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Connelly’s Top Ten: Red Sox on Pace to Win 107 Games!

1. Red Sox:

* I love Victorino trying to score from second on the pass ball – that’s exactly what this team needs
* Plenty of good seats available at Yankee Stadium
* Dustin Pedroia can’t be sliding in head first to first – effort is appreciated but stupid
* Say it ain’t so Ben: Free agents signed this winter David Ortiz, Stephen Drew, Ryan Dempster and Shane Victorino cost $50mm!
* Starters Will Middlebrooks, Jose Iglesias and Jackie Bradley cost $3mm
* If Iglesias can stay hot – move him, Bailey and Ellsbury by Memorial Day
* Pettitte win / Rivera save – how many times has that happened?
* Game times 3:37 / 3:35 / 2:38

2. Jagr:

With the Bruins securing the services of Jaromir Jagr (winning goal off his skates) – one of the top 15 players in hockey history – what other Hall of Famers did they obtain over the last 50 years: Adam Oates, Brian Leetch, Cam Neely, Paul Coffey, Joe Mullen, Guy Lapointe, Brad Park, Serge Savard, Jean Ratelle, Phil Esposito, Jacques Plante,

3. Rutgers:

Interestingly, fired Rutgers assistant Erik Murdock is either eligible for state funded whistle blowing compensation or going to jail for extortion requesting $950,000 from the school before releasing the video of Rutgers basketball coach Mike “tough guy” Rice.

4. Celtics:

In Dominique Wilkins’ one year with the Celtics, he averaged 15.2 shots a game in 31.5 minutes (shot 42% and averaged 17.8 points)

5. MLB:

* Talk about parity, after just three games – only one team is undefeated (Nationals)
* Don’t look now but Carl Crawford is leading the National League in hitting – .556
* Top five fantasy players right now – Chris Davis, Michael Morse, Richie Weeks, Gerardo Prado, Carlos Gonzalez

6. Last Hall of Fame players to manage in the MLB:

* Frank Robinson – 2006
* Tony Perez – 2001
* Yoga Berra – 1985
* Bob Lemon – 1982
* Larry Doby – 1978:

7. Amazing Stats:

In 1950, Yankees stars Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Jerry Coleman and Phil Rizzuto went to the plate a combined 2,599 times and struck out 122 times / In the first HALF of the 2009 season, Mark Reynolds struck out 123 times in 372 plate appearances.

8. Old School:

In the 1963 World Series, the Dodgers swept the Yankees even though they hit .214 as a team (the Yankees hit .171). Starting pitchers in the series: Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Johnny Podres, Whitey Ford, Jim Bouton, Al Downing

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

If you invested $10,000 in Popeye Chicken’s parent company AFC Enterprises on October 12, 2011 when the Bob Hohler story came out in the Globe on pitchers’ beer and chicken consumption, that investment would be worth $27,521 as of the closing bell today ($12.53 a share to $34.76)

10. Randomocity:

* Miami Heat losing their winning streak is a like a pitcher losing a no-hitter. Coach is now able to take them out and rest them for the playoffs (or the pitcher to protect against a high pitch count)
* Interesting picture of Ortiz and A-Rod talking this week – $40mm of salaries not playing
* Rick Pitino was hoping for a temporary coma for his broken-legged player to further motivate his team
* Hate to have the Drew family on the North Korean border right now
* Every high school and college field in the northeast should be synthetic turf
* After four games, Jerry Bengtson is leading the Revolution in goals with ONE

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

3 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten: Red Sox on Pace to Win 107 Games!”

  1. Speaking of resting pitchers after losing no-hitters, think the Mets wish they had yanked Santana during his no-hitter last year? Threw a career-high 134 pitches and finished the game with a 2.38 ERA on July 2. Finished the season throwing 117 innings with an ERA of 4.85, and now his career is probably over. Got to wonder.

    REPLY – MPC – No doubt that he never recovered –

    Posted by vermont k | April 5, 2013, 9:21 am
  2. Iglesias will be back at AAA early next week because Drew is returning. 9.5 million will get the bulk of the playing time at ss.

    Yes, Rivera and Pettite are #1 on that list. Ahead of Eck and Bob Welch.

    Agree on Victorino and Pedroia.

    Bad point on Pitino.

    Is Bob Hohler’s story still up on Boston.com? If so, that is in poor taste.

    REPLY – MPC – I found the article on line somewhere – good combo note Eck and Welch – both crazy on the outside half of teh plate

    Posted by Brian | April 5, 2013, 2:49 pm
  3. Actually, I think Mo / Moose are next.

    Posted by Skylar Roach | April 6, 2013, 6:18 am

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