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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

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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.

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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.

Bobby Valentine thinks he could have made it to World Series with this Red Sox team

bobby-valentine-red-soxThe main reason the Boston Red Sox have marched their way to the World Series this season is that they made a number of significant changes during the offseason. After a 69-win campaign in 2012, the Red Sox admitted their Bobby Valentine experiment was an epic failure and set their sights on John Farrell. The former Toronto Blue Jays manager has been lauded as a franchise savior, but Bobby V. thinks he could have been the same.

During a recent interview with Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Valentine praised the work that has been done by Farrell and Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington. He also reminded us that he is still delusional.

“I’d like to think that if I came back for my second year that, given the changes and improvements, I would have been able to do the same thing,” Valentine said. “Ben did a great job this offseason rebuilding the team. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it before…”

Does Bobby V. feel that he could have succeeded with this Red Sox team before David Ortiz accused him of needing medication, or is his theory contingent upon that having never happened? Valentine lost the respect of the players in the Red Sox clubhouse very quickly, and he wasn’t going to gain it back simply because the team got rid of Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford.

Valentine proved to be nothing more than a distraction during his one season in Boston. Could he have won more than 69 games with the team’s 2013 roster? Most likely, but all we have heard about all season is the chemistry this team has. Bobby V. has proven on more than one occasion that he’s an expert at ruining stuff like that.

H/T CBS Boston

Red Sox shotgun beers to celebrate trip to World Series (Video)

After a three-year playoff drought — and last-place finish in the AL East last season — the Boston Red Sox are back in the World Series. The Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers in six games in the ALCS, taking huge grand slams from David Ortiz and Shane Victorino, as well as a big solo home run from Mike Napoli in Game 3 to send them back to the Fall Classic.

The Sox celebrated their trip to the World Series by shotgunning a bunch of beers inside their clubhouse at Fenway Park. Luckily for us, the team shared the video on Vine. All that was missing was a few pieces of fried chicken.

Below is a video of David Ortiz spraying champagne all over the place:

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Florida Panthers promise Bruins fans Red Sox game will be shown at arena

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The Boston Bruins have a game against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night, and the ratings are not expected to be particularly high. The virtually meaningless sixth game of the regular season for the B’s will be contending with Game 5 of the ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. Most Bostonians will be checking the score of the Bruins game during ALCS commercials, and that’s about it.

In addition to the television networks, the Panthers could also be missing out. Like many other Florida sports teams, the Panthers rely on folks who have relocated from Boston and now live in Florida to come to the games. In order to entice those fans to attend the game at the BB&T Center, the Panthers have promised to show the Red Sox-Tigers game on televisions throughout the arena.

At the bottom of the flier above, which was tweeted by @sarah_connors, you see a message that reads, “Red Sox vs. Tigers game to be played on TVs throughout the arena.” The Bruins would probably do the same if the game was in Boston, though they wouldn’t have to advertise it. Such is life for franchises based in Florida. At least it hasn’t gotten quite as bad with the Panthers as it did with the Miami Marlins earlier this year. Give it time.

H/T Puck Daddy