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

Say Goodnight Irene

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?

If they'd fired him for this goatee I'd have understood.
If they’d fired him for this goatee I’d have understood.

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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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2014 Red Sox Autopsy: Part 3, Neurological Disorder

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

2014 Red Sox Autopsy: Part 2, Heart Failure

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.

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2014 Red Sox Autopsy: Part 1, Lymphatic Failure

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.

1987side1There 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

The Super Bowl, The L Word and Sesame Street together at last

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