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Zim. r.i.p.

Farewell to Don Zimmer.

Red Sox Nation will miss him, even though he blew the 1978 pennant.

Pedro Martinez will miss him, even though he was attacked by Zim in the 2003 ALCS.

I will miss him, even though he tried to take my head off in the Sox clubhouse and had to be restrained by Vinnie Orlando. (Dennis Eckersley had given up a game-losing home run.  I asked Zim, “What did he throw?”  He said, “How should I know?”  I said, “You’re the manager.”  That did it!)

Everybody will miss Zim, because he was the curmudgeon everybody is supposed to like.

A poet, Elliot Kolker, has eulogized him in rhyming couplets:

“Next Up at Fenway: A Story of High School, Hope and Lindos Suenos”

Now Released!

Next Up at Fenway: A Story of High School, Hope and Lindos Sueños tells the true story of Marcos Baez, whose public high school next to Fenway Park—Fenway High—was his best hope of a college education and a better life. Inspired by his daily view of the ballpark and mentored by the Red Sox Foundation, Baez turned his passion for baseball into a love of learning in his quest for a path to college.

As a child, Marcos’ first exposure to baseball came through a neighborhood team, sponsored by the Foundation’s RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program. As a Fenway High School junior, Marcos was chosen for the Foundation’s Lindos Sueños program, which paired up American and Dominican teens for baseball and community service in the Dominican Republic. From Lindos Sueños, Marcos found his voice for the essay he would use to apply to college.

Shooting the Monster

In Heather Lombardo’s profile of new Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford, the Green Monster, as always, provides a visual that lingers. She shot Crawford outside and inside the iconic landmark, and explains – to E:60 Production Notes – how she approached the Monster with “respect” and a plan.