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Connelly’s Top Ten – Can Anyone Beat the Fighting Farrells?

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Connelly’s Top Ten – Can Anyone Beat the Fighting Farrell’s?

1.Red Sox update

* On a pace to go 162-0

* Sox players with salaries over $10mm: 2017 – 6 / 2016 – 8 / 2015 – 5 / 2014 – 4 / 2013 – 9 / 2012 – 6 / 2011 – 8

* Jackie Bradley – I have never seen a batter have his bottom hand come off the bat so much in his follow through

* International Players: Dominican – 3 / Venezuela – 3 / Aruba -1 / Puerto Rico – 1

* Chris Sale is lightest on roster at 175 pounds / tallest at 6’5”

 

2. Bruins and Celtics

* Did Marchand get a game suspension for each “boy”?

* I think Brad Stevens had to go Harry Sinden on his team Wednesday night against Cleveland – out talented is one thing – outworked is in excusable

* Al Horford in sixteen games against East playoff teams: Toronto, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Washington, Atlanta, Chicago – 10.8 points / 6 rebounds – yikes he’s Brad Lohaus  

* Celtics are 27th in rebounding / 23rd in blocked shots / 3rd in Technical Fouls

 

3. Odds to win their championship (Vegasinsider.com):

Bruins……….25-1

Celtics……….20-1

Red Sox………15-2

Patriots……….4-1

 

4. Biggest off the hook moments in Boston sports (Buckner should sue)

* Tim Wakefield allowing home run to Aaron Boone

* Tuukka Rask giving up two goals in 17 seconds to Chicago for the Stanley Cup (watching the highlights – Lucic should have been cut that night – lost both battles and was coasting around)

* Danny Ainge for trading Kendrick Perkins for Green – 2011 loss to Lakers  

* Yaz for popping up to end the 1978 playoff and 1975 World Series

* Kevin McHale for dropping a rebound out of bounds giving LA the ball back for Magic’s baby hook

* Bill Lee for giving up the Tony Perez moonshot

* Gostkowski for the missed extra point in Denver

* Hagler for “coasting” in the first three rounds against Sugar Ray (then he disappeared and became an Italian actor but didn’t speak a word of Italian – things that make me go hmmm)

 

5. A stat that reader Jerry M read and shared – there were 109 drives in the NFL that were first and ten from the other team’s 22-yard line in 2016 – Falcons were the only team to punt

 

6. Players given up in trades for Ace’s – below supports the position – always go get the Ace:

* Lefty Grove……..1933 – From A’s for Rob Kline, Rabbit Warstler and $125,000

* Ellis Kinder……..1947 – From the St Louis Browns for Same Dente, Clem Dreissewerd, Bill Somers, $65,000

* Dennis Eckersley..1978 –From Cleveland for Bo Diaz, Rick Wise, Mike Paxton, Ted Cox

* Pedro…………….1997 – .From Montreal for Tony Armas Jr and Carl Pavano

* Schilling…………2003 – From Arizona for Brandon Lyon, Mike Goss, Casey Fossum, Jorge De La Rosa

* Josh Beckett……..2005 – From Florida for Hanley Ramirez, Anibel Sanchez, Harvey Garcia, Jesus Delgado

* Chris Sale………..2016 -From White Sox for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Victor Diaz

 

7. Amazing Stat – Patriots are only the second team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl and have three different quarterbacks win games during the season – below is teams with at least two quarterbacks winning games during their championship season:

2015 – New England – Garoppolo, Brissette, Brady

2014 – Denver – Osweiler / Manning

2005 – Pittsburgh – Batch / Roethlisberger

2002 – Tampa – Johnson /Johnson

2000 – Ravens – Banks / Dilfer

1999 – Broncos – Brister / Elway

1993 – Cowboys – Aikman / Garnett

1990 – Giants – Simms / Hostetler

1989 – 49ers – Montana / Young

1988 – 49ers – Montana / Young

1987 – Washington – Rubbert / Schroeder

1985 – Bears – McMahon / Fuller

1984 – 49ers – Montana / Cavanaugh

1980 – Oakland – Plunkett / Pastorini  

1976 – Oakland – Stabler / Rae

1975 – Pittsburg – Bradshaw / Gilliam / Hanratty

1972 – Miami – Griese / Morrall

1971 – Cowboys – Staubach / Morton

1970 – Colts – Unitas / Morrall

1969 – Chiefs – Dawson / Livingston

1967 – Packers – Starr / Bratkowski

1966 – Packers – Starr / Bratkowski

 

8. Old School – One of the most under-rated seasons in Boston sports history – Ken Hodge – 1973-1974 – 50 Goals

 

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Al Horford makes how much more than the following:

* Tom Brady………$16,000,000 more than five-time Super Bowl champ

*  Tommy Chang… $29,740,516 more than the Boston school Superintendent

* Carol Meyrowitz..$1,461,464 more than the CEO of TJ Maxx (2014 #)

* Isaiah Tomas…….$23,412,868 more than his teammate that averages 15 more points a game

 

10. Randomocity

* I have a TV series recommendation on Netflix – 13 Reasons Why – every teacher, coach, guidance counselor and parent of a teenager should watch it – and fast

* Smart move by the NHL not going to Olympics – it makes them look bad every four years when people watch the fast pace, up and down product of international hockey and big ice surfaces

* When people take the left turn, why do they stop at the beginning of the intersection – move up to where you are taking the turn and let cars going straight get around you and cars behind you get their nose in the intersection

* Working from home is the biggest scam in employment – really that’s nothing more than checking emails and doing the Price is Right showcase

* When someone puts something sad or tragic on Facebook – are you supposed to hit Like?

* Two biggest hits of the Super Bowl – Edelman’s head butt of Amendola after the two point conversion and Edelman sticking his chest in Brady’s face after the game winner

* Was there a sadder indictment of today’s sports than the Phoenix Suns celebrating Booker’s 70 point game and losing?

* Don Rickles understated acting job in the movie Casino – RIP

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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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