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Bill:
Is it me or is it fucking wee-ahd that the Globe chooses to insert the review Shaughnessy's latest book in the Sports section rather than the Arts and Entertainment section?

 

Doug:
Yeah, no shit, isn't that some sort of collusion or something?

 

Bill:
I'm writing the Globe's ombudsman on this one. Fucking unctuous bahstids.

 

Doug:
By the way, are you going to read it, Shank's book?

 

Bill:
Fuck yeah I am. By default I'm buying and reading every single book written about the 2004 season. That's what makes the Globe's playing fast and loose with journalistic integrity so infuriating. I'm already a consumer suckah for all things Red Sox, don't fuck with me by using the sports pages for blatant huckstering.

 

Doug:
Admirable old man, but who the fuck has time for all that reading? Me, I'm going to wait until the comic version comes out … In the meantime, I'm going to be learning exciting stuff like how to fold shirts and shit.

 

Comments

Must not…will not support Shaughnessy in any endeavor.

Despite his relative “softening” during the playoff run last year, he is not a Red Sox fan:

He initiated the C of the B crap.

He was likely the primary motivation for various periods of silence from Pedro, Nomar, Manny and others.

He perpetuated the “woe are we” mentality that the national press latched onto.

These are the Greatest of his Sins against the Nation; there will be no reprieve.

Please, h.b....it's not 'Shank', nor is it 'ShagNasty'. As a result of Carl Everett's sole lasting positive contribution from his tenure in Boston, it will always be 'Curly Haired Boyfriend'. Perhaps the most perfectly descriptive negative nickname ever. CHB for short if you wish. Napoleon Dynamite Sr. as an acceptable alternative. And while I too am a sucker for most things Red Sox, included three new books so far, I'll definitely skip his latest pathetic attempt to milk a few more bucks out of his asinine made-up curse.

Please, h.b....it's not 'Shank', nor is it 'ShagNasty'. As a result of Carl Everett's sole lasting positive contribution from his tenure in Boston, it will always be 'Curly Haired Boyfriend'. Perhaps the most perfectly descriptive negative nickname ever. CHB for short if you wish. Napoleon Dynamite Sr. as an acceptable alternative. And while I too am a sucker for most things Red Sox, included three new books so far, I'll definitely skip his latest pathetic attempt to milk a few more bucks out of his asinine made-up curse.

oops, sorry...dreaded double post....slow pc this morning.

btw, we can totally attest to the powers of the ancient art of t-shirt folding...

"He initiated the C of the B crap."

Not to be pedantic, but this is the actual lineage of the Curse according to the WSJ:

"A baseball stats guy named Gene Sunnen told the San Francisco Chronicle that the had exorcised "the curse of Harry Frazee" with their dramatic American League Championship Series win over the California Angels. (Mr. Sunnen says he heard the idea from other baseball nuts.)

A week or so later came the one-pitch-away collapse against the New York Mets that cemented the Sox's pathetic, and bathetic, reputation. After that game, George Vecsey of the New York Times invoked "the Curse of Babe Ruth." Four years later, "The Curse of the Bambino" entered the lexicon when Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe published a book with that title (Fatsis, Wall Street Journal, October 15, 2004; Page W12)."

I hear you regarding the negative bile that seems more often than not to come from the keyboard of the CHB, but his "not being a Red Sox fan" can't really be a complaint. Sportswriters are rarely a fan of any team, at least publicly. Edes, Bryant, et al have all said as much. Creates a conflict of interest.

This is your blog HB, any pedantry is your prerogative (insert “friendly” emoticon here).

That’s fair to say—CHB is not required to be a Red Sox fan.

To clarify: that he is not a Red Sox fan has been evidenced by the venom he’s directed toward the team.

I know the article you refer to…

“The Curse of the Bambino" entered the lexicon when Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe published a book with that title…”

Would it be picayune to say that the above confirms my assertion; if not the concept, then the phrase?

wasn't it shaugnessy who called
Carl Everett C Everett Kook??

That was a good one. I'll say
one thing, I still think it's freaky
that the letters in Bruce Hurst also
spell B Ruth Curse...

SawxSince67,

Definitely it was Shaughnessy's book who helped make Curse of the Bambino a global meme. No doubt.

But, to give Shaughnessy his due, he always said the Curse was just a convenient way to explain all the odd coincidences and such since 1918/20. It was all meant in fun.

I don't begrudge him, either, for wanting to make a buck off it, though, it was certainly disreputable at times the way his columns became just ad copy for his book.

Shaughnessy pisses me off as much as the next guy at any given moment, but, still, he is a part of Red Sox history.

SawxSince67,

Definitely it was Shaughnessy's book who helped make Curse of the Bambino a global meme. No doubt.

But, to give Shaughnessy his due, he always said the Curse was just a convenient way to explain all the odd coincidences and such since 1918/20. It was all meant in fun.

I don't begrudge him, either, for wanting to make a buck off it, though, it was certainly disreputable at times the way his columns became just ad copy for his book.

Shaughnessy pisses me off as much as the next guy at any given moment, but, still, he is a part of Red Sox history.

H.B.,

Your ability to be rational is commendable and I am envious.

Thanks for taking it easy on me.

Regards.

"he is a part of Red Sox history" - No question...

And so is Mike Myers, who was apparently re-acquired today! See the Red Sox website...

Clumsy segue, I know.

Am I the only one who has watched the shirt folding video five or six times?? Never been much into origami, but this just cracks me up...

Even when you win it all you define yourselves by how the Yankees performed during your championship run. You've won! Why can't you enjoy it??? Because deep in the heart of RED SOX NATION lies the bitter soul of people who are unable to experience joy. They can only hate. So instead of enjoying your win, you focus on how the Yankees choked. Do you think Yankee fans, as they celebrated their 26 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ever gave a second thought to Boston fans? Never! And do you know why??? Because we know what it's like to be winners and we know how to conduct ourselves when we win. Which, by the way, we'll be doing in 2005. I hope you enjoyed 2004, because 2005 is going to be a loooong, sloooow, horrible season for Sox fans. Mark my words. You won't even make the playoffs....

"Even when you win it all you define yourselves by how the Yankees performed during your championship run."

Ah, as near as I can tell nobody mentioned the Yankees in today's strip. Oh, wait a second, the "folding" reference must have been what caused your confusion.

But we were talking, quite literally, about folding SHIRTS and not the sort of metaphorical folding the Yankees did in the 2005 ALCS.

Interesting that BigBri is making a comment that all we do is dwell on the Yankees, but he has a site called "Redsoxnationhaters" and it is all about how much he thinks the Red Sox suck. Who is obsessing about who?? Check out the site, it is very funny.

As h.b. noted, no one has mentioned the MFYs at all today.

"You've won! Why can't you enjoy it??? "

We are enjoying it. Immensely.

"Do you think Yankee fans, as they celebrated their 26 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ever gave a second thought to Boston fans? Never!"

Well, it's been a very long time since the MFYs won a World Championship, so maybe you've just forgotten how you celebrated. When I walked out of Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS at the Toilet, the MFY fans were too busy taunting any Sox fan they could find and chanting '1918' to enjoy their pennant...it wasn't about the MFYs winning, it was about keeping the Sox from winning. And when the MFYs CHOKED to the Florida Freakin' Marlins in that World Series (pretty pathetic given that Georgie Porgie outspent the Fish by like $100 million), I heard bozo after bozo call in to WFAN to say that it didn't matter because at least Boston lost. Way to keep the standards high...no wonder the MFYs are 0 for this century.

BB may not be as goofy as we believe--at least he got some traffic today...his little piece of the 'net is "0" for March in the Comments category.

"A home for those who despise Red Sox Nation and the good-for-nothing, bush-league team they support."
"...a second thought to Boston fans"

Evidence indicates significantly more than a second thought towards the Nation...try again.

AJM (and the rest of RED SOX NATION)- It's one thing to taunt a bunch of losers as they scurry out of the House that RUTH Built immediately after a humiliating loss. It's quite another to devote entire industries to promoting the message 'Yankees Suck'. I started MY website -

http://redsoxnationhaters.blogspot.com

because I believe the world is ready to start hating the MFRS and MFRS fans. For DECADES we have had to listen to you drone ON AND ON about how LOYAL you are and how DEDICATED you are. And all for a LOSING team that could never compete with the big, bad, RICH Yankees. Well that time has past us now. You won. And when you won I congratulated every Sox fan I saw.

But you weren't content with winning. You needed to TWIST the knife in the heart of the Yankees and their fans. Your hubris (look it up) is beyond comprehension and you will pay for that hubris in 2005. Your team is NOT ready to defend its title and YOU do not have what it takes to root for a champion. You will all buckle under the pressure of the coming season - fans and players alike.

And you know what the worst part is for all you 'SAWX' fans??? You won't be able to STAND the fact that you are more like the Yankees than any other team in Major League Baseball. Your payroll is comparable and your ownership makes this team more and more corporate with each passing day. Any of you go to Spring Training this year? Did your asses hurt after the 'SAWX' bent you over and made you pay double for tickets and hotDAWGS and souvineers??

Get used to it SAWX fans. You won a championship and lost your identities as lovable losers. You are now decidedly UNlovable winners...but not for long.

I used to think the people spreading vitriol in the comments of the political blogs were the lamest of the lame. Thanks bigbri for showing me how wrong I was.

Unless you're 12, then RAWK ON, DUDE!!!

hey HB send m a postal address to my e-mail so I can send a donation for the soxaholix since i have no credit cards. Carrying one is like carrying a loaded gun with no safety with a hair trigger.

A nice irrational rant...not unlike the eventual Senator Blutarsky.

"Your hubris (look it up)"

I don't need to, but I'm sure that you did.

"You won a championship and lost your identities as lovable losers."

Um, actually, the Cubs are the team that usually gets the 'lovable losers' tag from the media; I can't really speak for Chicago fans on whether they embrace that 'identity'. I do know that as a Sox fan, I gained a lot of joy, and lost nothing, when the Sox won the World Series last fall.

SawxSince67 has this clown nailed...he's just posting his drivel trying to draw attention and traffic to his (no doubt) crappy little blog. Don't give him the hits.

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BigBri certainly has his tighty-whiteys in a twist today. That's the most fun reading I've had in a long time.

BTW: It also pleases me to no end that CHB's new, ahem, "blockbuster" has a measly 2 star rating on amazon. Somewhere Carl Everett is smiling.

AJM - you don't have to go to my crappy little Blog. I'll bring it to you!

5 questions with Jason V!

BigBri: Jason, thanks for being here today. I know you have a busy spring schedule filled with wind sprints, batting practice and bashing A-Rod and I appreciate your taking the time to talk to us.

Varitek: No problem, man. Great to be here. A-Rod sucks, by the way and he isn't really a Yankee in my book.

BigBri: Riiiiiight. Thanks for clearing that up. So, what was the off-season like for you and the rest of the Sox. Did you relish your new-found celebrity?

Varitek: It was cool. Lot's of people bought me drinks. Hey, remember last year when I slapped A-Rod around and mushed my glove in his face? That was pretty cool. A-Rod sucks.

BigBri: Yes, you've mentioned that before. What was it like to go to the WhiteHouse?

Varitek: It was cool. President Bush is a Cowboy. Remember when I made up that saying, 'Cowboy Up'? That was pretty cool. A-Rod could never come up with something cool like that. He's not a real Yankee.

BigBri: Ummmmmmmm, actually Timlin and Millar have been given credit for 'Cowboy Up'.

Varitek: They did? Huh. Didn't realize that. Are you sure?

BigBri: Yes, quite sure. Back to the Sox and your World Championship...are you guys ready to defend the title this year?

Varitek: Absolutely! There is no way the Yankees can beat us, because A-Rod sucks and he isn't a real Yankee. If he continues to suck and doesn't ever become a real Yankee, which I don't think he ever will, then we will defend our title for sure!

BigBri: Ooooookay. So let me get this straight. The most important factors for the Sox success this year are, #1- A-Rod must continue to suck, and #2 A-Rod must continue to not be a real Yankee. Isn't there anything else? Are you worried about the pitching staff? Ward and Schiiling are out right now. Are you worried about how Renteria will fit in with the rest of the team?

Varitek: NO!!! WHAT?!?!!? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!?! None of that crap matters! Haven't you been listening to me and my boys this spring?!?!? We don't need pitching and we DON'T need team chemistry. We're IDIOTS for christ's sake! All we need is for A-Rod to continue to suck and for A-Rod to NOT become a real Yankee.

BigBri: Well, that's all the time we have today. Thanks a lot for being here Jason and have a great season.

Varitek: Thanks for having me, BigBri. I'm looking forward to the season. I just hope A-Rod doesn't do any bush league stuff like run into Arroyo or stuff like that. A-Rod sucks and I don't think he's a real Yankee.

BigBri: Once again, thanks for clearing that up. That's it for now, sports fans. Join us next week when we present 5 Questions with Johnny 'Caveman' Damon. Should be FASCINATING!

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