For the second year in a row, the Red Sox franchise’s Winter Weekend allowed fans, players, media, and management to come together and report on their off-season activities.
Hanley Ramirez declared he was working on his skills towards what he feels will be an “easy” transition from left field to first base. Since so much has been written about the Ramirez move, I’ll just say I will believe it when I see it. Less vertical box jumps posted to Instagram and more footwork and ball-handling drills, would be my advice to Hanley. Both are the secret to success at first base. Just ask Mike Napoli.
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Well, I was wrong. I was wrong dead to rights. I was a deer caught in the headlights on this one.
I’m a man, so I’ll admit my wrongs. And, you know, after it’s all said and done, I’m not really mad. I’m sort of over it already, surprisingly. After 2014, even though I kept telling myself I wasn’t mad, I was burning on the inside. It felt like the Salem Witch Trial people were burning a witch to death next to my heart. I felt like my heart had been replaced with a furnace stockpiled with everyone’s Christmas coal. I was devastated- mostly because people gave Peyton credit where it wasn’t due. That reared its ugly head in the SB where he got punished nationwide (excuse the pun) 43-8. Continue reading Honestly Not Even Mad, Just Very Disappointed after Patriots Loss to Broncos »
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By now just about everyone knows that the Red Sox are going to throw Hanley Ramirez out at first base in 2016 and hope for the best. The good part about that plan is that Ramirez can’t possibly be worse at first than he was in Left Field in 2015, so there is nowhere to go but up. One aspect of this move that seems to have gone unnoticed is the status of incumbent First baseman Travis Shaw.
Shaw played well in his limited sample of plate appearances in 2015, but it appears that there is not much room for him to take an expanded role on the 2016 Red Sox. This may actually be a positive for now, as Shaw’s success last season surprised just about everyone, given his lack of flashy tools and mediocre minor league numbers (.249/.318/.356 in Triple-A in 2015). In fact, Shaw finished the season hitting fifth in the Red Sox order and was relied upon as one of their better run producers in the month of September, yet is still going into the 2016 season without a major role. Is this because the Red Sox basically had nowhere else to put Ramirez defensively, or because they do not believe Shaw can sustain his breakout going forward? Let’s answer the latter question by doing a quick comparison of two players in their rookie seasons with the Red Sox:
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On Monday morning the Patriots came to an agreement with veteran, free agent running back Steven Jackson. Adding Jackson to the 53-man roster put the Patriots at a total of 75 different players making up the 53-man roster over the course of this season. The injuries have been noticeable and if this were any other team they would have been crippled. Instead Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have steered the ship to another first round playoff bye and with another win can lock up home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Injuries are part of the game but it’s obvious that no one handles them better than the New England Patriots.
– Joey Iosefa is the exact reason Patriots fans only wonder one thing every year which is “are they going to have the first or second seed?” LeGarrette Blount was finally getting the late season production that he has been so good at. Just as he’s getting the carries he goes down for the year with a hip injury. The expectation was James White and Brandon Bolden would see an increased role, which they both did. In classic Belichick fashion he promoted Iosefa from he practice squad on Saturday night. Iosefa then carried the ball 14 times for 51 hard earned yards, while also blocking as a full back. Sure it wasn’t a Jonas Gray 200-yard game but Belichick once again found production where you’d least expect it. The addition of Steven Jackson adds depth and experience, not to mention he has fresh legs. For how the Patriots use the running game they definitely have the pieces in place for a postseason push. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 15: Patriots Clinch 1st Round Bye Handling the Titans 33-16 »
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The Boston Red Sox had a variety of options in finding an ace this offseason. The free agent market featured several top of the rotation pitchers, and the trade market (allegedly) features other pitchers who would easily feature as any team’s ace. The Red Sox ended up making David Price the richest pitcher in history and they were smart to do so, as Price made the most sense of any available ace. While the contract is obviously exorbitant, signing Price cost the Red Sox nothing but money; no prospect cost in trade, and no draft pick loss since Price was traded in-season.
Another pitcher in that tier is Johnny Cueto. Cueto, like Price, would have cost the Red Sox nothing but a sizeable financial commitment since he was a free agent that also was traded during the season. Some are saying that the Red Sox would have been better off signing Cueto since his agreement with the Giants came in $87 million shorter than the Red Sox commitment to Price. Adding to that sentiment is a report that the Red Sox were Cueto’s preferred destination, due in large part to his admiration of Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez.
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After losing two games in a row you knew there was no way the Patriots were going to lose Sunday against the Texans. With Belichick and Tom Brady involved the Patriots haven’t lost more than two games in a row since 2002. Offensively the team is still banged up but the return of Rob Gronkowski made an immediate impact. Julian Edelman returned to the practice field much earlier than anyone expected, granted it was light work but still a positive sight nonetheless. Both of those only added to the fact that the Bengals lost the game and Andy Dalton for potentially the rest of the season and the Broncos blew a 12-0 lead at home against the Raiders. The Patriots took the opening and now control their own destiny.
– Sunday night was the most balanced offensive game plan that they’ve used all year. Tom Brady finished with 30 pass attempts while the team as a whole ran the ball 31 times. They finally decided to stick with the run and it paid dividends. LeGarrette Blount looked to be having his most productive game of the season rushing 10 times for 53 yards. Unfortunately his day and season were ended early. Brandon Bolden showed a good burst for his first extended look of the season finishing with 51 yards on 16 carries. James White started to make more of an impact in the passing game gaining 27 yards on a screen pass. It’s a shame that one of the best rushing games for the year is marred by the loss of Blount. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 14: Patriots Take Control of The AFC, Defeat Texans 27-6 »
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