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?
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Tags: 2013 World Series Champions, Duck Boat, Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli, Red Sox, Spring Training, Yosemite Sam
Continuing our position by position ranking of the AL East, today’s focus is second base. If you missed last week’s make sure to check it out here. These rankings are a way to ramp up for the baseball season and to incite your own thoughts on the rankings. At the end of the piece feel free to comment of where you think we were wrong (and right!). So without further ado here are this week’s rankings.
1. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox: There really should not be much argument here, as Cano’s departure for Seattle makes Pedroia the de facto premier second baseman in the division. Pedroia is a leader at the plate and on the field and does not do anything halfway. While his hard play should be praised, it did lead to a thumb injury on the first game of the season last year, which led to a decline in power (only 9 home runs). With his thumb fully healed, expect Pedroia to be on top of his game this year. Continue reading Ranking the AL East: Second Base »
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Curt Schilling just can’t seem to catch a break, can he?
Set to appear in the booth for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts this coming MLB season, the 47-year-old Schilling has been diagnosed with cancer, according to his statement.
“I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges,” Schilling said in a statement released by ESPN. “We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer.”
Best wishes to the former Boston Red Sox pitcher in his battle with cancer. Get well soon, Schill.
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Tags: 2004 World Series, cancer, Curt Schilling, ESPN, Hall of Fame, Red Sox, Sunday Night Baseball
Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in just over a week. Besides Jon Lester, Koji Uehara, and other major league pitchers of the World Champion Red Sox team, top minor league prospects will join them on the field in Fort Myers, Florida. Top prospect pitchers that quite possibly could be at JetBlue Park include Anthony Ranaudo, Matt Barnes and Henry Owens. Let’s take a look at these three players and see what they may add to the Red Sox major league bullpen.
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Tags: Anthony Ranaudo, Henry Owens, Matt Barnes, minor league, pitchers and catchers, red sox pitchers, Spring Training
I fully understand the reasoning behind the Boston Red Sox extending David Ortiz, and him bringing the subject up in interviews. For the Red Sox, Big Papi has been a rockstar for the franchise both on and off the field, delivering three parades down the Charles and assuming a huge (omni)presence in the Boston community. For Ortiz, he has the security of an extra year of multimillion dollar earnings and doesn’t have to answer constant questions about his impending free agency from the relentless Boston media. Heck, Carlos Beltran just signed with the New York Yankees for three years, $45 million! So what’s one more year for the face of the franchise?
The Red Sox fan in me says another year is nothing (besides the millions of dollars, obviously). But when, after serious effort, I step back, separate myself from the emotional attachment to a Boston sports demigod, and survey the situation from as objective a perspective I can achieve, why should the Red Sox re-up with Ortiz a year before his age 39 season? Continue reading Should the Red Sox Extend David Ortiz? Survey Says No »
Tags: Barry Bonds, Ben Cherington, Carlos Beltran, David Ortiz, History of 39 Year Olds, Red Sox
Big Papi wants a little more of Boston before his career is over. Last week David Ortiz said it may be “time to move on” to spur talks about a contract extension with the Boston Red Sox. Some reporters thought this move by Papi was outrageous. I think it is a pretty shrewd business move by a man that knows his worth.
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Tags: Big Papi, Brooklyn Nets, Celtics, Contract extension, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Red Sox
It feels like the Red Sox just won the World Series and there is a long offseason ahead of us, but things have snuck up on us pretty quickly and Spring Training is now 12 days away. With baseball so close, three writers at Sports of Boston, Scott Siegler, Brian Roach, and myself, have felt it important to take a position by position look at the AL East. Here is our first installment of rankings in the AL East with a look at the first baseman.
1. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles: It was a hard decision between Davis and Encarnacion, but in the end the difference in age (27 to 31) placed Davis here. Chris Davis has always had power potential, it’s always been a question if he could make consistent contact and walk more. In 2013, Davis learned to do just that as he nearly doubled his walks from 2012 (37 to 72) while hitting 53 home runs. The biggest knock on him is his tendency to strikeout (199 times in 2013), so if he can continue his upward trend in walks and cut the strikeouts he should continue to get better. Defensively he can hold his own but do not expect to hear his name in the Gold Glove conversation. Continue reading Ranking the AL East: First Base »
Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chris Davis, Edwin Encarnacion, James Loney, Mark Teixeira, Mike Napoli, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays