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The Internet Revolution has been a wonderful development for baseball fans. Instead of waiting for the morning paper or the 11 o’clock news, fans can access instant boxscores, game broadcasts, stats, news stories, rumors, and just about anything else they want to know about their favorite team. They can chat with other fans at any hour, and from anywhere in the world.

Here are a few of the Net’s best resources for Red Sox fans.


Contents

General Baseball Information

Major League Baseball: Baseball’s official website. In addition to the standard news, scores, and stats, this site lets fans listen to teams’ radio broadcasts. It also features lots of officially licensed baseball merchandise, plus links to every team’s official website. The MLB site is somewhat generic and sanitized, but is a good starting point for fans.

ESPN: Probably the most popular baseball website. This site provides instant updates of game action, detailed boxscores, lots of stats, and columns by Peter Gammons, sabremetrician Rob Neyer, and others. Its writers also have frequent chat sessions with fans. Some of the content, such as Neyer’s column, requires a paid “premium” membership.

CBS SportsLine: Information-heavy site similar to ESPN, but with more of a focus on Rotisserie/Fantasy Leagues. It also features pitch-by pitch updates of games with a wealth of instantly available stats. (It’s the site that announcers tend to keep up on their laptops during games.)

Fox Sports: Another good, wide-ranging source of baseball info. This site is particularly good on business-related issues, and features lots of well-known columnists.

CNN/Sports Illustrated: Combines two excellent resources, giving fans lots of content, including top columnists and a fine historical section.

The Sporting News: No longer “The Bible of Baseball,” but the website features outstanding team-by-team coverage.

[www.usatoday.com/sports USA Today]: Lots of info, including team updates and articles from the Baseball Weekly newspaper. This site is particularly valuable for Rotisserie/Fantasy players.

Baseball America: Online version of the newspaper, which is the top source of information on minor league and amateur baseball. In addition to many articles about future prospects, its minor league and winter league stats are updated daily.

RotoWorld: This is probably the best site for diehard Rotisserie/Fantasy players to visit. Even if you’re not a Rotisserie fan, this is a good source for the latest baseball news, including up-to-the minute reports on injuries, trades, and rumors—even for obscure players.

John Skilton’s Baseball Links: Extremely well-organized warehouse of baseball sites, divided by categories (players, teams, leagues, rules, history, etc.). If you can’t find a baseball site on Skilton’s page, it probably doesn’t exist. It’s a great starting point for any baseball-loving websurfer.

Sean Lahman’s Baseball Archive: Not quite as extensive as Skilton’s site, but still a terrific source for baseball stats and analysis. Fans can download Lahman’s free database, which has stats on every big league player.

Baseball Reference: Outstanding statistical resource on teams and players; it’s like having Total Baseball at your fingertips. It includes conventional and sabremetric stats, plus the addictive “similarity scores,” which finds the most comparable careers to any big league player.

Bill Simmons: The home of the former Boston Sports Guy, and a frequent commentator on the Red Sox and other Boston area sports teams. Simmons can still hit the home run, although his column is as much about pop culture as about Boston sports these days.

The Dead Ball Era is a macabre site devoted to dead ballplayers. It includes obituaries, pictures of gravesites, and stories about accidents, murders, suicides, etc. involving major league baseball players.

Sports Blogs is a focal point for fan-run weblogs on the Red Sox as well as other teams.


Official Red Sox-Related Sites

Official Site: Much to the chagrin of many fans, Major League Baseball decided to take over each team’s official website, giving all of them a uniform look and feel. While this has improved some teams’ sites, others have lost a certain individuality and charm. Nevertheless, the official site remains one of the best sources for Red Sox information. Features include full game-day coverage, minor league info, player bios, audio/video, historical articles, and official press releases that make even the worst utilityman seem like a future Hall of Famer. The site also includes information on buying tickets and merchandise, as well as community service links. Minor League Sites: Each affiliate has its own website (see Visiting the Minor Leagues section on page 314 for details).

The Jimmy Fund: Information on the Red Sox favorite charity, special programs, success stories, and donations.

The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald: The two most prominent local newspapers post each day’s stories and columns, and are great resources for out-of-town fans.

Providence Journal-Bulletin: In addition to Red Sox coverage, ProJo extensively covers the nearby Pawtucket Red Sox, so it’s a great source on prospects.


Red Sox Player Websites

In the early days of the Internet, some visionary big leaguers, like pitcher C.J. Nitkowski and former Sox coach Wendell “Wave ’Em In” Kim, created their own quirky, fun websites. But today, such sites are very rare; the few remaining ones are rarely updated. Later on, many players had generic “official” sites that were usually under the umbrella of bigger corporations, with the primary goal of selling merchandise and ads. Most of these companies have gone belly-up, and as a result, few current Red Sox players have official sites. Manny Ramirez has a pretty attractive site with a message board, Manny’s comments on select games, and information on Manny’s charitable foundation.

Curt Schilling, one of the game’s most net-savvy players, has two charitable sites: Curt’s Pitch is dedicated to ALS research/funding, and he and his wife Shonda’s Shade Foundation is dedicated to research and prevention for melanoma (which Shonda was diagnosed with three years ago). He also has a popular blog, 38 Pitches.

Two former Red Sox greats also have official sites. Ted Williams’s site includes career highlights, memorabilia, and information on his Florida museum, although the site is seldom updated. It might be most interesting for its coverage of Williams’s other careers: military pilot and world-class fisherman. Carl Yastrzemski’s site is run by his agent and primarily exists to sell merchandise.

Broadcaster and cult favorite Jerry Remy has an interactive, frequently updated site called The Remy Report.


Fan-Run Red Sox Websites

Sons of Sam Horn: Named for the cult legend and former Boston DH, this has become one of the leading sites for Red Sox discussion. An estimated 5,000 readers a day visit SOSH’s message boards, which feature intelligent, on-topic discussion about the team (owner John Henry and players Curt Schilling and Kevin Youkilis are occasional participants). The website also has columns, articles, pictures, and links, plus some of the Web’s best coverage of Red Sox minor leaguers.

Royal Rooters has also become very prominent; it’s probably the #2 message board behind SOSH right now. It appears to have grown out of two sources: Providence Journal-Bulletin message board posters who were tired of trolls, and people who find SOSH too “elitist.” The site also has some excellent interviews and features.

Red Sox Diehard: A comprehensive site with history, information, quirky articles, polls, message boards, Fenway photos, and a Red Sox store. This site is updated frequently by webmaster Kristen Cornette, a Sox fan from Atlanta.

Top 100 Red Sox Blog: Detailed biographies of key Red Sox players.

The Buffalo Head Society: Excellent articles on Red Sox players past and present, including an outstanding piece on Tony Conigliaro. Named for the anti-Don Zimmer faction of Red Sox players in the 1970s. Also contains a comprehensive list of Red Sox radio and TV announcers, and of uniform numbers—every player, coach, and manager who wore each number. You’ll find plenty of fun, oddball trivia here.

Boston’s Dirt Dogs: Before the team’s late-season collapse, the 2001 Red Sox acquired the “Dirt Dogs” nickname for their gritty play. This site borrows the nickname and gritty tone, and is filled with cynical but often funny analysis of the Red Sox as well as news, links, and merchandise with a Dirt Dogs logo.

Red Sox Connection: Contains good original articles on topics ranging from the minors to the Hall of Fame, plus oddball factoids and updated links to news articles about the Red Sox.

The Sox Prospects Site: has lots of great information on Red Sox farmhands, former prospects, major and minor league transactions, and draft history.

Darkhawk’s Boston Red Sox Page: A personal site with essays and commentary and a little bit of creative work.

Fenway Nation: Contains news, links, and fan columns.

1918 Red Sox: Operated by Alan Wood, who wrote 1918: Babe Ruth and the World Champion Boston Red Sox. It contains information and links on the team and its players, plus box scores of every game. Wood also runs a daily blog on the team, The Joy of Sox.

The Triumphant Red Sox Fan Forum: Until the Sox won the World Series, this was Miserable Red Sox Fan Forum, a site for Red Sox fans to vent when the team or a player did something especially exasperating. Nowadays it's a bit more chipper.

Not all Red Sox fans are English-speaking, of course. Among the many foreign language Red Sox sites are Daigo’s Red Sox Blog and Japanese Red Sox, both in Japanese

Newsgroups and Mailing Lists

Red Sox Newsgroup (Usenet: alt.sports.baseball.bos-redsox): Forum for fans to post their thoughts on the team, analyze stats, argue about the manager and GM, and reminisce about Sox history. Like many unmoderated newsgroups, it has its share of “flame wars” between overzealous Red Sox and Yankees fans, but there’s plenty of intelligent, provocative discussion. Regular posters include most of the contributors to this book. Newcomers are welcomed, provided they participate in a reasonably polite and intelligent fashion.

Red Sox Mailing List (apple.ease.lsoft.com/archives/bosox.html): Created in 1991 and currently operated by Keith Woolner. Same basic idea as the newsgroup, but the mailing list keeps discussions more focused by discouraging off-topic posts and “flaming.” Members can follow a simple procedure to subscribe (there are about 600 subscribers), and the list is received via e-mail. The site also includes an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section on the Red Sox.

Many of the sites listed in this section have their own message boards, which follow similar procedures as the Newsgroup. The most prominent of these are Sons of Sam Horn and ProJo.



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