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Red Sox Talk: Dennis Eckersley Not Looking For An Apology From David Price

Alot has been made of the back and forth between David Price and Dennis Eckersley. Many fans are likely getting sick of the story and its distraction of what actually matters. But more news has come out of the story.

Ahead of Tuesday nights game against the Cleveland Indians, Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe sat down with Eck and got his side of the story. Eckersley stated he wants to move past the incident which occurred over one month ago.

“I’m cool with everything,’’ Eckersley told the Globe before Tuesday night’s game. “I’ve moved on. I’m just going to keep doing what I do, which is call it like I see it. It’s all about the Red Sox and the ultimate goal of winning it all.’’

Eck was back in the building on Tuesday to fulfill an obligation to appear in the Legends Suite and not to be on the NESN broadcast. A return to the airwaves will be on Thursday. But according to Shaughnessy the Hall of Fame pitcher has yet to receive an apology from John Farrell, David Price, or any of the players that applauded their grandstanding teammate.

During the game on Tuesday when the Red Sox were playing Eckersley’s career highlights on the big board the fans were frantically cheering for him at Fenway Park. This introduction occurred during an NESN commercial break which is the norm. But with this being the biggest story in the Boston market, it is truly concerning that the network doesn’t care about covering it. Obviously, the team owning it has presented a serious conflict of interest.

While the fans were cheering, Eck acknowledged the Fenway Faithful by mouthing “Thank you very much,’’ and “you’re the best.’’.

Red Sox fans have shown their appreciation and support of Eckersley over the last month with almost everyone on his side during the Price incident. And for that, Eck is appreciative.

“The support of the fans has been incredible,’’ said Eckersley. “I am truly humbled. I want to thank the Red Sox organization for their support, too. They were there for me.’’

According to the Globe Report, the Red Sox reached out to Eck when he was in Cooperstown this past weekend to set up a meeting between him and Price. But after Price’s double-down on Saturday, the Hall of Famer informed the team he has no interest in meeting with Price.

He didn’t want to hear a fake apology or be berated again by a pitcher not worth his weight. Price alleged that his bad boy incident caused the NESN color guy to change his style in the booth. But Eck strongly disagreed with that sentiment which is of course predictable.

But this situation between Price and Eck has been an absolute PR nightmare for the Boston Red Sox. The incompetence from a player level all the way through the coaching staff to the top is borderline unbelievable. While I am not under the impression this is the breaking point for the 2017 Boston Red Sox. I do believe it will be what they are remembered for in years to come.

The Price v Eckersley saga will be comparable to the Beer and Fried Chicken saga of 2011.

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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Boston Red Sox Have Signed JD Martinez

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Time for a celebration Red Sox fans, the team has reportedly signed a big-time bat.

According to Pedro Gomez of ESPN, the Boston Red Sox have signed free agent DH/OF J.D. Martinez.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the deal is for five years with a player opt-out option after two seasons. The deal is valued at $110 million with it being a front loaded contract prior to the opt out. Full terms will be revealed later.

Martinez has played for three teams in his career starting off in Houston, moving to Detroit, and then being traded to Arizona this past season. The 30-year-old has had his fair share of struggles in major league baseball but was able to figure it all out in 2017 by belting 45 home runs between the Tigers and Diamondbacks with a .303 batting average and 104 RBIs.

Martinez’s role with the Red Sox is unclear at the moment but he can be expected to DH and the corner outfield positions. Having the opt-out in the contract is a huge incentive for Martinez who will likely be playing like it is a contract year given the front-loaded nature of the deal.

Boston has landed their guy, the question is will it be enough for them to contend with the New York Yankees?

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Boston Red Sox Are Close To Signing JD Martinez

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Red Sox fans everywhere can start to rejoice as the big move the team desperately needed is getting closer to completion.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Boston Red Sox and free agent J.D. Martinez are closing in on a deal.

Other reports have also confirmed that a deal is imminent but that Dave Dombrowski and the team have yet to acknowledge or confirm anything is done or nearing completion. It does appear however that talks between Martinez and the Red Sox are at an all-time high and their seems to be high confidence that both sides will come to terms on a deal in the near future.

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John Henry, Red Sox Owner: ‘We really don’t need to be popular. We need to win.’

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Ever wonder why Boston Red Sox fans or Liverpool fans have shown a hatred towards John Henry? Well if you did look no further than his idiotic and out of touch comments that he made on Monday during his yearly media availability.

Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner were asked if they were concerned about the level of popularity of the current team compared to past years.

Wener, one of the producers of Roseanne went first.

“I don’t quite see it the way some of the fans see it. I respect their point of view but I think we’ve got a fun team and if it’s healthy I think were going to be — we’ll bring the fans back,” Werner said. “Obviously we’re in a market where there’s a lot of excellence. We’ve got four championship teams and they’re all playing extremely well. So hopefully now it’s the beginning of spring training and we can have some focus on the Red Sox.”

Henry provided a follow-up that was a bit odd for an owner that makes money off of people liking his teams.

“We really don’t need to be popular,” he said. “We need to win.”

For a team so image conscious the statement is bizarre. But hey, maybe Henry is checked out and will sell the team.

There are plenty of other things to do in the summer than watch Red Sox baseball, maybe fans should take Henry’s lead and turn off the team if they fail to win.

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