Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona was in Stoughton Jan. 26 for a book signing at BJ's. Francona and Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy co-wrote "Francona: The Red Sox Years." Take a look at photos and a video interview from Francona's visit
This past Saturday afternoon, hundreds flocked to BJ's Wholesale Club in Stoughton to meet the man who helped lead the Boston Red Sox to the storied franchise's only two World Series titles since 1918. Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona was as the Stoughton BJ's at 901 Technology Center Dr. for a book signing. Francona and Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy co-wrote "Francona: The Red Sox Years," which details Francona's dealings with Red Sox players and management while chronicling "an epic era, from 2004, his first year as the Sox skipper, when they won their first championship in 86 years, through another win in 2007, to the controversial September collapse just four years later," according to the book description on …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Your group of local patch editors weighs in on the standout sports moments of the year.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Editor's Note: The following is part of a special "end-of-the-year" series in which local editors from your nearby Patch towns highlight their favorites in various topics. Jonathan Friedman - Editor, Attleboro-Seekonk Patch From my earliest days through college, I was a competitive swimmer. I was never good enough to be an Olympian, but I have a tremendous respect for those who are. And every four years, it is exciting to see swimming in the spotlight. Special kudos go to Michael Phelps, who looked like he had lost his magic when he didn't even win a medal in his first individual event, the 400 IM (first time since 2000 that had happened), but then regained it later in the week with spectacular wins in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly, while…
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
With the recent death of Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky, you can find out more about the man by reading David Halberstam's "The Teammates."
When you go to a bookstore, you can find "The Teammates" in the sports section, but the book about four Boston Red Sox could very easily be in the relationship aisle. With the death of Johnny Pesky last week, Bobby Doerr is the last of the four great friends and teammates still alive today. Doerr and Pesky were together at Fenway Park, both in wheelchairs, as the Red Sox celebrated the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park in April. Both Ted Williams and Dom DiMaggio proceeded their life-long friends in death. But in the "The Teammates," they will be four young baseball players coming from humble roots on the West Coast to find fame on the East Coast, while wearing Boston Red Sox uniforms in the golden days of the 1930-40s. If you want to know …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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REMEMBERING JOHNNY PESKY: Johnny Pesky who is synonymous with the Boston Red Sox, having spent more than 60 years as a player, manager, broadcaster, coach, executive and ambassador for the team, died Monday at the age of 92. Pesky, who was a .307 hitter and was the first Red Sox player to have his number retired that was not inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame, gave up three seasons of his prime to serve his country in World War II. Fenway Park's right field foul pole bears his name - Pesky's Pole. The Red Sox legend also has an association with the Town of Stoughton. On his 86th birthday on September 27, 2005, Stoughton artist Elaine Felos Ostrander presented Pesky with a portrait she was commissioned by the Red Sox to do of him. She …
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Kids from all over the South Shore, who play baseball with Braintree's Little League Challenger Division, including TJ Chamberlain of Stoughton, recently had the chance to take batting practice and explore the field at Fenway Park.
Players with Braintree's Little League Challenger Division, a baseball program for children across the South Shore with disabilities, had the field at Fenway Park to themselves on June 20, posing for photos in front of the Green Monster, taking batting practice at home plate and eating lunch inside the third base dugout. Eight-year-old TJ Chamberlain of Stoughton was one of 15 players who participated in the camp. The visit was part of the eighth season of All Kids Can Baseball Camps, a partnership between the Boston Red Sox and CVS Caremark. It was also the first time that a Red Sox player joined the kids on the field. Infielder Mike Aviles signed autographs, and, along with hitting coach Dave Magadan, helped out with batting practice. "…
Friday, June 8, 2012
Pawtucket Red Sox first baseman Lars Anderson visited Roche Bros. on Thursday to surprise one lucky shopper with a free getaway, courtesy of Hood.
Mary DeGrande was just looking to get her granddaughter a summer treat Thursday morning. Instead, she was rewarded with a treat of her own. The 37-year Stoughton resident said she always goes to Roche Brothers in Easton, just over Stoughton line. But Thursday, her routine trip turned into an exciting surprise. While buying a container of Hood ice cream for her granddaughter Madison - a 6th grader at O'Donnell Middle School in Stoughton - Pawtucket Red Sox first baseman Lars Anderson appeared from the store's back rooms to reward her with a free trip to Cape Cod. "I’ve never won anything," she said. "$2 on a scratch ticket. That’s about it." Thanks to a Hood Ice Cream promotion, DeGrande won a free stay at Cape Cod Resort and Spa in Hyannis…
Sunday, April 22, 2012
A trip to Fenway Park gets the memories flowing.
It's really not about the actual structure. Truth be told, the place looks every bit of its 100 years. After nine innings, your body is a crooked mess. Unless you are under 5 feet 5 inches and weigh less than 140 pounds, you are going to be very uncomfortable for three or so hours. It costs a fortune to attend a game these days. Hot dogs come with a loan application to purchase them. You know not to even try to drive there. Still, Fenway Park is what it is. With all its warts, it's ours. After all, Fenway is a place where memories live on. How many things is our lives are still even standing 100 years later? Places like that are few and far between. In a way, Fenway is really our own fountain of youth, a place where we go to remember …
Sunday, April 1, 2012
What choices for the all-time Boston Red Sox team do you agree with and what ones do you disagree with? Leave us your comments.
With the Boston Red Sox getting ready for opening day and celebrating the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, there is going to be a lot of opportunity to look back at the all-time greats to wear their uniform. The Red Sox are running a voting contest at bostonredsox.com, but we're jumping the gun here with an all-time team before the season even starts. The only rule on this team is that you have to have compiled the stats as a Red Sox player and other teams you played on doesn't factor in. Ladies and gentlemen, your all-time Red Sox team: Catcher-Carlton Fisk. Jason Varitek is going to get a lot of votes in the Red Sox poll, but Fisk clearly was a much better hitter in Boston and equally defensively. For his Red Sox career, Fisk hit .284 …
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Before a Nation was born, there was 1967.
My wife is a Yankees fan, and says she feels like a stranger here in Red Sox Nation. A month or so ago, we went to Long Island. The weather was nice. The food was great. “You know what I like best?" I figured she was going to say being back to the place where she grew up, among the familiar sights. “Not really,” I answered. “Well, we’re not in Red Sox Nation anymore,” she said. “I’m not seeing the license plates, the shirts, the hats and all the talk about the Red Sox.” I’m a Red Sox fan and have been so since 1965. Sports-wise, I’m also in a mixed marriage. She’s a great woman and the love of my life, so we just agree to disagree about baseball. She does like the Celtics, so we keep the talk on the Green Team. When I told my Red Sox …