Jim Ed at the Derby


Jim Ed at the Derby

Today, you know him as NESN's answer to Ed McMahon.

But did you know that Jim Rice also played for the Red Sox?

It's true. And he was pretty good, too. I'm actually horrified you didn't know that.

Anyway, here's my vote for the most justifiably under-appreciated highlight of Mr. Rice's Hall of Fame career: Back in 1985, in the death trap known as the Metrodome, Rice joined fellow Hall of Famers (Eddie Murray, Carlton Fisk, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Ryne Sanberg), future Sox sluggers (Jack Clark and Tom Brunansky) and former MVPs (Steve Garvey and Dale Murphy) in the field for baseball's first ever All-Star Game Home Run Derby.

Rice hit four home runs to finish in a five-way tie for second place. Dave Parker finished first with a total of six.

And that's it. I just thought that was kind of cool.

Much cooler than this year's Home Run Derby.

Honestly, how much more fun would it be to re-watch the 1985 Derby than to sit through tonight's BermanFest? Well, you're in luck.

Here's the video of the '85 Derby . . . enjoy!

If we were talking about any other sport here, I'd now post the video. As a result, there's a good chance that you would've watched. Who knows, maybe you would have enjoyed it. Maybe it would've re-new your interest in this year's Derby. Maybe you'd then be more likely to watch and tweet andorcare about tonight's event? Good deal for baseball, right?

Well, unfortunately, baseball doesn't think that way. They still think they're going to win this impossible war against the Internet. So instead of the video, we get this.

Thanks, Bud.

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Young, Vazquez homer for Red Sox in 9-2 win over Twins

Young, Vazquez homer for Red Sox in 9-2 win over Twins

BOSTON - Chris Young hit a three-run homer and Christian Vazquez homered for the first time in more than a year as the Boston Red Sox routed the Minnesota Twins 9-2 on Tuesday night in a game delayed twice by stormy weather.

Drew Pomeranz (7-4) pitched five innings, three after a 1 hour, 16 minute delay between the second and third as a thunderstorm slowly passed over Fenway Park. Despite the interruption, Pomeranz held the Twins to one unearned run and four hits, struck out seven and didn't walk a batter.

Dustin Pedroia had three hits and scored twice and Xander Bogaerts had two hits and scored twice for the Red Sox as they won consecutive games for the first time in nearly two weeks.

The two rain delays totaled 2:06.

Drellich: MLB could explain umpire rulings more often

Drellich: MLB could explain umpire rulings more often

BOSTON — We know that Red Sox manager John Farrell did something wrong. In the absence of any sort of formal announcement otherwise, we’re left to assume the umpires did everything properly — but there’s room for MLB to make that clearer.

If the NBA can put out Last 2 Minute reports, why can’t MLB provide more regular explanations or reviews of contested calls?

Farrell on Tuesday said he’d like to see more public accountability in the umpiring realm, hours before the manager was to sit out Game No. 77. Farrell was suspended one game for making contact with crew chief Bill Miller on Saturday night as manager and umpire rained spittle on each other over a balk call that went against the Sox.

Well, was it a balk or not? Did Miller do anything wrong as well?

“I don’t know if there was anything levied on the other side,” Farrell said. “I don’t know that.”

But would he like such matters to always be public?

“I think there have been strides made in that way,” Farrell said. “I guess I would. I think everyone in uniform would prefer that to be made public. Whether or not that happens, I don’t know, but that would be a choice I would make.”

The league has a thorough internal review system. But it is just that: internal. Most of the time, any way.

On most every night at Fenway Park, there is someone on hand watching just the umpires and reviewing them.

MLB, to its credit, has announced suspensions for umpires in the past. The league has made public acknowledgments when calls have been made incorrectly. More of that seems viable — even if it’s an announcement to reaffirm that the call was made and handled properly, and here are the reasons why.

“I haven’t received any further determination or review of what transpired,” Farrell said. “My position, my stance, remains steadfast. I still firmly believe that time was called [before the balk call was made]. I wasn’t arguing the balk. I was arguing the timing of it. As I reiterated today to those that I spoke with, I still stand by my side of the argument. Unfortunately, there was contact made.”