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

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.
Market factors
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  March 30, 2012
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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
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Golden memories of the diamond

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.
Big baseball anniversaries; not-so-E-Z pass; remebering Jimbo
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 01, 2010
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Sports blotter: In the rough

Another day, another New York sports icon fends off a rape allegation.
Did Johan Santana go out of bounds? Plus, LT's self-abuse defense falls short.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 02, 2010
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Review: Basho Japanese Brasserie

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.
A tasty fusion of new and traditional Japanese fare
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 25, 2010
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Riot squads

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.
While Boston chilled, LA burned. What makes fans in some cities go wild — win or lose?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 25, 2010


Bandwagon fans gear up

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.
Benchwarmers
By ANDREW STEINBEISER  |  June 18, 2010
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Curse and worse

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.
Johnny Baseball is stuck in the minors
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 11, 2010

A Rhode Island filmmaker’s tribute to the Good War

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 Norman
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 04, 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 04, 2010
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Review: Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill

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.
Another victory, what a surprise
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 29, 2010


Play by play: May 28, 2010

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

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.
Porn stars, witch doctors, elephant farts, and the worst soccer team on the planet take center stage at this summer’s World Cup
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG AND LANCE GOULD  |  May 28, 2010

Play by Play: May 21, 2010

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

Pedal promise

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 street
The ongoing perils and recent improvements en route to a riding renaissance.
By TOM MEEK  |  May 14, 2010
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‘There are no rules’

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.
The 11th-hour change
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 14, 2010


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Further thoughts on all things Stooge

Your superior correspondents were tempted to invoke the old cliché, “Great minds think alike.”
Great minds working overtime. Plus, honoring ink-stained wretches, and fond farewells
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 14, 2010

Play by play: May 14, 2010

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

Play by play: May 7, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, May 7, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2010
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Jocktail Party

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.
NESN reaches out to rivals in a sports blogfest. Hugs all around.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 07, 2010
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Opera singer teaches Sox fans how to scream

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!”
You Scream, I Scream Dept.
By MARIANNA FAYNSHTEYN  |  May 07, 2010


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Play ball!

Red Sox fans are well versed in the creation myths of the team’s Dominican stars.
Or, what’s in the Dominican water?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 30, 2010

When traders equal traitors

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.
Turncoats on Wall Street. Plus, ecori, celebrating Susan, and Rock ’n’ Roll
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 30, 2010
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Molten metal

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 every
Expanding definitions at the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 23, 2010

Election attracting urine stains

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.
Drama queens and vampire squids
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 23, 2010
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Old Hoss Radbourn: Providence baseball, extraordinary and profane

Edward Achorn is best known, in these parts, as the voice of Rhode Island’s beleaguered right.
Pastime
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 23, 2010


Prospect Park

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.
Balls, Pucks & Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  April 23, 2010

Friartown, redux

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.
PC players foul out. Plus, helping Johnny Mac, a Supreme shift, and ‘Monbo Time’
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 16, 2010

Play by play: April 9, 2010

Theater listings, April 9, 2010
Theater listings, April 9, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 09, 2010

Corporate love

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