By: Frank Del Gaiso and Sean Clifford

We here at BloodySox love baseball.  With the National Baseball Hall of Fame welcoming new inductees today, we’d like to take some time to recognize the great players being honored this year.  While none of this year’s inductees are associated with the Red Sox, we feel that what these men have done for the game deserves our respect and recognition.

The Good:
Today, the Baseball Hall of Fame will hold its annual induction ceremony to celebrate its newest members. The player’s class of 2012 features longtime Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin and the iconic Ron Santo, third baseman and then broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs.

Larkin is a clear and deserving choice. Over 19 seasons, all with the Cincinnati Reds, Larkin posted a .295/.371/.444 batting line with 2,340 hits, 441 doubles, and 198 homeruns. Larkin drove in 960 RBI in his career and scored 1,329 times. For his career, he posted an OPS+ 116 and a 70.6 WAR value (which is phenomenal). He was also a prolific baserunner, having stolen 379 bases while being caught only 77 times (for an outstanding 83.1% success rate, good for 4th all-time among players with at least 300 SB attempts).

The Hall of Fame’s newest member, Barry Larkin

Larkin also established a sterling defensive reputation, winning three gold gloves in his career. He played mostly before the era of the more accurate UZR fielding metric, but Total Zone shows Larkin finished his career with a fantastic 27 runs saved (a league average reading would be “0 runs saved”). Continue reading »

One thing is certain: that facial hair is hideous.

The Red Sox are taking on the Rays to start the second half, and with that comes Red Sox nation’s favorite player to hate: Luke Scott. As expected, Scott has been greeted with greater heckling than most when visiting Fenway, the media has ripped on him, and of course, social media networks explode with insults heaped on Scott when he faces the Red Sox. But why is that?

Let’s take a look at some of the things Scott has done to potentially earn this treatment.

In 2011, Scott made some questionable remarks that had people wondering if the baseball player is racist. Among other things, he also insisted that President Obama was not born in the United States and thus not a U.S. citizen.

Early in 2012 Scott was asked how he felt about the Red Sox collapse:

“It was awesome, just a beautiful thing. I got to see a priceless thing driving back to my apartment,” Scott said. “I see all the Boston fans walking around, and I mean they were crying crocodile tears. People were like this, walking side by side. It was like someone shot their dog. I rolled down the window and I’m like, ‘Ah, hah, sucks doesn’t it, when someone laughs or makes fun of you when things aren’t going your way.’

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Don’t laugh! This ain’t reality TV!

When Jack Nicholson yelled this in The Departed, he was talking about the Red Sox. I didn’t know it when I first watched the movie six years ago. I didn’t realize it the countless other times I’ve seen it. But, after they ended 2011 so embarrassingly, crushing dreams in almost comical fashion, with stories emerging of one of the most dysfunctional clubhouses in memory, there’s no question. The Red Sox plot has more ups and downs, breakups, and scapegoats than even the worst reality TV shows.

The Red Sox have made it clear they’re not going to let us forget their tumultuous season. I expected the lowlights from game 162 to play at least 497 times during the year, eclipsing Boone and Buckner as ESPN’s favorite “Let’s Torment Boston Fans” video, but I have been pleasantly surprised. Since the Red Sox have continued to play so putridly, going into the All-Star Break at .500 while being 9.5 games behind the Yankees, they have provided fresh, new footage every few days to demonstrate their ineptitude. So, I decided to embrace Nicholson’s words and take a closer look at the Red Sox from September of last year through now. This might not be reality TV, and I’m certainly not laughing, but this is how the Red Sox became The Departed.

The Red Sox went from The Best Team Ever to The Departed

From “The Best Team Ever” to The Departed

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Don’t laugh! This ain’t reality TV!

When Jack Nicholson yelled this in The Departed, he was talking about the Red Sox. I didn’t know it when I first watched the movie six years ago. I didn’t realize it the countless other times I’ve seen it. But, after they ended 2011 so embarrassingly, crushing dreams in almost comical fashion, with stories emerging of one of the most dysfunctional clubhouses in memory, there’s no question. The Red Sox plot has more ups and downs, breakups, and scapegoats than even the worst reality TV shows.

The Red Sox have made it clear they’re not going to let us forget their tumultuous season. I expected the lowlights from game 162 to play at least 497 times during the year, eclipsing Boone and Buckner as ESPN’s favorite “Let’s Torment Boston Fans” video, but I have been pleasantly surprised. Since the Red Sox have continued to play so putridly, going into the All-Star Break at .500 while being 9.5 games behind the Yankees, they have provided fresh, new footage every few days to demonstrate their ineptitude. So, I decided to embrace Nicholson’s words and take a closer look at the Red Sox from September of last year through now. This might not be reality TV, and I’m certainly not laughing, but this is how the Red Sox became The Departed.

The Red Sox went from The Best Team Ever to The Departed

From “The Best Team Ever” to The Departed

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BloodySox has been around for a little over a year now, and it has been our pleasure to discuss the Red Sox with all of you.  We’ve grown larger than we ever expected in such a short time because of you faithful readers.  To say thanks, we’re offering a giveaway when we reach some new milestones on Facebook and Twitter.

Once we reach 1,500 likes on our Facebook page and 500 followers @thebloodysox, we’ll be giving something away.  It’s a secret now, but as we get closer to our goals, we’ll let out some hints!  Until then, what would you like from us?

First hint: it’s Red Sox related

Got a twitter? Make sure you are following all the Red Sox players and prospects! Here are the correct twitter handles for players with an account!

Carl Crawford: @CarlCrawford_

Jon Lester: @JLester31

Jacoby Ellsbury: @JacobyEllsbury

David Ortiz: @davidortiz

Adrian Gonzalez: @adriangon28

Will Middlebrooks: @middlebrooks

Cody Ross: @IAmCodyRoss

Andrew Bailey: @AndrewBailey40

Ryan Sweeney: @RyanSweeney12

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If only Lars could play second base…

After Bobby Valentine came over to argue a play at 1st base in the 9th inning tonight, he was displeased when the ump accidentally (or not, maybe) spat his gum at Bobby V. Here’s the funniest GIF I’ve ever seen, from SBNation.

Bobby Valentine

From SBNation

 

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It’s finally here!  Fenway’s first game was 100 years ago today, and who better to play the 100th anniversary against than the vaunted Yankees? It’s youngsters Ivan Nova and Clay Buchholz squaring off on this historic day, which will be full of choked-up former players and managers in the pre-game celebration. Even Terry Francona has changed his mind and will be attending tonight!  Red Sox fans, he better receive a standing ovation for everything he’s done for the Sox, and for coming in spite of his ongoing feud with ownership.

Speaking of accomplishments, let’s take a moment to reflect on all of the Fenway Favorites that played and historic moments in this ballpark: Carlton Fisk waving the ball fair; the Pesky Pole; Manny being Manny; The Green Monster, with it’s manual scoreboard. The Red Seat.  Ted Williams’ illustrious career, followed right up by Carl Yastrzemski. Nomar Garciaparra; Pedro Martinez; Dave Roberts stealing second; David Ortiz’s walk-off after walk-off.  The 4 no-hitters Jason Varitek caught (Hideo Nomo, Derek Lowe, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester).  Jim Rice.  Wade Boggs, and for that matter, Roger Clemens and his 20-strikeout game (presumably before he was “allegedly” doing steroids).  So many memories, so much passion.  I, personally, will never forget the first time I heard “Sweet Caroline” belted in the middle of the 8th inning, a tradition only the Fenway Faithful carry out.  I’ll be a Royal Rooter until the day I die, and I hope to have many more years of celebrations in this historic ballpark.  Happy Birthday Fenway, and cheers to another century of history and success!

 

To conclude the celebratory post, here are some pictures taken by me, Nick DiBattista, from my visit to Fenway last weekend.  Enjoy!

 

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Today longtime Red Sox captain Jason Varitek turned 40 years old. He was born on April 11th, 1972 in Rochester, Michigan. Varitek retired from baseball during Spring Training this year and with his retirement he left a large legacy he held with the Red Sox. Varitek is one of only three Red Sox captains in history.

Jason Varitek played in the Little League World Series at the age of 12 and lost in the finals to Soul, South Korea 6-2. Varitek attended Lake Brantley High School and played third base and catcher there. They won the state championship in 1990 and were  named #1 team in the country by USA Today. Varitek was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 23rd round in 1990 but decided to go to Georgia Tech instead.

Jason Varitek

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