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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Jimmy Fund Steals The Show

Warning: Do not read this article if you have not seen the Clint Eastwood film, as it contains spoilers. This is a joke. I can assure you that this article has absolutely nothing to do with the 1966 cowboy movie.

You should know how it works by now. Every Friday (until I get fired from this job) I compile a list of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from the past week in Boston sports.

For those of you who still don’t understand how this simple system of organization works:

Good=Best,

Bad=Worst and

Ugly=Downright Ugly.

Understood?

Good, now let’s get started.

The Good

This past week, the good overwhelmingly triumphed over the Bad and the Ugly. Our Red Sox are winning, and well nothing else of concrete value is really going on in sports. So yeah, the Sox are hot. Cool. But that’s beside the point. The best thing to happen this week dwells on the periphery of Boston sports. In fact, it’s not a sport at all. The winner of the Best category is a venerated charity that held it’s hallmark event this past Tuesday through Wednesday.

People of Boston: It is a very important time to appear to be philanthropic in front of your friends. WEEI and NESN hosted their 16th annual Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon this past week. If you haven’t donated yet, better break out those wallets!

No, but in all seriousness, the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon represents a very solemn cause. Since it’s conception in 1947, the Jimmy Fund has been dedicated to subsidizing cancer-treatment research in both children and adults. Through oncology specialists at the Dana-Farber institute, they also offer free treatment to families who could otherwise not afford the care their loved ones need. For the past 16 years, the Jimmy Fund has partnered with our Boston Red Sox in a galvanized battle against cancer.

Tens of thousands of volunteers, including their eternally gracious patients, gather in a concerted effort during the Radio-Telethon. The patients share their saccharine stories of fighting this terrible disease. You can hear in their voices the deep admiration and gratitude they hold for the Jimmy Fund. These courageous kids are enabled through the Red Sox and other charitable partners, to share their unique stories on massive platforms. Such platforms include live televised coverage of the Radio-Telethon, and also live radio broadcasts.

What these institutions have collaborated to accomplish here with the Radio-Telethon is a beautiful thing. Since 2002, they have raised nearly $50 million for cancer research and treatment. The greatest facet of this event is obviously the microphone they provide for the patients. These are real stories of real mortal warriors. The Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon embodies the therapeutic influence that sports can have on people, an influence oft-taken for granted.

(Boston, MA 04/03/17) Fans fill Yawkey Way before the Boston Red Sox opening day game at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday, April 3, 2017. Photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki

The Bad

Newsflash: the beloved Yawkey Way commemorates a true villain of Boston sports. It’s named after Tom Yawkey, former owner of the Red Sox. If you haven’t heard, he wasn’t the most honorable of guys.

Whispers of this inconvenient truth have been passing around for the ages. Yawkey, who owned the Sox from 1933 to 1976, was an inveterate racist. Not that it could redeem this Scrooge-like xenophobe, but the Red Sox weren’t ever very good when he was the owner! Why pay any homage to him in the first place?

Yawkey’s bigotry was illustrated by his reluctance to promote African-American players within the Sox farm-system to the big leagues. Even if these kids were showcased big time potential, Yawkey would rather comprise the franchise than have an African-American on the team. In 1959, 12 years after Jackie Robinson’s first game, the Red Sox became the last team to include an African American on their starting roster. This was all done under the oppressive direction and misguided direction of Tom Yawkey.

And this dude has a street named after him? Clearly, something has to change.

John Henry has the cumbersome charge of trying to reform the identity of the Boston Red Sox.On Thursday, he announced plans to rename Yawkey Way. This is a recalcitrant idea, as conservative Sox fans may feel violated by this historical revision. As they should; change stinks. But if one educates themselves on the uncensored legacy of Tom Yawkey, they realize why he’s undeserving of any dedication. Unfortunately, Here’s where the news gets worse.

The suggested names for the renaming are really (I mean REALLY) bad. On social media, we see sports journalist myopically pandering. Just absolute spitball scattershot hope something hits pandering. Things like “Koji Way”, “David Ortiz Street” and “The Red Sox Are The Best Avenue” are being tossed around. But do not despair Sox fans: I have the perfect new name for Yawkey Way – “Remy Lane”.

Think about it. Who else, closely associated with the Red Sox, deserves more reverence than Jerry Remy? He’s provided colorful and insightful commentary during Sox games for a good portion of all our lives. “Rem-Dog” has been with us through the peaks and valleys; he’s been with us through it all.

Remy is also facing a very tumultuous time in his life, as he is undergoing cancer treatments once again. It’d be such a beautiful dedication ceremony. I can already hear “Remy Lane” (a parody of Penny Lane by the Beatles) resounding up and down that ancient thoroughfare we’ve all grown to love.  

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The Ugly

Here’s a quick Ugly category: a cameraman got hit by a first-pitch right in his family jewels, on Wednesday. Standing to the left of home plate, he took the wild pitch square-on and then crumpled in pain. If you haven’t seen the viral video from the NESN broadcast I’ll tell you, this kid through a heater of a first-pitch!

What’s uglier than the science of this poignant incident: the dude who got hit was a CAMERAMAN. Aren’t they known for their eyes? He didn’t have a clue what was coming for him. The photographer missed the not so big picture. Dude if you’re reading this, you always protect that area first and foremost! Every guy knows that.

This tragic accident has a happy ending: The pitcher and the “recipient” have since reconciled. The cameraman, Tony Capobianco, and the pitcher, Jordan Leandre, teamed up again at the Oldtime Baseball Game on Thursday night. Jordan Leandre, a cancer survivor, threw out the first-pitch to cameraman Tony (who now had a glove). This time around Jordan successfully hit Tony right in the sweet spot, the glove that is. Great job fellas!

Columnist operating out of Manchester, NH. Retired pitcher (unprofessional not amateur). Voracious consumer of all things Celtics and Red Sox. Sometimes I produce content as well.

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David Price Pitches In A Different Fenway Park

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David Ortiz steps to the plate, flies out to right field, and what happens? Vicious boos? Well in the world of David Price, yes.

Price had a tell-all with out of touch baseball writer Bob Nightengale in USA Today with the Red Sox pitcher continuing to show why he isn’t made to pitch in any type of baseball market, big or small.

“It is tough here,’’ Price tells USA TODAY. “There’s just so much more negativity. I’ve never been one for negative stuff. I like surrounding myself by positive people. Even if my wife starts talking negatively, I let her know. I just can’t stand it.

Price claims there is an incredible amount of negativity surrounding Boston. Well, maybe just negativity surrounding him. The 217 million dollar man has been the target of much criticism but all of it is justified and has absolutely nothing to do with his price tag. Fans could care less about how much money a player makes since it is not actually their money. Price getting bashed by fans and members of the media also has nothing to do with his performance on the field. It all stems from him being a big baby and blowing up on Dennis Eckersley on the team plane last year. If Price hadn’t done that no one would care, because lets’ face it, Boston is no longer a tough baseball town.

But hey maybe we are all experiencing a different Boston, a different Fenway Park. A Fenway park where David Ortiz gets booed.

“Oh, yeah, he’ll get booed,’’ Price laughs. “I told J.D. he will love the guys here in this clubhouse but also told him he’ll get booed. He’s a quiet, soft-spoken guy, but he’ll handle it. Besides, everyone gets booed. I heard Big Papi (David Ortiz) get booed many times in Fenway.”

Yes, that is a real quote. That statement alone deserves vicious boos from the Fenway Faithful. When was Ortiz ever booed “many times” at Fenway Park during Prices time in baseball? Even when Terry Francona almost benched the slugger fans were still chanting Papi, Papi.

No shot in hell.

Price making that comment to Nightengale is just a shameful attempt to garner national support for him as he attempts to pitch his way out of a contract he should have never signed. Price blames Boston and the fans instead of himself. He signed the contract, no one forced him to do so. Instead, he has taken shots at the city, the fan base, and the organization. Funny thing is if Price goes out and pitches halfway decent there is no shot he gets booed at Fenway Park this season.

Most of the fans that visit Fenway have no idea who half of the players are and will cheer for anything that walks up to the plate. Boston is no longer a tough baseball town, but don’t tell that to Nightengale.

Now it’s J.D. Martinez’s turn to experience baseball’s toughest environment, where perfection is demanded, nothing less than a World Series championship is good enough and, as Price can attest, where things can get awfully ugly in a hurry.

Welcome to Boston.

You’ve been warned. -Nightengale

Baseball’s toughest environment?

I think not.

The biggest newspaper in town, the Boston Globe, is in John Henry‘s garage. And then one of the biggest sports tv stations is also under team ownership.

Tough?

I think not, more like soft as butter.

Now a direct message to J.D. Martinez: Just don’t be an a-hole like Price and you will be fine. Hit .240 or .320, it literally doesn’t matter in Boston.

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Boston Red Sox Spring Training TV And Radio Broadcast Information

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The Boston Red Sox announced on Tuesday their 2018 Spring Training broadcast schedule.

Of the Red Sox’ 35 exhibition games this spring, 14 will be televised by NESN in the Boston TV market on either the main channel or their NESNplus feed.

In addition to the 14 NESN games, a partnership between them and Boston 25 will bring an additional six games to be broadcasted on Boston 25 in the City of Boston and on NESN throughout the rest of New England.

In terms of radio, the Red Sox Radio network continues to be WEEI which will carry 31 spring training games. There will be three national games on the Spring Training schedule with MLB Network carrying the March 2nd game and ESPN carrying both the March 23rd game and the March 27th game.

Below is the full Boston Red Sox spring training broadcast schedule for 2018

2018 BOSTON RED SOX SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE
(All Times Eastern and Subject to Change)

Thurs., February 22: Northeastern Univ. in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (NESN/WFXT*)
Thurs., February 22: Boston College in JetBlue Park (NESN/WFXT*)
Fri., February 23: Minnesota in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Sat., February 24: Tampa Bay in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Sun., February 25: Baltimore in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 93.7 FM / NESN)

Mon., February 26: Pittsburgh in Bradenton at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Tues., February 27: St. Louis in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Tues., February 27: Minnesota in Hammond Stadium at 6:05 p.m. (NESN+)
Wed., February 28: Pittsburgh in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Thurs., March 1: Houston in West Palm Beach at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN/WFXT*)
Fri., March 2: St. Louis in Jupiter at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM at MLBN)
Sat., March 3: NY Yankees in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 93.7 FM at NESN)
Sun., March 4: Baltimore in Sarasota at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Tues., March 6: Tampa Bay in Port Charlotte at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Wed., March 7: Minnesota in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Wed., March 7: Philadelphia in Clearwater at 1:05 p.m.
Thurs., March 8: at Tampa Bay in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN/WFXT*)
Fri., March 9: Miami in Jupiter at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Sat., March 10: Minnesota in Hammond Stadium at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN+)
Sun., March 11: Baltimore (SS) in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 93.7 FM / NESN)
Mon., March 12: Toronto in Dunedin at 1:07 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Wed., March 14: Minnesota in Hammond Stadium at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Thurs., March 15: Toronto in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN/WFXT*)
Fri., March 16: Minnesota (SS) in JetBlue Park at 6:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Sat., March 17: Tampa Bay in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)

Sun., March 18: Pittsburgh (SS) in Bradenton at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Mon., March 19: Philadelphia in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Tues., March 20: Pittsburgh in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)

Wed., March 21: Tampa Bay in Port Charlotte at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Thurs., March 22: Baltimore in Sarasota at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN/WFXT*)
Fri., March 23: NY Yankees in Tampa at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / ESPN)
Sat., March 24: Houston in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Sun., March 25: Minnesota in Hammond Stadium at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Mon., March 26: Chicago Cubs in JetBlue Park at 6:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Tues., March 27: Chicago Cubs in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN/ESPN)

(SS) – Split Squad
Home Games are played at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Lee County, Florida
* Games broadcast on WFXT in Boston DMA and on NESN through the rest of New England

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Red Sox Trade Bryce Brentz To The Pittsburgh Pirates

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Red Sox Trade OF Bryce Brentz To The Pittsburgh Pirates

The Red Sox have announced that they have traded outfielder Bryce Brentz to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. This creates a spot for newly signed JD Martinez on the 40 man roster, and ultimately the opening day 25 man roster.


Last season for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Bryce Brentz hit .271 with 31 home runs and 85 RBI’s. Those 31 home runs was the most out of any player in the Red Sox organization. However his fielding was okay at best.

This season, Bryce Brentz was on track to be the number 4 outfielder for the Boston Red Sox. But with the acquisition of JD Martinez, this would force Bryce Brentz off the opening day roster. Since Bryce Brentz no longer has anymore options, this trade makes sure that the Red Sox get something out of getting rid of him. Otherwise the Red Sox would have just designated him for assignment.

Bryce Brentz Highlights

Here are some of the highlights from last season for Bryce Brentz.



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