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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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AP Photo/Charles Krupa

The Celtics have waived reserve point guard Phil Pressey to make room in the already crowded Boston backcourt. Pressey played two seasons in Boston, providing high energy, defensive intensity, and ball handling. The 24 year old Pressey was a coaches dream in Boston. He was happy to have the chance to play on the parkay floor, having spent time around the Celtics organization as a kid when his father, Paul, was an assistant to Doc Rivers. Danny Ainge made the tough decision to release Pressey, this was likely done with a heavy heart as he is known to be a favorite of Ainge. Continue reading Celtics Bid Farewell to Phil Pressey »

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1. All-Star Stolen Bases for Red Sox:

In 289 Red Sox All Star appearances – only three stolen bases:

* Brock Holt, JD Drew, Johnny Damon

2. Too bad Fred Lynn didn’t stay with his first team:

* Red Sox…………..308 average

* Angels……………..271 average

* Baltimore…………265 average

* Detroit……………..237 average Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Jackie Robinson Tryout, Sixteen Candles, Cornbread Trade »


Since the Matt Beleskey and Jimmy Hayes signings, there have been rumors linking the Bruins to free agent defenseman, Cody Franson. At one point the Twitter world had rumors that the B’s had actually signed Franson to a deal. Those rumors turned out to be false though.

Franson is a veteran d-man, who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs at the beginning of last season and then was later traded to the Nashville Predators. He had a career season, scoring 36 points, with a +/- rating of -7. Continue reading Why the Bruins Should not go after Cody Franson »

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Imagine what could have been.

According to a report from WEEI, Seattle Mariners’ right fielder Nelson Cruz tried not once, but twice, to come to the Boston Red Sox in the past two offseasons.  Cruz is good friends with Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. Ortiz tried convincing the Sox brass to sign Cruz.

Cruz is batting .308 with 21 homers and 53 runs batted in. If he were on the Red Sox, he would be leading the team in almost every offensive category right now. Also, it is worth mentioning that he is putting up these numbers in which he is playing in Safeco Field, a ballpark known to diminish offensive numbers. Adrian Beltre is all the proof you need. Continue reading Nelson Cruz Wanted to be a Red Sox »

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ABC News reported early Wednesday that Tom Brady and his players association representatives will fight in Federal Court any suspension that is given by Commissioner Roger Goodell when he hands down his appeal decision. In other words, Brady wants to be fully exonerated of any wrong doing or he will go to court.

Brady was originally suspended four games following the release of the Wells Report that stated it was “more probable than not” he knew of intentional ball deflation on the part of Patriots employees. He appealed the ruling and on June 23 was at the NFL offices for his appeal to be heard. Goodell has hinted that his verdict could come soon, and it is likely it would come before the last few days of July, when teams open training camp.

If Brady goes to court, he could file an injunction, which would allow him to play as the legal process plays out. If he is cleared, he would miss no time. If a court rules that he should serve his suspension, then he will begin serving upon the court’s ruling.

NFL players have had good fortune appealing discipline in Federal Court over the past 12 months, as both Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson had their suspensions overturned.

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The Boston Celtics have acquired athletic wingman Perry Jones III, a 2019 second round pick from the Detroit Pistons and cash considerations from the Oklahoma City Thunder for a future conditional second round pick.

Jones averaged 4.3 points and 1.8 points per game for the Thunder last season. As Royce Young of ESPN noted, Jones showed people across the league his potential by filling in for superstar Kevin Durant last season. In Durant’s three game absence, Jones displayed his offensive ability by scoring 32, 20, and 16 points respectively. Continue reading Perry Jones III Flipped to Celtics »

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