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Connelly Top Ten – Celtics Need To Let Thomas Shoot



Connelly Top Ten – Celtics Need To Let Thomas Shoot

1.  Red Sox

* Every time John Farrell could be on the precipice the Red Sox win

* I saw that Jackie Bradley is talking about his throwing problems which I noted three weeks ago

* Rick Porcello is an extremely average 33-24 for the Red Sox with a 3.94 ERA

Drew Pomeranz is getting very close to that list that includes – Tony Eason, Peter McNab,  Pervous Ellison


2. Celtics

* If I was Brad Stevens my starting five would be – John Wensink, Jay Miller, Stan Jonathan, Terry O’Reilly and Lyndon Byers

* Celtics are 4-1 when Isaiah takes at least twenty shots

* Al Horford is shooting 64% on two pointers – is Brad sure the team is better with him loitering at the three point line?

* Celtics are 8-1 when they score at least 104 points


3. Little League World Series –

* Connecticut has won four times – Norwalk, Trumbull, Stamford, Windsor Locks

* No other New England State has won

* California – 7 / Pennsylvania – 4


4.  Bill Belichick record by decades of his life:

* 30’s………6-10………37.5%

* 40’s……..46-50…….47.9%

* 50’s…….123-37……76.9%

* 60’s……62-18………77.5%


5. Nine of the top ten hitters in the American League are righties:

1. Seguera…………….359

2. Castro………………..351

3. Garcia…………………348

4.  Trout…………………..341

5.  Bogaerts……………..338

6. Dickerson – Lefty….335

7. Judge…………………….320

8. Cruz……………………....319

9. Altuve…………………….311

10. Pillar………………………305


6.  The Celtics play on a Friday Night at 8:30 giving the crowd a chance to go out for some libations – what Suns coach John MacLeod said before Game 6 of the 1976 Finals – from my book Rebound:

* I remember walking out onto the floor of the Boston Garden at 9:00 on a Friday night. There was no air conditioning and it was hot and there was already a lot of Boston spirit in there because instead of going home – people went right to the taverns and had a couple beers an then came to watch the game.”


7. Amazing Stat – Bill Buckner was intentionally walked more than Ted Williams – 111-86


8. Old School – From 1980 to 1988 the Celtics, Lakers and Sixers won every NBA championship – they have the first three picks in this year’s draft


9. Just a Little Bit Outside – With Hot Weather – Favorite Summer Movies:

* Grease

* Jaws

* The Natural

* Caddy Shack

* Seven Year Itch

* American Graffiti


10. Randomocity

* Cheese-Its are boring

* The Big Papi book is a coup for Michael Holley

* Drive In Theatres under-rated

* Shouldn’t the officials at the Super Bowl be commended for getting the Edelman diving catch and Julio Jones sideline catches right in real time?

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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