Don Orsillo has been let go by the Boston Red Sox as their play by play man on the NESN TV Network. That’s phrasing it nicely. In reality they shit canned him. And maybe that’s too mean, as his contract expires at the end of 2015 and they have chosen not to even offer him a new one. But WTF NESN?
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.
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.
The management brain trust of Ben Cherrington and John Farrell has made some fascinating decisions since winning the 2013 Wolrd Series Title. And yes this story is even more complex with the designation of AJ Pierznyski for assignment while I was writing this autopsy report of the 2014 Red Sox, so let’s start there. Continue reading
The 2014 Boston Red Sox are a poor facsimile of the 2013 Boston Red Sox. The 2013 team relied on above average pitching, a dominant offense and better than average defense to win the World Series. The 2014 club is wholly different in that their pitching, defense and offense have all been below average. So what’s the deal? If you missed it, go back and read Part 1, Lymphatic Failure. If you are all caught up, keep reading, I’ll continue my explaination in Part 2 of my autopsy of the 2014 Boston Red Sox.
I’ve been very quiet about the 2014 Boston Red Sox, and that is simply because they are a bad baseball team. In Boston, we like to justify that and excuse it away by calling them “under performing.” This lets us hope and think that they are 1 big winning streak away from making the playoffs and winning it all. In most years, I am on board with that philosophy, but in 2014, that clearly isn’t the case, sorry Boston.
There is no one way to build a baseball team. If there were baseball would have gone extinct years ago. Sometimes the team with the most money wins the World Series, fucking Yankees. Sometimes the luckiest team wins read about the 1987 Twins, it’s amazing they won the World Series! Sometimes the most consistent team wins, finally, the 1995 Braves won the World Series. And sometimes the hot team wins, see the 2004 Boston Red Sox run to the World Series title. Its the multifaceted history of winners, and ways to win the game, that have made baseball the most historically significant sport in the US.
The 2014 Boston Red Sox are a poor facsimile of the 2013 Boston Red Sox The 2013 team relied on above-average pitching, a dominant offense and better than average defense to win the World Series. The 2014 club is wholly different in that their pitching, defense and offense have all been below average. So what’s the deal? Keep reading, I’ll explain in my autopsy of the 2014 Boston Red Sox. Continue reading
I haven’t written a lot lately because, well, the Red Sox stink. Mediocre pitching, BAD outfield bats and the return of sparkplug Shane Victorino to the disabled list, have all left the Red playing inconsistent, streaky baseball. Lose 10, Win 7, lose 3 (so far). They don’t resemble a playoff team, let alone the defending World Champions, and Stephen Drew is not the answer. So to hell with the Red Sox, for now. Continue reading
Last night, or I should say early this morning, the Red Sox offensive woes became the butt of many a twitter joke after Jackie Bradley doubled home the game winning runs off of Leury Garcia, a reserve infielder. Continue reading
Here in Boston we love an underdog Red Sox player who comes from nowhere to contribute to the hometown team, a guy who cowboys up! The following 4 guys have done just that and in some way, shape or form cemented themselves in Red Sox lore to varying degrees. Continue reading
The Red Sox and the Tigers are arguably the 2 best teams in the American League and the experts think they are likely to meet in the American League Championship Series and to the victor goes the World Series appearance. So their schedules should be of equal interest to baseball fans, right? Then why are the Tigers playing 17.2 percent of their home games during weekday afternoons, while the Red Sox are only playing 9.8? Continue reading
In Baltimore today at 3:05 pm Grady Sizemore will step into the batter’s box against Chris Tillman of the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox season will be underway. How are they gonna do? Well let me tell you. Continue reading