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Connelly Top 10 – Red Sox games cause Eclipse



Connelly Top 10 – Red Sox games cause Eclipse

1. Red Sox

* Friday’s 7th inning took over an hour – never seen anything like it before – an out every ten minutes

* three games took a combined 10:33 – insane*

* Interesting no Sean McDonough pictures in Remy 30th anniversary

* Salty was struggling as analyst – someone said the other day – Schilling would be great -I agree

* Betts from .318 to .265 this year* Yankees threw 186 pitches on Sunday

* Yankees threw 186 pitches on Sunday

2. In the playoff game between the Knights and Pittsburgh – Roy Hobbs struck out first two times up and then Pittsburgh coach overthinks it and brings lefty in to pitch to Hobbs who hits walk off

3. Watched NASCAR documentary in which Ricky Rudd crashed before Daytona 500 and broke all his blood vessels in his eyes – so they had to tape his eyes open – he came in 7th

4. Frank Broyles died at 92 / that’s three college football hall of fame coaches dead in the last 60 days along with Wayne Hardin of Navy 91 and Ara Parseghian 92

5. Stunt accidents –

* Tom Cruise hurt on set
* Death on Walking Dead set
* Death on Dead Pool II set

6. Blake Swihart is hitting 197 at Pawtucket

7. Old School – Red Sox were 12-6 against Yankees in 1967

8. Amazing stats – Manchester United has players from 13 different countries

9. Just a Little bit Outside – Racism stuff

* I don’t agree with what the South was fighting for BUT – i think its dangerous to remove history* John Henry with a haymaker on the Yawkey’s – question – if John Henry was a fund manager in 1840 in Atlanta – do you think he would be a slave owner – no doubt

* John Henry with a haymaker on the Yawkey’s – question – if John Henry was a fund manager in 1840 in Atlanta – do you think he would be a slave owner – no doubt

* Interesting John Henry missing this weekend

* Hats off again to Boston Police for right balance of restraint Saturday

10. Randomosity

* amazing documentary – gonna be oscar winner Icarus on steroids – A

* Labor Day won’t be the same without Jerry Lewis

* Jerry Lewis cameo in a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

* Nick Carfardo with his weekly call for Ben Cherrington to get more credit

* idea for Game of Thrones – they should have a parallel station provide updates on characters history and George Martin insight – so you can pause and switch over and remind yourself where the show is at

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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