Boston Red Sox

Michael Pineda’s Foul Ball
Why was the Yankees pitcher suspended for breaking a rule that everyone breaks?
April 24, 2014

A pine tar controversy provides a peek into the intricate world of baseball's unwritten rules.

The Original Nate Silver Also Thinks Pundits Are 'Stupid'
Bill James on “moneyball” in 2014 and backward political thinking
March 31, 2014

In politics, he says, "People who are perceived as learned experts go on television and say stupid shit, and nobody says, 'Boy, that’s really stupid.'"

This Classic Photo From the Red Sox' Victory Could Have Been Taken in 1918
October 31, 2013

A couple of hours after the Boston Red Sox, who finished last in their division in 2012, beat the St.

Why There Is Only One African-American in the World Series
October 28, 2013

The Boston Globe, The Grio, and The Los Angeles Times have all run versions of the same article about the World Series, which heads into tonight’s Game

Sickly-Sweet Caroline
What makes Boston sports fans so annoying also equips them for tragedy
April 17, 2013

Sickly-sweet Caroline

Why the Nationals’ Playoff Loss Was the Best Thing That Could Have Happened to Washington Sports
October 15, 2012

The Washington Nationals' heartbreaking loss Friday night could end up solidifying its fanbase.

Goodbye and Hello
September 09, 2011

Today The New Republic welcomes Timothy Noah to the masthead. Actually, we welcome him back. Tim’s distinguished career in journalism began at TNR, in 1980, when he was a reporter-researcher. Later he went to the Wall Street Journal, then Slate, and now, to my great delight, he’s here. Among Tim's many accomplishments is his award-winning multimedia series on inequality, which he wrote last year and is turning into a book. It is an example of how the web can make journalism more vivid, useful, and influential – while still promoting a deep, nuanced understanding of the world in which we live.

Why Derek Jeter’s 3,000 Hits—And All His Other Stats—Don’t Really Matter
July 12, 2011

Since he joined the Yankees in the latter stages of the 1995 season, a handsome 21-year-old rookie assigned a uniform number (2) that immediately put him in the single-digit company of franchise legends, Derek Jeter has been in the public eye. The most famous player on the most famous team in the hemisphere, front and center in baseball’s marketing campaigns and Nike’s sneaker ads, he has performed day in and day out in New York, New York.

Metropolitan Boston ... #winning
June 17, 2011

with Carey Anne Nadeau With the Bruins’ defeat of riot-prone Canucks (who’d have thought?) Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Boston area has now laid claim to a championship in each major American sports league (NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB) within the last seven years. The New England Patriots won their last Super Bowl in 2005; the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2007; and the Boston Celtics won the NBA title in 2008.  Our analysis confirms that, indeed, Boston is the first metro area to achieve the distinction of having held all four major sports titles within such a sho

Shootout in the U.K. Corral
November 13, 2010

Speaking on BBC radio at the end of 2003, as his novel Absolute Friends was published in the shadow of the Iraq war, John le Carré compared himself to Victor Klemperer, the German-Jewish scholar and diarist.