"Motherfuckin' Shit! Take Your Ass Home!" Or, Why The Baltimore Orioles Matter

The best night of the 2011 baseball season in Baltimore was the final one. For once, for the first time in years, the whole country was watching. And what it saw was a thing of joy. There were the Boston Red Sox, all $161 million worth of them, one out away from a 3-2 victory and, at worst, a one-game playoff for the… »4/06/12 3:11pm4/06/12 3:11pm

Pitchers Hooked On Beer, Fried Chicken, And Video Games! Francona On Pills! The Boston Globe's Version Of The 2011 Red Sox Collapse

It took two weeks, but the Boston Globe has produced the definitive grisly autopsy of the 2011 Boston Red Sox meltdown, and it's lurid, all right. (You'll recall that the team collapsed in epic fashion and missed the playoffs.) The Globe's story is full of drink and drugs and player grousing, but the story's existence… »10/12/11 2:40am10/12/11 2:40am

Read This Ode To Baltimore's Valiant Last Stand And Boston's Unexpected Collapse

Our friends at Et tu, Mr. Destructo have composed the best reaction to the chaos of the final week of the MLB regular season. You should go read it. A snippet, from the prelude: "The only time a Bill James almanac should come out over seven games is if you find your chair leg wobbling as you lean back and watch. Great… »10/07/11 2:10pm10/07/11 2:10pm

Dan Shaughnessy, At Approximately 10 P.M. Wednesday: "The Red Sox Season Is Not Going To End Tonight"

Here's Dan Shaughnessy, during last night's rain delay, with the Sox leading the Orioles 3-2 and the Yankees leading the Rays 7-0: "I think the Rays are not going to win tonight. I think that's the one thing that we've eliminated tonight is that the Red Sox season is not going to end tonight. They live to play… »9/29/11 11:08am9/29/11 11:08am