Gary Thorne

 

Writing a letter home has been fun

By Gary Thorne on July 22, 2011, at 8:53 p.m.
Once upon a time, then sports editor of the BDN Bob Haskell said to me, “You ought to write a column once in a while for the paper while you travel around covering sports.” Seventeen years later with hundreds of columns put to bed, the time has come to say …

MLB All-Star game reaches key crossroads

By Gary Thorne on July 15, 2011, at 6:58 p.m.
What is going to happen to this thing called the MLB All-Star Game? Virtually every discussion in Phoenix before, during and after the game was about the players who weren’t there, the game that is just an exhibition and how could it possibly go on being the deciding factor for …

Red Sox piecing together pitching while offense surges

By Gary Thorne on July 08, 2011, at 6:54 p.m.
Beckett and Wakefield and off to the pen is the battle cry at Fenway as the Red Sox head into the All-Star break. With Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz on the disabled list and John Lackey struggling with an ERA of 7.47, manager Terry Francona is piecing together a starting …

Pro players, owners keep asking for more

By Gary Thorne on July 03, 2011, at 5:42 p.m.
The holiday weekend is neither a holiday or a real weekend for those involved in the NBA and NFL negotiations. Both leagues have now locked out the players, but negotiations continue in both cases. The repeated incredulous question from fans, who generally cast a pox on both owners and players …

Fans anoint and vilify athletes at the same time

By Gary Thorne on June 24, 2011, at 7:44 p.m.
Now that the 2011 NBA finals, where favored Miami lost to Dallas, is sports history, a second moment is warranted for a column written by Dave Zirin in the Toronto Star that necessitated second and third reads. Zirin was described by the Star as “author of Bad Sports: How They …

Bruins add their stamp to Boston sports history

By Gary Thorne on June 17, 2011, at 9:42 p.m.
Sports and its most noted names and teams are generational matters except for the few who need no first names: Williams, Russell, Mantle, Gretzky, the ’27 Yankees and the Big Red Machine. The rest are recognized if they win or pull off some amazing individual feat. Teams that gain championships …

Red Sox can’t forget about the rest of the East

By Gary Thorne on June 10, 2011, at 6:07 p.m.
As the Red Sox try not to forget there are other teams to play besides the Yankees, a look at the standings might refresh that point as they play Toronto after the sweep in New York. Heading into Friday’s games, the AL East was as close from top to bottom …

Baseball’s steroid era could lead to fan apathy

By Gary Thorne on June 03, 2011, at 7:47 p.m.
There will be more problems with these names and how to deal with them as time goes by. The steroid era in baseball has left a long, ugly spot on the game and it will only grow. The other day the names of Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa …

New ‘defense’ for athletes lacks facts, law

By Gary Thorne on May 27, 2011, at 6:16 p.m.
As a former prosecutor, many were the times I have listened to the all-time number one defense of those charged with a crime: “I didn’t do it.” That would come despite the picture of the charged party leaning over the body with the smoke coming out of the gun. No …

Leyland stirs interleague controversy

By Gary Thorne on May 20, 2011, at 9:31 p.m.
“It’s run its course.” Those are the words of Tiger manager Jim Leyland this week regarding interleague play that began Friday in major league baseball. He has created a minor firestorm, just as he hoped he would because he couldn’t understand why more people weren’t talking about it. Leyland is …

Spring games still important as summer looms

By Gary Thorne on May 13, 2011, at 8:55 p.m.
It is not early — not in the sense of a baseball season. The repeated refrain from those on the diamond who have not had good starts, both teams and players, is that there is plenty of time left to turn things around. Well, not really. Teams are reaching the …

Red Sox still have time to solve problems

By Gary Thorne on May 06, 2011, at 7:46 p.m.
By the end of May, the Red Sox and their fans can make real assessments. One thing is for certain, this is no longer a “this is early” thing. The saving grace for Boston’s disappointing start is that other AL East teams are experiencing the same thing.  Nobody is running …

Questions linger as struggles continue for Sox

By Gary Thorne on April 29, 2011, at 7:33 p.m.
The Red Sox have started a long homestand hoping this will be the time they can right the ship for the rest of the season. The first month has been filled with befuddlement. All of these matters were up for discussion entering Friday night’s game. The Sox are in the …

Gardenhire’s humor balances his fiery style

By Gary Thorne on April 22, 2011, at 6:24 p.m.
Ron Gardenhire is an outstanding manager with the Minnesota Twins. Perhaps part of the reason for his success is a sense of humor he always carries with him. This week he was thrown out of a game for the 53rd time in his 10 years at the helm. Since 2000, …

Baseball’s steroid era not going away any time soon

By Gary Thorne on April 15, 2011, at 7:56 p.m.
The steroid era for baseball just won’t go away, and it’s not going to for some time to come. Manny Ramirez retired because he faced a second suspension for performance-enhancing drug use. Barry Bonds was convicted on one count of obstructing justice relating to his use, known or unknown, of …

Frozen Four embodies the good in college sports

By Gary Thorne on April 08, 2011, at 8:33 p.m.
There is a certain tingle that still exists when one awakes to the sound of the Notre Dame fight song being played by the Fighting Irish band — live outside your window. That was the case Thursday morning in St. Paul where the Frozen Four is taking place. All that …

Red Sox, Phillies are choices to make World Series

By Gary Thorne on April 01, 2011, at 11:59 a.m.
Let’s start this story at the end. It will be Boston and Philly in the World Series. Wow, out on a limb there, don’t you think? Actually, the choice is so obvious that many of the prognosticators are not picking them because if everyone voted their gut, nobody would pick …

Showalter downplays comments on Sox, Yanks

By Gary Thorne on March 25, 2011, at 5:14 p.m.
  You know spring training has gone on too long when one of the week’s lead baseball stories is about two comments made by Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter to Men’s Journal magazine months ago that just appeared in print in the April edition. If it wasn’t Showalter, with the …

Weaver assesses Ryan’s nine-inning strategy

By Gary Thorne on March 21, 2011, at 9:40 p.m.
“We’ll see whether Nolan Ryan can succeed at it. I don’t know if it’s possible, but that’s what he’s trying to do.” With those words Hall-of-Fame manager Earl Weaver summed up the idea that today’s major league pitchers might actually take to the mound with the mentality of going nine …

NHL violence again takes center stage

By Gary Thorne on March 13, 2011, at 8:38 p.m.
It never goes away. Either the issue is on ice or reverberates off ice like the ripples of the proverbial thrown stone upon the waters. Violence in hockey goes on and now there is a firestorm surrounding the latest incident of such violence in the NHL. Zdeno Chara of the …
 
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