March 26, 2015

David Ortiz: On The Record

David Ortiz:
In some people's minds, I will always be considered a cheater. And that's bullshit. Mark my words: Nobody in MLB history has been tested for PEDs more than me. You know how many times I've been tested since 2004? More than 80. They say these tests are random. If it's really random, I should start playing the damn lottery. Some people still think the testing is a joke. It's no joke. Ten times a season these guys come into the clubhouse or my home with their briefcases. I have never failed a single one of those tests and I never will. ...

In 2013, I came off the DL and started hot. My first 20 games I was hitting like .400. And the reporter with the red jheri curl from The Boston Globe comes into the locker room says, "You're from the Dominican. You're older. You fit the profile of a steroid user. Don't you think you're a prime suspect?"

He's saying this with a straight face. I had taken like 70 at-bats. Anybody can get hot and hit .400 with 70 at-bats. I was stunned. I'm like, I'm Dominican? I fit the profile? Are you kidding me?

I wanted to kill this guy.

March 23, 2015

Everyone Loves A Contest #17

With Opening Day (April 6) only two weeks away, it's time for this year's Red Sox W-L Contest!

Correctly guess Boston's 2015 regular season record and win a copy of Peter Golenbock's Red Sox Nation: The Rich And Colorful History Of The Boston Red Sox.

Older readers may remember Golenbock's Fenway: An Unexpurgated History Of The Boston Red Sox from the early '90s. This new book, which will be published next month by Triumph*, updates the team's history through the 2013 World Championship season.

* FYI: Triumph published another cool Red Sox book last spring.

Contest entries must be emailed to me and include the following two items:

1. Predicted 2015 W-L record
2. Tiebreaker: Mookie Betts's OPS (OBP+SLG)

W-L guesses must be exact. Tiebreaker winner will be the closest guess, either over or under.

Deadline: Sunday, April 5, 11:59 PM.

March 22, 2015

Friday: Angels Hit Four Triples In One Inning

On Friday, the Angels hit four triples in the third inning against Cleveland. Erick Aybar, CJ Cron, Johnny Giavotella and Collin Cowgill hit the three-baggers.

According to The Baseball Almanac:
On September 15, 1901, Chicago hit five triples against Milwaukee in the eighth inning which is the most ever hit in a single inning by one team.

On May 6, 1934, Boston hit four consecutive triples [Carl Reynolds, Moose Solters, Rick Ferrell, and Bucky Walters] against Detroit in the fourth inning which is the most ever hit consecutively in a single inning.
The Red Sox scored 12 times in that fourth inning and beat the Tigers 14-4.

March 20, 2015

Pedro > Koufax

March 16, 2015

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March 15, 2015

Napoli Dreams Big

Mike Napoli cranked two home runs yesterday and is 7-for-15 this spring.

He also described two vivid dreams he had recently:
I was roller skating with old school roller skates, headband, jean shorts, tank-top, old school earphones with the cassette player, skating through a city. Like dancing skating. Through cars, busses going by. I went by the Ritz and an NBA basketball team was checking into the hotel. Then all of a sudden I ended up being in a mall, skating around the mall, just dancing around and going around and around the mall.