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Connelly Top 10 – All Star Break – Ugh as Boring as a Baseball Game:

Connelly Top 10 – All Star Break – Ugh as Boring as a Baseball Game:

1.Red Sox

* If you are making $30mm a year and don’t make the All-Star team – shouldn’t you have to donate 10% of your salary to the Boys Club – ie. David Price 2016 and 2017

* Price ERA by team: Tampa 3.18 / Detroit 2.90 / Toronto 2.30 / Boston 4.00

* Red Sox have a chance to do something this year – I would trade Price and eat $8mm, Trade Hanley eat $5mm (hitting .261), cut a check for Panda, fire Farrell.

* Can we not say the half way point at All-Star break seeing the Red Sox have played 55% of the season

* On a pace to win 91 games

* Top five in Red Sox salary didn’t make the All-Star game – Price, Hanley, Porcello, Panda, Pedroia

* How psyched were the Red Sox players to end in Tampa so they could fly right to the Bahama’s for the All-Star break

 

2. Celtics Summer Ball

·Never seen so much excitement over a Summer League game as Saturday against Ball and the Lakers – $25 tickets were going for $250

·Love the one foot fall away from Tatum reminds me of Bobby Dandridge or John Havlicek

·Danny has to make a huge trade – starting line up right now – Rozier, Thomas, Heyward, Morris and Horford – coming off the bench Brown, Smart, Crowder

 

3. Around the MLB

* Balls juiced? 5’6” Dustin Pedroia hit a one-handed home run to the opposite field

* Mike Scioscia the last three years with the Angels 203-212

* Altuve will have 1,200 hits before age 28

* Twins have a winning record of 45-43 but have given up 60 more runs than opponents

* Astros and Dodgers combined have scored 325 more runs than their opponents (that would be a fun World Series)

 

4. Tom Brady running the ball versus crybabies LaDainian Tomlinson and Marshall Faulk in the playoffs:

*Brady playoff rushing TD’s – SIX

*Tomlinson playoff rushing TD’s – SIX

* Marshall Faulk playoff rushing TD’s – SIX

 

5. In the 1975-1976 season – Celtic Charlie Scott fouled out of 17 regular season games and 11 playoff games

 

6. I’ve been saying this for six months – trade Isaiah – he is supposed to be the leader of this team and he says you better back up the Brink truck to pay him – isn’t that the polar opposite of Tom Brady?

 

7. Amazing Stat – The 1947 All-Star game was played in 2:19:

·Featured -Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Bob Feller, Stan Musial, Warren Spahn, Johnny Sain

·American League won 2-1

 

8. Old School – Saturday’s 8.5 innings 1-0 game took 2:41 – how about the final game of the 1973 season?

* Red Sox lost 1-0 to the Indians

* Bill Lee pitched in the 1:57 game

* Attendance 1,453 in Cleveland

* Red Sox roster had four hall of Famers – Yaz, Orlando Cepeda, Carlton Fisk, Luis Aparicio

 

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Ways to make All-Star game better

* Pot of $10,000,000 for the players or $400,000 a player

* Losers have to donate a combined $1,000,000 to a charity (ie. Pete Frates cost)

* Baseball donates $5,000,000 to the cities of the winning team for inner city baseball

* Losers spend next day in city at various baseball camps around the city of the game

* Continue the losing team loses home field advantage in playoffs

* Put all the speed up rules into play

 

10. Randomocity

* Would you say more people in this country know Sam Adams for beer instead of historical significance

* I think they said this on ESPN – the 1978 All Star game was watched by 36,000,000 people / last year by 9,000,0000 and they still make no changes

* Great stretch of weather after a terrible spring

* Mike Barnicle disrespecting the Frates family by prematurely announcing his death – should compel the writer to sincerely apologize (which he hasn’t yet) and donate $50,000 to ALS research seeing he and his wife are worth millions (live next to Kennedy’s in Hyannisport)

* Loved the Impossible Dream special on MLB Network – great memories – Ken Coleman, Don Gillis, Yaz’s insane year and Jim Lonborg not backing down from anyone hitting 19 batters that year

Connelly Top 10 – All Star Break – Ugh as Boring as a Baseball Game:
1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Holt

    July 10, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Re: the 78 All-star game vs now.
    That’s actually pretty good, better than I would have thought. It’s a different time, and that’s not baseball’s fault, it just is what it is. With all the splintering of all media, still grabbing 1/4 of the audience is pretty good.
    It 78 lacrosse was largely non-existent in public schools, soccer was a fall-only sport, and the distaste for the money-grabbing of both athletes and owners was not nearly as prevalent (or, as covered). Sports heroes, especially that of America’s pastime, were demigods.
    Newspapers and TV didn’t get into whatever scandals arose, or touch on any controversy for long.
    The game is great and I loved watching Allstar games every year in grade school in the late 70’s/early 80’s, but it will never reach those halcyon days, because it can’t — it’s gone from This Week in Baseball to Inside Edition. Length of game is just a tiny percentage of what is different.
    That said, I still love the game and I’ll still watch; I think 9 million is pretty good all things considered.

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