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Boston Red Sox Opening Day Edition Of Connelly’s Top Ten

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Boston Red Sox Opening Day Edition Of Connelly’s Top Ten

1.Red Sox preview:

* How long before John Farrell pinch runs Chris Sale?

* How long before Panda sneaks into the bathroom during a game to connect with a stripper on his phone (or to get a bear claw)?

* I predict Robby Ross gets hurt this year tripping on a rake or over the bullpen trying to catch a home run ball with his hat in the bullpen

* Chris Sale joins the ranks of Tiant, Pedro, Clemens and Sonny Siebert as the most electric pitchers in Red Sox history – must watch TV (especially with Eck calling those games)

* I’m staying on the Ortiz comes back – deadline – July 4th 2018

* Opening Day attendance in 1967 – 8,324

* I would lock up Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi right now

* Who is in charge of pitcher development for the Sox that Brian Johnson and Henry Owens went backwards?

* Why do people hate Boston sports – how about Fenway putting the signage on their façade – “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark”

* Red Sox gets the Wild Card with 92 wins / John Farrell over under on hooking up sideline reporters 1.5 / Sale, Betts, Porcello All Stars / Kimbrel over-under blown saves 8 – take the over / Moreland and Sandoval on the corners hit a combined .259 with less than 20 home runs / Vazquez picks off 8 / Remy mentions Wally over 496 times

 

2. Celtics State of the Union

* Celtics win total last four years: 25 – 40 – 48 – 53 (pace)

* Avery Bradley on a pace to play 53 games this year. Over his seven-year career, he has only played 65 games or more in a season – twice (19-8 this year when he doesn’t play)

* Celtics are 7-13 when Marcus Smart takes more than 11 shots

* Would you trade Isiah Thomas and 1st pick to Sacramento for the 7th and 9th pick and their 2018 first and right to switch the 2019 pick / OR this year’s first, next year’s first and Isaiah to Minnesota for the 8th pick and Towns? I would – seeing the beginning of an impertinent Thomas who will want $30mm a year – real soon

 

3. Bruins State of the Union

* Bruins are 21-8-1 when Marchand scores

* What do you need in the biggest games – Courage: Tuukka Rask is to Tim Thomas / AS Tony Eason is to Steve Grogan / AS Mike Torrez is to Louie Tiant / AS Pervis Ellison is to Dave Cowens

* Tuukka is physically perfect – plays every angle, has perfect form, perfect size – just lacks every intangible- instinct, courage, fearlessness to win the biggest games – no heart (see Russia – Finland sniffles game) – Give me Thomas or Cheevers any time in a must win game

* Since coaching change Khudobin 5-1 / Rask 12-6

* Bruins at home – Cassidy 10-3 / Julien 12-13

 

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New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (21) and teammates run on the field before the divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Saturday, January 16, 2016, Foxboro, MA. The Patriots defeated the Chiefs 27-20. (Al Tielemans via AP Images)

4. Patriots State of the Union

* I love everything the Patriots have done accept the Stephon Gilmore signing – doesn’t make sense – most guaranteed money ever for a guy with one Pro Bowl – very Al Horford or Adalius Thomas like

* Youtube Brandin Cooks and think Randy Vataha long bombs (although playing for McDaniel’s and catching Brady’s passes takes two or three years off your career and maybe life –  ask Welker and Edelman)

* How many Patriot haters were actually rooting for the Mexican reporter to get away with stealing Brady’s shirt?

* Bill stole Kony Ealy

* But the steal of the offseason is running back Rex Burkhead

* I love the Hightower signing but he is injury prone – this won’t be as bad as the Mike Lowell post 2007 World Series signing but you won’t get value on this one

 

5. Other coaches interviewed along with Belichick to take Pete Carroll’s vacant spot – Dom Capers, Marvin Lewis, Willie Shaw, Steve Sidwell, and Gary Crowton

6. All four local teams have or will have players finish in the top five in the MVP vote:

* Brad Marchand – generous 5’9” – 71st pick – Salary $5,000,000

* Mookie Betts……..………5’9” – 172nd pick – Salary $950,000

* Isaiah Thomas – generous..5’9” – 60th pick – Salary $6,590,000

* Tom Brady – He’s tall………….. 199th pick – Salary $14,000,000

 

7. Amazing Stat – Morgan Magic revisited:

* Joe Morgan’s Red Sox 1988 – 46-31(.577)

* Bruce Cassidy Bruins 2017 – 17-7 (.708)

 

8. Old School – The value of teaming up with Bobby Orr on defense:  Dallas Smith – 1970-1971 PLUS / MINUS – PLUS 94

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Grades on replacements on TV Series:

* Mr. Furley for Mr. Roper – Three’s Company – C-

* Rebecca for Diane – Cheers…………………….C

* Woody for Coach – Cheers……………………..C+

* Darren for Darren – I Dream of Jeannie………….C+

* Chachi for Fonzi…………………………………D

* Honeycutt for Trapper John – Mash..…………..C+

* Winchester for Frank Burns – Mash……………C+

* Colonel Potter for Colonel Blake – Mash………B-

 

 

10. Randomocity

* I hope this isn’t considered a hate crime BUT – Girl Scout Cookies – Over-rated

* If you get a chance, read the SI article on Yoan Moncada – yikes thank God they got rid of him – he is going to burn http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/18975183/chicago-white-sox-prospect-yoan-moncada-prepping-major-league-debut

* Until NCAA Basketball adopts the NHL drafting rules (maintain property of player who goes back to college) then the one-and-done players will ruin the sport

* Three pointers ruining the game – 34% of the shots in the NCAA semi-finals were 3 pointers

* Best in studio team in sports – Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Clark Kellogg

* Mississippi State’s upset of UConn saved Women’s basketball

* Two of the twenty four NBA All Stars were white / Two of forty-four NHL All Stars were black

* What’s the story with people putting eggs on everything – pizza, burgers – what?

* People are besides themselves with Kapernick not being signed yet – but no one comments on Tebow and his “Christian” baggage not getting a chance

* Chicago Murder pace update – 584

* How about one more Patriot Super Bowl video https://vimeo.com/203529208?ref=em-share

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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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

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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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