1. Red Sox:

* Third baseman Travis Shaw had as many home runs Saturday as the Panda has had in 39 games – Not bad for $500,000 vs. $20,000,000

* Can’t tell me there weren’t some high fives in the front office this weekend with Luchinno giving his notice

* How bad are the $180,000,000 Red Sox – no one would take their players at the deadline

* Update on win pace – 72

* Napoli and Ortiz have been thrown out of four games

* Only four of David Ortiz’s 20 home runs are to the left of center field

2. Hot starts for MLB pitchers:

From MLB.network – number of starts out of the first 60 that a pitcher has given up 1 or less runs: Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Red Sox, Farfalle and Complete Games »

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1. Cowardly Lion – Red Sox:

* White Sox scored 13 first inning runs in this series

* Why not to bet reason #6,421,343 – Steven Wright and the Red Sox beat Chris Sale

* Is it true that Panda Sandoval went first to third and had to take himself out of the game for dehydration. Also Farrell admits he’s out of shape but keeps playing him

* Jackie Bradley hitting .191 after 512 at bats (I would take a chance on him if I was another team)

* Forgot to talk about Ian Kinsler letting a pop up drop Saturday of Ortiz to see if he would run – similar to Fisk getting in Deion Sanders face for disrespecting the game

* Do the Red Sox have a weight clause in Sandoval’s contract – I mean you did pay him almost $100,000,000

2. Roger Goddell is Scar:

* Jerry Jones stuck it to Kraft this week, supporting the commissioner Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: RIP Cecil the Lion »

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In a surprising move, Robert Kraft stepped to the podium before coach Bill Belichick on Wednesday and came out strong against  a league office that he believes unfairly punished his team as well as Tom Brady. When Belichick stepped to the podium, he deflected all questions related to ball deflation or Brady, saying that he was on to training camp. Video of Kraft in full is below as well as Belichick deflecting Brady questions.


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1. Red Sox:

* David Ortiz not running down to first base on Saturday and John Farrell not pulling him is affirmation that this is an unlikeable team that actually doesn’t represent the blue collar spirit of Boston

* Brian Butterfield sending David Ortiz on Cespedes arm with no outs is a fireable offense

* When Kansas City is marching out from their bullpen pitcher after pitcher throwing 97MPH + and the Red Sox march out Noe Ramirez that was throwing 88 with no movement Saturday

* Another bad decision – Ortiz needs only 425 plate appearances to have his contract automatically renewed – he is already at 372 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Ortiz Not Benched, Unbroken and Frisbees »

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Pedro Martinez (SI Cover)

1. Red Sox:

* Miley five walks in six innings – unacceptable

* Mike Napoli three extra base hits – you just assured your trade

* Love the third base coach yelling at Hanley Ramirez to stop jogging home on Napoli 8th inning double

* Six games since All Star game going into Thursday night: Hitting .192 / 1 HR / 0 Stolen Bases / 9 runs / 44 K to 10 BB / ERA 5.36

2. Patriot All Pro’s by position:

(not one running back during Belichick or Parcells era)

QB – Brady (2) / Parilli

RB – Nance (2) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Russians Are Coming, Pedro Facts, Hamburger, Hamburger… »

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1. Baseball – Red Sox:

* The highly paid line up of the Red Sox has been shut out seven times and scored one run in a game ten times

* Good news – Sox getting shut out on the road is game times 2:24 / 2:37

* Every time David Ortiz doesn’t run all the way to first base on a ground out – I would fine him $50,000 and send it to fix the city baseball fields

* In Rick Porcello’s 17 starts, he has made it into the seventh inning five times / into the eighth twice

* Yankees are on pace to win 89 / Red Sox need to go 47-24 to catch them

* Assuming Buchholz is done for the year – his starts last five years: 14 / 29 / 16 / 28 / 18

2. Golf – British Open:

* Sadly the tournament has had no flow with rain and wind delays Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Surfing Safari / Sox Lineup Stinks / Yankee Futility »

Eastern League All-Star Game 2015

This week, the Eastern League All-Star game was held by the Red Sox’ AA-affiliate Portland Sea Dogs (ME). I was fortunate enough to have had the privilege to go attend the game, and what a pleasure it was to watch the Eastern League’s best showcase their talents in front of a sold-out Hadlock Field.

The gates opened to the public at 3:00 for an eventful afternoon in Portland that included the first, planned Homerun Derby and a festive pregame introduction ceremony that allowed fans to greet the starters as they made their way down to the field from the sky-boxes. After the National Anthem, Blake Swihart threw out the ceremonial first pitch and, around 7:20, it was time to play ball. Continue reading Portland Hosts Eastern League All-Star Game, Ends in Unusual Fashion »

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