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With the 2012 baseball season upon us, we ask the experts if size really does matter

Market factors
In Major League Baseball, where big-market teams have won eight out of the past 10 World Series, your payroll often determines how far into October you'll be playing.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  March 30, 2012
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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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Golden memories of the diamond

Big baseball anniversaries; not-so-E-Z pass; remebering Jimbo
We know the vast majority of Cool, Cool World readers do not have a personal memory of life on the planet earth, circa 1960, as they were not yet born.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 29, 2010
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Sports blotter: In the rough

Did Johan Santana go out of bounds? Plus, LT's self-abuse defense falls short.
Another day, another New York sports icon fends off a rape allegation.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 30, 2010
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Review: Basho Japanese Brasserie

A tasty fusion of new and traditional Japanese fare
Weirdly situated in the Fenway, this large restaurant from the owners of Back Bay's Douzo conveys an immediate sense of space well apportioned, with the minimalist fascination of the best haiku.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 24, 2010
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Riot squads

While Boston chilled, LA burned. What makes fans in some cities go wild — win or lose?
On the morning that the Celtics and the Lakers readied for Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, framing one of the most storied and intense rivalries in pro sports, the police departments of Boston and Los Angeles geared up for the worst.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 28, 2010

Bandwagon fans gear up

Benchwarmers
Only after buying a "Beat L.A." T-shirt, methodically checking ESPN for World Cup updates, and watching every installment of the NBA Finals with a religious fanaticism, has the hard truth settled in: I am a bandwagon fan.
By ANDREW STEINBEISER  |  June 16, 2010
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Curse and worse

Johnny Baseball is stuck in the minors
The high point of Johnny Baseball , the new musical receiving its world premiere from the American Repertory Theater (at the Loeb Drama Center through June 27), comes two-thirds of the way through the second act.
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 09, 2010

A Rhode Island filmmaker’s tribute to the Good War

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Amid the moral ambiguity of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — the handwringing over weapons of mass destruction, drone attacks, and the rights of detainees — there is something startling about the raw patriotism of the documentary Navy Heroes of Normandy .  
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 02, 2010

Play by play: June 4, 2010

Theater listings, week of June 4, 2010
Theater listings, week of June 4, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 03, 2010
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Review: Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill

Another victory, what a surprise
The baseball record books show that Gerald Peter Remy, in 10 major-league seasons, hit a total of seven home runs. On my first visit to his Boylston Street bar and grill, I was ready to declare the restaurant home run number eight.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 02, 2010

Play by play: May 28, 2010

Theater listings, May 28, 2010
Boston's weekly theater schedule
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 27, 2010
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Balls of fire

Porn stars, witch doctors, elephant farts, and the worst soccer team on the planet take center stage at this summer’s World Cup
For one month every four years, the United States — try as it might — can’t impose its vacuous culture on the rest of the planet. The World Cup arrives and the Americans are, at best, an afterthought.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG AND LANCE GOULD  |  June 01, 2010

Play by Play: May 21, 2010

Theater listings, May 21, 2010
Boston's weekly theater listings
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 19, 2010

Pedal promise

The ongoing perils and recent improvements en route to a riding renaissance.
Boston has its fair share of deserving bad reputations: the sports fans whined for some 86 years about a “curse” because the Red Sox couldn’t seal the deal; the drivers are terrible; and, thanks in no small part to those driving skills, the city’s streets were thrice voted by Bicycling Magazine as some of the worst in the country for cyclists.
By TOM MEEK  |  May 13, 2010
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‘There are no rules’

The 11th-hour change
On April 19, the Globe first reported that arbitrators had awarded the Boston firefighters union a 19-percent raise. By the next morning, both the Globe and the Herald were citing Menino administration figures of a $74 million cost.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 12, 2010
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Further thoughts on all things Stooge

Great minds working overtime. Plus, honoring ink-stained wretches, and fond farewells
Your superior correspondents were tempted to invoke the old cliché, “Great minds think alike.”
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 12, 2010

Play by play: May 14, 2010

Theater listings, May 14, 2010
Boston's weekly theater listings
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 17, 2010

Play by play: May 7, 2010

Theater listings, May 7, 2010
Boston's weekly theater listings
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 04, 2010
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Jocktail Party

NESN reaches out to rivals in a sports blogfest. Hugs all around.
This past Sunday night, behind Fenway Park, a subtle yet symbolic changing of the Boston sports-media guard occurred, giving unprecedented power to the people.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 05, 2010
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Opera singer teaches Sox fans how to scream

You Scream, I Scream Dept.
If Elena Zoubareva had the nerve to admonish boisterous fans outside Fenway Park, she’d offer, calmly, “Don’t scream like that — you’ll strain your vocal cords!”
By MARIANNA FAYNSHTEYN  |  May 05, 2010
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Play ball!

Or, what’s in the Dominican water?
Red Sox fans are well versed in the creation myths of the team’s Dominican stars.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 27, 2010

When traders equal traitors

Turncoats on Wall Street. Plus, ecori, celebrating Susan, and Rock ’n’ Roll
It is about time someone pointed out that the vile crooks of Wall Street aren’t just greedy, thieving bastards. They are, in fact, traitors to this country and its citizens.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 28, 2010
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Molten metal

Expanding definitions at the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest
Let’s cut to the chase — metal is back. And not just as a popular musical style, but as a subculture, freely seeping into the mainstream in a variety of strange ways, from the bullet belts you see on a dance floor to the devil horns being thrown by everybody and your uncle’s band.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 23, 2010

Election attracting urine stains

Drama queens and vampire squids
For those who have felt that the entertainment value of Our Little Towne’s mayoral elections has been in serious decline since the Bud-I’s extended stay in New Jersey, look no further than the RIFuture blog.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 21, 2010
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Old Hoss Radbourn: Providence baseball, extraordinary and profane

Pastime
Edward Achorn is best known, in these parts, as the voice of Rhode Island’s beleaguered right.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 21, 2010

Prospect Park

Balls, Pucks & Monster Trucks
Yes! Baseball season is finally here. All is as it should be in the world, if not with the Red Sox, who have had a tough start. But that’s OK.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  April 21, 2010

Friartown, redux

PC players foul out. Plus, helping Johnny Mac, a Supreme shift, and ‘Monbo Time’
Phillipe and Jorge have always had a problem with Providence College basketball’s advertising campaign, which refers to the area as “Friartown” in a delusional suggestion that the squad has support throughout the local community.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 14, 2010

Play by play: April 9, 2010

Theater listings, April 9, 2010
Theater listings, April 9, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 06, 2010

Corporate love

Think how much simpler life would be
Here’s a modest proposal for resolving the problems associated with marriage: Abolish it.
By AL DIAMON  |  April 02, 2010

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