It’ll all be decided today

April 5th, 2007 → 10:35 am @

The Feeding the Monster 2007 Pre-Season Contest, that is. A quick scan through the entries shows only two contestants who had Youks hitting the Sox’s first home run of the season in the second game — ric and maranara — and only maranara also had JDD picking up his first RBI in the same game.

Also: I realized the “three winners” thing was a bit unclear, as was the way I’d tabulate scores. The three winners will be the three entries with the highest total scores. And the scores will be computed as follows:

* Each of the three portions of the contest will count for a total of 6 points, divided up as follows:
* HR: The correct player is needed for any other portion of the entry to count here; contestants who get that right will get two points. The game and inning count for another two points each; however, if a contestant gets the game wrong, the inning is automatically counted as incorrect. In other words, someone who guessed Youkilis would hit one out in the 7th inning of the 1st game won’t get two points for the correct inning, but s/he will get the two points for guessing Youkilis.

* J.D.’s first RBI: This will be divided into two components — game and inning — each worth three points; as above, the wrong game but the correct inning won’t get you any points.

* Dice K’s pitching line: Every component — innings pitched, hits, walks, strike outs, runs, and earned runs — will count for 1 point.

Currently, Maranara has 7 points, followed by sox5452 with 5 and ric with 4…but anyone with at least two points still has a chance at winning. And barring a freak hailstorm in KC tonight, we should know all the winners later tonight…

Post Categories: 2007 Season & Contest

Dover, here I come!

April 4th, 2007 → 9:54 am @

The beginning of the baseball season means more than just frustrating Opening Day losses and tendentious handwringing about Schilling’s start. It also means that…I’ll be in a town near you* talking about Feeding the Monster and the 2007 campaign. That’s right: next Monday, I’ll be at the Dover Public Library at 56 Dedham Street in Dover; the wonderful men and women there have even provided easy-to-follow directions from virtually anywhere (in the greater Boston area). If you didn’t get a chance to heckle, badger, or berate+# me last summer, here’s your chance. Don’t let it pass you by.

* So long as you live near Dover, MA.

+ Or praise.

# This is also your chance to get me to actually sign your book. Of course, if you can’t make it, free, personalized bookplates are still available to put into the copy of FTM you’re about to purchase from Amazon for only $17.16 (cheap!).

Post Categories: 2007 Season & Feeding the Monster Readings

Reminder: less than 72 hours to get in your contest entries…

March 30th, 2007 → 4:46 pm @

Think you know the Sox? Put your guesses where your bravado is, and tell me who’ll hit the team’s first home run, what Dice-K’s pitching line will be for his first MLB game, and when J.D. Drew will have his first RBI. If you beat out the rest of the crowd, you win a free, autographed copy of Feeding the Monster. Full details and how to enter are here.

Post Categories: 2007 Season & Contests & Uncategorized

The 2007 Pre-Season Contest: Win free books here!

March 28th, 2007 → 10:58 am @

There are five days left until Opening Day. What better way to get excited than another Feeding the Monster prediction contest? Instead of a single winner, this time there’ll be (a minimum of) three lucky winners. Here are the categories:

* The player who hits the Sox’s first home run. Include game and inning.
* Dice K’s pitching line in his first outing. Include innings pitched, hits, walks, strike outs, runs, and earned runs.
* The date of J.D. Drew’s first RBI. Include game and inning.

The lucky winners will get a signed, personalized copy of Feeding the Monster, shipping and handling included. (Or, if you’d rather read about the Times, a personalized, autographed copy of Hard News.) For simplicity’s sake, every component of each guess will count equally, so someone who gets Dice K’s IP and hits correct but is off by a walk, 2 K’s, and 2 earned runs will get a -5, the same as someone who is off by 2 innings and 3 earned runs.

I’m going to cut off the entries at 100. Post your predictions in the comments section of this post by April 2 at noon, EST. One entry per person, etc etc etc.

Post Categories: 2007 Season & Contests

Filling the void: How the Sox got their groove back

March 26th, 2007 → 11:25 am @

Yes, baseball season is (almost) upon us, which means, of course, a glut of all things Red Sox-related. And if Boston needs anything, it’s more commentary about the team…and I’m here to fill the void. Specifically, I wrote a piece for this month’s Boston Magazine — the one with Big Papi’s smiling mug on the cover — about how the Sox, um, got their groove back. (Note: writers to do not get to write their own headlines.) (Another note: props to reader djarm18 for the story link; for some reason I couldn’t find it online earlier.)
So: go pick it up. You’ll get an excerpt from the Papi/Tony Maz book, which I haven’t read yet, but hey, it’s Papi, so I’m sure it’s worth at least checking out. And feel free to tell me what you think in the comments. I’m ready for the abuse…

Post Categories: 2007 Season & Boston Magazine & David Ortiz