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David Ortiz Welcomes $200M Teammates Sandoval and Ramirez to Red Sox on Twitter

By on November 25, 2014 at 4:31pm
David Ortiz will gladly welcome his two newest teammates to Boston, as will the rest of Red Sox Nation. (@davidortiz) David Ortiz will gladly welcome his two newest teammates to Boston, as will the rest of Red Sox Nation. (Courtesy of @davidortiz)

Red Sox Nation is pretty excited, and for good reason: the top two offensive players on the free agent market are both coming to Boston.

Pablo Sandoval’s agent confirmed yesterday that he was spurning the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants to come to the last place Boston Red Sox (I’m not sure I quite get that logic either, but who am I to argue?), and he was officially introduced today having signed a five year, $95 million deal with a team option for a sixth year. Just hours earlier, ex-Red Sox prospect Hanley Ramirez was reported to be heading back to Boston to sign with his former team for four years, $88 million (with a vesting fifth year option).

Alas, only one of the two can play third base, but I guess the Red Sox will just figure that out later. Now is the time to be excited about the endless possibilities that comes with winning (for now) the meaningless offseason arms race. The most excited member of all in Red Sox Nation, though?

Big Papi.

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14 years to the day of Brady's debut losing to the Lions 34-9, the Patriots turn the tables with a 34-9 victory of their own. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Another week goes by and another division leader falls at the hands of the New England Patriots. After the beginning of the season if you told most people the Patriots would come out of their current six-game stretch with a 3-3 record, most people would have taken that as a plus. Fast forward to the week of Thanksgiving and there is a legitimate chance the Patriots don’t lose a single game of their difficult mid-season schedule. They’ve already handled the likes of the Bears, Broncos, Colts, and Lions. All that remains are trips to Green Bay and San Diego. Even if they lost one of those games, going 5-1 after most expected them to break even is a massive accomplishment. Personally, I don’t see how this Patriots team loses another game this season.

- There really aren’t enough good things to say about this defense. Granted the Lions haven’t been lighting up  the scoreboard but they do have terrific talent who can easily find the endzone. Thanks to another standout game from the secondary, all the Lions could muster was three field goals. The only real big plays came when the Patriots were in zone defense, i.e. Golden Tate’s 42-yard catch. Jamie Collins had Tate in coverage and got turned around allowing Tate to be wide open. Other than that, there were few mistakes made by Matt Patricia’s defense.  Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 12: Patriots Continue Stretch of Dominance, Defeat Lions 34-9 »

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Donte Clark, Jabari Hinds (Photo courtesy of The Boston Globe)

They did not keep the winning streak as long as they would have liked, but the UMass Minutemen are 4-1 after the first two weeks of the season and have already faced some adversity along the way. Being able to rebound after a loss is a big factor in having a successful season and UMass has shown that ability both during and in between games. Here’s a look at how the Minutemen have been able to jump right back into the thick of things without missing a beat.

Last Tuesday, UMass participated in ESPN’s 24 hour tip off marathon for the third season in a row. The previous two years saw some late game heroics against Harvard and LSU and this year against the Manhattan Jaspers was no different. With the game going back and forth pretty much the whole way, UMass was finally able to pull ahead and seemingly put the game away with a successful inbounds pass. Continue reading Minutemen Bounce Back with Win over Florida State »

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MISC

* Gray hoodie knocked it out of the park
* The three thoughts I came away from this game – Patriots are on fire, I love watching Suh lose and I felt terrible for Jonas Gray (at least once in ten times Fox showed him it looked like he might cry)
* Don Cherry once put clips together of opponents going after Bobby Orr’s – someday they will be doing that of safeties going after Gronk’s knee
* I don’t think I’ve ever seen Jim Caldwell talk
* Because of the routes Tom Brady specializes in throwing – Dr. Stern at BU’s CTE center should look at Troy Brown’s, Wes Welker’s and Julian Edelman’s heads earlier than later
* I love Suh yelling at Brady “Don’t f****** run at me” and then his 90 shirt got buried in the turf on the Blount TD
* #91 Jason Jones went Night Train on Brady with a fore arm shiver to the chest
* Not to be negative but long snapper Danny Aiken is a problem (great pick up and punt by Ryan Allen) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Kraftapoolooza – Pats and Revs Win! »

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The Red Sox and free agent Hanley Ramirez are believed to be “moving toward an agreement,” to possibly be inked on Monday in the $90 million range over five years, reports CBSSports.com Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. Heyman broke the news Sunday morning noting the deal would “come together quickly.”

The Sox are poised to make some major free agent deals with Hanley and Pablo Sandoval. The Red Sox tendered a $95 million offer to Sandoval last week. Sandoval and his agent have not accepted the deal. Continue reading Red Sox, Hanley Ramirez Moving Toward $90 Million Deal »

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Coming in to Sunday’s matchup against the Detroit Lions, the Patriots’ offensive line was a focus point. The Lions boasted a top defense and were number one against the run entering the day. They had also not given up more than 24 points in a game all season. The offensive line was part of an offense that passed the test in spectacular fashion, winning 34-9.

Tom Brady dropped back to pass 53 times against Detroit and was sacked zero times. Part of this was due to some smart pocket presence and feet movement by Brady but a larger portion of the credit is due for the offensive line. Brady had time to find open receivers and was able to go through several reads without being forced to get rid of the ball for most of the game. Continue reading Patriots Offensive Line Passes Another Test Against Lions »

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Jameis Winston (Photo by Jeremy Esbrandt)

Boston College, 17; #3 Florida State, 20

Ten weeks after upsetting ninth-ranked USC, Boston College came close to pulling off an even bigger shocker over #3 Florida State (11-0) at Doak Campbell Stadium. Of course, the Seminoles have made a habit of winning close games, and Saturday was no exception, as they prevailed again thanks to a late field goal.

FSU looked to cruise early, putting together a 14-play opening drive that took more than six minutes off the clock and ended with running back Karlos Williams‘s three-yard touchdown. But the Eagles came right back with a 14-play possession of their own that lasted 8:22 and kicker Mike Knoll scored on a 40-yard FG to make it 7-3. Continue reading College Football Week 13 Roundup: BC Gives FSU a Scare »

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