1. Red Sox Vets Sticking Around: Tim Wakefield, Jason Varitek Will Return for 2010

    So it looks like a couple of long, long-time teammates will be teammates at least a little longer still. The Red Sox didn't just pick up Tim Wakefield's option for 2010, (which would ...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about 5 years ago 264 reads 4 comments

  2. Yankees Win, But National Public Radio Strikes Back

    After a World Series like this last one, we Red Sox fans take a lot of consoling. It's never been fun watching one's sworn enemies' jubilation. Where, oh where, can a Boston loyalist turn for some trace of comfort? Try National Public Radio...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about 5 years ago 307 reads 2 comments

  3. Red Sox Fans Say: "Onward and Upward, Phils!"

    Last year, the season ended tragically, but I found solace in my brief tenure as a Phillies fan. This year, I'm taking it to a new level...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about 5 years ago 209 reads 9 comments

  4. Look Homeward, Red Sox: The View From Two Games Back

    I'm still an optimist, you know. True, for the second night running the Red Sox were held to just four hits. This time they did at least manage to get a run across...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about 5 years ago 55 reads 0 comments

  5. The Ghost of Buchholz Past?

    First inning: Valbuena homers for Cleveland on the third pitch of the game, but the next three batters are knocked out in quick succession. Boston brings around three runs of its own for an early lead...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about 5 years ago 154 reads 1 comments

  6. Yankees Go Home: Notes from a Boston Red Sox Fan Abroad

    It’s mid-July. I stand in a field, just beside the eucalyptus-lined road, and stare up at a night sky more star-filled than I could ever see in the states...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about 5 years ago 129 reads 2 comments

  7. Papi Lives! Bring on the Second Half

    I started writing this one about two weeks ago, shortly after home run number four. Somewhere in my head, a little voice cried out, “After so long a slump, it's too soon! Don't write that Big Papi is back to stay...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about over 5 years ago 80 reads 6 comments

  8. What's Up with Papelbon? The Entirely (Un)True Story of the '09 Sox

    A third of the season is past, and the Boston Red Sox are still first in the AL East. This despite their impenetrable, unshakable pitching staff started the year looking like the Washington Nationals, instead of the Red Sox...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about over 5 years ago 174 reads 17 comments

  9. Tetchy Tichenor Kicked Out Four and a Good Time Was Had by All

    An umpire’s job is a stressful one. If he does his job properly, no one remembers him. If he screws things up royally, it’s only then that his name makes the headlines...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about over 5 years ago 102 reads 0 comments

  10. Mets 5, Red Sox 3: It's Only Technically a Loss

    Some might call last night’s game a loss. The box scores, for one, and the standings. But a few months from now, looking back, it just might feel like a win. Daisuke Matsuzaka didn’t come away with a W for his tally...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about over 5 years ago 137 reads 0 comments

  11. Big Papi, Little Faith? Ortiz Homers and the Nation Exhales

    Dennis Eckersley said it on NESN: every last fan in Fenway was blowing on that ball, willing it past the wall and into the camera well...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about over 5 years ago 118 reads 0 comments

  12. Up from the Cellar: Why Wakefield's Triumph Was More Than Just a Win

    A win is a win. We all know a win in April counts the same as in October, and that the most exciting tight game counts the same as a blow-out in the standings...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about over 5 years ago 121 reads 5 comments

  13. Red Sox Rain Delay Musings (Or, "It's Opening Day! It's Openi... Oh. Drat.")

    Eternal Spring. It’s a phrase that gets hauled out in the very purplest of purple prose to describe mild, temperate places, green little Edens for thin-blooded folk...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about over 5 years ago 147 reads 6 comments

  14. Dirt Doggerel II: The Boston Red Sox Offseason in Review

    In honor of Opening Day—less then one week away—and because such things make baseball fans giddy (even giddy enough to rehash the whole of the long, cold winter wait in rhymed couplets)...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about over 5 years ago 119 reads 8 comments

  15. Theo Epstein's Super-Secret World Championship Strategy

    It’s one day before the season opener, 2009. High above the streets of Boston, in a dimly lit office late at night, Theo Epstein sits alone at his desk...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about almost 6 years ago 340 reads 2 comments

  16. Division Debate: Will the Red Sox or the Rays Rule the Mound in '09? (Sox Side)

    Spring Training is back. A fresh, new regular season is so close we can taste it, and Grapefruit League games whet the appetite like nothing else...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about almost 6 years ago 138 reads 10 comments

  17. Last Minute Red Sox Musings: aTek of the Bad Puns

    With just a few hours left, MLB.com offered us a reminder of one more hugely important reason for the Red Sox to re-sign the Captain, Jason Varitek:We need the puns...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about almost 6 years ago 257 reads 2 comments

  18. The Once and Future Captain? Analyzing Jason Varitek's Meeting with John Henry

    It’s almost cliché by now: the Red Sox still need a catcher, and their catcher-captain is still out there, eager to return...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about almost 6 years ago 693 reads 6 comments

  19. 'Tek Notes (A Disgruntled Fan Disposes)

    "Wars have been won quicker than the Red Sox are dealing with the Jason Varitek situation." -- Bill Reynolds, Providence Journal Days pass, and I'm starting to wonder: will word ever ...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about almost 6 years ago 420 reads 12 comments

  20. Josh Bard Is Heading to Boston; Is 'Tek the Next Step in the Long Range Plan?

    Reports that Boston is signing Josh Bard have bumped past the rumor phase. The Red Sox, it seems, have a catcher. Thing is, what we've got is a backup catcher. There's more work to be done...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about almost 7 years ago 399 reads 2 comments

  21. Some Red Sox Holiday Dirt-Doggerel

    In the spirit of Holiday Cheesiness, which always seems so fitting this time of year, my contribution: The Hot Stove continues, and Sox fansAre waiting to hear Theo’s big ...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about 6 years ago 93 reads 1 comments

  22. Diary of the Hot Stove Blues

    So the regular season is just memory now, and pitchers and catchers don’t report for three months. The confetti has settled in Philly. The last of the champagne-soaked jerseys have dried, and the flipped cars have all been righted...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about 6 years ago 428 reads 4 comments

  23. My Vote for Jason Varitek: It's a Good Kind of Bias

    “It’s good to have people love you all over the world, but it boils down to ‘Can you play?’” – Willie Mays Offseason is here once more, with any ...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about 6 years ago 361 reads 4 comments

  24. Phenway Phaithful Phinds the Phillies a Phavorite

    I’m rooting for the Phillies now, and I am a Red Sox fan. Don’t call me bitter. I really am rooting for the Phillies, not against the Rays. After what I just watched the Rays do, I can’t help but respect them...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about 6 years ago 559 reads 6 comments

  25. Hear Ye, O Boston! (Hope for the Olde Towne Team)

    Hear o Boston, mourn not for thy team who have passed from October play to greener golf courses. Verily I say unto thee, thou hast seen the dead made to live again, and didst rejoice...

    FenWest Written by FenWest about 6 years ago 460 reads 0 comments