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Connelly’s Top Ten – Can’t Win on the Road / Patriots Save Us / Peanut Butter and Jelly



Connelly’s Top Ten – Can’t Win on the Road / Patriots Save Us / Peanut Butter and Jelly

1. Red Sox

* Sox have had one four game winning streak, no three game winning streaks, three two game winning streaks

* Jackie Bradley 380 strike outs in 412 games

* Vazquez has only thrown out three of ten runners – byproduct of shoulder

* Kimbrel threw 20 pitches Thursday 18 strikes / 5 strikeouts – 5 batters

2. Celtics

* Why is Marcus Smart averaging 30 minutes and Rozier 18?

* Celtics are averaging 36 three pointers and 48 two pointers a playoff game

* Someone step up on the road

* John Wall is offended by curse words from the Celtics crowd – he had 15 technical this year and was once arrested for breaking and entering

3. Bruins

* Rask – 30-23……….566%

* Thomas 29-21…….580%

* Cheevers 53-34…..609%

4. Patriots – Highest paid Patriots in 2001 (Miguel’s salary cap page):

* Bledsoe – $8,236m

* McGinest – $4,444m

* Johnson – $3,976m

* Seymour – $2,000m

* Hamilton – $1,979

5. Leading rushers in Boston College history

* Andre Williams…3,739

* Derrick Knight…..3725

* Troy Stratford…….3,700

* Mike Cloud………..3,597

6. Earning Money – Bull Rider JB Mauney 2016

* 33 Competitions

* 5 Wins / 17 top 5

* Earnings $368,512

* Sandoval at bats in 2016 – 6 / earnings $17,600,000

7. Amazing Stat: Someone put the bat on the ball:

2016 – Chris Davis struck out 219 times

1949 – The leaders in strikeouts from both leagues Duke Snider and Dick Kokas struck out a combined 183 times

8. Old School – The Celtics have no rim protector (Al Horford led team with 87) – they did in 1981:

* Parish 214 blocks

* McHale 151 blocks

* Maxwell 68 blocks

* Bird 63 blocks

* Ford 23 blocks

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Best neighbor on TV

* Fred Mertz – Lucy

* Jerry Helper  – Dick Van Dyke

* Wilson – Home Improvements

* George Jefferson – All in the Family

* Kramer – Seinfeld

* Barney Rubble – Flinstones

* Mr. Roper – Three’s Company

* Rhoda – MTM

10. Randomocity

* The only thing that gets Peanut Butter and Jelly any attention is that the marshmallow rips the bread

* Great time for Al Gore to come out with another global warming movie – I’m wearing a winter hat Mother’s Day week

* Paper Cuts are worse than losing a finger

* McHale’s Navy under-rated – Fugi’s cooking helped US win the war

* Granada worse than the El Camino

* Fish Sticks couldn’t be good for you

* Was there anything better than Mel Allen and This Week in Baseball?

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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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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