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Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  November 14, 2013 07:17 PM

Be sure to join us for our always-tanking Friday chat, during which we'll discuss when the dominoes may start falling for the Red Sox in free agency, whether the Panthers' defense is capable of stopping the Patriots, why losing is the right thing for the Celtics to do, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

 

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  November 7, 2013 07:05 PM

Be sure to join our always duckboat-purchasing Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the state of the Patriots during their bye week, what the Red Sox need to do this offseason in preparation for their World Series title defense, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

 

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  October 31, 2013 09:35 PM

Stop by our always-celebrating Friday chat, during which we'll discuss that third Red Sox championship in 10 years, the city's eighth major pro sports title since 2001, how incredibly lucky we are, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

 

World Series Game 6 chat at 7 p.m.

  October 30, 2013 08:00 AM

If the Red Sox beat the Cardinals tonight, they will be the World Series champions for the third time in 10 years. If the anticipation of that doesn't get you to join our pregame chat at 7 p.m., you must be from St. Louis. Check in below to join the fun.

 

RadioBDC: Obstruction and justice

  October 29, 2013 09:05 PM

In all of the hubbub regarding obstruction rules and walk-off pick-offs and Jon Lester masterpieces, I forgot to post Monday's Red Sox conversation with Steve Silva and RadioBDC's Adam 12. It's been a blast to do this segment each week from the beginning of spring training until right now, with the Sox on the verge of something special. Give it a listen even though you probably know the outcome of Game 5 by now.

World Series Game 5 chat at 7 p.m.

  October 28, 2013 04:18 PM

Game 5 is going to have a tough time topping the bizarre endings of Games 3 and 4, but as we've learned in this evenly matched World Series between the Red Sox and Cardinals, anything can happen. Jon Lester takes the mound for the Red Sox, while Adam Wainwright gets the ball for the Cardinals in a rematch of Game 1, an 8-1 Boston win. Stop by here at 7 p.m. to talk it all through an hour before game time. Check in below to join the fun.

 

World Series Game 4 chat at 7 p.m.

  October 27, 2013 04:16 PM

The obstruction call that ended Game 3 is the hot topic, but there's plenty more to discuss in this fascinating (and currently for the Red Sox, frustrating) World Series. Why was Brandon Workman allowed to bat in the ninth with Mike Napoli available? Will Stephen Drew return to the lineup? Can Clay Buchholz come through in Game 4? We'll talk about all of this and more right here at 7 p.m. Check in below to join.

 

World Series Game 3 chat at 7 p.m.

  October 26, 2013 05:45 PM

Veteran Jake Peavy, who pitched brilliantly against the Rays and something less than that in his one American League Championship Series start against the Tigers, gets the ball for the Red Sox in Game 3 tonight at Busch Stadium. For the Cardinals, righthander Joe Kelly tries to be the latest young St. Louis pitcher to wow the Red Sox. David Ortiz is in the Red Sox lineup and playing first base, while Mike Napoli is on the bench. We'll talk about all this and more at 7 p.m. Check in below to join in.

 

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  October 25, 2013 12:47 PM

Be sure to join our rarely bunting (but always bunting-decorated) Friday chat, during which we'll discuss where the World Series stands heading to St. Louis, the status of Clay Buchholz, the Patriots-Dolphins matchup, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

 

World Series Game 2 chat at 7 p.m.

  October 24, 2013 02:01 PM

Game 1 went about as well as the most optimistic Red Sox fan could have hoped, with Jon Lester pitching a gem, David Ortiz homering, and the Cardinals committing a comedy of errors. John Lackey gets the ball tonight against Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha as the Red Sox try to secure a 2-0 lead heading to St. Louis. We'll talk about all of that and more right here at 7 p.m.

 

ALCS Game 6 pregame chat at 7 p.m.

  October 19, 2013 06:29 PM

Max Scherzer, the likely Cy Young Award winner, gets the ball for the Tigers in Game 6 at Fenway Park, while the Red Sox counter with Clay Buchholz, who was one of the premier pitchers in the league when healthy this season. The stakes? For the Red Sox, a trip to the World Series. For the Tigers, a chance to force Game 7. We'll talk about all of the possibilities during our pregame chat right here at 7 p.m. Check in below to join in.

 

ALCS Game 5 pregame chat at 7 p.m.

  October 17, 2013 05:35 PM

Xander Bogaerts is in the Red Sox lineup tonight. Will Middlebrooks is not. Meanwhile, David Ross gets the start behind the plate as Jon Lester takes the hill against Anibal Sanchez in a rematch of Game 1 starters. We'll talk about all this and more in our pregame chat. Check in below to have your say.

 

ALCS Game 4 pregame chat at 7 p.m.

  October 16, 2013 06:10 PM

Big changes for the Tigers Wednesday in advance of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series: Miguel Cabrera has been moved up to the second spot in the lineup, with Torii Hunter hitting leadoff for the first time since 1999. Austin Jackson drops from first to eighth. For the Red Sox, who lead the series 2-1 after Tuesday's 1-0 thriller, Daniel Nava is back in the lineup for Jonny Gomes against sinkerballing righty Doug Fister. Jake Peavy, who was excellent in Game 4 of the ALDS, gets the ball for the Sox. We'll talk about this and more in our pregame chat. Check in below to chime in.

 

ALCS Game 3 pregame chat at 3 p.m.

  October 15, 2013 01:00 PM

Mike Napoli returns to the Red Sox' lineup for Game 3, while Jonny Gomes remains in place of Daniel Nava against Justin Verlander in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park. Verlander, the 2011 Cy Young Award winner, has been rolling lately, with 15 shutout innings in two postseason starts. But if you believe in momentum, it should belong to the Red Sox after their thrilling walkoff win in Game 2 at Fenway. We'll talk about this and more in our pregame chat set for 3 p.m. Check in below to join in.

 

ALCS Game 2 pregame chat at 7 p.m.

  October 13, 2013 05:32 PM

Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes are in the Red Sox' lineup tonight as they take on 21-game-winner Max Scherzer and the Tigers in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. Daniel Nava, who had the lone Red Sox hit in their 1-0 Game 1 loss, and Mike Napoli are not. We'll talk about this and more in our pregame chat set for 7 p.m. Check in below to join in.

 

ALCS Game 1 pregame chat at 7 p.m.

  October 12, 2013 10:37 AM

Boston.com columnist Chad Finn will be hosting a chat an hour before the first pitch of each game of the American League Championship Series between the Red Sox and Tigers. Tonight's Game 1 chat begins at 7 p.m. Stop by and make it part of your pregame routine as the Sox strive to make it back to the World Series for the first time since 2007.

 

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  October 10, 2013 07:23 PM

Be sure to stop by our always advancing Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the Red Sox matchup in the ALCS, whether the Patriots can slow down Jimmy Graham and the Saints, the new Big Three of Olynyk, Sullinger, and Wallace, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

 

Chat sports and media at 11 a.m.

  October 3, 2013 06:47 PM

Be sure to join our earlier than usual Friday chat, during which we'll preview the Red Sox' ALDS opener with the Rays (love the 3 p.m. start time), ponder whether this is the week Gronk returns to the Patriots, and discuss the usual media matters. Check in below. to join the fun. Remember: 11 a.m! Even I'll be on time.

 

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  September 19, 2013 07:54 PM

Be sure to stop by our always-bearded Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the state of the Red Sox as they close in on the AL East title, whether Gronk will and should play Sunday against the Bucs, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

 

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  September 5, 2013 06:39 PM

Be sure to join our always scrappy Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the opener of the Sox-Yankees series, what to expect in the Patriots-Bills matchup, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

 

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  August 30, 2013 08:46 AM

Be sure to join our always hectic Friday chat at 2:30 p.m., during which we'll discuss who sticks and who goes as the Patriots cut down to 53, whether the Red Sox can add help before the August 31 deadline, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

 

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  August 22, 2013 07:04 PM

Be sure to join our always hobbling Friday chat, during which we'll discuss Red Sox-Dodgers and a certain trade, any developments of note from the Patriots' third preseason game, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.


Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  August 15, 2013 09:13 PM

Be sure to stop by our always-rallying Friday chat, during which we'll discuss where you were when Tom Brady sprained his knee, the state of the Sox-Yankees rivalry, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 1 p.m.

  August 9, 2013 08:35 AM

Be sure to stop by our always lefty-phobic Friday chat -- now at 1 p.m. for this week only -- during which we'll discuss how the Sox can solve their issues against southpaws (hint: he's 20 and playing in Pawtucket), what to expect from Patriots-Eagles, Wes Welker's comments about Bill Belichick, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  August 1, 2013 06:04 PM

Be sure to join our always-clutch Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the Jake Peavy/Jose Iglesias swap, plenty of other Red Sox chatter, impressions from Patriots camp so far, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media Friday at 2:30 p.m.

  July 25, 2013 04:54 PM

Be sure to stop by our always sunny Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the beginning of training camp for Patriots, the state of the Red Sox after their four-game set with the Rays, which prospects Ben Cherington should be willing to deal at the trade deadline, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  July 18, 2013 06:46 PM

d57dfd0670054e13a63ef7059ca71ccd-d57dfd0670054e13a63ef7059ca71ccd-0.jpgBe sure to stop by our always sinkerballing Friday chat, during which we'll discuss second-half expectations for the Red Sox, pay proper homage to the sort-of-retiring Derek Lowe, how strange and perhaps sad it was to see Paul Pierce and KG in Brooklyn, the state of the Patriots, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  July 11, 2013 11:21 PM

Be sure to stop by our always coffee-fueled Friday chat, during which we'll discuss this incredibly likable Red Sox team, the roster and line changes to the Bruins, whether Kelly Olynyk is really half-Bill Walton, half-Travis Knight, and hope that no other Patriots are arrested while we're at it. (Also, the usual media matters.) Check in below to join the fun.


Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  June 27, 2013 07:32 PM

Be sure to join our always loyal Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the end of a Celtics era, salute the Bruins one more time, wonder where it all went wrong with Aaron Hernandez (or was it always all wrong?), and have lots of Red Sox and media talk too. Check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  June 20, 2013 07:31 PM

Be sure to stop by our always roadtrippin' Friday chat (live again this week from the United Center), during which we'll discuss the Bruins' upcoming best-of-three series with the Blackhawks, the Doc Rivers/Clippers situation, the Aaron Hernandez saga, and the usual Red Sox and media matters. Check in below to join the fun.


Chat sports, media and Stanley Cup at 2:30 p.m.

  June 14, 2013 09:00 AM

Be sure to stop by our Friday chat live from the United Center in Chicago, during which we'll discuss the state of the Bruins heading in to Game 2 and also talk a little Red Sox, Doc Rivers, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  June 6, 2013 07:22 PM

Be sure to stop our always Jagr-riffic Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the Bruins' unforgettable win over the Penguins in Game 3, what to expect for Game 4, and plenty of Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots and media chatter as well. Check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  May 30, 2013 09:06 PM

Be sure to stop by our always balky Friday chat, during which we'll discuss whether the Bruins-Penguins series will begin before Jarimir Jagr turns 50, the State of Gronk, the steady Red Sox, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  May 23, 2013 06:58 PM

Be sure to stop by our always lumbering Friday chat, during which we'll discuss Bruins-Rangers Game 4, the return of Tito, all that's ahead for the Celtics this offseason, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  May 16, 2013 07:44 PM

Be sure to stop by our always scrappy Friday chat, during which we'll discuss Bruins-Rangers Game 1, the state of the Red Sox offense, whether any of you watched "The Office" finale, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  May 9, 2013 07:08 PM

Be sure to stop by our always sharp-shooting Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the Red Sox' closer attrition (hey, there's always Eck), whether David Krejci will finally get his due, the state of the Celtics, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media Friday at 2:30 p.m.

  May 2, 2013 06:59 PM

Be sure to join our always scuffin' Friday chat, during which we'll discuss whether Clay Buchholz is the new Gaylord Perry, the Celtics can pull off this why-not-us? sequel against the Knicks, and the Bruins are a good as they looked Thursday, as well as the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  April 26, 2013 10:09 AM

Be sure to stop by our always can't-miss Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the suddenly interesting draft possibilities for the Patriots, what the Celtics must do tonight to make it a series against the Knicks, whether Clay Buchholz will win 30 games or merely 27, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media Friday at 2:30 p.m.

  April 11, 2013 06:59 PM

Be sure to stop by our a always sold-out Friday chat, during which we'll discuss Stephen Drew vs. Jose Iglesias, whether Joel Hanrahan looks too much like Eric Gagne to thrive, whether the Celtics will get it together in time for the playoffs, and the usual media matters. Bring along a discounted Fenway Frank and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  April 5, 2013 09:22 AM

Be sure to join us for our always lengthy Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the Red Sox' 108-win pace, the arrival of Jaromir Jagr, what to expect from Jeff Green as a starter, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  March 22, 2013 10:57 AM

Be sure to stop by our always cantankerous Friday chat, during which we'll discuss whether Jackie Bradley Jr. could beat a team of Super Ditkas (the answer: of course, at any sport), the state of the Bruins and Celtics, players the Patriots should be pursuing in free agency, and the usual media matters. Bring along a sack of Smart Puffs and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  March 14, 2013 08:23 PM

Be sure to stop by for our always frenzied Friday chat, during which we'll discuss Wes Welker's departure, Danny Amendola's arrival, whether Jackie Bradley Jr. should be in the lineup on Opening Day, the milestone moments for KG and PP, and the usual media matters. Bring along a bag of snow peas and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m. Friday

  March 7, 2013 06:10 PM

During our always diabolical Friday chat, we'll discuss why Jeff Green is becoming a fan favorite (just admit it), whether Avery Bradley is on the short list of best guards you've ever seen (forgot to mention Alvin Robertson in my column the other day), whether you're starting to believe the Red Sox could be pretty good, the Status of Welker, and the usual media matters. Bring along a large Dunkin's iced (cream, no sugar) and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  February 28, 2013 06:37 PM

Be sure to stop by our always sharp-shooting Friday chat, during which we'll discuss Avery Bradley vs. Stephen Curry, what the Patriots will do with Tom Brady's generous donation, and the usual Red Sox and media chatter. Bring along a turkey club from Joe's and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  February 21, 2013 07:16 PM

Be sure to stop by our always endearing Friday chat, during which we'll discuss Jordan Crawford's arrival and no departures for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the already likable Red Sox, and the usual media matters. Bring along some Jordan's hot dogs and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m. Friday

  February 14, 2013 07:02 PM

Be sure to stop by our occasionally newsworthy Friday chat, during which we'll discuss what to make of the resilient, depleted Celtics, whether the Red Sox' affable newcomers are already winning you over, and the usual (and not-so-usual) media matters. Bring along a can of Pringles and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  February 8, 2013 09:42 AM

bostonglobe2.jpgBe sure to stop by our always blustery Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the rolling Rondo-less Celtics, the Bruins' ability to add even more talent, and the usual Red Sox and media matters. Bring along a -- well, a Blizzard, I suppose -- and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  January 31, 2013 05:31 PM

Be sure to stop by our always breezy Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the post-Rondo Celtics, the Niners-Ravens Super Bowl showdown, the wildly entertaining Bruins, and the usual Red Sox and media matters. Bring along anything but that ice-bound Garden pretzel/hot dog and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  January 25, 2013 12:21 PM

Be sure to stop by our always banquet-style Friday chat, during which we'll discuss whether the Celtics can turn it around, gather for our group postmortem on the Patriots, and engage in the usual Red Sox and media chatter. Bring along a sack of Smart Puffs and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  January 18, 2013 10:55 AM

Be sure to stop by our always real Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the Patriots-Ravens showdown, the start of the NHL season, whether the Celtics still need to make a trade, imaginary girlfriends, and the usual Red Sox and media matters. Bring along a Subway 11-inch-long and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  January 10, 2013 08:32 PM

Be sure to stop by our always playoff-ready Friday chat, during which we'll discuss what the Patriots need to do to thump the Texans again, the rejuvenated Celtics, the return of the Bruins, and the usual media matters. Bring along what I've been waiting for all my adult life and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  January 3, 2013 09:47 PM

Be sure to stop by our always freewheeling Friday chat, during which we'll discuss how to repair the Celtics, why the Red Sox roster is much-improved, the bye-week, second-seeded Patriots, and the usual media matters. Bring along the Christmas Tree cake you forgot to bring last week and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  December 27, 2012 09:21 PM

Be sure to stop by our always highly-rated Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the Joel Hanrahan trade, whether the Sox should be pursuing Adam LaRoche, how the Patriots should approach Sunday's game, the state of the Celtics, and the usual media matters. Bring along some Christmas Tree Cakes and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  December 14, 2012 01:11 AM

Be sure to stop by our always bull-rushing Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the Red Sox' signing of Ryan Dempster (among others), express significant Trout-Hamilton-Pujols envy, look ahead to the Patriots' intriguing Sunday night matchup with the talented Niners, and the usual media matters. Bring along a toasted sesame bagel and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  December 7, 2012 08:39 AM

Be sure to stop by our always festive Friday chat, during which we'll discuss Ben Cherington's prudent roster reconstruction, the Patriots-Titans showdown, whether the Celtics are about to hit their stride, and the usual media matters. Bring along a Dale Arnold from the Maine Diner and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2 p.m.

  November 16, 2012 07:48 AM

Be sure to stop by our always scandal-ridden chat, during which we'll discuss Pats/Colts, whether there's any legitimacy to the rumor that the Red Sox might pursue Josh Hamilton, the AL MVP robbery voting, and the usual media matters. Bring along whatever Hostess products you're planning to hoard and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2 p.m.

  November 2, 2012 09:00 AM

Be sure to stop by our always surgicially-repaired chat -- note the 2 p.m. start time -- during which we'll discuss the Patriots' acquisition of Aqib Talib, how the Red Sox should approach the first days of free agency, irrefutable one-game conclusions regarding the Celtics, and the usual media matters. Bring along a turkey and cheese panini and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  October 19, 2012 10:33 AM

Be sure to stop by our always hitless and often witless Friday chat, during which we'll discuss Patriots-Jets: The Battle of 3-3, how the Yankees essentially crammed the entire Red Sox season into four games, the multitude of reasons why we can't wait for the Celtics season to start, and the usual media matters. Bring along that mysterious bear claw thingy from the office snack machine and check in below to join the fun.

Chat wrap: Jacked and Pumped edition

  October 12, 2012 12:04 AM

During out Friday chat, we discussed what to expect from the Patriots' visit to Seattle, why Pete Carroll was a terrible coach, the entertaining baseball playoffs, and the usual Red Sox and media matters. Click the replay button below to join the fun.

Chat wrap (Bobby Valentine fired edition)

  October 4, 2012 01:35 PM

The Red Sox have fired manager Bobby Valentine, one day after concluding their worst season since 1965. We talked about it right here with an impromptu chat. Relive the fun below.

Patriots-Bills fan chat at 1 p.m.

  September 30, 2012 08:37 AM

Stop by at 1 p.m. on Sunday to talk Patriots-Bills throughout the game in Buffalo.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  September 27, 2012 10:55 PM

Be sure to stop by our always replacement-level Friday chat, during which we'll discuss what the Patriots need to do to get back to .500 against the Bills ("show up'' may or may not be an acceptable answer), write the epilogue on a Sox season that has been over for weeks, gauge your optimism about this fascinating Celtics team, and chat about the usual media matters. Bring along whatever it is you kids are eating these days and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  September 20, 2012 08:49 PM

Be sure to stop by our always premiering Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the Patriots-Ravens showdown, the Wes Welker hysteria, the merciful final days of the 2012 Red Sox, Darko and the Celtics, and the usual media matters. Bring along a grilled cheese with onion and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  September 13, 2012 11:16 PM

Be sure to stop by our always Aceves-fearing Friday chat, during which we'll discuss whether Stevan Ridley and the Patriots' defense will build more momentum against the Cardinals, whether rumors of the Red Sox being for sale are a good thing, why history is revised when it comes to the great Adrian Beltre, and the usual media matters. Bring along some delicious lima beans and join the fun.


Chat sports and media at noon

  August 31, 2012 09:08 AM

finnscullyrainbow831.jpgI'm sure you've seen this by now, but I couldn't resist posting this beyond cool photo of Vin Scully on his bobblehead night. Almost makes you think Tommy Lasorda might have been onto something with that great-Dodger-in-the-sky stuff after all. Strangely enough, just out of the shot, a single giant black cloud began raining on Josh Beckett.

Anyway, be sure to stop by our never-laboring Friday chat -- back for this week only at its old noon time -- during which we'll discuss where the Red Sox go from here, try to figure the over/under on Patriots wins, wish the Celtics season would hurry up and get here, and chat about the usual media matters. Bring along a few assorted munchkins from Dunkin's (always a nutritious lunch) and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  August 24, 2012 11:19 AM

824soxscoreboard.jpgBe sure to stop by our always above-.500 chat, during which we'll discuss how to salvage the Red Sox for 2013, what to keep an eye on when the Patriots take on the Bucs, and the usual media matters. Bring along a root beer Italian ice and check in below to join the fun.

Chat Olympics, sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  August 10, 2012 01:21 PM

Be sure to stop by our always-cheery Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the demise of the Red Sox' season, the beginning of the Patriots' season, lots of Olympic talk, and the usual media matters. Bring along a pint from your favorite pub and check in below to join the fun.

Chat Olympics, sports and media at noon

  August 3, 2012 09:06 AM

Be sure to stop by our always-cheery chat (live from London at noon EST!) during which we'll discuss the Olympics so far, the latest Sox drama, the anticipation surrounding the Pats, and the usual media matters. Bring along -- well, bring along just about anything but fish and chips, because I'm about done there -- and a Becks and check in below to join the fun.

Chat wrap: Cody Ross Superstar edition

  July 20, 2012 11:06 AM

During our always-shredding chat, we discussed the resurgent Red Sox, the Celtics' acquisition of Courtney Lee, and the usual media matters. Check in below to relive the fun.

Chat wrap (Outfield Surplus edition)

  June 21, 2012 11:06 PM

During our always championship-level Friday chat, during we discussed the suddenly surging Red Sox, whether Big Papi's frustrations really matter, Nava vs. Crawford, how the Celtics should spend their two first-round picks, and the usual media matters. (All right, and maybe a question or two on the Heat's coronation.) Check in below to relive the fun.

Chat wrap (Trade Youk edition)

  June 15, 2012 11:37 AM

During our always-clutch Friday chat, we discussed whether the Red Sox will be anything more than mediocre, what the Celtics should do this offseason, and the usual media matters. Check in below to relive the fun.

Chat wrap (Pack For The Week edition)

  June 8, 2012 01:07 PM

During our always aggressive Friday chat, we discussed the Celtics chances in Game 7, LeBron's ability in big moments, whether Clay Buchholz has turned the corner, and the usual media matters. Click the replay button below to join the fun.

Chat wrap: Philly Showdown(s) edition

  May 17, 2012 10:01 PM

During our always freewheeling Friday chat, we discussed what to expect from the Celtics and Sixers in Game 4, whether Larry Legend's Pacers can really bounce the Heat, the apparent progress of the Sox rotation, and the usual media matters. Click the replay button below to relive the fun.

Chat wrap (RIP, Junior edition)

  May 4, 2012 09:33 PM

During our always steady Friday chat, we discussed the death of Junior Seau, the merits of the Red Sox' sellout streak, some Celtics Game 3 chatter, and the usual media matters. Check in below for a transcript.

Chat wrap (Dealin' Belichick edition)

  April 26, 2012 08:45 PM

During our always selective chat, we discussed the state of the Red Sox, the end of the Bruins' reign, the Patriots' remarkable first day of the draft, and the usual media matters. Click the replay button below to relive the fun.


Chat Red Sox and more at 2:15 p.m.

  April 20, 2012 08:40 AM

Be sure to stop by our always festive Friday chat, coming to you live from Fenway Park this afternoon as the Red Sox celebrate their beloved ballpark and their .333 winning percentage. I'll chat throughout the pregame festivities (bummed Dave Roberts can't make it back) and game, and when things get slow, we'll work in some questions about the Patriots, Bruins, Celtics, and the usual media matters. Bring along a glass of sparkling grape juice and check in below to join the fun.

Chat wrap: Complete game edition

  April 13, 2012 02:02 PM

During our Friday chat live from Fenway Park, we talked Red Sox, more Red Sox ... and a few other topics too while going from the first pitch to the last. Check in below to relive the fun.

Video: Pregame report from Fenway

  April 13, 2012 09:06 AM

Here's the replay of the live video session we did at Fenway Park today. Guests included sports writers Dan Shaughnessy, Peter Abraham, and Nick Cafardo, and Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  April 5, 2012 10:07 PM

Be sure to stop by our always festive Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the Red Sox' chances of going 161-1, whether Alfredo Aceves is the right choice at closer, Celtics and Bruins issues as their postseasons near, and the usual media matters. Bring along a toasted sesame bagel and check in below to join the fun.

Chat wrap (Bard/Doubront 4/5 edition)

  March 29, 2012 09:04 PM

During our always delightful Friday chat, we discussed how the Red Sox roster is shaping up, why it might be worthwhile to bring KG back next season, the Patriots' productive offseason, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  March 16, 2012 11:23 AM

Be sure to stop by our always madness-inducing Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the Patriots' early forays into free agency, whether Danny Ainge did the right thing in standing pat, why comparing the Bruins to last year's Red Sox is unfair, plenty of Red Sox chatter, and the usual media matters. Bring along -- well, anything that doesn't include pink slime -- and join the fun.


Chat wrap: A home for Peyton edition

  March 9, 2012 09:16 AM

During our always bountiful Friday chat, we discussed where Peyton Manning will wind up (the money here is on Miami), whether Jose Iglesias should start the season in Boston (nope), the Patriots' priorities in free agency (Williams! Wallace!) , and the usual media matters. Check in below to relive the fun.

(Also, today's media column can be found here.)

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Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  March 2, 2012 10:30 AM

Be sure to stop by our always analytical Friday chat, during which we'll discuss Camp Bobby V., why Danny Ainge shouldn't trade Rajon Rondo, which receiver the Patriots should pursue, and the usual media matters. Bring along a grilled cheese with onion (hold the tomatoes) and join the fun.

Chat wrap: Farewell, Wake edition

  February 16, 2012 10:51 PM

During our always fluttering Friday chat, we discussed Tim Wakefield's legacy, what the Patriots should do in the draft, the state of the Celtics and Bruins, and the usual media matters. Click the replay button below to relive the fun.

Chat wrap: It Happened Again edition

  February 10, 2012 10:35 AM

During our always arbitration-eligible Friday chat, we discussed the Super Bowl with our usual 20/20 hindsight, where the Patriots go from here, the state of the Red Sox as pitchers and catchers begin to arrive, and the usual media matters. Check in below to relive the fun.

Chat wrap: Handoff from Gasper edition

  February 5, 2012 03:13 PM

In what was clearly a case of the opening act somehow following the marquee performer, I chatted over on Extra Points at 4 p.m., relieving ace Chris Gasper, who started the festivities at 3 p.m. Click the replay button below to relive the pregame fun.

Chat sports and media at 2:30 p.m.

  January 26, 2012 10:06 PM

Be sure to stop by our always strike-throwing Friday chat -- note yet another shift to 2:30 p.m. -- during which we'll discuss Super Bowl 46, the Oswalt/Floyd/Jackson possibilities, why we should be encouraged by the Celtics, and the usual media matters. Bring along a crate of minneolas and check in below to join the fun.

Chat wrap: More Sox Than Tebow edition

  January 13, 2012 10:59 AM

During our never-Tebowing Friday chat, we discussed what the Patriots need to do to beat the Broncos, whether the Celtics can get some spring in their step, numerous questions about the Sox' rotation, and the usual media matters. Check in below to relive the fun.

Chat wrap (Luongo's Flat Tires edition)

  January 5, 2012 08:53 PM

During our always inflated Friday chat, we discussed the brilliant Bruins, No-Pass Bass and the encouraging Celtics, the ideal playoff opponent for the Patriots, and the usual media matters. Oh, and a lot about the candidates to be the Red Sox' righthanded-hitting right fielder, because that is what we do best. Check in below to relive the fun.

Chat wrap: Well done, Cherington edition

  December 29, 2011 11:26 PM

During our always jolly Friday chat, we discussed the Andrew Bailey trade, the Celtics' 0-3 start, how Tom Brady and the Patriots should deal with the Bills, and the usual media matters. Check in below to relive the fun.

Chat wrap: Thank You, Mon Ami edition

  December 23, 2011 10:26 AM

During our always jolly Friday chat, we discussed whether Tom Brady would throw for 500+ again against the Dolphins, Ben Cherington's methodical approach to the offseason, my Gil and Gino media column, and the usual media matters. Check in below to enjoy the fun.

Chat wrap: He's no Don Majkowski edition

  December 16, 2011 10:58 AM

During our always fluctuating Friday chat, we discussed Tebow, Tebow, Tebow and the usual Tebow matters. (Other topics included the Red Sox' search for pitching, the state of the Celtics, and which Boston team is closest to a title.) Click the replay button below to join the fun.

Chat wrap: Rondo Must Be Thrilled edition

  December 8, 2011 09:34 PM

During our always flex-worthy Friday chat, we discussed when the Red Sox might make some moves, the Chris Paul fiasco, how many touchdowns Gronk may score against the Redskins, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

Chat wrap: Hire A Manager Soon edition

  November 25, 2011 11:10 AM

During our always festive Friday chat, we discussed the pros and cons of Bobby Valentine, whether the Eagles are the Patriots' toughest remaining opponent, the sizzling Bruins, and the usual media matters. Check in below to relive the fun.

Podcast: An opening and a closer

  November 18, 2011 10:56 AM

willsmauryfinn.jpgNo media column or chat this week. On a bit of a mini-vacation. No truth to the rumor I'm interviewing for the Red Sox managerial opening right after Stump Merrill, Maury Wills, and Terry Bevington get their chance to genuflect in Larry Lucchino's general direction.

In the meantime, if you missed it, here is this week's podcast, during which I chat with Tony Mazz and Daigo Fujiwara about the managerial merits of Dale Sveum (yup, so much for that), the departure of Jonathan Papelbon, and Jacoby Ellsbury's MVP chances.

Be back Monday morning with a column on the AL MVP race. Enjoy the weekend. Also: Hire Alomar.

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Chat sports and media at noon

  November 11, 2011 08:17 AM

Be sure to chat by our always-filling Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the Patriots' pivotal matchup with the Jets, potential free agent (and managerial) targets for the Red Sox, the Penn State chaos, and the usual media matters. Bring along a Krabby Patty and check in below to join the fun.

Chat wrap: Just Give Up McNutt Already edition

  October 20, 2011 10:00 PM

During our always Bud Light-dissing Friday chat, we discussed the post-Theo Red Sox, the state of the Pats during their bye week, why the 1992-93 New Jersey Nets might be the most fascinating team in NBA history, and the usual media matters. Click the replay button believe to relive the fun.

Chat wrap (The Story edition)

  October 14, 2011 11:04 AM

During our always-garden-party-style Friday chat, we discussed all the Red Sox drama, discussed it some more beyond that, entertained maybe a question or two about the Patriots matchup with the Cowboys, and chattered on the usual media matters. Check in below to relive the fun.

Chat wrap (They Like Beer edition)

  October 7, 2011 10:52 AM

During our banner-raising noon chat, we discussed the state of the Red Sox, what to expect from Patriots-Jets, and the usual media matters. Check in below to relive the fun.

Chat wrap: Thanks, Tito edition

  September 30, 2011 10:24 AM

Later start time today -- writing on Tito this morning. Be sure to stop by. Doesn't look like we'll be lacking for topics.

Chat sports and media at 1 p.m.

  September 22, 2011 09:32 PM

Be sure to stop by our always judgmental Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the Patriots' soaring offense and sore defense, whether the postseason will include the Red Sox, and the usual media matters. Note the change in time zones for today and check in below to join the fun.

Chat wrap: September Slump edition

  September 16, 2011 12:16 AM

During our always swooning Friday chat, we discussed whether the Red Sox can fend off the Rays (and don't look now, but the Angels, too), the likelihood of Tom Brady continuing his 8,176-yard pace, and the usual media matters. Click the replay button below to relive the fun.

Chat wrap: Gonzo vs. Mo edition

  September 2, 2011 11:08 AM

During our always-meandering Friday chat, we discussed the Sox' frustrating loss to the Yankees, Albert Haynesworth's debut (and praise for his new employer), and which Patriots might be on the bubble with tomorrow's cut down to 53 looming. Click the replay button below to relive the fun.

Chat sports and media at noon

  August 25, 2011 10:50 PM

Be sure to stop by our always hurricane-proof Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the return of Adrian Gonzalez's power, whether the Patriots' defense can repeat last week's ferocious performance, and the usual media matters. Bring along a couple of boat drinks and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at noon

  August 5, 2011 08:28 AM

Be sure to stop by our always charming Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the state of the Patriots, what to expect from Erik Bedard, the relevance of this weekend's series with the Yankees, and the usual media matters. Bring a double-dough with onions from Pat's and check in below to join the fun.

Chat wrap: Ocho and Albert edition

  July 28, 2011 09:22 PM

During our always insubordinate Friday chat, we discussed which starting pitcher the Red Sox should pursue, the earth-shaking additions of Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco to Team Belichick, and the usual media matters. Click the replay button below to relive the fun.

Chat wrap (Hot enough for ya? edition)

  July 21, 2011 09:43 PM

During our always-sweltering chat, we discussed Drew vs. Reddick vs. Beltran, whether Theo Epstein should pursue another starter, Patriots personnel issues once this mess is settled, and the usual media matters. Click the replay button below to relive the fun.

Chat sports and media at noon Friday

  July 14, 2011 10:27 PM

Be sure to stop by our always Arbitron-tastic noon chat, during which we'll discuss what to expect for the Red Sox' final 72 games (postseason excluded), whether Bartolo Colon has turned back into a pumpkin, and the usual media matters. Bring a Congdon's donut and a large iced regular and join the fun.

Chat sports and media at noon Friday

  July 8, 2011 12:17 AM

Be sure to stop by our always . . . yep, that's right, the chat is finally off hiatus. I'm so excited to be back talking sports with you goofs that -- you're not going to believe this one -- I actually plan on being here at noon sharp. So bring your questions, insights, suggestions, and inside jokes, because I'm going to find out what this "being on time" thing is all about. And after that, I'm going to ask my boss what he means by "deadline." See you at noon. Five past at the latest.

Chat wrap: Zdeno says "YAAAHHR!!" edition

  June 17, 2011 08:19 AM

During our always parade-ready Friday chat, we discussed your 2010-11 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, with a sprinkling of some Red Sox and media matters as well. Click the replay button below to join the fun.

Chat wrap: Perk was a beast edition

  May 13, 2011 12:08 AM

During our always chippy Friday chat, we discussed the Perk trade much more than we wanted to, the Bruins' chances against the Lightning, what the Sox should do about John Lackey, and the usual media matters. Check in below to relive the fun.

Chat sports and media at noon

  May 5, 2011 09:20 PM

Be sure to stop by our always dependable Friday chat, during which we'll discuss what's different about the Bruins' 3-0 lead over the Flyers this year, whether there's a better chance of Shaq or Bill Russell suiting up in Game 3, the water-treading Red Sox, and the usual media matters. Check in below to join the fun.

Chat wrap (royalty and divers edition)

  April 28, 2011 10:54 PM

During our always-longer-than-the-first-round Friday chat, we discussed Celtics-Heat, Bruins-Flyers, Bill Belichick's approach to the draft, whether/when Carl Crawford will start hitting, the usual media matters, and -- deep breath -- Michael and Pam's "Lost in Translation" moment. Bring your marshmallow gun and click the replay button below to relive the fun.

Chat wrap (Thadtillo edition)

  April 21, 2011 11:13 PM

Sure had a lot to talk about today. The Red Sox have won six of seven, the Celtics and Bruins are in the midst of their respective wildly entertaining playoff series (Michael Ryder?), the Patriots are prepping to trade the 28th pick for the draft, and let's just say there were plenty of media questions this week. Click the replay button below to relive the fun.

Chat wrap (Manny's a chee-tah! edition)

  April 14, 2011 10:39 PM

During the always prolonged Friday chat, we tried to avoid overreacting to the Red Sox' start, writing off the Bruins after one playoff loss, griping about the Perk trade, wondering why Tom Brady cried, and being naive about the PED era. Hit the replay button below to see how successful we were.


Red Sox home opener chat at noon

  April 7, 2011 08:47 PM

So we've got something of a special edition of the chat planned today, or at least a special location: I'll be firing up the chat engines live from Fenway beginning at the usual time of noon and going up until just before the festivities begin 2 p.m.

We'll emphasize Sox talk more than usual for obvious reasons, but the usual sports and media chatter is welcome as always. Check in below to air your grievances, share your reassurances, and everything in between. I still say they win 96, but it sure would be a relief to get No. 1 today.

Chat wrap: Opening Day At Last edition

  March 31, 2011 11:56 PM

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Rangers Ballpark is no Fenway, but it will serve just fine for today's purposes. Red Sox Opening Day is here, even if it's there, against the defending AL champs.

(Weird to be reminded that the Rangers won the pennant last year. Wonder if Terry Cashman will be part of their festivities: "This is for Oddibe Ballgame/This is for Bump Wills, too . . .")

All right, I'm done being a patronizing jerk to the team that actually made the playoffs last season. Click the replay button below to relive our chat about Sox-Rangers and everything else on your sports-addled mind.

(Also, today's media column, leading with Dave O'Brien's contract extension that assures he will remain on Red Sox radio broadcasts for at least the next three seasons beyond this one, can be found here.)


Chat sports and media at noon

  March 24, 2011 11:46 PM

Be sure to stop by our always prolonged Friday chat, during which we'll discuss whether the Celtics' slump is worth worrying about, the state of the Red Sox as opening day finally nears, whether any Canadiens fans called 9-1-1 after the beating their team took last night, and the usual media chatter. Bring a chicken parm in honor of Doug Mirabelli and check in below to join the fun.

Chat sports and media at noon Friday

  March 10, 2011 06:45 PM

Be sure to stop by our always lukewarm Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the Kristic Era Celtics, the Brandon Meriweather situation, whether Zdeno Chara's hit was dirty or just unfortunate, the overall giddiness about the Sox, and the usual media matters. Bring your turkey and swiss on rye and check in below to join the fun.

No chat Friday . . .

  March 3, 2011 11:16 PM

. . . I'll be over at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference most of the day. Been looking forward to this for weeks -- I've especially been trying to brush up on my advanced NBA metrics since I was told Jeff Green was actually the least valuable member of the Thunder. Hopefully I'll gain some perspective and insight on PER and other measures today.

I'm also writing about Sloan for the paper, and we should also have some video up on Boston.com during the day, so be sure to check that stuff out.

If you're going to be there too, be sure to say hello. I'll be the nerdy one in a blue shirt who looks puzzled and possibly lost. That should help narrow it down.

Chat sports, media and Perk at noon

  February 24, 2011 10:56 PM

Be sure to stop by our always shocking Friday chat, during which we'll discuss . . . well, Perk, who was always a favorite on this address. And Danny Ainge's daring, the promise of Jeff Green, why Semih Erden was basically given away, how long it will take for Nate Robinson to look off an open Kevin Durant to fire up his own 3, whether potential buyout acquisitions make this worthwhile, who the heck this Chris Johnson guy wearing No. 86 on my television right now came from, and anything else from this weird day in Celticsville that might offer a little bit of perspective. (We're also cool with talking Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and media as always if that's your thing. But seriously . . . five players, Danny?)

Chat at noon Friday

  February 17, 2011 11:38 PM

Be sure to stop by our always mind-bending chat at noon, during which we'll discuss the beginning of spring training (woo-hoo!), whether Paul Pierce or Ray Allen has a better shot at the 3-point crown, where the Bruins should draw the line at compensation for Tomas Kaberle, and the usual media matters. Bring your chicken pot pie and a jug of sweet tea and join the fun.

Chat wrap: Allen for 3 edition

  February 10, 2011 10:39 PM

During our always record-setting Friday chat, we discussed the Red Sox on the edge of spring training, Ray Allen's record, the loss to the Lakers and what it means (hint: nothing), rock 'em, sock 'em Bruins, and the usual media matters. Click the replay button below to relive the fun.

Update: No chat today

  February 3, 2011 09:03 PM

. . . out sick. Blah. Enjoy the weekend, and go Packers.

Chat sports and media at noon

  January 27, 2011 09:15 PM

Be sure to join our always-funnier-than-"Perfect Couples" Friday chat, during which we'll talk lots and lots of Sox, the Patriots' needs in the draft, the joy of having Perk back with the Celtics, who you'd take with the first pick in the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft, and the usual media matters. Bring along anything not made of seasoned taco beef and join the fun.

Chat sports and media at noon Friday

  January 20, 2011 10:15 PM

Be sure to join us for our apparently snow-bound Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the return of KG and (soon) Perk, the good times coming up soon in Ft. Myers, the usual media chatter . . . oh, and I suppose a wake for the Patriots is in order, too. Bring your olive loaf and Orangina and join the fun.

Chat wrap: FIP Of Clay edition.

  January 6, 2011 09:11 PM

During our occasionally topical Friday chat, we discussed potential playoff opponents for the Patriots, scattered thoughts on the Sox' rotation and Clay Buchholz's projected regression, and plenty of media matters. Click the replay button below to relive the fun.

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Chat wrap: Cue That Sappy Fogelberg Song edition

  December 30, 2010 10:11 PM

During our always sentimental final chat of the year, we discussed KG's injury, who should or shouldn't play for the Patriots Sunday, plenty of hot stove discussion about the Sox, and the usual media matters. Click the replay button below to celebrate the end of an entertaining sports year and the promise of the one to come. Should auld acquaintance be forgot . . .

Chat wrap (We've Got It Good edition)

  December 16, 2010 06:32 PM

During our always heartwarming Friday chat, we talked about the Sox' addition of Bobby Jenks and what it means for Jonathan Papelbon, the Celtics' admirable performances, whether the Patriots are the most likely Boston team to next win a championship, and the usual media chatter. Click the replay button below to relive the fun.

Chat wrap: Whoa, They Got Crawford edition

  December 9, 2010 09:31 PM

During our always merry Friday chat, during which we discussed . . . well, the Carl Crawford deal came up a time or two. There was also plenty of hot-stove chatter, talk of the Patriots' dominance, the usual media matters, and even props for one of the best episodes of "The Office" in years. Grab some maple sugar candies and click the replay button below to relive the fun.

Chat wrap (Decoding Theo's Plan edition)

  December 3, 2010 01:59 PM

During our weekly chat return from a two-week-hiatus, we discussed Crawford and Werth and Werth and Crawford, the possibility of an Adrian Beltre return, our usual pining for Adrian Gonzalez, LeBron's return to Cleveland before he took his greatness back to South Beach, some Jets-Pats chatter (but not as much as expected), and the usual media matters. Click the replay button below to relive the fun.

Upton's availability, and other miscellany

  November 19, 2010 08:17 AM

Bwyy16QEGkKGrHqFhMEv10tRBMKmlI75_12.jpgFirst, a heads-up. No chat today, or next Friday for that matter. Call them a couple of midseason maintenance days.

We do have a few things going on. Some programming notes:

  • Today's media column, taking a look at the first few days of the Dennis & Callahan simulcast and a bunch of other stuff, is right here.

  • Aiming to have the second installment of the 60 Best Topps Baseball Cards posted this weekend. The feedback on part one was pleasantly overwhelming, and I'm looking forward to hearing what you have to say about the next five. One clue: The next edition includes two players I truly loathe, and neither is Roger Clemens.

  • If you missed it Tuesday, our Red Sox podcast, hosted by Daigo Fujiwara, is over here. Always a blast to do the hot-stove chatter thing with Nick Cafardo. We'll be doing the podcast every other week during the offseason, so be sure to keep checking it out.
  • Since a couple of your mid-afternoon hours are freed up now that you don't have to suffer through the chat, how about some assigned reading for your lunch break?

    The news that the Diamondbacks are listening to offers for Justin Upton caught me by surprise. I mean, he's 23, is a legitimate five-tool player who is already established as a star, and just completed the first year of a very reasonable six-year, $50 million deal that runs through 2015.

    That's not a kid you trade; that's a kid you build the entire franchise around, and that's what the Josh Byrnes regime was trying to do. That new general manager Kevin Towers is considering dealing him, even after a season in which Upton's OPS dropped 100 points to .799, was enough to make a skeptic wonder if there was more to it.

    Maybe his shoulder injury that bothered him from time to time is lingering. Maybe there's an attitude issue, something that shadowed him occasionally but hardly ominously during his rapid ascent through the minors. Maybe . . . well, it's got to be something. Other than a high strikeout rate, there's no baseball reason to trade Justin Upton? Is there?

    Well, yes, actually there is. Which brings us to that assigned reading. Tim Marchman as SI.com has a very insightful piece that succeeds in answering the question we've been pondering: Why in the world would the D-Backs trade Upton?

    The simple response is that dealing him -- in a trade, by the way, that Towers says they "have to win," meaning he's have to be overwhelmed to pull the trigger -- gives the D-Backs a chance to fill numerous holes on a team that has . . . numerous holes.

    Beyond the chance to roster remodel . . . well, then it gets more interesting. Because as Marchman writes convincingly, history strongly suggests that there's a fair chance he's not going to get much better than he already is at age 23. Turns out young surefire would-be superstars actually become superstars in their mid-to-late 20s much less often than you'd think.

    Upton's baseball reference comps provide supporting evidence. He's most similar player through age 22: Ruben Sierra. And you never want to see Jeff Francoeur on any young player's comp list; he's 10th here.

    The other question as it pertains to Red Sox fans is whether Theo Epstein should pursue a deal for Upton -- a potential cornerstone, or the potential next Ruben Sierra -- while knowing Towers's price will be exceedingly steep.

    Me, I'd say sayonara to Jacoby Ellsbury and Daniel Bard (as talented and fun as he is, he a relief pitcher), albeit with considerable reluctance. Which I suppose is the sign of a fair trade. And probably a sign that Towers would ask for even more.

    Chat wrap: Spoelstra's Dull Speech edition

      November 11, 2010 10:41 PM

    morganjoe.jpgDuring our weekly chat Friday afternoon, we discussed the Celtics' wildly entertaining and encouraging win at Miami, what the Patriots need to do to beat the ferocious Steelers, plenty of Crawford/Werth/Beltre/V-Mart hot-stove talk, and the usual media chatter. Cook up some pigs in a blanket (in a blanket), click the replay button below, and relive the fun.

    (In a mildly related note, today's media column, featuring a change at NESN and a farewell to Joe Morgan, who apparently wasn't always a 1975 Cincinnati Red, can be found here.)

    Chat wrap (Go Get Gonzo edition)

      November 4, 2010 11:47 PM

    During our always meandering chat at noon, we fired up the Red Sox' hot stove (Beltre and Martinez out, Gonzalez in?), and debated whether KG crossed the line, what the schedule holds for the 6-1 Patriots, and the usual media chatter among much, much more. Click the replay button below to join the fun

    Chat wrap (Let's Make A Deal edition)

      October 29, 2010 08:22 AM

    During our always sporadically riveting Friday chat, we discussed plenty of Red Sox chatter, the return of Randy Moss and the gimpy gunslinger's visit to Gillette, what we can take from the Celtics' and Bruins' early results, whether the Rangers can make a series of the Series, and the usual media matters, including the news that Heidi Watney is staying at NESN. Click the replay button below to relive the fun.

    Chat wrap (Let's-fake-a-deal edition)

      October 21, 2010 10:44 PM

    jj.jpgDuring our occasionally satisfying Friday chat, we discussed the Patriots' chances against the relentlessly annoying Philip Rivers, John Jefferson and the rest of the San Diego Chargers, whether it's futile, shrewd or something in between for the Red Sox to pursue free-agent-to-be Cliff Lee, a dazzling start for the Bruins, a certain statue in Harvard Square, and the usual media chatter.

    Whew, that was even more than usual, and that doesn't include the good and the bad from our Red Sox trade scenarios and daydreams. Check in below to relive the fun.

    Chat sports and media at noon

      October 14, 2010 10:35 PM

    nathanhorton.jpgBe sure to join us for our never duplex complex Friday chat, during which we'll discuss whether revenge will be a motive for the Patriots against the Ravens, two intriguing baseball playoff series (sticking with my Texas-Philly pick, thank you), an outstanding first impression by the new Bruin pictured to the left, the funniest "The Office" ep in a couple of seasons, and the usual media matters. Be sure to bring your McRib and join the fun.

    Chat wrap (Farewell-to-the-Freak edition)

      October 8, 2010 10:59 AM

    finnrmoss.jpgDuring our always time-consuming chat, we discussed the wildly enjoyable (but sadly, Red Sox-free) postseason, high hopes for the Bruins (love the Bergeron deal) and Celtics (Semih-tough!), the usual media matters, including what the latest sports radio ratings really mean, and more than a little back-and-forth on certain wide receiver. Whew, that's a lot. Click the "replay" button below to relive the fun.

    Chat wrap (19-wins-ain't-shabby edition)

      September 30, 2010 08:33 PM

    lesterfinn.jpgDuring our Friday afternoon chat -- always guaranteed to be mildly entertaining -- we discussed the peaks and valleys of the Red Sox season (the lefty pictured to the left: definite peak) while peeking ahead to what Theo Epstein should do in the offseason, what the Patriots need to do to win in Miami (Gronk! A-Hern! . . . OK, we're working on it), some scattered Celtics and Bruins chatter, and the usual media matters. Click the replay button below to relive the fun.

    Chat wrap (Playing Spoiler Isn't So Bad edition)

      September 23, 2010 08:41 PM

    hannahfinn.jpgDuring our Friday chat, we discussed whether the Bills could possibly be a trap game for the Patriots (n-n-n-nope), what the Red Sox should do with their impending free agents (sign Beltre, and V-Mart too!), some Celtics and Bruins preseason -- or should we say, Shaq and Seguin -- talk, and the usual media chatter. Grab yourself a couple of John Hannah burgers and click the "replay" button below to relive the fun.

    Chat wrap (Making Peace With Zim edition)

      September 16, 2010 08:11 PM

    2008_1016_0002_don_zimmer_78_1080.jpgDuring our return from our chat bye week -- delayed until 2 p.m. today because of our duties at Red Sox Hall of Fame festivities -- we discussed potential Red Sox miracles, lots and lots of Patriots-Jets, whether Adam Morrison is worth a look, and the usual media chatter . . . including Pete Sheppard's return to glory! Bring some %*%&# snacks (you knew it was coming) and click the "replay" button below to relive the fun.

    Chat wrap (Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season edition)

      September 2, 2010 09:14 PM

    0821beltre.jpgDuring our usual Friday-at-noon chat, we talked about the future of this admirable but unfortunate Red Sox team (sign Beltre! sign V-Mart!), All-Pro safety Buddy Farnham and other happenings in the Patriots' final preseason game, the significance of the Celtics' signing of Delonte West, and the usual media matters. Click the replay button below to enjoy the fun.

    (Poor use of white space coming up . . . now!)

    Chat wrap (You-still-throw-like-Mary edition)

      August 26, 2010 08:42 PM

    lyghttodd.jpgDuring our always fun and frequently publicly humiliating Friday chat, we discussed the Red Sox' crucial showdown with Rocco Baldelli and the rest of the Rays, why Johnny Damon might be a true Yankee, the Patriots' mixed bag against the fearsome Rams, and the usual media matters, including the inevitable sports radio caterwauling about the Patriots' mixed bag against the fearsome Rams.

    Click the replay button to relive the joy. Oh, and Todd Lyght here? He's the Patriots left tackle, at least according to Randy Cross multiple times per telecast. Which is strange, since the alleged real Patriots left tackle -- a big dude calling himself Matt Light -- chatted right here at noon. I'm so confused.

    A double chat wrap! What does it mean?

      August 19, 2010 10:10 PM

    s062510116.jpgDuring our always mildly entertaining weekly chat, we discussed Josh Beckett's master plan to singlehandedly destroy the Red Sox season, the chances of retaining Adrian Beltre and/or Victor Martinez, the Patriots' high hopes for Aaron Hernandez, and the usual media matters, including today's column on Andy Gresh's elegant commentary about Jacoby Ellsbury.

    And if for some reason my noontime half-formed opinions weren't filling enough . . .

    Your favorite baseball blogger/media columnist -- yes, I mean me -- chatted for an hour starting at 11 a.m. with the wicked smaht crew over at Sons of Sam Horn.


    Chat wrap (Stinko-ocho edition)

      August 12, 2010 08:44 PM

    cunninghamsam.jpgDuring our always fun (albeit again plagued by technical difficulties) chat, we discussed the short-term and long-term future of Jonathan Papelbon, the many good signs from the Patriots' preseason opener against the Saints, why anyone who thinks adding Shaq is a bad idea isn't paying attention, and the usual media matters, possibly including a frighteningly ironic fate for Pete Sheppard.

    Click the replay button to relive the fun (not to mention our best chat ending ever).

    Chat wrap (R.I.P. Big Hands edition)

      August 5, 2010 10:05 PM

    bighands.jpgDuring our Friday afternoon chat, we discussed . . . well, everything. The crucial Sox-Yanks four-game set. Youk's injury and Ellsbury's return. Danny Ainge's remarkably successful attempt at reuniting the 2002 NBA All-Star team. The usual media matters. Don Draper's descent toward the pathetic. And even a brief remembrance of one our all-time favorites, Gary "Big Hands" Johnson. Click the replay button below to relive the magic.

    Chat wrap (Fun with numbers edition)

      July 23, 2010 12:13 AM

    During our always raucous Friday chat, we discussed whether the Red Sox will be buyers or sellers at the deadline, whether it's time to fret about Tom Brady's contract situation, some interesting ways of interpreting Arbitron ratings, and, sadly, not nearly enough "Mad Men." Put down your Lucky Strike and your scotch and click the "replay" button below to relive the fun.

    Chat wrap ('Ken Phelps! Ken Phelps!' edition)

      July 15, 2010 09:27 PM

    kenphelps.jpgDuring our weekly Friday noon chat, we talked about whether the day has come for Tim Wakefield to join Charlie Hough, Tom Candiotti, and every Niekro who ever walked the earth at the old retired knuckleballers farm, what to expect from the mostly status-quo Celtics next season, Frank Costanza's least-favorite Yankee, and way, way too much about Pete Sheppard. Click the replay button below to relive the madness.

    Chat wrap (Made Enough Money to Buy Miami edition)

      July 8, 2010 11:46 PM

    During our weekly chat Friday at noon, we discussed . . . well, LeBron. Lots and lots of LeBron. But if that doesn't do it for you, there's plenty of Sox and Cliff Lee chatter as well. Oh, c'mon, just click the replay button already and relive the fun.

    Chat wrap (Doc, Paul and One More Time for All the Old Times edition)

      July 1, 2010 10:52 PM

    During our Friday chat, we talked about the battered but resilient Sox, whether Danny Ainge has any free agent surprises in store, and the usual media gabbery. To relive the magic, click the replay button below.

    Chat at noon

      June 18, 2010 07:49 AM

    Chat at noon. Celtics postmortem. Ron Artest's psychiatrist may or not be on hand to provide counseling.

    Chat wrap (Shrek and Donkey edition)

      June 11, 2010 01:40 AM

    During our weekly Friday chat, we talked about the Big Three -- Big Baby, Tony Allen, and Nate Robinson, of course -- as well as why the Red Sox need to get some help for Daniel Bard, and various other topics residing in your sports-addled minds. To relive the magic, click the replay button below.


    Chat wrap (We've got a 'Backdraft' situation here! edition)

      May 28, 2010 12:40 AM

    During our weekly chat -- so was rudely abbreviated by a fire alarm, which we hope was a harbinger that the Celts will be on fire tonight -- we discussed Game 6, Daisuke, and . . . well, and then we fled the premises. To relive the too-brief fun, click the replay button

    Chat wrap

      May 20, 2010 10:57 PM

    During our usual Friday chat, we discussed Papi's resurgence (I told ya so! I told ya so!), the Celtics' dominance (OK, didn't see that one coming), and why the tattoo situation is out of control. OK, maybe not that last one. But click the replay button below to relive the rest of the fun.

    Chat wrap

      May 13, 2010 09:07 PM

    During our usual Friday chat, we discussed . . . well, geez, isn't it obvious this week? A thrilling Game 6 last night (Sheeeeeeeed!). A nerve-racking Game 7 tonight (keep your hooks crossed, Bruins fans). Even some signs of life from the Sox. Click the replay button below to join the fun, (and remember to keep an eye on the Bruins' blog tonight for our in-game and postgame updates).

    Chat wrap

      May 6, 2010 09:16 PM

    During our Friday chat, we talked about the Sox' mini-resurgence, why even Bruins bandwagon jumpers (hi there) are seriously bummed by David Krejci's injury, and plenty of other Boston sports and media topics that were rattling around your mind. We didn't have a plan, really. More like a loose structure. Like jazz. To enjoy the music, click the replay button below.

    Chat Friday at noon

      April 29, 2010 10:20 PM

    Be sure to stop by our always -- well, long, anyway -- weekly chat, during which we'll talk Celtics/Cavs, Bruins/Flyers, Patriots draft, the usual media gabbery . . . and all right, even some Red Sox if you wish. Bring your Pancake Stackers and some Tang and join the lunchtime fun.

    Chat wrap (marathon edition)

      April 15, 2010 10:47 PM

    During our Friday chat -- which ran so long Joe West starting complaining halfway through -- we discussed the Sox' less-than-ideal start, your draft-day wishlist for the Patriots, and whether the Bruins and Celtics will see the second round of their respective postseasons. To relive the fun, click the "replay" button below.

    Chat wrap (Papi/Lowell supercrisis edition!)

      April 8, 2010 10:40 PM

    During our weekly Friday chat, we discussed the Sox through 3/162d of their schedule, our playoff expectations for the Celtics and Bruins, the usual media jabber, and much, much more. Don't believe us? Click the "replay" button below and prepare to have your mind blown!

    (In a completely unrelated note: Today'sTiger/ESPN/media column can be found right here. OK, now click the "replay" button, get your mind blown, etc.)

    Chat wrap (Is that Tim Tebow or Eric Crouch? edition)

      April 1, 2010 09:31 PM

    During our always merry Friday chat, we chatted about the Red Sox as opening night approaches, Belichick devious Tim Tebow smokescreen (what, you think they're really interested?) and plenty of media chatter as always. To relieve the fun, click the "replay" button below.

    Chat wrap (don't call me Date Mike edition)

      March 25, 2010 09:10 PM

    During our always fun Friday chat, during which we'll discuss the Fountain-of-Youth Celtics, our expectations for the Run Prevention Red Sox, and how many of us can do 25 push-ups (plus one girl push-up). To relive the fun, click the "replay" button below.

    Chat wrap (At least Milbury didn't call them Eurotrash edition)

      March 18, 2010 10:10 PM

    During our always stimulating Friday chat, we talked plenty of Sox and media stuff, as well as the Celtics, Pats, and Cowardly Lio . . . er, Bruins. To relive the lunchtime fun, click the replay button below.

    Chat wrap (one more for Nomar edition)

      March 12, 2010 12:09 AM

    During our chat at noon, we discussed the conflicting feelings over Nomahhh!, the Patriots' faith in the familiar, and whether Matt Cooke will be hit with a delayed penalty (so to speak) come March 18. Click the replay button below to relive the magic.

    Look! A chat! For real!

      February 25, 2010 11:34 PM

    Be sure to stop by today at noon for a special "North of the Border" edition of our TATB chat, during which we'll discuss men's hockey, women's hockey, curling, British Columbia Major Junior Hockey, women's curling, Tim Horton's donuts, the Gretzky family, and the many uses of salmon.

    OK, so I'm not quite that Vancouver-ized, but we'll talk at least a little hockey and whatever other Olympic topics are on your mind, as plenty of Sox, Pats, and Celts to remind me of what I'm missing at home. You bring your lunch, I'll bring the Molson Root Beer, eh?

    Chat wrap (Meet me in Vancouver edition)

      February 4, 2010 10:15 PM


    During this week's wildly (oh, OK, mildly) popular TATB chat, we discussed whether trading Shuttlesworth will/should take his game elsewhere, this week's glimmer of hope regarding our longstanding Adrian Gonzalez-to-the-Sox daydream, why Adalius Thomas needs to go, and so much more. Our sales pitch may not be the best, but trust us, it's a good time. Click the "replay" button below for all the evidence you'll need.

    Chat wrap (KG's missing first step edition)

      January 28, 2010 10:36 PM

    During our weekly this afternoon, we discussed why the Sox lineup is better than the perception, the Patriots' dilemma with Vince Wilfork, the Celtics' alarming loss in Orlando, and why "Mad Men" won't be the same without Sal. Does that sound fun? Well, it was even more fun that that! Click the "replay" button below for proof.

    Chat wrap (brutal Boston accents edition)

      January 22, 2010 01:43 AM

    During our slow (we prefer suspenseful) Friday afternoon chat, we discussed the latest twist in the Jason Bay saga, the roster tweaks required of the Patriots this offseason, which team fans should be pulling for in the NFL playoffs, and whether naming your daughter "Belichick" is socially acceptable. To relive the fun at your own pace, click the replay button below.

    Chat wrap (Pees flees edition)

      January 14, 2010 10:16 PM

    During our curiously long weekly chat this afternoon, we discussed which Patriots should permanently turn in their playbook, whether the Red Sox' defensive improvements could really be worth 8-9 wins, and many, many other topics. To relive the rollicking good times, click the "replay" button below.

    Chat wrap (The Hawk soars edition)

      January 7, 2010 08:23 PM

    After a two-week chat hiatus because of the holidays -- not including the Winter Classic, which we say should have been declared one -- we returned with something between a whimper and a vengeance today. We discussed the Hall of Fame voting, why Adrian Beltre is the Ken Caminiti of his time, and whether Ray Lewis's teammates have to suppress a snicker when he does his "Dance Fever" routine. Click the replay button below and relive the fun.

    Chat wrap (Yo, Adrian edition)

      December 17, 2009 10:25 PM

    During our curiously long Friday chat, we discussed why our longstanding daydream of bringing Adrian Gonzalez to Boston will happen, why Jacoby Ellsbury is not a deal-breaker, ladies, and the usual back-and-forth about so much more, including a drop-in from a Hall of Fame manager with little need for team speed. To read the entire Q&A, click the "replay" button below.

    Chat wrap (Red Sox bridge edition)

      December 10, 2009 11:28 PM

    During our usual chat Friday chat at noon, we debated whether Adrian Beltre would be a significant upgrade over Mike Lowell, why Adalius Thomas would make a fine Jet, the usual media jibber-jabber, and more. Are you sold? Cool. Then click the "full entry" button to check out the transcript.

    Chat wrap (technical difficulties edition)

      December 3, 2009 03:01 PM

    If you like rubbernecking at car wrecks, let's just say today's chat -- save for a couple of lucid Marco Scutaro questions and answers -- was for you. Click the "replay" button if you're into that sort of thing.

    Chat wrap (Sox shortstop edition)

      November 26, 2009 08:09 PM

    After watching last night's Cowboys-Raiders snoozefest, I'm pretty sure Richard Seymour (three tackles, allegedly) is the first player since the Lions' Aaron Gibson in 2000 to play an entire game in a tryptophan coma. What a culture shock it still must be for him, going from playing for the guy on the left over there to Tom Cable.

    Anyway, no Black Friday for me -- as usual, it's Chat Friday, and we gladly talked turkey (sorry) about the Sox shortstop situation, why we should be skeptical about the Halladay gossip, Pats-Saints, and even some media matters.

    Click the replay button below to read the transcript.

    Chat wrap (middle-aged blogger edition)

      November 19, 2009 10:33 AM

    During our weekly chat this afternoon, we discussed the Red Sox' hot stove options, whether Rex Ryan will be crying again come Sunday evening, and why a "Pirate Looks At 40" suddenly resonates more than ever.

    Chat? Good idea

      November 13, 2009 12:05 AM

    Be sure to stop by our weekly chat at noon Friday, during which we'll discuss the Red Sox' hot stove, the Patriots' annual (at least) showdown with the Colts, the usual media matters, and perhaps even why "Joan -- good idea" might be our favorite line from the most fulfilling hour of television in a long time.

    Chat wrap

      November 5, 2009 11:08 PM

    During our strangely meta noon chat, we discussed the beginning of the Jeremy Hermida era, whether Mariano Rivera ever plans on aging, and how bizarre it is to be answering questions about "The Office" while John Krasinski is chatting 20 feet away. Click on the "replay" button to read the transcript.

    Chat at noon Friday

      October 29, 2009 10:46 PM

    During our chat at noon, the conversation began and ended with our old friend Pedro's return to the Bronx. To read the transcript, click the replay button below.

    Chat wrap

      October 22, 2009 11:23 PM

    During our always fun and sporadically informative weekly chat today, we discussed last night's Angels-Yankees epic, who might be playing left field for the Red Sox next season, and what it would be like to have Michael Scott as a stepdad, among many other topics. To read the entire transcript, click the "replay" button below.

    Chat wrap

      October 16, 2009 12:00 AM

    During our usual Friday afternoon chat, the emphasis was on the Red Sox -- especially potential future Red Sox. Yes, the Hot Stove season has started even before the playoffs are over. Gotta love it. To read the transcript, click the "replay" button below.

    Chat recap

      October 8, 2009 08:56 PM

    During our weekly chat -- bumped to 2 p.m. by leadoff hitter/opening act/fellow Mainah Adam Kilgore -- we discussed exactly what you'd expect: The state of the Sox after last night's loss, and the chances of Josh Beckett coming up huge on the October stage tonight. To read the entire transcript, click the "replay" button below.


    Chat at noon

      October 1, 2009 09:53 PM

    Be sure to stop by our weekly chat Friday at noon, during which we'll surely discuss our eased concerns about Jon Lester, all things Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics, and the usual media mishmash as well.

    Okay, that might be my weakest intro yet, which is saying something. So let's go simpler: Stop by. It's always fun, at least for me.

    (I'll keep working on it. Just let me take a sip here from my "World's Greatest Boss" mug . . . )

    Chat wrap

      September 24, 2009 10:19 PM

    During our weekly Friday afternoon chat, we discussed Clay Buchholz's recent imitation of Zack Greinke, Tek's chances of catching Beckett in the postseason, and the usual chatter about "The Office." Trust us, it was a good time. Click the "replay" button below and find out for yourself.

    Chat at noon today

      September 18, 2009 08:17 AM

    During the occasionally anticipated weekly TATB chat this afternoon, we discussed certain catchers with a weak five-hole, the comedic stylings of Rex Ryan, interns who look like Alan Thicke, and the usual media mishmash as well.

    If that doesn't sell you on clicking the "replay" button below for a transcript, nothing will.

    Chat wrap

      September 10, 2009 08:55 PM

    During our usual Friday afternoon marathon chat, we discussed why the Jeter Love has become annoying again (hint: he's more than 1,000 total bases behind the Iron Horse), the horrors of an auto-pick fantasy football draft (Brandon Marshall, anyone?), and how Theo Epstein has redeemed himself (where would they be without V-Mart?). To read a transcript, click the "replay" button below.

    Chat at noon

      September 4, 2009 11:17 AM

    During this Friday's chat, we discussed the Pats' probable 53-man roster, our growing belief that this Red Sox team is well built for October, and just about everything else that arrived from your keyboard to ours. To read the transcript, click the 'replay' button below.

    Chat wrap

      August 28, 2009 10:48 AM

    If you stopped by you may have chimed in on such topics as whether Nick Green has better stuff than Takashi Saito, which Patriots may have played for the jobs Friday, and the usual sports media nattering.

    Friday's Q&A

      August 21, 2009 06:42 AM

    Topics in Friday's chat may or may not have included Sox-Yankees, Pats-Bengals, and whether any of Randy Cross's artwork made the cut for the montage at the end of "Superbad." Click the replay button below to find out for sure.


    Chat at noon

      August 14, 2009 11:05 AM

    Be sure to stop by today's chat at noon, during which we'll discuss Tom Brady's mostly impressive return, the Red Sox' lineup puzzle, and anything else on your sports-addled mind.

    Chat wrap

      August 7, 2009 10:55 AM

    During today's epic 2-hour chat, we began writing the epitaph for John Smoltz's career (I said epitaph, not epithets) while trying to solve the Red Sox' various troubles. Click the "replay" button below to relive the fun.

    Friday's Q&A

      July 30, 2009 09:44 PM

    Friday's chatters had Victor Martinez, Adrian Gonzalez, and Roy Halladay on the brain. Well, one out of three ain't bad.

    Chat wrap

      July 24, 2009 10:56 AM

    Aiming to post my first column in far too long sometime this afternoon. In the meantime, check out the replay of our usual Friday chat, during which we discuss whether the Sox should give up Clay Buchholz for Victor Martinez. (I vote yes . . . for now), what it would take to land Roy Halladay, and anything else that floated your boat.

    Chat wrap

      July 16, 2009 09:09 PM

    Today, our longtime dream of having Julio Lugo's Red Sox come to its overdue conclusion while we were in the middle of a chat was gloriously realized. Click the "replay" button below to revel in the moment, as well as various other sports and media related topics.

    Chat wrap

      June 12, 2009 08:19 AM

    I'm not quite convinced yet, but after watching Brad Penny's outstanding performance last night in sweeping the Yankees, I can understand the argument that the Red Sox should not trade him for the sake of clearing a spot in the rotation. Besides, on days like to today, it's fun to remind Yankees fans that he's had essentially the same career as A.J. Burnett, but is signed for roughly $75 million less. We discussed the Penny topic, as well as Dice-K, the Sox' shortstop situation, the pea-brained Orlando Magic, and various other topics, in our weekly chat. Click replay below to read the transcript.

    Chat wrap

      June 4, 2009 09:08 PM

    Maybe I'm nuts, maybe it's just desperation, or maybe I'm on to something, but I swear I've seen glimmers of hope -- small glimmers, mind you, but still, glimmers -- that David Ortiz might just snap out of this awful thing soon. Did today's chatters agree? Click the replay button to find out.


    Chat wrap

      May 29, 2009 08:38 AM

    The TATB chat returned to action Friday afternoon after a one-week hiatus, and fun was had by all. Topics of the day included possible solutions for the Sox' excess of starting pitching, some grand possibilities for the Patriots this season, and whether Jason Varitek's remarkable redemption will continue. Click the "replay" button below to read the full transcript.

    Chat wrap

      May 15, 2009 12:17 AM

    (Note: Chad Finn's next chat will occur, Friday, May 29).

    We've had a heck of a run of good fortune as Boston sports fans the last half-dozen years . . . but man, yesterday certainly was not one the many happy days in Sportstown USA. Scott Walker reminded us that the villain sometimes wins, Ray Allen and the Celtics played like Mouseketeers in Orlando, and Big Papi . . . well, it's tough to rationally discuss what's happening to him right now. But as always, we gave it our best in our weekly chat as readers brought their frustration, optimism, and everything in between. Click the replay button below to view the transcript.

    Chat wrap

      May 7, 2009 08:30 PM

    The delusional few who believed Manny was taking a female fertility drug in an attempt to get himself pregnant were especially welcome in our TATB chat Friday afternoon, but the Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox were also fair game. To read the transcript, click the "replay" button below.

    Chat Friday at noon

      April 30, 2009 08:59 PM

    I'm too preoccupied watching this Ray Allen/Derrick Rose shooting exhibition to write my usual pithy intro. So I'll quickly remind you to stop by Friday at noon for our weekly TATB chat. Hopefully, we have a Celtics victory to talk about, because right now I've really seen about enough of Brad Miller, Spock Hinrich, and Joakim Noah.

    Chat wrap (extended edition)

      April 24, 2009 08:02 AM

    First things first this morning: Anyone who is surprised by Paul Pierce's performance last night simply hasn't been paying attention the last few years. By hitting his first six shots en route to a blowout Game 3 win, he changed the entire tenor of the series. Just more proof that you've gotta respect The Truth.

    That digression out of the way, here's your reminder to check out the transcript of our weekly TATB weekly chat, which took place at noon. With the Bruins wiping out the overmatched Habs, the Celtics showing their champion's will, the Yanks in town for their first battles of '09 with the Sox, and the NFL Draft just a day away, there was plenty to talk about, so we stuck around for an extra half-hour to cover it all. Heck of a time to be a Boston sports fan, isn't it? Sure seems like we've said that a lot the last few years.

    To read the recap, click "FULL ENTRY" below.

    FULL ENTRY

    Chat wrap

      April 16, 2009 11:00 PM

    After a week's hiatus -- we're not telling you where we were, but let's just say life as a Somali pirate wasn't quite as fulfilling as we thought it would be -- the wildly (okay, mildly) popular TATB chat was back in business Friday.

    Topics included KG's knee, the state of the Sox, and the big, bad Bruins. Click the replay button below to check out the transcript.

    Chat wrap

      April 3, 2009 08:01 AM

    During today's installment of the TATB chat, topics included the Celts' chances without KG, Jay "Tears for Fears" Cutler, and our high hopes for the 2009 Sox. Click the replay button below to relive the madness.


    Chat is ovah

      March 26, 2009 09:09 PM

    Topics in this week's TATB chat -- which, we should note, took an unexpected and tragic twist at the end -- included the best (and worst) announcers in Boston sports, the resurgent Clay Buchholz, Pam's bizarre loyalty to Michael, and various other topics on the edge of common decency. Click the replay button below to check out the transcript.

    Chat (The Replay)

      March 20, 2009 10:48 AM

    Friday means chat day here at TATB, and during this week's episode we discussed a phenom named Daniel Bard, Bill Belichick's hints about Julius Peppers, the NCAA hoops tourney, and anything else that demanded an answer. Click the replay button below to check out the transcript.

    Chatter

      March 12, 2009 11:15 PM

    Had our usual crazy good time at our weekly Touching All the Bases chat, even though the real Jenna Fischer was a no-show yet again. Topics included Jonathan Papelbon's comments on Manny, the identity of the real most important Celtic, and the meanest e-mail ever to arrive in my inbox. Click the replay button below to check out the transcript.

    Chat recap, yo

      March 6, 2009 10:22 AM

    Topics during this afternoon's TATB chat included the remodeled Patriots, the Red Sox' injury concerns, and why you should never accept a lunch date with Bob and Phyllis Vance. Click the replay button below to check out the transcript.

    Chat wrap

      February 26, 2009 09:46 PM

    The main topic in today's TATB chat was the state of local sports-talk radio. Go figure. But we also found time for Starbury chatter, as well as questions about the depth of the Sox pitching and the possible lack of depth in the lineup. Click the replay button below to check out the transcript.

    Friday chat recap

      February 19, 2009 10:28 PM

    Here's the transcript of our always fun weekly TATB chat, where we mourned the end of the Patrick "Acie" O'Bryant era and fretted about KG's knee. Oh, and we talked a little Sox as well. Give it a replay already!

    Chat wrap

      February 13, 2009 12:19 AM

    A-Rod and the Mystery 103 was the prevalent topic in today's TATB chat, but we also found time to discuss the creepy cat fancy of Angela from "The Office," the historical greatness of Pedro Martinez, as well as some suggestions regarding what Chad should get James Posey for Valentine's Day. Click the replay button below to check out the transcript.

    Today's Q&A

      January 30, 2009 09:11 AM

    During this afternoon's TATB chat, the name Varitek kept coming up -- go figure. But we did manage to find our way to a few other topics as well, including the long-awaited answer to whether I'm actually wearing a bib in that ridiculous mug shot over there on the right. Click the replay button below to check out the transcript.

    Q&A with . . . me

      January 23, 2009 01:36 PM

    Is the Jason Varitek situation ever going to get settled? Did James Posey ever get my flowers? And most importantly, is Hillary Swank hot? Your favorite "The Office"-obsessed dimwit blogger answered those questions and many more in today's inaugural TATB chat. Click the replay button below to check out a transcript, and let's aim do it again next Friday at noon.

    About Touching All The Bases

    Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.

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