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Review: Knuckleball!

For a film that's centered around such a silly-looking pitch, Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's documentary is packed with considerable drama.
Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's documentary
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 21, 2012

Carson Kressley in Damn Yankees

This year marks the Ogunquit Playhouse's 80th season of breezily sophisticated, classic American musical entertainment.
The Devil went down to Ogunquit
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 10, 2012

Mum's the word

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 is
Wax Tablet

Hey cranks, peep what the ballists are playing!

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.
Return to Tradition
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 29, 2012

They call me Oil Can

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.
Baseball, drugs, and life on the edge

Interview: Oil Can Boyd on playing the game

This week, I had an hour long chat with Oil Can Boyd.
Baseball ‘takes away a lot of hurt’
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 25, 2012

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

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.
Out-of-business plan
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 25, 2012

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

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 Dev
Holding a 38 to our head
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 18, 2012

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

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.
Poll dances
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 27, 2012

Kastaways and cut-ups

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
Safe at home with Maine's first all-mascot band
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 20, 2012

Photos: The Kastaways, Maine’s first all-mascot band

April 14, 2012
April 14, 2012
By JUSTIN LUMIERE  |  April 20, 2012


The Grand Opening

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

What's that noise?

That great nuisance returns to Fenway Park.
By KARL STEVENS  |  March 30, 2012

2nd Story’s Take Me Out

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.
A dramatic grand slam
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 27, 2012
The year ahead in sports

The year ahead in sports

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.
Looking forward to more scoring and less scandal
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  December 30, 2011

Money Talks and Fans Walk

This article was originally published in the September 29, 1995 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Salaries, strikes, and TV have changed everything about baseball since 1975
By BILL SIMMONS  |  December 16, 2011


Ten Great Moments In Red Sox Playoffs

This story was originally published in the September 25, 1995, issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The good, the bad, the ugly — we've seen it all
By BILL SIMMONS  |  December 09, 2011

From the ''Sporting Eye'' Archives

"1973 World Series: You Gotta Believe," "Super Bowl VIII: Bud Grant as Capt. Queeg," and more
From the Phoenix's George Kimball archives
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  November 18, 2011
Moneyball film

Review: Moneyball

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 af
The game's plays are numbered
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 23, 2011
Jonah Hill - Back Talk

Jonah Hill straightens up

The Superbad star has embraced his inner math geek for his role in Moneyball, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis's best-selling book on Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, who turned the baseball world on its head in 2002 when he cast aside his sc
Money man
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  September 23, 2011

Hell on Thayer Street

"Youth violence" has not exactly been a headline issue around here.
A sad story; fathers and sons; Theater of Bewilderment; the GOP gathers again
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 09, 2011


The heartbreak and hilarity of Rhode Island amateur baseball

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.
Endless summer
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 02, 2011

An Umpire's Job is Never Retired

Enforcing the rules of the game -- on the field, and off.
By DAVID KISH  |  September 02, 2011

In the Phoenix: Baseball!

I take a break from politics in this week's Phoenix to report on the state's largest amateur baseball league - the Rhode Island Men's Senior...
By David Scharfenberg  |  August 31, 2011

At the trough

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.
Good money after bad; letter from London; road woes
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 19, 2011

Don’t fear the sphere: The tao of wiffleball

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 stuf
The Sporting Life I
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  August 05, 2011


Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game

"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 22, 2011
Five Reasons Why JD Drew Should Be Benched

Five Reasons Why JD Drew Should Be Benched

JD Drew warms up before a game against the Baltimore Orioles.The 2011 season has not been the most remarkable for Red Sox outfielder JD Drew....
By Tyler Manoukian  |  July 20, 2011
Going gonzo: Why Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is a different kind of slugger

Going gonzo: Why Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is a different kind of slugger

Adrian Gonzalez stands on first base after singling in a game against the Balitimore Orioles in AprilWhen Adrian Gonzalez was traded to the Red Sox,...
By Tyler Manoukian  |  July 13, 2011

Slugfest of the all-stars: Home Run Derby 2011 tonight at Chase Field

With the State Farm Home Run Derby set for later tonight at Chase Field in Phoenix, American League captain David Ortiz looks to carry his...
By Tyler Manoukian  |  July 11, 2011