Friday, February 24, 2017

Brock Holt To Play Shortstop Today Versus Metropolitans

Here is today's Red Sox lineup for their exhibition match-up against the New York Metropolitans: Brock Holt SS, Andrew Benintendi LF, Hanley Ramirez DH, Jackie Bradley, Jr. CF, Bryce Brentz RF, Marco Hernandez 2B, Sandy Leon C, Allen Craig 1B, and Josh Rutledge 3B. Lefty Henry Owens will start for The Carmine Hose. Game time is 1:05 PM Eastern.

Castillo Putting "Rusney" Nail In His Red Sox Coffin

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As we wrote about on Tuesday, Rusney Castillo is facing a watershed moment during this year's Spring Training camp. Yesterday, he did nothing to improve his lot by failing to run out a ground ball that resulted in an easy double-play. It appears that Castillo forgot the number of outs in the inning. Regardless, not hustling when your baseball career is on the line, is inexcusable. Not to mention the King's ransom ($72.5 million) that you're being paid to suck. As The Boston Herald gleefully points out that is $2.5 million more than John Henry paid for The Boston GlobeManager John Farrell called out Castillo during the game against Northeastern, but the soon-to-be 30-year-old has got to be on thin ice in this organization.

Moreland & Travis Go Yard In 9-6 Win Over Northeastern

(Boston Herald Photo)
In the first game action of 2017, Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis each clouted three-run HRs to pace Boston to a 9-6 win over Northeastern University. The Huskies actually outhit The Carmine Hose 9-8, but the dual 3-run blasts proved the difference for Boston. Sox hurler Brian Johnson pitched two hitless innings, with a string of minor leaguers filling out the game. Also collecting hits for the Red Sox were: Deven Marrero, Blake Swihart, Pablo Sandoval (a double capped by a head-first slide into 2B), Brian Bogusevic, Chris Young and Steve Selsky. The Red Sox take on actual MLB talent in the form of the New York Metropolitans at 1:05 PM today.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mitt Romney Looking To Buy A Piece Of The Evil Empire

Say it ain't so, Mittster! The former Governor of Massachusetts, Republican presidential nominee and Red Sox fan Mitt Romney is looking to buy a big chunk of The Bronx Embalmers. After failing to buy into the Marlins and Dodgers, Romney is inexplicably seeking an ownership share of his favorite team's mortal enemy. What's up with that? Hopefully, this is just bad reporting by the NYC rags, but it sure looks for real! Romney did own a piece of The Pinstriped Posers back in 2007—but that was through his blind trust. This time, he's going in with eyes wide open. If this goes through, we're hoping current Governor Charlie Baker revokes Romney's passport to Red Sox Nation.

Derek Jeter: "I Love Watching Mookie Betts Play"

Yankee legend Derek Jeter has one guy in major league baseball he likes watching—and it's your current Red Sox right-fielder. At a team gathering for Yankee minor-leaguers, the former pinstripe captain was asked who he likes in baseball today. His response was, "I love watching Mookie Betts play. Anyone who goes and plays the game hard." This high praise for The Mookster is understandable, since Betts brings the same respect for the game that so characterized Jeter's career. Pretty cool.

POLL: Rizzo Tops List Of Ex-Sox Players We Lust After

Early voting in our latest FenwayNation Poll shows that Cubs first-baseman Anthony Rizzo is the ex-Sox player/prospect that readers would most like to have back on the team. As the chart shows, a slim majority (51%) pick Rizzo, while 23% select his World Series Champion teammate Jon Lester. Next on the list are: Yoan Moncada at 12% and Michael Kopech at 9%. A few readers listed other players not on our list, most notably, the following really good suggestions: Andrew Miller, Adrian Beltre and Anderson Espinoza. You can still vote in the poll HERE.

POLL: Panda Seen As Most Likely Over-Performer In '17

Updated results to a recent FenwayNation Poll show that most readers think Pablo Sandoval will be the Red Sox player most likely to perform above expectations during the 2017 season. As the chart shows, 29% pick The Panda as their choice, followed by Drew Pomeranz at 18%. Next on the list are Mitch Moreland at 14%, Christian Vazquez at 13%, Carson Smith and Sandy Leon each with 8%, and Tyler Thornburg at 4%. A total of 6% named other players not specified on this list.

David Ortiz Might Join The NESN Broadcast Team

Speculation has been slowly building that retired Red Sox icon David Ortiz could very well end up in the NESN broadcast booth this year—at least on a limited basis. These stories are now building to the point of near certainty as people like team President Sam Kennedy have explicitly floated the idea. Said Kennedy, "He's got a lot of different interests. Broadcasting is certainly one. It'd be interesting to see if he goes into national broadcasting. We'd certainly love to have him part of our local broadcast team on a limited basis." Ortiz is scheduled to make an appearance at Red Sox Spring Training soon, so there will be an opportunity to confirm or deny this information directly with Big Papi. Ortiz did a credible job as a commentator on FOX during its coverage of the 2014 World Series. Stay tuned—literally.

POLL: Which Ex-Red Sox Player Would You Want Back?

Which ONE of the following ex-Sox players would you MOST like to have back?
 
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Sam Travis 'Leader In The Clubhouse' As 2017 Sleeper

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If you're looking for a true sleeper candidate on the 2017 Red Sox, Sam Travis may be your guy. Don't be surprised if Travis gets FenwayNation's 2017 'Under The Radar' Award (for under-recognized contributions). Way back before last Thanksgiving, we profiled Travis as a potentially big contributor this year. The 23-year-old had a monster Spring Training last year, hitting .469 and knocking in 13 runs. Then, at AAA last May, he tore his ACL. Travis is now back, bulked up, and ready to fill-in at 1B, DH or wherever. One role for the right-handed hitter might be to platoon with Mitch Moreland at first base—freeing up Hanley Ramirez to DH every day. Stay tuned—don't forget about this kid.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

'Lyric Little Bandbox' Has Electrical Fire On Wednesday

The 105-year-old home of your Boston Red Sox caught fire this afternoon—as an "electrical short" in a transformer room sent billowing smoke outside America's Most Cramped Ballpark. The Boston Fire Department had to be called in and employees had to be briefly evacuated from the premises. Authorities called the incident a "smoke condition", which happened around noontime. Nah, we don't need a stinkin' new stadium!

First Red Sox Lineup Of The Year Has Mookie On Top

When the Red Sox take on the Northeastern University Huskies tomorrow, it will mark the first time that John Farrell posts a 2017 lineup. So, here it is: Mookie Betts RF; Xander Bogaerts SS; Mitch Moreland 1B; Chris Young LF; Pablo Sandoval 3B; Sam Travis DH; Marco Hernandez 2B; Rusney Castillo CF; Christian Vazquez C. Left-hander Brian Johnson will make the start. The game will start at 1:05 PM and—of course—will not be on television or radio. You might try to catch a foreign soccer match on NESN, though. This year, The Carmine Hose will not be facing that other institution from Chestnut Hill.

POLL: 'Mitch & The Panda' Seen As Top Over-Performers

Early voting in our latest FenwayNation Poll indicates that most readers (35%) think Pablo Sandoval will be the Red Sox player who performers above expectations in 2017. As the chart shows, new first-baseman Mitch Moreland comes in second on the list at 18%, followed by Christian Vazquez at 12%. Both Sandy Leon and Carson Smith come in at 10% each, followed by Drew Pomeranz at 8% and Tyler Thornburg at 6%. Just 2% think a player other than those listed will over-perform. You can still vote in the poll HERE.