1. Red Sox:

* Napoli two hits – trade him

* Buchholz good start Wednesday night – trade him

* Jackie Bradley, who was robbed of the Gold Glove last year, two hits and threw another run out at the plate – give him right field and 200 at bats

* Think about a line up next year with Betts, Holt, Vazquez, Bradley, Bogaerts make a combined $3mm and then Pedroia, Sandoval, Ortiz and Hanley making $70mm.

* When you have to send Rusney Castillo and Joe Kelly down to Pawtucket in the same week – someone should lose their job

* The Red Sox are on pace to win 70 games – that means over the last four years – three of those years are the worst in the last FIFTY years. (70-92 – 2015 / 71-91 – 2014 / 69-93 – 2012) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Hank Finkel – Celtics Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes To You »

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1. Red Sox:

* A Father’s Day gift to desperate Sox fans – 12 extra base hits

* Wade Miley a Dice K like performance over six shutout innings

* How come I feel when Hanley makes a catch they should stop the game and give him the ball

* Why is De Aza getting at bats over Jackie Bradley Jr?

* Does Uehara really need work in a 13-0 game?

* Hitting over .300 in June – Betts, Holt, Pedroia, Sandoval, Bogaerts, Hanley

* Sox are on pace to win less than 70

* Red Sox failed challenges (46% in 2014 – 63% in 2015)

* I’m not a big Ortiz guy but that umpire should be sanctioned for looking for a fight after he missed two pitches in Ortiz’s at bat (Ortiz is paid to stay in games – also he pushed Farrell) – umpire Drekman calls balls out of the strike zone strikes 16.67% of time Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Sox Celebrate Solstice Day »

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1. Red Sox:

* You know it’s bad when Atlanta intentionally walks .231 hitting David Ortiz to get to your $20mm cleanup hitter Hanley Ramirez

* How silly do you feel if you have a Red Sox license plate or even worse tattoo?

* Could Cherrington trade Hanley, Panda and Porcello to the Dodgers – we will throw in Nick Punto again

* Panda tweeting during the game – right back to chicken and beer in the clubhouse. No respect for their great fortune. Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Panda Working His Magic in the John »

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Boston sports frustration

Dear Beloved Boston Sports Fans,

In case you haven’t noticed, the Boston sports teams are all in a state of disarray. The Red Sox are quickly becoming the laughing stock of Major League Baseball with one of the highest payrolls in the league and a collection of underperforming players.

The only bright spot on the team thus far has to be the emergence of left handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez. Since being called up on May 29th against the Texas Rangers, Rodriguez has posted impressive numbers by going 2-0 with a microscopic 0.44 era and 21 strikeouts.

In probably the most disappointing team of the year, the Boston Bruins have to make some much needed changes this offseason. It started with Peter Chiarelli departing for Edmonton and hiring Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney to General Manager. The team also decided to part ways with Carl Soderberg. Recent trade speculation has been swirling around that defenseman Dougie Hamilton is seeking a deal worth up to $8 million per season, which may be too rich for the Bruins’ taste and a possible trading partner could be no other than Chiarelli and the Edmonton Oilers, as stated by Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

Even though the Celtics made the playoffs this year, they may have been better off going into the lottery as they are trying to reposition themselves in the draft to get a higher selection. They have four draft choices this year. They are unlikely to keep all of those picks, as they will be looking for trading partners or use a few on European players and stash them overseas for a few years. Even though a man appearing to be LaMarcus Aldridge was spotted at Logan Airport last week, it is likely that he will sign with a team from Texas, according to ESPN’s Ric Bucher. It will be interesting to see what Danny Ainge has up his sleeve this summer, but if they keep to this model, it will be a few years until they can seriously go themselves serious contenders and out of the purgatory which is being mediocre in the NBA.

The Patriots have made a lot more noise off the field than they would have preferred. Star quarterback Tom Brady could potentially miss up to four games and they have released their first three starting cornerbacks in Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, and Kyle Arrington respectively. Longtime staple in the defensive line, Vince Wilfork, has moved on to play for the Texans. The Patriots will also have to forfeit a 2016 first round pick and 2017 fourth round pick. The Patriots have to turn to second-year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to fill the void of Brady’s absence.

In order of fan base confidence, it has to be the Patriots, Bruins, Celtics, and last and certainly least, the Red Sox. One might feel as though the Bruins and Celtics can be interchangeable based on the number of draft assets that Danny Ainge has to work with and the high volume of question marks surrounding this Bruins team. The two that are not debatable, however, are the Patriots and Red Sox. The Patriots are coming off of a Super Bowl win. Albeit difficult to repeat in the NFL, it anyone can do it, it is Bill Belichick and the Patriots, especially in a weak AFC Conference. As John Breech of CBSSports.com noted, the Patriots have the 11th easiest schedule in the league.

It is tough to look someone in the eye these days and say that you have confidence in these Red Sox. They blew a 7-run lead to the Toronto Blue Jays last night, which is nothing short of an embarrassment. Take into account the clubhouse, especially Wade Miley’s meltdown with John Farrell in Baltimore Thursday night. As a fan, you always want your team to succeed. However, this team doesn’t deserve to win the way they have been playing.

It is an interesting time to be a fan in Boston with a lot more question marks than answers. Hopefully they will be in our favor sooner rather than later.

Sincerely,
John O’Callaghan, an objective Boston Sports Fan

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1. Red Sox:

* Don’t forget – not only did you give up $200,000,000 for Hanley and Panda but also you lost your second round pick which was #49 Antonio Santillan – right handed pitcher 6’3″ 240 lbs* Since winning the first three series of the season – the Sox are 3-8 in series

* I don’t think John Farrell ever gets another managing job after this

* Records in 2012 / 2014 / 2015: 167-217 —- 57.5 games out of first

* When Victorino reports to Pawtucket along with Craig, Masterson, Bradley and others the AAA team payroll with be over $40mm. Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Red Sox Swept, Soccer Rolls, Meatballs Stink! »

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1. Red Sox:

* One pitch can change a game – Oakland had Castillo struck out – did not get the call – Red Sox scored seven runs

* Pedroia 13 for his last 25

* Red Sox should give Ortiz an incentive for hits to the opposite field

* San Francisco must be laughing after Sandoval was so mouthy to them in spring training (never mind showing up to camp out of shape)

* Haven’t seen so many balls bounce off the Green Monster and then past the player who is too tight to the wall – Yaz must be sick to his stomach

* The surprise isn’t that a woman was hit by a broken bat – the surprise is that this doesn’t happen 20 times a year Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Red Sox Sweep, Triple Crown and Earthquake »

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If you saw last night’s Red Sox game, you saw the Major League debut for Oakland A’s prospect Pat Venditte, who is ambidextrous, meaning he can pitch with both arms.

Check out the video here:

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