Red Sox Pushing Hard on the Public Relations Front

Chicken and beer. September collapse. The firing of Terry Francona. The hiring and eventul firing of Bobby Valentine. 

Since the 2007 World Series Championship season, the Red Sox have been in shambles. The team is more of a side attraction to what is Fenway Park, the amusement park that the owners are selling more than the product on the team.

Fans are fed up as season ticket sales are down. The team is on the bottom wrung of fandom in Boston.

Queue the public relations onslaught.

The Boston Red Sox are in Shambles and the Real Fans Probably Enjoy It


The 2011 Boston Red Sox won't be remembered for winning a ton of games. They won't be remembered for an ace pitching staff that rocked the AL. They won't be remembered for grinding out wins after a very rocky start to the season.

They will be remembered for "The Collapse."

As most sports fans know, the Sox were sitting pretty in the AL East up until August. The team slowly declined and lost the division lead to the Yankees. The skid continued well into September and the Sox found themselves clinging on to the Wild Card spot in the playoffs. However, as fate would have it, a surging Tampa Bay team played their guts out, won the Wild Card spot, while the Sox pointed fingers at each other and wondered, "What if?"

There were many things to point towards in terms of the reason for the demise of the 2011 Boston Red Sox. However, instead of speculating, the Boston Globe did a investigate reporting type article, detailing the postmortem.

Here are the highlights:

Sorry, But Tom Brady's Hair Cut Isn't News

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The Patriots stand at 2-1, tied in a jammed up AFC East that has the Buffalo Bills, yes, those Bills, at the top of the division. The Pats face a tough Oakland team this week on the road. The defense isn't playing as it should be. Brady, normally stellar, looked more like Steve Grogan than he did Brady last week.

So, you figure that the sports media would have a lot to write about (not to mention that the Red Sox are one loss away from a monumental collapse), right?

Photography: Capturing a Triple Play

The Boston Globe has a talented group of photographers. Their RAW blog is one of the best photography news blogs out there. They do a great job showcasing photos from around the world in their Big Picture blog. Another thing they do is talk to the photographers who spend so much time behind the lens that they only get a one line credit in the story, i.e. the caption.

In this video, Globe Photographer Jim Davis talks about how he prepared to shoot a triple play that the Red Sox successfully turned over against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Is Crawford a Bust?

I realize we are steaming towards the Fall Classic, but these sort of stories drive me crazy.

Carl Crawford has three quarters of a season under his belt in Boston and the media is already asking if he's been a busy.

I'm going to chalk it up to the fact that baseball is the only sport in season -- despite pre-season football. The Sox are dominating the media and the boys at the Globe feel the need to dissect the team in every manny, including scrutinizing the big payroll moves Theo Epstein made in the offseason.

What do you think? Is Crawford a bust or is the Boston sports media making something out of nothing?

Running on to the Field: It Never Works Out How You Planned It

Attending a professional sports game is quite the experience. Yes, it can be expensive these days, but if you're a fan of that particular team and the game (even if not), it can be very enjoyable. Sometimes, however, fans tend to get a little TOO excited and for some reason or another, decide to run on the field of play. If happens more so in baseball than an other sport.

Sometimes the fan gets to run around before being chased down by security. More often than not, however, security gets their man.

That was the case at Fenway Par recently when a fan decided to take a quick - and I mean quick - jog on to the field. Watch the right side of the video, around the :17 mark.

Is this a baseball or football game?

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