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A Fan Retrospective: David Ortiz’s Number Retirement Ceremony

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A Fan Retrospective: David Ortiz’s Number Retirement Ceremony

It was a warm and muggy night on [Friday] at Fenway where ‘Big Papi’ David Ortiz was having his Number Retired.  Out of the Dugout came several Red Sox Hall of Famers, to cheer on Big Papi.

The night was his as all of Boston showed their support with banners hanging in his honor; with his number on it.  Big Papi was throwing out the First Pitch but not before the unveiling of his Number on the Grand Stands.

Big Papi had a huge ovation.  His career with the Red Sox was nothing short of stellar.  Now, this is a guy who did amazing things for the Red Sox.  He was a clutch hitter and nothing defined him more than the Home Run.  He was one of those hitters who was dangerous anytime he got up to bat.

He could hit the ball all over the Field.  More importantly, he could drastically change the ball game.  His walk off Home Runs was memorable.  And they didn’t happen just once, but all the time!

If the Red Sox needed a hit Big Papi could deliver for them, he was automatic.  As a starting DH, he was the go to for the cleanup spot.  And boy did he scare opposing Pitchers in that spot!  Big Papi re-made the DH position.  He made it formidable, he made hitting versatile, he made it the most important position in the batting line-up.

Big hits were what he was famous for.  His 541 Career Home Runs is something to be astonished about.  Nearly every year of his 14 years with the Sox, he hit +30 Home Runs.  What his most memorable moments were: his walk-off Home Run against the New York Yankees in the 2004 Playoffs and his walk-off Home Run in the 2013 Playoffs at Fenway.

Aside from winning 3 World Series because of his performance, breaking the Red Sox Curse, his memorable speech after the Boston Marathon Bombing stands out.  He epitomized “Boston Strong” and was instrumental in the “Band of Bearded Brothers” 2013 Season.

When Dustin Pedroia came out of the Dugout and took the Mic to speak on behalf of the team, David Ortiz was tearing up.  You could see how much the team meant to him.  You could see how much his teammates meant to him.  If anything Big Papi was a team player.  He elevated the team’s performance and made all his teammates play better.

The team I think about the most where he clearly led, was the 2007 Red Sox Team.  He was coming off his most Home Runs season, with 54 HRs in 2006.  His .332 Batting Average in 2007 was tops as he made the team better.  His performance led them to win the World Series that year and for me, that was one special year.

Congrats David Ortiz on a spectacular Red Sox Career!  We are sure we probably will never see a player quite like you.  You are a living legend and the best DH the game has ever seen, Cheers!  Woot, woot!

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Boston Sports Teams Will Play Anti-Racism PSA

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Boston. Home of the American Revolution and a city of people that have always stood up and fought for the rights of the American Citizen. Boston has always been a forerunner and if you recall an article I wrote a few months back, Boston’s major sports teams have always shown the true American Spirit.

This month, all five major Boston sports teams are making a true American stand against Racism.

After two reported racial incidents occurred at Fenway Park in May, All five major sports franchises in Boston are coming together with a public service announcement entitled “Take the Lead” against racism, reports the Boston Globe.

The Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox, and Revolution have made a PSA video that features both white and black athletes asking fans to oppose racial behavior at sports venues. The video will first air at Fenway Park Sept 28. All five clubs will then play the PSA at their respective stadiums.

The two incidents that sparked this decision? Adam Jones, an Orioles centerfielder, stated that a fan spat out the n-word towards him and then the very next night a fan got banned for life for using a racial slur to another fan when a Kenyan woman sang the national anthem.

And just last week, a banner was hung on Fenway’s Green Monster that read: “Racism is as American as baseball.” The protesters were ejected but they were not banned.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy told the Boston Globe,

“When the incidents in May occurred, one of the first things we recognized was sports teams are high-profile, and we have the opportunity to help lead a high-level discussion around this “We wanted to take the lead in taking a stand against racism.”

People’s behavior’s may or may not change, however, there can never be enough messages that condemn this type of behavior. It’s a message we all need to hear and be mindful of.

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Red Sox And The Walk Off, Why 2017 Is Different

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The Boston Red Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night to the tune of 10-8. The win was a staple of what the 2017 Red Sox have become. A team that never gives up.

Despite a poor start by Doug Fister and being down countless times throughout the game the offense and the team battled back to force the Orioles into another extra-innings affair.

Monday’s game was the 17th time this season Boston has played into extras with the pitching staff tossing 55.2 innings of “free baseball” to go along with it. To put that into perspective through Monday the Red Sox have played 150 games this season. That means roughly 9% of the time their ballgames have gone into extras. And when they go into extras it usually takes awhile with the average game going over by 3.2 innings.

But Boston has been good in these situations. Their pitching staff ranks 1st in ERA, 1st in WHIP, 1st in BAA, 1st in OPBA, 1st in SLGA, and 1st in OPSA (Courtesy of BostonSportsInf on Twitter).

As a team, they are 14-3 in extra-inning games. Their play in these situations has been remarkable with Monday’s win coming off the bat of rookie sensation Andrew Benintendi.

Boston has had their fair share of trouble and uncertainties this season. But their never giving up attitude is a trait that should serve them well heading into October. It isn’t just in extra innings that this pops up though. In 1 run ballgames, this season the Red Sox have a 19-17 record. The only winning record in the AL East besides the Orioles who are in fourth place at the moment. While that number isn’t “elite” it is a different spin for the Red Sox.

In their 2016 division winning campaign, they were dreadful in 1 run games going 20-24. The worst 1 run game record of any playoff team and the second lowest in the division to the last place Rays. Seeing this year’s Red Sox win games late and win them close is a positive sign.

They might not be the high-powered offense of 2016, but in 2017 they have more balls.

Heading into Tuesday’s game with the Baltimore Orioles the Red Sox are 3 games up on the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East. With 12 games to go, it is still a dogfight to the end with no more games against New York who holds the head to head lead if there is a tie. But with Boston’s clutch factor through the roof, confidence levels should be high.

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Boston Red Sox Starter David Price Successful In Relief

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On Sunday, Boston Red Sox Pitcher David Price tossed his first outing in relief. Price who signed for the largest contract in Red Sox history last offseason has been rehabbing from an elbow injury. An elbow injury that has been nagging left-hander since spring training.

In his first appearance out of the bullpen, he tossed two perfect innings. Price was able to hit 96 mph on the radar gun and successfully mixed in his pitches recording a few swing and misses. For Boston, this far exceeded their expectations after 7 weeks off.

“That was even more than personally anticipated,” Farrell told reporters. “From the power to the touch and feel, I’m amazed that someone can pitch — haven’t pitched in a game in seven weeks and come out with that kind of command and throw three, four pitches for strikes. He’s a unique pitcher, and that was really a strong two innings of work today.

Farrell postgame also mentioned that the earliest Price will be used again is the finale of their series with Baltimore that starts on Monday.

Price’s success against the Tampa Bay Rays out of the pen will be very different than an outing against a playoff-bound team. Seeing him locate pitches and throw with some velocity is a positive sign. But he has had his fair share of simulated innings to build up to that point.

Price being used out of the bullpen can add much-needed depth for John Farrell. But Price as a starter is more valuable to the ballclub. But at this point, it looks like the plan will be strictly out of the bullpen for Price. Maybe not the right call, but for the pitcher that will eventually need elbow surgery it is the safer bet.

If you are a Red Sox fan that wants nothing to do with Price and would like him gone. Then you should be rooting for his success to end out this season and throughout next season. If he can pitch well till the end of next season chances are he opts out of his contract. But if he doesn’t, if the elbow acts up again which is likely, then Price will likely be in Boston for the remainder of his contract.

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