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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Nunez The Second Coming

Every Friday (until I get fired from this job) I will be compiling a list of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from the past week in Boston sports.

This will encompass all the Boston sports teams and news that occurred revolving the teams. In this first edition, you will find a Roger Goodell thought, Cyrus Jones and his future, and a look at what is powering the Boston Red Sox.

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

Good=Best,

Bad=Worst 

Ugly=Downright Ugly.

Understood?

Good, now let’s get started.

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The Good

This week the Boston Red Sox easily steal the Good category. Title? Award? I don’t know. They did well this week!

Starting with a series against their fringe arch-nemesis the Cleveland Indians, the Sox have barreled their way to an 8-game winning streak. This team has seemingly turned their offensive frown upside down, with a little help from a gaggle of loveable no-name underdogs.

And come on Boston! Who better to turn our Sox around than a couple of highly fallible and unproven underdogs!?

Of course, I’m referring to none other than Rafael Devers (the more “under” of the underdogs) and Eduardo Nunez. In the past 10 games, the Baby-Faced Bambino and Eddy umm… Nunez has a combined .369 AVG and a behemoth .663 slugging percentage, along with 6 homers and 18 RBI’s. But here’s the best part: Hitting is contagious. Case in point: Andrew Benintendi. Benny had a horrendous July.

He had a terrible.222 AVG while slugging a disheartening .322. Yuck! This month he has turned it around million-fold.

In August, the kid’s got a .500 AVG and he’s slugging .773 of the balls he hits. It’s like divine intervention!

This team wasn’t struck by lightning (as far as I can see). No, it’s simply a potent injection of hot bats that is inspiring this batting order. We all know it’s mathematically inevitable that Devers and Nunez will cool off. To what extent, only time will tell.

The Sox will gladly ride out this wave for as long as possible. What cannot be overlooked is the reverberating power now echoing through the Boston clubhouse. When underdogs get as hot as Devers and Nunez have been, the rest of the team is like an antenna channeling that hotness.

This month, the boys are certainly feeling those good vibrations.

The Bad

One name: Cyrus Jones. This guy’s pros look like they will soon overmaster his cons. On Thursday night, in the Patriots preseason opener, the young corner only further demonstrated his downfalls. Jones got absolutely scorched on a couple of long post-routes that went for touchdowns. That’s right, 3rd-string JAGUARS had their way with this kid!

Cyrus Jones is a 2nd year player out of Alabama. When the Patriots drafted him, the consensus was that he could make a contribution as a CB in nickel packages. What redeems the long-ball ball liability that he is, is his formidability in the return game. He’s built like a fire hydrant: 5’ 10” 197 lbs.

Given his size, the kid obviously lacks man-to-man cover speed (ran a 4.49 40 in the combine). But he can make people miss laterally on punt returns (presuming he holds onto the ball).

When Jones is in the secondary, he’ll only make an impact when he stays home in the first-tier. On Thursday night, we saw exactly what happens when teams target his lack of downhill speed on the outside.

The question at this juncture: Where will Cyrus Jones fit on this Patriots team? Last year, when returning the ball, he had a total of 5 fumbles. Those are fundamental mistakes. Fundamentals are the foundation of Bill Belichick’s coaching. This kid is intelligent, but he’s inside his head way too much. His physical errors stem from a distracted mind.  

After the first preseason game, where the Pats lost 31-24, Cyrus Jones evaded the media. He refused to address the press and fans, after a game where he was responsible for half of the opponent’s touchdowns.

He left Gillette beating himself up, like a petulant Pop Warner youth. It’s becoming clear that his lack of speed is too great a vulnerability for the Pats on defense. But if Cyrus Jones cannot break the fetters of his own mind, he may find himself without a job come September.

The Ugly

There is a picture going around of 3 Patriots fans getting chummy with Roger Goodell. That’s right, Roger Goodell: He’s not Darth Vader, he’s the Emperor! Without a doubt, this is the ugliest thing we’ve seen in Boston sports this past week. It’s maybe the most repulsive sight ever.

If you haven’t seen this cursed image, don’t go searching for it.

Late Thursday night, the betrayal was leaked on Twitter. This tragic photo came on the frayed coattails of a Patriots preseason loss. It depicts a few, now expatriate, Pats fans with $10 beers in their hands, embracing the NFL Commish. 

Initially, it was rumored that the “fans” were agents implanted by the NFL. Who else would embrace a photo-op with such a despicable human? But to my surprise, I personally KNOW one of the guys in the picture!

The kid wearing the Jimmy Garoppolo jersey grew up in my small hometown of Goffstown, NH. He is certainly the most offensive perpetrator of the bunch, with his arm draped over Goodell’s shoulder. These are regular Joe Shmoe New Englanders, voluntarily smiling for a photo with the Roger Goodell.

Tell you what guys: Frame it. Hang it up in your living room. And never show your faces at Gillette Stadium again. I hope your new buddy paid for those $10 beers.

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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