All posts tagged boston

→ Fangraphs’ Analysis of the Dustin Pedoria Deal

Dave Cameron:

The last couple of years of this deal probably aren’t going to look so great, as Pedroia is unlikely to still be a good starting second baseman in his late thirties. However, the price for the first few years is so low that the overall deal should be a net positive for the Red Sox. Pedroia’s a star who has never been paid like one, and with this deal, he never will be. But he’s going to spend the rest of his career in Boston, most likely, and that is probably more important than maximizing his earnings.

To me, the most important part is that Pedroia is going to spend his whole career in Boston. The fact that the deal makes good financial sense it the proverbial cherry on top.

→ Ray of light in the darkness

I just got around to watching Stephen Colbert’s response to the Boston Marathon bombings. As you might imagine, it was spot on and awesome.

→ Video: MLB fans react to the capture of the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings

Great moments from stadiums around the county.

→ Neil Diamond leads Fenway Park crowd in singing of ‘Sweet Caroline’ (video)

Well done, Mr. Diamond. Well done.

→ Bill Simmons on Boston

You can’t break Boston. People have been trying for 350 years. It’s not happening. We will mourn the fallen, raise money for the victims and come back more defiant than ever. For anyone who thinks the marathon has been ruined or irrevocably altered — you’re wrong. Too many people will do whatever it takes to rebuild that race, improve it, protect it, make it better than it was. I bet more people run next year’s race than ever before. It’s our own little holiday, the most sacred of days. Everyone from Boston has watched the race near the finish line at least once. Everyone has gone to that 11 a.m. Red Sox game. Everyone has a family member who ran the race and at least one or two good friends who pulled off the 26.2 miles. So when someone tries to blow that day up in the most evil way possible, you pull yourself back together, try to process the senselessness, slowly feel yourself getting pissed off, and then sing the national anthem at the top of your lungs and send a message to everyone else. I’m proud of you, Boston.

We all are, Boston. Stay Strong.

→ Eugene Kontorovich on the Boston Marathon Bombing as a Precursor to more Brutality

Yet such freakouts are nothing compared to what is in store if the the Marathon bombing means that Chechen jihadis has come to U.S. shores. The Chechens mounted one of the most vicious terror campaigns ever against Russia in the 1990s, blowing up apartment buildings, and launching massive attacks on theaters and even schools. They are known as among the most violent and dedicated terrorists in the world. They can be found fighting in Libya, Syria and every other major jihadi campaign. Though usually they have to sneak into the target countries, rather than coming on a visa as the Boston bombers apparently did.)

Russia only succeeded in suppressing the Chechen Islamists with extremely brutal tactics that would never find support in the U.S – essentially leveling the Chechen capital. Yet dealing with such a threat would also be impossible with a politically correct approach to counter-terror that, for example, turns away from talking frankly about the terrorists profiles and motives.

If what Prof. Kontorovich is correct, the events of this past week could be the precursor to something even more terrible.

→ Police going door-to-door in hunt for second marathon bomb suspect | Fox News

The remaining terrorist suspect currently has, essentially, put the entire city of Boston under house arrest. The scenes from the city are surreal. I hope they find him soon.

→ Boston Sings the National Anthem

The National Anthem from last night’s Bruins game is a must watch. Take a few minutes and remember how strong Boston, and America, can be.

→ Dan Moren on the Boston Marathon Bombing

In times like this, it’s all too common to say one doesn’t feel safe—and certainly, I remember feeling that way in the aftermath of September 11th. But I’m older now. More to the point, this is a place I know. I want to walk that street again, and I don’t think I’ll feel afraid to do so.

Because scars and all, it’s still my city—and that’s one feeling that never goes away.

Dan embodies the spirit of Boston perfectly.

→ Paul Kafasis on having Strength in the Face of Evil

Today, I wake to somberness, as we deal with the aftermath of a senseless attack. For now, fear and anger have replaced whimsy and good humor in our town. The violence was perpetrated on a holiday we in Massachusetts celebrate as Patriots’ Day, a day which commemorates the start of the Revolutionary War in 1775. That day began with the famous midnight ride of Paul Revere and the subsequent Battles of Lexington and Concord which marked the start of armed conflict against the British. Just as they must have been more than two centuries past, people today are frightened and concerned. But now, just as it was 238 years ago, Boston is defiant.

My prayers are with those hurt by these horrible events. I have spent enough time in Boston to know, however, that it will come back strong.

→ Dave Caolo on The Goodness of Boston

A collection of the acts of the every day heroes in the wake of yesterday’s horrible events.

→ Bombs Explode at the Boston Marathon Finish Line

Posting stories about today’s Red Sox win seems odd against the background of the events that happened just a few hours later at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. I am still in shock as look at the pictures and watch the videos.

I feel blessed and lucky that my sister, who was running, and my family, who where spectators, made it out safely, a few minutes before the first explosion went off.

→ Live Blog of the Boston Red Sox’s First Spring Training Game

In case you’re obsessed like me and want to follow along.

→ John Lackey Might Actually Be In The Best Shape Of His Career

I will believe it when I see it.

→ Dismantling the Boston Sports Media

Alan Siegel in Boston Magazine:

The Boston sports media, once considered one of the country’s best and most influential press corps, is stumbling toward irrelevance. The national media not only seems to break more big Boston sports stories than the local press, but also often features more sophisticated analysis, especially when it comes to using advanced statistics. To put it bluntly, “The Lodge”—as Fred Toucher, cohost of the 98.5 The Sports Hub morning radio show, mockingly refers to the city’s clubby, self-important media establishment—is clogged with stale reporters, crotchety columnists, and shameless blowhards. Their canned “hot sports takes” have found a home on local television and talk radio, but do little but suck the fun out of a topic that’s supposed to be just that. And we haven’t even gotten to Dan Shaughnessy yet.

Mr. Siegel nails it. At this point, if you really want the best Red Sox news and analysis, you should just ignore the Boston media and follow the Providence Journal’s Red Sox coverage.1. As the article points out, Alex Speier over at WEEI also does a really good job with analytical Red Sox coverage.


  1. Brian Mac Pherson and Tim Britton are doing really great work