Raisman's 'Quest for Gold' premiers July 9


Raisman's 'Quest for Gold' premiers July 9

On June 27, 2012 Aly Raisman lost control.

"I was hyperventilating," the Needham, Mass. native said. "I couldn't breathe. I didn't think I'd get this emotional about it. Right when the meet finished I started crying."

A nakedly honest moment from a usually stoic competitor. But you'll have to forgive her; Raisman had just won a spot on the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team.

"I'm so honored and so excited," she gushed at San Jose's trials. "It feels like a dream right now. I can't even wait. I'm so honored."

The emotion is as rare as it was raw.

For the last nine months, since Raisman led a short-handed USA gymnastics team to gold at Tokyo's world championships, the 18-year old has appeared a remarkable study in composure. On the floor, the beam, the vault, she is "The Rock" -- even unweathered by the human element.

But Raisman will be exposed soon enough.

On July 9, "Quest for Gold: Aly Raisman" will premier on Comcast SportsNet New England. The documentary, cut from over 120 hours of film, will air in three parts over three days.

Some of the storyline might be familiar.

Comcast SportsNet New England special projects producer and filmmaker Torey Champagne captured Raisman's recent, public ascent: from her toil through amateur status, to her world championships heroism, to June's shining climax at the Olympic trials.

"Gymnastics definitely forces me to grow up and be more mature just because I am dealing with so many emotions," Raisman told the Champagne. "One minute I'm happy, and the next if you fall on a turn your upset so you really have to grow up and suck it up and know what you want in the sport."

Thing is, the falls are few as far as anyone knows.

Part of Raisman's renown is how consistent she is -- steady on the balance beam and vault, clean in her floor routines. "Quest for Gold" is the first look at her battles in the gym.

It's the first time she's really vulnerable.

When Raisman surrendered nine months of her life to the camera, she presented a fascinating dichotomy of all-American teenager and world-class athlete. And the focus gets extremely tight.

"I guess it's weird to say I've gotten used to having a camera around me, just because I am 18-years old," she said. "To be able to have been a part of so many cool and amazing opportunities . . . I've already been able to accomplish so many goals of mine."

Raisman has one major hope ahead -- capturing Olympic gold -- and she'll compete for it soon enough. But it's the way her journey to London unfolded that is so captivating, her command that is so impressive.

An 18-year old "Rock" ready to stand against the world.

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels


Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels:


* “He just had very good command the entire night. Stayed ahead in the count [and] pitched to all quadrants of the strike zone. He used his four-seamer in on some powerful right-handed hitters in their lineup.” John Farrell on Rick Porcello’s performance.

* “We needed a win bad and swung the bats well and played good defense. That’s a big win for us.” Rick Porcello said after his win in an interview with NESN.

* “24 hours ago we were probably in a much different place mentally after a ball game like tonight.” Farrell on the win.

“That was probably the first time I sat on off-speed pitches this whole year. I took a chance, took a gamble.” Jackie Bradley Jr. said on his home run.


* Rick Porcello completed his first game in a Red Sox uniform in the 6-2 win. The CG was the fifth of his career and his first since he threw three in 2014. The righty has 14 wins, one win shy of tying his career high.

* Xander Bogaerts had his first multi extra-base hit performance of the season since June 11. He’s only done that twice this season. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

* David Ortiz logged his 85th RBI of the season in the win and Mookie Betts his 67th. Heading into Friday night’s game, the two were one of five pairs of teammates ranking in the top 20 in RBI. The list includes Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, Adam Duvall and Jay Bruce and Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.

* Dustin Pedroia has now reached base safely in 32 straight games.


1) Rick Porcello

Porcello had his first complete game in a Red Sox uniform, stopping Boston’s losing skid at four games.

2) Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts finished with a double and a home run -- the only Boston hitter with multiple hits. He also led the Red Sox with three RBI and scoring twice in the win.

3) Dustin Pedroia

In addition to walking in his first two at-bats, Pedroia had a base hit -- and another walk -- scoring twice on the night.

First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Angels


First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Angels

First impressions of the Red Sox 6-2 win over Los Angeles:

Rick Porcello is not fazed by his fellow staff members’ struggles.

Although his teammates continue to deal with frustrations on almost a nightly basis, Porcello got the job done and put Boston in a position to win once again.

The second-inning double by Daniel Nava should have been a single, had Jackie Bradley Jr. not misplayed a funny hop. If that hit is a single, the next ground ball is a double -- and the following grounder ends the inning.

One of the most impressive components of his outing was dealing with Cole Kalhoun, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to finish his outing after already facing them three times on the night.

Xander Bogaerts had his first multi-hit game in a week.

Which in the grand scheme of things isn’t a long time -- but that can feel like a long time given the shortstop’s output this year.

It was also his first multi extra-base hit performance since June 11.

Oddly enough, those are his only two games of that kind this season.

In addition to the win, Porcello did the bullpen a favor.

Not necessarily because the relievers needed rest, but with Ziegler’s last two rough nights, they could use a break.

Although Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz got warm late, it was more so to keep them fresh for the coming games since they haven’t thrown much.

Additionally, he gave an example for the Red Sox starting rotation that they are in fact capable of going the distance.

Tim Lincecum is barely a shell of what he used to be.

That first inning was hard to watch. The former Cy Young Award-winner threw eight straight balls, and somehow managed to work past. Even his final throw to first base in he opening frame looked like it was going off the mark.

Just hard to watch in general, which made it all the more shocking that the Red Sox couldn’t score against him.

Good for them that he never adjusted, and they took advantage of it in the ensuing innings.