Ladies and gentlemen, spring training is here, the 2014 season has begun, and the Boston Red Sox title defense is underway.
Pitchers and catchers have reported to Fort Meyers. Dustin Pedroia has already taken batting practice. Ryan Dempster decided he could do without $13 million and took a sabbatical. And true to their word, the Red Sox have shed their beards for the upcoming season.
Jonny Gomes, the Original Beard, turned his iconic beard into a strange promo for Philips Norelco before taking the whole thing off on Fox & Friends. Even Mike Napoli, who seemed like he would hold strong a month ago, now is having second thoughts. So with the beards scattered to the seven winds, what should be this year’s team identity?
Well, we at SoB have some suggestions, ranging from the “been there, done that” to the “now we’re getting somewhere”:
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Tags: 2014, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli, MLB, Red Sox, Spring Training, World Series, Xander Bogaerts
Jarrod Saltalamacchia and all the syllables in his last name are off to Miami. His replacement is AJ Pierzynski, and while he does not have nearly as many syllables, he does well for himself. Pierzynski is expected to get the bulk of the playing time and World Series hero David Ross will have his chances as well. This veteran tandem should serve the Red Sox well in 2014, giving them roughly the same production from catcher as last year. Beyond 2014 is a different story as Pierzynski (37) and Ross (37 in March) are merely serving as a stopgap to two young and exciting Red Sox prospects: Blake Swihart and Christian Vasquez.
Continue reading Catching On: A Look at Red Sox Prospects Swihart and Vasquez »
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In the heels of winning the World Series, the Red Sox entered the 2014 season with six starting pitchers for five spots, a good problem to have. Well, now we can consider that problem solved.
Starting pitcher Ryan Dempster, who will turn 37 in May, has told Ken Rosenthal that he will definitely not play baseball in 2014.
“I don’t feel like I am capable of performing to the ability and standard that I am accustomed to. Continue reading Ryan Dempster Retires? Pitcher Won’t Play for Red Sox in 2014 »
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Have the New York Yankees bought their way back to the top of the American League East? The money has been spent on all the right names. This off-season the Yankees paid $471 million for talented players like Masahiro Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, among others. Will it be enough?
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Tags: American League East standings, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees, ranking
Last week the Red Sox announced that Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, Nomar Garciaparra and Joe Castiglione would be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame this August. This star-studded class has a pitcher who had one of the most dominant stretches in baseball history when Pedro Martinez went 101-28 with a combined 2.54 ERA in his first six seasons in Boston. Along with him is teammate Nomar Garciaparra, who was one of the most beloved athletes on the exciting late-90s Red Sox teams. Joe Castiglione has been calling Red Sox games on the radio for over 30 years now and is a deserving inductee. Then, there is Roger Clemens. He used to be Boston’s favorite son but now is seen as a pariah to many. What exactly is Roger Clemens’ Boston legacy? Continue reading Boston Legacy for Roger Clemens »
Tags: Boston Red Sox, Joe Casitglione, Nomar Garciaparra, Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens
That sound you hear? That’s the sound of 29 teams other than the New York Yankees groaning after learning they’re going to have to come up with another parting gift to give to another Yankee legend and first-ballot Hall of Famer.
One year after greatest-closer-of-all-time Mariano Rivera completed his farewell tour of Major League Baseball, Yankee captain Derek Jeter announced (on Facebook?) that he’ll retire after the 2014 season. That means he’ll be saying his goodbyes to each MLB stadium he passes through the same as Rivera did last year, so bring on the framed photos and vials of dirt and odd memorabilia-based arts and craft projects and, of course, giant sand sculpture likenesses.
But though I may already be tired of the hoopla that will surround his comeback/exit interview at every stop this season, I must say (begrudgingly) I’m going to miss Derek Jeter. Because even though I pure, straight hate him, goddamnit do I respect him.
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In case you missed it, Jonny Gomes got an enormous tattoo commemorating the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. No, seriously:
Once I got over just how incredible that tattoo is — and went out and got one inked for myself, of course — I found myself left with so many unanswered questions that no Napoli tweet could satisfy. So I’m going to explore the answers myself in an attempt to help other Red Sox fans wondering what the heck is going on with all that ink, starting with:
Q: Why am I that much more excited about the arrival of spring training and the 2014 MLB season?
Continue reading A Red Sox Fan’s Guide to Jonny Gomes’s Commemorative World Series Tattoo »
Tags: 2013 World Series Champions, Duck Boat, Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli, Red Sox, Spring Training, Yosemite Sam