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Ted's inside-the-park homerDick Flavin

As we dive into the 2021 baseball season with high hopes and unknown expectations, it is worthwhile to take note of what happened 75 years ago, for this is the anniversary of one of the best teams in ...

The unkindest cut Dick Flavin

Talk about rubbing salt on an open wound! Some guy from Los Angeles has rented a billboard right across the street from Fenway Park that says, "Dear Boston, thanks for Mookie Betts." The perpetrator ...

The new-look Red SoxDick Flavin

Once April begins, the baseball games all count and the pressure gets turned on. That's especially true this year at Fenway Park. None of us knows what to expect from this season's edition of the Red ...

'Casey at the Bat' and Worcester Dick Flavin

Expect a big resurgence of interest in the poem, "Casey at the Bat," this baseball season. The great ballad of a star-crossed slugger has never gone completely out of style, but baseball is coming to ...

Baseball's problemsDick Flavin

You might have missed it, but Major League Baseball has decided to change the specifications that go into the making of baseballs -- again. Just before the start of spring training, MLB distributed a ...

The new Red Sox recipe Dick Flavin

Take a large portion of hope, add a dollop or two of equal parts pessimism and optimism (to give it that sweet and sour flavor), then spice it up with a dash of trepidation; let simmer for 162 games. That's ...

O.J. and meDick Flavin

It was a stormy late Sunday afternoon in November back in the early 1990s. I was in the Pittsburgh International Airport, seated in an easy chair in the VIP lounge of a major airline. The lounge was VIP ...

Apples and oranges Dick Flavin

Who was a better performer, Enrico Caruso or Rodney Dangerfield? Huh? One was a world-renowned operatic tenor who achieved international fame as one of history's first recording artists, was born in ...