August 2014

Worst to First to... Lunch

Vicente Romo's Inside Pitch

Buenos Dias amigos! Your ole buddy Vicente Romo is back with more mullings and musings – “El Huevo" style:

Michael Kay of YES said of Boston, "This town is just not used to this team giving up on a season." Right you are, Mikey. Hasn’t happened since, um, Bobby V’s one-and-done 2012 season…Is Vicente the only one who believes the Sox endgame to stockpiling all these prospects is – the Marlins’ Giancarlo (“Don’t call me ‘Mike’”) Stanton?... Two or three pals tell Vicente to go easy on the 2011 vintages of cabernet from Napa and Sonoma. Bad weather, followed by…bad weather. Hit-you-over-the-head wines won’t have the goods…Shaughnessy nuttier than ever. That is all…Don’t look now, but Theo is also building a farm system in Chicago. Kris Bryant has 36 HRs in the minors this season (14 at Triple-A Iowa), and the Cubs also just received the A’s #1 prospect, SS Addison Russell in the Samardzija trade. And don’t forget Lars Anderson, still at it for the Double-A Tennessee Smokies...Mets looking as though they’ll challenge for a Wild Card in the not-too-distant future. They have outstanding young pitching – and Vicente knows pitching. Sox tentatively scheduled to visit Citi Field for a weekend series August 28-30, 2015… ….Billy Beane is going for it this season. Holds the record for “Most books written about a GM who has never had a team in the World Series”…Good work by Ben Cherington, who has had a team in the World Series. Sox season was over, and he got a lot in return for rentals and gap-pluggers. Also opened some spots to let Bogaerts, Middlebooks, Cespedes audition in August and September…Maybe it’s Vicente, but Manhattan seems awash in meatballs. Meatball Shop has expanded all over. But for Vicente’s hard-earned money, best ones come from Bello Giardino on West 71st Street. How can they miss – they have “Dino” in their name…Vicente snuck into Bosox Club’s luncheon at Fenway Park in July. Jonny Gomes seems to be a very nice guy. Said nice things about his first manager, Lou Piniella. Will miss the five pounds of sunflower seed shells he’d leave behind in left field…. Vicente got half-price Broadway tickets last week. When did all the singers turn into screamers? Dial it down a notch…Am a happy guy when I get Dick Flavin as the PA announcer at Fenway. The place sounds as it should…

'Til next time, Adios amigos!

Undaunted, BLOHARDS To Gather at Yale Club

September 4 lunch set for lunchtime, fourth day of September

Post-trading deadline, there is certainly a sufficiency of topics to discuss and information to process. And where better to discuss and process all things Red Sox than at a BLOHARDS luncheon, one of which is fast approaching?

As described in greater detail in the official invitation,’s Red Sox correspondent Ian Browne will be on hand to help us make sense of it all. He’ll also talk about his new book, Idiots Revisited: Catching Up With the Red Sox Who Won the 2004 World Series. And thanks to the generosity of our good buddy and Sox fanatic Diane Garnick, everyone who purchases Ian’s book will be eligible for a drawing to win the same black leather 2004 World Series championship jacket that was given to each player from the Red Sox.

Speaking of ‘splainin’ things, we’ll have luncheon closer Charles Steinberg on the proverbial hot seat. WFAN’s Ed Randall, Ray Duffy (and the slideshow), RSN New York Governor (indicted) Chris Wertz, John Quinn with trivia, and Sox PA announcer and winner of 843 Emmy Awards, Dick Flavin, will also be in the mix. And we’re given to understand that the BLOHARDS’ Official Crooner, John Pizzarelli, is hard at work acquainting himself with the new players in anticipation of debuting songs about them at lunch. Pending a waiver-wire salary dump, the whole thing will be genially presided over by BLOHARD VP for Procurement and Supplier Relations, Joe Cosgriff.

Tickets ($75) on sale now.

Sox to Visit Phillies (Opening Day) and Mets in 2015

The preliminary schedule for 2015 is out, and if it holds as expected, it will bring the revamped Red Sox into our area for a couple of series vs. NL East opponents.

As the schedule reads today, the Sox will open the season against the Phillies in Philadelphia on the afternoon of Monday, April 6, the first game of a three-game series. The Sox would then travel to the Bronx for a series over the weekend of April 10-12, before returning to Fenway for the home opener on Monday, April 13 versus another National League team; the Nationals.

The schedule also shows the Sox paying a visit to Citi Field to play the Mets over the weekend of August 28-30.

At this point there can still be minor tweaks to the scheduled dates, and all game times as of now are TBD. The following season’s schedule dates are usually confirmed in September or early October. A handful of games each year are subject to changing start times due to ESPN and Fox scheduling.

Governor Wertz and the BLOHARDS are in the exploratory stages of planning group activities for Opening Day in Philly and for one or more of the games at Citi Field. The membership can avail itself of further information in this regard via Facebook and Twitter (@BLOHARDS8).

In Other News...

Thaler Sends Distress Signal
Correspondent Richard Thaler symbolizes the state of the Sox in the attached picture. Evidently upsidedowness of a flag indicates extreme distress in nautical circles. The athletic powerhouses with which the Boston flag consorts in the picture incluse Leichtenstein, Slovenia, Serbia and Albania.

Fersko Won't Stop Being Funny
Longtime BLOHARD Charlie Fersko's burgeoning comedy career takes another giant step forward when he performs at the Gotham Comedy Club (208 W. 23rd between 7th and 8th) on August 25. You can get tix by calling (212) 367-9000 and telling them you want to see Charlie.

BLOHARDS Kill in Beantown
A contingent consisting of Joe Cosgriff, John Pizzarelli and Ray Duffy treated an audience of several hundred BOSOX Club members to a bit of BLOHARD-style song and dance at a Fenway Park lunch on July 8th. Word is that, but for Duffy, the presenters' accents (or lack thereof, depending on how you look at it) rendered them unintelligible to the audience.