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The Captain

It’s been almost a month since the Red Sox ended their season officially, and with the World Series set to start tomorrow, why not drop these photos onto the blog, eh?

Having worked for the Cubs, and then covering the then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays, I’ve been pretty used to covering the last game of a season for a non-playoff team. Never really wanted to cover it for my hometown Red Sox, but I didn’t really expect them to be in the mix once their major injuries started popping up in the middle of the summer.

But the story on the last day of the season wasn’t the end of a disappointing season, but rather the possible last appearance of the captain — Jason Varitek — in a Red Sox uniform. No one knows for sure what will happen, but the Fenway faithful made sure to send him off in style, just in case.

10.3.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek waves the Fenway Park crowd after being pulled in the ninth inning against the Yankees on Oct. 3, 2010.


10.3.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek heads back to the dugout after flying out in his final at-bat of the 2010 season against the Yankees on Oct. 3, 2010.


10.3.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Yankees in the sixth inning as Yankees catcher Jorge Posada talks to his infielders on Oct. 3, 2010.


10.3.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek gets a hug from manager Terry Francona after being pulled in the ninth inning against the Yankees on Oct. 3, 2010.

And here’s a few more from a potentially disastrous pre-game gimmick and from the game itself.

10.3.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox Ryan Kalish, left, and Lars Anderson toss souvenir balls to fans before facing the Yankees in the final game of the season on Oct. 3, 2010.


10.3.2010 — BOSTON — A few fans are caught off guard as the Red Sox tossed souvenir balls into the stands before facing the Yankees in the final game of the season on Oct. 3, 2010.


10.3.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox starting pitcher John Lacket pitches to Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez on Oct. 3, 2010.


10.3.2010 — BOSTON — Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter applies a late tag on a stealing Red Sox center fielder Ryan Kalish in the sixth inning on Oct. 3, 2010.

Yo, KC

That headline’s a just a little shoutout to a former roommate of mine who has the unfortunate luck to be a Kansas City Royals fan. But he lucked out last Friday, when I got to witness an epic shelling of Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield at Fenway.

Not pretty.

5.28.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield pitches to Royals second baseman Mike Aviles in the first inning on May 28, 2010.


5.28.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield jumps over Royals second baseman Mike Aviles, who scored on a wild pitch in the fourth inning on May 28, 2010.


5.28.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz slaps his bat after striking out with two men on base in the fourth inning against the Royals on May 28, 2010.


5.28.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefiled waits for the ball after giving up a grand slam to Royals shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, left, in the fourth inning on May 28, 2010.


5.28.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew watches fans bobble a 2-run home run ball from Royals centerfielder Mitch Maier in the eighth inning on May 28, 2010.


5.28.2010 — BOSTON — A Red Sox scoreboard operator walks past some unfriendly numbers on the scoreboard in the Red Sox 12-5 loss to the Royals on May 28, 2010.

Batting Practice

Baseball, oh how I’ve missed you!

Last night I spent my evening shooting the Red Sox as they completely embarrassed the Angels in a 17-8 rout. Unfortunately, blowouts like that are about as exciting as shooting batting practice. When the outcome of the game is virtually a lock, it’s pretty obvious the players are going through the motions — especially when the game time clocks in around 4.5 hours. Sheesh.

Here’s about as vanilla of a take as you’ll see from a ball game. But them’s the breaks, as always.

5.3.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox left fielder Bill Hall is greeted at home by center fielder Darnell McDonald, left, after driving in Adrian Beltre, right, on a 2-run home run against the Angels on May 3, 2010.

5.3.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew tracks his RBI single in the fourth inning against the Angels on May 3, 2010.

5.3.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Bucholz pitches in the first inning against the Angels on May 3, 2010.

5.3.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre smiles after looking at the replay of his 2-run home run against the Angels on May 3, 2010.

5.3.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox designated hitter Mike Lowell is greeted in the dugout after scoring against the Angels in the seventh inning against the Angels May 3, 2010.

5.3.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia tags out Angels third baseman Maicer Izturis in the fifth inning on May 3, 2010.

Of course, in the grand scheme of important games last night, the Red Sox take the rare spot as bottom of the sports totem pole. Bruins 3, Flyers 2. Of course, by this point in the game, most of the fans were probably at home or the bar across the street watching this on TV.

5.3.2010 — BOSTON — A Fenway Park scoreboard operator changes the score to reflect the Bruins-Flyers playoff game result on May 3, 2010.

And here is easily the best moment I got all night — Duff Goldman. The Ace of Cakes! Super nice guy, especially when his producer yelled at me for having the audacity to exist in the background of her “reality show.”

5.3.2010 — BOSTON — Ace of Cakes host Duff Goldman celebrates after throwing out the first pitch at Fenway Park on May 3, 2010.