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Connelly’s Top Ten: All-Star Starting Pitchers, Medal for Frates, Weekend

1. Cliff Notes:

* 3rd game of Exhibition series – beware of traffic and no injuries

* The Celtics are literally even with the Revolution for non-relevance

* The ALS fundraising inspired by Pete Frates will be approaching $40,000,000 compared to $1,000,000 last year for the same time period. I’m not kidding – this is approaching Medal of Freedom levels.

2. Red Sox – brooms out:

* Mike Trout 4-17 in the series and they still swept

* Uehara the last two years – 173 K to 16 BB – wow!

* Ortiz 11 for 18 over his last five games and he sits – dude you’re a DH

* On pace to win 71 games this year – ugh (shouldn’t everyone have bet under knowing that was a fluke last year)

3. Duk Koo Kim:

Kim’s fight schedule over the 12 months prior to his death in fight against Boom Boom Mancini (7 fights just over 10 months):

12/27/81 – 3 round knockout – win

2/28/82 – 12 round decision – win

4/4/82 – 1st round knockout – win

5/30/82 – 12 round decision – win

6/27/82 – 10 round decision – win

7/18/82 – 4th round knockout – win

11/13/82 – 14th round knockout loss to Boom Boom Mancini

4. Pitchers that started an All Star game and pitched for the Red Sox:

(At some point in career)

Nomo, Clemens, Schilling, Seaver, Lowe, Wells, Martinez, Viola, Eckersley, Tiant, Monbouquette, Marichal, Wise

5. Ron Borges on January 2, 2000 on Bill Belichick:

* If he’s (Kraft) smart he’ll turn to the first guy….Bill Belichick.

6. Great vs. Great:

Hall of Fame pitchers that faced each other as starters in All-Star game:

1934 – Gomez vs. Hubbell

1936- Gomez vs. Dizzy Dean

1937 – Gomez vs. Dizzy Dean

1954 – Ford vs. Roberts

1959 – Wynn vs. Drysdale

1961 – Ford vs. Spahn

1962 – Bunning vs. Drysdale

1970 – Palmer vs. Seaver

1972 – Palmer vs. Gibson

1977 – Palmer vs. Sutton

1979 – Ryan vs. Carlton

7. Amazing Stat:

Most All Star starts for a pitcher:

* Lefty Gomez – 6

* Don Drysdale – 5

* Robin Roberts – 5

* Jim Palmer – 4

* Vida Blue – 3

* Clemens – 3

* Randy Johnson – 3

* Greg Maddux – 3

8. Old School:

In the 1988 American League MVP vote that Jose Canseco juiced his way past Mike Greenwell – Five Red Sox received votes that year:

2. Greenwell – 22 HR / 119 RBI / .325 avg

6. Boggs – 5 / 58 / .366

9. Evans – 21 / 111 / .293

14. Hurst – 18-6 / 3.66

21. Lee Smith – 29 saves

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Lincoln Continental in movies (imcdb.org):

* Godfather

* Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

* What Ever Happened to Baby Jane

* Marney – Hitchcock

* Goldfinger – Bond

* Mommie Dearest

* American Graffiti

* Coal Miner’s Daughter

* The Right Stuff

* Secretariat

* Christmas Vacation

* Last Action Hero

* Waterworld

* Matrix

* Inspector Gadget

* The Notebook

* The Way We Were

10. Randomocity:

* Remember Barracuda coats?

* How come bands don’t have great horn sections anymore – KC, Earth Wind and Fire, Chicago

* Bad summer for chewless tobacco PR with Schilling and Gwynn both afflicted with disease from its use

* Two Steeler running backs arrested for pot – someone said their backfield nickname should be the Doobie Brothers

* Was the Red Sox run last year a pro- John Farrell run or a anti-Bobby Valentine run?

* Obama doesn’t want to rethink the ice bucket challenge

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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2 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten: All-Star Starting Pitchers, Medal for Frates, Weekend”

  1. J Crew sells Barracuda coats for $400 (they look the same now as they did way back when). I remember getting a forest green one a Decelle’s in 1983 for $25.

    REPLY – MPC – Great note on the cost now – like Seinfeld’s father selling the rain coats we should have bought a 100 of them and held on for thirty years

    Posted by JC | August 22, 2014, 9:34 am
  2. For horn sections, check out The Roots on The Tonight Show

    REPLY – MPC – Did a great piece on Bass the other night

    Posted by vermont k | August 22, 2014, 11:21 am

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