DAVID WELLS, RED SOX
WHO KNEW BOOMER'S palate went beyond burgers and beer? Turns out the portly Red Sox southpaw is also a connoisseur of sushi and Cabernets. On number 16's website, which can be found at either boomer3.com or boomer33.com, Wells reviews his favorite restaurants both on the road and close to his home in Clearwater, Fla. He keeps the reviews brief ("The spicy tuna is awesome," he says of Blu Sushi in Fort Myers, Fla.) and offers suggestions for fine dining experiences. ("Before you start anything you need to order the Bonzai!" he writes of the steak-stuffed spring rolls at Cr√º, also in Fort Myers). Launched in 2003, the site last month received 31,000 hits and has had visitors from as far away as Estonia. Stats are available, and Wells does the occasional postgame interview with Pete Larios, whose company produces the site. "He'll get real in-depth," says Larios. "It's his forum where he can sound off." Boomer also uses the site to hawk his '03 book, Perfect I'm Not, as well as $19.33 T-shirts that read got balls? and hunting trips at the Michigan ranch he owns with former Tigers teammate Kirk Gibson, where for $3,000 you'll get a multiday trip and the ballplayers will let you "cull a buck with a bow." --Sarah Thurmond
A sample Q&A from the site (after a Red Sox 12-8 win over the Phillies).
Q. Lets talk about you beating out the single and getting an RBI!!!!
A. That aint s--- because I didn't go far into the game. I let one get away, no I take that back the ump let that one get away. That was bad but o-well move on. I'll take the r.b.i. and hit, my first r.b.i. in the American League, holla.
ROBERT F. BUKATY/AP (WELLS WITH GLOVE)
TWO COLOR PHOTOS
COURTESY OF BOOMER33.COM (LOPEZ, BANNER)
DAVID BERGMAN (WELLS PITCHING)