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The Fenway Park Birthday Article at 100 Years That Never Happened


 Hello all.  So here is the deal.  When you write for a magazine, regardless of size (not saying we are small; in my head we are going global baby) you must sometimes write for the news.  Meaning, when a certain topic is going to dominate the news cycle, you offer an opinion.  Since this site was designed to create conversations around pop culture, this logic makes perfect sense.  So, today is the 100 year birthday party for Fenway Park and naturally, we should write about it, right?   Well, my fabulous editor and partner, Stephanie Burke, decided to write a nice little story about Fenway Park and asked for my opinion.

Below is the text message exchange between us:

6:33 am

Stephanie:  Hey, Jack, Good morning, I’m working on kind of a birthday card to Fenway Park, should be done in a couple minutes, but can u read before I post cause I’m not sure if it makes sense to anyone else.

Jack: (Or what he thinks of himself, Caesar)  Little early for this, don’t ya think?

Stephanie: Umm, not really.  Anyway, I’m sending you the article, please let me know what you think ok?

Jack:  Sure, send it over and I’ll take a look.

32 seconds later

Jack:  It works, go for it.

Stephanie: R u sure it’s not stupid? Cause is rather have u tell me then post it and have others tell me. It was just a thought to get up something quick on a hot topic today.

Jack: Well, I mean, I would throw some more negativity in there cuz that is what people are feeling. But it’s up to u.

Stephanie: Hmm, but it’s suppose to be like a B-day card.  u don’t put negative things in a B-day card?!

Jack: Says who?  I would have no problem throwing negativity in a B-day card.  In fact, now that you mention it, the next person I give a B-day card to, it will be filled with negativity.

Stephanie: Really??  lol  OMG that is so mean, your crazy haha.

Jack: I have heard that before.  Anyhow, about this Fenway thing, the more I think about it, we should eviscerate them and use the 100 year Birthday as the perfect platform to do it.

Stephanie: You think so?  Wow, we are so on opposite ends of this one lol.  Why are u so negative about this? ……READ MORE&#8220


The Epic Collapse of The Red Sox


In a story for the Boston Globe, it was revealed what many people already knew; the Boston Red are a hot mess.  The Globe, guided most likely by Red Sox ownership, decided to drive a horse over the head of Terry Francona on the way out the door.  For those of you who do not know, the Red Sox thought it was necessary to tell everybody that Francona was a drug addict.  Now, it’s quite possible this story is true, but that is beside the point.  If Francona is struggling with addiction, like millions across this country, this little tidbit by the ownership will not help him.  It was a low blow and a dirty move that was unnecessary.  If they had any decency, they would have offered him help and simply said “it was time to move on.”  But instead, the Red Sox treated francona like he was their ex, jilted lover when a relationship ends.  Not only did they break up with Francona, they told everyone, “O by the way, he was a nice guy and all, but we really broke up because I think he has herpes.”

Now comes word that Theo Epstein has inked a 20 million  deal with Cubs.  The Red Sox ownership, which is currently gearing up for a stupid Spook World event at Fenway Park, is in a legitimate chaos.  As a result of introducing the dirty laundry with Francona, the gloves are off around Boston concerning rumors.  Yesterday, on the ultra successful Boston sports radio show, Felger and Mazz, it was openly discussed about certain rumors concerning certain people within the Red Sox organization.  Heidi Watney, who works for NESN as a Red Sox sideline reporter and it was insinuated by Felger as being possibly associated with some in the Red Sox clubhouse, had this harsh reaction to Michael Felger on twitter concerning the rumors about her and Captain Jason Variteck: “If Felger was ever in the clubhouse he might be able to talk about the team with some knowledge rather than just repeating rumors.”

Watney has a point to be frustrated, but her angst should not be directed towards Felger, but Red Sox ownership.  People such as Felger need listeners so a topic such is this, sex and high paid athletes is irresistible in a talk show format.  Do I believe Felger should be talking about people’s personal life?  Absolutely not! But when the ownership uses personal dirty laundry as a PR tactic against a former employee, it simply opens the door for this circus.  Look, Heidi Watney is a beautiful and successful young woman who has every right to do whatever she wants in her private life.  But her boss, the Red Sox ownership, has opened this door by talking about Francon’s personal life.

Unfortunately, it seems the Red Sox are unraveling and I think they need to clean house. Do not resign Wakefield, or “The Captain”, and I would also let David Ortiz walk, who apparently is in awe of the Yankees anyway.  Try trading Beckett and just outright release train wreck John Lackey.  Ya, I know, the Red Sox will eat a lot of money, but instead of Lackey pitching for the Red Sox, maybe he can work for Spooky World for the next two years and scare kids with that ugly mug of his.  Because if he is still in this rotation next year, I can think of nothing more scarier.

And if none of these moves transpire and this team largely remains in tact, well then maybe Red Sox nation should follow the actions of another movement in Boston and Occupy.

Instead of Occupy Boston, let us Occupy Fenway!


Occupy Boston: Don’t Screw This Up

I would like to state that I emphatically support the Occupy Wall Street movement and our own local contingent, Occupy Boston.  Furthermore, I suspect, many people in the country and in Boston agree with the overall premise that the financial institution, in combination with our government, is not working and the middle class is suffering because of it.  So, the mere fact that these movement’s are sweeping across the country is a good thing.  I support them wholeheartedly and have even spent sometime down at the actual Occupy Boston site on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. In fact, I plan on donating to it.   But, in order for this movement to be effective it must win the hearts and (skeptical) minds of the very people you are trying to help, or as you say, the 99%.   Picking a fight with the Boston Police is dumb and unnecessary. Granted, I was not there and I am sure, some of our police’s officers may have acted in the wrong manner, but this, in accordance with the movement, is a trivial issue.

The people who wear the uniform are the 99% too and instead of fighting them, there should be a consistent effort to reach out to them and yes, even take one for the team, for the greater overall good in the long run.  Yes, I know, moving back to the original site might have seemed like a defeat or a ‘cave’ to the system or the man, but it would have been worth it in the end.  For this movement to be effective, you need the people under the uniform to want you to be successful, because not only are they actually people with their own opinions and feelings, they have relatives and non-affiliated friends, who may garner a negative opinion about this movement based on what these people in uniform say.

Also, try and reach out to the people who work in the financial sector.  Send a ‘diplomat’ if you will, to some of these places during lunch hour and ask them, in a non threatening or ‘weird chanting way’, if you would like more information on why you are protesting in the first place.  Many people who work on Wall Street or in the financial sector are the 99% and are just as unhappy and fearful about the economy as the Occupiers are.  Just like all of the college students on the Rose Kennedy greenway, they too, are stuck in enormous college debt and are trying to figure out how to improve things.  The cops, financial workers, the skeptical-non hippie, but struggling middle class  suburban father, is your ally.  None of these aforementioned people are your enemy.  They should be vigorously included in this movement and the only way to do this is to appeal to them.

This movement can be greater and bigger than it is now.  I believe it will continue to grow, but only if the tent is expanded.  I personally hope it is a historical movement that truly affects change.  I believe it can, but the movement must resist the natural temptation to find enemies and at some point, elect a leader.  the movement will need a face.  Not an aspiring politician, but a genuine individual that America can love.  I know, I know, it’s leaderless and at first, this has been good.  But a point and a leader must emerge to affect real change.  If I can, I would like to nominate Iraqi veteran Ryan Cahill as the first leader of the whole movement.  This is not only an individual people would rally around, but someone such as him, is one of the main reasons this movement must continue.

So, don’t be afraid of a leader and an agenda and win the hearts and minds of everyone.  Don’t make it easy for your detractors to paint you in a negative light.  Because if they do, then we all loose.



Occupy Boston Shuts Down Rose Kennedy Greenway

The Occupy Boston Movement briefly shuts down Rose Kennedy Greenway today in Boston.