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Connelly’s Top Ten: I Love New York

I have four excellent value Red Sox tickets in third base area for $125 donated for the Blanket Fund – July 1st versus Cubs – who wants them?

1. Cliff “Clavin” Notes

* Triple Crown possibility this week – there were three in the 30’s / 4 in the 40’s / 3 in the 70’s (Affirmed the last)
* Cool Tommy John application coming from Dr. Andrews
* Someone get Encarnacion a pee cup
* Jim Kelly and Curt Schilling battling hard
* Now go Kings over Rangers
* Bogaerts is looking like a .317 hitter – using all parts of the field
* Think after Johnny Football’s Vegas trip Cleveland is thinking twice?

2. Uptons:

In the eighth inning brothers Upton both had outfield errors – has to be a record

3. Marathon:

In the 2014 Boston Marathon – 81 year old Harold Wilson ran a 3:58 – that’s super human – better than the 2:08 from Meb

4. Revs:

Diego Fagundez is in his fourth year with Revolution and just turned 19

5. Times I have rooted for New York:

* Rangers win over Habs
* Mets in 1969
* Yankees after 9/11
* Mussina to get a perfect game versus Red Sox, which Carl Everett messed up
* Rangers versus the Moscow Central Red Army in 1980
* Jeff van Gundy versus Alonzo Mourning’s leg
* Popeye Doyle versus French drug dealer

6. Stress of relationships:

Since Rory McIlroy showed Wozniacki the door, he has won the BMW PGA tournament and is leading the Memorial Open

7. Amazing Stats:

Andrew Miller and Daniel Bard in 2006 for the University of North Carolina:

* 22-6
* 227 K to 75 BB
* 17 wild pitches / 41 hit batters in 224 innings

8. Old School:

Hall of Fame positional players that pitched:

* George Sisler – 111 innings
* Sam Rice – 39.1 innings
* Jimmy Foxx – 23.2 innings
* Honus Wagner – 8.1 innings
* Ty Cobb – 5 innings
* Cap Anson – 4 innings
* Wade Boggs – 2.1 innings
* Harry Hooper – 2 innings
* Ted Williams – 2 innings
* Tris Speaker – 1 inning
* Stan Musial – 0 outs

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Sports and court

* Remy did the right thing for once
* Ray Rice is going to get off from knocking out his better half?
* Irsay is going to get off from crazy drug / alcohol driving stupor
* Hernandez case is going to be must watch TV
* Could John Connelly really get off?

10. Randomocity

* Great pitch chart in the Washington Post (shown in SI.com) of celebrity first pitches
* Suggestion – blocking shots in hockey is hurting flow of the game – new rule – can only dive at pucks and leave feet beneath faceoff circle or it is like basketball goaltending
* So let me get this right – its all right for Kevin Garnett to scream the N word so the world can hear it but not all right to say something in your home – just want to keep the rules straight
* No wonder the Red Sox are getting hurt – their trainer makes Reggie Cleveland look like Don Knotts
* Great College baseball regionals this year including Bryant down at LSU
* In a battle of first place teams (Jays – A’s) last Friday in Toronto there was 21,007 in attendance

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: I Love New York”

  1. Did you leave George Ruth off the list to see if we were paying attention? Or was he inducted as both?

    Posted by Mfcurtis | May 30, 2014, 12:35 pm

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