July 2009

STATEMENT FROM DAVID ORTIZ

For Immediate Release

July 30, 2009

 

STATEMENT FROM DAVID ORTIZ

 

BOSTON, MA–Red Sox Designated Hitter David Ortiz issued the following statement today:

 

Today I was informed by a reporter that I was on the 2003 list of MLB players to test positive for performance-enhancing substances.  This happened right before our game, and the news blindsided me.  I said I had no comment because I wanted to get to the bottom of this. 

 

I want to talk about this situation and I will as soon as I have more answers.  In the meantime I want to let you know how I am approaching this situation.  One, I have already contacted the Players Association to confirm if this report is true.  I have just been told that the report is true.  Based on the way I have lived my life, I am surprised to learn I tested positive.  Two, I will find out what I tested positive for.  And, three, based on whatever I learn, I will share this information with my club and the public.  You know me – I will not hide and I will not make excuses.

 

I want to thank my family, the Red Sox, my teammates, and the fans for their patience and support.

Pedroia’s Tough All-Star Decision

For Immediate Release

July 12, 2009

 

STATEMENT FROM RED SOX SECOND BASEMAN DUSTIN PEDROIA

 

BOSTON, MA–Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia issued the following statement today regarding the All-Star Game:

 

 “After consulting with Tito, Theo, Phyllis Merhige of Major League Baseball and my wife, Kelli, I have decided to withdraw from this year’s All-Star Game in St. Louis.  I will instead stay in Boston with my wife as we tend to a family health matter.

 

This was certainly not an easy decision.  I have a tremendous amount of respect for the game of baseball and for the All-Star Game and am incredibly honored that the fans voted me this year’s starting second baseman for the American League.  I am disappointed that I will not be able to enjoy the amazing experience with the other All-Stars, especially with my Red Sox teammates, but it is important that I put my family first at this time.

 

I want to thank Major League Baseball as well as Tito and Theo for supporting me in this decision.  I also want  to thank the fans for their understanding and the continued support they have shown throughout my career.”

 

—RED SOX—

Updated Player songs!!!

Batters:

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

Pedroia – “Dre Day”, Dr. Dre

Ortiz – “Somos De Calle”, Daddy Yankee; three tracks from the album “My Destiny” by Yomo; plus one unknown

Youkilis – “Man In The Box”, Alice In Chains

Drew – (no music)

Bay – “Alive”, Pearl Jam

Lowell – “Bombtrack”, Rage Against The Machine

Varitek – “Kryptonite”, 3 Doors Down

Lugo – “Ella Tiene Una Cosa Que Amarra”, Pena Suazo

Kottaras – “Going Back To Cali”, The Notorious B.I.G.

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

Kotsay – “Animals”, Nickelback

Green – “Turn My Swag On”, Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em; “I Run”, Slim Thug; “Bet That”, Trick Daddy; “Amazing”, Kanye West; “Sideways”, Dierks Bentley

 

Bailey – “Moby Dick”, Led Zeppelin

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

Carter – “Stronger”, Kanye West

 

Pitchers:

Beckett – “Living Hard”, Gary Allan

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

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

Penny – “Red Rider”, Lunatic Fringe

Smoltz – “Misty Mountain Hop”, Led Zeppelin

Delcarmen – “Boston”, MAV Entertainment

Jones – “My Wave”, Soundgarden

R. Ramirez – “Lucha”, Nancy Amancio

Masterson – “Rebirthing”, Skillet

Saito – “Bad To The Bone”, George Thorogood & The Destroyers

Bard – “Stranglehold”, Ted Nugent

Okajima – “The Oki-Doki”, Tatami

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

All Stars!

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Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox

 

 

For Immediate Release

July 5, 2009

 

SIX RED SOX PLAYERS SELECTED TO

2009 AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR TEAM

 

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox had six players selected to play for the American League in the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which will take place on Tuesday, July 14 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

 

The complete American and National League teams were announced today by Major League Baseball.

 

The six All-Stars include two starters elected in fan balloting: outfielder Jason Bay and second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Voted to the squad by players, managers and coaches were right-handed pitchers Josh Beckett and Jonathan Papelbon. Right-hander Tim Wakefield and first baseman Kevin Youkilis were selected by manager Joe Maddon. No other Major League team had more than four All-Stars named.   

 

Bay, who was elected to his third All-Star game, led all A.L. outfielders with 4,087,450 votes. He was also the starting right fielder for the National League in the 2006 contest in Pittsburgh and was a reserve in 2005. It marks the 10th straight season that a Red Sox outfielder has been elected. Bay will be the 13th different Red Sox player to start an All-Star game in the outfield.

 

Pedroia received 3,404,384 votes to beat out Texas’ Ian Kinsler (3,331,298) and earn his second All-Star selection. He would join Bobby Doerr (1946-50) as the only Red Sox second basemen ever to start the All-Star game in consecutive seasons.

 

Beckett was named an All-Star for the second time in his career, finishing fifth among A.L. starting pitchers in the vote by players, managers and coaches. He earned the win for the A.L. with 2.0 scoreless innings of relief in the 2007 Mid-Summer Classic in San Francisco.

 

Papelbon is on the A.L. squad for the fourth consecutive year and is the third Boston player to ever be selected an All-Star in each of his first four full big league seasons, joining Frank Malzone (4 from 1957-60) and Fred Lynn (6 from 1975-80). He placed second in the player/manager/coach vote behind Minnesota’s Joe Nathan.

 

Wakefield earned an All-Star selection for the first time in his 17-year Major League career.  At 42, he is the oldest player to receive the honor for the first time since Satchel Paige at 46 years old in 1952. Jamie Moyer (40 in 2003) and Connie Marrero (40 in 1951) are the only other first-time All-Stars at 40 years or older. Carl Yastrzemski is the only Red Sox player ever to appear in an All-Star game at 42 years or older, doing so in 1982 (42) and 1983 (43).

 

Youkilis will be appearing in his second straight All-Star Game having started at first base in 2008.  He finished second in the fan voting this year with 3,069,906 votes, behind New York’s Mark Teixeira (3,309,050).

 

ALL-STAR NOTES: The Red Sox and Yankees are the only A.L. teams with more than one starter this season…Josh Beckett and Tim Wakefield are the sixth pair of Red Sox starting pitchers to be named to the same All-Star team, the first since Derek Lowe and Pedro Martinez did it in 2002…The feat was also accomplished in 1968 (Gary Bell and Jose Santiago), 1956 (Tom Brewer and Frank Sullivan), 1946 (Dave Ferriss and Mickey Harris) and 1943 (Tex Hughson and Oscar Judd).

 

— RED SOX —