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Connelly’s Top Ten: King of the Baseball World – Again!

1. Title Town - 8 championships in eleven years
2. Offense
* Red Sox won the championship and hit .226 for the postseason
* Red Sox struck out 165 times in 15 games or 11 times a game
* Red Sox won last night with a four and five hitter (Napoli and Gomes) who hit a combined 17 for 88 (.193) during postseason
* Napoli 4 K
* Bogaerts and Pedroia overanxious at plate
3. Defense
* Surprised how lazy Ross was with blocking balls last two games
* Pedroia error at second could have been huge
4. Pitching
* Great postseason for Lackey – see the value of getting in shape and respecting your paycheck – glad he tipped his cap
* Farrell played with fire going against his instinct and leaving him in against Holliday
* Lackey, Uehara and Workman 26-36 first pitch strikes
* Lester and Lackey combined to go 7-2 in postseason
* Buchholz and Peavy finished 0-1 with a 5.43 ERA
5. Coaching
* Farrell played with fire leaving Lackey in – but overall A is the grade
6. Fox
* I was furious they didn’t show Shipping Up to Boston with the crowd all revved up
* Felt bad for Nava when Gomes and Erin Andrews are talking about 10-1 record when he starts
* Tim McCarver see ya
7. Titles by decade
1900-1909 – 1
1910-1919 – 3
1920-1929 - 1
1930-1939 – 1
1940-1949 – 1
1950-1959 – 2
1960-1969 – 9
1970-1979 – 4
1980-1989 -  3
1990-1999 – 0
2000-2009 – 6
2010-2013 –  2
8. Cardinals
* They have some electric arms but last night Wacha went from Otter to Flounder
* Very average line up
* Molina was arguing that Gomes was out while Victorino took third
* I don’t think Molina tried one pick off the whole series at first
* Bad 24 hours from the tarmac for their charter to not showing up for clincher
9. Next year
* I do not give big money extension to Lester – last two years 24-22
* Drew I offer two years at $13mm combined or send him on his way
* Victorino slides over to center to take Ellsbury position (Jackie Bradley never plays for Red Sox going forward)
* Napoli loved playing here – he should take $20mm for two years or let him go
* Starting rotation next year is locked in: Lester, Lackey, Buchholz, Peavy, Dubront, Dempster, Morales are all locked in
* Nava is gone, Salty I let walk
10. Randomocity
* That’s the loudest I’ve heard a home crowd
* Celtics are on pace to go 0-82
* What a fun day for Obama to visit Boston – Celtics opener and Red Sox clincher
* Good job by Jim Joyce behind plate after he blew obstruction call Saturday
* Why not to bet reason #60,213 – what would be the odds that the Fenway crowd would be chanting Lackey following his clinching World Series win?
* Easy win in clincher at home reminded me of the Celtics destroying the Lakers at the Garden five years ago

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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One comment for “Connelly’s Top Ten: King of the Baseball World – Again!”

  1. Starting rotation next year: Workman has to be one of the five.

    Cards were done before it started. Boston was like a shark in water going into that game.

    Nava…gone..unlikely.

    Erin Andrews is brutal.

    Agree about Ross behind the plate, looked like Salty on a couple of those plays. Unlike Ross.

    Salty punched his ticket out of Boston.

    Posted by Brian | October 31, 2013, 8:41 am

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