Quantcast

Dan Shaughnessy calls second game ‘must win’ for Red Sox

Dan-ShaughnessyDan Shaughnessy is the resident pessimist of the city of Boston. The longtime Boston Globe writer has made a career out of overreacting and annoying Boston Red Sox fans by counting the team out before it’s over. After the Sox lost to the Baltimore Orioles on Opening Day, Shaughnessy was up to his old tricks.

In his Globe column on Tuesday morning, Shaughnessy wrote about how the Red Sox were “lacking championship intangibles” and failed to do all the “small things” that helped them win the World Series last season. He finished up the discussion with this gem:

Those were the things they did not do on Monday. Luckily, the Red Sox do not play in a town that’s likely to overreact to a loss on Opening Day.

Wednesday night, however, just became a Must Win for the Olde Town Team.

There is obviously some sarcasm in there. Boston fans overreact to just about everything, so Shaughnessy was being facetious with his claim that the Red Sox don’t play in a town that will overreact to a loss on Opening Day. We can only hope calling game two of a 162-game season a “must win” was also a sarcastic remark.

Even if it was, the column was written with a “sky is falling” tone. Red Sox fans may overreact, but no one is panicking after the first game of the season. In fact, no one will panic if the Orioles sweep John Farrell’s club. If Shaughnessy’s point was that the fans consider game two a must win, he’s still wrong.

Then again, the only time Shaughnessy expressed optimism for the Red Sox was in 2011, when their season ended in disaster. The team is at it’s best when Shaughnessy is at his worst.

H/T Hardball Talk

Jonny Gomes, Red Sox will wear American flag blazers for White House visit

Red-Sox-American-flag-blazers

The Boston Red Sox are scheduled to visit the White House next Tuesday to be honored for winning the World Series. It will be the team’s third trip to the nation’s capital in the last 10 years, but the wardrobe selection could make this one the most memorable.

On Wednesday, the Red Sox official Twitter account shared a photo of the American flag blazers Jonny Gomes ordered for his team’s meet and greet with Barack Obama. The team is apparently going to give the president one of the jackets to keep.

Some will argue that the blazers, which were fittingly designed by sportswear company Loudmouth Golf, make a mockery out of what is supposed to be a very high honor. Those people must not be familiar with the beards.

Red Sox-Yankees game delayed by bees (Video)

A spring training game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees was delayed by a swarm of bees on Tuesday. If the Sox and Yankees aren’t going to get angry about their rivalry anymore (even if it is only March), the bees will.

Boston outfielder Mike Carp came running in toward the infield in the third inning and explained to the umpire that there was something buzzing around behind him near the wall. It turned out there was a whole mess of bees, and you can’t blame Carp for wanting nothing to do with it.

Red-Sox-Yankees-bees

The game was delayed for several minutes while a groundskeeper showered the thousands of bees in insect spray. At one point, Mark Teixeira offered a sign of peace to the insect world.

One guy’s offering honey and the other is burning them alive. That makes a lot of sense. Fortunately, nobody was injured. Believe it or not, it wasn’t the first time a swarm of bees has interrupted a baseball game.

H/T Deadspin

Matt Kemp a trade possibility for Red Sox?

Matt-Kemp-Does-Not-Want-MVPThe Los Angeles Dodgers have a surplus of outfield talent at the moment. They have four perfectly capable full-time players in Carl Crawford, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp. Heading into the 2014 season, LA could benefit from dangling one of its attractive outfield talents as trade bait. Could Kemp be the odd man out?

On Friday, Kemp’s agent Dave Stewart said he has a “strong feeling something could happen” regarding a trade at next week’s winter meetings in Orlando.

“This is the first time we’ve experienced this,” Stewart said, via ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes. “This is the first time we’ve heard it this much, and the first time we really believe something could happen.”

As for a potential suitor, Stewart was open in discussing the possibility of Kemp landing with the Boston Red Sox.

“Boston is a good place,” he said. “It’s a good city to play in, especially when they’re winning championships. I’m 56 years old, and people are still buying me dinner there, and I played for the other team. I told Matt about the city. The key to playing in the city is to perform. Compete, play good-quality baseball, don’t dog it. If you don’t perform, nobody’s going to like it.”

Kemp has had some issues with health since his MVP-caliber season in 2011. He played in 106 games in 2012 and just 73 last season while battling injuries to his non-throwing shoulder and ankle. Kemp has six years and $128 million remaining on his contract, which isn’t all that bad for a 29-year old player when you consider the seven-year, $153 million deal Jacoby Ellsbury just got from the New York Yankees.

When healthy, Kemp is a stud. Now that Ellsbury is gone, the Red Sox lack outfield depth. One option would be to call up Jackie Bradley Jr. to play center field and keep Shane Victorino in right with a platoon of Daniel Nava and Jonny Gomes in left. The issue with that is that Bradley Jr. was not MLB-ready last season, and Victorino has a balky back.

If the Dodgers are willing to eat a few million per season on Kemp’s deal, the Red Sox might be inclined to pull the trigger. The blockbuster trade that sent Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett to LA two years ago worked out for both sides, so the teams have a history of success in dealing with one another. Right now it’s all just speculation. Don’t be surprised if it becomes more at the winter meetings.

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner fails miserable trying to start ‘Let’s go Red Sox’ chant (Video)

Tom-WernerThe Boston Red Sox held their championship parade through the streets of Boston on Saturday, and the rolling rally including some very touching moments. Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia paused for a few minutes at the spot of the Boston Marathon finish line to pay tribute to the bombing victims and embrace some of those who were affected by the tragedy.

There was also some awkwardness, courtesy of Red Sox chairman Tom Werner. When Werner took the microphone to address the swarms of Sox fans, he tried to start a “Let’s go Red Sox” chant. It was almost as if he had never heard a basic “let’s go ___” chant in his life.

Needless to say, it didn’t work. Fortunately for Werner, he’s part of a Red Sox ownership group that has brought the city of Boston three championships since 2004. The fans love him at the moment.

H/T Barstool Sports

Red Sox have lines shaved in their heads as 2 Chainz motto

Mike-Napoli-three-lines-2-chainz

As most of you know, the Boston Red Sox have made facial hair an incredibly important part of their culture this year. Beards have become the most significant symbol of camaraderie for a team that has somehow found its way to the World Series after winning just 69 games in 2012.

But less has been said about the design several of the Red Sox players have shaved into the back of their heads.

If you tune into the World Series on Wednesday night, you might notice three lines shaved into several players’ heads just above the left side of their necks. Mike Napoli, who is shown above, has the design on the back of his neck to go along with his legendary beard. Outfielder Daniel Nava is also on board.

[Read more...]

Boston mayor Tom Menino urges fans to be responsible while Red Sox chase ‘World Series Cup’

Tom-Menino-WilforkThis is the time of year when Tom Menino, the mayor of the city of Boston, really shines. The man who is commonly referred to as “Mumbles” among the internet community never fails to amaze the public with his lack of sports knowledge when one of Boston’s teams is pursuing a championship.

With the World Series set to begin at Fenway Park on Wednesday night, Menino has urged Boston Red Sox fans to act responsibly while supporting their team in its quest for the — I’ll let him take it from here.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. This is the same Mayor Menino who once said “KJ” and “Hondo” were the two players who drive the Boston Celtics. Last year, he proudly sported a Vince Wilfork jersey and referred to him as “Wilcott” before referencing that the Patriots have played well while “Gonk” — aka Rob Gronkowski — is hurt. It will only get more entertaining from here. Stay tuned.