October 31, 2018
In an apparent attempt to demonstrate that they’re not sore losers, the LA ball team bought page 3 of today’s Boston Globe to run this ad.
The sure loser? The Boston Herald. Dem Bums gave the thirsty local tabloid an intentional pass.
And it wasn’t just LA that gave the Herald the air. The island of Aruba also ran a Globe-only ad today.
The tagline: One Happy Island.
Just like One Happy Daily.
October 28, 2018
When the costly local tabloid arrived at the Global Worldwide Headquarters this morning, the front page of Sunday Sports blared out this:
STAY ON SCHEDULE
Silverman: Red Sox stick to plan,
save Sale for Game 5
Said Michael Silverman piece ran on page 3.
Except . . . this Peter Abraham piece is more like it.
(To be sure graf goes here)
To be sure, the Herald got it all sorted out eventually, as the paper’s website and E-Edition indicate. But that sure doesn’t help the lowly home subscriber, now does it?
August 7, 2018
Page One of today’s Boston Globe Sports section is the very definition of a jinx on the Red Sox.
Christopher Gasper’s column labeling the Red Sox “close to unbeatable” and the New York Yankees “feckless and fundamentally unsound” tiptoes right up to the hexing post. But Chad Finn’s confetti tossing puts a full-tilt whammy on the Olde Towne Team.
It’s all over but the accounting. For all intents and purposes, the Red Sox clinched their third straight AL East title Sunday night.
Crosstown at the Boston Herald, the estimable Steve Buckley provides a more sober-minded perspective.
Put hold on celebration
Despite Sox’ big lead, anything possible
Such was the Red Sox’ annihilation of the Yankees this past weekend that the remainder of the regular season has been reduced to little more than a stretching exercise for October.
The Sox have wrapped up the American League East, leaving the humbled, hurtin’ Yankees and their fans to collect themselves and start planning for that scary one-and-done wild card game against the Oakland A’s or Seattle Mariners.
Not so fast, Buckley says.
Now there’s a man with respect for the evil eye.
Hey, the hardworking staff knows we’re a mere Made Yankee Fan in Boston. But we might also be the canary in the coal mine.
July 13, 2018
From our Local Dailies DisADvantage desk
Who knew? It turns out the Olde Towne Team has an Official Red Wine, as readers of today’s Boston Globe discovered in this full-page ad.
Chateau Auguste certainly seems to be a hit with oenophiles: A quick check of the Googletron reveals that the 2017 Rosé featured in the ad rates from 3.4 to 4.5 stars; the 2015 Bordeaux in the background gets 4 stars. We’ll see how it plays at Fenway, though.
Two other things:
1) The ad got us to wondering who else might be an official sponsor of the Sox. We know – from all those delivery trucks – that W.B. Mason is the Official Office Products Supplier of the Boston Red Sox (and also sponsors the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, and the Tampa Bay Rays, along with the NHL’s Boston Bruins).
But we had no idea that Cincinnati-based Cintas is the Official Restroom Sponsor of Fenway Park. That’s good to know. (There’s a bunch of others here.)
2) The Chateau Auguste ad did not run in the Boston Herald. That makes it the thirsty local tabloid times two.
December 18, 2017
As the hardreading safe has noted many times, the Boston Herald is routinely overlooked as an advertising vehicle by local institutions ranging from General Electric to Verizon to AJC Boston to CVS.
But . . .
The new ad campaign for Red Sox ticket sales is totally bi-paper-san.
From Saturday’s Boston Globe.
From Saturday’s Herald.
Some context here, from Ricky Doyle’s NESN profile of Rafael Devers in August:
“In my neighborhood, when I played vitilla (baseball with bottle caps), there was always this guy who would say, ‘Look at this one with that fresh face,’ and from then on I was ‘Carita.’ ”
Carita. Or Baby Face. Hmm… we’ll see if it sticks.
Clearly, it did.
Back to the Sox ads. Both local dailies ran this one yesterday.
No explanation need for that, right?
But maybe an explanation for the ad campaign itself is in order.
Red Sox ticket sales were off last year (2,917,678) from 2016 (2,955,434) according to Baseball Reference.
Regardless, here’s what ticket buyers can expect for next year, via Nik DeCosta-Klipa at Boston.com.
The team announced Wednesday that  (ticket prices at Fenway Park will increase by an average of 2.5 percent. Similar to last year, this means ticket prices are going up $1 to $5 for many of the seats closer to the field, as well as the bleachers.
Red Sox to fans: Read it and keep (paying more).
Let’s see how many of them vamos next season.
April 10, 2016
Well tomorrow is the Red Sox home opener and, say, there’s rejoicing throughout the land – including in today’s Boston Globe Sports section, which features this full-page ad.
You know what comes next: The ad did not run in today’s Boston Herald, sports section or otherwise.
Well, you might say, that’s because the flimsy local tabloid has managed the improbable feat of having a circulation that’s smaller on Sunday than on weekdays. The Herald claims 96,403 daily and 75,405 Sunday circulation, but here’s what the Herald published last fall:
Note the Total Paid Distribution: 60,212. And that was on a Friday.
So let’s use the Herald’s own ratio and estimate Sunday circulation around 50,000. That should make a Sunday ad in the Herald less expensive, not less likely.
But apparently NESN has all the viewers it needs.
So nothing for the thirsty local tabloid.
That’s just sad, with a capital A-D.
March 1, 2016
Sorry, Boston Red Sox fans: Your young hurler Henry Owens is the most ridiculous-looking player in organized baseball.
(Full disclosure: The hardreading staff has been a Made Yankee Fan in Boston for – yikes! – 42 years.)
Regardless . . .
Exhibit A from Friday’s Boston Globe:
And Exhibit B from yesterday’s Boston Herald back page:
Really, Henry: Pay a visit to Salon Luiz, eh?
Ask for Stephen.