For reasons I can’t explain, the following item from Tyler Kepner in Monday’s New York Times can no longer be found online :

Outfielder Shelly Duncan signed an autograph for a young Red Sox fan this weekend by writing an R-rated version of “Red Sox Stink” above his signature. The fan took his story to The Boston Herald, which published a story about it and a photo of the sad-eyed boy displaying the autograph.

Duncan seemed perturbed by the fuss. “I was just trying to be funny and give the kid some laughs,” he said.

Apparently, “Red Sox Suck” is “an R-rated version of “Red Sox Stink”. Much the way “JETER SUCKS A-ROD” is an R-rated version of “I Strongly Dislike & Resent The Yankees”.