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.


BostonGlobe.com Search Engine a Total Trainwreck

March 19, 2016

Interesting Page One compare ‘n’ contrast in today’s Boston dailies: The Globe front-pages a story the Herald doesn’t have at all, and vice versa.

 

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Initially, we went to the papers’ respective search engines to double-check our first impression. Plug “Owen Labrie” into the Herald search box and you get this:

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It’s a bit of a jumble – the most recent story is listed fourth. But it’s the Library of Congress compared to what pops up in the Globe when you plug virtually anything into its search box. The Framingham rape from the Herald front page gets no hits, but plug in, say, “David Ortiz” and you get this:

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Click on that first link and you get a hockey story at the bottom of which is this:

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So, to recap: One search, two clicks, still no David Ortiz.

Try it for yourself. It’s crazy-making.

And entirely crazy: a non-searchable newspaper website.


Red Sox Don’t Appreciate Boston Herald Readers

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:

 

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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.

 

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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.


Boston Globe Scooped by Derek Jeter

March 28, 2015

[Editor’s Note: We’ve been told by someone we respect that our previous headline (“More on Dan Shaughnessy’s Papi Smear”) was offensive, and so we have changed it. Your recriminations go here.]

Well this is an excellent rumpus Red Sox stalwart David Ortiz and the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy are having, no? In case you’ve been snowed under by more trivial matters, it started with this piece by Ortiz on Derek Jeter’s website The Players’ Tribune. Most notable, at least in local media terms, was this passage:

In 2013, I came off the DL and started hot. My first 20 games I was hitting like .400. And the reporter with the red jheri curl from The Boston Globe comes into the locker room says, “You’re from the Dominican. You’re older. You fit the profile of a steroid user. Don’t you think you’re a prime suspect?”

He’s saying this with a straight face. I had taken like 70 at-bats. Anybody can get hot and hit .400 with 70 at-bats. I was stunned. Boston Red Sox v New York YankeesI’m like, I’m Dominican? I fit the profile? Are you kidding me?

I wanted to kill this guy. But you can’t react. That’s what they want. They want you to get angry so they can bury you. So I just smiled at him and asked for his address.

“Why do you want my address?” he said.

“Because I just got tested two days ago.” I said. “I’ll mail you the f****ing results.”

(Shaughnessy dismantles Ortiz’ claims in his column today.)

But there’s also this sidebar, via FishbowlNY: “There’s an interesting collateral detail in Richard Sandomir’s NYT look at The Players’ Tribune’s rookie year. When March 26 essay ‘The Dirt‘ was added to the Derek Jeter portal by editor-at-large David Ortiz, it hit the Red Sox paper of record in the gut.”

From Sandomir’s piece:

Within a half-hour of Ortiz’s post being published on The Players’ Tribune on Thursday night, The Boston Globe rushed onto its website a similar article, the product of an interview Ortiz gave March 11 to one of its reporters, Bob Hohler. That piece had been held since last week so it could be the centerpiece of The Globe’s Major League Baseball preview April 5.

“When he filed it, we were wary,” said Joseph Sullivan, the Globe’s sports editor. “I worried about ESPN or Yahoo or The Boston Herald somehow doing a similar story. But I didn’t think about The Players’ Tribune.”

Sullivan added: “Last night was not a good night for me.”

Then again, this morning wasn’t so great for Ortiz.


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.


Globe: Ortiz Okay; Herald: Papicock!

March 5, 2013

The jury is very much out on David Ortiz in the local dailies.

From Nick Cafardo’s piece in today’s Boston Globe:

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — David Ortiz feels more optimistic that he’ll be in the Opening Day lineup after running the bases Monday and feeling as if he can manage the expected soreness in his Achilles’.

“It feels good,” Ortiz said. “When I get going I’m fine. The problem is once I cool off, I start to get sore, but the doctor said it will go away. It’s just part of the treatment, part of [when you] start doing things. The injury, you got to start getting used to. That’s why we practice over and over and over and over. So you can get to that point . . . it’s a good day. I was moving pretty good. I don’t think I can run faster than that. Let’s just see how things go later on tonight.”

 

Not so fast there, Big Guy.

From Gerry Callahan’s column in today’s Boston Herald:

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Much depends on Papi’s health

If he were playing Old Man Basketball at the Y, we’d take him across the street for a couple of beers and let him down easy. It’s not the end of the world, we’d tell him. You can still play golf. You can still walk the dog. You’re still reasonably young and healthy, and you’ve got your whole life ahead of you.

You just can’t do this anymore.

 

For a tiebreaker we turn to this random thought from the Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy:

The David Ortiz Achilles’ situation is especially alarming given that he sustained the injury rounding second base in front of a home run hit by Adrian Gonzalez. That’s like Tony Soprano straining his Achilles’ walking down the driveway to pick up the morning newspaper.

 

Ouch.


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.