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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

 

Patriots

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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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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