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Dec. 16, 2003

  Dec. 16, 2003 The A-Rod Sweepstakes came to a strong boil. The word was out - the Red Sox were on the verge of obtaining Alex Rodriguez’s services via a trade with the Texas Rangers, likely with one more team involved. In fact, the Boston Globe’s Bob Hohler and Gordon Edes reported that the Red Sox had just about settled on a deal through which Manny Ramirez would go to the Rangers for Rodriguez. Then, they would ship Nomar Garciaparra to the Dodgers, who would send one or two pitching prospects to Texas to sweeten the pot.  One baseball ...

Dec. 10, 1978

Dec. 10, 1978 “Who The Hell Is Stan PapI?” That question, scrawled in white paint on the Landsdowne St. side of Fenway Park, first appeared about this time. The answer, as Red Sox fans over the age of 50 will quickly growl, is the sacrificial lamb Boston received from the Montreal Expos in exchange for Bill Lee. Lee is never at a loss for words, and does not hesitate to answer a direct question with a direct answer. And when the Red Sox, tired of his public  utterances, unloaded him for a journeyman utility infielder, he put his response in ...

Dec. 9, 1973

Dec. 9, 1973 Taking a gamble on a veteran has long been a fairly harmless endeavor. The only significant loss would be financial, and teams with healthy balance sheets would endure that with a shrug. In 1973, the Red Sox were able to dig into owner Tom Yawkey’s wallet and buy a veteran pitcher hoping to regain lost glory. The pitcher in question was San Francisco Giants ace Juan Marichal, a certain Hall of Famer who had just endured two lost seasons following back surgery. He had gone 6-16 in 1972 and 11-15 in 1973  He was a shadow of ...

Dec. 6, 1963

Dec. 6, 1963 Baseball’s winter meetings ended with the Red Sox brass returning with nothing to show for their trip beyond expense accounts and shoulder shrugs. Fans have long considered the winter meetings an opportunity for an early Christmas, And when the Red Sox leave empty handed they are greeted with angry exasperation.  We’ll see that on display in a few days unless new baseball boss Craig Breslow finds something beyond the minor league pitching prospects he received from the Yankees in exchange for Alex Verdugo. The 1963 Red Sox finished in seventh place with a record of 76-85 Johnny ...

Nov. 11, 2003

Nov. 11, 2003 Manny was really being Manny in the weeks following Grady Little’s decision to leave Pedro Martinez on the Yankee Stadium mound in Game 7 of the ALCS. The Red Sox left fielder had let it be known that he wanted to play for the Yankees in 2004. Seeing an up-side to letting Ramirez go - freeing up some money for their own off-season maneuverings - the Red Sox placed him on irrevocable waivers. No one, including the Yankees, put in a claim. Ramirez’s agent, Jeff Moorad, at the general managers meetings in Phoenix, announced that his client ...

November 12, 2023|Categories: History, MLB, Red Sox|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Nov. 7, 1973

Nov. 7, 1973 Apparently Reggie Smith, Red Sox outfielder, and Carlton Fisk, Red Sox icon, didn’t like one another. Presumably, all these decades later, they still aren’t exchanging Christmas cards. After Smith was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. Fisk offered a few comments that boiled down to “good riddance.” Specifically, Fisk said Smith was the combustible source of chronic dissension that plagued the Red Sox during their infamous “25-men, 25-cabs” era in the early 1970s. In response, Smith said Fisk’s animus was rooted in “cowardice” and “jealousy.” “He showed his cowardice in a meeting with (manager Eddie) Kasko when ...

November 8, 2023|Categories: History, MLB, Red Sox|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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