Troy PattersonQ2LoxKiH

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Resides: Boston, MA
Date Acquired: December 2009

Troy Patterson is a returning writer for Fire Brand and now leading the site. A Boston University Alum who can to Boston from Philadelphia in 1997 and fell in love with the Red Sox on opening day in 1998 watching Mo Vaughn hit a walk off grand slam from the standing room only area before it was the nice standing room only area. Troy also enjoys watching Everton FC even though that results in disliking Fenway Sports Group a lot. You can follow him @TroyPatterson for talk about baseball, soccer or anything at all.



Timothy Brooks

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Resides: St. Petersburg, FL
Date Acquired: December 26, 2012

Thinks Pedro deserved the MVP and that Justin Verlander did not, that Dwight Evans was better than Jim Rice, that Marty Barrett was a worthy choice as favorite Red Sox player when I was a child, that J.D. Drew was very good for the Olde Towne Team, that Fenway Sports group owning Liverpool is not a proper reason to support that loathsome soccer club, that Peter Gammons needs a key lock on his cell phone, still thinks that Nomar Garciaparra is better than Derek Jeter, and that, finally, there is no such thing as being completely bias-free. When not writing about or watching the Red Sox, I moonlight as a father, a husband, a pastor, a doctoral candidate, an infielder and #2 hitter on the church softball team, soccer fan, Disney pass holder, snark manufacturer, and pizza connoisseur. Free-time free since 2001.

Mike Scandura

Bats: Switch
Throws: Right
Resides: Riverside, RI
Date Acquired: May 24, 2008
Sports editor at The Warwick (RI) Beacon from 1973-78. Sports writer at The Times (Pawtucket, RI) from 1978-1999. At The Times, I was the beat writer for the Pawtucket Red Sox and Providence College basketball. Retired from The Times in the fall of 1999. Have covered the Pawtucket Red Sox in one capacity or another since 1976. One of only two sports writers who covered The Longest Game (the 33-inning game between the Rochester Red Wings and Pawtucket in 1981). Member of the Words Unlimited Hall of Fame (Words Unlimited is a Rhode Island organization of sports writers, sports casters and sports publicists). Blogs in-season with a first-hand look at the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.



Dan O’Mara

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Resides: Trenton, NJ
Date Acquired: February 27, 2014

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I come from a long line of New Englanders so despite being born behind enemy lines, I’ve been a Red Sox fan my entire life. Growing up just outside of Trenton in the mid-90’s, I had the honor of watching Red Sox greats like Nomar and Trot play AA ball. I’m currently a TV/Radio major at Mercer County Community College.


Evan Brunell
Bats: Switch
Throws: Right
Resides: Worcester, MA
Date Acquired: December 31, 2003
Born on the 37th anniversary of the the day Babe Ruth died (1985) which later became the day Jimy Williams was fired in 2001 (a monumental event at the time), Evan was too young to experience the pain 1986 brought, but a deep wound was sowed in 2003. Evan started up Fire Brand on December 31, 2003 and remained with the blog through October 31, 2014. Throughout these 11 years, Fire Brand became an incredibly influential analytic blog that Red Sox “club officials read,” per Peter Gammons. (Twitter.)

Former Fire Brand writers: Evan Brunell, Chip Buck, Ben Carsley, Alex Convery, Tito Crafts, Ryne Crabb, Justine DeCotis,  Tom Fratamico, Zach Hayes, Darryl Johnston, Andrew Lipsett, Jack Keller, Harry Pavlidis, Lee Perrault, Dan Podheiser, Shawn Medeiros, Charlie Saponara, Mike Silver, Brett Cowett, Joe Reilly, Kyle Moulding, Harry Burnham, Josh Cookson, Andre Khatchaturian, Patrick Mallon, Shawn McFarland, Daniel Poarch, Jeff Polman, Brian Roach, Jr., Alex Skillin