Boston Red Sox 2021 Youth Movement

Whitney Dowds

The 2021 Boston Red Sox will have a ton of young talent on their roster, much of which resulted from key offseason trades. The latest and most eye popping one was a three team trade with the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. For the Red Sox, Andrew Benintendi […]

Rest in Peace, Pedro Gomez

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Something really sad happened over the weekend and it was incredibly shocking news. Pedro Gomez died. If you are reading this site, I imagine you grew up a sports fan and if you grew up a sports fan, especially during 2000-2015, you probably were obsessed with watching Sportscenter the second […]

A Letter to Dustin Pedroia

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Dear Dustin Pedroia,  Here is a sincere thanks to what you have meant to be and Red Sox Nation since you entered the 18 years ago. You have proven that no matter your size, your athleticism, or your background, you can dominate at any level you want to, as long […]

MLB Dark Horse Playoff Candidates

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The Major League Baseball season seems to be creeping up on us and is only over two months away. While the hot stove hasn’t been as hot as we would like it to be, teams are starting to get their rosters in order and it’s becoming evident as to who […]

Jon Lester: A Great Man of the People

Josh Philo

A few Chicagoans are still nursing a hangover from the night on the town courtesy of Jon Lester. Lester bought 3,466 beers at a Chicago bar as a thank you to the city after the Cubs declined Laster’s fifth year option on his contract which effectively ends Lester’s time in […]

World Series Game 1 Preview and Prediction

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Months ago, it was hard to believe that there would be a World Series to be played. Yet, here we are in October, watching incredible baseball game after incredible baseball game.  The Los Angeles Dodgers fought and crawled from a 3-1 deficit in the National League Championship Series to defeat […]

Dodgers vs. Braves Game 4 Preview

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If there is such a thing as a redemption game, the Los Angeles Dodgers had it on Wednesday night against the Atlanta Braves in the third contest of the National League Championship Series.  The Dodgers hitters stormed out like an angry mob but instead of pitchforks, they were equipped with […]

Padres vs. Dodgers Game 2 Preview

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Through four innings of Game 1 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, it looked like The Friar Faithful had a look to look forward to. Starting pitcher Mike Clevinger and four other pitchers had held the Dodgers potent offense hitless and it looked like San Diego had […]

Yankees vs. Rays Game 2 Preview

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The MLB Playoffs are onto the Divisional Round and the New York Yankees and Tampa Rays are squaring off in Game 2 on Tuesday night.  The two squads both see each other quite often in the American League East but now have a best of five series to see who […]

New England Eulogies

Peter Mooney

The Patriots will dominate the New England sports discussions for the next few months. That’s because the seasons of the other three major sports are over. The abbreviated and disastrous 2020 stint of the Red Sox ended on Sunday, as did the Celtics playoff run when they were eliminated by […]

Introducing SLAM DIEGO

Whitney Dowds

The San Diego Padres are my sleeper pick to win the NL West. They are riding an amazing run led by a young core that includes their all world SS Fernando Tatis, who not only leads the team in long balls and as yesterday’s game showed, he can make jaw […]

Curt Schilling Had A Hell of A Day

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Whaaaaaat? Noooo waayyyyy he would never do such a thing. Only he absolutely would and to that, as Michael Scott would say, how the turn tables. Curt Schilling is involved with fraud charges tied to this morning’s arrest of Steve Bannon along with the rest of the board of the […]

Early MLB Division Winners Predictions

Whitney Dowds

COVID-19 has thrown a monkey wrench into everyone’s preseason predictions but baseball has always been an unpredictable sport and in my opinion the most unpredictable sport in the country. That being said I will attempt to predict who will win each division to earn a spot as a top 3 seed for the new expanded playoffs. Wish me luck!

Bronx Bombers Early Statement in DC

Whitney Dowds

When previewing the Yankees vs. Nationals series last week, I said this would be a heavyweight fight between the two deepest lineups and three of the games best pitchers, but injuries and COVID-19 quickly changed that. The Nationals lost 2 of 3 games to the Bronx Bombers this weekend and […]

MLB 2020 Opening Day Predictions

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Opening Day 2020 brings a fresh new excitement to a season that started much later than expected due to COVID-19 and am looking forward to being able to watch the first sport I ever fell in love with. A new season puts everyone on a level playing field and with […]

2020 Red Sox Preview: Pitching is Key

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Baseball is back!! Players will report for Spring Training on July 1st and the regular season will start on July 23rd and 24th. We might only be getting 60 games but it’s better than nothing, especially when you consider all the fear, anxiety and stress caused by COVID-19. As we […]

Big Papi: Boston’s Mr. Clutch

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Since I started watching professional sports in 2004, there has been no greater hitter than David Ortiz for the Red Sox. Ortiz finished his career with 541 career home runs but more importantly saved his best moments for when the spotlight was the biggest: the playoffs. From 2004 until he […]

What is the hold up with MLB?

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When I think social distancing… I think baseball. Besides the Ump, Catcher, and hitter all bunched up the rest of the players are nearly always 6+ feet apart. This is obviously not the case in other sports such as football and basketball where 6+ feet apart is nearly impossible. Sure […]

The Birth of Dodger Stadium

Peter Mooney

Missing baseball? Or, maybe you’re so turned off by the current dispute between the players and the owners about the plan to resume play that you vow to boycott MLB when it does. Regardless, if you’re a baseball fan, you likely need your fix of America’s pastime by now.  Wednesday night […]

2013 World Series: Simply “Boston Strong”

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The 2013 World Series was filled with talent, tremendous pitching and insane endings to games 3 & 4, but none of that mattered to Bostonians, as tragedy had struck 6 months earlier that changed everything. On April 15th, 2013, a twin bombing struck the finish line of the Boston Marathon, […]

2020 MLB Season: A Whole New World

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Major League Baseball has taken a back seat in the minds of everyone due to COVID-19 and with good reason. The health and safety of everyone is far more important than any sports game ever could be. However there will come a day where baseball returns, but things will look […]

Missing Baseball: Past and Future

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With the start of the 2020 MLB season has been delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been reliving some of my favorite MLB memories through YouTube. Reliving the greatest homeruns in recent memory courtesy of Big Papi and Manny Ramirez is always fun but it’s not the same […]

A Shot at Redemption

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While most of us have an unusual amount of time on our hands and not many forms of worthwhile distractions (I’ve recently found myself caught up in an episode of Matlock, need I say more), it might be a fine time to try my hand at writing. Now that I’ve […]

Astros Sign Stealing Aftermath

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The aftermath of the commissioner’s report on the Houston Astros 2017 sign stealing scandal has seen a ton of anger and even league trouble directed at Astros players and owner Jim Crane. Then you add one of the worst series of apologizes in sports history during a team press conference […]

Red Sox Cheating Scandal

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What We Know We know Alex Cora will never manage another game for the Boston Red Sox. We know the Sox will be in a scramble to find a new manager in the coming weeks, if not days. We can make a pretty good guess that the current investigation into […]

Yankees Hamming it up for the Holidays

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Merry Christmas, Yankees fans. Or, if you’re celebrating Hanukkah, mazel tov. According to just about everyone, your team won baseball’s Winter Meetings. By signing Gerrit Cole to a nine-year $324 million dollar contract, the Yankees are now favorites to win the World Series. I’m not one to quibble with the wiseguys. […]

Should the Sox Bet on Mookie?

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Going, going … gone? Speculation about Mookie Betts future has been rampant since the Red Sox ownership announced a couple of months ago plans to cut payroll to get under the luxury tax threshold. While there are other more creative ways, the easiest way to get under the threshold would […]

Are the Houston Astros the Patriots of MLB?

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Are the Astros the Patriots of the MLB? I mean it’s obvious that the Astros give zero f#$%s So when Mike Fiers, former pitcher for the Astros and member of the 2017 World Series championship squad, blew the whistle on the entire organization earlier this week about electronically stealing signs–all […]

Dear ‘Nats–YOU’RE WELCOME – From Philly

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Dear ‘Nats–Congrats on your World Series victories against Houston!On behalf of the Philadelphia Phillies organization and the city of Philadelphia; YOU’RE WELCOME! You’re welcome for luring Bryce Harper away from Washington so y’all could win your first pennant in franchise history (Expos, too!) The Phillies manned-up and took a $330,000,000 […]

The Many Ways Brett Gardner Sucks

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I admit, even as a Sox fan, the “Yankees Suck” chant is about as tired as the Wave or Atlanta’s Tomahawk Chop war cry. That’s why I’m proposing a new chant for Red Sox Nation: Brett Gardner sucks! Over the years, the Yankees have had plenty of players who have […]

The Wild Card Race: Over and Out

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It’s now the eleventh hour for the Sons of Alex Cora. Rafael Devers’ desperate yet futile attempt to tie the game last night was a perfect metaphor for the Red Sox season. Trying to score on J.D. Martinez’ shot off the wall, Devers ended up being a dead duck at […]

Xander Bogaerts is a Living Legend

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For the most part this has been a struggling year for the Red Sox. We all know it. But you can’t win every year. It just doesn’t work like that. But the reining World Champs do have a lot to be happy with this season and one of those shining […]

A Look Ahead at the Wild Card Race

Peter Mooney

One step forward, one step back. The Red Sox have spent the season validating this cliché. The trend has continued this week, as they won five straight, including a three-game sweep of Baltimore before losing two straight against Philadelphia. They got back on track on Thursday, winning the suspended game […]

Back home to Boston

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I grew up In the area, about 40 miles north of Boston in the city of Newburyport. So of course I am a die hard Boston fan and used to love going into Boston to catch a game. I moved to Florida in 1991 and would come back to visit […]

Here’s how you save MLB: More fights!

Josh Philo

In light of the most recent bench-clearing brawl between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates, I got to thinking (scary, I know.) Maybe this is what major league baseball needs more of? More fights! That might bring in the younger demographic who think baseball is a game that is […]

From the Bench to All-Star – Hunter Pence

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Hunter Pence is headed to the All-Star game! He won’t play, but he will be cheering on Ranger teammates Joey Gallo and Mike Minor. Pence, a two-time World Series champion with the San Francisco Giants was being ‘well-wished’ into life after baseball–Even by Bruce Bochey, manager of the S.F. Giants […]

Bronson Arroyo Album Review

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Most of you probably remember Bronson Arroyo: a serviceable pitcher for played for the Red Sox from 2003 to 2005, helping the team to a World Series ring in 2004. You might recall his trademark high-leg kick, which he raised to about a 120° angle. You might even know him […]

New Red Sox Spotlight – Michael Chavis

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With both Eduardo Núñez and Dustin Pedroia on the IL, the Red Sox were in desperate need of infield help last week. Enter: Michael Chavis, the highly-rated prospect who can handle both second base and third base, and the most obvious choice for a big-league call-up during the Sox’s injury […]

Full Swing – MLB Opening Day

Josh Philo

Baseball throttled back into our lives yesterday with a full-on fire Sale as the defending champion Red Sox started their 11-game road trip in Seattle to take on the Cano-less Mariners. Things didn’t go well for the Sox. You see kids, when the skipper hands you the ball on opening […]

World Series Hang Over – Sox in ’19

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There is nothing like Red Sox baseball in October. Actually, there is one thing better, the Red Sox being World Champions at the end of October. The 2018 Boston Red Sox season was historic. **Que yankee fan laughter and argument**. STFU, beat us in the playoffs… this century. You got […]