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The baseball season is underway -- for better or for worseDick Flavin

Question: Should we be panic-stricken over the Red Sox' slow start this season? Answer: No. It's a long season and there is plenty of time for the Sox to hit their stride. Question: Should we be worried ...

Dustin Pedroia and Manny Machado Dick Flavin

It happened two years ago, on April 21, 2017, in Baltimore's Camden Yards. It appeared to be just another early season game, Red Sox versus Orioles, when in the bottom of the eighth inning, Baltimore's ...

Alex Cora and Dave DombrowksiDick Flavin

There is an old show business story -- perhaps apocryphal, but maybe not -- concerning the wife of famed Broadway lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II and the wife of the equally renowned composer, ...

You're Brad Stevens and you've got a problem Dick Flavin

Let's suppose, for just a few moments, that you are Brad Stevens, the coach of the Boston Celtics. If you are, there is no way you can be pleased about how the current basketball season, which is winding ...

Enjoy yourself, it's later than you thinkDick Flavin

If you are the Boston Red Sox, the chances are that the player you most want to keep on your roster for an extended period of time is Mookie Betts. And who could blame you? He was the American League ...

This means WAR Dick Flavin

War is hell. So, as far as I'm concerned, is WAR. WAR, or Wins Above Replacement, is the chic, in-style statistic used to determine a baseball player's total value to his team. I thought it would be ...

They don't call it hardball for nothingDick Flavin

When ballclubs report to spring training every year, the first few days are spent getting organized. Before the exhibition games begin, the players undergo physical exams, they participate in team drills, ...

Cats, dogs, and sports heroes Dick Flavin

Who is the greatest sports hero in Boston history? Beats me. The question, an age-old one, has flared up recently as Tom Brady has climbed relentlessly up the heights of the Mount Olympus of sports ...