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Red Sox Clinch Division, Miss Opportunity for Home Field Advantage

By on September 29, 2016 at 9:42am
The Red Sox lost in horrific fashion, but still managed to clinch the AL East with Toronto's loss to the Orioles. (USA Today) The Red Sox lost in horrific fashion, but still managed to clinch the AL East with Toronto's loss to the Orioles. (USA Today)

That’s not exactly how you draw up clinching the division.

With the Boston Red Sox leading the New York Yankees 3-0 in the eighth inning, the Baltimore Orioles came back to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 and clinch the American League East division title for the Red Sox, win or lose against the Yankees.

The Red Sox chose the losing route. Needing just three outs to kick off the celebration with a win, Craig Kimbrel threw 28 more pitches than I did in recording the same number of outs (that would be zero). He gave up a single, walked three, and threw a wild pitch.

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Jose Fernandez

September 27, 2016 at 3:17pm in MLB, Opinion, Top Story

Jose Fernandez

On September 25, 2016 Major league baseball lost one of the greatest pitchers in the game.  Not only was Fernandez already one of the best pitchers in the game, but he had a very bright future.  Fernandez passed away around 3 in the morning on September 25 due to a tragic boating accident.  I woke up to this news on Sunday and I was completely devastated.  Being that he was only 24 years old, it seemed like he had a lot of great baseball left but now all we can think is what could have been.

Before I talk about how great a person he was, let’s talk about Jose Fernandez, the ace of the Miami Marlins.  In his short four year MLB career, Fernandez had a career record of 38-17 with an ERA of 2.58.  He also posted 538 strike outs.  This guy could throw heat and he was very electric.  In my mind he was easily in the top 5 of MLB pitchers right now.  Some of his career accomplishments, were winning the NL Rookie of the year in 2013 and being named to the all-star game in 2013 and 2016.  Not only did Fernandez bring dominant stuff to the mound but he also brought a great personality.  This guy loved baseball and he was always having fun.  He was also the Marlins biggest cheerleader.  He loved his teammates and his teammates loved him.  Sometimes he rubbed opposing players the wrong way but that was just him showing his emotions.  Fernandez was just a fun, loving player that would express how he felt about his performance or his teammates performance.

Jose Fernandez, the individual, was also great too.  Fernandez tried to escape from Cuba to America and failed three times.   On his fourth attempt, a person fell into the sea, and not knowing who it was, Fernandez, jumped into the water and was able to rescue the person and get them back into the boat.  The person he saved turned out to be his mother.  At only 15 years old, Fernandez, was already a hero for doing that.  Fernandez, his sister and his mother successfully made it to America and relocated in Tampa Bay.  Jose loved his family and his biggest fan was his grandmother.  His grandmother would climb to the roof of her house just to be able to listen to Fernandez pitch on the radio.  After six years apart, his grandmother was able to attend opening day in 2014 and watch her grandson pitch.  Fernandez pitched a great game that day and I believe part of the reason was because of his Grandmother being in attendance.

Jose Fernandez leaves his grandmother, mother, sister, and girlfriend behind.  One of the saddest things about Jose passing is that a week ago he announced on Instagram that his girlfriend was pregnant.  That child will never know his/her dad but will know how outstanding his/her father was not only as an MLB pitcher but as a human being.  The Marlins have already announced that they will retire the number 16 Fernandez jersey and I believe that is the right move.  He will never be forgotten by that franchise and will be watching down on that team.  Baseball will miss you Jose, keep smiling and forever Rest in Peace.

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Marchands stays a Bruin for 8 more years. (cbc.ca)

It looks like Brad Marchand will remain a Bruin for the considerable future as he has just been signed to a new 8 year contract extension worth $49 million, according to multiple sources. Continue reading Brad Marchand Resigns with Bruins for 8 years $49 million »

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September has been an incredible month for the Red Sox. In just this month only, David Ortiz passed Mickey Mantle on the all time home run list, Rick Porcello reached 20 wins (21st win Monday), Hanley Ramirez was named AL Co-Player of the week on Monday, and Boston now sits in a comfortable four game lead in the AL East.

If you haven’t been watching the Red Sox play this month then you’ve been missing out on some great games. They have been playing superb baseball as the post season is right around the corner. The Sox just came off a four game series sweep on the New York Yankees. A series in which Hanley Ramirez homered four times. The series was started off with a monster three run walk off home run from Hanley himself. He now has 28 homers and 106 rbis on the season. Not only is Hanley hitting timely home runs but he has been DESTROYING these home runs. I was at Fenway a week ago when the Sox had a 12-2 win over the Orioles and he hit one of the farthest home runs I’ve ever seen hit over the green monster. I’m not kidding, it never came down it just kept going up. I seriously think that ball got lost in Mars’ orbit.

On a side note, after ace Rick Porcello picked up his 21st win Monday night over Baltimore, it seems like he may have locked himself in on the AL Cy Young Award. He now is 21-4 on the season and the only competition behind him is J.A. Happ of Toronto who holds a record of 19-4. But Porcello holds a better, ERA, WHIP, and strike out count than Happ. Boston has 12 games left to play in the season so Porcello should probably get a couple more chances to add some wins to his already stellar record.

All that being said, the Red Sox are HOT right now and it couldn’t come at a better time in the season. The Sox don’t show any sign of slowing down and are hopeful to play strong into the playoffs. October baseball is almost among us and I’m very optimistic for great things coming to the city of Boston in the near future.

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Joe Flacco is a fringe option this week, but should you start him?

 

Week 2 is underway after an actually high-scoring affair on Thursday night. This week is your chance to not fall to 0-2 if you heed my advice below.

Start ‘Em

Joe Flacco (vs. Cleveland): If Carson Wentz can play well against the Browns, then Flacco should be able to score multiple touchdowns and be a top-10 QB this week. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 2, 2016 »

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1.Patriots vs Dolphins

  • Suh is looking to hurt someone
  • Would you do this trade – Jimmy G (at his highest value right now) to Cleveland for a first and second round pick and sign Hoyer or Matt Hasselback with the goal of going 1-2 until Brady is back
  • Why not just leave Gronk out until the halfway point
  • Patriot predictions – 17-13 Pats which includes a defensive or special teams TD / over under beers drank before game in parking lot 4,621,364 / Kraft sightings – 4 / Logan Ryan interception /
  • By the way I heard from a bunch of you – there were two Kraft sightings in Arizona – the streak lives

2. Red Sox –

  • Wow – that should do it – that’s a dagger – Hanley crushed that 99 mph ball
  • The eighth inning ended at 10:18 and the ninth inning ended at 11:03 – 45 minutes
  • Someone named Robbie Scott gave the Red Sox three shutout innings

Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Hanley Wow! / Look Out for Suh / Spitting on National Anthem now a Fad! »

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Hanley’s Walk Off Moonshot

September 16, 2016 at 12:14am in Featured, Red Sox
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Thursday night’s match up against the New York Yankees was an important game for the Red Sox to win. Coming into Thursday only one game ahead of Baltimore, the Red Sox had some pressure on them. What started off as a slow night turned into one to remember. Heading into the bottom of the ninth at Fenway, the Sox were trailing the Yankees five to one.

Note to self: NEVER LEAVE A SPORTING EVENT EARLY.

The Sox rallied in the ninth as David Ortiz drove a line drive up the middle to put run number two on the board. Next  up, Mookie Betts drives another run in to make it a two run deficit. Then Hanley Ramirez steps to the plate. Dellin Betances throws a handful of breaking balls to Hanley. When the count showed 3-1, Betances reared back and threw a fastball right down the middle. Ramirez connected with the pitch and hit an absolute moonshot three run home run over the center field wall. Hanley knew it was gone right off the bat, as some may say he “pimped it” as he walked down the line and held his bat high in the air.

Hanley gracefully trotted around the bases and then was mauled by his teammates at home plate. The home run was Hanley’s 25th of the year and it also jumped his rbi count to 100. This win was so important with the AL East standings being so close between the Sox, Orioles, and Blue Jays. Boston now sits in first place and two games ahead of Baltimore. Every game in September is an important win as the Sox are nearing the end of the regular season. Boston has three games remaining in their series with the Yankees.

Not only was tonight a night to remember for Hanley, but also for David Ortiz. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Ortiz hit a line drive home run to center field. It was his 34st homer of the season and also the 537th of his career, passing Mickey Mantle on the all time home run list. David now sits at 17th all time. It’s really going to be something when he leaves the game.

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