Even though the Red Sox had Thursday off, we still got to see Mookie Betts up close and personal. That’s because my son and oldest daughter attended his baseball clinic and got to meet Mookie, take a photo with him, and work on baseball drills with him. They had a blast and I think I had as much fun watching them for the entire afternoon as they did playing. Mookie seemed like a genuinely nice guy and the fact that he had his parents there hanging out with him the whole day said a lot to me about what type of person he is. At least I know how he spent his day off, right? On Friday, the Sox got back down to business at home when they started a new series against Tampa Bay. The Rays had just taken two of three from the Yankees and helped us add a half game to the division lead so now it was Boston’s turn against this pesky team.
The Pawtucket Red Sox announced yesterday that the team will be moving to Worcester, Massachusetts for the 2021 baseball season. I don’t know much about the political process which brought the AAA affiliate of the BoSox to “The Heart of The Commonwealth,” but for me, this is kind of crappy news. Growing up and residing in Southeastern Massachusetts, Pawtucket was actually a closer jaunt to see some professional ball than driving up 93 North to Boston.
Sidenote...Is there ever NOT traffic in Quincy? It could be 3 AM on a Saturday morning and Quincy’s like “Nope, still traffic.” What the hell man? I need one of these:
Top performers from the Patriots 37-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in week 2 of the preseason:
Patriots offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn, the 23rd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, tore his Achilles in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles and will miss the entire 2018 NFL season.
Top gambling company Bovada released their opening MVP odds for the 2018-19 NBA season and Celtics guard Kyrie Irving was listed with the 9th best odds to win next season's most valuable player award.
Bleacher Report's Grant Hughes recently released an article titled "NBA's Most Overhyped Players Ahead of 2018-19 Season". As the title would suggest, Hughes ranks the top 5 players that he believes are being overhyped this offseason. Earning the top spot as the most overhyped player in the NBA according to Hughes was none other than Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics.
This is getting annoying. It just is. Kyrie Irving is rumored to want to play in New York, but that is all it is. RUMORED. Kyrie has yet to say anything about leaving since he has been here in Boston. In fact, he has really only alluded to winning rings in green.
The Phillies are good this year, but are they really good enough to play the Red Sox to a draw? Yes, they're in first place in the NL East, but the NL is down across the board this year when compared to the AL and overall the best teams in the AL are much better than the best teams in the NL. Still, to this point the two teams have scored five runs apiece against each other and the Red Sox have won two of the three games. The final game between the two squads looked to be another close affair but I was hopeful that Boston could eke out a win and sweep this two game set.
Both the Red Sox and I had rest days yesterday. For them, it was a much needed break in the middle of a long season; for me, it was the first official day of my vacation and my first day back in my native New Hampshire in over a year. Being back in the heart of Red Sox Nation meant I was surrounded by like minded Sox fanatics so after the day off, I couldn't wait for the team to get back in action with this short two game series against the Phillies. While I hate interleague play (I think I've mentioned that once or twice, no?) I was curious to see how the Sox would fare. The last two games against Philadelphia that were played in Boston back in July ended in a series split with two low scoring games. I wanted to see if those were just flukes or if there was more to Philly than I had previously thought.