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Since Sox and Pinstripes debuted in 2007, we have chronicled the Red Sox and Yankees year-round. And what an exciting period it has been - for Red Sox and Yankees fans alike. Due to an unforeseen snafu that led our domain name to expire and get claimed by someone else, who is holding it hostage for thousands of dollars, we put the site on hold this season, until now. Welcome back to Sox and Pinstripes! We are... Continue reading
Forbes released its annual MLB team worth numbers on Thursday and well, Yankees' haters may want to hide in a corner. The Yankees are worth 1.6 billion dollars, up 7% from last season. They made 441 million dollars in net revenues, thanks largely to a World Series championship, and a new ballpark, even after revenue sharing stadium financing. Here's the part where you might want to stop reading. The second most valuable team is the Boston Red... Continue reading
Editor's Note: This is a post on Tuesday's game from Sox and Pinstripes newcomer Caleb Gebrewold. In the first two games, the Yankees dark spot seems to be the bullpen, besides Aceves, Joba, and of course, Rivera. No need to worry, there is still plenty of depth in the minors waiting for the shot. Today we saw production in all aspects offensively. As much as I miss Matsui, I think NJ's patience will help fit perfectly with... Continue reading
If you figured the Yankees were going to walk into Fenway and come away with a series victory in early April, well, you expected something unexpected. If you thought either team would show anything other than its offensive attributes, well, you were wrong. This series is everything expected between the Yankees and the Red Sox in a season opening series. Josh Beckett gave up bombs and couldn't locate his curveball. The Yankees were ready for him and... Continue reading
Opening Night between the Red Sox and Yankees featured the usual fireworks that are showcased just about every time these two teams clash. Yet it was the bats, and not the arms, that determined the outcome. The Red Sox rallied from a 5-1 deficit to open the season with a 9-7 win over the Yankees. This despite an atrocious outing from Josh Beckett, who yesterday signed a four-year, $68 million contract extension. I read a comment where... Continue reading
Note: This column was written by Sox and Pinstripes guest writer, Jenn Wood. As the 2010 baseball season fast approaches, beginning with a showdown between my beloved Boston Red Sox and those men in stripes, I also look back on the last 5 wonderful years of my marriage to my husband, Chris. Why, you may ask. And I’m happy to tell you. Because my husband and I share not only a love for baseball, our toddler son,... Continue reading
Note: This article was written by Sox and Pinstripes newcomer, Scooter Blake. I feel like I just got done watching the baseball version of a B-rate zombie flick from a George A. Romero wannabe. Why won't they just die?! Our hero (dressed in pinstripes and fighting a horde of evil “red and Green Monsters”) is in the process of burying the dead when he is forced to deal with hands springing up from the loose soil around... Continue reading
Jorge Posada 2009: .285/.363/.522/.885, 133 OPS+, .378 wOBA, 133 wRC+ Career: .277/.379/.480/.859, 124 OPS+, .370 wOBA, 128 wRC+ Coming into the season, maybe the biggest question mark in the Yankee Universe (well, second biggest behind A-rod’s hip) was attached to Jorge Posada’s surgically repaired shoulder. After suffering through the first major injury of his career, an injury that effectively cost him the entire 2008 season, instead of the borderline Hall of Fame offensive force from behind the... Continue reading
You might have noticed that you were not able to access Sox and Pinstripes for part of yesterday and today. Because of a combination of a lack of customer service from and a bit of disorganization on my part, the domain is no longer active. You can now visit Sox and Pinstripes at Spread the word! Many of our readers have been with us since we debuted in February 2007. I relocated from Florida... Continue reading
I saw where the Sox didn't think Shouse's pitches would be deceptive enough for the long term this season. He is a submarining lefty, after all. I had enough of that with Javier Lopez! I think Atchison and Nelson deserve the final two spots.
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Submarining left-hander Brian Shouse posted a 0.96 ERA in spring training, but the Red Sox did not think his pitches were deceptive enough to warrant a spot on the opening day roster for the veteran reliever. Thus the reason Shouse was released and the Red Sox signed another veteran left-hander, Scott Schoeneweis, not long after Shouse departed. The 36-year-old Schoeneweis - who is competing with lefty Alan Embree and righties Scott Atchison, Joe Nelson and Boof Bonser... Continue reading
Searching for infield depth, the Red Sox acquired Kevin Frandsen from the San Francisco Giants today for a player to be named later or cash, according to MLB Trade Rumors via the San Jose Mercury News. The 27-year-old Frandsen played second and shortstop for the Giants last season, also has major league experience at third base and at the corner outfield spots, and he has played all four infield positions in the minors. With Jed Lowrie's spring... Continue reading
Evidently, the Red Sox are intrigued with Alan Embree. The 40-year-old left-hander, who was recently signed out of retirement and has not appeared in a major league spring training game, is the lone lefty competing for one of the final two spots in the Red Sox bullpen after the team released Brian Shouse. Terry Francona has said that spring training numbers mean little when determining who will or will not make the opening day roster. Shouse is... Continue reading
Alex Rodriguez 2009: .286/.402/.532/.933, 147 OPS+, .405 wOBA, 151 wRC+ Career: .305/.390/.576/.965, 147 OPS+, .412 wOBA, 153 wRC+ Coming off a tumultuous offseason in which Rodriguez admitted to steroid use and eventually underwent hip surgery, Yankee fans were unsure what to expect from their superstar third baseman. When it became clear that he would miss a chunk of the 2009 season, some writers went as far as to say this was a good thing. A-rod, after all,... Continue reading
Take a deep breathe. Exhale. Red Sox Nation can breathe easier with the news that Dustin Pedroia's wrist X-rays were clean. Pedroia injured his wrist diving for Denard Span's grounder in the first inning yesterday and he left an inning later. The Sox will undoubtedly be cautious with Pedroia's playing time leading up to opening day. The second baseman is hitting .351 (13-for-37), so he appears ready for the regular season. This means more playing time for... Continue reading
The Yankees have had an incredible run of good fortune at shortstop. Derek Jeter has played at least 148 games at short for the Yankees in twelve of the past thirteen seasons, only missing significant time when he separated his shoulder on Opening Night 2003. On the other side, since trading away Nomar Garciaparra in July 2004, and then trading away Hanley Ramirez in the Josh Beckett deal, shortstop has been a gaping hole for the Red... Continue reading
Well, not yet. But on May 9th, the day mothers everywhere will be given chocolate, flowers, and corny Hallmark cards, I will make my 2010 minor league debut. And by minor league debut, I mean going to see my first minor league game of the season. May 9th, Portland Sea Dogs (the Red Sox’ AA team) at New Britain Rock Cats (the Minnesota Twins’ AA team), 1:35 start time (gates open at 12:05, so rest assured, I... Continue reading
Joe Mauer is a once-in-a-generation catcher who is exceptional behind the plate, hits for average and generates runs. No doubt that he would look appealing in a Red Sox uniform. Yet it is good for baseball that he Twin Cities native signed an 8-year, $184 million extension to remain with the Minnesota Twins. Not only is the competitive balance of the game shifted when a high-profile free agent leaves a small market team for a giant like... Continue reading
There are few easier ways to get a Yankee fan and a Sox fan to argue than by talking about second base. Both teams have homegrown All-stars, and while I have often been dismissive of the importance of homegrown players when it comes to winning championships, the fact that fans are watching these players from before they make it to the big leagues to when they become stars makes them good for stirring up passions. Robinson Cano... Continue reading
You all can just go ahead and skip this one as I'm sure nobody has invested interest in what happens to the AL East this season. With this division being particularly important, I'm splitting it into competitor and non-competitor editions. If you do actually care, you will remember the Yankees won 103 games last season, winning the division by eight games over the Red Sox, who were good enough to at least earn a share of winning... Continue reading
For my look at the 2010 Yankees and Red Sox, I’m going to go around the field and evaluate the players by what they did in 2009, what they have done for their careers, and what we can reasonably expect from them going forward Mark Teixeira 2009: .292/.383/.565/.948, 149 OPS+, .402 wOBA, 142 wRC+ Career: .290/.378/.545/.923, 136 OPS+, .391 wOBA, 138 wRC+ A notoriously slow starter, the Yankees $180 million man stumbled out of the gate in... Continue reading
I wish I could tell you how I became a Red Sox fan, I really do. Jeff loves to tell his story about being hooked after the ’75 World Series, and my great-uncle once told me about staying home sick from school one day and listening to Ted Williams dominate a double header, but I don’t have that one signature moment like most fans do. All I know is somewhere in my middle school years I became... Continue reading
(Editor's Note: This is the first post for Jordan Smedresman on Sox and Pinstripes) Many of what are now called baseball’s “traditional statistics” were invented way back in the years following the Civil War. Henry Chadwick, a British writer and cricket reporter, developed most of them, as well as the box score as a way to succinctly report what happened in the game. For a long time, box scores were the only way people could follow baseball,... Continue reading
Baseball is my passion. Thus the reason I created Sox and Pinstripes, write about it year-round, play the game in a 30-and-over wooden bat league and live and breathe the Red Sox. Yet there are certain aspects of the game I wish would go away. One is Sabermetrics, but that is a topic for another post. Another is the let-handed specialist. If a pitcher cannot retire both left-handed hitters and right-handed hitters, he should not occupy a... Continue reading
The brief period of the American League Central’s rise to dominance seems to be over, as it died a slow and embarrassing death ever since Boston finished off the 96 win Cleveland Indians in the 2007 ALCS after trailing the best of seven, 3-1. Since then there have been 10 finished seasons by five teams in the division, and not a single one has managed a 90 win campaign. For perspective, in 2005 and 2006 (before the... Continue reading