The Price of doing business

David Price sure isn’t pitching like we all thought or hoped he would. OK, lets be fair, no one can earn back the value of Price’s 31 million dollars a year unless they make 35 starts and go 35-0, and even then he hasn’t cured cancer, so it’s still not enough value. (To be clear that is no knock on Price, he should sign the best deal for him, and he did. I also have no expectation of him curing cancer.) So what is a reasonable expectation for Price?

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“The Life of Pablo”

“The Life of Pablo” is more than just Kanye’s new album title, it’s become an existential question for Red Sox Nation. “What goes on in Pablo Sandoval’s life that makes him think its ok to treat ‘us’ this way?” It’s all over sports talk radio, all over the blogs, and papers that Pablo has wronged Red Sox Nation. Kayne probably didn’t think that when you typed ‘Pablo’ into Google News this week you’d get results about the Red Sox corpulent 3rd baseman ahead of his album, but alas Kanye finds himself in the shadow of Pablo’s potbelly.

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Welcome David Price

c4s_price101210_144420a_8colIt’s not official, but it’s inevitable at this point that David Price will top the mound for the Boston Nine in 2016, and the following 6 years, well, maybe. Here is the simple breakdown, and it really is simple.

2016 – 30 Million

2017 – 30 Million

2018 – 30 Million

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2019 – 31 Million

2020 – 31 Million

2021 – 32 Million

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NFL Summation: Week 4

Summationweek4As we begin to wrap another NFL week let it be known that if you have an kicking experience at all, soccer, pee wee football, the can, there is likely an NFL team that wants to speak to you. Here is the thing, kicking a field goal isn’t hard. I’ve kicked 40 yard field goals and despite my years playing soccer I was never considered a big leg kind of guy.I was talking to the oft mentioned buddy of mine Jay about the state of kicking in the NFL…. Continue reading

Moments, Heroes

So I wrote this piece back on October 14, 2013. I never put it up. I don’t really know why, but now that Tom Brady has eclipsed 400 TD passes and David Ortiz has sailed past 500 home runs, I think it will fit in quite nicely to your Monday reading schedule!

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Take out slides

Baseball doesn’t have a ton of contact plays between players. They took away the big one of runners being able to try and run over the catcher a couple years ago leaving, outfielders on the same team running into each other and base runners sliding into bases as the only game play contact situations that remain. The biggest one is the “take out” slide at second base on second baseman shortstops attempting to turn a double play. Yesterday The Chicago Cubs Chris Coghlan slid pretty hard and pretty wide into second and Jung Ho Kang of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the result was Kang tearing a ligament in his knee and has reportedly already had surgery and will miss an estimated 6-8 months. It was totally legal because Coghlan was within reach of the base. The question is, is it fair? Continue reading

An Ass Kicking in Arlington

In Field of Dreams Ray Kinsella equates playing catch with his dad as akin to taking out the trash or eating vegetables and I bet it felt like that to a lot of 14 year old boys whose dads’ wanted them to be pro baseball players. It certainly happened to me and my dad. I don’t begrudge him it, anymore, but I sure hated it for a while. But baseball has still always been our thing, and our families thing. And today was an anniversary of sorts for one of those moments.

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This is Nolan Ryan beating up Robin Ventura in August 4, 1993 after Ventura had charged the mound after Ryan had hit him with a pitch.

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