Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr. was sent down to the Pawtucket Red Sox on Monday. When asked by reporters about the move, he said he was “disappointed” in himself. The truth is the Red Sox should be disappointed in themselves for not handling this player better.

The mishandling of Bradley began last season when the Red Sox had him play in the first games against New York in April 2013.

Over a year ago, it all seemed to make sense. Bradley had a phenomenal 2013 Spring Training season, exceeding even the highest of expectations. Through the middle of March 2013, he was hitting .436/.551/.564 in 39 plate appearances. He was the talk of the town all month long.  All of the newspapers, radio and television broadcasters asked, ‘should the Red Sox wait and let him play in Pawtucket to ensure his maturity once he arrived at Fenway Park?’ or ‘should they bring him to the opening series in New York?’ When the first days of April arrived, Bradley was in a Red Sox uniform playing centerfield in the Bronx. Continue reading The Mishandled Career of Jackie Bradley Jr. »

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Kenbrell Thompkins scored on a beautiful backs-houlder throw from Tom Brady. (Jared Wickerham, Getty Images)

With the first two pre-season games in the books this Patriots team is beginning to fold into shape.

Offense

Save a pick-six that was intended for tackle turned tight-end Steve Maneri, the first string offense looked very impressive.

The highlight of the night was Tom Brady’s back-shoulder touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins. The back-shoulder throw has emerged as an almost unstoppable weapon in the NFL the past few years (nobody uses it more than Aaron Rodgers), but Brady rarely utilizes it. Thompkins started the game at receiver alongside Edelman and Amendola, and it’ll very interesting to see how he is used in Week 1. Continue reading Monday Afternoon Rewind: Patriots vs Eagles »

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Rajon Rondo (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

The Boston Celtics will officially lose out on the services of superstar power forward Kevin Love on August 23. Once the calendar turns to that date, the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to send the first overall pick of the 2014 Draft, Andrew Wiggins, along with a few other assets to Minnesota in exchange for Love. Before Cleveland signed LeBron James, it appeared the Celtics were one of the few teams that had a chance to acquire Love, but the Cavs had plans of their own to sign the big man once James decided to head back home to Ohio.

The Celts were very vocal about the potential of a big offseason this year, but as of now their biggest moves have been re-signing Avery Bradley and acquiring free agent Evan Turner. The question the C’s now face is what to do moving forward, after co-owner Wyc Grousbeck admitted that his team missed out on the “fireworks” they had been hoping for. Continue reading Celtics Should Continue Patient Approach to Rebuilding Process »

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1. Cliff Notes:

* Red Sox playing out string

* Patriots countdown continues – they need to trade a QB

* English Premier League rolling

* Ice Bucket challenge keeps cruising

* Bowling under-rated

2. Red Sox:

* Game Times vs Houston: 3:19 / 3:46 / 3:50 / 3:11

* Nava since being recalled – 54-163 (.331)

* Pedroia since Shaughnessy article saying he was on the back nine 54-166 (.325)

* Boston has only stolen 38 bases this year and been caught 20 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Red Sox vs. Paint Drying »

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Ted Williams. Carl Yastrzemski. David Ortiz. Does he belong in the same sentence with the other two Red Sox legends? Well, after a two-HR night on Saturday, Ortiz has certainly entered the conversation:

Continue reading Video: David Ortiz Hits 400th (and 401st) Home Run(s) with Red Sox »

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ballable koji

Koji Uehara wants to continue, and quite possibly, finish his career as the Red Sox bullpen’s closer. It is up to the likes of Ben Cherrington and the rest of the front office to make this happen soon. Uehara becomes a free agent at the end of the 2014 season.

Even though his command has been a bit off this season, he is still playing well above par for the ballclub to the tune of 5-2 and a 1.32 ERA. The Red Sox would be crazy to let him go, right?

Continue reading Should the Red Sox Make A Deal with Koji Uehara? »

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Cornerback Darelle Revis will take the field as a Patriot for the first time tonight. (AP Photo)

Tonight marks the second pre-season game for the New England Patriots. They’ll be taking on Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium. This will be the first time we’ll get to see the Patriots starters in action, as most of the top players sat out the game in Washington last week. Providing an in-depth preview for pre-season games is useless, but here is a list of things to keep an eye on during the game tonight.

  • Tom Brady will likely play just a series or two. This will be his warm-up game, but he should be expected to play the entire first half next week against Carolina.
  • Darrelle Revis play his first snaps in a Patriots uniform. Just stay healthy.
  • Receiver Brian Tyms. Last week’s breakout offensive player could see some action with the 1′s tonight.
  • Rookie running back James White saw an increase in reps during practice this week. It’ll be interesting to see how much he’s involved during the first few offensive possessions.
  • Jerod Mayo has missed the past three practices. I’ll be surprised if he plays tonight, but hopefully we’ll learn more about his absences soon.
  • Offensive line. The unit struggled to protect Ryan Mallett last week. Their performance will be under a microscope tonight.
  • Who starts at safety? Duron Harmon has been the favorite to start alongside Devin McCourty, but Patrick Chung has seems to have surpassed Harmon in practice. It’ll be interesting to see how the reps are divided tonight.
  • Backup quarterback. Ryan Mallett will have to improve upon his poor performance last week. Jimmy Garoppolo had an outstanding week of practice, and Mallett could become expendable if he continues to struggle and Garoppolo continues to shine.

Continue reading Patriots vs Eagles: What to Watch for »

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