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Red Sox Bandwagon Has Plenty of Open Seats

If September of 2011 didn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth as a Red Sox fan, then you just weren’t paying attention.  I’m sure there were plenty of fair-weathers (the old school term I prefer instead of pink hat) turning on their flat screens on September 30th wondering what the hell channel the Red Sox game was on.  My bet is those are the same fans that jumped off the bandwagon and are currently trashing the team whenever prompted today.  Truth be told I don’t really care if those fans come back.  Sure they may have had something to do with the Red Sox payroll ballooning up over $150 million, but it has been proven time and time again that it doesn’t take that kind of money to have the honor of raising the Commisioner’s Trophy so I am good with the faux-fans disappearing.

As I read content from other blogs and sports websites, there seems to be a great deal of Red Sox bashing going on.  I am not going to sit here and defend what happened in September, but what I will say is this team is still stacked.  I will be doing plenty of roster posts during spring training, but for a quick pragmatic synopsis; the Sox had to replace their closer, number 7 and 8 hitters, and number 4 and 5 starters from opening day last year.  I wouldn’t say that is completely detrimental to what was being touted as possibly the greatest team ever assembled going into last season.

Sure the bandwagon had to stop for gas and everyone had to get out and stretch their legs, however when it came time to get rolling again it seems a large number of folks decided not to continue the voyage.  I’m okay with this, it gives all of us die-hards a little more leg room.

Even the greatest of Red Sox fanatics’ patience was tested  last fall.  Nobody liked what went down, but the fact of the matter is the team as constituted is still very talented.  There are questions with health, the bullpen, and the back end of the rotation, but find me a team in baseball that doesn’t have any of these issues…you can’t.

So sign me up for another 162 game grind.  The AL got stronger in the off-season, so it will be a battle for the Sox, but that doesn’t mean the season is lost.  Hell Vegas has them at 8-1 only behind the Phillies, Yankees, and Angels.

Maybe with the fair-weather Red Sox fan population decreasing I can actually buy a weekend game ticket for a June game without having to go to the secondary ticket market.  Unfortunately they will be crowding up The Cask N’ Flagon again by then if the Sox are in first place.

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New England Patriots – Denver Broncos….Tebow Time or is This Tommy’s World?

With so much hype revolving around Tim Tebow and the Broncos coming into Foxboro tonight, you are either to the point of disgust or fully engrossed.  I personally am fully engrossed.  It is pretty hard not to marvel at what has gone on in Denver over the past couple of months.  Sure, there are plenty of things you can point to discounting the validity of what Tebow has accomplished, but isn’t that what sports are all about?  There is one thing over this past week that has gotten over looked to some degree this week however….that guy on the other side of the ball named Tom Brady, remember him?

Tom Brady revels in these types of moments.  He loves being the underdog, he thrives on it. Now, saying the Pats are the underdog is certainly an overstatement (they are 13.5 point favorites).  But no-one is going around, in the words of one of the biggest sports-vaginas today Roberto Lungo, “pumping Brady’s tires” and that is totally cool with me.  I would rather have Tom Brady feeling a little dismissed, disregarded, or however you want to put it, that’s what he lives for and its been a while since it has been the case.  I would argue that it might be the case to some degree tonight and I love it.

Any talk regarding the Patriots tonight has either been trashing their defense or stating how there is no way they can lose this game.  What really pisses me off is that all of the pundits have pretty much painted this as a lose-lose for the Pats.  if they win, ahh they were supposed to, Denver sucks.  If they lose, oh my god the Pats have lost their last four playoff games (one of which was a Super Bowl mind you) Brady and Belichick are no longer great.  You know what i say to those people…blow me.

Should the Patriots beat the Denver Broncos today?  Hell yeah!  But does really discount all of the accomplishments that Belichick and Brady have compiled?  Hell no!  So let’s take it for what it is.  The Pat’s got a bye to the divisional playoffs and 13.5 point favorites.  Now that I have got this off my chest I will  be able to enjoy the game more.  I was starting to feel like it didn’t matter the way everyone was talking the Patriots had no way to “win” today.

All of that being said, I will definitely be a little pissed and disappointed if the Pats lose tonight, but it will not take away from all of the great times we have had in the past watching them  As a matter of fact, I think either way I am going to pop in “3 Games to Glory” or “21” tomorrow morning.

-Brophy

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The Boston Sports List Back In Action

So things got slow in the summer and then came to a halt in the fall.  We sincerely apologize to those of you that were enjoying the regular musings from our listers.  Look for things to ramp back up in the near future.  With bball and hockey in full swing, the Super Bowl right around the corner and pitchers and catchers reporting in a month this is one of my favorite times of the sports year.  Hopefully those of you that were reading us in the past don’t hate us and are willing to give us another shot, and pass along some of the fun we have here at the Boston Sports List to your friends.

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Buchholz To The 60-Day DL; How Does It Affect The Red Sox

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Clay Buchholz was moved from the 15-Day DL to the 60-Day DL yesterday.  Buchholz had thrown a couple of mound/bullpen sessions the latest being on Monday of last week.  He was able to get threw the sessions, some even said he looked good, but felt pain after each one.  It was announced Wednesday that he would miss his mound session and then later in the week that he would be going to another specialist, Dr. Robert Watkins.  Watkins is a renowned spine specialist out of LA.

In a prudent manner, the Red Sox did not announce the extent of his diagnosis until after they had acquired Erik Bedard (LHP fromSeattle) just before the trade deadline on Sunday.  MLB general managers would have certainly leveraged Buchholz’s stress fractures in his back against the Red Sox, assuredly hiking the price of any possible deal.

As it were the Red Sox were able to get Bedard at a fairly reasonable price, not unloading any major league talent or even any of their top tier prospects.  And now that Sox fans know that there is a good chance they will not see Buchholz until February 2012, the Bedard trade looks that much better.

I could really care less about all of the media strife that Bedard has encountered to date.  The fact that he was quoted as not wanting to be in the spotlight or that he doesn’t like talking to the media, or he doesn’t know how long he would last inNew York, is a little more concerning than if he hadn’t said them.  But, as far as I’m concerned I want to see it.  I want to see how he pitches, he’s had stretches of brilliance in his career and you just can’t predict any subjective effects on results.  Here are a couple of those quotes from 2009:

“I don’t want to reveal anything about myself,” says Bedard, who’s revered by teammates. “If you want a quote, don’t come to me. I won’t give it to you. Anything baseballwise, that’s fine. Other than that, don’t ask me any other questions. I don’t want my life to be out there.”
“I don’t know how long I would last [in New York],” he says, with a sheepish smile. “I would probably be the same, and I don’t know if the media would embrace me or reject me. … Maybe I’ll need a clause in my contract saying I won’t have to talk to them.

Coming into the season the sentiments on what the pitching staff was were pretty consistent.  Most Sox fans expected Lester to be Lester, Buchholz to have a slight regression, and no one knew what we would get from Beckett, Lackey, and Daisuke.  With Beckett returning back to old form, I would suggest that if you told most Sox fans what the rotation now looks like on August 2nd, they would be pleased.

When you have two guys going like Beckett and Lester to go along with 66 wins at the beginning of August, you need to be happy about your prospects for the rest of the season.  Throw in the leagues top offense and two guys that have potential to be really nice number threes and that is a recipe to make some noise in the post season.

All that is really on the minds of the Sox fans these days anyways is do they have enough to win the whole thing?  That got me to thinking about what the pennant winning teams have run out to the mound in games 3 and 4 of the World Series.  Below is a list of all of the game 3 and game 4 starters from the last ten World series:

Game 3 Starters
2010 Colby Lewis Jonathan Sanchez
2009 Andy Pettitte Cole Hamels
2008 Matt Garza Jamie Moyer
2007 Daisuke Matsuzaka Josh Fogg
2006 Chris Carpenter Nate Robertson
2005 Roy Oswalt Jon Garland
2004 Pedro Martinez Jeff Suppan
2003 Mike Mussina Josh Beckett
2002 Ramon Ortiz Livan Hernandez
2001 Brian Anderson Roger Clemens
Game 4 Starters
2010 Madison Bumgarner Tommy Hunter
2009 Same as game 1 Joe Blanton
2008 Andy Sonnestine Joe Blanton
2007 Jon Lester Aaron Cook
2006 Jeff Suppan Jeremy Bonderman
2005 Freddy Garcia Brandon Backe
2004 Derek Lowe Jason Marquis
2003 Roger Clemens Carl Pavano
2002 John Lackey Kirk Reuter
2001 Same as game 1 OrlandoHernandez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, this is all highly speculative obviously.  I could have looked at Wild Card play but that didn’t really interest me as much.  Not to mention the quality of Game 3 starter would have gone down significantly due to more teams of less quality being added to the mix.

I do not think by any stretch of the imagination that it is a forgone conclusion the red Sox make the World Series, or even the playoffs for that matter at this point, crazy things can happen. With that disclosure I will say, I really only give a shit whether or not they can win the whole thing.  So humor me.

If Lackey and Bedard suck for the next 8 weeks it would not surprise me if the lesser of the 2 sucky guys got the ball in game 3 and Lester or Beckett, depending how it would line up, would go in game 4 on short rest. That has only happened twice in the last ten Series, 2001 Curt Schilling, and 2009 CC Sabathia.  Both of those teams won the Series.

Overall, these lists are not that impressive.  Talent wise I would take a John Lackey start over about half of the guys that started game 3s.  I would take a good Bedard over three quarters of them, and yes I know Bedard has never started a playoff game.

I think with Buchholz, the Red Sox had everything they needed to win a World Series.   I think where they stand today they are no worse off than the balance of teams that have participated in the fall classic over the last ten years on the pitching side.  And don’t forget… they have what could potentially be a historical offense.

-Broph

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Brady Getting New Acquisition Ochocinco Up To Speed

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Brady looking sharp at practice. Word is he and Chad O. spent some time getting to know each other today.

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