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Connelly’s Top Ten: Hurry Up Patriots!

Derek Lowe (Al Behrman/AP)

1. Red Sox:

* They are a mediocre team – 53-53 is enough a sampling to figure it out
* At this pace, Lester will be ready for the post season
* Listening to Derek Lowe on 98.5 today – why not bring him back? Might as well have fun.

2. Patriots Quarterbacks:

Only five Patriots quarterbacks with at least 10 touchdown passes threw more touchdowns than interceptions, which I find amazing:

  • Tom Brady: 300 TDs, 115 INTs
  • Drew Bledsoe: 166 TDs, 138 INTs
  • Tony Eason: 60 TDs, 48 INTs
  • Matt Cassel: 23 TDs, 13 INTs
  • Butch Songin: 36 TDs, 24 INTs

3. Middlebrooks vs. Youklis, since the trade:

* Youkilis……… 6 HR / 22 RBI / .246 average
* Middlebrooks: 4 HR / 15 RBI / .247 average

4. Josh Beckett:

Beckett has a 4.09 ERA during his Red Sox career (Bill Lee was much better than him).

In Red Sox history: 61 pitchers with 500 innings or more had a lower ERA and 29 with over a 1,000 inning had a better ERA than him (he made more money than all of them!)

5. Why Not To Bet:

Reason number 1,004,621: I almost loaded up on Korea and the over in Badminton

6. 47 Days?

The Celtics ended on June 9th and the Patriots started on July 26th, meaning the Red Sox were only exposed for 47 days.

7. Amazing Stat:

Josh Beckett will not throw 150 innings this year, which will give him 470 innings over the last three years, which is $68,000 an inning.

8. Old School:

The Red Sox have made three trades with the Yankees since 1972:

1997 – Red Sox send Randy Brown and Mike Stanley for Tony Armas, Jim Mecir
1986 – Red Sox send Mike Easler for Don Baylor
1972 – Red Sox send Sparky Lyle for Danny Cater and Mario Guerrero

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Despite the terrible product, the Red Sox last night had 37,191 in the stands. According to Time Magazine, the average price per ticket is $151 at Fenway plus the $13 spent at the park on food, etc by each fan. This equals $6,062,133 in revenue for the game and $491,032,773 over a full season (haven’t even talked about revenue sharing or the television contract).

10. Randomocity:

* Red Sox paid $11.13mm of Kevin Youkilis $12.25mm contract
* The Cardinal is the best bird, Hydrangea best shrub, Mint Chocolate Chip best flavor
* Richard Seymour so overrated
* Ughh – Lebron wins, traffic stinks, Red Sox stink, Bobby V situation is becoming a circus with players going up the back stairs to Bobby Grier, Bruins haven’t added anyone, College Football is a mess – BUT its Friday!

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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