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Connelly’s Top Ten: Lester = Loser

Jon Lester (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

1. Red Sox:

* Pitching coach Bob McClure is saying that Jon Lester is having bad luck “one of those streaks where every ball is falling” ya they’re falling alright – right onto Lansdowne Street.
* Great to see Pedroia take a leadership role and try to encourage Lester
* The Lester era should be over in Boston – his surly disposition and lack of location could be fixed with a change of address.
* So much for the Cody Ross walk-off home run turning the season around
* Despite the rancid play on the field – Fenway was 102.1% of capacity – cha-ching!
* It could have been worse if the Sox didn’t turn three double plays
* Red Sox lineup had no .300 hitters
* Salty down to .228 / Nava down to .250
* Starting pitchers ERA – Dice K 6.65 / Jon Lester 5.46 / Clay Buchholz 5.19 / Josh Beckett 4.53
* Subliminal advertising? Ever hear the beer salesman yell out Bud Light near the on-field microphones (don’t put it past them)
* Glad they are losing – they will be more likely to dump players

2. British Open:

* Tiger Woods must have loved Adam Scott choking on the last four holes with his former caddy Stevie Williams on the bag
* Jack Nicklaus can scratch another major off the list that Tiger doesn’t close in on him
* Nice consolation – you throw up on the course but still bring home $812,292 for second place
* Spanish golfer Andres Romero made the cut Friday and then went 77 / 82 on the weekend
* I think those sand traps are actually unfair – rather play the waterfall hole at Wonder Mountain up in Wells, Maine

3. Hall Of Fame:

I know the Hall of Fame needs someone inducted each year, BUT Barry Larkin is only very good and not excellent. Under .300 average / under 200 home runs / under 2,500 hits.

4. Penn State Football:

39 Days to Opening Day for Penn State football at University Park versus Ohio

5. Draft position of the players on the Celtics roster:

Kevin Garnett – 5th
Chris Wilcox – 8th
Paul Pierce – 10th
Jason Terry – 10th
Rajon Rondo – 21st
Jared Sullinger – 21st
Courtney Lee – 22nd
Fab Melo – 22nd
Brandon Bass 33rd
Kris Joseph – 51st

6. Around the MLB:

* How about the red hot Oakland A’s and their four-game sweep of the Yankees
* Baltimore Orioles are the only team in baseball that have scored less runs than given up, but are over .500
* Houston Astros are 10-41 on the road – don’t you go to the Holiday Inn and make them fly coach until they start competing?
* Miguel Cabrera is four years away from the Hall of Fame if he can stay out of the Betty Ford clinic
* Jason Kubel has 71 RBI – you kidding me?
* Mets really want to mess with RA Dickey and bring him out of the bullpen between starts?
* When was the last time closers from Baltimore, Tampa, Cleveland and Kansas City were in the top five in saves?

7. Marvin Hagler:

For Marvin Hagler’s greatest fight against John Mugabi – he earned $2.6mm plus a percentage of the gate with the chance to equal $5mm at age 31. The fight was Hagler’s 12th defense of his title

8. Old School:

The recent first inning abominations by the Red Sox staff reminds me of Ramon Martinez’s woes back in 2000 with the Red Sox when his ERA was 11.77 in the first inning with .308 average against. Pitching coaches started simulating innings in the bullpen to change his approach.

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

How about the television stations that broadcast the nominees for the Emmy for Best Drama (note no ABC / NBC / CBS):

  • Boardwalk Empire – HBO
  • Mad Men – AMC
  • Breaking Bad – AMC
  • Downton Abbey – PBS
  • Homeland – Showtime
  • Game of Thrones – HBO

10. Randomocity:

* Please don’t take this as a casual reference to the terrible tragedy at the Batman movies but I have wondered this point at movies myself – why are there babies and infants being brought to PG13 and R movies? Never mind a midnight movie?
* Interesting that Red Sox are pushing Bruce Springsteen tix behind home plate – surprised they are available
* Look for Francona to be named manager somewhere in the offseason and make a run at Pedroia
* The movie the Watch with Vince Vaughn is being released less than a year after the Zimmerman – Trayvon Martin tragedy
* After sitting close to the field recently for a Major League game – I would like to suggest a new TV reality show in which each athlete gets to pick one loud mouth out of stands to fight him out on the mound in front of 45,000 to prove how tough the loud mouth really is.

About Michael

Lifelong Boston resident who finds equal enjoyment in celebrating the local team's success as I do complaining about their failures. I have been writing the Top Ten for the last decade as well as five sports books: 26 Miles to Boston, Rebound, The President's Team, The Great Book of Boston Sports Lists and NBA List Jam.

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One comment for “Connelly’s Top Ten: Lester = Loser”

  1. “Baltimore Orioles are the only team in baseball that have scored less runs than given up, but are over .500”
    Fun fact: The 1987 World Series champion Twins scored 786 runs in the regular season, allowed 806. Like the Cards more recently, they won a lame division and then got hot.

    The old networks can’t compete in the Emmys for dramas because they aren’t allowed the same level of adult content as the cable networks.

    “The Watch” is about watch yokels dealing with an alien invasion and was finished before the Zimmerman/Martin murder, BTW. No parallels.

    REPLY – MPC – Fair point on Cable TV latitutude but still interesting – good note on 1987 Twins

    Posted by vermontk | July 24, 2012, 9:38 am

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