Thank the baseball gods that there are now less than four games left in this abomination of a Red Sox season.
All are against teams officially eliminated from the MLB postseason – the rubber game against the Tampa Bay Rays, then three against Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees – meaning the Red Sox can’t even play the role of spoiler.
So why even watch if this season remains literally meaningless, with no playoff implications remaining? For one reason, and one reason only: The magic number 1, as in one win the 2014 Red Sox need to end up with a better record than the 2012 team led by a certain Bobby Valentine.
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Tags: 2012 Red Sox, 2013 World Series Champions, 2014, Bobby Valentine, Derek Jeter, John Farrell, New York Yankees, Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Why Watch
It was, as Agent Smith likes to say, inevitable.
Mike Napoli, the lone bastion of the bearded 2013 World Series Champion Red Sox, ended his hairy-faced holdout and finally shaved. Take a look, courtesy of NESN and the official Red Sox Twitter feed:
Continue reading Mike Napoli (Finally) Shaves, Signalling the End of a Red Sox Era »
Tags: 2013 World Series Champions, Fear the Beards, Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli, MLB Postseason, Red Sox
157 down, 5 to go.
That’s all that’s left on this misery of a Red Sox season, thankfully. But the Rajon Rondo trade rumors are nothing more than just that — rumors — and the Patriots don’t play every day (perhaps fortunately, considering Week 3′s ugly win), so I’m trying to justify reasons to keep sports in my everyday life.
So to answer the question, “Why watch the Red Sox?”, I’ve turned to Rusney Castillo’s first stint in the majors, Clay Buchholz’s momentum going into 2015, and David Ortiz’s record-setting season. One more reason (which I’ll probably ignore) is the Red Sox closer carousel, and what it may mean for the 2015 return of deposed closer Koji Uehara.
Continue reading Why Watch the Red Sox? The Closer Carousel and the Return (?) of the Koji »
Tags: Craig Breslow, Edward Mujica, Jonathan Papelbon, Koji Uehara, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Our Only Hope, Red Sox, Star Wars, Why Watch
Back in 2012, the Red Sox sent a package of prospects over to the Pittsburgh Pirates for projected closer of the 2013 season, Joel Hanrahan. Brock Holt was a mere throw-in, and Joel Hanrahan revealed himself as a bust, which cleared a path for Koji Uehara to dominate as the Red Sox closer. Holt played 23 games last year season with the Red Sox where he primarily filled in for Middlebrooks at third base. He batted .203 and failed to secure a roster spot for himself on the Red Sox 25-man roster.
Before the 2014 season began, there once again was no roster spot for Brock Holt. Yet again, we thought at the time that the Red Sox were going to defend their title a little bit more formidably. After a month and a half of disappointment and injuries, Holt found himself thrust into the starting lineup. Initially covering for Middlebrooks at third, by mid-June, Holt was thrown into the outfield, where he excelled, despite being an infielder by trade. Since then, Holt has played every single position on the baseball diamond this season besides pitcher and catcher. Continue reading Brock Holt: Utility Man or Key Future Starter? »
Tags: Brock Holt, John Farrell, Red Sox
Just a week remains in the season. Three divisions and five overall spots have been locked up. The rest of the bracket is really starting to come into play, though a couple of teams are still looking to make a last-week push. The big question for them is how they’ll stand up against a #1 team in either league that has some breathing room to work on set-up for the postseason. It’s do or die, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, September 22, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 24 »
Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB Playoffs, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals
The Red Sox have decided to treat the remainder of the 2014 regular season like Spring Training, auditioning many of its players for next season. Two of those players are pitchers Clay Buchholz and Koji Uehara.
Buchholz is known to run hot or cold during any given season. There does not seem to be a rhyme or a reason why this takes place. Yes, he is injury prone, which he demonstrated each year of his contract with the Red Sox. Some years, like 2013, he bounced right back to top form after spending the heart of the season on the disabled list. He completed the regular season with 11 wins and an ERA of 1.74. Once he got going, he could not be stopped.
Continue reading Buchholz and Uehara: A Tale of Two Pitchers »
Tags: 2015 Red Sox, Clay Buchholz, Koji Uehara, Red Sox bullpen, Red Sox pitching, Red Sox Trades
Gatorade joins Nike, today, in celebrating Derek Jeter’s retirement in their new commercial for the sports drink.
The spot, shot in black and white with Frank Sinatra singing in the background, features Jeter on the way to the ballpark in the back of a car. He stops the driver and says that he would like to walk the rest of the way to Yankee Stadium through the Bronx. He steps into bars, talks to women and men, young and old, as he makes his way through the borough. He signs a boy’s baseball, a placard of him during his rookie season, and ends with Jeter exiting the locker room onto the field as Sinatra crescendos the final words to “My Way.”
Continue reading Video: Gatorade Says Farewell to Derek Jeter in Ad »
Tags: Derek Jeter farewell, Derek Jeter Gatorade, New York Yankees