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Why Watch the Red Sox? For the Magic Number 1

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 […]

Mike Napoli (Finally) Shaves, Signalling the End of a Red Sox Era

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: Yes, that is still Mike Napoli… http://t.co/FHFh73LSD6pic.twitter.com/JNSqMX71si — Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) […]

Why Watch the Red Sox? The Closer Carousel and the Return (?) of the Koji

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 […]

Brock Holt: Utility Man or Key Future Starter?

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 […]

Why Watch the Red Sox? David Ortiz Poised to Top the Record Books

10 games and counting. That is all that is left in this abomination of a season for the Boston Red Sox. This is my #100happydays submission — that 2014 is kindly petering out and I can start looking forward to next season. But unfortunately, there are still games left and I can’t distract myself with […]

Why Watch the Red Sox? For the Real Clay Buchholz to Please Stand Up

In case you missed it, the Baltimore Orioles clinched their first division title since 1997 yesterday with a 8-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. It was pretty easy to miss because the Red Sox were eliminated from any sort of playoff contention weeks ago, and are so far back in the American League East (24 […]

Why Watch the Red Sox? For the Cuban Missile Rusney Castillo

Mercifully, the New England Patriots are in the win column, and the 2014 season for the Boston Red Sox is in its final weeks. Unfortunately, the Patriots only play once a week (hopefully more like Week 2 than Week 1), and there still isn’t any Celtics basketball or Bruins hockey to fill the space between each Sunday. […]

What Good Play from Betts, Cespedes Means for Crowded Outfield

After Jacoby Ellsbury left the Red Sox to join the Yankees, Boston fans, including myself, shirked off the Center Fielder’s departure as ultimately inconsequential because of our inflated optimism in Jackie Bradley Jr.  We convinced ourselves that Bradley Jr. was our farm system’s answer to fill Ellsbury’s void and that sharing a position with him was going to impede on his development […]

Catching Up With Old Friends: The 2014 Boston Red Sox

With just a month left in the MLB regular season, it’s time to reflect on the season that was, and could have been.  The Red Sox are a very different team than they were when they started the season, with players coming in and out of the clubhouse all year.  Let’s take a minute to […]

Video: Red Sox Turn 2-6-3-4-5-3 Double Play (But Still Lose to Yankees)

I’m hard pressed to think of another Red Sox-Yankees series in September that had less meaning, but then again I’m only 25, so what do I know? What I do know is that this Red Sox season is hopelessly lost, and now it’s all about enjoying the little things in life/baseball. So even though the […]

Red Sox Switch to Six-Man Rotation

Baseball — America’s National Pastime — is rich with unwritten rules tradition.  You don’t bunt with two strikes, your power hitter bats cleanup, and your starters pitch every fifth day. Now that the Boston Red Sox are pulled off the patented “worst-to-first-to-worst,” they’ll be breaking one of those rules. Red Sox manager John Farrell announced […]

John Farrell’s Second Season Unlike his First

In 2013, it seemed like everything Red Sox Manager John Farrell touched turned to gold.  2014 hasn’t nearly been the same, and Wednesday night’s loss to the Blue Jays was no different. Joe Kelly and the Red Sox were up 2-1 in the 7th in Toronto when Edwin Encarnacion hit a lead off double on […]

Who is Rusney Castillo? Examining Castillo’s Future with Red Sox

After losing out on the Jose Abreu sweepstakes and then plummeting to last in the American League East, the Red Sox and their fans needed the acquisition of Rusney Castillo simply for morale’s sake. With Victorino’s injuries and Jackie Bradley Jr.’s sudden inability to hit a baseball, the Red Sox’s outfield grew desperate for reinforcements […]

Video: Napoli Beaned, Homers into Fifth Deck in 7-Run 11th Inning for Red Sox

Tuesday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays started off reasonably well for Mike Napoli, with a first inning single that allowed him to eventually score on a double by Will Middlebrooks. Then the game took a turn for the worse for the Red Sox first baseman, as he struck out swinging in the third, then was […]

Struggling Season Continues for Xander Bogaerts

There is no better literal representation for the headache of a season Xander Bogaerts has had for the Red Sox this year than the 89 mile-per-hour changeup the 21-year-old took off the head Friday night. Bogaerts’ night at the plate said it all, really.  His first at-bat he crushed a Felix Hernandez pitch well over […]