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Welcome to my Red Sox column, titled Fire Brand of the American League, Evan Brunell's analytical (and sometimes not so analytical) look at the Boston Red Sox.
Are you wondering what "The Fire Brand of the American League" means? In a nutshell, its origination is from a newspaper article published in March of 1919 in "Baseball Magazine," with the subject being the new owner of the Boston Red Sox, Harry Frazee. The article gives a glowing review of Harry Frazee, and is quite interesting. He sounds remarkably like John Henry. If you're wondering how you can read this article, you can buy the book - "Impossible Dreams," which was compiled by Glenn Stout. It also has other collections of newspaper articles from all of Red Sox history, including one of the sale of Babe Ruth. I actually posted a column about that article explaining what it says and my take on it, which ended up being Fire Brand's very first column (Dec. 31, 2003 in the archives).
The main reason I wanted this site to be named "The Fire Brand of the American League" is...well...doesn't it sound cool?
Born on the 37th anniversary of the the day Babe Ruth died (1985) which later became the day Jimy Williams was fired in 2001, I was too young to experience the pain 1986 brought, but a deep wound was sowed in 2003. 2004 covered that wound up, and more. I am a guardedly optimistic Red Sox fan. Red Sox fans are by nature, quite pessimistic, so I do my best to stay positive but there are times where I fall into the deep, black hole of being a Red Sox fan.
I have written on Fire Brand since December 31, 2003 and grabbed a partner in Zach Hayes in September of 2005. A few partners later, we have Ryne Crabb, Tim Daloisio and Shawn Medeiros rounding out the corps. My self-created motto is: The universe is the limit, not the sky.
Hey, I wrote a piece on whether or not fans are right to keep booing Derek Jeter.
I'd appreciate your thoughts.
Has Pedro shifted the balance of power in the NL?
Here is a list of 10 One-Of-A-Kind MLB Records. Check it out if you have time. Thanks
Hey I wrote an article about my take on the Erin Andrews video scandal. Take a look when you get a minute. Thanks.
Decided to start doing weekly MLB Power Rankings. If you get the chance, I'd like it if you took a look. Thanks.
After the great success of my first article about the uniform numbers 1-10, I have come back with the next installment, with the best players to wear the uniform numbers 11-20. I hope you can take a look and even comment on my choices. Thanks in advance!
- Matthew Falkenbury
I hope you got a chance to watch Jonathan Sanchez toss his first career no-hitter last night. Truly remarkable.
If you like no-hitters and lots of strikeouts, then this list is for you:
Hey man, love your Red Sox work,. If you get a chance, take a look and leave me some thoughts. Appreciate it.
Hey, I wrote this a while ago, it's a Yankees fans perspective of the Red Sox all team:
wrote a piece which I tried to make my master piece. Could you please cheack it out. Don't be scared of telling me if it is bad