Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sincerity Doubted

It wouldn't be a summer with the Boston Red Sox without Shank openly ragging on one of the players.
Hanley Ramirez says he cares, he really does

Hanley Ramirez knows. He is not stupid. He is not clueless. This is his 13th year in the big leagues and his third season in Boston, and Ramirez knows he’s getting ripped in multiple media platforms.

He knows some folks think he simply doesn’t want to play first base. He knows there’s a perception that he’s a handful to manage. He admits to being immature and something of a manager-killer in his early big league life, but he wants you to know that’s not what’s happening now.

“It’s not like that,’’ Ramirez said while standing at his locker before batting practice Wednesday before the Red Sox played the Twins. “Fans believe what they hear. Those guys that are saying that about me should come in here, in the clubhouse, and do interviews and ask teammates. Don’t just create things that are not good for the team.
Shank goes on to ask manager John Farrell and Hanley himself some questions. Naturally, Shank doesn't believe any of the answers.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Why Does Shank Hate Women?

I'm aware that Shank sarcastically refers to 'pink hats' as bandwagon jumpers (something he's quite familiar with) or frontrunners. If you look around during the game, however, you'll notice that the people that are actually wearing the pink hats share a common trait - nearly all of them are women. You'd think he would be aware of this fact and choose some other manner in which to continue disparaging fans of the Boston Red Sox.

Monday, June 26, 2017

A Question Nobody Was Asking

With the retirement of David Ortiz's number last week, Shank assembles the all-time Red Sox lineup.
Take a look at the right-field facade at Fenway Park. With the unnecessary rush to take care of David Ortiz (after making all their other greats wait an average of more than 20 years), the Red Sox now have a perfect 10-man starting lineup of retired numbers.

There are three outfielders, 9, 8, and 14 (Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice), one pitcher, 45 (Pedro Martinez), one catcher, 27 (Carlton Fisk), a third baseman, 26 (Wade Boggs), a second baseman, 1 (Bobby Doerr), and a designated hitter, 34 (Big Papi). The Sox also have two shortstops, 4 and 6 (Joe Cronin, Johnny Pesky).

Sunday, June 25, 2017


Let the second guessing commence!
Picked-up pieces while wondering if there’s anything else we can do to honor David Ortiz . . .

■ Could the Celtics have made potential “fireworks” any more boring? zzz. There HAS to be more. Sorry, I would have done a deal on draft night. I would have kept the No. 1 pick and overpaid the Knicks with all those overrated “assets.” I would have done handstands to bring Kristaps Porzingis to Boston. Or Jimmy Butler. The Celtics need adults, people who have proven they can play in the league. Best of luck to Jayson Tatum, but I’ve got no time for teen angels on training wheels on the parquet floor. The Timberwolves did what the Celtics should have done. They acquired Butler. They already have Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Now Butler. Minnesota did not make the playoffs this past season, but I’d take the Timberwolves over the current Celtics roster in a seven-game series today.
Give me a team that didn't make the playoffs over the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference? I thought this guy knew basketball; at one time he did.

And in a 'not shocking in the least' manner, Shank's still mad at Big Papi:
■ Can we re-name Boston’s airport? Ortiz Airport sounds way better than Logan Airport.

■ No more Hatch Shell. Let’s make it the Ortiz Shell. And Storrow Drive should be Ortiz Drive.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

And Now For More Boston Globe Bashing - LV

It looks like we won't have future UMass-Boston dorms 135 Morrissey Boulevard to kick around anymore.
These are the final hours of the Boston Globe building’s 59-year-old life as a printing plant and news operation. The last of billions of newspapers have rolled off the four-story-high presses. Green trucks weighed down by broadsheets no longer wheel onto Morrissey Boulevard from the loading dock. After midnight Thursday, nocturnal folks of the city room and sports desk will turn out the lights for good.

Here in the summer of 2017, the Globe is printed in Taunton, and its executive and editorial offices are moving to a gleaming new downtown space on the second and third floors of 53 State Street.

Not me. I plan to occupy my grimy, windowless office round the clock — like those South Shore church parishioners — until the wrecking ball arrives. I am not an agent of change and find it unbearable to leave a sacred space where so many things happened.
So sad -he hasn't even arrived at the acceptance phase yet...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I Want It Now!

Since the Celtics traded their first pick to the Philadelphia 76'ers on Friday, there has been a great deal of discussion about what move Danny Ainge is going to make next. Sounding like a theme he stole from local sports talk radio, Shank wants proven NBA talent RIGHT NOW, dammit!
Are you excited about the Celtics bagging that 2019 Sacramento Kings first-round pick?

Please, please, please, tell me the Celtics are not done. Tell me there is more to this than trading the long-coveted No. 1 pick to the Sixers for this year’s No. 3 pick, and another No. 1 from 2018 or 2019. I am not a patient sports enthusiast. I cannot wait for the year 2525.

The NBA Draft carousel is spinning madly, and nobody knows where it stops. The only thing we know for sure is that the Celtics have a great future. They have lots of draft picks. There are dozens of 12-year-old Marcus Smarts and Jaylen Browns out there who will someday patrol the parquet floor for the Green.
Shank doesn't want any of this fancy modern draft crap - he pines for the good 'ol days when Red Auerbach ruled the roost:
I can only imagine what Red Auerbach would say if he were around today to hear what’s going on in these days leading up to the NBA Draft.

The draft was so much more fun when we didn’t know anything. We assumed Red knew what he was doing, and usually Red was right.

In 1956, Red came away with the greatest single haul in draft history — three Hall of Famers in one draft. Red traded his second-best player, Ed Macauley, to get the second pick in the draft, then had his owner (Walter Brown) pledge the Ice Capades to Rochester so they wouldn’t take Bill Russell with the first overall pick.
A not so subtle shot? - 'Top that, Danny Ainge!'

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Recycled Father's Day Column

At least he's up front about it!

The Shank Mea Culpa Conundrum

Here's an interesting column theme by Shank - the times his judgment has been less than accurate.
I wrote this from the AT&T Park press box on Oct. 25, 2014:

SAN FRANCISCO — The Red Sox can’t sign Pablo Sandoval fast enough.

Truly. John, Tom, and Larry need to bring the Kung Fu Panda to Fenway Park. I promise never to rip Sandoval for being out of shape or going on the disabled list.
We at Dan Shaughnessy Watch have, of course, covered these gems previously, now get it straight from the horse's mouth!

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Shaughnessy Instability

Has anyone out there seen the latest '30 for 30' series featuring the Celtics and Lakers? It's a three part series that started airing this week, with each part being two hours long. I've only seen the last part, so maybe I'm posting this in haste:

At least for Part 3, guess which local Boston reporter was not involved? They had Bob Ryan and Jackie MacMullan, as to be expected, but they chose Peter May over the beat reporter who actually covered the Celtics for most of this time period?

P.S. - Yeah, I'm gonna go with a few 'Big Bang Theory' title mashups from here on. 'Friends' was so... yesterday!

P.P.S. - If any of you have watched either of the first two parts, leave a Shank spotting / Where's Shank? comment below - thanks in advance.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

David Price Watch

David Price pitched last night. Not bad, considering he was pitching against the worst team in the major leagues and facing a pitcher who was making his third ever start.
Is he Carl Crawford, Carl Everett, or Carl Yastrzemski?

Is David Price destined to become a Red Sox lefty hero on a par with Jon Lester, or an overpaid free agent flop like Jack Clark and Pablo Sandoval?

Price is a Fenway lightning rod in the spring of 2017. At this hour, the big questions around Price are:

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Feelin' That Way Too

More confirmation of that nonexistent love affair between Scott Zolak and Shank:
Like you really have to ask...

Monday, June 12, 2017

Doubling Down On Stupid

If you've been following the NBA Finals, you may have noticed how talented the 2016-2017 Golden State Warriors are. They were one win away from an accomplishment no other NBA team has ever done - winning every single playoff game without losing a single game. They have blown out the Cleveland Cavaliers twice on their home floor and will play tonight, once again on their home floor. Rational observers would conclude that tonight's game will be Mission Impossible for the road team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Then there's this guy:
I’m pulling for the Cavaliers, and for good reason

Go Cavs. Go LeBron. Bring the NBA Finals back to the Q, back to the land of the $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon, back to the city where Oil Can Boyd once said, “They built a ballpark by the ocean.’’

I don’t know about you, but I am loving these NBA Finals and I don’t want the series to end. The likelihood, of course, is that Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and the rest of the indomitable Warriors will finish off the Cavaliers on Monday night at Oracle Arena. confetti and superlatives will fly.

Durant will get his unearned ring and the “Warriors are the greatest ever” narrative will resume. I might have to submit that, like the UConn women, the Warriors are ruining their sport (only kidding, Geno).
He's delusional. Kevin Durant's the reason Golden State's been as good as they've been. You can make the argument that Durant's been playing as well as Lebron has. It's insulting to read something this ignorant, but we're reading a column by Dan Shaughnessy, so it comes with the territory.
But wouldn’t it be much better if the Cavs beat the Warriors in Game 5 and bring the series back to Cleveland for Game 6? Wouldn’t it be great to see the front-running Warriors play with some actual pressure for a change? Wouldn’t it be great if the Cavs could fly Kevin Millar into town and have him start telling everyone some basketball version of “Don’t let the Cavs win this game tonight. ’Cause then they got Schill and Pedro and anything can happen in Game 7!’’
Nothing reeks Shank quite like a Red Sox reference in an NBA Finals column!
I give you all of that. But Durant’s shameless ring-chasing (“Can’t beat the 73-win Warriors as a member of the Thunder? Think I’ll join them”) and the rush to anoint the Warriors best ever has made me a Cavaliers fan.
Question for Shank - how different is this from, um, LeBron James joining the Miami Heat years ago? Shank's suffering yet another case of Convenient Memory Loss in order to make a point.

And, of course, we need to mention Larry Bird! and those Celtics / Lakers teams of yore:
The star power of this matchup is as good as the NBA has offered since Celtics-Lakers gave us Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin McHale, James Worthy, and Robert Parish all in the same series. Those guys faced one another three times in four years. Now we have LeBron, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Curry. We have had memorable moments in every game.
This is a quintessential Shank NBA Finals column as they get, Shankisms and all. Thank the Almighty we're one Warriors win away from not having to read another one for fifty weeks.

Friday, June 09, 2017

You Were Saying, Shank?

Looks like Shank got his previous column very, very wrong!
NEW YORK — David Price endured a brutal two days in the Big Apple at the end of this 10-game Red Sox trip. On Wednesday, he announced he was limiting media access, then he unleashed a postgame tirade at multiple reporters. After putting a target on his back, he went to the mound Thursday and surrendered six runs on eight hits (two Gary Sanchez homers) and four walks in five innings. The Red Sox trailed, 6-1, when Price left and lost, 9-1.

Ugly. And all this after I suggested that Boston media and Sox fans were being too hard on the guy. Yeesh. I feel like Eddie Mush from “A Bronx Tale.’’

Who knew things could turn this sour in less than 30 hours on the baseball beat? I meant no harm when I approached Price in the third base dugout before Wednesday’s game. I came in peace. I wanted to know if he likes Boston. I wanted to know if he felt his Red Sox experience had changed him. I wanted to know if he was checking his Twitter notifications nonstop (he said he wasn’t). I wrote a pregame column suggesting that fans and media dial down the anti-Price dialogue. The pro-Price column was posted in the early innings of Boston’s 8-0 loss.
John Farrell came up behind me in a Yankee underbelly tunnel and teased, “See what you started?”

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Piling On David Price?

Piling on Tom Brady - perfectly fine - have at it!

Piling on David Price - how dare you?
NEW YORK — I know this sounds odd coming from me, but folks need to lay off David Price. If you are a Red Sox fan you should be rooting for this guy to succeed. And that doesn’t always seem to be the case. For multiple reason$$$ — maybe because Price talked and tweeted too much when he first got to Boston or because he’s never won a playoff start — piling on Price has become a parlor game in New England over the last 12 months and it makes no sense to me.

Price initially got crushed for taking the Red Sox’ $217 million.
I will not read any more of this column. Once I saw this sentence, it reminded me of the time Shank compared David Price to Carl Crawford. Shank will simply change his opinion on David Price whenever it suits him; he'll exhort the Red Sox to spend big bucks on guys like Price, Crawford, Sandoval, etc., then rip the Sox for spending that money on players for whom Shank will set sky-high expectations, then rip the players accordingly when they fail to meet those expectations.

You can go ahead and read the rest of it - I've had enough bullshit for today.

Returning Fire

If anyone out there wonders whether Scott Zolak likes Shank, this should remove doubt:

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

And Now For More Boston Globe Bashing - LVI

On the one hand, sanctimonious pricks like Boston Globe columnist Bob Hohler love to mention Tom Brady's personal wealth numerous times in a column correctly derided as a 'hit piece' because, let's face it, class warfare still works. The goal is to make the reader jealous, envious and / or resentful towards Tom Brady.

When it comes to spending their own god damned money, well, that's different!
The parent company of the Boston Globe applied for and received a $1.3 million tax break, spread over 10 years, from the city of Taunton as it plans to ramp up employment there to more than 600 people in the coming months.

Kevin Shea, executive director of Taunton’s Economic and Community Development, told the Business Journal that Algonquin Management Holdings LLC, a Boca Raton, Florida-based parent company of Boston Globe Media Partners LLC, was granted the tax incentive in exchange for the promise to create jobs in the area. Algonquin is headed by Red Sox owner John Henry, owner of Boston Globe Media.
Methinks the town got the wrong end of the bargain here - how many readers think the dying newspaper industry is a robust creator of jobs? The only explanations I see are these - the town got suckered or there's another deal / angle that's not being disclosed.

Either way, it's always nice to start your day with a good laugh!

Hat tip to reader Walter R.

Where's The Hate?

Shank pines for those long lost bad vibes between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
NEW YORK — This one had its moments.

We saw three Red Sox homers. We saw Joe Kelly throw a 102.2-mile-per-hour pitch (*) to Bunyonesque Yankee rookie Aaron Judge. (The kid fouled it off!) We saw Craig Kimbrel strike out five Yankees over 1⅓ innings (yes, five Ks in 1⅓ innings) fanning mighty Judge for the final out to preserve a 5-4 win. This means the Sox have won 11 of 15 and can pull into a first-place tie with the Yankees on Wednesday night in the Bronx.

Perhaps you are having trouble getting into a lather about Judge, Aaron Hicks, or Didi Gregorius. Don’t be ashamed. It’s great to see the Yankees and Red Sox once again dueling in the Bronx while sitting 1-2 atop the American League East, but we’re never likely to match the hostility and abject hatred from the emotionally charged days of the 1970s or in the early part of this century.
It's a pretty decent column, considering he's written major parts of it about two or three dozen times already.

(*) NOTE - On the NESN broadcast, the two radar guns at the stadium had that pitch at 103 and 104 MPH.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

You Mad, Bro?

Shank, who rarely covers the New England Patriots in the capacity of a beat reporter, takes offense at Bill Belichick's 1,456th effort to piss off / troll the local media:

Reader reaction decisively called out the obvious double standard:

And Now For More Boston Globe Bashing - LV

Cue the sad trombone, everybody!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Two Dan Shaughnessys In One!

Shank, before the NBA Finals started:

Shank, after Game 2 (Warriors lead the series, 2-0):

Followers are all over his trolling efforts:

Just remember - this 'journalist' used to be the Celtics beat writer for about a decade, yet he's walking away from the series already. You'd think he'd know better than to drop uninformed tweets like this one on us. If he's trying to be a smartass, it comes across poorly.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Message Not Received

Following up on Shank's column from this afternoon, we have this Tweet:

Suffice to say, there was considerable pushback:

There's more at the first link, I'm calling this fight off on mercy rules.

The one very positive aspect of Donald Trump becoming President is the mainstreaming of national media bias. I believe a solid majority of legal US citizens are now aware that all of these national media organizations are chock full of Democrats and hard-core leftists, and now there is a fair amount of pushback.

DHL Dan LV / Let The Whining Commence

The Boston Globe ran a fair but unflattering column on Tom Brady's charity, Best Buddies, in late April of this year. Yesterday this charity held an event and kicked a Boston Globe photographer out of it. Personally speaking, I'd have kicked the son of a bitch down a set of stairs, but that's just me.

Naturally, Shank has a problem with this as he squeezes this latest New England Patriot atrocity into his most recent Picked Up Pieces column:
Picked-up pieces while waiting for the Cleveland Cavaliers to neutralize Kevin Durant and get themselves back into the Finals . . .

■ A thoroughly researched report on the relationship between a local star athlete and his favorite nonprofit charity does not constitute a “hit job.’’ Tom Brady is doing nothing illegal in his high-profile role for Best Buddies International. Brady’s considerable work for Best Buddies generates millions of dollars that the charity would not acquire if not for the currency of Tom’s fame. In exchange for his efforts, Brady — like many celebrities who work with charities — asks that a portion of the proceeds (in this case, $3 million since 2011) be paid toward Brady’s own charitable trust. Some folks are bothered by this. Most Brady fans are not. But let’s not shoot the messenger. It’s called disclosure. That’s what public charities are about. Folks who donate have a right to know where their money is going. Best Buddies does itself no favors by escorting a Globe photographer to his car when he shows up to cover Friday’s Brady Best Buddies event at Harvard Stadium. No credential? Please. A credential has never been requested because Best Buddies annually inundates every media outlet seeking for coverage of the event.
Go read the original Boston Globe column. That distinction I bolded above is not mentioned anywhere in Bob Hohler's article from seven weeks ago. This is why many people correctly perceive this article as a 'hit piece' now that another Boston Globe employee is attempting to blunt its impact by mentioning a very salient fact, and now they're trying to backpedal in a most passive - aggressive manner. I'd also like to point out that, in typical leftist Boston Globe fashion, Bob Hohler constantly mentions Tom Brady's personal wealth as well as citing others doing the same as a cudgel against him, the clear implication being 'why isn't he giving his money away?' I thought David Nyhan retired years ago?

Now for the massively hypocritical part:
There is no indication Brady was aware of this Nixonian maneuver. Nevertheless, it was hostile and petty and put a bad light on a good guy and a great charity.
Translation - Tom Brady very likely had nothing to do with it, but I'm going to devote part of my column to slam him and his charity anyway. Remember this the next time Shank professes not to hold grudges. It's human nature, but don't try to con the rest of us by saying it doesn't affect or influence your writing.

And we all remember another famous time a Boston Globe employee was not invited to an event - it shaded that employee's reporting / columns for over two decades:
What's interesting here is the italicized part above. When the New England Patriots played in their second Super Bowl in 1997, the Patriots threw a party and Shank was not invited. We believe this to be the point where Shank became a lifelong bête noire of the Patriots. If he disliked the Patriots at that point (or, more specifically, owner Robert Kraft), this snub was the proverbial nail in the coffin.
Also, as a commenter pointed out a few weeks ago, David Ortiz came out with a book on his career as a member of the Boston Red Sox and said an unflattering thing or two about the CHB. This afternoon, Shank fires back:
■ Ego-maniacal David Ortiz makes himself the hero of all of his stories in his entertaining autobiography “Papi,” written with Michael Holley. He tells us that Grady Little told him that the Sox’ everyday lineup “comes from upstairs.’’ Though he made more than $159 million in salary during his baseball career, Ortiz remembers only the contract slights, calling Theo Epstein “a real [very bad word] when it came to negotiating my contracts,’’ adding . . . “Sometimes I just wanted to shout, ‘Yo! Wake the [expletive] up. I’m the best-paid weapon you have. And I should be’ . . . I was the most underpaid player the organization ever had.’’

Ortiz on the Boston media (read - his Assholiness, Dan Shaughnessy - ed.): “Not every player wants a [expletive] in his face every single day, asking why he’s struggling. I can put up with the pressure and the doubt because that’s been my whole life, but some players don’t want the hassle of Boston when the game itself is hard enough.’’

Papi has never forgiven Terry Francona for pinch hitting for him in Toronto in April 2010. He claims Tito made a last-second decision and disrespected him. Here’s what Francona said in his book (co-authored by yours truly): “Everybody on the bench knew what was going on. There wasn’t a lot of sympathy for David because he didn’t look. We had that policy the whole time I was there. If we’re going to pinch hit for somebody, we’d ask ’em to just give us a look before going up to hit . . . everybody saw us tell David that night in Toronto, and everybody knew Mikey [Lowell] was ready to hit.’’ I was honored to be mentioned on page 193 when Ortiz wrote, “Shaughnessy was crushing me and that [very bad word] still walks around like he owns the team.’’
It's really amusing to note Shank's jihad against the New England Patriots for two decades because of a perceived / actual slight, only to have Shank criticize Ortiz for the same thing and try to squelch his response because he made $159 million, as though that's supposed to be the price of silence on the recipient's part.

Also fun to note - Shank criticizing Ortiz for having Michael Holley help him write a book... so why didn't Terry Francona write his book by himself?

This website exists because of the Richter scale hypocrisy and world-class bullshit of people like Shank.

Friday, June 02, 2017

And Now For More Boston Globe Bashing - LIV

Or, file this under Baked Goods:

Sale price of High Times Magazine, today - $70 million.

Purchase price of the Boston Globe, August 5, 2013 - $70 million.

And my contention still holds - John Henry bought real estate, not a newspaper. The newspaper is now on life support.

Basic math as well as intuition will tell you the Boston Globe is, in more than one sense, worthless. How the mighty have fallen...

Prescient Tweets, By Dan Shaughnessy

Remember this tweet from six days ago?

Looks like 'ol Shankaroni was right on the money:
Circulation of daily newspapers has dropped to a 77-year low, signaling an end to print and a shift to all-digital delivery, according to a new industry review.

The Pew Research Center said that circulation has reached a new low of 34.6 million, six million less than papers sold in 1940.
Save the trees - don't read the Boston Globe!

Fearless Predictions, By Dan Shaughnessy

Did he choose... poorly?