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Here’s the deal, folks. has apparantly moved out of the realm of the cheap webhosting plans. The site was shut down because we were using the majority of the resources on my host’s webserver.

For those not familiar with economical webhosting plans, you pay to share space/resources on a server. What I am looking to upgrade to is a dedicated hosting package.

My host is adding RAM to the server, and I will be re-enabling the chat at that time. I’ll need people in there to test it out so we can see how much it affects the server. .

FlashChat is on the shelf for the time being. Some will be happy with the alternative. Look for the ‘chat rooms’ link in the top bar, or ‘Chat Rooms’ under ‘User Functions/Login’

Now it may or may not have been my site, but a hardware issue with the server. After today’s long outage, I hope to have everything ironed out before the opener. Thanks for your patience!

These aren\’t your older brother\’s Devil Rays..

Yes, it’s the first game of the season. No, I’m not predicting great things. To me, the 2004 season is merely an hour old, as I rollled out of bed and picked up the Yanks/Rays game in the 3rd inning.

I admittedly don’t know much about their overall pitching…but this team will be no offensive pushover. And they’ve got some pretty good defense as well. Cruz, Huff, Baldelli, Hall, Lugo, Crawford, and even Tino could be decent this year.

Anyway, as I watch now, it is stretch time, the Rays are up 5-3 and have chased Mussina. Quantrill relieved Moose and had a very efficient 3 pitch, 3 out inning. I’ll update more later.

EDIT: Well, the Devil Rays strike first, dismantling Yankee pitching from the 6th inning on. After Quantrill’s 3 pitch inning, he got hurt in a collision with ARod. Final, 8-3 Devil Rays. Road Trip

As some of you know, we have been talking since last fall about organizing a trip to see the Sox play. Plans are in the works for the last series of the season, October 1,2, and 3 in Baltimore.

Some of us have already booked hotels (the Days Inn a block from the park was $120 a night when I reserved), others are still thinking about it.

As of now, we have seats reserved for all 3 games. Click here for visual details. 25 seats 10/1 and 10/3, 26 seats 10/2. 10/2 are in the Club Seats.

Below you see a list of each game with an ‘add to cart’ button. Select the games you want, be sure to update the quantitiy in the shopping cart, and you are in. Should demand rise above 25 a game, I’ve been told I can add tickets to the package.

And you lucky bastards in the Boston area (thanks to

AirTran has launched a spring- summer sale. Sample: Fly nonstop from BWI to Boston for $59 each way, including $14 in taxes (the cheapest one-way nonstop fare on other airlines is $136). Book by April 1, travel through Oct. 6. Advance purchase required; blackout days/dates apply. Info: 800-AIRTRAN,

If you are not comfortable using paypal, drop me a line and I’ll give you my address so you can arrange something else if you are interested in going.

Things are shaping up nicely…

I actually watched the game yesterday, first ST game I’ve watched from beginning to end…and it left me with some positives.

  • Derek Lowe is looking very sharp. If this carries over into the season, that’s a SCARY 1-2-3. Read in today’s paper that he only threw 70 pitches, and Francona pulled him just so others could get some work.
  • Kapler may be the biggest bargain on this team right now. We know he can play the outfield well, and his bat isn’t terrible. He really flashed some leather at 3rd yesterday.
  • Foulke pitched a decent 2 innings yesterday. We know he can pitch 2 innings; I’m wondering how often he will be called upon to do so with the solid bullpen he has in front of him.

I also read this morning that the Sox are trying their damndest to sign Nomar and Pedro before the season starts, and that the beautiful people will be able to have beer brought to them in their seats at Fenway this year. The rest of us will have to go get in line still.

Also learned yesterday, there will be a feature length film documentary coming out in May about the 2003 Sox (preview here). I have mixed feelings on this one. While not as perplexing as the ‘Cowboy Up’ DVD (why make a retrospective about a team that really didn’t do anything when it comes down to it?), the filmmakers definitely got lucky when they picked this team last year. I’ll probably see it if it becomes locally available.

Also for the 2004 season, Stephen King will co-write a book about the 2004 season with author Stewart O’Nan.

O'Nan and King, lifelong Red Sox addicts, will chronicle the season from spring training and Opening Day through to the highly anticipated events of the fall, in a hardcover book that Scribner will publish in late '04. They'll go to some games together and each will keep a diary. They'll argue or agree about plays and trades, and the result will be a fan's notes for the ages.Link

Here’s hoping that it isn’t added to the list of King horror stories!

Spring Links

There isn’t anything really groundbreaking out of Sox camp. Nomar’s achillies, Trot’s back, and Kim’s shoulder are tweaked… expectations for this team are really, REALLY high…some are irked at Schilling for talking online more than he talks to the actual press. Blah…blah..blah…

So it’s time to trot out the old standby…links to sites I like. These and others can be found by clicking on ‘web resources’ above. So in no particular order:

  • SoSH: The Sox site that has gotten the most pub this offseason. Some call it elitist, some call it overrated. But more often than not, you can find good discussion over there.
  • Royal Rooters: Unfairly labled at times as the red-headed stepchild of Sam Horn, you can also find good Sox discussion over here.
  • Bambino’s Curse: Don’t let the title throw you; this daily blog by Sox fan Ed Cossette is often very enlightening.
  • Bronx Banter: Alex Belth’s blog on the Yankees. Alex scores some good interviews from time to time, and is a pretty level-headed Yankee fan.
  • East Coast Agony: This place generally cracks me up. A duelling Sox and Mets fan over here.
  • GWML: Go download their music. Now.

That’s just a few. Follow those links, and the links I have listed on the links page, and they always seem to lead to something else that is interesting. That’s why they call it the ‘web’, right?

May the road rise to meet you..

I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about beer. Turns out I’m not, as I was SHOCKED to learn the following in this morning’s Hartford Courant:

A man walks into a bar, orders a 12-ounce bottle of Corona Extra. Another man walks in, orders a 12-ounce Guinness draft.

The two men turn to each other, raise their glasses and say, "Here's to your health."

Question: Whose dietary and health interests are better served by the 12-ounce beer?

If the guidelines are less alcohol, fewer calories, fewer carbohydrates and, to top it off, protection against heart attacks, blindness and maybe even impotence, then it's the Guinness drinker, hands down.HUNT

All these years, I thought that Guinness was the stiffer beer. Damn sure TASTES better!

Anyway, happy St. Patrick’s Day to the Irish and Irish wanna-bes. Sox wear the silly green hats and jerseys today!

Future Baseball Hall of Famers..

This was posted by Yaddy in the forum. However, this is the kind of thing I’d like to see people submit for front page stories. Sorry for putting it front and center, Yad, but I think it deserves it.

My 8 yr. old son had baseball tryouts on Saturday. This is our first year playing, with no previous experience, not even t-ball. It was a bright and sunny day, just about perfect to watch a little baseball. There was a group of about 30-40 boys, with a couple of brave little girls who got rounds of applause when taking their turns.

Part of try-outs is to see who can follow directions, and needless to say, the coaches looked at us parents with a twinkle in their eye when they boldly told the kids to, “Stay in line in the order you are called!!”

Each prospect was then called in turn to take their try at two fly balls and two grounders that were launched from pitching machines mounted on the pitchers mound. After fielding the balls, they were to throw them into 2nd base. Then, they were to run to short stop and field two balls pitched from a machine set up at home plate and throw those to 1st base. There were a handful of boys that you could tell had extensive previous playing experience. The right stance, glove held correctly to prevent the grounders from getting past, and right-on-the-money throws to the correct base.

There were a couple of kids there who really had no business being out there…ones that could benefit with another couple of years in t-ball. I was glad to see that not one coach belittled or prevented these kids from taking their turn, but careful to protect them from the possibility of bodily harm. It was amazing to see the human kindness shown to these little ones who just wanted to give it a try.

Then there was a giant group of kids who: 1) didn’t catch/stop any of the balls 2) barely threw the ball to the right base 3) and sort of knew where to go next. This is the group that my son fell into. God bless them, they all looked so cute in their caps, cleats and mits, but none looked to be the next Nomar (or, insert favorite player’s name here..). But it didn’t really matter…they all were having fun…and I am really hoping that all the other parents of kids will NOT take the season too seriously. I want them to see that if some of these kids are destined to be great players, they have a few more years to polish their skills.

These are the years of Saturday afternoons watching your kid pick daisies in the outfield, have a hot-dog and pepsi and get to know the other folks making it out to the game.

I ran across a book by Willie Morris, the author of the book that the movie, “My Dog Skip” is based on. It’s titled, A Prayer for the Opening of the Little League Season.

I quote:

"Above all, grant us boyhood and girlhood, where in time's soft reverie we are forever children, and where baseball shall dwell with us always, and where sharp grounders are eternally fielded in a new leather glove and drives to deep center are ceaselessly ensnared in shoestring catches and the wicked curveballs are met with two-run singles to left-center, to win the game in the bottom half of the ninth.

In thy infinite widom and grace, our Great Umpire in the Heavens, grant all this in perpetuity to all the baseball children of the earth. Amen."

Sorry to go on and on and get a little sentimental..but its too easy to forget how FUN this is.

March Madness!

As much a rite of Spring as the equipment trucks leaving Fenway for Florida, the NCAA Tournament is upon us! I am organizing a pool for everyone here at to participate in. I have formed a private group in for all of those interested.

It will cost $10 per person, with the payout going entirely to the winner! The entry fee needs to be paid through paypal, send it to When the pool is closed, we will post what the pot will be.

Follow the link:
to join the group I’ve created. The group ID# is 55330 and the password is gosox. All picks need to completed 10 minutes before tip-off on Thursday March 18. Have fun and good luck!

EDIT: To pay, click on the March Madness button on the left