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



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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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton



Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox



Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror



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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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