Bunting for a Hit: 2013 Week 4

Garnett-Pierce-Rondo-sportige.com_Rajun Rondo is out for the remainder of this NBA season and probably about half of next season with an ACL injury. In what was supposed to be the “Year of Rondo” the Celtics have woefully under achieved with him in the lineup, what will that mean without him? Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are still great players, but can’t be relied on to carry the team night in, night out. Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger show the beginnings of a youth movement that will reshape the roster over the next few years. Jeff Greene is supposed to be hybrid wing playing defensive specialist. He shows flashes of the potential, but tends to be far too inconsistent night to night. Everyone else is expendable. They are role players brought in to compliment the core of the team. They can go now. Get what you can for them now. The season isn’t over, but this team also isn’t getting by Miami and into the NBA Finals. There are 3 places to be as an NBA team competing for a title, bottomed out or stuck in the middle. Right now the Celtics are stuck in the middle. Continue reading

Bunting for a Hit: 2013 Week 3

080afd_Sox_12092012At one point this off season the Red Sox had agreed in principle with 2 players to 3 year 39 million dollar deals, Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino. Victorino indeed signed on the dotted line and will get his 39 million bucks. Napoli’s physical scared the SHIT out of someone on the Red Sox medical staff (a scary thought) and so he shopped himself around again, found no takers and signed a 1 year 5 million dollar incentive laden deal. So much for the bluster of Napolil being a free agent prize. The latest news about Victorino is that he will play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. This is my predicted stat line for Victorino’s 2013 with the Red Sox, for Team USA, 12 at bats, 2 hits 1 blown knee. Red Sox 0 at bats, 13 million dollars. God I hope I’m wrong. Continue reading