Friday, October 9, 2015
All four playoff series are in action on Friday—starting around noon Eastern and ending sometime after midnight. Perhaps the most interesting match-up for Red Sox fans is the battle between Cubs starter Jon Lester and Cardinal starter John Lackey. Both played indispensable roles in the improbable 2013 World Series Championship for The Carmine Hose. First up is Game 2 of the Blue Jays-Rangers series (12:45, MLBN), followed by Game 2 of Astros-Royals (3:45, FOXSports1), the aforementioned Cubs-Cardinals kick-off (6:45, TBS) and finally the Mets-Dodgers re-enactment of a NYC subway series of the 1950s (9:45, TBS)
Thursday, October 8, 2015
they will "hold prices at 2015 levels" for next season. Kinda. Sorta. Of course, it wouldn't be a communique from the front office if there weren't a caveat. To wit: you only get the 2015 prices if your purchase your 2016 tickets before December 31, 2015. You know, right after you've emptied your entire family budget on the holidays. For those unlucky slugs who have to wait until the actual year of 2016 to purchase 2016 tickets, the average price increase will be 1.4%. Thanks, John Henry! Very compassionate of you!
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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Athlete of the year (fan vote): Tom Brady; Fan Favorite (fan vote): Tom Brady; Best moment: Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl interception; Best comeback: Providence hockey in Frozen Four title game; Best female athlete: Alex Carpenter; Patriots MVP: Tom Brady; Red Sox MVP: David Ortiz; Bruins MVP: Patrice Bergeron; Celtics MVP: Isaiah Thomas; Revolution MVP: Lee Nguyen; Voice of Boston Award: Mike Gorman; Lifetime Achievement Award: Milt Schmidt; Most Inspirational Fan: Liam Fitzgerald; Community Hero Award: Pete Frates; Unsung hero: Julian Edelman; Best individual performance in a game: Tom Brady; Most stylish Boston sportsperson: Tom Brady; Executive of the year: Bill Belichick; Top college athlete: Jack Eichel; Best college moment: Providence College hockey team; Social media star: Tom Brady; Top newcomer: Malcolm Butler; Best quote: Rob Gronkowski; Coach of year: Bill Belichick; Best Ad by Brand: CoachUp; Best Social Media Campaign by a Brand: Dunkin’ Donuts (Gronk/Big Papi); Fantasy Player of the Year: The Gomes Brothers.
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1.) Reduce the regular season from 162 to 154 games. Hey, that's how it used to be for decades. It was good enough for Ted, Willie and Mick, so it should be good enough for Mike, Bryce and Miguel. The shortened season would give MLB extra breathing room for a fairer playoff structure—one that wouldn't have the World Series end a few weeks before Thanksgiving;
2.) Go back to one Wild Card team per league and a reformed playoff format. With just four teams qualifying in each league, we could start the LDS series right away—with the weakest division winner playing the single Wild Card entrant in a seven-game series. Then, the two survivors meet in another seven-game LCS series. No more one-and-outs!;
3.) Play at least one World Series game during a Saturday afternoon. If the new Commissioner is serious about bringing in younger fans, some games have to be accessible to that audience;
4.) Limit mound visits by anyone—catchers, infielders, pitching coaches, managers—to two before a pitcher must be removed from a game. Any fan that has had to sit through endless catcher visits knows how time-consuming and boring they can be. If Manfred is serious about slashing game times, this would help big time;
5.) Make the DH universal in both the American and National leagues. Screw the purists. Pitchers hitting is a joke—and also makes National League ERAs deceptively better. Plus, it's just stupid for a major professional sport to play by different sets of rules. Maybe the NFL can allow the AFC to have 110-yard fields. The DH is more exciting and better—period. Make it universal.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Houston is clearly the better team in the one-game Wild Card match-up, so no amount of front-running 'beautiful people' in $1,500 seats will be able to stem the Astros tide. Look for a lop-sided win from the 'Stros and a quick exit for The Pinstriped Posers. Couldn't happen to a better bunch of guys!
Monday, October 5, 2015
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