Category Archives: Boston Red Sox

Saluting Boston Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione, voice of the Red Sox

We know him as the voice of the Red Sox. Colgate University knows him as "class of '68."

We know Joe as the voice of the Red Sox. Colgate University knows him as “class of ’68.”

In Out of Left Field, Brandon listened to him. Everyone did. Then, and now, he’s the voice of the Red Sox.

 In fact, Joe Castiglione was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in 2014.

 Here’s a taste of what it’s like to share the broadcast booth with the man who asked Red Sox fans “Can you believe it?” after Boston’s 2004 World Series championship:

Play Ball! Get Out of Left Field at a great price

OutofLeftFieldCoverNo April fooling about this.

To celebrate the coming of the 2015 baseball season, my Out of Left Field is on sale through April 15. The paperback has a special discount price only at the Untreed Reads publisher website.

Meanwhile, the e-book is discounted 30 percent at the publisher e-store or,,, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and Kobo.

Play ball!

Red Sox need no snow shovels in spring training

Vintage Fenway! By BPL [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Vintage Fenway Park By BPL [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Did I mention that there’s no snow in Fort Myers? We hope Fenway Park is clear of the white stuff when the season begins.

Are you following the news from spring training? You can bet Brandon (Out of Left Field) would be.

Red Sox fans rejoice over spring training at Florida’s version of Fenway Park

A Yankee-Red Sox spring training game at "Fenway Park South" in 2012. By NT1952 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

A Yankee-Red Sox spring training game at “Fenway Park South” in 2012. By NT1952 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Right about now, Brandon (Out of Left Field) would be turning to thoughts of spring training.

Here are intriguing facts about JetBlue Park and the history of the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Florida:

Those favorite Fenway Park Pesky Pole seats might put the squeeze on Brandon in 2015

greenmonsterseats (2)If Brandon wanted his same right field seats in Fenway Park (section 93) for a 2015 game as a Christmas present, the holiday gift would cost anywhere from $35 to $75 – depending on date and visiting team. See what the Red Sox will charge for the best seats in the coming season:

Why is ‘Sweet Caroline’ a Red Sox fan favorite?

LK_graphic_SweetCarolineWhy do Boston Red Sox fans, even Brandon, sing “Sweet Caroline” at every home game? Maybe because North and South Carolina don’t have major league ball? Here’s another theory, along with a surprise appearance from the man who created the Fenway Park anthem: 

Here’s a 2004 World Series ring…and a lawsuit

Doug Mientiewicz

Doug Mientkiewicz

Speaking of “Out of Left Field,” did you know that one of the 2004 championship Red Sox players got sued a year later – by his own team?

Curt ‘Bloody Sock’ Schilling highlights Halloween

ph_bloodysockJust in time for Halloween, remember one of the scariest moments of Boston’s 2004 season (the dramatic backdrop of Out of Left Field).

Here’s the post-season tale of Curt “Bloody Sock” Schilling!

Boston fans: 2014 World Series wish?

In Out of Left Field, Brandon loved the 2004 Red Sox. Who would he support in this Sox-less World Series: Royals or Giants? For me…

That’s easy.  Royals, for sure.  First, like the Sox, they’ve had a long drought since their last Series (though not as long as the Sox’s 86-year drought).  Second, they succeeded in spite of being the wild card. Third, the Royals team shows terrific chemistry and an ability to play small ball and win. And finally: they’re in the American League!  But others may disagree.

Who would you support, Boston fans?



Remember when baseball’s ‘curse’ got reversed?

OutofLeftFieldCover20th Century babies born to Red Sox fans learned heartache along with their ABCs. Chicago Cubs fans might understand the addictive agony of loving a losing team.

But what if the wish to win it all comes true after decades of waiting? Brandon refers to this dream often in Out of Left Field.

See the curse reversed in 2004 Boston: