By Kyle Scott Clauss· Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Stewart the foster pup picked up the whole cheering thing pretty quickly. Luna simply cannot see the haters from behind her finish line shades. 4/18/2017, 11:31 a.m. The #BostonMarathon is for the big dogs. @wgbhnews pic.twitter.com/qgJOXOpvuG— Edgar B Herwick III (@ebherwick3) April 17, 2017It appears Harvey hit the mimosas a little too hard.@sweden if it’s a dog party (ALWAYS welcome), hello from Harvey in the US! (We’re watching/sleeping thru the #BostonMarathon) pic.twitter.com/8QmNQEOxwn— itsmolly (@itsmolly) April 17, 2017A trio of revolutionary pups.Meet Lexington, Concord and Quincy, a couple labs who like the #BostonMarathon very much. pic.twitter.com/ffIS4cOQiA— Bill Shaner (@bill_shaner) April 17, 2017Easy is a Very Good Dog, but also a Working Dog, so please do not pet.We hope everyone is enjoying the #BostonMarathon, make sure you keep an eye out for @NYPDCT Bomb Squad K9 “Easy” at the finish line! pic.twitter.com/xBP4XDNHfg— NYPDCounterterrorism (@NYPDCT) April 17, 2017Libby is not only Very Good Dog, but a decorated one, too. Ten Very Good Dogs Spotted at the 2017 Boston Marathon They’re all good dogs. But some are very good. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! There’s plenty to love about the Boston Marathon, from the inspirational stories and unforgettable moments, to the punny signs dotting the route. But above all, there are some Very Good Dogs out and about from Hopkinton to Boylston Street.While all dogs are good, some are Very Good. Below are just a few.Who wouldn’t run 26.2 miles, if only to be comforted by Lydia and Obadiah at the end?Comfort dogs Lydia and Obadiah. They’ll be making the rounds visting medical tents near the finish line #BostonMarathon pic.twitter.com/0XYgVxNwQC— Jessica Reyes (@jessicamreyes) April 17, 2017 @LCCK9Lydia and Obadiah @K9ComfortDogs are cheering on the runners at the #BostonMarathon ! Good luck to all the runners! #mondaymotivation pic.twitter.com/hF5p8C5t6k— LCC K9 Comfort Dogs (@K9ComfortDogs) April 17, 2017Very Good and Very Large are not mutually exclusive, as any expert will tell you.On #PatriotsDay, we recline. On the YUGE family dog/ couch.#BostonMarathon #Newton pic.twitter.com/AUBgH0iQSe— Dave Mager (@davemagerBOS) April 17, 2017 000 Print
The Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in 86 years on October 27, 2004. Photo via AP/Al BehrmanOctober 27, 2004, was a victorious day for Bostonians. After 86 long, torturous years, the beloved Red Sox won the World Series and put the infamous Curse of the Bambino to rest.The legend of the curse began after the Sox traded away icon George Herman Ruth, Jr., nicknamed Babe for the youthful age at which he started playing professional baseball. After arriving at Fenway in 1914, Ruth became the most successful left-handed pitcher in the league, winning 65 games in just three years. Ruth eventually began batting in addition to pitching, and in 1919, he hit 29 home runs in a single season—a Major League record at the time.Clearly, Babe Ruth was talented. He nabbed the team three World Series titles, bringing the Red Sox tally up to five. The years of success seemed to be endless: 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918…And then the trade. At the end of the 1919 season, then-Red Sox owner Harry Frazee traded Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for $100,000 in cash. Rumors of Frazee’s motivations circled: Some said he needed the money to fund a Broadway play he was producing, others claimed he owed cash to the previous Sox owner. Still more said he had decided to trade away Ruth during a rough patch in early 1919, and the deal was already finalized by the time the player’s batting improved.Regardless of the reasoning, Frazee’s sale resulted in a massive change in Major League dynamics. Before 1920, the Red Sox held more World Series titles than any other team while the Yankees held none. Since Babe Ruth began donning pinstripes, the New York Yankees have made it to the World Series 40 times and taken home 27 titles. While the legendary Ruth only snagged four championship rings before he retired in 1935, his mere presence on the team left a lasting impact. Meanwhile, the Red Sox record made a sharp turn downward: After losing Ruth, the team spent nine of the next 13 seasons in the divisional cellar.Babe Ruth joined the Red Sox in 1914 and was sold to the New York Yankees in 1920 / Photo via Wikimedia CommonsPoor management, errors, and bad luck left the Red Sox scrambling for 86 years. The team came close to World Series wins in 1946, 1975, and 1986, but slow passes, a ball hit between legs, and stronger opponents always left the Sox in second place.By the 1980s, sports writers began searching for a descriptor for the Red Sox bad luck. After the Sox Game 7 loss to the Mets in 1986, George Vecsey of the New York Times wrote a column titled “Babe Ruth Curse Strikes Again.” Ideas of “ghosts and demons and curses” from the decades without victory began circling the minds of players and fans alike. Four years later, Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe published his book The Curse of the Bambino, and the infamous catchphrase was born.The curse became a rallying point, a unifier of Bostonians against New Yorkers. A musical tribute was written about the start of the curse, premiering in 2001 at Boston’s Lyric Stage (the musical was later rewritten as The Curse is Reversed!: A Musical Tribute to the Red Sox after the 2004 victory). Despite its marketability, fans wanted the curse broken. Witches were allegedly hired to remove the curse on Fenway Park. Fans searched for a submerged piano at Ruth’s old farm house, thinking its revival would break the curse; someone else placed a Red Sox cap at the top of Mt. Everest and burned a Yankees cap at the bottom. The illogical efforts continued until, finally, in 2004, the Red Sox won the World Series.That year, the team blazed past the Angels in the first round of the playoffs and then mounted one of the greatest comebacks in professional sports history to make it to the finale of the Fall Classic. No team in Major League history had overcome a three-game deficit, and when the Sox dropped the first trio of contests to the Yankees in the AL Championship Series, the squad seemed destined to fall short of the elusive league crown yet again. But then, 86 years of wishing and hoping paid off. The Sox came roaring back to squelch their rivals and then steamrolled the St. Louis Cardinals in four-straight games to capture the World Series. Oddly enough, the final out was made on Cardinals shortstop Edgar Rentaría, who wore jersey No. 3—the same number of Babe Ruth. Red Sox team leaders Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon, David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez, Derek Lowe, and Tim Wakefield celebrated alongside their teammates. Finally, the curse was over.“I’m sure there are a lot of people in New England who are dancing in the streets,” then-manager Terry Francona told the New York Daily News. “For that, I’m thrilled. I can’t wait to go back and join them.”Was it just the skills of the team that brought on the win, or did the curse finally falter? Superstitious fans would say the curse broke in September of that year, prepping the team for a World Series win just a month later. At Fenway Park in early September, Manny Ramirez hit a fly ball into the stands. In Section 9, a 16-year-old boy stood ready, hoping to catch a souvenir ball. This was Lee Gavin, a teenager who happened to grow up in a certain farmhouse in Sudbury, Massachusetts—the same farmhouse Babe Ruth used to own.Gavin missed the catch, and the fly ball smashed into his face, knocking out two teeth. The bloodied boy left in an ambulance, ball in hand. Some say he took the curse with him.Regardless of how the curse was broken (if it existed in the first place), one thing is certain—the Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in 86 years. They’d go on to win again in 2007, and once more in 2013. That October day in 2004, Johnny Pesky, an 85-year-old Sox player, shared the words every fan was thinking after the decades of loses: “To hell with the Curse. Boston, this is for you.” 10/26/2017, 8:00 a.m. Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* By Renae Reints· Print Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 000 Sports TBT: The Curse of the Bambino Is Broken After 86 years without victory, the Red Sox (finally) won the World Series in 2004.
On June 13, 2018, 300 of New England’s top PR professionals gathered to honor industry leaders and most impressive campaigns. The Publicity Club of New England’s Bell Ringer Awards have been a symbol of outstanding achievement for New England public relations and communications professionals for half of a century. This year marked the 50th annual awards, and the milestone celebration took place at The State Room. Josh Brogadir, anchor and reporter for WCVB, Boston’s ABC affiliate, hosted the awards show. For this year’s charity recipient, Brogadir selected ALS Association, Massachusetts Chapter. The Publicity Club collected donations at the Bell Ringer Awards ceremony for ALS and matched the donation in honor of Brogadir. Winning work from more than 40 leading organizations and agencies was showcased during the Bell Ringer ceremony.Photography by Pretty Instant Photography Sign up for Weekender. Arts, events, pop culture, and more.* Print 257 Photos: 2018 Bell Ringer Awards Check out scenes from the June 13, 2018, event The Warehouse at The State Room. 6/26/2018, 1:51 p.m. Publicity Club of New England President Cheryl Gale of March Communications with Bell Ringer host and WCVB anchor Josh BrogadirErin Nordloh, Harper Schmidt, Emily Featherston and Ashley Waters, all of PAN CommunicationsLauren Palazola of Salem State University, Nikki Vergakes of Trevi Communications, Inc., Roberta Lantigua of Partners HealthCare and Professor Robert Brown of Salem State University and this year’s recipient of the John J. Molloy Crystal Bell Lifetime Achievement AwardJeff Dillow of Hollywood Agency and Peter Buhler of Shift CommunicationsAmy Lyons and Matthew Raven of Shift CommunicationCaitlin Kahle, Jennifer Reynolds, Emily Hollenbeck and Tori Cordeiro of Duffy & Shanley By Julia Kacmarek· Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee!