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Connelly’s Top Ten: Trade, Trade, Trade!

Jon Lester (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

1. Red Sox:

* You know your ace (Jon Lester) is going bad when they say six innings/four runs is a good outing
* In the top of the third Sunday night – Jacoby Ellsbury was on first for four pitches and never stole and then Carl Crawford was on first for four pitches and never stole, allowing a ground ball to end the inning in a double play
* Pedro Ciriaco, including Spring Training: 43 games: 39-102 (.382) / 12 extra base hits / 14 SB – 1 CS (prorated over a season 52 SB)
* Adrian Gonzalez is on fire in July at .384 (side note: Nomar hit .452 in June in 2000)
* When Aceves blows a save is Papelbon down in Philly smiling or too busy working on the theory of relativity
* Ichiro is approaching Willie Mays Mets days

2. Olympics:

* Ryan Lochte was hungrier than partier Michael Phelps. I wonder when Phelps looked up and saw he was 4th if he regretted the nights of partying and not working out
* Although Lochte was finally the “Man” in the relay swimming event (the anchor) and failed
* Great move by NBC having John McInroe over in England for interviews
* Olympic tangent – I heard the USA – USSR score before the tape delay
* Good job by the Queen to allow herself to be part of the skit (could have done without the Industrial Age and praying to the Tree)
* Relatively boring so far
* Drudge Report says that military and students have been filling empty seats
* Hate the fake hug by teammates in gymnastics

3. Patriots:

* I like the bullets in Globe’s Greg Bedard “Patriots Practice In a Glance”
* Tom Brady jumping off a cliff from 25 feet – Cohasset Bridge is higher than that…

* Could Brady throw for 50 TD’s again? – He’s got Hernandez, Gronkowski, Lloyd, Welker….
* Remember Bill Parcells used to wear those bike shorts during summer camp? Kathy Bates looked better in the hot tub scene of About Schmidt

4. Around Baseball:

* Milwaukee Brewers got a great deal from the Angels for Grienke: #1 prospect – shortstop Jean Segura / #3 prospect – pitcher Johnny Helwig / #8 prospect – pitcher Ariel Pena
* I’m looking closer to right on these mysterious viruses and back pains for Josh Hamilton
* Can’t believe Joe Maddon has that lineup still in the race

5. Oakland A’s:

A’s run in 2012 vs. the run in Money Ball in 2002

2012 – Pace to win 89 games / 18-4 in July
2002 – Finished 103-59 (from May 23rd they were 50 games over .500 – 83-33) / won 20 in a row (attendance: first win 17,466 / 20th win – 55,528)

20th win: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=032R8WBRczA

6. Average MLB Attendance at new fields in their 1st year:

Miami (2012)……………28,418
Minnesota (2010)………39,798
Washington (2008)…….29,005
Cincinnati (2003)……….29,077
Pittsburgh (2001)………30,430

7. Amazing Stats:

After Ike Davis of the Mets, who was hitting under .220, hit three home runs Saturday – Players who have hit three homeruns in a game at least five times (ibid – Joe Dorish Yahoo)

* Mark McGwire
* Dave Kingman
* Joe Carter
* Carlos Delgado
* Johnny Mize (six times)
* Sammy Sosa (six times)

8. Old School:

More three home run talk (should have had this in my book of lists for great local single game performances)

May 13, 1942:

* Boston Braves starting pitcher Jim Tobin hits three home runs and knocked in four runs
* Game was played at Braves Field in front of 3,443 people in 1:56
* He also pitched a complete game for his fifth win beating the Cubs 6-5
* Local scout Lenny Merullo was the shortstop for the Cubs that day

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Casablanca had six of the top 100 lines in movie history, according to AFI:

5. Rick Blaine – “Here’s looking at you kid.”
20. Rick Blaine – “Louis. I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
28. Ilsa Lund – “Play it, Sam. Play “As Time Goes By”
32. Captain Louis Renault – “Round up the usual suspects.”
43. Rick Blaine – “We’ll always have Paris”
67. Rick Blaine – “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”

10. Randomocity:

* Went to Coolidge Corner theatre Sunday to see the Bobby V. documentary and it was sold out
* Can you believe it’s been 40 years since Jane Fonda committed treason in North Vietnam
* I wonder if Paul Pierce has a basketball court with a timer to work on buzzer beaters in the off season
* The women’s soccer team in Boston (the Breakers) had 13,036 attendance for the SEASON / the Patriots had 12,000 for their first practice

About Michael

Lifelong Boston resident who finds equal enjoyment in celebrating the local team's success as I do complaining about their failures. I have been writing the Top Ten for the last decade as well as five sports books: 26 Miles to Boston, Rebound, The President's Team, The Great Book of Boston Sports Lists and NBA List Jam.

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Discussion

4 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten: Trade, Trade, Trade!”

  1. Dude, the Red Sox just took 2 of 3 from the Yankees in their house. Cheer up, at least for one day.

    REPLY – MPC – I was bummed that they won – I want the Titanic

    Posted by Alan | July 30, 2012, 8:48 am
  2. The Sox are done

    REPLY – MPC – Put a stake in them – like the direction though – I’ll take losses with this team

    Posted by Glass House | July 30, 2012, 1:04 pm
  3. Ellsbury grounded into a double play on a slow roller to second. What does that tell you? Blow it up! What are they waiting for?

    REPLY – MPC – Indifferent about competing

    Posted by NoBama | July 30, 2012, 6:45 pm
  4. Aceves’ and Papelbon’s stats are eerily similar – look it up – except for one thing: Papelbon is making about $11 million more this season.

    Funny thing about living in VT: We watched US-USSR hockey live at noon on Canadian television. Many in the northern states knew many hours before the rest of the country. Weather still could be better, though.

    REPLY – MPC – I think Theo said on the way out – big splash free agents arent’ the way to go – Just think if you took Crawford and LAckey’s money at $40mm and poured that into players you could lure into MLB in the draft. Your system would be insane / interested on the 1980 game – did not know that

    Posted by vermontk | August 2, 2012, 12:59 pm

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