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      10-06-2015 05:29 PM #22451
      Quote Originally Posted by Sporin View Post
      I expect them to dump Hanley and maybe even Panda if they can convince someone to take his salary.

      Add pitching, keep playing these younger guys, and you have a solid team. They need to NOT repeat the mistakes and lost-days of the earlier part of the season. Time to embrace the future.
      Agree with point #2. As for point #1: I don't see how they could convince anyone to take Hanley or Panda even if the Sox pay MOST of their salaries.
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      10-06-2015 06:10 PM #22452
      Keep Ramirez if he can work at 1B. Dump Panda. Better not break up JBJ, Betts, and Castillo. Keep Swihart and Shaw. Unload De Aza. Hold a fire sale for the whole pitching staff except Rodriguez. Put "no reasonable offer refused" signs on everybody else and put them on the curb out side Fenway.

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      10-06-2015 07:46 PM #22453
      Quote Originally Posted by Cooper View Post
      Keep Ramirez if he can work at 1B. Dump Panda. Better not break up JBJ, Betts, and Castillo. Keep Swihart and Shaw. Unload De Aza. Hold a fire sale for the whole pitching staff except Rodriguez. Put "no reasonable offer refused" signs on everybody else and put them on the curb out side Fenway.
      De Aza was dealt to the Giants months ago. Goes to show what a quality product they were putting out that we were paying so close of attention to.
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      03-17-2016 08:47 AM #22456
      Price looked GREAT on Tuesday. Realistically, he made one mistake on that HR ball. Psyched to be able to watch him every five days this season.

      I'm also excited to see how Kelly performs this season. I admit I wasn't paying that close of attention the last six weeks of '15, but while prepping for my fantasy draft I was looking at his numbers. He had an 8-game stretch leading up to his last start of the season where he went 8-0 with a 1.84 ERA. Looks like there was a bit of luck on BABIP, but I'm still hoping he's "figured it out" and can contribute this year.

      I think E-Rod will be solid. Porcello won't be "good", but he should eat 200+ innings at roughly .500 ball. Biq question, as always, is Buchholtz, and can he stay healthy. At this point, I'd love to see 25 starts from him, knowing that at least one DL stint is basically guaranteed.
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      03-29-2016 01:39 PM #22457
      Well the Papi farewell tour has begun. I'm not looking forward to this BS all season long. IMHO, it disingenuous for all the ceremonies and gifts and accolades.

      Rant over.

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      03-29-2016 03:25 PM #22458
      Quote Originally Posted by robr2 View Post
      Well the Papi farewell tour has begun. I'm not looking forward to this BS all season long. IMHO, it disingenuous for all the ceremonies and gifts and accolades.

      Rant over.
      I have no problem with it at all. He's been a dominant hitter since he showed up in Boston off the Twins scrap heap in 2003. 500 HR. World Series MVP. 3 rings. Fans of other teams don't like the bat flip but the guy isn't a D-bag. A memorable Marathon bombing speech.

      I just checked if I could watch a couple of innings of today's spring training game on NESN. I have completely tuned out of baseball since last October. Nope. Not on TV. MLBN had Yankees @ Philly. MLBN has the Wednesday 1pm Sox game.

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      03-29-2016 03:29 PM #22459
      I think I said it earlier, but I hate farewell tours. I hated it with Jeter, I'm hating it with Kobe, and I'll hate it just as much with Papi even those he's on "my" team.

      But it will be what it will be and I hope he has a great, last season for the Red Sox.

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      03-29-2016 06:40 PM #22460
      He's a great hitter and team leader but I just feel the farewell tour is overboard. Papi says he doesn't care, it's about the team, et al but IMHO, he's gonna eat it up. It's about being shown respect and if he really didn't care, he would tell the opposing teams to not do anything.

      Could you imagine Ted Williams doing a "farewell" tour?

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      03-29-2016 07:07 PM #22461
      Quote Originally Posted by robr2 View Post
      He's a great hitter and team leader but I just feel the farewell tour is overboard. Papi says he doesn't care, it's about the team, et al but IMHO, he's gonna eat it up. It's about being shown respect and if he really didn't care, he would tell the opposing teams to not do anything.

      Could you imagine Ted Williams doing a "farewell" tour?
      While I agree with you, the '99 ASG was Williams' "farewell" tour...
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      03-30-2016 08:22 AM #22462
      Quote Originally Posted by nobbyv View Post
      While I agree with you, the '99 ASG was Williams' "farewell" tour...
      I wouldn't call that a farewell tour. All Star games are full of tributes to players. I'm taking about 20+ celebrations taking place every week over the course of the season.

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      04-02-2016 02:37 PM #22463
      Quote Originally Posted by nobbyv View Post
      While I agree with you, the '99 ASG was Williams' "farewell" tour...
      Maybe they'll thaw him out and do another tour?

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      04-03-2016 07:38 AM #22464
      Considering the fata** ripped into Jeter for teams honoring him when he retired it would be typical Papi to do something now. I'd be surprised if teams would do something since his stature in the game is nowhere near where he thinks it is.

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      04-05-2016 04:27 PM #22465
      Price: 6 IP, 103 pitches, 10 K's, 5 hits, 2 walks, 2 earned runs. A couple of rough innings.
      Tazawa: 1 IP, clean inning, 2 K's
      Uehara: 1 IP, clean inning, 78 mph splitters, 2 weak fly balls and Napoli K on a mighty 85 mph fastball
      Kimbrel: 97 mph smoke on the corners, 2 K's, 1 BB.

      I'll be curious to see how this team pitches against a team with some offense like the Jays. Cleveland kind of sucks.

      Cooper's favorite DH hit a 400 foot 9th inning 2 run HR for two insurance runs and a meaningless 2 out double with nobody on after Mookie's 2 run HR.

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      04-07-2016 08:31 AM #22466
      http://www.necn.com/news/business/Be...374876151.html

      In an interview on Wednesday with 98.5 The Sports Hub, Red Sox President Sam Kennedy indicated that beer prices at the ballpark will only increase. The price of beer at Fenway is among the highest in Major League Baseball, starting above $7 a cup. Kennedy said that while they try to make concession prices family-friendly, beer prices will continue to rise as long as people buy it.

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      04-07-2016 09:03 AM #22467
      Quote Originally Posted by Cooper View Post
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      In an interview on Wednesday with 98.5 The Sports Hub, Red Sox President Sam Kennedy indicated that beer prices at the ballpark will only increase. The price of beer at Fenway is among the highest in Major League Baseball, starting above $7 a cup. Kennedy said that while they try to make concession prices family-friendly, beer prices will continue to rise as long as people buy it.
      Meh, even as someone who has been known to enjoy a refreshing adult beverage or two while within the friendly Fenway confines, I have no problem with this. If they're truly going to try to lower other concession prices by charging more for beer, I say great. It's already ridiculously expensive to take a family of four to a game just for tickets.

      Also, I haven't seen a $7 beer at Fenway since the mid-2000's. They must have introduced a sippy cup size beer that I haven't run across.
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      04-07-2016 02:11 PM #22468
      Quote Originally Posted by nobbyv View Post
      Meh, even as someone who has been known to enjoy a refreshing adult beverage or two while within the friendly Fenway confines, I have no problem with this. If they're truly going to try to lower other concession prices by charging more for beer, I say great. It's already ridiculously expensive to take a family of four to a game just for tickets.

      Also, I haven't seen a $7 beer at Fenway since the mid-2000's. They must have introduced a sippy cup size beer that I haven't run across.
      There's a 12 oz for $7.75. IMHO, it is what it is. The Sox could raise the price to $10 for the 12 oz. and people will pay it.

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      04-16-2016 07:42 AM #22469
      Quote Originally Posted by robr2 View Post
      There's a 12 oz for $7.75. IMHO, it is what it is. The Sox could raise the price to $10 for the 12 oz. and people will pay it.
      A 22 oz Bass Ale is $11.00 at Gillette. I don't usually buy beer at Fenway.

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      04-21-2016 08:46 AM #22470
      Couple thoughts after 14 games:

      1) Hanley seems to have done a complete about-face this year. Last year, he reminded me of a petulant child sulking. He really seems to have had a fire lit under his ass this season. He actually is playing some pretty decent 1B. He's hustling much more than I EVER remember (he beat a throw to first on a dropped third strike last weekend!). He also seems to be participating more in the "community"-type things: I've seen footage of him more during the pregame shows shaking hands with "Middlesex County Honors Students" and "Breast Cancer Survivors" in the first three weeks than I can recall from ALL of last year. Maybe he just really hated playing the OF last year? Maybe someone gave him a talking-to? Don't know, but he seems like a different guy to me.

      The bat has been so-so thus far, but I'm confident his numbers by the end of the season will be decent (~.285/25HR/90+ RBI)

      2) Dave O'Brien is AWFUL. I admit I liked Orsillo quite a bit, but this isn't some knee-jerk reaction to "any" change: he's just not good. He talks a bunch of nonsense. Couple of examples of why I think he blows:

      He frequently mentions "gossip"-type stuff about players: this one was dating so-and-so, this one got into a squabble with a teammate three season ago. I DON'T CARE. I'm not some fat US Weekly-reading housewife. I don't watch baseball to find out about this crap. Shut up and talk about the game in front of you. Stick to play by play.

      He CONSISTENTLY says things like "the Red Sox need a homerun here to tie things up", when say the Sox are down 7-4 in the 7th with runners on 1st and 3rd. Why? Is there anyone watching that DOESN'T know a HR would tie things up? And do they really NEED a HR? Is that the only option? Wouldn't a triple and a single, or back-to-back doubles, or scoring one run in the 7th and two in the 8th, or any one of a myriad of different situations also tie things up? It reminds me of when I was seven years old, and would pretend to call the games. That's the kind of thing I'd say, because as a kid I'd want the quickest way for the Sox to get back in the game. It adds NOTHING to the play by play.

      He sucks, but I guess we're stuck with him.
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      04-21-2016 05:06 PM #22471
      Price today:
      Farrell's bullpen management:
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      04-22-2016 10:55 AM #22472
      Farrel needs a bullpen to be able to manage one.

      I don't mind O'Brien. Then again, many nights I turn the sound off and go outside on the porch to have half a cigar and watch the game through the door with no sound.

      Pleased with Ramirez' 1B play, too. He actually seems interested in BB again. He really was a fish out of water in the OF.
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