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  • January 11th, 2014

    January 11, 2014: Will Middlebrooks and
    Good Sports Keep Kids in the Game
    with Equipment Donation

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:00 pm in General | Comments (2)

    DSC 0630On Thursday, January 9th, at 6:00pm, Good Sports, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides athletic equipment to community organizations and promotes healthy, active lifestyles to disadvantaged youth, and Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks teamed up to donate more than $2,000 worth of athletic equipment and apparel to the Bird Street Community Center, Dorchester, MA.

    Approximately 50-75 youth were in attendance to receive and test out their brand new equipment. In addition Middlebrooks took photos with the kids, signed autographs and ran a skills demonstration with a short question and answer session. Read more…

    January 8th, 2014

    January 8, 2014:
    Hall Call Day…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:51 pm in Baseball,BBA,Old Friends | Comment (1)

    The BBWAA has spoken: At 2:00pm today, the announced the 2014 Hall of Fame Class, with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank “The Big Hurt” Thomas being selected as the Class of 2014. Garnering 555 (97.2%), 525 (91.9%) and 478 (83.7%) votes, they well exceeded the 429, or 75% mark needed for admission.

    Sucks to be Craig Biggio today. The 75% needs to be a real 75%; rounding is not allowed, so his 74.80%, falls 2 votes short, in his 2nd year on the ballot…

    And hurler Jack Morris only received 351 votes or 61.5% in his 15th year of voting. If he is to get the call, it will be up to the 2016 Expansion Era Committee…

    And, in honor of Maddux and Glavine, two of my favorite players who never played for the Sox (despite the fact that Tom grew up in Billerica) I offer the Best. Commercial. Ever. Read more…

    January 6th, 2014

    January 6, 2014:
    The Winter of Our Content…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:45 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    Buckle up kids; it’s another stream of consciousness post…

    With 43 days left until Pitchers and Catchers (which feels like a fracking LIFETIME these days), baseball seem very far away, especially when the wind chill is supposed to be -30 tomorrow. Yes, NEGATIVE 30. In Pennsylvania. We are not talking about Minnesota or one of the Dakotas here. Pennsylvania.

    So as the heat in home office of Boston Red Thoughts pumps nonstop, and I take my Red Sox Mr. Potato Head away from my daughter, I wish for the warm sunny days and the boys of summer to get their collective asses back on the field, or at least fire up the Hot Stove, and let’s make the offseason interesting–cause right now, it is not even remotely…Cause while I am OH SO glad I won’t have to see Robinson Cano 19 times a year anymore (but we will see Jake) , I really don’t CARE all that much…

    No Red Sox swag this year for the big December holiday (Mr. Potato Head is a couple years old), although I managed to acquire the World Series Film, the “We Own the East” T-shirt, and of course, the Red Sox World Series Champions T-shirt. Merry Christmas to me. Of course, we all got the best Christmas present EVER (or at least since 2007) October 30th… Read more…

    January 3rd, 2014

    January 3, 2014:
    Red Sox players to sign autographs to support the Jimmy Fund at New Stars for Young Stars IX

    Posted by Christine E. at 1:19 pm in Baseball,Good Deeds,Red Sox | No Comments

    new-stars-logo-2013Baseball fans have a chance to meet the newest members of the World Champion Boston Red Sox and up-and-coming minor leaguers on Saturday, January 11 as they sign autographs at the Jimmy Fund’s New Stars for Young Stars IX. The event will run from 11 am to 1:30 pm at Jillian’s Boston. The lineup includes newly signed catcher AJ Pierzynski, infielder Mookie Betts, pitchers Drake Britton and Rubby De La Rosa, and catcher Blake Swihart.*

    The event, presented by the Jimmy Fund Council of Greater Boston, features a buffet lunch, sports memorabilia sale, opportunity drawing, silent auction and bowling. Tickets are available in advance for $89 per person, which includes one autograph from all attending Red Sox players, lunch buffet, and one guest ticket. VIP tickets for $250 are also available and include one of the first 30 spots in line, one autograph from all attending Red Sox players for the ticketholder and one guest, a Red Sox Jersey, lunch buffet, one guest ticket and one autograph from each player for guests. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to their website or call 1-800-52-JIMMY. All proceeds from the event go to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Read more…

    December 30th, 2013

    December 30, 2013:
    Maddux, Thomas, and Glavine Garner
    BBA Recommendations for the Hall.

    Posted by Christine E. at 1:17 pm in Baseball,BBA | Comment (1)

    BaseballBloggersAllianceThe Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) recommended three players from the official Hall of Fame ballot to be inducted into Cooperstown this summer. Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, most closely associated with the Atlanta Braves, and long-time Chicago White Sox first baseman/designated hitter Frank Thomas reached the 75% threshold when BBA members cast their ballots.

    Maddux, a four-time Cy Young Award winner for the Braves, pitched from 1986 to 2008 and won 355 games while posting a 3.16 ERA and striking out over 3,300 batters. He had a career WHIP of 1.143 in just over 5,000 innings and an ERA+ of 132 over that span. His best season was 1995, when he fashioned a 19-2 record with a 1.63 ERA, good for a bWAR of 9.7 that year.

    Thomas played from 1990 to 2008, all but the last three season on the south side of Chicago. He has a career slash line of .301/.419/.555 and fashioned an OPS+ of 156 during his playing days. He put up his highest single-season bWAR in 1997, when his 1.067 OPS and 35 home runs played a large role in his mark of 7.3. Read more…

    December 16th, 2013

    December 16, 2013:
    Oh, yeah, it’s gonna be random…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:53 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    Random Red Thoughts 9 days before Christmas, all while trying to juggle the holidays, a toddler, Grad Level Statistics, a Full-time job, Home Improvement projects, and the “normal” day in the life stuff of a Red-headed Red Sox fan living in Yankeeland…All the while drinking caffeine like it’s my job…

    Yeah, this is gonna be fun…

    Jake, Part 1: So Jacoby Ellsbury took out a full page ad in the Globe, thanking the fans. Why is this a surprise? Everyone does it. And why are people cranky about it? I truly believe Jake is happy with the time he spent here; Hell, he leaves with TWO rings–who wouldn’t be? But he wanted the big bucks–having Scott Boras as his agent make that very clear a long time ago. And he got them–because the Skanks were stupid enough to sign him to a contract that is probably about 2-3 years too long and about $50-60 million too much. But hey, that’s what he wanted, and even if none of us can ever hope to understand how much actually money that is (I won’t make $153 million in a HUNDRED lifetimes…), you got to give him props for getting it… Read more…

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