Author Archives: Cara Cromwell

A career-altering error

When I look at the deep snow outside my window, it’s hard to imagine that baseball will be back in New England in just six short weeks, but I really can’t wait. The 2015 season is going to be an interesting one for local fans whether they root for the Red Sox or the Yankees.

A good start for a rookie

For as long as Malcolm Butler plays football — and long after in New England — he’ll be known for one catch in the early days of his career.  Just like that cheesy shampoo commercial that used the tagline  “you never get a second chance to make a first impression,” Butler’s rookie year — and

The NFL’s no-win situation

As the kerfuffle over Deflategate continues, the question is not how or if the Patriots’ footballs were doctored outside the allowable standards set by the NFL, but whether proving their innocence and winning the Superbowl will silence critics or just make the team more of a target for criticism. More importantly, will the team’s value

Play by the rules

While most Rhode Islanders don’t deal with debilitating traffic on a daily basis, almost everyone can remember an epic traffic tie-up they sat through at one point or another. When I lived in the D.C. area, I can remember several that were weather related (like a midday snowstorm) or beyond our control (the 9/11 attacks).

Score one for the terrorists

In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris, much of the world has responded with one voice, saying “Je Suis Charlie” in support of those journalists who were murdered by radicalized Muslim terrorists. Nearly four million people walked with leaders from around the world in a unity march. Those leaders included British Prime Minister

Are we ready for a comeback?

We all remember how it happened: after the disastrous 2012 season, the Red Sox assembled a team in 2013 that went from last in the league to first and became World Series Champions. With veterans, rookies and seven free agents from around the league, a team was built that not only competed, but won. Can

Teams that make us proud

The year 2014 will be remembered as one most Red Sox fans would like to forget. A miserable record and a weak follow up to the 2013 championship left many of us feeling relieved that the painful season was over. Time will tell if we look back and say it was the year we “lost

The real Green Monster

I like to think that baseball is a game to watch and enjoy, but the truth is that professional baseball is a business. For as much as we’d like to believe that players have an affinity for the club, the city or the fan base, the reality is that they shouldn’t get sentimental about their

Are we entering a post-sexist era in politics?

It’s clear that baseball has changed since the steroid era of the late ‘90s when “juice” fueled Sammy Sosa and Mark Maguire battled it out to kill the home run record. Today, baseball heroes can come in small packages — like Dustin Pedroia — and hitting 30 home runs is a successful season. While there