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Connelly 10 – Sunday’s Red Sox Game Cruel and Unusual Punishment

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Connelly 10 – Sunday’s Red Sox Game Cruel and Unusual Punishment

1. Celtics Playoffs –

* Turnover by Isiah with a chance to clinch the series was 47% of Buckner

* Doesn’t it fall on Brad Stevens to always compel the refs to review the time left on the clock when you are down to a last second shot?

* An overweight Greg Kite? Marcus Smart is shooting 36% – three pointers / 33% – two pointers / 50% from free throw line

* Boston favored by 4 – ugh that’s close – Vegas knows something

* Horford’s bank shot (he was fouled) the other night was looking like Don Nelson’s off the back of the rim in 1969

2. Red Sox

* That was a long way from the Mother’s Day comeback years ago

* Third basemen for Red Sox have 13 errors already this year – on a pace for over fifty

* I know we are overrun by pink hats at the games – but surprises me the crowd isn’t on their feet when Chris Sale gets two strikes

* Since being signed to monster contracts – Sandoval and Hanley have played 426 games out of 972 or 44% – not quite coal miners

* Robbie “Kid Rock” Ross better be lights out if wants to wear that haircut

3. Gray, cold, drawn out, boring, bad baseball:

* MLB wants to know why blacks aren’t playing baseball – they need to ask themselves another question – why doesn’t 90% of kids want to play baseball – MLB got their answer Sunday at Fenway

* $50 parking / $100 tickets / $13 beers / $125 souvenir shirts (too big to fail – that’s what Bank of New England said)

* 16,320 seconds to play (4:32)

* 370 pitches or one every 44 seconds (count 44 seconds and see how long that is)

* 86 batters / 30 strikeouts and walks / Meaning a ball was put into play every 4.9 minutes

* Is it a war crime for press members to have to sit through that game and then a John Farrell press conference

4. Big Shots against Celtics

* John Wall three pointer to force game seven

* Magic’s baby hook in 1987 Game 4 in the Garden

* Kareem’s skyhook in 1974 in the Garden to win Game 6

* Patrick Ewing’s three pointer (only of the year) in Game 5 of the 1990 playoffs – at the Garden

5. Around the MLB

* Matt Harvey the most overrated player in sports – 31-31 record – doesn’t even deserve a nickname – never mind Dark Knight

* From MLB Network – when the Dodgers score 4 runs for Kershaw he is 89-0

* Former Red Sox, and now Brewer Travis Shaw, is on pace for 34 HR / 128 RBI

* Aren’t Giancarlo Stanton and Blake Griffin the same player

6. Value of playing Colorado – the Rockie’s franchise has the highest batting average of any franchise since their origin .275 / Red Sox are 4th at .267

7. Amazing Stat – Tyree, Dent, Klima after breaking our hearts:

* Dent 17 home runs 2098 at bats (one every 123 at bats)

* David Tyree receptions after freak Super Bowl catch – Zero

* Petr Klima had 159 after scoring in triple overtime in the Garden – 1990

8. Old School – Bruins history in the Playoffs:

Series record – 57-64

Record in Game 7’s – 13-12

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Infamous Mothers for Mothers’ Day:

* Ray Allen’s mother got more face time on the TV than her son

* Irving Fryar and his mother arrested on fraud

* Lebron’s mother with Delonte West

* Lebron’s mother arrested for DUI and kicked the police car window out

* Amare Stoudemire’s mother arrested DUI

* Lance Armstrong’s mother was part of the crime (I presume)

* University of Tennessee football star’s Jalen Hurd’s mother was arrested at his game for disturbance and assaulting a police officer

* Demaryius Thomas mother in prison for drug trafficking – pardoned by President Obama

* In an argument – Dez Bryant allegedly grabbed his mother by shirt and hair and pushing her

10. Randomocity

* Saw a crazy stat the other day – something like – if your child gets five sunburns they have an 80% chance of getting skin cancer

* In fifteen days in May – there has been rain in 10

* What happened to bumper pool?

* Whether you agree or not – to tear down Confederate war monuments is dangerous – like you are trying to rewrite history – the history books are clear on the cause and outcome

* NHL home team record in the history of playoff games that go to overtime 388-379

* Home come I didn’t hear this – The mother of Jae Crowder’s child got arrested at the Celtics -Clippers game this year for spitting on someone?

* If Brady gets hurt this year – the hater’s will have fun with his video tempting fate regards to the Madden cover

Michael has written for the Boston Herald and other sites in the past and his top ten column is now housed on Trifecta Sports Network. Connelly's Top Ten releases on Monday's and Friday's.

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Red Sox Rumor: Jackie Bradley Jr. Being Shopped For Trade

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With the Boston Red Sox looking to acquire a power bat this offseason to keep up with the Yankees they are reportedly shopping a core member of their current team.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today the player Boston is shopping is center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. One potential destination for Bradley is the Chicago Cubs. Chicago has been connected to Boston with slugger Kyle Schwarber potentially being available.

Schwarber has mashing power but has had issues at the plate having a .211 average last season that caused the Cubs to send the home run hitter back to the minors last June.

Bradley who hit 26 home runs two seasons ago fell back to 17 home runs this past season with a .245 batting average. His fielding ability though makes up for any shortcomings he has at the plate and his contract status could be very appealing in the trade market. Bradley Jr. has three years of arbitration remaining on his contract.

If Boston moves on from Bradley the likely scenario of outfield positioning would be moving Andrew Benintendi over to center field keeping Mookie Betts out in right field.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Stanton in Pinstripes Edition

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The snow is now cascading down upon us with indifferent wrath. Today, Boston saw the first real Winter Storm of the impending season. And while you were outside futilely efforting to resist nature, with your shovels and snowblowers, the World of Baseball fractured entirely.

If you haven’t heard by now, you live under the most obscure rock in existence. The New York Yankees have purportedly acquired Giancarlo Stanton from Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. 

Stanton is currently going through the formality of physicals and medical checkups – as if there’s going to be anything physically wrong with this inhuman behemoth.

The Winter Meetings commence tomorrow. It is expected that the trade will be officially announced soon after.

Reports suggest that the Yankees have agreed to eat $265 million of Stanton’s contract, while sending Starlin Castro to Miami along with a couple of low-level pitching prospects.

This was our White Whale, Boston – this one got away and we still ended up dying in the end.

Dave Dombrowski looks like an absolute fool for having let this chiseled new-school Bambino slip through his hands. He immolated the entire pitching crop, down on the farm. So it’s inconceivable that Dombrowski didn’t offer the kitchen sink, in his pursuit of Stanton.

Conversely, underneath the surface, Giancarlo’s mind might have been irrevocably made up, before talks even started. He’s a city-slicker. Miami nightlife translates better to Big Apple nightlife than it does to the half-revelry of the Boston Commonwealth.

The Yankees obtain Giancarlo Stanton, presupposing the implications for the Red Sox and fans alike. It’s with a heavy heart that I unfortunately welcome you to a familiar and antique era of Red Sox Baseball. It’s the late 90’s all over again…

But, you know what? Let’s try to make light of this nonplussing news! Yeah, we don’t need Giancarlo Stanton and those Damn Yankees still won’t win the World Series! It’s time for another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Boston Red Sox Do Not Need To Get A Big Bat

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Many have stated their wishes that the Boston Red Sox will go out and get a big-time bat for the heart of their order. A bat that they seemingly need to help protect the likes of Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez in the lineup. One of the bigger names connected to the team is Giancarlo Stanton, but reports show that idea as a longshot with Stanton not looking at Boston as a possibility.

Another name, Jose Abreu, is also reportedly out of the running with Ken Rosenthal reporting that the White Sox will not trade their slugger before the start of the season. With the potential list shortening with JD Martinez and Eric Hosmer leading the running, maybe Boston should sit still this offseason.

That is sort of a controversial take, but the notion of Hosmer or Martinez doesn’t get the juices flowing, and ultimately will cost the Red Sox more then they are worth.

So what is the answer, Boston still needs a first basemen for next season. A position that could be filled with Sam Travis and Hanley Ramirez given the idea that Dustin Pedroia will find some time at the DH spot next season with Eduardo Nunez getting some quality time at second base. Another possibility is Rafael Devers not panning out at third base and needing to move to first base or DH at times.

Also in the cards is prospect Michael Chavis who should find himself in AAA Pawtucket at some point next season and maybe in Boston at third base or first. Then comes the possibility of Blake Swihart or my favorite, Bryce Brentz. Both were getting trained at first base with Pawtucket last season and could see reps at first base if Dave Dombrowski opts to not sign a big-time bat.

Of course, these solutions are not as flashy and will not present an immediate threat for Boston in the heart of their order. But betting on the current roster to bounce back at the plate and see an emergence of another young player might be a route to take.

Worse case scenario they get the same amount of production and end up right around 90 wins like they were this past season. But the upside of keeping the financial flexibility going forward while trying out prospects might be the best thing for Boston to do instead of overreacting to fan pressure.

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