Saturday, April 29, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017
Scott Lauber (who apparently survived the "Bloodbath In Bristol"), the Hall of Fame pitcher said, "If I was pitching, I was going to drill Machado, as much as I love him. The only thing I would've done differently is probably bring the ball a little bit lower." Did you really have any doubt? Pedro also did not think that Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes was intentionally throwing at Machado's head. Hey, it hit his bat anyway, right? Foul ball.
Gate K/B concourse at Fenway when gates open starting at 6:35 p.m. ET on Sunday. Proceeds from a slew of weekend events will go to funding scholarships for under-served youth in both cities. It's only fitting that the architect of both historic World Series Championships—Theo Epstein—is in town to enjoy this joint display.
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Thursday, April 27, 2017
the Red Sox today grabbed a classic utility-type player off waivers from the Atlanta Braves. Chase d'Arnaud, 30, has the bulk of his MLB experience at shortstop, but can play second and third base—as well as the OF. Last season, he hit .245 in 84 games for the Bravos. We know, we know, try to restrain your excitement.
Dustin Pedroia will be in the Red Sox lineup as they face The Bronx Embalmers tonight at Fenway. This is the first game back for The Muddy Chicken since being spiked by Baltimore's Manny Machado. Clearly, his knee and ankle injuries must have progressed enough—but keeping Pedroia out of the lineup with anything sort of bubonic plague is a tall order anyway.
seriously injured last night in a Florida car crash. Kevin Steen, who was drafted by Boston in 2014, was driving in a vehicle hit by another car that crossed a median in Lehigh Acres—near Fort Myers. Steen was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in critical condition. The driver of the other vehicle was killed at the scene. The Tennessee native is in extended Spring Training—and has played in the Gulf Coast League and for the Single-A Lowell Spinners. The Red Sox organization issued the following statement, "The thoughts and prayers of the entire Red Sox organization are with minor league player Kevin Steen, who sustained serious injuries in a car accident in Florida last night. The club will update his condition at the appropriate time," We wish Kevin a speedy recovery.
Dalton Jones Industrial Average offers our readers the chance to "chime in" on the team each month. The DJIA (honoring the Red Sox all-time pinch-hit leader) gathers four key metrics from FN readers scattered around the world. Through the DJIA, readers assess the fortunes of the team on: starting pitching, relief pitching, overall offense and overall defense. FenwayNation will publish the DJIA Index Score each month during the season—and the fluctuation up or down from the previous reading. You can now cast your April DJIA vote HERE.
interview on 98.5's The Baseball Reporters, Epstein waxed nostalgic, "I still consider myself on great terms with the Red Sox. I still root for the Red Sox. I’m really looking forward to this weekend. I’m still a Bostonian, with a new home in Chicago. You can’t ever separate yourself from the team you grew up rooting for, and I spent a decade of my life there." It will be interesting to see what type of reception he gets at Fenway Park. It should be overwhelmingly positive.