COMMENTARY It is now twice as likely that the New York Mets will make the 2019 playoffs as the Boston Red Sox. Take a look. Baseball Prospectus, same thing. One player, or even one aspect of a club, does not create that reality. That takes a village. Remember that, as we spend the next weeks and months channeling our younger selves and divvying up the blame pie after a lost season. I’m not so much worried about the relative size of the pieces as making sure everyone gets their rightful slice. They screwed this thing up, soup to nuts. From John Henry to Trevor Kelley. “We have a very good team, 1 through 25,” said David Price on Sunday night, hours after his 2 2/3-inning cameo ended with seven straight Yankees reaching base — a walk plus six hits, four for extra bases. “It’s just that some of us haven’t had good seasons to this point.” So much so, the Sox might literally have been better off Sunday if Price spent another day … [Read more...] about Take your pick: Roots of this Red Sox debacle go deep, wide
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Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees players line up as flags are unfurled before a baseball game, Saturday, June 29, 2019, in London. Major League Baseball made its European debut game Saturday at London Stadium. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)Boston Red Sox's Michael Chavis, center, celebrates his three-run home run with Sandy Leon, left, against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 29, 2019, in London. Major League Baseball made its European debut game Saturday at London Stadium. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)New York Yankees' Brett Gardner, right, celebrates after hitting a two-run home run with Gleyber Torres during the third inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Saturday, June 29, 2019, in London. Major League Baseball made its European debut game today at London Stadium. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)Britain's Prince Harry, top center left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, watch during the first inning of a baseball game between the Boston Red … [Read more...] about Yankees beat Red Sox 17-13 as MLB debuts in London
NASHVILLE — A prosecutor said Monday that a black man charged with fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville church aimed to kill at least 10 white churchgoers and cited a 2015 massacre at a black church in South Carolina. Nashville Deputy District Attorney Amy Hunter made the comments during opening statements in the trial of Emanuel Kidega Samson, 27. Prosecutors have said they're seeking life without parole for Samson, who faces a 43-count indictment, including a first-degree murder charge, in the September 2017 shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. Samson's attorney, Jennifer Lynn Thompson, countered that Samson's true intention was to kill himself. He left a suicide note for his girlfriend and sent a goodbye video to his cousin, Thompson said. Members of the church packed into the courtroom, at times becoming emotional when attorneys and witnesses recounted a Sunday filled with chaos, tragedy and heroism. The shooting rampage killed … [Read more...] about State: Suspect aimed to kill at least 10 white churchgoers
The Red Sox play their first home game of the 2019 season against the Blue Jays at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday at Fenway Park. On Monday, the team announced pregame ceremonies will commence at 1 p.m. to unveil the team’s 2018 World Series championship banner, present World Series rings, raise the 2018 championship flag, and perform the national anthem before Red Sox starter Chris Sale throws the first pitch. Fans are encouraged to arrive in their seats by 12:45 p.m. According to the Red Sox, military members from Hanscom Air Force Base will line the length of the Green Monster in left field as the American flag drapes over the 37-foot wall. Keith Lockhart will lead musicians from the Boston Pops orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in performances of both the Canadian and American national anthems. The anthem will be capped with a fly-over by four F-16 jets from the 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard. The Red Sox will wear special gold-trimmed hats and jerseys with … [Read more...] about Here are the details for the Red Sox’ World Series ring ceremony
Boston may currently have bragging rights over the rest of the country when it comes to baseball and football. But the literal fabric of the city is increasingly falling behind its peers. According to vexillologists (people who study flags), Boston is among the country’s cellar-dwellers when it comes to its flag. Residents would be excused if they were unaware Boston had a flag. With the city’s 1800s-era seal on a blue background, it flies outside Boston City Hall and at Boston Common, and virtually only those two places. The fact that it is rarely seen anywhere in the city is just one testament to the fact that it is effectively a failure as a flag, according to Ted Kaye, the former editor of the vexillology journal Raven. “Boston needs to start over,” Kaye told Boston.com. The city ranked 133 on the North American Vexillological Association’s 2004 survey of 150 American city flags. And the bad news is that it is effectively even lower on the list now. In … [Read more...] about Does Boston need to replace its flag?