Truck Day to Duck Day … August, 2013

Koji Uehara becomes relief pitcher extraordinaire

August 1

John Henry, owner of Red Sox, launches solo bid to buy Globe after group bid fails. Once again, baseball merges with reality.

john henry

Sox climb back into first with Drew’s walkoff hit in 15th. This is becoming a broken record, a wonderful broken record.

August 2

Death toll in Iraq reaches highest level in five years.

As defense prepares, the question in everyone’s mind is “Will Whitey testify?”

Make it 11 walkoff victories, and 2 in24 hours. Down 7-2 entering the ninth, Sox beat Mariners 8-7. Manager Farrell calls it “Magical.”

david copperfield

August 3
It’s true. Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post and now John Henry will own the Globe.

Defense rests without Whitey taking stand.

Foul play suspected in death of Bulger foe, Stephen “Stippo” Rakes, but it wasn’t Whitey. Former business associate suspected of poisoning his iced coffee. America runs on Dunkin’ right?

Sox can’t do it again, fall to Diamondbacks 7-6.

August 4
John Henry now owns the Red Sox, NESN, and now the Globe. What next … Old North Church?

Jake Peavy wins for Boston 5-2.

August 5
Three competitors say their offers for Globe exceeded Henry’s.

Doubront shuts down Diamondbacks.

Report: Alex Rodriguez will be allowed to play during appeal.

August 6

Final statements due in White trial after 35 days of testimony.

13 players suspended for PED use by MLB.

Sox blanked by baseball’s worst team … the Astros … 2-0.

August 7

Bulger’s fate in jurors hands.

Sox bomb Astros 15-10. Equal last year’s win total.

Where’s Clay Buchholtz? Wasn’t he just supposed to miss a turn?

August 8

It’s ba-a-a-ck. A little late for the summer season, however. Mayflower II returns to Plymouth after 8 month absence.

The same sweet refrain. 3 run homer by Drew helps Sox defeat Astros 7-5. 15 straight scoreless innings for Uehara.

August 9

College buddies of Tzhokhar are indicted for federal obstruction of justice.

August 10
Oyster rustling becoming an increasingly common crime on Cape Cod.

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Todashev shooting by FBI to be investigated by Florida prosecutor.

Perseid meteor show begins.

Sox lose to Royals after blowing early lead.

August 11
Southie tries to recover from brutal murder of Amy Lord and arrest of mentally-disturbed Edwin Alemany. Summer of brutality continues.

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z pack/rock Fenway

Justin Jay-Z

Oriental connection of Tazawa and Uehara holds royals at bay 5-3. Will Middlebrooks back with Sox.

August 12
Royals take 3 of 4 from Sox 4-3.

August 13


Day off for Red Sox. Here’s how three of them spent it:

Jared Remy, son of popular Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy, arrested for pushing girl friend (and mother of his daughter) into mirror. Charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

August 14
Shane Victorino drives in two in 11th as Sox prevail, 4-2

Jennifer Martel obtains emergency restraining order. Jared Remy arraigned in Waltham District Court. Pleads not guilty. Released by judge with bail warning and no-abuse order.

August 15
Feature by Globe reporter Bob Hohler details the troubled “Double Life of Aaron Hernandez.”

Police in Waltham respond to numerous 911 calls reporting an altercation at home of Martel/Remy. Find Jennifer Martel dead from multiple stab wounds. Arrest Remy at the scene.

Blue Jays over Sox, 4-3 in 10.

August 16
Death toll in Egypt over 600 as military seeks to assert control.

Ersatz Rockefeller gets 27 years to life in California murder case. Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, 52, who masqueraded for years as a member of the Rockefeller family, acted as his own counsel in his trial.

Jared Remy pleads not guilty in Waltham District Court.

Sox limp home after 2-1 loss to Jays.

August 17

Jerry Remy issues statement on Twitter: “Words cannot describe my wife’s and my grief. Son or not, I am at a loss for words articulating my disgust and remorse over this senseless and tragic act. We are heartbroken.”

Dennis Eckersley and others replace Remy in broadcast booth.

Dunkin’ Donuts in Raynham robbed. 11th robbery of the summer for Dunkin’.

Sox in ugly loss to Yanks, 10-3 as Rodriguez comes to town. Sox cling to one game lead over Rays. Naysayers rear their ugly heads.

August 18

John Lackey takes care of Yankees, 6-1.

Anniversary of the day that Tony Conigliaro was hit in eye by Jack Hamilton fastball. Even though Tony came back to win another home run title, he was never the same player as before the accident.

Tony had it all, even after his career ending injusry. He was good-looking, a home town boy … he even had a hit record called Playing the Field. He had it all except for good luck. He suffered a massive heart attack at age 37 and was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. He died at age 40.

August 19
Dempster Plunks Rodriguez, pays price as Yanks rally to win 9-6. Homer by A-Rod.

August 20
Transcript detailing injuries of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev released. He’s not going to be the angel depicted on the cover of Rolling Stone any more.

Lester shuts out Giants 7-0 as Sox begin critical West Coast road trip.

The future is here. Xander Bogaerts called up from Pawtucket.

travis roy

Travis Roy Foundation holds annual tournament at Little Fenway. Named for ex-BU hockey player, organization benefits people suffering from paralysis.

Little Fenway

August 21
OUCH! Annie Dookhan’s mishandling of evidence may affect as many as 40,000 cases says report.

Sox drop from first , lose to Giants 3-2. The short, painful debut of Brayan Villarreal. Called up from Pawtucket on Monday, walks in winning run on four pitches.

Dempster begins suspension for hitting A-Rod.

August 22
Outside review of Jared Remy ordered by DA. Could Dad’s famous name have been an influence?

Scott Brown decides not to run for Governor.

Middlebrooks, Drew power Sox over Giants 12-1.

August 23
Grand jury indicts Aaron Hernandez for murder.

August 24
Ho hum, just another day in and around Beantown … Hernandez cousin remains jailed for contempt, refusing to testify … Fitchburg sex-ed teacher charged with rape … police shoot Danvers man to death … 181 applications to become dispensaries for medical marijuana … Red Bull Cliff Diving championship held at Institute for Contemporary Art.

Dodgers shut out Sox 2-0.

Dice-K makes his debut … with the NY Mets, gets roughed up by Tigers.

August 25

Crime increases measurably in Boston due to Annie Dookhan releasees, but falls short of worst expectations.

Anniversary of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech. So do Sox fans.

Caribbean Carnival attracts mayoral hopefuls and heavy police presence.

Jon Lester, pitching like Jon Lester, snuffs Dodger 4-2

Allen Iverson retires. First to connect basketball with hip-hop and the ghetto.

August 26
US edges closer to military intervention in Syria.

Jake Peavy dominates as Sox batter Dodger 8-1. A year after “The Trade” both teams look like winners.

Jake peavy

August 27
David Ross returns. As team maintains, rivals slip back.

August 28

Casino at Suffolk Downs edges closer to reality.

“Whitey-phenalia” to be auctioned off. Want to buy some antique teeth as stocking stuffers.

Rolling Stone article on Aaron Hernandez appears, “The Gangster in the Huddle.” Patriots go into damage control. Story is an incredibly graphic, although questionably accurate view of what happened that night.

Another story of exceptional achievement pulled down by the hardships of their upbringing. This is the knife twisting.

!3-2. Sox show Orioles who’s boss. Sox acquire Quintin Berry as pinch runner.

August 29
Overdoses cause house of Blues to shut down voluntarily. This shit’s gotten out of hand.

Rolling Stone cover

Sox win fourth straight, 30th come from behind victory. Carp gets the big hit.

August 30
A third college friend of Dzhokar Tsaraev indicted for role in cover-up.

Fast food workers in Boston strike for higher wages. Seek $15/hr. Flip your own goddamn burgers.

Patriots refute facts in Rolling Stone article. Hernandez never told coach his life was in danger. Patriots beat Giants in final tune-up. Tebow makes final push to make roster.

Sox lose to Orioles 3-2.

Jerry Remy will not return to NESN this season.

August 31
Since when did August have 31 days?

RIP Poet Seamus Heaney, 74.

Red Sox over White Sox 4-3. Ortiz delivers biggest blow. End month 3 1/2 games in front.

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