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Review: Knuckleball!

Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's documentary
For a film that's centered around such a silly-looking pitch, Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's documentary is packed with considerable drama.
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 18, 2012
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Carson Kressley in Damn Yankees

The Devil went down to Ogunquit
This year marks the Ogunquit Playhouse's 80th season of breezily sophisticated, classic American musical entertainment.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 08, 2012
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Mum's the word

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While we at Wax Tabs like to zoom in on the fringes of the music scene here in Portland, there's no glossing over the epic GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD STOPOVER festival that went down last weekend, which basically turned the Eastern Promenade into its own island carnival.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 08, 2012
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Hey cranks, peep what the ballists are playing!

Return to Tradition
With the Boston Red Sox sitting in fourth place and virtually all their players struggling or injured, it really couldn't be a finer time for baseball fans to rediscover what we actually love about the sport.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 27, 2012
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They call me Oil Can

Baseball, drugs, and life on the edge
Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd, a Mississippi native who lives in East Providence with his wife and two children, is one of the most complex, controversial players ever to don a Red Sox uniform.
By EXCERPTED FROM THE BOOK BY DENNIS "OIL CAN" BOYD AND MIKE SHALIN  |  May 23, 2012
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Interview: Oil Can Boyd on playing the game

Baseball ‘takes away a lot of hurt’
This week, I had an hour long chat with Oil Can Boyd.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 23, 2012

Advice for Curt; unrest by the sea; Mr. Walton blows out the candles

Out-of-business plan
In case Curt Schilling is reading, here are a couple things you should never do as a businessman: 1) bounce a check to a state government; and 2) fail to meet payroll, especially when you have billed yourself as a jobs creator.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 23, 2012

Schilling strikes out; war on women; the kids are all right

Holding a 38 to our head
You may recall, a couple of years back, that then-Governor Donald "The Don" Carcieri was very gung ho about the state offering Curt Schilling's 38 Studios video game company a whopping $75 million in loan guarantees through the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 16, 2012

We voted!; the old ball game; hear them roar

Poll dances
Like all good Vo Dilunduhs, Phillipe and Jorge used our unaffiliated voter status to become "Republicans for a day," cast our ballots in the GOP primary, and then switch back to being independents immediately afterward.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 25, 2012
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Kastaways and cut-ups

Safe at home with Maine's first all-mascot band
Watching the Kastaways practice, it quickly becomes clear that this band is all about the Clam. Sir Nigel the Rat might be the frontman and attention hog. Herman might be the lead-singer and actual hog. Spike Porcupine and Pete Puffin might even provide the band's true musicality.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 17, 2012
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Photos: The Kastaways, Maine’s first all-mascot band

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By JUSTIN LUMIERE  |  April 17, 2012
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The Grand Opening

Excerpted from Fenway Park: The Centennial (St. Martin’s Press, 2012)
Three rainouts delayed the very first Opening Day at the new Fenway Park, and the sinking of the Titanic initially dimmed enthusiasm.
By SAUL WISNIA  |  March 30, 2012
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What's that noise?

Failure
That great nuisance returns to Fenway Park.
By KARL STEVENS  |  March 28, 2012
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2nd Story’s Take Me Out

A dramatic grand slam
Ironic, isn't it? To your ordinary man in the street or workplace, masculinity usually isn't an issue. Yet macho scale rankings readily come up in professional sports, where prowess should be enough evidence of testosterone levels.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 25, 2012
The year ahead in sports

The year ahead in sports

Looking forward to more scoring and less scandal
It seemed for every hail Mary, walk-off homer, and buzzer beater in 2011, the sports pages had a story on work stoppages, performance-enhancing drugs, or mind-boggling college-conference realignments.
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  December 28, 2011
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Money Talks and Fans Walk

Salaries, strikes, and TV have changed everything about baseball since 1975
This article was originally published in the September 29, 1995 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By BILL SIMMONS  |  December 14, 2011
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Ten Great Moments In Red Sox Playoffs

The good, the bad, the ugly — we've seen it all
This story was originally published in the September 25, 1995, issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By BILL SIMMONS  |  December 14, 2011
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From the ''Sporting Eye'' Archives

From the Phoenix's George Kimball archives
"1973 World Series: You Gotta Believe," "Super Bowl VIII: Bud Grant as Capt. Queeg," and more
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  November 16, 2011
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Review: Moneyball

The game's plays are numbered
Adapting Michael Lewis's bestseller of the same title, director Bennett Miller and screenwriters Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian take up Beane's story in 2002, when the A's, fresh from the previous season's playoff loss to the Yankees, try to rebuild after losing three of their superstars — Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon, and Jason Isringhausen — to richer teams.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 20, 2011
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Interview: Jonah Hill straightens up

Money man
The Superbad star has embraced his inner math geek for his role in Moneyball , the film adaptation of Michael Lewis's best-selling book.
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  September 20, 2011

Hell on Thayer Street

A sad story; fathers and sons; Theater of Bewilderment; the GOP gathers again
"Youth violence" has not exactly been a headline issue around here.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 07, 2011
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The heartbreak and hilarity of Rhode Island amateur baseball

Endless summer
By the eighth inning it's clear the Dodgers, a middling team in the 22-plus age division of Rhode Island's largest amateur baseball league, aren't going to win.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 01, 2011
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An Umpire's Job is Never Retired

Hoopleville
Enforcing the rules of the game -- on the field, and off.
By DAVID KISH  |  August 31, 2011



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At the trough

Good money after bad; letter from London; road woes
In another example of the wonderful money management skills of government everywhere in Rhode Island, it appears that when it comes to getting rid of a budget deficit, you do it by throwing money at lawyers.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 17, 2011

Don’t fear the sphere: The tao of wiffleball

The Sporting Life I
If you're the type of person that spent your youth perfecting that Nomahh Garciaparra batting ritual, or you still find yourself bragging about the wicked riser you used to throw in your backyard, then head to Slater Park this weekend and show your stuff.
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  August 03, 2011
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Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game

Excerpted from the book by Dan Barry
"I hope you're still with us," the broadcaster Bob Drew says to the night, a note of desperation in his voice.
By DAN BARRY  |  July 20, 2011



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