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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.

Still alive

Sometimes, you can cover an entire baseball game, essentially, in one inning. Take Sunday’s game between the Red Sox and the Tigers, for example. Featuring a pitchers’ duel between the Red Sox’ Clay Bucholz and Detroit’s Justin Verlander, there wasn’t much action to be had as Bucholz cruised with a 3-0 lead into the ninth.

Enter Jonathan Papelbon.

Papelbon blew the lead in the ninth, allowing the Tigers to tie the game at 3-3. But, as luck would have it, a timely error in the bottom part of the inning led to a walk-off win for the Sox. Nice celebration pictures to cap an otherwise uneventful (action-wise) game!

8.1.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis pounces on pinch runner Darnell McDonald after McDonald scored the game-winning run in the ninth inning on a Tigers error on Aug. 1, 2010.

8.1.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis congratulates shortstop Marco Scutaro after Scutaro's bunt resulted in a game-ending error from Tigers pitcher Robbie Weinhardt in the ninth inning to put the Sox on top, 4-3, on Aug. 1, 2010.


8.1.2010 — BOSTON — Tigers pitcher Robbie Weingardt throws the ball away in the ninth while trying to field a bunt from Marco Scutaro on Aug. 1, 2010. The error allowed pinch runner Darnell McDonald to score the go-ahead run, putting the Sox on top 4-3.


8.1.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox reliever Jonathan Papelbon shrugs his shoulders after giving up a 2-run double to Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, tying the game, on Aug. 1, 2010.

8.1.2010 — BOSTON — Tigers left fielder Ryan Raburn can't make the play on Eric Patterson's RBI bloop hit into left field in the second inning on Aug. 1, 2010.


8.1.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Bucholz pitches to the Tigers in the first inning on Aug. 1, 2010.

Manny Being Manny

Manny Ramirez.

Everybody in Boston knows who this guy is. They also know how much of a doofus he is, too. But, man, could he hit.

I was tasked with covering the former Red Sox great’s first trip back to Fenway since the Sox traded him to the Dodgers back in 2008. It was no big surprise why they did it — he was generally regarded as a clubhouse cancer toward the end of his time in Boston — so it was going to be interesting to see what the crowd reaction would be when he returned. Though it probably didn’t help things that he made some disparaging comments around Boston on his way out…

Here’s my Manny photo gallery, because let’s face it, it’s not like anything really matters when the prodigal force behind two World Series championships comes back to town.

6.18.2010 — BOSTON — Former teammates David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez joke around during batting practice at Fenway Park on June 18, 2010. It was Ramirez' first game back since being traded by the Red Sox in 2008.


6.18.2010 — BOSTON — Former Red Sox star and current Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez hugs his friend, coaching assistant Ino Guerrero, during batting practice at Fenway Park on June 18, 2010. It was Ramirez' first game back since being traded by the Red Sox in 2008.


6.18.2010 — BOSTON — Former Red Sox star Manny Ramirez yells to his former teammates in right field before his first game at Fenway since being traded to the Dodgers in 2008 on June 18, 2010.


6.18.2010 — BOSTON — Dodgers designated hitter Manny Ramirez shrugs his shoulders while watching a highlight reel of his accomplishments in Boston during his first at-bat at Fenway since being traded in 2008, on June 18, 2010. He was booed loudly by the Fenway crowd.


6.18.2010 — BOSTON — Fans show mixed reactions after Manny Ramirez lined out in the second inning in his first at-bat at Fenway since being traded in 2008, on June 18, 2010.


6.18.2010 — BOSTON — Dodgers manager Joe Torre and designated hitter Manny Ramirez watch the action against the Red Sox from the dugout on June 18, 2010.


6.18.2010 — BOSTON — The Fenway crowd cheers after Dodgers designated hitter Manny Ramirez struck out to end the game on June 18, 2010.

Here’s how the Herald played the Manny coverage:

6.19.2010 — Boston Herald sports cover

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