Authors

FIRE BRAND FOUNDER


Bats: Switch
Throws: Right
Resides: Worcester, MA
Date Acquired: December 31, 2003
evan.brunell_AT_gmail.com

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. Since then, Fire Brand has become a blog that Red Sox “club officials read,” as per Peter Gammons. Evan enjoys working out, writing, reading, quality television, science fiction and history and being newly married. He is a professional baseball journalist as well as president of a state non-profit and member of the Board of Directors for a national profit. (Twitter.)

FIRE BRAND EDITOR

Brett

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Resides: Phoenix, AZ
Date Acquired: December 5, 2012

bacowett_AT_gmail.com

BrettBrett Cowett is a young, die-hard Red Sox fan. An undergrad at Arizona State University, Brett is studying digital journalism with a minor in Dustin Pedroia studies. Apart from laughing at Nick Swisher’s escapades in the field, Brett enjoys the occasional sci-fi flick, playing Halo, and being snarky. Follow him at @BACowett for more baseball, random musings, and random baseball musings.

TWITTER TWITTERERS

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Resides: Atlanta, GA
Date Acquired: December 26, 2012

joe.t.reilly_AT_gmail.com

I’m a 2011 college graduate from Sewanee: The University of the South where I played Division III baseball for four years. I have lived in Atlanta, Georgia for my entire life, but, thankfully, was raised a Sox, Pats, and Celtics fan. As my friends and family can attest, I have obsessed over sports for the duration of my life so I am justifiably excited to write about my favorite team. The highlight of my childhood was when John Smoltz delivered a Pizza Hut pizza to my house when I was 10.

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Resides: Millersville, MD
Date Acquired: July 2, 2014

kyle.moulding_AT_gmail.com

I am a born and raised New Englander that relocated to the Mid-Atlantic for college. I ended up back in Massachusetts for law school and have once again moved back to Maryland. My sports teams will always be the teams I grew up rooting for: the Sox, Pats, Celtics, Bruins and Huskies. I can be incredibly sarcastic and incredibly pragmatic when it comes to my teams. I started using twitter in 2008, well before it was popular, and I hope that you enjoy reading snippets of my thoughts on our favorite team.

 

FEATURED COLUMNISTS


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

pastortimbrooks_AT_gmail.com

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.


Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Resides: Alexandria, VA
Date Acquired: February 12, 2011
redsoxfan791_AT_yahoo.com

After being forced into retirement due to being slapped with a restraining order from Nick Cafardo for stealing his mail, I’ve returned to writing after a six month layoff.  Now, in my second tenure with Fire Brand, my plan is to achieve world domination, put an end to hipsters, and find a way to become BFFs with Mike Trout.  I am fluent in two languages (Sarcasm and English, in that order); have an intimate relationship with M&Ms; firmly believe that Lucille is the best character on Arrested Development; and troll the Boston media like it’s my job. You can follow me on Twitter @Chip_Buck.

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Resides: St. Andrews, Scotland
Date Acquired: March 10, 2014

hbburnham_AT_tds.net

I’m currently an undergraduate, studying philosophy, at the University of St Andrews. Raised in New Hampshire, I currently live in Scotland and I’m trying desperately to keep the Red Sox spirit alive but the beard growing isn’t going so well. Frankly, I’m just holding out hope that the Angels will pull a Babe Ruth, and sell Mike Trout to Lucchino and Co.

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Resides: Houston, TX
Date Acquired: December 26, 2012

joshuarcookson_AT_gmail.com


I’ve been a Red Sox fan since before birth, as my mom was watching the ’75 World Series while pregnant with me. 1986 was a major life trauma, but I have always been a fan who believed that “next year” was the year. That faith was finally rewarded in 2004, and again in 2007, coincidentally the last 2 years that I have seen games in Fenway Park. I now follow the Sox from Texas, and love that I will see them in person in Houston this season.
Born in the sunbaked valleys of Southern California, Andre Khatchaturian grew up idolizing Mo Vaughn and as a result, became one of the members of Red Sox Nation West. Andre would later graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in Mathematical Economics. Wanting to pursue his passions, Andre became involved in sports analytics and has immersed himself in independent quantitative sports research since graduation. This led to his hiring at ESPN in the Stats & Information Group at Bristol, CT where he will be working part-time this year as he works on his Masters degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University. He was a proud attendee of Game 5 of the 2008 ALCS and wonders why this game has slowly become one of the forgotten gems in Red Sox history. Follow him on Twitter @AndreKhatch.

Bats: R
Throws: R
Resides: San Diego, CA
Date Acquired: July 5, 2014

prmallon_AT_gmail.com

Patrick Mallon was born and bred in San Diego, but his New England roots engendered within him a fiery passion for Boston Red Sox baseball. Patrick cut his teeth writing about film and television for The Daily Bruin at UCLA. He now spends his time enjoying life in the craft beer capital of America, imbibing in some of the finest brews man has created (he’s always open to a bottle trade, so that he may sample beer from other cities that may attempt to lay claim to that title). He also enjoys brewing specialty coffee, mixing craft cocktails (mastering the Sazerac is his current obsession), cult cinema, and serialized television. When he’s not at work, he’s self-flagellating himself by attending too many Padre games to count.

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Resides: Kingston, MA
Date Acquired: May 14, 2014

shawno0121_AT_gmail.com

Sports writer, watcher, critic, and the occasional player (but there’s a reason why I’m behind a keyboard and not on the field). Springfield College class of 2018, Sports Management major. If I’m not writing somewhere, I’m probably sleeping. PBWA and IBWAA member.

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Resides: Leesburg, VA
Date Acquired: December 26, 2012

dpoarch_AT_gmail.com

I’m currently an undergraduate Multimedia Journalism major at Virginia Tech and, with over 630 followers, you could say I’m kind of a big deal on Twitter dot com. I’m Fire Brand‘s Monday columnist, the creator of the TrollBag (sorry about that) and also the guy who writes those polls every week.

I tweet far too much, but you should follow me anyways..

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Resides: Culver City, CA
Date Acquired: August 27, 2013

[email protected]


Jeff Polman first attended Fenway Park on May 30, 1963 and saw Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Gary Geiger play in the same game. He was also there 14 years later to witness Reggie Jackson fighting with Billy Martin in the dugout, and still hates the Yankees more than anything on Earth other than green peppers. After graduating from UMass Amherst and working for the Boston Phoenix and Vermont Vanguard Press, he moved to L.A. to try his hand at screenwriting, and had two low-budget thrillers no one ever heard of sold and produced. He has since written for the Huffington Post, Baseball Prospectus, Hardball Times, Outsider Baseball Bulletin, The Platoon Advantage, ChicagoSide, and Seamheads. A true Strat-O-Matic junkie, he also writes fictionalized baseball replay blogs, but we won’t get into those right now. Follow him on Twitter @dearhank38.

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Resides: Rockland, MA
Date Acquired: Sunday, March 9, 2014

brianroachjr91_AT_gmail.com


Brian Roach is a Rockland, MA. native who is known for his wicked two-seam fastball from the right side. The 22-year-old is currently a greeter at Fenway Park, high-school reporter at the Boston Herald and writes for Sports of Boston and Dobber Baseball online. His dream is to be an analyst on Baseball Tonight or a beat writer for a MLB team, especially the for Boston Red Sox or Colorado Rockies. Follow him on Twitter at @BrianRoachJr for the latest Red Sox news and his weekly recaps and series previews!

Bats: Switch
Throws: Right
Resides: Riverside, RI
Date Acquired: May 24, 2008

mscan79_AT_cox.net

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.

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Resides: Brooklyn, NY
Date Acquired: February 25, 2014
adskillin1_AT_gmail.com

An avid Red Sox fan who hails from Maine but now resides in Brooklyn, Alex enjoys nothing more than a summer day spent watching and talking about baseball. He writes over at SB Nation’s MLB page and also serves as an editor for Beyond the Box Score and SoxProspects.com. A believer in both sabermetric analysis and the power of scouting, you can follow Alex on Twitter at @AlexSkillin for some nerdy baseball talk and honest, though ultimately futile attempts at humor. For now, he’s just counting down the days until Pedro’s Hall of Fame induction speech.

LINKS WRITER

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

danno91 AT optonline.net


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.

Former Fire Brand writers: Ben Carsley, Alex Convery, Tito Crafts, Ryne Crabb, Justine DeCotis,  Tom Fratamico, Zach Hayes, Darryl Johnston, Andrew Lipsett, Jack Keller, Troy Patterson, Harry Pavlidis, Lee Perrault, Dan Podheiser, Shawn Medeiros, Charlie Saponara, Mike Silver