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Entries from Empyreal Environs tagged with “Castiglione (Joe)”

Hall’s Well That Ends Well

Four Red Sox greats entered the Red Sox Hall of Fame. For a few of them it may have been the precursor to Cooperstown. Your browser does not support iframes. I thought Roger Clemens might hear some boos when his name was announced. I think anyone who hasn’t forgiven Clemens for any or all of his multitude of sins sat on their hands instead of being overtly and loudly negative. When he visited the booth he showed his human side by reminiscing about his grandmother. She had been alive to witness many of accomplishments, but not this one. I don’t know if Pedro Martinez was more brilliant on the mound or with the microphone. He talked about his 17-strikeout game against the Yankees on September 10, 1999, which was commemorated in the Red Sox Hall of Fame. Martinez was mad because Joe Kerrigan got on his case for missing the pitchers’ meeting. The manager told him he had to figure out how to get Derek Jeter out on his own because he missed the meeting. “What am I going to learn, it’s the Yankees,” laughed Martinez. It reminded me of Allen Iverson’s comments about practice. The mediocre ones need repetitive...

Shipwrecked

For the visiting club the highlights of the game weren’t authored by the players on the field but by the team’s broadcast crew. Don Orsillo attempting to field a foul ball in the seventh had Jerry Remy in stitches. “You could have had that one!” The foul balls that honed in on the radio duo came in hot. Joe Castiglione and Dave O’Brien avoided the orb’s trajectory and let the wall behind them take the blow. They preferred the dry wall take the divot rather than their hands. Clay Buchholz pitched fairly well except for the fourth inning. The starter surrendered a string of singles and grazed a batter, an unfortunate series of events that allowed the tying and go-ahead runs to score. But then the defense failed. Eric Thames flied out to Jacoby Ellsbury with runners at first and third. Ellsbury airmailed the ball over the cutoff man and Ryan Lavarnway didn’t block the ball as it dribbled past him to the backstop. While other players appeared lackadaisical Buchholz made the best effort to stay with the play, diving at the ball before it wended its way to the dugout, but the third run of the inning scored. Miguel...

True Grit in Series Split

As much as I enjoy Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy (they are the best broadcast booth in the American League and all) listening to Joe Castiglione and Dave O’Brien can be more evocative and informative. Had the Red Sox not had an afternoon game I probably wouldn’t have learned how Ryan Kalish’s parents are ardent Red Sox fans: father Steve is from Brookline and mother Eileen hails from Dorchester. Kalish tallied his first major league steal in the second inning after scooting a seeing-eye single between first and second. After swiping second he advanced to third on Jorge Posada’s poor throw to the keystone sack. Kalish scored on Bill Hall’s infield single to short, about which Castiglione murmured about Alex Rodriguez’s and Derek Jeter’s diminished ranges. The Red Sox went on to load the bases in the second but the Yankees escaped with just one more run scored against them. Castiglione mentioned how he and O’Brien shared a taxi with Mike Lowell to the game today. They noted that he is an honest evaluator of players, including himself, and believe that he could make a career in the front office someday. He couldn’t write a glowing report on his 0-for-4...


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