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Connelly’s Top Ten: Sox, Pats and Nudity at Strega

Red Sox:

* Tazawa the worst bid at a save Evah! 1 inning 6 hits four runs – miss a bat one time

* When was the last time you saw an MLB game with four sacrifice bunts

* How did that many Kansas City fans get that many tickets in one section

* Hanley has more errors than assists (4-3)

* Why is Hanley getting at bats – since All Star game: Castillo .342 / Bradley .284 / Betts .266 / Hanley .194 (never mind defense)

* Travis Shaw hole in swing – hard inside half / Bradley’s hole – spin and down

* Insane that

* Two Ole plays by Sandoval leads to huge runs Sunday

* Can’t believe third base coach Brian Butterfield sent a butter ball like Hanigan from first on a double with no outs!

2. Patriots:

* Butler was showing some pop in a couple of hits (I think he likes to chirp too)

* Wide Receivers this year: Harper 12 catches on 15 targets / Gibson 12 catches on 13 targets / Krause 9 catches on 9 targets

* Run blocking is a problem

* Good battle for the third down running back between James White and Dion Lewis

* Garoppolo is 48-63 this year – 76%

* Reggie Wayne – interesting – does that mean Edelman or Lafell are really hurt?

3. Around baseball:

Toronto has three hitters that are on pace for 100 RBI – Donaldson, Bautista and Encarnacion

4. Red Sox worst trades American League:

* Baltimore – Schilling and Brady Anderson for Mike Boddicker

* White Sox (three way trade) Jose Iglesias for Jake Peavy

* Indians – Justin Masterson for Victor Martinez

* Tigers – Ben Oglive for Dick McAuliffe

* Royals – Coco Crisp for Ramon Ramirez

* Angels – Dick Drago for John Balaz, Dave Machemer and Dick Sharon

* Twins – Don Baylor for Enrique Rios

* Yankees – Sparky Lyle for Danny Cater

* A’s – Josh Reddick for Ryan Sweeney and Andrew Bailey

* Seattle – Jamie Moyer and Lee Tinsley for Darren Bragg

5. Celtics rebounding leaders:

  1. Bill Russell……….21,620
  2. Robert Parish…….11,051

6. Most strikeouts in a season by a hitter by each decade:

2010’s – Adam Dunn – 222

2000’s – Mark Reynolds – 223

1990’s – Cecil Fielder – 182

1980’s – Pete Incaviglia – 185

1970’s – Bobby Bonds – 189

1960’s – Bobby Bonds – 187

1950’s – Jim Lemon – 138

1940’s – Chet Ross – 127

1930’s – Vince DiMaggio – 134

1920’s – Jimmy Dykes – 98

1910’s – Jake Stahl – 128

7. Amazing Stats:

The career hits of the last hitter in each of Nolan Ryan’s seven No Hitters (he averaged 13 K / 3 Walks / 21,407 crowd / time 2:26):

* Amos Otis…………..2,020

* Norm Cash………….1,820

* Eric Solderholm……..734

* Bobby Grich………..1,833

* Dusty Baker…………1,981

* Willie Randolph…..2,210

* Robbie Alomar…….2,724

8. Old School:

The winners of the tennis and golf tournament this week – Davis Love III and Roger Federer are a combine 86 year’s old (Davis Love – age 51 – first win since 2008)

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Speaking of the Godfather in point two below from Strega – per Wikipedia – actors considered for the role of Don Vito Corleone which went to Marlon Brando:

* Laurence Olivier, Ernest Borgnine (was a finalist) , George C Scott, Richard Conte, Anthony Quinn, Carlo Ponti, Frank Sinatra

10. Randomocity:

* LITTLE LEAGUER Terrance Gist from South Carolina hit a 380-foot home run in Williamsport – that’s out on Lansdown Street

* Went to Strega in the Seaport Saturday night. They have six televisions showing Italian movies in the restaurant – uncensored. Yikes with families around. Mothers were covering eyes.

* Pacino should have got Oscar consideration for his job in The Insider

* Deniro in hiding?

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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