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.
September 20, 2015
As the Carmine Hose continue their pitched battle with Tampa Bay for fourth place in the American League East, the team has launched Fan Appreciation Week for the season’s final seven games.
(Fan Appreciation, of course, means We Appreciate Any Fannies We Can Put in Fenway.)
So the Red Sox ran this ad in today’s Boston Globe:
First off, 1 final homestand? Is David Ortiz retiring? Or going elsewhere? Cause he sure doesn’t sound like it in this Peter Abraham wrap of yesterday’s dramatic win over the Blue Jays.
At 39, Ortiz is watching these final weeks of the season like a scout, hoping to see players who can form the core of a contending team before he retires.
Is the team trying to tell Ortiz something with this ad?
Regardless, the season’s final week, for those of you keeping score at home.
That’s a lot of appreciating, eh?
Then again, they probably don’t appreciate it at the Boston Herald, which once again struck out in the advertising department.
Bobblehead Fever Grips Hub!
Just not at the thirsty local tabloid.
July 29, 2015
Wait – in the course of three days pitching great Pedro Martinez is inducted into the Hall of Fame and has his number retired by the Red Sox, and no one runs an ad in the local dailies congratulating him?
Boston Celtics stalwarts Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett exited the local scene and they got tribute ads in both Boston dailies.
Hell, Mass General tops some tricked-up U.S. News & World Report hospital ranking and it gets a full-page kiss in the stately local broadsheet.
But Pedro Martinez joins the ranks of the immortals and . . . nothing?
Nothing from the Red Sox? The Globe? The Herald? The New York Mets? The Dominican Republic? Nothing from nobody?
That’s just wrong.