September 2008

Rally Monday Pics

As requested by a few of you…below are the pictures from yesterday’s Rally/Team send-off!  Jason Bay, Pedroia, Youk, Tito, and Larry Lucchino all spoke to the crowd before heading off to the airport.


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Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox


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Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox

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Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox



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Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox

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 Megan LaBella/Boston Red Sox


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 Megan LaBella/Boston Red Sox


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Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox

Number 6

While I wait for the Rally to begin here at the Park, I figured I’d include some more photos from “The Big I” and “The Big LaBellski” from yesterday’s Johnny Pesky ceremony.

Congrats Johnny on a well-deserved recognition!


                   Mike Ivins/Boston Red Sox



     Mike Ivins/Boston Red Sox



       Mike Ivins/Boston Red Sox



Mike Ivins/Boston Red Sox

Rally Monday today!!

Gates open at 3:30pm today. FREE hotdogs and soda for the first 2,500 people!  I know a lot of you are too far away to come, but it will be on NESN, so hopefully you can enjoy from afar!

Here’s the official press release:

For Immediate Release

September 27, 2008






The Boston Red Sox will be hosting a Post-Season Rally presented by Bank of America at Fenway Park, which will also be broadcast live on the New England Sports Network (NESN).  The Rally will celebrate Boston’s fifth post-season appearance in the past six years and provide fans with the opportunity to wish the Red Sox good luck as they depart for Anaheim to take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2008 American League Division Series.  The Series commences on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at Angels Stadium in Anaheim.


Fans are invited to come to Fenway Park at 3:30 on Monday, September 29, 2008 and enter Fenway Park through Gate D.  The first 2500 fans to enter the ballpark will receive a coupon good for a free hot dog and soda, compliments of ARAMARK, at the Fenway Park concession stands.


The Rally will be hosted by NESN play-by-play commentator Don Orsillo, NESN on-field reporter Heidi Watney and NESN studio analyst and former Red Sox infielder, and Framingham, MA native, Lou Merloni.  The Rally will feature live interviews with Red Sox Principal Owner John W. Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, President/CEO Larry Lucchino, Manager Terry Francona along with several of the Red Sox coaches and players and Bank of America representatives.  Video tributes and montages to the 2008 Red Sox will be shown on the centerfield video board and live entertainment will be presented by local Roxbury band Quest.


This will make the fourth time in five years that Boston has had a Post-Season Rally with the 2004 and 2005 events taking place at Fenway Park and the 2007 event taking place at Boston’s City Hall Plaza. The initiative was started by Major League Baseball in 2004 in each city of the eight teams that annually advance to post-season play.


The Rally will be shown again on NESN at 8:00 p.m. on Monday night.





We’re in!!!

Blogger’s Note:  Due to some excessive celebrating last night, I’m not sure that I have the cognitive skills required to write something coherent today.  So instead I’m going to use this space to showcase the talents of our Photo Department.  Big thanks to Mike “the Big I” Ivins (self proclaimed “team photographer extraordinaire”) and Megan “the Big LaBellski” LaBella for giving this blog the the first glance at these never before seen photos from last night.



               Mike Ivins/Boston Red Sox


Nobody was better at this move than the “Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase


       Mike Ivins/Boston Red Sox


Let’s all just be grateful this cork didn’t get lodged in the back of David’s throat.


Mike Ivins/Boston Red Sox


Amazing…simply amazing.  I’ve never been more proud of our Photo Department


    Mike Ivins/Boston Red Sox


Wait…strike that.  Now I’ve never been more proud.  This is the happiest grown man (quality of coloring on the sign notwithstanding) I’ve ever seen. 


   Megan LaBella/Boston Red Sox


As my old Physics teacher would say…”there’s a tremendous amount of torque being applied to that champagne bottle”  Who do you think won this battle??


   Mike Ivins/Boston Red Sox


It was glorious.

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Johnny Pesky’s # 6

It’s official.  I just snuck my way down to the press conference to see the momentous occasion for myself.

9-24 Happy Birthday Pesky.jpgJohnny Pesky’s #6 is going to be formally retired on Friday night prior to our game vs. the Yankees.

I’m interested to see what you all think of this move by the organization.  Of course, we all know that for many years there had been formal rules as to who could have their number retired (you had to have played for the Sox for a minimum of 10 years, retired as a member of the Boston Red Sox, and been enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame).

But for those of you who might think that an exception should not have been made for Pesky, consider this, he has been a member of the organization for 57 total years.  He hit over 200 hits in each of his first three seasons (which by the way, were interrupted by 3 years in WWII).

Brian Babineau/Boston Red Sox

Anyhow…I’m VERY interested to hear what you think, why you think it, and who (if anyone else) you think should have their number retired.  Boggs?  Rice?  Cy Young?  Pedro?  Tiant?

Can’t wait to read what you think!

Magic Numbers and Sox Musical Stylings…

So, as I mentioned in my e-newsletter (which, if you haven’t yet signed up for it…it’s completely FREE and can be signed up for here), I’m reserving this blog space for a listing of our players’ entrance/walk-up songs.  Without further ado…

Position Players:

Ellsbury “Cherub Rock”, Smashing Pumpkins

Coco – “Sexy Can I”, by Ray J, featuring Yung Berg, and “Lollipop” by Lil’ Wayne

Bay – “Alive”, Pearl Jam

Drew – no music by choice

Kotsay – “Low”, Flo Rida

Ortiz – just gave us a CD and said play track 18.  He also has “Get Buck in Here” by DJ Felli Fel

Varitek“Kryptonite”, 3 Doors Down

Bailey“Moby Dick”, Led Zeppelin

Pedroia – “**** wit Dre Day”, Dr. Dre

Youkilis – “Push It To The Limit”, Rick Ross

Lowell“Iron Man”, Black Sabbath

Lowrie – “The Kids Aren’t Alright”, The Offspring

Casey – “Even Flow”, Pearl Jam



Byrd“I Am Free”, Newsboys

Aardsma – “Bodies”, Drowning Pool

Delcarmen – “I’m From Boston”, by a band that we don’t know.  He brought us a CD

Timlin“Black Betty”, Ram Jam

Okajima“The Oki-Doki”, by ?

Papelbon“Wild Thing”, The Troggs then “I’m Shipping Up To Boston”, Dropkick Murphys

Beckett – “Rockstar”, Nickelback

Wakefield“How Bad Do You Want It”, Tim McGraw

Lester – “I Use What I Got”, Jason Aldean

Matsuzaka – “Real World”, Exile


So, if you’ve been away from Fenway Park for a while, the take-away from the above, is that Delcarmen and Papelbon do not use “Blame it on the Rain” as their entrance song.


And last but not least…the Magic Number for us to clinch a playoff spot now stands at 5.  Any combination of our wins and the Twins losses that add up to 5 will mean that we have clinched at least the Wild Card.  And as our friends at the MA State Lottery always say…you’ve got to be in it to win it!


All the best from Inside the Front Office,

“The Voice of the Nation”

Catching some Rays….

As Bethany noted in a comment on my last entry, I have been a little notably absent over the past few days.  We baseball folk (especially in the Front Office) are a very superstitious bunch.  And since I didn’t post the lineups for game 2 of that double-header, we have won every game since.

But I suppose it could just be the posting of the lineups and not the posting in general that we can attribute this recent success to.

In any event…yes, we have finally (almost) caught up to the Rays.  I think I saw somewhere that technically, they are .001 percentage points ahead of us in the standings due to the fact that we’ve played more games.  But I think we can wash that all away today with a big win behind BecKKKKKKKKett.  As you all know, he’s still taking a somewhat cautious path back into the rotation, but if he does well enough tonight, I feel like he might be ready to go to normal pitch counts by his next start, and then be good to go for the playoffs (should we be so fortunate to make it – again…we’re a VERY superstitious bunch).

And can we please take a moment to really appreciate what Coco Crisp has been doing lately??  I mean, talk about guys stepping up at the right time of year!  After hitting .305 in August, he’s now hitting .457 in September.  With Drew out, and Ortiz and Lowell admittedly not at full strength, he’s quieting his critics in impressive fashion.  He’s getting on base, running the bases well, and as always, been playing solid defense.  You want your players and team to get hot as they head towards the playoffs, and Coco (no matter where he’s been hitting in the lineup over the past couple of months) has been as hot as they come.  Sorry to digress, but it deserves to be noted.

So here’s hoping to a solid Beckett performance tonight!

All the best from a very quiet (yet very excited) Front Office,

“The Voice of the Nation”

PS – In case you’re wondering about the absence of pictures on the blog lately, apparently we’ve been having some technical difficulties.  But our good folks in our IT department are working on fixing the problem.

“Let’s play two!”

Here are the lineups for the 12:35pm game:

Red Sox

9 ellsbury

4 pedroia

Dh ortiz

5 lowell

3 casey

7 bay

6 lowrie

2 varitek

8 crisp

Sp byrd


Blue Jays 

4 inglett

6 scutaro

9 rios

8 wells

3 overbay

Dh lind

2 barajas

5 rolen

7 snider

Sp burnett



We’ve got Crisp back in the starting lineup tonight after he began the game on the bench in the last game of the Tampa Bay series.  Let’s see if he can keep up his hot streak!

Red Sox

8 crisp

4 pedroia

Dh ortiz

3 youkilis

7 bay

5 lowell

9 kotsay

6 lowrie

2 cash

Sp wakefield



Blue Jays 

4 scutaro

7 wilkerson

9 rios

8 wells

3 overbay

Dh mench

2 barajas

5 rolen

6 mcdonald

Sp purcey


Want (possible) ALDS tickets?

Registration for the random drawing for ALDS tickets begins today!

I wanted to make sure you were all aware of the following.  This is a portion of a press release we sent out a couple of days ago:





Fans will have chance to purchase tickets for possible postseason

games at Fenway Park through random drawing;

Registration and Random Drawing presented by Iomega, an EMC Company


BOSTON, MA – Registration for a random drawing for the opportunity to purchase tickets for any 2008 Red Sox postseason games that may be played at Fenway Park begins at 12 noon EDT, Thursday, September 11.  Fans may register for the drawing online at  The 2008 postseason ticket online registration and random drawing processes is being presented by Iomega, an EMC Company.  EMC is the Official Information Infrastructure Provider of the Boston Red Sox.


The random drawing for tickets to any American League Division Series games that may be played at Fenway Park will take place on Monday, September 15. Fans that are selected for the opportunity to purchase tickets for ALDS games will be notified via e-mail on Tuesday, September 16.  The e-mail will provide winners with instructions on how to purchase online between 12 noon and 6 p.m. on Friday, September 19.


For fans who do not have internet access, or those not selected in the online random drawing, a limited number of tickets will be set aside for purchase by telephone (while supplies last) beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, September 19 at (617) 482-4SOX.  No tickets will be available at the Fenway Park ticket office.


Fans with disabilities may call (877) RED-SOX9 beginning at noon on Friday, September 19 to purchase accessible seating (while supplies last).  Hearing impaired patrons may call the TTY line at (617) 226-6644.


There will be a one-game, two-ticket purchase limit for each winner selected.  Ticket prices for the ALDS are $130 for Field Box Seats and Loge Box Seats, $100 for Pavilion Box Seats and Right Field Box Seats, $55 for Grandstand Seats, $35 for Bleacher Seats and $30 for standing room.  All orders for the American League Division Series will be subject to a $6 per-ticket convenience fee and a $15 per-order processing fee.