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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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Red Sox Rumor: Jackie Bradley Jr. Being Shopped For Trade

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With the Boston Red Sox looking to acquire a power bat this offseason to keep up with the Yankees they are reportedly shopping a core member of their current team.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today the player Boston is shopping is center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. One potential destination for Bradley is the Chicago Cubs. Chicago has been connected to Boston with slugger Kyle Schwarber potentially being available.

Schwarber has mashing power but has had issues at the plate having a .211 average last season that caused the Cubs to send the home run hitter back to the minors last June.

Bradley who hit 26 home runs two seasons ago fell back to 17 home runs this past season with a .245 batting average. His fielding ability though makes up for any shortcomings he has at the plate and his contract status could be very appealing in the trade market. Bradley Jr. has three years of arbitration remaining on his contract.

If Boston moves on from Bradley the likely scenario of outfield positioning would be moving Andrew Benintendi over to center field keeping Mookie Betts out in right field.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Stanton in Pinstripes Edition

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The snow is now cascading down upon us with indifferent wrath. Today, Boston saw the first real Winter Storm of the impending season. And while you were outside futilely efforting to resist nature, with your shovels and snowblowers, the World of Baseball fractured entirely.

If you haven’t heard by now, you live under the most obscure rock in existence. The New York Yankees have purportedly acquired Giancarlo Stanton from Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. 

Stanton is currently going through the formality of physicals and medical checkups – as if there’s going to be anything physically wrong with this inhuman behemoth.

The Winter Meetings commence tomorrow. It is expected that the trade will be officially announced soon after.

Reports suggest that the Yankees have agreed to eat $265 million of Stanton’s contract, while sending Starlin Castro to Miami along with a couple of low-level pitching prospects.

This was our White Whale, Boston – this one got away and we still ended up dying in the end.

Dave Dombrowski looks like an absolute fool for having let this chiseled new-school Bambino slip through his hands. He immolated the entire pitching crop, down on the farm. So it’s inconceivable that Dombrowski didn’t offer the kitchen sink, in his pursuit of Stanton.

Conversely, underneath the surface, Giancarlo’s mind might have been irrevocably made up, before talks even started. He’s a city-slicker. Miami nightlife translates better to Big Apple nightlife than it does to the half-revelry of the Boston Commonwealth.

The Yankees obtain Giancarlo Stanton, presupposing the implications for the Red Sox and fans alike. It’s with a heavy heart that I unfortunately welcome you to a familiar and antique era of Red Sox Baseball. It’s the late 90’s all over again…

But, you know what? Let’s try to make light of this nonplussing news! Yeah, we don’t need Giancarlo Stanton and those Damn Yankees still won’t win the World Series! It’s time for another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Boston Red Sox Do Not Need To Get A Big Bat

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Many have stated their wishes that the Boston Red Sox will go out and get a big-time bat for the heart of their order. A bat that they seemingly need to help protect the likes of Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez in the lineup. One of the bigger names connected to the team is Giancarlo Stanton, but reports show that idea as a longshot with Stanton not looking at Boston as a possibility.

Another name, Jose Abreu, is also reportedly out of the running with Ken Rosenthal reporting that the White Sox will not trade their slugger before the start of the season. With the potential list shortening with JD Martinez and Eric Hosmer leading the running, maybe Boston should sit still this offseason.

That is sort of a controversial take, but the notion of Hosmer or Martinez doesn’t get the juices flowing, and ultimately will cost the Red Sox more then they are worth.

So what is the answer, Boston still needs a first basemen for next season. A position that could be filled with Sam Travis and Hanley Ramirez given the idea that Dustin Pedroia will find some time at the DH spot next season with Eduardo Nunez getting some quality time at second base. Another possibility is Rafael Devers not panning out at third base and needing to move to first base or DH at times.

Also in the cards is prospect Michael Chavis who should find himself in AAA Pawtucket at some point next season and maybe in Boston at third base or first. Then comes the possibility of Blake Swihart or my favorite, Bryce Brentz. Both were getting trained at first base with Pawtucket last season and could see reps at first base if Dave Dombrowski opts to not sign a big-time bat.

Of course, these solutions are not as flashy and will not present an immediate threat for Boston in the heart of their order. But betting on the current roster to bounce back at the plate and see an emergence of another young player might be a route to take.

Worse case scenario they get the same amount of production and end up right around 90 wins like they were this past season. But the upside of keeping the financial flexibility going forward while trying out prospects might be the best thing for Boston to do instead of overreacting to fan pressure.

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