Friday, February 26, 2010

Affleck & Damon To Become Yankees?

...It's possible, at least on-screen!

The irony of die-hard Red Sox Fans, Ben Affleck & Matt Damon potentially playing Yankees in an upcoming film is hilarious. Even better, Affleck is said to be directing the film on the Great Yankee Swap.

If you don't know the story, it goes like this: Back in the early seventies Yankee pitchers Mike Kekich and Fitz Peterson (who were good friends on and off the diamond) made headlines when not only swapping wives, but actually swapping lives. That's right, they swapped wives, houses, kids...even dogs!

The timeline is as follows:

  • Early 1972 couples joke about wife-swapping
  • Off-season 1972 Mike moved in with Fritz's wife, Marilyn and Fritz moved in with Mike's wife, Suzanne
  • Spring Training 1973 the new couples go public
  • Sometime 1973 Mike and Marilyn split
  • 1973 - 1974 both men's baseball careers start to unravel (some think it has to do with all of the negative press surrounding their off-field decisions)
  • 1974 Fritz and Suzanne get married (and in the years following end up having 4 children together)
  • 1979 friends Mike and Fritz stop talking
The story was so shocking, and absurd it even made ESPN's Top-1o Shocking Moments in Baseball History.

So will the film make it to the big screen? Only time will tell. But who better to play the two left-handed Yankees pitchers than a couple of die-hard Red Sox fans from Boston? Heh....

My only question is how Jen and Luciana feel about the whole thing?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Hey Johnny, You Greedy SOB....

Oh this is good....

The Chi Sox have rescinded on their offer to Johnny Damon Demon. GM Kevin Willams said:

"It became clear to us in our recent negotiations that the money that we were offering was not going to be good enough for Johnny at this time. At this particular point, we feel it's necessary to withdraw our offer."
The response from Damon's camp? They told the White Other Sox that they had underestimated his market value. But Williams didn't fall for the BS and responded:
"Unless Johnny sees this as a great opportunity for him, enjoys a chance to win in a great city, it's an unrealistic number in which we got back from them."

(awesome painting by Erin Biscoe)

I remember Damon's first game at Fenway Park after signing with the Evil Empire (05/01/06 - I can't believe it's been almost four years!) People in the outfield were throwing $$ at him, calling him a sellout (and other things I can't post here!) He responded by saying we were just upset that he left and were *hurt* to be missing his talent. Ha.

No Johnny, we hate you you greedy SOB. Have fun in (potential unintentional) retirement!

P.S. Check out my post on Boston Sports Then and Now: 57 Years Ago Today We Almost Lost a Baseball Legend

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Boston Sports Blogapalooza

Boston Sports Then & Now, the Rhode Island based Swing Juice and Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill are teaming up to put an event together for us bloggers to meet each other face to face, network, trade tips, eat, drink and be merry!!

Boston Sports Blogapalooza
is being held March 28th at Jerry Remy's new Sports Bar at Fenway Park (watch out, Game On!) for all sports bloggers 18+.

Local artists Brian Richard and The Hootchies will be there for our entertainment (and a little Nothern-Fried Rock and Roll).

R.S.V.P. on BSB Facebook Event Page and become a fan!

Some bloggers I've seen on the RSVP list are:

Will yours be next? I hope to see you there!

For more information Email Joe from Boston Sports Then and Now.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

RSN Represents in Vancouver Winter Olympics

Life is Good.

Pitchers and Catchers report TOMORROW;
Opening Day is only 45 days away;
The 2010 Winter Olympics are in full swing.

I have been pleasantly surprised watching the national coverage of the games to find out two of our USA representatives are members of Red Sox Nation!

(image courtesy of

Hannah Kearney is a VT native, and 2010 Gold Medalist in the Women's Freestyle Moguls did a great interview with Bob Costas where she admits to wearing a Jacoby Ellsbury shirt under her opening ceremony uniform and then Costas gives a shout-out to RSN. (about 4:40 into the video).

It's been reported that Tom Wearner called Kearney up on her cell phone to ask if she wanted to throw out the first pitch at a Sox v. Yanks game in April; An offer she (reportedly) gladly accepted.

If I could walk in the shoes of anyone right now, it just might be Kearney.

I mean, Ben & Jerry's are going to name and ice cream flavor after her. And while that's not Sox related, it's just plain cool. Never mind the fact the flavor is Coffee and chocolate cookies. No joke, my favorite. Seriously we should be BFF.

(image courtesy of

Then there is Mr. Michael Morse who placed 15th in the 2010 Men's Freestyle Moguls.

During his interview, he showed the world that he wore a Red Sox belt buckle under his skiing uniform. The buckle may not have given him the best of luck in the Olympics, but this guy is a lucky charm in other ways.

Morse threw out the first pitch in Lester's 2008 No Hitter (a game I was at!)

He grew up on the South Shore in Duxbury, MA and has been an avid Red Sox fan his whole life.

Have you heard of any other Olympian who is a Sox fan? How about an Olympian who is a fan of another MLB team? Email me and let me know!

Friday, February 12, 2010

It's Truck Day, Brought To You By Jet Blue Airways...

...who in the what now?

Nevertheless, it's the day we've all been waiting for (especially since the end of the football season): TRUCK DAY!!!!! I attended Truck Day back in 2007. I was working in the city and it was easy enough for me to hop down to Van Ness Street to take in the happenings. Wally was there, I sung along to the music, took a few pictures...and watched a truck drive down the street. For many, they don't understand the draw. For those of us who bleed Red Sox red, it was the start of another year full of hope.

Truck Day has been a fan favorite in Boston for years, until recently it was completely overlooked by other ball clubs. According to an article on Wednesday, Truck Day is now being celebrated by multiple clubs. Hey, I say the more the merrier (and MLB says, the more we can capitalize on, the merrier!) But really, when did Truck Day become a celebratory event in any other city besides Boston?

I'm not the only one who has noticed this. Craig Calcaterra at HardballTalk wants to know why truck day is suddenly a big deal.

Last year Dan Lamothe, over at Red Sox Monster did some analysis stating Truck Day queries on Google were largely dominated with Red Sox results. I'm going to venture to guess this year Red Sox will still dominate the SERPs, but there will be some creepers on the page. Next year is anyone's guess.

While Red Sox Nation may not have hope that this season will bring home another trophy to Boston, I think we're all excited to see the Boys of Summer back in action. At least I know I am.

On this truck day, we should all take a moment to remember Dom DiMaggio who would have celebrated his 93rd birthday today!

Here is a short video from Truck Day 2007 - Get Ready, Get Pumped, Get Thunder Struck; the 2010 season is almost here!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ask Soxy

Every once in a while something miraculous happens; I get confirmation that someone has stumbled upon this little blog. This can happen in the form of a comment, a RT on a Twitter post, or in this case a question via email.

Chris asks:
I saw the thing you did for red sox at bat music
i was looking for the song they play when jd drew hit that homerun in ALCS game 5 in 2008
if u could help that would be great!

Hey Chris,

Thanks for the question. JD Drew's walk-off hit in Game 5 of the 2008 ALCS was fantastic! At Fenway Park, every time the Sox win a game they immediately play "Dirty Water" by the Standells.

Here is a short video I took of the Standells playing "Dirty Water" at Fenway in October 2007, just days before the Drew hit. Enjoy!



I was wrong, Chris was talking about Drew's 2 run homer in the 8th. He emailed me back and said he found the answer. The song in question was the popular homerun song Sandstorm by Darude.

Thanks everyone for making sure the posted details were correct!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Giving Away A Little Soxy Love

It's not important why I've been gone for so long - it's just important that I'm back and I have a great way to celebrate!

It's about that time of year we all love to hate. The dreaded VDay, Vtines Day, VD day - you know the day on the 14th where you're supposed to spend oodles of money to profess your love to someone. What's your plan? No need to send overpriced flowers, buy tacky stuffed animals, or eat gross filled candy when there is THIS:

The big love T-shirt from my pals at the Red Seat!!!!!

Want to take a closer look?

Yep, it's pretty awesome. A perfect - cost effective - gift for the love of your life (if that love is a woman, or a man who loves to wear his heart on his sleeve shirt).

But here's the best part. My generous pals have given me a code to share with my Soxy Friends for 10% off! Just enter SOXYLOVE when you check out to get the discount.


**I was not paid by the Red Seat to post this, I just happen to love the company and their merchandise and think you should too!