May 2009

The Big I’s “Best of the Rest” Part VI



Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox


New Hampshire Day at Fenway!

For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 21, 2009


New Hampshire residents will enjoy priority in purchasing tickets and participation in Pre-Game Ceremonies

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox today announced the celebration of New Hampshire Day at Fenway Park on June 6, 2009 when the Red Sox face the Texas Rangers.  A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase by residents of New Hampshire via an online random drawing.  Applicants must fill out and submit a registration form to participate in this opportunity to purchase.

Registration for the random drawing on will begin today, May 21 at 12:00 noon ET and will close at 12:00 noon ET on Tuesday, May 26. The Red Sox will then conduct a random selection of winners from the pool of registrants. The winners will have the opportunity to purchase up to four (4) tickets at face value for the Red Sox-Mets game at 7:10 p.m. ET on May 23.

In order to be eligible for this opportunity, fans must be eighteen (18) years of age or older and a resident of New Hampshire at the time of entry. Registrations will be limited to one entry per person.

Additionally, starting today at noon, the first 100 New Hampshire residents who sign up for Red Sox Nation Citizenship at will be guaranteed the right to purchase four tickets to New Hampshire Day.  As an added benefit to all Red Sox Nation citizens from New Hampshire, one lucky individual will also be randomly selected from a drawing to deliver a Ceremonial First Pitch on New Hampshire Day.

In addition to the Ceremonial First Pitch honoree, all participants of the Pre-Game Ceremonies on New Hampshire Day will be residents of the state, including the National Anthem performer and the presenters of the Honor Guard.


The Big I’s “Best of the Rest” Part V


Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox


Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox


Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox


Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox


Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox


Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox


The Big I’s “Best of the Rest” Part IV


A great photo from the free Mother’s Day Walk in the Park!20090510_DR_Moms_019.jpg

The Players’ Jams…


Ellsbury – “Let It Rock”, Kevin Rudolf (f. Lil’ Wayne)

Pedroia – “Dre Day”, Dr. Dre

Ortiz – “Somos De Calle”, Daddy Yankee; “My Destiny” by Yomo

Youkilis – “Crank That (Soulja Boy)”, Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em

Drew – (no music by choice)

Bay – “Alive”, Pearl Jam

Lowell – “Bombtrack”, Rage Against The Machine

Varitek – “Kryptonite”, 3 Doors Down

Green – “Bet That”, Trick Daddy; “I Run”, Slim Thug

Lugo – “Como Yo”, Juan Luis Guerra

Kottaras – “Sad But True”, Metallica

Baldelli – “All Along The Watchtower”, Jimi Hendrix; “Strange Times”, Black Keys

Bailey – “Moby Dick”, Led Zeppelin

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

Carter – “Stronger”, Kanye West

Kotsay – “Low”, Flo Rida



Beckett – “Living Hard”, Gary Allan

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

Matsuzaka – “The Next Door”, Exile (theme to Street Fighter IV!)

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

Penny – “Red Rider”, Lunatic Fringe

Delcarmen – “I’m From Boston”, MAV Entertainment

Jones – “My Wave”, Soundgarden

Ramirez – “Lucha”, Nancy Amancio

Masterson “Rebirthing”, Skillet

Saito, “Zenryaku Michino Ue Yori”, Issei Fubi

Okajima – “The Oki-Doki”, Tatami

Papelbon – “I’m Shipping Up To Boston”, Dropkick Murphys


Hot prospect Daniel Bard gets called up!

For Immediate Release

May 10, 2009





BOSTON, MAThe Boston Red Sox today selected right-handed pitcher Daniel Bard to the active roster from Triple-A Pawtucket.  To make room on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Javier Lopez has been designated for assignment.  Bard, who will wear number 60, will be active for tonight’s game against Tampa Bay.


The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.


For Bard, 23, it is his first stint at the Major League level.  The reliever has gone 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA (2 ER/16.0 IP) in 11 appearances for the PawSox and is tied for the International League lead with six saves.  The right-hander leads Pawtucket with 29 strikeouts compared to five walks and his ratio of 16.3 strikeouts per nine innings ranks second among all minor league relievers.  Bard has held opponents to a .115 batting average (6-for-52) this season.


Selected by Boston in the first round (club’s second pick) of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Bard was named last season’s Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year after combining for a 5-1 record with seven saves, a 1.51 ERA (13 ER/77.2 IP) and 107 strikeouts between Single-A Greenville and Double-A Portland.  In nine relief appearances as a non-roster invitee this spring, Bard went 1-0 with one save, striking out 14 batters in 10.1 scoreless innings.


Lopez, 31, was 0-2 with a 9.26 ERA (12 ER/11.2 IP) in 14 relief appearances for Boston this season.  Acquired by the Red Sox in a June 2006 trade from the Chicago White Sox, Lopez is 5-3 with one save and a 3.30 ERA (47 ER/128.1 IP) in 172 career games for Boston.  He is 11-7 with four saves and a 4.62 ERA (125 ER/243.2 IP) in 343 career Major League appearances for Colorado (2003-05), Arizona (2005) and Boston (2006-09).



Baldelli is Back!

For Immediate Release

May 7, 2009





BOSTON, MA–The Boston Red Sox today activated outfielder Rocco Baldelli from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Jonathan Van Every to Triple-A Pawtucket.


The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.


Baldelli, 27, has been on the disabled list since April 21 with a left hamstring strain.  He made two rehabilitation appearances with Pawtucket and went 0-for-7 with an RBI and run scored as the designated hitter.  In five games with Boston this season, Baldelli has hit .231 (3-for-13) with an RBI, two runs scored and a walk.  He has made four starts in the outfield, including three in right and one in center.


Signed by the Red Sox as a free agent on January 8, 2009, Baldelli has a career .281 average (491-for-1,749) with 94 doubles, 17 triples, 52 home runs, 235 RBI, 257 runs scored, 91 walks and 58 stolen bases in 452 career games with Tampa Bay and Boston.


Van Every, 29, has hit .364 (4-for-11) with a home run and three RBI in seven games with the Red Sox in 2009.  He began the season on the disabled list with a right ankle sprain and was activated on April 24.  Signed by Boston as a free agent on December 1, 2007, Van Every made his Major League debut with the Red Sox last season and has hit .286 (8-for-28) with a triple, home run, eight RBI, one run scored and three walks in 18 career Big League games.



Red Sox Nation Governor’s Conference Call!

As I mentioned in our weekly Insider e-newsletter, I’m including my notes below from our Red Sox Nation Governor’s Conference Calls.  If you have any questions or thoughts, please let me know by putting your response below or by emailing me: 


old phone.jpgRSN West Governors Call – 4/29/09

Brian O’Halloran – Red Sox Director of Baseball Operations (started in 2002) one of Theo’s right-hand men gave the Western states’ Governors a good summary of our organization as it stood as of last week.  Below are some notes I took from this call – while not exact quotes, it’s as good as I could get – I’m not the fastest scribe…



We feel really good about where we are – a game out of first place.  On pace to win 105 games

5th in ERA

3rd in Runs Scored

Could play better defense – not as well as we hoped

We’ve been a deep, well-rounded team, capable of weathering a storm of injuries.  Farm system is a strength due to the great work of our scouting and player development departments.

Van Every, Bailey, Hunter Jones, and Bowden have all stepped in, with Masterson moving to starting role due to injury.  We still have more depth in the minors

Nick Green has done a very nice job for us

Injury update

Smoltz – he’ll be able to help out a lot (HOF caliber guy) – better than a mid-season trade.  He’s on track for a return in June.  It’ll be exciting to see how he might be able to help us.

Kotsay – think is going to be a key for us (versatility).  Had a setback, but expect a rehab assignment soon

Lowrie – around the allstar break

Rocco – just started running – shouldn’t be too long

Dice-K – bullpen today, some rehab starts

Farm System – Feel well-positioned to have a few of the guys step in.  Tazawa, Buchholz both pitching well.  We hope we won’t have to have Lars Anderson in the bigs this year, but feel if a need arrises he’ll be ready

Daniel Bard is very exciting

PLEASED ABOUT – Lowell (coming off an injury); middle of our order has been very good; bullpen is a strength – Delcarmen and Ramirez in particular; Wakefield with the key win to start the streak, complete game(s)

TO IMPROVE – Defense, we expect to improve, expect it to be a strength over the course of the season; more consistent performances from some of the starting pitchers; Road Performance- look to improve

Tampa‘s off to a slow start – we expect they’ll be right there; Toronto is a good team; Yankees will be there; we’re in the toughest division in baseball.


We’ll look over the next couple of weeks and months to see where we might be able to improve, headed towards the trade deadline.  Hopefully we won’t need much, but it rarely ends up that way.



RSN Midwest Governor’s Call


Special Guest – Mike Hazen Director of Player Development (who is in Salem right now looking at our newest minor league affiliate; oversees all of our farm teams and affiliates) – his work has produced a lot of the talent we’ve recently seen and grown to love.


Impact of the younger player at the minor league level has been pretty significant.  We can’t have any success without our scouting staff.  Player Development is a way to feed our Major League club as well as to offer trade chips for Theo – serves as a dual product.  We’ve been pretty aggressive about pushing our players at a younger age to move on up through the system.  Younger players have more value.  For any of our affiliates, you’ll notice the players who perform well at a younger age have more value.  The development of our players comes before winning at the minor league level.


Players to watch this year  – Major League level you’ve seen some of the players (Masterson, Jones, Bowden) a year prior, they were all in Double A.  There are a couple of guys getting ready to make that next step now.

AAA – Bowden, Buchholz (hopefully will make an impact in 09)

AA – Lars Anderson (off to a very good start); Josh Reddick (OF with very high ceiling of talent)

Casey Kelly 19 years old, Stolmy Pimentel pitcher from the Dominican – (we could certainly see them in Boston over the next few years)


That’s all I have for now…hope my notes at least made a little sense – I was trying to type as fast as I could!

All the best from the Front Office!

“The Voice of the Nation”

Mother’s Day Walk in the Park! (FREE!!!)

For Immediate Release

May 5, 2009



Mother’s Day Walk in The Park to Take Place on Sunday; Other Family-Friendly Initiatives continue at the ballpark during 2009 season


BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox announced today that the Fenway Family Hour program, which features concession price reductions and other select discounts the first hour after gates open, has been extended to the month of May.  The announcement comes as part of ownership’s continuing desire to make Fenway Park more family-friendly by introducing programs and initiatives that provide fans with more value at the ballpark.


The Red Sox also announced the annual Mother’s Day Walk in the Park presented by Red Sox Banking only at Bank of America, which will take place on Sunday, May 10, 2009 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  This free-of-cost event gives fans an opportunity to bring their mothers to the ballpark and take a leisurely stroll on the warning track at America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.  Fans can have their photos taken with the 2004 and 2007 World Series Trophies and Wally the Green Monster.  Other entertainment options are also being planned for the Walk in the Park


Fenway Family Hour, a joint effort between the Red Sox and ARAMARK, was launched in April.  During the month of May, nine popular food items will again be available at up to 50% off in price, including: Fenway Franks, pizza slices, pretzels, popcorn, cotton candy, fruit cups, veggie cups, slider boat (two sliders & fries), and Hoodsie ice cream cups.  The discount is available at all locations throughout the ballpark and there is no limit on the number of items purchased.  The Red Sox Team Store on Yawkey Way will continue offering a $5 discount on all Red Sox hats and apparel during the family hour period. 


Other fan-favorite activities will continue throughout the ballpark this season, including special sessions once a homestand where fans attending games can meet and take a photo with a player or coach.  The first session, which featured Manny Delcarmen, took place on Sunday, April 26, and the next session is scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2009 (subject to change).  The photo session is located in the Gate A concourse next to the Boston Public Library display, and will take place for 30 minutes after the end of Red Sox Batting Practice.  The Red Sox and FanFoto will have a photographer present and will provide each fan with a complimentary coupon good for one photograph that can be downloaded from the FanFoto website.


As always, fans also are invited to watch batting practice as soon as the gates open two hours before game-time; enjoy live entertainment, face painting and balloon artists in the Big Concourse; and take in the festive Yawkey Way atmosphere featuring a stilt walker, musical entertainment, and the NESNHD Yawkey Way stage.  The Best Buy Players Club has also been fitted with flat-screen televisions, video game consoles and other amenities to provide fans with a comfortable place to relax and seek shelter from the weather.  Located in the Big Concourse behind the Bleachers, the Club is available to all ticketholders once the game commences.


Two special baseball events held at Fenway Park this summer will also provide fans with family-friendly options.  Futures at Fenway, a minor league doubleheader, is scheduled on Saturday, August 8, and will showcase the Red Sox stars of tomorrow from the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Portland Sea Dogs.  The first game is scheduled to start at 12:05 pm, and both teams will face Orioles minor league franchise squads.  Futures tickets range from $5 (for Upper Bleachers) to $30 (for Green Monster Seats, Dugout Seats, the EMC Club and the State Street Pavilion Club), and discounted concession items will be available.  On Thursday, July 23, Fenway Park will host The Under Armour Cape League All-Star Game, scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m.  All seats are general admission, tickets are priced at $10.00, and discounted concession items will be available.  The day will also feature an autograph session with the all-stars and family entertainment in the Fenway Park concourses.  Tickets for both events can be purchased via the internet at or by touch-tone telephone at 1-877-REDSOX-9.  Fans with disabilities may also call (877) REDSOX-9 to purchase accessible seating (while supplies last). The Red Sox’ TTY number for hearing-impaired fans is (617) 226-6644. 



The Big I’s “Best of the Rest” Part III

The Big I got to take a Big Trip to the Big City this week…so without further ado…below are his Best of the Rest Photos! 


Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox


Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox


Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox