa Bay Rays by 9 (NINE!) games in the standings. Today, September 21, the Red Sox trail the New York Yankees by 6.5 games in the division and, most importantly (and frighteningly), have only a 2.5 game cushion over […]

Bedard Served with Child Support Papers; Papelbon Blows Save in Sox Loss

The Red Sox needed a lengthy start from Erik Bedard on Tuesday night as they continue to drag their feet on the way to the playoffs. Bedard, who was coming off injuries to his knee and lat and hadn’t pitched since Sept. 3, just became the latest Red Sox starter in a long line to […]

Bobby Jenks: A Colossal Letdown?

With injuries plaguing the Sox so late in the year, fans can add another name to that ever growing list. Red Sox relief pitcher Bobby Jenks is out for the rest of the season. Wait, what? You’ve never heard of Bobby Jenks? But you do watch Red Sox games, right? Oh, yeah, that’s why you’ve […]