John Henry to Boston Herald: Drop Dead

October 3, 2016

Sure, David Ortiz’s Fenway Swan Song turned out to be (Not So) Sweet Caroline as the Sox lost five of their last six, but at least Big Papi got a sweet sendoff in the local dailies.

Sunday’s papers were a Papipalooza of congratulatory ads, with both the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald publishing special Commemorative Sections.

Their front pages gave you a good idea of who was going to win the advertising sweepstakes in the Farewell to Big Arms.

 

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Notice that the Globe section is sponsored by Xfinity, while the Herald section is sponsored by nobody.

And notice the advertisers in the thirsty local tabloid: Catholic Memorial High School, Aria Trattoria, Sullivan Tire, Central Auto Team, Parker Professional Driving School, Modell’s Sporting Goods, and – our personal favorite – The Hamilton Collection.

 

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Nothing like a Laser-Etched Glass Sculpture to keep the the memories alive.

Crosstown at the Boston Globe, there was a different class of commemorative ads: New Balance, Mohegan Sun, University of Massachusetts, and – remarkably – the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

 

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Not to mention ads from Herb Chambers, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sleepy’s, Miltons, Granite City, and, of course, Xfinity.

No surprise there: That high/low advertising split runs pretty much true to form for the local dailies.

But here’s where it gets interesting:

Boston GlobeSox owner John Henry ran this ad in Sunday’s Globe Sports section.

 

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Close-up for the copy-impaired:

 

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The thing is, Henry did not run the same ad in the Herald, even though that would have been the right (and inexpensive) thing to do.

Bad form, Mr. GlobeSox. Bad form.

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Red Sox Presidential Pitches Are High and Wide

February 17, 2016

The Boston Red Sox are suddenly players in the 2016 presidential race, but at least two of them aren’t exactly on the same team.

Start with Kyle Clauss’s Boston Magazine piece yesterday.

Billionaire John Henry Wants Billionaire Mike Bloomberg to Run for President

The two-party system is broken, so why not an oligarchy?

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Red Sox principal owner John Henry celebrated Presidents Day by urging former three-term New York mayor Michael Bloomberg to make a run for the White House. Keeping in line with the first law of online media—”Tweets with pictures get more attention than those without”—the Boston Globe attached a photo of some avant garde carpeting, for good measure.

 

Here’s what Henry posted on his Twitter feed:

 

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Yeah – we have no idea what the graphic means either.

But that’s not the end of Billionaires Row for the Olde Towne Team. Here’s Nick Cafardo’s campaign coverage in today’s Boston Globe:

Buchholz has a ringing endorsement for Trump

Add matchmaker to Donald Trump’s list of successful endeavors.

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“It was 2008 in Anaheim,” Buchholz recalled. “It was Sean Casey, myself, probably like eight or nine guys, and we went to a UFC fight after one game and then we went to the after party.

“It was ‘Affliction: Banned’ fighting, and [Trump] owned the whole circuit. My wife knew him prior, from ‘Deal or No Deal’ when he came on the show as a celebrity banker.

“She was helping him host this event in Anaheim. So when we all walked in, he was there, and he saw us and he introduced Lindsey to me.”

 

Isn’t that sweet?

Now if we can just get Big Papi to endorse Bernie Sanders, we’ll have a real ballgame.

Memo to Boston Herald owner Pat Purcell: Still time to play – have you considered drafting Mitt Romney?


Big Papi Goes in the Tank!

April 25, 2014

From our Home Run Dumby desk

For starters, let’s stipulate that when it comes to home run showboating, David Ortiz can’t hold a candle to Manny (Let Manny Be Money) Ramirez. But Ortiz puts on a pretty good showboat himself (see especially from 1:11).

 

 

So it was no surprise when Big Papi showed up in Tank McNamara on yesterday’s Boston Globe Scoreboard page.

 

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And today:

 

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Given his White House selfie, neither is David Ortiz.

 


Ortiz Selfie Same Old Samsong

April 2, 2014

Socrates said “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Feh. Nowadays, it’s the unsponsored life that isn’t worth a damn.

Exhibit Umpteen, from Page One of today’s Boston Globe:

 

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Story inside:

Ortiz selfie with Obama a home run for Samsung

Staged selfies might be the name of the game.selfie

It started at the Oscars with Ellen DeGeneres’s epic picture of celebrities and now it appears David Ortiz himself may be in on the action.

Samsung confirmed that it had helped Ortiz take Tuesday’s selfie with President Obama. The mobile provider then promoted the picture on Twitter to the company’s 5.2 million followers.

Trade publication Sports Business Journal reported on Monday that Ortiz had inked a new endorsement deal with the cellphone provider.

 

So the president of the United States is just a prop for a cheap marketing stunt, eh? Crosstown, Boston Herald columnist Steve Buckley missed the Samsung connection but bought the package.

The president touched on other, more emotional topics as well. He spoke of the victims of the marathon bombings and introduced MBTA police officer Richard Donohue, who was nearly killed during the pursuit of the alleged terrorists. He spoke of Boston firefighters

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The president told us when it was time to be solemn.

David Ortiz told us when it was time to have a little fun.

 

And Samsung told us when it was time to buy.

 


David Ortiz Gets Respect/No Respect from Boston Dailies

February 7, 2014

Fact #1: David Ortiz is unquestionably the greatest clutch hitter in Boston Red Sox history. Fact #2: David Ortiz is 38 years old (at least). Fact #3: David Ortiz will make $15 million this coming season. Fact #4: David Ortiz wants more.

Let the Big Papirama begin!

Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy one week ago.

David Ortiz’s contract talk is selfish, offensive

 

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David Ortiz was on Boston television the other night. Guess what he was talking about?

His contract.

Big Papi loves to complain about his contract. He’s never satisfied unless he has a multiyear contract. It’s about respect, I guess.

Sorry, but it’s also tone-deaf, selfish, and offensive.

 

Crosstown at the Boston Herald, Gerry Callahan wrote this:

David Oriz can wait

With Papi destined to stay, Ben should avoid long-term deal

 

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First off, let’s paint the whole picture.

David Ortiz didn’t just demand a contract extension from the Red Sox on “Sports Final” with Steve Burton on Sunday night. He demanded a contract extension while holding a white Chihuahua on his lap. And he didn’t just demand a contract extension while holding a white Chihuahua. He demanded a contract extension while holding a white Chihuahua that was wearing a yellow sweater.

 

Chihua-whatever.

Cut to yesterday’s Christopher L. Gasper Globe column.

Ortiz contract request fair, not foul

 

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Ask and you shall receive, or if you’re Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, ask about a contract extension and you shall receive criticism, ridicule, and indignation for daring to ask . . .

Ortiz has drawn the ire of some Red Sox fans and media members [read: fellow Globie Shaughnessy] this winter for having the gall to repeatedly express his desire for a one-year contract extension with a year still remaining on the two-year pact he signed in November of 2012. Ortiz made $15 million last season, and is on the books for another $15 million this season.

Sometimes athletes just can’t win. Failure to express unequivocal desire to stay with a team beyond your current contract brands you disloyal, selfish, and greedy. Expressing a clear preference to stay with a team before your contract is up makes you insolent, selfish, and greedy.

 

You decide, yeah?

 


Hark! The Herald! (Big Papi Edition)

October 16, 2013

From our Walt Whitman desk

Today’s Boston Herald has a swell time patting itself on the back for yet another mention by “Journalism’s own hall of fame” – that would be The Newseum – in its daily Top Ten Front Pages feature.

Under the headline “Sports Stories” there’s this:

When a sports story makes the front page, it usually gets the best play. Just look at today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which devoted half of Page One to the Cardinals’ baseball playoff loss. Of course, newspapers aren’t always so keen to promote defeat. The Indianapolis Star found a way to downplay the Colts’ loss in “Monday Night Football” by focusing on the positive. Go team!

 

You don’t have to tell the feisty local tabloid twice.

 

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And don’t miss that dig at crosstown rival Boston Globe:

The Herald was the only Boston paper featured in the Top 10 list yesterday. The Herald’s front page was even tweeted out by Red Sox owner John W. Henry.

 

You know he’s gonna own the Globe too, right?

It doesn’t get much better than that for the Heraldniks.


Does Big Papi Have ‘Mental Issues’ with Bobby Valentine?

November 6, 2012

Newly re-signed Red Sox slugger David Ortiz apparently now feels free to talk about his relationship with shipwrecked Sox skipper Bobby Valentine, but the local dailies – wait for it – have very different versions of Big Papi’s take.

From today’s Boston Herald:

David Ortiz defends vs. Bobby Valentine

Unlike Bobby Valentine, David Ortiz [stats] didn’t revisit the past.

Given an opportunity yesterday to defend himself against his former manager’s charge that he refused to play through a right Achilles strain after the Red Sox[team stats] fell out of contention, Ortiz said only that the team wouldn’t have re-signed him to a two-year, $26 million deal if he had a reputation for dogging it.

“To be honest with you, we won’t be talking about what we’re talking about right now if things would have been the way our ex-manager said,” Ortiz said. “Being here for the last 10 years, you (media) know pretty much how I go about my business.

Whatever that means.

But Ortiz was much more forthcoming in the Boston Globe (boink! sorry, paywall):

Ortiz wonders if Valentine has ‘mental issues’

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was diplomatic when asked about former manager Bobby Valentine’s comments about him at an introductory news conference Monday at Fenway Park.

But in an interview with ESPNDeportes.com, Ortiz was far more revealing in his response to Valentine’s suggestion on national television that Ortiz “decided not to play anymore” after the Red Sox traded stars Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, and Carl Crawford.

“No. 1, never bite the hand that feeds you, because in the end that will come back to bite you,” Ortiz said. “I was one of those players that always showed support for him. In fact, I held a couple of player meetings.

“No. 2, the day that I returned from the DL, I told him that I was not sure what percentage health-wise I was in, but that I could not be out there without trying to help. When I told him that, I put my career on the side to help him and the team. Being in an incredible amount of pain, I went out there to support them.

“No. 3, after he went on national TV to say what he said, he sent me a text message trying to tell me that it was the media trying to change things. I did not respond to the message and I said to myself, this guy must have some mental issues or needs medicine or something? I said, I am dealing with someone crazy and I am not going to drive myself crazy, so it is better if I leave it alone.”

No. 4, think the news media will leave it alone?

Think again.