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Connelly’s Top Ten: Baseball Boring, Grown Ups 2 Downfall of American Empire

1. Cliff Notes:

* Four weeks to Labor Day / Less than five months to Christmas
* Five weeks to Patriots first game
* Hernandez and Boston bomber trials coming soon
* Bruins are going to be wicked average
* 109,000 for soccer in Ann Arbor
* Tiger Woods was 12-1 to win the PGA – can Sergio finally get it? he’s 21-1 odds

2. Red Sox:

* Let the Alan Webster experiment end
* Red Sox in the A’s lineup Saturday – Lester, Gomes, Moss, Lowrie, Crisp, Reddick
* Craig hurt already?
* Yankees have only one decent player on their entire roster – Ellsbury – for all that money
* Nava and Holt are going to have a tough time getting at bats
* Red Sox starters this weekend – 13.2 innings / 15 walks
* 3:03 / 3:56 / and Sunday might be longer but I’m not staying up (went to Cape game Sunday that took 1:43)

3. Butch Hobson is to Ryne Sandberg as Joe Morgan is to Charlie Manuel

Charlie Manuel with Phillies..780-636 (.551 – two pennants / one World Series)
Ryne Sandberg……………………69-84 (.451)
Joe Morgan………………………..301-262 (.535)
Butch Hobson…………………….207-232 (.472)

4. Red Sox Traded:

* Jon Lester Saturday – 6.2 innings / 3 runs / win
* John Lackey Sunday – 7.0 innings / 2 runs / win
* Andrew Miller – two appearances no runs / two holds
* Jonny Gomes – 2-4 Saturday
* Stephen Drew – Red Sox showed a video to celebrate his time in Boston – talk about short films

4. MLB Odds to win World Series from vegasinsider.com:

* A’s……..7-2
* Tigers…7-2
* Dodgers – 15-4
* Nationals – 10-1
* Angels 10-1
* Red Sox 100-1

5. Which winning teams have stadiums that are at least 25% empty:

* Pittsburgh….74.1% capacity
* Oakland…….71.0%
* Baltimore…..66.7%
* Royals………..61.1%
* Atlanta………58.9%
* Toronto……..57.8%

6. Red Sox first round draft picks:

Back to 2010 and where they are ranked on the site Soxprospects.com

2011 – Jackie Bradley……..bigs
2011 – Blake Swihart………2
2011 – Henry Owens………3
2010 – Anthony Ranaudo..6
2012 – Devon Marrero…….7
2012 – Brian Johnson………9
2011 – Matt Barnes………..12
2014 – Michael Chavis…..15
2014 – Michael Kopech….16
2013 – Trey Ball…………….17
2012 – Pat Light……………..56th

6. Greats versus Greats:

Russell vs. Chamberlain (from basketball-reference.com)

* Regular Season – Russell was 26-25 against his rival
* Playoffs – Russell was 21-15 against his rival

7. Amazing Stats:

Oakland’s Cy Young winners:

1971 – Vida Blue
1974 – Catfish Hunter
1990 – Bob Welch
1992 – Eck
2002 – Barry Zito

8. Old School:

Red Sox best lefties after age 30

Bruce Hurst….18-6 / 3.66
Mel Parnell….45-36 / 3.74
Bill Lee………..19-15 / 3.86
Lefty Grove….105-62 / 3.34

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Best actor on a cable Series:

1. Ian McShane – Deadwood
2. Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire
3. Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
4. Jon Hamm – Mad Men
5. Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
6. James Gandolfini – Sopranos
7. Michael Hall – Dexter

PS – Did not see the Shield

10. Randomocity:

* By the way give credit where credit is due – hats off to John Henry for getting rid of Luis Suarez
* Grown Ups 2 $133,668,525 at box office – revoke every license of anyone who paid money to see
* Revolution are 1-9 over last 10 games
* Reports state that the Cubs have the best farm system ever per rankings
* Former Boston College great John Bosa’s son Joey is an All American candidate with Ohio State
* Habs gave Subban 8 years – that will be fun to root against
* Tiger hurt again – Nicklaus goes another year without being challenged
* Jim Thome statue in Cleveland – was he that good?

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: Baseball Boring, Grown Ups 2 Downfall of American Empire”

  1. Gardner is a good player for the Damn Yankees. Would love to see him on the Sox. Really, NY should have saved money and let Gardner play CF instead of signing Ellsbury, he was not their biggest need.

    REPLY – MPC – I agree for the other $14mm they are giving Ellsbury he’s a real good player but not a $15mm player with limited power and average

    Posted by Vermont K | August 4, 2014, 8:57 am

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