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Five Questions With Boston Globe Reporter Chad Finn



Five Questions With Boston Globe Reporter Chad Finn

In Boston there are countless media companies that cover sports, but one of the most prestigious of them all is the Boston Globe. The Globe has been the daily paper of Boston since its founding in 1872, today the paper is owned by Boston Red Sox owner John Henry. The Globe provides it’s readers with a high quality of content ranging from the Economy all the way over to our realm of sports.

The sports department over the Globe has a lot of talented reporters and one of them happens to be Chad Finn. Finn has been a sports reporter for the Globe since 2003 and their internet property since 2009. Finn covers a lot of Bostons teams for the Globe, he is essentially the Swiss Army knife in the Globes’ sports department.

Chad was kind enough to join me for my five questions interview series in which I ask members of the media/athletes/influencers five questions related to their area of expertise.

1) What has been your favorite story to cover while writing for the Boston Globe?

I’ve been at the Globe since 2003 and writing for the paper and online since 2009, so I’ve been incredibly fortunate to cover some amazing stuff during this unprecedented era of success. I’m not sure I have a particular favorite. More like a few are tied for first: Watching the Bruins win the Cup in 2011 in front of those obnoxious Vancouver fans in a Game 7, covering the entire postseason run of the ’13 Red Sox (the roar for Shane Victorino’s grand slam against the Tigers is the loudest I’ve ever heard anything in person … until Goodell took the stage at Super Bowl LI). A smaller cool thing for me was covering Seth Westcott’s gold medal win in the snowboardcross at the Vancouver Olympics. He’s a Maine guy like me and a genuinely good person.

2) What moment during your time covering sports will you remember the most and why?

All of the above would probably qualify here as well. Here’s another: The Malcolm Butler pick in Super Bowl XLIX. It would have been incredible had I actually seen it happen – I was looking down at my computer at the time, trying to get as much written as I could before the impending deadline. I heard the crowd roar, and thought, “That does not sound like the roar of a Seattle touchdown.” I think it was the biggest individual player in the history of organized American sports given the magnitude of the event (114 million people watching at home) and what was at stake for the Patriots.

3) With the Boston Red Sox season almost upon us what are your expectations for the team?

Tell me if David Price’s elbow will hold up and I’ll tell you what the expectations are. If he’s OK and makes 25-30 starts, they’re at the least a playoff team provided their other core players remain mostly healthy. There’s talent here to win a World Series, though I do think David Ortiz’s absence is going underestimated for some reason. But this is a Dave Dombrowski team – full of stars and lacking quality depth – and should Price miss significant time or another starter goes down, suddenly you’re counting on the likes of Kyle Kendrick and Henry Owens to contribute. Suddenly still, the 230 innings Price pitched last year at a good if not great level will look a lot more important now that they did then. He’s incredibly valuable even if he drives fans nuts sometimes, and his absence would be a huge blow to their championship chances.

4) Given the fact that you are part of the BBWAA and have a vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame will you be voting for David Ortiz when he is eligible and why?

I’m in my third year in the BBWAA – I’ve never been a beat writer so I took a longer road to gaining entrance — so I’ve got seven years left before I get a vote. I believe Ortiz will be in before I have the chance to vote for him. 500-plus homers, being the heart of three World Series teams, and his overall charisma will make him a lock when the time comes. Some will hold being a DH against him, which is absurd, and besides, I think Edgar Martinez might beat him to breaking down that barrier. And as far as his name showing up on that PED testing list from 2003, Rob Manfred basically gave him a mulligan on that, and anyone who thinks PED users aren’t already in the hall of fame in bulk aren’t paying attention.

5) Red Sox pitcher David Price has received a lot of criticism from fans and media alike so far in his tenure. Do you envision Price having success in Boston or will he leave with the likes of Carl Crawford?

To some degree it depends on his health. But he’ll never be a flop at the level of Crawford. As I wrote earlier, Price had tremendous value to the Red Sox last year – he didn’t pitch as well as expected, and he bombed in the playoffs, but they aren’t close without him. For now, the Price comp is Josh Beckett (terrible his first year here, a key to a World Series champ in his second year) or John Lackey (who had one OK year, one brutal year, underwent elbow surgery, and ended up being a key to a World Series champ as well). Price gets way too much grief, but it does remain to be seen whether he can be the ace with the Red Sox that he was elsewhere (before October, at least).

Thank you to Chad Finn for agreeing to answer these questions, make sure to follow him on Twitter (Ranked Top-100 Sports Twitter Account To Follow By SI)

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.


Heaps Out, But Who’s to Blame in New England?



New England Revolution

Heaps Out, But Who’s to Blame in New England?

Hope springs eternal one week into the post-Jay Heaps era for the New England Revolution after a surprise 2-1 victory over table-toppers Toronto FC on Saturday. But despite taking three points from their first match since the skipper’s dismissal last week, the Revs will likely need to win out and receive a good bit of help to avoid missing the MLS Playoffs for a second consecutive year.

Who’s to blame for the slide into mediocrity since their 2014 MLS Cup appearance? Heaps was the first on the chopping block, yet many have questioned Revolution General Manager Mike Burns as well. Voices around the league from prominent agents, to national soccer writers, to the Twitter artist formerly known as @FakeJayHeaps have pointed to the GM’s culpability.

Burns stepped into his role as GM at the same time as Jay Heaps was brought before the 2012 season. In the build to 2014, he played a role in earning the Revolution a reputation for drafting well, utilizing homegrown players and making clever low risk-high reward acquisitions. Is any of that true in 2017? Has it been true since 2014?

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State of Trifecta Network



State of Trifecta Network

The last two months have been a whirlwind. There are no words that can truly describe what has happened to us as a website.

We went from a site that was getting an average of 2-3k viewers a week to getting that in a single day on average since the start of June. Since the start of June, we have been a credentialed member of the media to several of the teams in the area and look to increase that in the Fall.

Ultimately everything we create is meant to be read/consumed by our readers, you.  Often it is tough to get a vibe on what is or isn’t working in terms of content. That is why we would greatly appreciate if you guys give your thoughts in the comment section of this post to help us curate better content.

One thing we are looking forward to in the Fall is more reader/writer interactions. We will start doing Q and A’s related to all the Boston sports teams as well as a live Fantasy Football podcast where we will take your lineup questions.

The launch of the Fantasy podcast has yet to be decided, but expect it ahead of week 1 of the NFL season with a draft podcast. We will also be launching a Fantasy Football league to run alongside it if interested in joining fill out the contact form below with your information.

Trifecta Network is a growing platform, we will always be free and made for our readers. We appreciate your readership and want to build the best product we can to ensure the best Boston sports experience in the city.

You may have noticed more video content on the site, it is an area we are looking to improve, but not focus solely on. Many sports sites are going away from traditional writing, a move that I believe is a mistake.

If you ever have any thoughts or comments please feel free to reach out to us.

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Boston Red Sox: Realistic Trade Deadline Possibilities



Fenway Park

Third Base for the Red Sox has been a void for the last few months, and these names could help them fill it.

As we normally do, every Trade Deadline year after year the Red Sox always throw their hat in the race for the biggest name on the market. This season, Jose Quintana has been the biggest name that was moved and to no surprise the Red Sox checked in on him at some point in the season. With names like Sonny Gray, Todd Frazier, and David Robertson all potentially on the move, I assess the realistic opportunities for the Red Sox to cash in and find their missing puzzle piece at third base. These are some players that you may not of heard of that are likely on the radar for the Red Sox this season:

Jed Lowrie playing infield for the Oakland Athletics.

Jed Lowrie, Oakland Athletics

It shouldn’t be a surprise, but the former Red Sox infielder may find his way back into Boston. With Oakland exploding their team quicker than anyone in the bay area can fathom, most of the Athletics players become a target for trade opportunities (as we saw with Doolittle and Madson). In Boston, Jed Lowrie makes sense.

Lowrie is probably the most obtainable of this list. The switch hitter is hitting a respectable .272 with 10 homers and 33 RBI in 83 games. He’s on pace to have one of his better seasons since 2014, but this is only due to injuries. Lowrie is notoriously injury prone, and his low cost can provide a valuable third/short/second option without moving an important player. He was a platoon player while in Boston before ultimately losing his job completely to Jose Iglesias, then Bogaerts, then Will Middlebrooks so platooning is nothing new to him. With Oakland owing him $6 million next year, you would expect the Red Sox to take part of the contract and give up a fringe prospect for him and to Dave Dombroski, this is pocket change. Prepare for the return of Jed Lowrie in Boston.

Josh Harrison at bat against the Miami Marlins.

Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates

While this is more of a stretch than a reality, I still want to talk about it in case it happens (making me look smart). Harrison has been a sort of Brock Holt style player for the Pirates since breaking into the league in 2011. A career .282 hitter, he doesn’t wow you with flashy power and high RBI totals. Instead he provides a reliable bat that in the lower half of the lineup.

Despite being a very reliable part of the Pirates lineup, and a potentially good fit for Boston, he is under contract through 2020. If the Red Sox plan on moving Devers like they did with Moncada, they better haul in a bigger return than 30 year old Josh Harrison. But if Dombrowksi pulls the trigger and decides to go with Harrison expect him to move to a different position if he sticks around. He might even end up at pitcher. Who knows.

Eduardo Nunez taking batting practice before the 2016 All Star game. He represented the Minnesota Twins for the American League.

Eduardo Nunez, San Francisco Giants

The former Yankee (and All Star, believe it or not!) is yet another player that provides flexibility when it comes to filling holes, but once again – all we are focusing on is third base. Red Sox Nation may be hesitant to see another former Giant taking reigns over third base but I promise you that Nunez is nothing like that dude that the Sox just DFA’d. In 67 games this year Nunez is just a tick under .300, batting .297 with 4 homers and 25 RBI. He’s also got 17 steals, so the tangible of stealing bases makes him more of an attractive pick up.

Nunez is also signed through this season – potentially making him an even better suit for Boston with prospects waiting. His numbers aren’t flashy, but they’re maybe the most respectable of this list considering he has spent some time on the disabled list. With the Giants in free fall, and more than likely selling the house in two weeks, I would put my money on Eduardo Nunez as one of the first to go.

With the deadline two weeks away, I think these three guys could end up in Fenway Park playing third base really soon. While the main point of focus is finding another reliable arm in the bullpen, it is necessary to find a major league ready third baseman who can provide a tangible that Marrero and Lin can’t at this early in their careers – and that is to hit with consistency. Check back in on July 31st and see the madness unfold.

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