January 1, 2008

The Upcoming Election

No, not that quadrennial silliness in the US. I'm talking about something important:

The Canadian Blog Awards!

JoS won Best Sports Blog last time out and I'll be needing all of your votes in both rounds to defend my title. As you may recall, it was quite a squeaker last time.

More info as I get it.

72 comments:

Amy said...

Just got back from a week away in St Maarten, so catching up with the blogosphere.

How and when can we vote??

redsock said...

How and when can we vote??

I will tell you! Stay tuned. Nominations end January 11, so it will be after that.

If I recall from last year, every blog nominated in each category is listed and there is a round of voting. You can vote once every day. The top 5 vote-getting blogs move to Round 2 and there is another period of voting.

Laura's blog is also in 2 or 3 categories, so everyone will be busy!

Jere served as my "campaign manager" last time. Hopefully, he will come back on board!

Ethan Michaels said...

Oh, Canada! I didn't know there were Canadian Blog Awards.


Ethan Michaels
http://modernrooters.blogspot.com/

Jere said...

"Jere served as my "campaign manager" last time. Hopefully, he will come back on board!"

Haha. I'm still drained from last year. But I think I should be able to regroup. That was one of the most incredible nights in internet history. I remember being all into it for the days leading up to the final day, then having been away that day. And I got to a computer afterwards and followed the action, as that other blog closed the gap in an amazing run in the eleventh hour, but JoS staved them off in the final minutes.

Saskboy said...

Congrats on the nomination. We're announcing the dates this week when voting will take place, and things should wrap up at the end of January so everyone will know the winners by then :-)

redsock said...

That was one of the most incredible nights in internet history.

You sell it short, my friend.

It was the greatest day in the history of history.

And we're gonna do it again!

RRRRAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Patrick said...

oh god, this is as bad as when public radio does marathons trying to raise money.

shameless

L-girl said...

A visit from Saskboy, one of Canada's leading progressive bloggers! Interesting...

mugro said...

Thank you, Redsock, for not getting into that OTHER election here on the "Joy of Sox". Being a sports fan following a sports blog is one of the few places a person can go these days without being barraged by the acrimony, divisiveness and outright hopelessness of today's political climate.

Thank you for recognizing this some time ago and creating other blogs to delve into your political musings.

It is because of this that we can all come here and appreciate your prolific excellence at presenting facts and analysis without being bogged down by differences in other areas.

Your blog is, in my opinion, the absolute BEST source for Red Sox news, information, analysis and pure passion for our Boston Red Sox available on the internet. Period.

You can count on however many votes I can cast for you!

redsock said...

Thank you, Redsock, for not getting into that OTHER election here on the "Joy of Sox". ... Thank you for recognizing this some time ago and creating other blogs to delve into your political musings.

Mugro, I remember how you feel. I guess my recent links making fun of Rudy the Fascist didn't bother you, though.

Anyway, there will always be the risk of seeing something political in this space in the future. Whether you read it or click on to your next website is up to you (and every other reader). Likewise, while me bashing the media yet again for MUMS is Sox-related, if you are sick of my rants or disagree with them, you don't have to read those either.

The reason I will not comment on the US election is not because it causes any acrimony or divisiveness. I do not comment on it because I see it as a charade, an obscene perversion of a good cop/bad cop routine by one group that is both above-the-law and committed to working together for its mutual benefit.

I refuse to grant it even the smallest amount of legitimacy. It deserves none. Its results have a much greater impact on the world than the latest celebrity gossip, but as events worthy of my attention, I regard them both as drivel.

L-girl said...

Amen to that!

redsock said...

Ack. Meant to edit that comment a bit, but L snuck in.

So:

1. I will say that while the risk of political commentary/links exists, it is a low risk.

1A. Do you (or anyone else) have a problem with the political links I have down the right-hand side of the page or are they low enough to be completely avoided (or did you even know they were there)? I'm curious.

2. Thanks for the kind words about JoS. I have an ongoing feeling that the quality of the blog has slipped (reading some stuff from late October 2004 this past weekend did not help any), but it is what it is. Or will be.

3. I'm assuming that off-topic stuff like the music links or some personal crap (but not hot button issues like politics and religion) are fine.

Jere said...

"oh god, this is as bad as when public radio does marathons trying to raise money.

shameless"

But he's not asking for your money. So how is it AS bad?

And wait, public radio asking for your money for like one day a year ISN'T "bad." It's how the last bastion of sanity on the dial stays in operation. The alternative is commercial stations, for example, WEEI, where you can listen for 15 minutes and hear 3 minutes of "sports talk" (if you count two dudes and a caller laughing at an inside joke) and 12 minutes of ads.

redsock said...

oh god, this is as bad as when public radio does marathons trying to raise money.

So you're saying you don't want a Joy of Sox tote bag?

Jere said...

"I have an ongoing feeling that the quality of the blog has slipped"

No slip! No slip! It's great, and feels more like a community during the season with the whole game-thread thing.

Also, I remembered Mungro's old comment before you even put up the link. I decided not to go back and relive it, but I'd like to say that Mungro doesn't speak for the people. I mean, you gotta figure at least half the people that read this site are against the war, and therefore will be happy to read any political stuff you put up here. And anyone who totally disagrees with what you put up can easily skip it, or realize that they're getting intelligent commentary and can discuss it if they choose.

What's this "bogged down" crap? I don't like the Rolling Stones but I wasn't sitting there the other day trudging my mouse along, struggling desperately to get it through the mud down to more sports posts. I just fucking skipped over it. What's the problem?

redsock said...

No slip! No slip! It's great, and feels more like a community during the season with the whole game-thread thing.

It's just my feeling as a writer. (Or could it be the dreaded "good old days" syndrome???) I'm sure that back in October 2004 I was wishing the blog was better like it was in October 2003.

Winning has made me less obsessive about every game, as I have said before. When I go back to 2003 and see the volumes of stuff I used to write about Gump's nightly fuckups (in the early blog posts and when I was still doing the Pedro site), I'm surprised. My entire mindset with the Sox and baseball has been changed and that's one reason why I think the intensity of the posts has waned.

...

Don't like the Stones? What the fuck is wrong with you?

L-girl said...

I'm sure that back in October 2004 I was wishing the blog was better like it was in October 2003.

I can confirm that you were.

I can also confirm that we knew Jere doesn't like the Stones, but we manage to be friends with him (and respect his musical taste) anyway.

Sorry for saying amen and ruining your train of thought. I guess that was my religious experience for the year. Get it over with early.

L-girl said...

I mean, you gotta figure at least half the people that read this site are against the war

And the others should be off to Iraq any minute now, right?

L-girl said...

And wait, public radio asking for your money for like one day a year ISN'T "bad." It's how the last bastion of sanity on the dial stays in operation.

I was thinking that, too. I'd much rather listen to (or skip) pledge week a few times a year than put up with the constant commercials and the mindless blather they interrupt.

Jere said...

The Stones are okay, but they're no Bananarama.

redsock said...

The Stones are ... no Bananarama.

That is true.

L-girl said...

I'm assuming that off-topic stuff like the music links or some personal crap

Personal crap?? Not like tomorrow, I hope! Or the upcoming Tala Day?!

mugro said...

Redsock & Jere:

I guess my earlier comments made an impact on you that you would remember them. Unfortunately, I would say.

I don't want to be known here as "the guy that doesn't like to talk politics". I want to be known as a fellow fan that really does appreciate what you do here. I really do appreciate what you do here, for I can see the devotion and the time that you put into it.

So, I will respond to your comment and then hopefully leave this subject for good in favor of talking about more important stuff (like the Red Sox).

As I stated before, this is YOUR blog and you are entitled to do with it what you wish. None of us should ever forget that.

That being said, seeing political posts here is like going to see a classic movie at a movie theater and having the best part of the movie interrupted with ads. It's like watching Field of Dreams or the Natural and seeing Erik Estrada interrupting it trying to sell me swamp land in Arkansas or something. Not that YOU are Erik Estrada, redsock! But it kind of ruins the mood, ya know?

That being said, I see your links on the side of the blog and I just choose not to follow them. That doesn't bother me.

I am interested in your links to the Stones, btw, too, as I am a big music fan.

In fact, there is an internet radio station that I am totally in love with that has many active forum threads, and I have come to see that as a place that I don't want to see or talk about politics. I go to that site to talk about and listen to music. To be entertained. I find it a drag to be confronted with politics everywhere I go these days, even places that I would hope to be politics free.

So, keep up the great work here, and don't mind me.

BTW, I don't see a drop off in quality of your posting here. For those of us that have followed you and your blog for some time (I started coming to your blog sometime during that amazing 2004 season, I think), we see in you and in ourselves a sort of metamorphasis. My attitude as a Red Sox fan has COMPLETELY changed from 2003 to 2007. Yours has too, and it shows in your posts. This is not a bad thing.

Your posts may not be as prolific, but I see this as a sign that you know more about the team than you did then and you have less angst about it than you did then. Me too. Thanks in part to you.

I look forward to another great season watching the games and reading The Joy Of Sox. In the meantime, I will be sure to vote!

Amy said...

Personal crap?? Not like tomorrow, I hope! Or the upcoming Tala Day?!

So tomorrow is your anniversary, as I recall you mentioning---of meeting? or some other event?

See, I for one LIKE the personal crap as well as the poltical crap, the food crap, the cultural crap, and, of course, the baseball crap.

LONG LIVE THE CRAP!

Happy New Year!

redsock said...

I find it a drag to be confronted with politics everywhere I go these days, even places that I would hope to be politics free.

I understand where you are coming from. It was that feeling that led me to split up the blog topics when I did. I still think it was the right idea.

we see in you and in ourselves a sort of metamorphasis. My attitude as a Red Sox fan has COMPLETELY changed from 2003 to 2007. Yours has too, and it shows in your posts. This is not a bad thing.

Nope, it's not. It's all part of the journey. Our fandom is changing all the time and not only because we get older. And it doesn't have to be about winning a title either. The Sox were still in the drought in 2001, but being able to watch Pedro pitch for several years changed me as a fan.

Your posts may not be as prolific

I meant not so much prolific, but obsessive. Like bitching for paragraphs about a single pitching change and getting split stats to show what a moron Gump was.

I don't really do that any more. That's probably better for my health.

redsock said...

So tomorrow is your anniversary, as I recall you mentioning---of meeting? or some other event?

January 2, 1987 - Laura flies from Newark, NJ to Burlington, VT in a huge blizzard (the VT airport closed the moment the wheels hit the runway) so that on the next morning (January 3!) she can be with Allan as he moves all his stuff in a U-Haul from Burlington, VT to Brooklyn, NY.

(The snow was so bad, it took over an hour and a tow truck to get out of my driveway.)

21 years ago!

(Getting close to half my life.)

redsock said...

According to Time and Date, I will have lived more than half my life with Laura on March 24, 2010.

From birth to January 2, 1987 = 8,480 days.

January 3, 1987 + 8,480 days - March 23, 2010.

There you go.

Amy said...

Great romantic story, Allan!

I have been married for far more than half my life. I have been married now for more than 31 years. If I counted from when we moved in together, it would add another year. So...I have been married for most of my life. And to a Yankee fan! Gotta get some kudos for that!!

Have a wonderful anniversary!!

redsock said...

And to a Yankee fan!

I know all about that. :>)

s1c said...

I know all about that. :>)

Yeah, but you were able to be like Obi-wan and convinced her to leave the "dark side".

9casey said...

Some of my greatest days on the internet have been on this site when we don't talk about the Red Sox....We all know we love the Red Sox but to see how different we can be on subjects of race , war and politics.I think is fun and has helped me to think differently on array of subjects....

The only thing ,and i have stated this before, is I believe some of the spontanetity is gone with out allowing the anonymous comments....

I can honestly say I care about people I have never seen and will most likely never meet , by just having simple and sometimes complex conversations about things that don't have anything to do with the Red Sox.......

Jere said...

I came here to point out that Extra Bases hasn't updated in two weeks. But I checked there real quick, only to see they did update tonight at 9:09.

...an update full of nothing, though.

But at least I don't have to look at "Kapler Signs with Brewers" anymore.

Amy said...

Yeah, but you were able to be like Obi-wan and convinced her to leave the "dark side".

Yes, imagine trying to live through 2004 with a Yankee fan (Laura had seen the light by then, right?). That may have been the greatest test of my marriage!

Anyway, happy anniversary, Laura and Allan! I hope there is less snow today than 21 years ago.

SoSock said...

My 2 Cents -
I too have really enjoyed getting in a little off-baseball conversation now & then, always knowing that if anything exciting happened in baseball, be it the game that's on or breaking news, that would jump back front & center.
I'll be casting my vote, as surely as I always sign up as a day-sponsor for our local NPR station, even tho we don't have extra cash lying around here. I listen almost every day, sometimes for hours at a time, and feel I HAVE to pitch in something to help. I feel the same here - I get too much use out of this site not to make a little effort in return!
Let us know how & when..
and Good luck!!

SoSock said...

Other random thoughts -
Amy - Hope your trip was great!
We went on a cruise 2 weeks ago - St. Thomas & Nassau. It was fantastic!
On NPR - did you guys hear Bob Edwards this past weekend? Spent the whole 2nd half of the show with Chuck Leavell. To hear Chuck disect "Jessica", describe the evolution of the song.... breathtaking. Then describing the moment when he got the call from the Stones - great stuff! And FREE!
On the upcoming election - Will you be campaigning in Saskatchewan or will you skip that for the all-important Vancouver kickasses (did I say that right?) the next week?
:)
See ya

L-girl said...

Mugro, that's a really beautiful comment you wrote. Very cool.

Amy, the story in more detail is you-know-where.

And, most importantly,

Yeah, but you were able to be like Obi-wan and convinced her to leave the "dark side".

NO ONE CONVINCED ME TO DO ANYTHING!!!!

Allan had far too much respect for me - and way too much common sense - to ever attempt to do such a thing. Had he ever tried, it would have only dug me deeper into Yankeeland, if such a thing were possible.

Because of living with Allan, I was constantly exposed to the Sox, but the change of heart was all down to me, the Yankees and the Red Sox themselves.

And don't you forget it! :)

L-girl said...

LONG LIVE THE CRAP!

I so agree. :)

L-girl said...

Some of my greatest days on the internet have been on this site when we don't talk about the Red Sox....

I can honestly say I care about people I have never seen and will most likely never meet , by just having simple and sometimes complex conversations about things that don't have anything to do with the Red Sox.......


Me too. It's so great. I really value this community.

WINNING THE WORLD SERIES didn't hurt, either.

Amy said...

NO ONE CONVINCED ME TO DO ANYTHING!!!!

I had to chuckle at this comment, Laura. Anyone who reads JOS or WMTC knows that you have your own mind and are no pushover!! :))

Yes, I love your conversion story, Laura, and once thought about showing it to Harvey, but like Allan, I know better than to try to "convince" someone to change a loyalty or deep feeling they hold dear.

redsock said...

Yeah, but you were able to be like Obi-wan and convinced her to leave the "dark side".

I'm Yoda, remember?

Jere said...

Mugro, I still beg to differ with you on your point:

"seeing political posts here is like going to see a classic movie at a movie theater and having the best part of the movie interrupted with ads."

It's not at all. At the movie, you'd have to sit through the ads. Here, you can very easily skip right over any post you don't want to read.

"It's like watching Field of Dreams or the Natural and seeing Erik Estrada interrupting it trying to sell me swamp land in Arkansas"

Funny thing is, I LOVE those Erik Estrada spots. I can't stop watching when I see them for some reason. Maybe it's Erik's voice and hand motions, maybe it's the fun of making fun of the "real" people who live there. The more I watch, the more I feel myself wanting to buy the swampland. "It's--it's just such a great deal. I'd be stupid NOT to buy." Remember "Palm Coast"? That was the first one. Now he's moved on to Arkansas--Hot Springs Village. Maybe what I like the most is hearing someone make such a passionate pitch for a bunch of land that was cleared aside for Wal-Mart employees. You know it can't be that fun and exciting, but Estrada's gonna do everything he can to believe that it is.

L-girl said...

Anyone who reads JOS or WMTC knows that you have your own mind and are no pushover!! :))

S1c knows me pretty well (internet-wise) and he lives with some strong women, too. Maybe he was setting me up and I fell right into it??

Yes, imagine trying to live through 2004 with a Yankee fan (Laura had seen the light by then, right?). That may have been the greatest test of my marriage!

I had, yes. My conversion came in the summer of 2003. I can't imagine how we would have gotten through 2004. I know we would have... but I don't know how.

I used to say Allan and I should be special envoys to the Middle East, to teach the Palestinians and the Israelis how to get along. Perhaps you and Harvey can take that on. ;)

Jere said...

"I know better than to try to "convince" someone to change a loyalty or deep feeling they hold dear."

You've all got it down. And you're lucky: The people around me--girlfriend, dad--keep saying to me "be a Patriots fan, you gotta love the Pats, come on!" And I'm like, "But I don't wanna be a Patriot!" I even got a Patriots gift for Xmas from my aunt. Sorry, still not biting....

redsock said...

Now he's moved on to Arkansas--Hot Springs Village.

The Red Sox used to have their spring training camp in Hot Springs (1909-10, 1912-18, 1920-23).

redsock said...

It's not at all. At the movie, you'd have to sit through the ads. Here, you can very easily skip right over any post you don't want to read.

Or it's like looking up at the list of movies being shown at the multiplex. Some of the films are ones you would never see, but you know they exist and you just avoid them.

Jere said...

Check this out. The pic says "Boston Pilgrims." The people in that thread couldn't figure out if Sox players are involved here. Probably not, since they were called the Red Sox by 1912, and according to Bill Nowlin's research, they were never called the Pilgrims anyway. But then who the hell would these people be?

Amy said...

Jere, I can only imagine the reaction I would get if I gave Harvey a Red Sox hat as a gift. In fact, I do the opposite---I have purchased much NYYankee stuff over the years for him, and he has given me lots of Red Sox gear as well. After the 2004 WS, he even tried to procure copies of tickets to the last game on ebay for me (the seller somehow never delivered, but it was the thought that mattered).

But I am not so sure about being envoys to the Middle East, Laura. We still have some pretty raw moments when the Sox play the Yankees!!

redsock said...

1912 seems pretty late for a non-Red Sox name, but team names were not as carved in stone back then.

A lot of the guys in the front row look too old to be ballplayers. I'm sure some SABR guys can ID any players if they are in the picture.

There was an alligator farm near/across the street from the Sox training field in Hot Springs. I mention it a few times in my book. Ruth hit a few HRs beyond the field and into the 'gator pens. He even bought an alligator as a pet that he had with him for awhile (can't recall if that was in 1918, though).

Amy said...

SoSock, our trip was wonderful. The weather was gorgeous and the food delicious. Mostly we sat on the beach and swam and read. I went through about five books in a week, including Allan's book on the 1918 season, which I am about halfway through and really enjoying! Nothing like conjuring up images of Babe Ruth hitting, pitching and fielding to help get through the off season....

Jere said...

Thanks for the 1912 info. I just did a little more research and did a post about it on my blog. Found a really cool article from back then.

s1c said...

NO ONE CONVINCED ME TO DO ANYTHING!!!!

L-girl- that is how the force works though. See in my mind I see you reading about the yankees and redsock standing behind you going "that's not the team you want to root for" in a obi-wan like voice!!! :)

I'm Yoda, remember?

Right I forgot!!

S1c knows me pretty well (internet-wise) and he lives with some strong women, too. Maybe he was setting me up and I fell right into it??

Yep

Hot springs

Don't be knocking my home state people, as for Wal-mart, Sam was one of the nicest people I ever met and was a down to earth guy who knew everyone at the company picnics.

Jere said...

Was just listening to NPR today and heard this thing about how the "box stores" get all the sales tax instead of the government, so when one of these stores comes to your town (besides just the general risk of smaller businesses dying), all the tax money that would've gone back into the town (had you shopped at the little store) just goes straight to the huge store. Ridiculous. I'm sure some of you already knew this. Another reason never to set foot in WalMart, whether ol' Sam lets you win at the three-legged race or not.

Wait, so is this the part where Mugro gets bogged down? I'm sorry man, just push your mouse reeeeally hard--you'll get past this comment :)

s1c said...

Not sure if you saw this but Clemens is pulling out the "I didn't know what" defense. ESPN.com is stating that in his Sixty minutes appearance he had shots of lidocane and b-12.

Amy said...

This is exactly what I predicted Clemens would say, if you check back at my comment (the first one) here

Amy said...

the "box stores" get all the sales tax instead of the government

Can you get a more specific explanation of this? It doesn't seem to make sense that the stores would keep the sales tax.

Jere said...

I did see that about Roger. "Oh yeah, he injected me. With ANTI-steroids. And you can't prove otherwise!" What a schmuck.

Matt Clement is supposedly in the Cardinals' starting rotation. Along with Joel Pineiro. Ouch.

s1c said...

how the "box stores" get all the sales tax instead of the government

A quick search at NPR.com shows 61 stories not one states this little known fact. Are you sure you didn't hear of a property tax break? Sorry Mugro!

9casey said...

Jere said...
Was just listening to NPR today and heard this thing about how the "box stores" get all the sales tax instead of the government,

Jere, I am not sure that is 100% accurate.....
Granted they take subsidies on land and property tax.....
But keep the sales tax? They collect that money which is the consumers and then give it to the gov't.....

I am not saying you shouldn't support the moms and pops of the world , I am just saying I don't believe that is accurate.....

SoSock said...

Wow, we're covering a lot in this one!
Jere - I know the Boston PILGRIMS lost the 1st "modern" World Series game in 1903. It was played at Huntingon Ave. Grounds. Cy Young was the loser of that game, although the Pilgrims won the series over heavily-favored Pittsburgh. It took over 2 weeks to play the 8 games (best of 9 series!) By 1905 they were referred to as the Red Sox. I'm not sure about 1904.
Perhaps the shot is of some former players on an outing. They do look a little long-in-the-tooth. Or possibly a civic group that goes by the Pilgrims name showing their home-town loyalty with the banners.
Also - Heard the piece about corporate welfare that included the expose on big box stores. Great Stuff! I'll be looking for the book this weekend. It's called "Free Lunch" by David Cay Johnston
Lastly - HOT DAMN, this is fun. How could it not win the award again? Can't wait for pitchers and catchers to report!

SoSock said...

But keep the sales tax? They collect that money which is the consumers and then give it to the gov't.....

Actually that is what they do - in some instances. It has become a bargaining chip of the corporate entity, when asking for the subsidies, to present the option of letting the business keep the sales tax they collect until the amount of the subsidy is reached, as opposed to the local government coming up with the cash up-front.
Gee, what friends of the community they are.
And did you keep listening to catch the bit on W's income from tax subsidies when he was involved with the Rangers?
Government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich - at it's richest.

Jere said...

Hi. So, that's what the dude said. When the big boy comes to the town, there's some kind of deal worked out where instead of the tax going to the gov't, it goes right back to the store itself. That's the deal they make with the town, with the threat of, If you don't want to do it, we'll go to the next town and they'll get all the visitors. I guess the bargain--the "free lunch" (hey, that was it, a guy who wrote a book called Free Lunch)--is that the town gets people actually coming to their town, since they've got the WalMart or whatever. To which, the dude said, "But people can just shop from their catalogue or online...."

Look, NPR just injected my ass with the story, I didn't know what was in there.

Amy said...

Oops, blew that link above. Try this one

If that one doesn't work, it is really important anyway. I just enjoy knowing I predicted what Roger would say next.

Jere said...

Here's the story I heard.

Jere said...

Sosock--When was your book from? I think this is what Nowlin was talking about, that some history books started calling the '03 Boston team the Pilgrims. And his point was that nobody ever really called them that in that year, meaning it was definitely never an "official" nickname.

I think it's cool that within a few hours of me doing a post about this, Nowlin himself commented defending his claim!

Jere said...

AMY--I just asked you a question in the anniversary post comments at wmtc. Check it out. Thanks.

Amy said...

Jere, I would love to help you out, but I have absolutely no recollection of Yaz doing that, nor do I remember any of the other details of that game, other than fearing for my life sitting with a rowdy Yankee fan in the Fenway bleachers. My guess is that we would have gone on a Saturday, but I can't be positive even of that. Too bad we didn't have electronic calendars back then because then I could search back and see! To be honest, I don't even recall who WON that game. I have a strong sense that the Sox did, but I would have to find the records from 77 to do that. I am sure that you or Allan can tell me that from memory!

I answered here as well as at WMTC so that we can move the baseball talk back over here!

redsock said...

Amy: You must have gone to the game before your anniversary, because on June 20, 1977, the Red Sox were in Baltimore.

But the MFY series was:

Fri 6/17: Boston 9-4
Sat 6/18: Boston 10-4
this was the game where Martin pulled Reggie after he loafed on a single and the two almost fought in the dugout!
Sun 6/19: Boston 11-1

The Sox then swept four from the O's and went to the Bronx -- where they were swept in three by the Yanks, kicking off a nine-game losing streak.

1977 schedule and links here.

redsock said...

Jere:

Retrosheet does not have much info on where Yaz's HRs were hit in that series.

His second HR in the Saturday game went into the Sox bullpen, so you can rule that one out.

redsock said...

This guy says he was there and it hit the facade, but you have probably seen this:

"One of them a Yaz bomb down the right field line off the facade. To this day it's the highest home run I've ever seen."

You have to go a library and check the Globe's microfilm for this series.

Amy said...

Thanks, Allan, for the links to those games. As I said, my sense was that the Sox won the game we went to (I probably remember that because I was in a GOOD mood; Harvey always took losing better than I did, still does). But given those scores, that would have been true for any of those games! Wow, what a three game series of blowouts...

Still, I am pretty sure we would have gone on a Saturday, and I still have no recollection of Yaz hitting a landmark homerun.

I wish I had a memory for details like some of you all do....

redsock said...

Plus the Sox hit 16 home runs (!) in the 3 games, including 4 in the first inning of the first game off Catfish.

L-girl said...

Even though the subject(s) of this thread has moved on, I must reply!

L-girl- that is how the force works though. See in my mind I see you reading about the yankees and redsock standing behind you going "that's not the team you want to root for" in a obi-wan like voice!!! :)

I don't know who those people in your mind are, but they sure as hell ain't Redsock and L-girl! :)

Maybe he was setting me up and I fell right into it??

Yep


Figures! I fall for it every time.

as for Wal-mart, Sam was one of the nicest people I ever met and was a down to earth guy who knew everyone at the company picnics.

Awww, how sweet. I'm sure all the employees who work for sub-living wages, can't afford health care, work unpaid overtime and need 2nd jobs to feed their families feel much better knowing the founder of the company was a down to earth guy who went to picnics!

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I have purchased much NYYankee stuff over the years for him, and he has given me lots of Red Sox gear as well.

We have always done the same. Although mostly it goes in one direction, because Allan buys everything he wants as soon as he wants it. I rarely buy myself anything, so Allan has more opportunities. But he always used to buy me Yankee-related gifts.