Pawtucket braces for rumored sale of PawSox

January 23rd, 2015 at 5:44 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Tim White and Ted Nesi

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) – Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien has seen the same reports as everyone else about the Pawtucket Red Sox getting sold, but he’s gotten no indication a sale would lead the team to bolt Rhode Island. “My instincts tell me they won’t leave,” he said Friday.

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Red Sox Tigers update

October 15th, 2013 at 5:25 pm by under General Talk


We are scoreless through 3 innings. I’m watching the game while doing Live shots outside Comerica Park. Another pitchers duel

-Yianni Kourakis

Youngest members of Red Sox Nation set for Game 3

October 15th, 2013 at 4:44 pm by under General Talk

Since the Boston Red Sox began their playoff run in the beginning of October, we at WPRI-12 have been asking our viewers to send in their best fan photos. As it turns out — according to the pictures we received via our ReportIt app — the average age of Red Sox fans seems to be between 0 and 2 years old.

At the time of this post’s writing, Game 3 of the ALCS had just begun. So before the Red Sox and Tigers inevitably send southern New England to the edge of its collective seat, let’s all sit back and look at pictures of babies being babies.

(Don’t forget to send in your own pictures to


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Baby Red Sox Pictures | Launch Photo Gallery >>

Eyewitness News Sports Director Yianni Kourakis touched down in Detroit on Monday afternoon. He’ll be live from Comerica Park on Eyewitness News starting at 5 p.m. Stay with this blog and for game recaps, on-field photos and more.

Watch Executive Suite: PawSox and the business of baseball

April 8th, 2013 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

Nate Silver: September Sox collapse could be MLB’s worst ever

September 27th, 2011 at 12:45 pm by under Nesi's Notes

NYT/FiveThirtyEight numbers guru Nate Silver today applies his usual methodical approach to a burning question in these parts: Will the Red Sox’s September collapse be the worst in baseball history?

Quite possibly, says Silver:

There are different ways to measure the magnitude of pennant race collapses. One approach, which I’ve used in the past, is to calculate a team’s playoff probability after every game of the season, and to see which team had the highest probability of making the playoffs but failed to do so.

By that standard, the Red Sox collapse — if it comes to fruition — might rank as high as the second or third worst of all time, rivaling that of the 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers and the 2007 New York Mets. It wouldn’t be quite as bad, however, as that of the 1995 California Angels, who had in excess of a 99.9 percent chance of making the playoffs on Aug. 20, 1995, when they held a 9-and-a-half-game lead over the Texas Rangers in the A.L. West, and were 12 games ahead of the Yankees for the wild card, but missed the playoffs after finishing their year 12-26. …

So here’s another question: has any team played so well over the first five months of the season — and then so poorly in the last one? …

[E]ven if the Red Sox win their final two games, they will still match the 1969 Cubs for late-season futility — the team that, prior to the Bartman Ball, had been most closely associated with the franchise’s alleged curse.

Read the rest here. If you’re not familiar with the Cubbies and the Bartman Ball, read up on Wikipedia.

Hockey fans richer, smarter than MLB, NBA and NFL fans

June 6th, 2011 at 12:11 pm by under Nesi's Notes

It’s not looking great for the Bruins as they get set for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Boston tonight, but we’re keeping the faith here at Nesi’s Notes. The Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont caught my eye with these chart-ready stats about the NHL in his column on Sunday:

According to league data, the average household income (HHI) for NHL fans is $104,000, highest of the four major sports with Major League Baseball ($96,200), the NBA ($96,000), and the NFL ($94,500). Sixty-eight percent of NHL fans have attended college, more than the other three sports (ranging 60.4 percent to 63.6 percent). And 64 percent of NHL fans hold full-time jobs, also more than the others (57-58.1 percent).

All in all, hockey fans are a well-educated, well-heeled, Internet-savvy bunch, no matter what the perception. Not surprisingly, they also like their beer. According to Latimer, Bruins fans buy upward of 30 percent more brew at the Garden than Celtics fans.

I find that interesting and, as Dupont notes, somewhat counterintuitive. What do you think explains it?

NYT’s Dan Barry recalls that 33-inning PawSox game

March 28th, 2011 at 7:00 am by under General Talk, Nesi's Notes

It’s been more than 15 years now since Dan Barry left The Providence Journal for The New York Times, but he’s never lost his love for telling stories about Rhode Island.

Since 2007, Barry has used his “This Land” column to tell readers about a graveyard in Narragansett; Buddy Cianci’s radio career; Nicky Pari’s deathbed confession; the Camp Runamuck tent city under I-195; and North Providence’s corruption scandal. He stopped by Fall River in 2009, too.

Barry’s latest Rhode Island tale in The Times recalls the legendary longest game in pro baseball history, the 1981 PawSox-Red Wings matchup immortalized on those plastic soda cups McCoy Stadium used to sell (and perhaps still does).

Here’s how Barry begins:

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Our planning went no further than to meet at the ballpark. Simple in theory but madness in practice, given the thousands of others with similar plans. My only hope was to find a white-haired man exuding boyish wonder; who looked as if he was about to see a baseball game for the 10,000th time — and for the first.

There! In the red shirt and sunglasses: Joe Morgan, the former Boston Red Sox manager, whose baseball credentials date to the 1940s, when wily pitchers in New England’s old Blackstone Valley League would snap off 12-to-6 curves to teach the college kid not to be too impressed with himself.

Hey, Joe!

And just like that, our continuing baseball conversation picked up where it left off, as naturally as if we had been interrupted by a cough and not a year. No time for idle banter; just instant ruminations about the rules of the game, the historical data, the personalities come and gone.

Read the rest here.

Apparently Barry has a lot more to say about this bit of sports history, too – he has a new book about it, “The Bottom of The 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game,” coming out April 12. I bet he’ll be making his way here for a book signing at some point soon.

Update: Had my Joe Morgans mixed up earlier; thanks to Steve Kumins for very politely setting me straight.

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