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Connelly’s Top Ten: Take Me Out to the Ballgame

1. Red Sox stuff

* Biggest day tomorrow is for Dr. Charles Steinberg – never mind the players
* Uehara has thrown 20 strikes out of 26 pitches so far
* On a pace to win 108 games
* Jackie Bradley got two hits – trade him tonight
* Johnny Gomes was 1 for 4 with two strike outs but they won so he will tell the media they win with in the lineup even though he stunk

2. Boston Marathon stuff:

Athletes from 25 separate countries have won in Boston – American men haven’t won since 1983 / women haven’t won since 1985

3. Yankees dropped the first series to Houston Astros:

* Yankees payroll – $197,230,609
* Astros payroll – $50,485,800 (last three years combined ($137,389,000)

4. The umpires who have the biggest ERA’s in a game while they are behind the plate (2013) from Baseball Prospectus:

* Mark Rippenger – 5.14
* Marvin Hudson – 4.78
* Tim McClelland – 4.71
* Ed Hickox – 4.64

5. Tiger Woods accident is the line of no return just like Nomar’s bare chested cover:

* Before accident – 48 possible Majors – 14 wins
* After accident – 17 possible Majors – 0 wins

6. NBA:

Only four players scored over 50 points in a game this season in the NBA: Carmelo Anthony (62) / Lebron James (61) / Kevin Durant (54 & 51) / Terrence Ross 51 (who?)

7. Old School:

Hit by pitch in honor of Don Baylor breaking his leg:

Don Baylor – From 1984 to 1987 the big guy was hit by pitches 134 times in 832 games (one every 6 games)
Mickey Mantle – was hit 13 times in his career over 2,401 games (one every 185 games)

8. Amazing Stat:

Alexander Mogilny

* In 1992-1993 season, the Sabre scored 76 goals in 77 games on 360 shots (21.1%)

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

What’s worse: Tim Thomas not going to the White House or Ortiz exploiting his opportunity to make money off the trip

10. Randomocity:

* Red Gatorade is now better than green
* With multiple earthquakes recently would you move out of LA for the time being?
* How long before people have private drones getting them food and beer from the fridge
* Eighteen players on the Yankees make over $1mm
* Al Gore was right – it got over 50 degrees today
* Never watched Big Bang Theory or How I Met Your Mother
* Nice bounce back year for Modern Family
* The Charger in the movie Bullet was cool

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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