Topic: Red Sox

November 19, 2013

After an 86-year drought, the Boston Red Sox have won a league-best three World Series in the past decade. The club’s reversal of fortune can be traced to their sale, in 2002, to a group headed by John W. Henry. But what would have happened if James Dolan's 11th-hour bid had been accepted instead? 

March 29, 2013

Even before it started, Bobby Valentine's tenure as Red Sox manager was an unmitigated disaster. But, with a new crop of hot young prospects, a quarter billion in bad contracts shipped to LA and a top-10 pick in this year's draft, was Bobby V's reign really as bad as we thought? 

October 25, 2012

Mr. October got his name for his apparent ability to play spectacularly well when the games mattered the most. The narrative truth of this rests on his iconic three-homer game in the clincher of the 1977 World Series. His exploits, and the outsized personality that went with them, seemed to illustrate the notion that some guys are able to rise to a higher level during big moments.

October 24, 2012

Donnie Moore was an all-star pitcher with a long major league career, but he’s best known for surrendering a late lead in what would have been a pennant-clinching game in the 1986 American League Championship Series and for being so haunted by the failure that he ended his life. This latter point is a garish reduction of the complex reality of Donnie Moore’s life and death, and of the complex causes of suicide.

November 15, 2011

This is an intellectually worthless exercise in any sport, but one which in baseball lays bare the sport’s deep and abiding strangeness, too often naturalized beyond recognition through pastoral platitudes and kid’s-menu jingoism. I, for one, cannot wait.

November 7, 2011

Bill Lee is late. There are sixteen kids, their parents, and a man named Miro who is running for mayor waiting for him on a Little League baseball field in Burlington, Vermont. The weather is unusually cold for October, and now it’s starting to rain.