curse

I am no witch, but I am starting to believe that the Red Sox did not reverse the curse in 2004. Or, if they did, the Red Sox somehow put a new curse in place? They re-cursed themselves. Could it have been the 2012 blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Dodger’s Trade that re-cursed us? If it was that trade, then the 2013 Championship season can be laid to rest as a fluke. Or was it 2014’s pitcher’s liquidation sale that I bore witness to on my Twitter timeline. Perhaps, the Red Sox world spun off its axis during one of those occurrences.

Who knows what the tipping point was, because here we are, beyond over. Continue reading Are the Red Sox Cursed… Again? »

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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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Brock Holt is John Farrell’s MVP

June 12, 2015 at 12:08pm in Featured, Red Sox
Helping the Red Sox in any way Farrell asks him

While the Red Sox have stumbled there way through the season up to this point, one man on the team has outperformed expections: Brock Holt. His success has not gone unnoticed by John Farrell, as Holt has earned a consistent place in the second spot in the lineup. Brock is ballplayer in every sense of the word, and his value on this Red Sox team goes beyond his mere batting average.

Brock was riginally acquired as an afterthought in the deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012 that brought closer Joel Hanrahan to the Red Sox in exchange for Mark Melancon, Stolmy Pimentel, Jerry Sands and Ivan De Jesus. Since then Brock has blossomed with the Red Sox. The first couple years he had difficulty breaking into a lineup filled with big name stars all around the diamond, but 2014 seemed like a turning point for Holt. He finally earned a bulk of at-bats for the Red Sox as a utility guy. Last year he played every position on the field except pitcher and catcher, all while hitting a respectable .281 in 449 at-bats. Continue reading Brock Holt is John Farrell’s MVP »

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Miley argues with Farrell in dugout

The Sox fell to the Orioles 6-5 at Camden Yards in the final game of the series in Baltimore. Starter Wade Miley managed just 4.0 innings, giving up nine hits, five runs, all earned, including three solo bombs to Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Nolan Reimold.

It was another ugly performance for Boston, losing their third straight game after a home stand that showed a glimmer of hope.

Pablo Sandavol continued his best Chuck Knoblauch impression by sailing yet another throw from the hot corner into the stands for his eighth error of the season. Continue reading O’s Sweep Red Sox; Wade Miley Argues With John Farrell »

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Andrew Benintendi

The Boston Red Sox selected outfielder Andrew Benintendi with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 draft. Benintendi was recently named the National Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball as well as being named SEC Player of the Year.

The sophomore Razorback really displayed his power for scouts this year after blasting 19 home runs to lead college baseball. Benintendi also possesses plus speed which enabled him to steal 23 bags this year. Some comparisons to Benintendi include Jon Jay and Mark Kotsay. Continue reading Red Sox Draft Arkansas’ Andrew Benintendi 7th Overall »

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David Ortiz eighth inning sacrifice fly

The Red Sox took care of business at home by winning five out of seven games during the home stand. This coming after a tough stretch on the road where the Minnesota Twins swept them in a three game set, after which they lost three out of four to the Texas Rangers. During this trip the Sox bats were quiet, averaging 2.7 runs/game. Outside of the Rodriguez debut where he tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings, lighting up the radar gun, the Sox struggled, dropping six of seven.

Coming Home

Fortunately for Sox fans (and Ben Cherington), the Clay Buchholz we all hope will pitch came to the ballpark last Tuesday to open up the home stand against the Twins. Buchholz was brilliant, throwing 8.0 innings, giving up just three hits, and no earned runs, while striking out eight. Continue reading Red Sox Stand Tall, Take Five Out of Seven at Fenway »

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All (Mookie) Betts Are Off

June 6, 2015 at 2:30pm in Featured, Opinion, Red Sox
Mookie Betts

With a little over a month and a half before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline, there are sure to be an increased amount of chatter between the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies concerning their ace pitcher, Cole Hamels.

One would suspect that the price tag for Hamels has increased due to his recent surge on the mound. Hamels has given up an impressive seven earned runs in his past five starts while striking out a combined total of 38 batters. He has also had an average ERA of a miniscule 1.69. Continue reading All (Mookie) Betts Are Off »

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