Introducing the The Boston Red Sox Club Series Reserve wines by Wine Design
Move over, beer: baseball's found a new drink. Wine by Design has created two new wines to "honor the heritage and fan base of the Boston Red Sox."
The Boston Red Sox Club Series Reserve limited-edition wines include tje 2011 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 Chardonnay from California’s Sonoma Coast. According to a press release:
“We collaborated with Wine by Design to create these specialty wines that would appeal not only to Red Sox fans, but all wine drinkers,” said Red Sox SVP Corporate Sponsorships Troup Parkinson. “We look forward to sharing these custom wines with our fans at Fenway Park.”
... The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the legendary Alexander Valley with bold developed flavors of chocolate, tobacco and cherries with rich tannins and superior color. The 2012 Chardonnay from the renowned Sonoma Coast is French oak aged, with deep, rich flavors of apple and citrus. The Club Series Reserve wines were carefully chosen with the goal of offering wines that fans would embrace.
“These aren’t novelty wines,” said Diane Karle, founder and CEO, Wine By Design. “We worked very closely with the Red Sox organization to select the wines, and design a label that would not only speak to the rich history and legacy of the team, but provide Red Sox fans with a taste experiene for all levels of wine drinkers to enjoy. The Club Series Reserve wines are very approachable and affordable wines that Red Sox fans can appreciate throughout the season.”
You can find these wines not only at Fenway Park, but also at retailers throughout the Northeast, which you can find by visiting redsox.com.
Yaz's 2 Homers Help Red Sox Down Yanks, 8‐2, After Brawl
You needn't have been a psychologist at Yankee’ Stadium last night to predict that something was going to happen in the first ‘meeting of the season between the Eastern Division ‐ leading Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, champions of the American League.
Though it was May, springtime and only the 30th of 162 regularly scheduled contests, the air was full of the kind of electricity reserved for September pennant ‐races as the Red Sox opened the fourgame visit with an 8‐2 victory.
With the Yankees leading by 1‐0 in the bottom of the sixth, the tense struggle suddenly exploded into a donnybrook. A smash‐up at the plate put the catcher and runner in a tangle and saw the dugouts empty and 50 athletes clash at the middle of the diamond. Fights broke out everywhere, a pitcher was taken to the hospital with his left arm hanging limp, apparently finished for the season. Two players were ejected and fans threw bottles.
Shaken and angered, the Red Sox went on to hit three home ‘runs ‐and a triple for their eight runs in the last three .innngs. Carl Yastrzemski hit a pair to give him five homers in two games, tying a major league record. Rick Burleson hit another.
The spectacle seemed a vicious start to a season rivalry that will total 18 games. Boston captured the first skirmish, but at a high toll.
Bill Lee, the Red Sox stylish but sometimes eccentric left‐handed hurler, was the pitcher caught up in the heat of the battle who tottered off the field holding his left arm. At Lenox Hill Hospital, Lee learned that he had torn his shoulder capsule, ripped up the ligaments and would be out for an indefinite period, most likely the season.
How did it happen? There were two out in the Yankee sixth when Lou Piniella tried to score from second base on Otto Velez's hit to right. Foi the second time in the game, Dwight Evans, the Boston right fielder, threw to the plate to catch a Yankee runner. Only this time, Piniella tried to bowl over Carlton Fisk. the catcher.
Fisk went flying, but he held the ball for the third out. Then he jumped on Piniella.. who was still stretched out in front of home plate. Both players flailed away as all .. the remaining players surged from the dugouts.
For a minute it looked as if the umpires had kept the violence to a minimum, but then’ it broke out again. This time it was Graig Nettles, the ‐ Yankee third baseman punching Lee and suddenly the battle was engaged again, but twice as fiercely.
“I ran in the first time to try and break up Piniella and Fisk,” said Nettles. “There was Lee on top of them, so grabbed him around the arms and body and pulled him off. He fell on his shoulder, add that may have been how he hurt it.
“Now, I'm one of the easiest going guys you can find, but as I started to leave, Lee began yelling at me. Some‘ thing like: ‘Stay off my shoulder or leave my shoulder alone.’ I was going to ignore him, but he kept yelling at me until I couldn't take it any longer. I socked him in the eye, and he hit me.
“Now, if his shoulder's hurts the way they say it is, I'm really sorry about that. I could have hurt him a lot worse if I wanted to when he was on the ground, but I'm not like that. It was just when he lost his head and started screaming at me, I couldn't let that go, So I went at it.”
Nettles and Lee were ejected, with Reggie Cleveland taking over on the mound for Boston. Ed Figueroa had shut out the Red Sox to that point, but suddenly the Yankee right‐hander couldn't get anyone on the aroused Red Sox club.
Burleson, the Red Sox shortstop, whose second error of the game had given the Yankees an unearned run in the fourth, atoned for the miscue by belting a two‐run homer off Figueroa in the seventh. It was the first homer Figuero had ever to the Red Sox.
In the eighth, Tinny Martinez relieved Figueroa, but the first batter he faced was Yastrzemski, the 16‐year Boston veteran. Yaz had hit three homers the night before in Detroit, the first time he had hit three in a game, so the warning signs were evident.
Regardless, Martinez threw Yaz a slider, and it disappeared over the right‐field wall for two runs and a 4‐2 lead. Next came Dick Tidrow's turn, and the Yankee pitcher gave up a single to Denny Doyle and a triple to Fred Lynn.
Fisk followed with a single off Ron Guidry, and az roughed the ‘Ie. est Yankee pitcher with his seventh homer of the season. sending it into the right‐field seats for Boston's final two runs. That blow made Ya:e. the 10th player to hit five homers in two successive games.
“Until the fight, we were too complacent,” said Yastrzemski. t ecmed o ‐hok. us up. Anil in tim.. um. This M!portan series for early as it ma’ be. have a lot o. groom, to make up. and if they eve • took three out of four from might no:. recover.”
Bassitt pitches A's past Red Sox 3-2 at Fenway
1 of 5 Oakland Athletics starter Chris Bassitt (40) pitches to a Boston Red Sox batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Boston. Mary Schwalm/AP Show More Show Less
2 of 5 Oakland Athletics, including Mitch Moreland (18), congratulate each other after a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Boston. Mary Schwalm/AP Show More Show Less
3 of 5 Oakland Athletics' Elvis Andrus hits a single to score Matt Chapman during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Boston. Mary Schwalm/AP Show More Show Less
4 of 5 Oakland Athletics' Matt Olson (28) is congratulated at the dugout by Seth Brown (15) after scoring on a hit by Matt Chapman during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Boston. Mary Schwalm/AP Show More Show Less
5 of 5 Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi watches a throw to an Oakland Athletics batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Boston. Mary Schwalm/AP Show More Show Less
BOSTON (AP) &mdash Chris Bassitt struck out a season-high 10 over seven innings and the Oakland Athletics beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Tuesday night in a matchup of American League division leaders.
Matt Chapman and Elvis Andrus hit RBI singles for the A's in the seventh inning as Oakland broke a 1-all tie with two runs. Matt Olson also had an RBI single for the A's, who opened six-game road trip with a victory.
Yusmeiro Petit pitched a scoreless eighth and Jake Diekman got his fourth save despite walking two batters in the ninth.
Rafael Devers homered for Boston, which has lost two straight since winning four in a row.
Bassitt (3-2), whose previous high this season was nine strikeouts on April 29 at Tampa Bay, allowed just three hits and two runs. He hurt himself in the first with a pair of wild pitches that helped Boston take a 1-0 lead. But he settled down nicely after J.D. Martinez's sacrifice fly, retiring 14 straight batters before Michael Chavis singled in the sixth.
&ldquoMy nerves were way more than normal in the first inning,&rdquo said Bassitt, who was making his first appearance at Fenway Park. &ldquoAfter that, I just kind of started pitching again and I was kind of normal. But yeah, I would say in the first inning, Fenway got the best of me.&rdquo
Boston led 1-0 until the fourth, when Olson singled to drive in Seth Brown.
Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi lasted six innings, holding Oakland to one run on two hits and two walks. He struck out four before Darwinzon Hernandez took over in the seventh. After Olson drew a leadoff walk, Jed Lowrie and Chapman followed with back-to-back singles as Oakland took its first lead.
&ldquoYou&rsquove got to find a way to push those runs across any way you can. That&rsquos what good teams do,&rdquo Olson said.
Hernandez (0-2) was replaced by Adam Ottavino with one out and runners at second and third. Boston caught a break when Sean Murphy hit a hard grounder to third and Devers came right home to catcher Christian Vázquez, who had Lowrie in a rundown and tagged him for the second out. Chapman scored on Elvis Andrus&rsquo bloop single for a 3-1 lead.
&ldquoThat was huge. He&rsquos gotten some big hits for us,&rdquo Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. &ldquoThat ended up being as big an at-bat as we had during the game.&rdquo
Devers' homer in the bottom of the seventh, his ninth of the season, pulled Boston back within a run. Fans booed when the umpire crew circled for a replay review, but the cheering resumed when replays showed the ball cleared the Green Monster before a fan touched it.
The A's outhit the Red Sox 7-4 and Boston batters were 0 for 2 with runners in scoring position.
&ldquoYou don&rsquot need to hit rockets or hit home runs when there&rsquos traffic around. You put the ball in play and good things happen. That&rsquos what they did today,&rdquo Boston manager Alex Cora said. &ldquoWe had the tying run at third and the winning run at first on a night where we didn&rsquot do too much offensively. We&rsquoll take that and get ready for tomorrow."
Melvin said it was important for the A's to put some pressure on Eovaldi early. Melvin said Eovaldi can throw hard and has five different pitches that he can throw for strikes.
Although Eovaldi pitched six innings, he threw 102 pitches before Hernandez replaced him in the seventh.
&ldquoHe can be tough to navigate,&rdquo Melvin said. &ldquoIt was good that we made him work and get him out of the game."
Athletics: C Aramís García (viral enteritis) is traveling with the club and could return to the roster this week, Melvin said. &hellip OF Chad Pinder (sprained left knee) continued a rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas, where he played shortstop on Monday. Melvin said the A&rsquos can play Pinder in the outfield or infield whenever he&rsquos ready to return. &ldquoWe&rsquore going to play him in different positions like we always do and then once he gets here, we&rsquoll figure out what we think the best complement is,&rdquo Melvin said.
Red Sox: INF Kiké Hernández (right hamstring strain) and INF Christian Arroyo (bruised left hand) could be activated from the 10-day injured list by next week, Cora said.
Athletics: RHP James Kaprielian gets his first start in the majors Wednesday.
Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodríguez (5-0, 3.82 ERA) is unbeaten through six starts and has gone at least five innings in his last 34 starts.
MLB playoffs 2018: Yankees fired up for Boston Red Sox in ALDS | 'It's going to be like the freaking Super Bowl!'
NEW YORK — The Yankees went through bottles and bottles and bottles of champagne, and when most were gone players started spraying beer at each other.
Everyone was soaking wet and having a blast after the Yankees extended their season Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium with a 7-2 win over the Oakland Athletics in the American League Wild Card Game.
“I really don’t really like the taste of champagne, but I like celebrating,” drenched left fielder Andrew McCutchen said with googles covering his eyes and a smile on his face. “This what we play for.”
As thrilling as it was eliminating the Athletics in a do-or-die game, the Yankees were just as excited about what’s next for them:
It's happened only three previous times, first in 1999 and then in the early 2000s when they met in the ALCS in back-to-back years.
For Yankees fans, there are great memories from 2003 when current manager Aaron Boone became a postseason legend by hitting a Game 7 walk-off homer that won the pennant … and there are painful ones from 2004 when the Red Sox lost the first three games, then won the next win to capture the league pennant on their way to a curse-breaking first World Series championship since 1918.
Following the Yankees’ Wild Card Game win the A’s, there was a lot of talk about Aaron Judge’s first-inning homer that staked them to an early 2-0 lead, there was a lot of talk about Luis Severino pitching shutout baseball into the fifth and there was some talk about Luke Voit’s latest heroics.
The hot topic was what lies ahead, a best-of-five showdown involving baseball’s best rivalry, the 108-win Red Sox and the 100-win Yankees.
Here’s what the Yankees were saying about this epic showdown series after their Wild Card Game win:
Frank Franklin II | AP
On Yankees-Red Sox series: "It's going to be like the freaking Super Bowl. It's going to be prime time. We're always going to be playing under the lights. It's going to be fun, man. I can't wait for what's going to happen. We're going to Fenway. That's the next step. We've got big things coming. I know Boston is going to be packed. They won (the division) and they had a great season, but we can hang with them and we can't wait to get going with them."
On the 'We want Boston' chants from Yankees fans: "We want Boston. They took the division from us and we want to take it back."
John Munson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
On the 'We want Boston chants' from Yankees fans: "It was exciting. Obviously we wanted that as well. We were trying to go out there and do the job and get Boston. Boston is next obviously. It's going to be a tremendous atmosphere in Fenway and we're all excited for it."
On playing the Red Sox in the ALDS: "I haven't played them in the playoffs since I've been here, so I think it's going to be a different experience for me. It should be a lot of fun. I know it's going to be intense. It's always intense when we play them. So we get to sit down and finish the series right now. It's a five-game series. Let's see who's the best."
On what makes the Red Sox so good: "Everything about them. They've got two of the best pitchers in the league in (Chris) Sale and (David) Price. (Rick) Porcello obviously is a really good starter. But their lineup from top to bottom, if not better it's just as good as ours with the speed, the power … everything. It should be a good matchup."
What he remembers about the Yankees-Red Sox playoff series in 2003 and 2004: "They were great series. I remember Boonie hit the homer (in Game 7 in 2003) and I remember Dave Roberts stealing the base (in Game 4 in 2003), but that's about it. I was so young that it wasn't really a big deal to me."
2011 Red Sox Charity Wines: ChardonClay and CabernAce
Here is some basic information on this particular charity event/wines…Debuting from Longball Cellars are charity wines for Boston baseball pitching aces Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester. The players do not profit a single dime. Instead, 100% of their proceeds will raise big league dollars for charity:
– Clay Buchholz: ChardonClay, a chardonnay, benefits the Jimmy Fund
The 2011 wines are produced by acclaimed the Selby Winery located in Healdsburg, California. Both wines are expected to retail for about $14 a bottle, and has been available since May 2011 across Red Sox Nation. For wine connoisseurs and Sox fans out of region, wines can be purchased online at www.charitywines.com.
Editor’s Note: Sorry for the 4 month delay! Here are a few pictures & a video I took at the event. Can you tell which question I asked? Hint: It was towards the end of the Q/A session…
Photo taken by Peter Schiller on his HTC Droid Incredible
First of all, I need to spruce up my look for next year’s event rather than sticking to my white Baseball Reflections polo shirt with tan khakis and actually wear a shirt and maybe even a tie.
Out of the two Charity Wines events I’ve now been honored enough to attend, this one was the better of the two. Not only did both players show up and were healthy (at last year’s event, Beckett got hurt the day before hitting in the cage, getting ready for inter-league play & Ellsbury was on the DL after his collision with 3B Adrian “don’t touch my head after a HR” Beltre), but I even saw 8th inning man Daniel Bard (I was later told he was a guest of Lester’s) and Boston Globe reporter Dan Shaughnessy. On a side note, I was chosen out of the crowd to ask the final question (if I remember correctly) in the Q/A session with Heidi, Jon & Clay. Both gave great answers to my question, “What have you learned about these Charities since partnering with them for this (or past) events (or something like that)?”
Again I liked the red cabernet called “CabernAce” after Jon Lester over the chardonnay named “ChardonClay”, but that just may be because I prefer red wine over white. I did however enjoy both wines from last year’s event (ZinfindEllsbury & Chardon-K from 2010).
So if you want to help fight cancer and have a good time while doing so, please buy one or better yet, both of these wines just as soon as you can! Again the players proceeds for these wines go directly to The Jimmy Fund (when ChardonClay is purchased) and The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (when CabernAce is purchased).
Red Sox Rally To Beat A’s 9-4
BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts hit a tying two-run double that sailed over the head of center fielder Ramón Laureano, who made a bad read during a six-run third inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 9-4 on Monday night.
Rookie Michael Chavis drove in three runs and Mookie Betts had three singles for Boston, which had lost two straight to AL East-leading Tampa Bay.
Ryan Brasier (1-0) got four outs and was credited with the victory after starter Eduardo Rodriguez failed to go five innings with Boston leading. Matt Barnes got the final two outs on two pitches for his second save after Oakland loaded the bases.
Jurickson Profar had a two-run single for Oakland, which lost its fourth straight. Frankie Montas (4-2) gave up seven runs, one earned, in 4 1/3 innings.
Trailing 4-0, the Red Sox took advantage of two errors to score six unearned runs, getting Bogaerts’ double when it went sailing over the head of Laureano, who initially charged in before turning and running to where it bounced. Chavis followed that with a two-run single that made it 6-4.
When Oakland took three of four from the Red Sox earlier this season, Laureano threw Bogaerts out in consecutive games. He also cut down Betts.
Betts and J.D. Martinez had RBI singles after second baseman Profar bounced a throw to second for the first error and Andrew Benintendi reached when Montas missed the bag covering first.
Oakland had taken a 4-0 lead in the second on Profar’s two-run single, an RBI single by Josh Phegley and a run-scoring double from Matt Chapman.
Rodriguez gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Athletics: OF Mark Canha was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right wrist. Manager Bob Melvin said he’s scheduled to have an MRI on Tuesday.
Red Sox: Manager Alex Cora said the team was sitting down with 2B Dustin Pedroia (left knee irritation) Monday night to map out a plan for his rehab stint that will likely begin Thursday at Double-A Portland. … INF Eduardo Núñez (mid-back strain) started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket Monday, going 0 for 4. … Utility INF Brock Holt (scratched right cornea) returned from his rehab assignment because of a new injury, to his right shoulder.
With Canha going on the IL, the Athletics had only two players on the bench — OF Robbie Grossman and C Nick Hundley.
“It makes it a little bit challenging,” Melvin said. “We’ll play with the nine guys on the field today and have one potential spot to do something different.”
Both entered during the seventh inning — Grossman pinch-hit and Hundley went in to catch.
Thirty-three-years ago, Boston’s Roger Clemens set a major league record, striking out 20 against Seattle. It was his first of his two 20-strikeout games. The other came 10 years later at Detroit’s Tiger Stadium.
Athletics: RHP Aaron Brooks (2-2, 5.33 ERA) is in line to start Tuesday. He went six scoreless innings versus the Red Sox on April 1.
Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (1-3, 7.43) got his win of the season in his previous start, when he gave up three runs in six innings.
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Cool Nightcap For Red Sox Bats
BOSTON (AP) _ Trevor May allowed two hits over seven innings to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 2-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday and a split of their day-night doubleheader.
Another rookie pitcher was dominant in the opener when Eduardo Rodriguez allowed one run and two hits in seven innings of Boston’s 6-3 win.
May (4-3) only allowed runners in the third inning. With two outs, Carlos Peguero singled and took third on a double by Dustin Pedroia, his fifth hit of the doubleheader. But Brock Holt grounded out.
May struck out nine and allowed no walks. He has issued one walk in 26 2-3 innings over his last four starts.
Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 20th save in as many chances.
Boston’s Rick Porcello (4-5) rebounded from two starts in which he gave up 13 runs in 11 1-3 innings. On Wednesday night, he allowed two runs and five hits with five strikeouts and no walks in eight innings but still took the loss.
Both runs came in the second. Eddie Rosario led off with a single and scored on Chris Herrmann’s double. Herrmann took third on a single by Aaron Hicks and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Denny Santana.
In the opener, Rodriguez followed his major league debut with another outstanding performance. He became the first pitcher since at least 1900 to pitch at least seven innings, allow no more than three hits and no more than one run in each of his first two outings.
“He’s a pleasure to watch,” Boston manager John Farrell said, “a special kid.”
Obtained from Baltimore for reliever Andrew Miller at last year’s trade deadline, Rodriguez (2-0) made his debut seven days ago in a 5-1 win at Texas that he left after giving up three hits in 7 2-3 shutout innings.
He was surprised last year when the Orioles traded him, he said, “but look at where I am right now. Now I’m going to say thanks to them.”
Farrell is thankful to have Rodriguez in Boston’s struggling rotation and has no plans to send him back to Boston’s Triple-A team in Rhode Island.
“If he goes to Pawtucket,” Farrell said with a smile, “it’s only on the way to Baltimore” where Boston starts a trip Monday.
Rodriguez allowed a solo homer by Brian Dozier in the third and an infield single by Santana in the sixth. Alexi Ogando gave up a two-run homer to Eduardo Escobar in the ninth.
“Rodriguez was as good as advertised,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
The opener was a makeup for Monday night’s rainout.
The Red Sox scored five runs in 4 1-3 innings against Phil Hughes (4-5). Mike Napoli added a solo homer, his ninth of the season, in the seventh against Michael Tonkin, making it 6-1.
Pedroia had four singles, Xander Bogaerts added three and David Ortiz had two doubles.
“It’s not very fun when you feel like you’re just constantly trying to battle out of jams,” Hughes said.
After going 1-6 on a road trip, Boston got its second outstanding pitching performance against Minnesota. Clay Buchholz allowed three hits in eight innings in a 1-0 series-opening win Tuesday night.
Red Sox President Larry Lucchino and general manager Ben Cherington picked up trash in the stands between games.
Twins: RHP Ricky Nolasco is expected to throw Thursday after leaving Sunday’s game against Toronto in the second inning when he felt pain in his right ankle. He is not on the DL.
Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson, a top prospect, was scratched from his Triple-A start Wednesday to get extra rest. In 10 starts with Pawtucket, he is 6-3 with a 2.60 ERA. “There’s a typical approach taken with all starters there where they’ll skip a start at some point,” Farrell said.
Twins: LHP Tommy Milone (2-1) pitches in the final of the four-game series Thursday night, his first appearance for Minnesota since being sent to Triple-A Rochester on May 1. Milone allowed five runs in four innings in his most recent start with the Twins, picking up his only loss.
Red Sox: RHP Steven Wright (2-2) makes his fourth start this season for Boston in place of Justin Masterson, who is on the DL. In his last start, the knuckleballer allowed two homers to Josh Hamilton in a 7-4 loss at Texas.
(© Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Will LeBron James turn out to be the Boston Red Sox' unlikely savior?
A few years ago, it would have sounded like a joke without a punchline but it’s true: Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is now a partial owner of the Boston Red Sox. On Tuesday, news spread that James and business partner Maverick Carter would be, pending MLB approval, partners in Fenway Sports Group, the company which owns Liverpool FC, the sports network NESN and the Red Sox. While the idea of James helping to guide the future of the historic franchise will require a period of adjustment for fans and media alike, it’s difficult to imagine how this won’t be a positive development for both the team and baseball itself.
Now, it’s not surprising at all that James would invest money in a sports franchise. James – whose estimated net worth lies somewhere in the $500m range – has been very clear that his ultimate goal is to one day own an NBA franchise. He already owned a 2% share in Liverpool, so this is just another step towards his retirement goal.
What is strange though is that James is now a part-owner of the Red Sox specifically. After all, he has spent his entire professional career as a major heavy in the Boston sports scene. With both the Cleveland Cavaliers and then the Miami Heat, he often single-handedly prevented the Boston Celtics from making the NBA finals. When he finally left the Eastern Conference, it was only to team up with the Celtics’ historical rivals, the Lakers. James is also a well-known fan of the New York Yankees, the team whose blood-feud with the Red Sox has provided perhaps baseball’s longest-lasting (and, at times overwrought) storyline.
It was enough that Boston Globe scribe/professional troll Dan Shaughnessy went to Twitter to attack the team for letting James into the ownership group. “Let’s see,” Shaughnessy posted with obvious glee, “what else could the Red Sox do to make local fans hate them?”
Like John Goodman’s character in The Big Lebowski, Shaughnessy may not have expressed himself well but he may not be wrong. It’s been a rough few years for Boston baseball. A few hours before the news, GQ published a profile on Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts where the star reiterated that he was open to re-signing with Boston before the team traded him, but only at a contract that would have paid him what he wanted.
The article reinforced what many fans already believed: the trade was not something the team was forced to make, but rather a cost-cutting movie. In the wake of the Betts trade, the Red Sox – who had won the World Series in 2018 – quickly descended into baseball irrelevance. They went 24-36 in the abbreviated 2020 baseball season, which would have amounted to a 62-100 record had a full season been played, while their television ratings dropped 54%.
And it’s true, hardcore fans won’t take to the concept of an old sports rival suddenly appearing in the owners’ booth alongside John Henry and Tom Werner. A generation of New Englanders have spent large parts of their lives booing (and shouting off-color chants) at the four-time NBA champion. As odd as it was to see Tom Brady play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers it may be even weirder to adjust to LeBron James, Red Sox Royal Rooter.
Buckley: Red Sox offseason has been very underwhelming
When it comes to offseason roster building, there basically are three recipes.
There&rsquos &ldquoBig Splash,&rdquo there&rsquos &ldquoLet&rsquos Get Rid of Everybody,&rdquo and there&rsquos &ldquoWe&rsquoll Just Do Nothing and Hope Everybody Gets Better Next Season.&rdquo
The Yankees (Big Splash) went out and got Giancarlo Stanton.
The Miami Marlins (Let&rsquos Get Rid of Everybody) have shed everyone from the aforementioned Stanton to the folks who rake the infield in the fifth inning. Center fielder Christian Yelich would be wise not to buy any green bananas at the South Beach Whole Foods.
And then there&rsquos your Boston Red Sox, who, for now, are going with door No.&thinsp&thinsp3: &ldquoWe&rsquoll Just Do Nothing and Hope Everybody Gets Better Next Season.&rdquo
Yes, the Sox are pursuing free agent J.D. Martinez and might well be setting out the chairs for the big press conference even as you&rsquore reading this. If that&rsquos the case &mdash that is, if the Red Sox&rsquo idea of moving up to door No.&thinsp&thinsp1 (Big Splash) is inking Martinez and re-signing holdover first baseman Mitch Moreland &mdash please mark me down as underwhelmed.
We all can agree Martinez is coming off his best season. He combined for a .303 average, 45 home runs, 104 RBI and a .376 on-base parentage with the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017. He&rsquos the bat the power-starved Red Sox desperately need.
But where does he play? If it&rsquos true he&rsquod prefer playing the outfield, and that the Sox might need to pony up the extra dough in order to get him to accept a DH role, that&rsquos a red flag. To begin with, it&rsquos never a given that players are comfortable being a designated hitter, and here&rsquos a guy who might already have reservations about the job before he even gets here.
That&rsquos not how it&rsquos supposed to work at these meet-the-new-player press conferences. We expect the guy to be issue-free as he&rsquos holding up his crisp, new Red Sox jersey. (Fun fact: Martinez has worn Nos. 14 and 28 in his career. No. 14 is retired in honor of Jim Rice, and incoming Sox manager Alex Cora was sporting No. 28 at his introductory presser, though he&rsquod likely flip it to Martinez if need be.)
The Sox have a spotty track record in recent years in terms of finding players who genuinely want to be in Boston. In that spirit, it&rsquos not unfair to wonder about this DH thing.
Then again, this scenario is bouncing around: The Red Sox could trade Jackie Bradley Jr., move Andrew Benintendi to center field and insert Martinez in left.
Bad idea. Bradley is just about the best defensive center fielder the Red Sox ever have had. Benintendi would be a huge downgrade were he to move to center, and Martinez would be no great shakes in left. In fact, he&rsquos only played 284 games as a left fielder. So good luck with that.
As for the re-signing of Moreland, this needs to be said: He is no Eric Hosmer. Not even close. Not even close to being close. And yet I keep hearing this: &ldquoMoreland and Hosmer are essentially the same player, and Moreland is much, much cheaper.&rdquo
Moreland is a former Gold Glove winner, but there was nothing special about his defense with the Red Sox last season. Hosmer, on the other hand, is a flashy first baseman who won his fourth Gold Glove this past season, and I guess this is the part where you roll your eyes and point out defense isn&rsquot why you sign a big-ticket first baseman.
Fine. But Hosmer is a complete ballplayer. He hit .318 with 25 home runs, 94 RBI and a .385 on-base percentage last season, numbers that are vastly superior to what Moreland gave the Red Sox: .246, 22, 79, .326.
In fairness, Moreland played hurt last year. But he&rsquos now 32. Hosmer turned 28 in October.
And remember how in the past couple of seasons, the Red Sox kept making boneheaded decisions on the base paths and then kept saying they were merely being &ldquoaggressive?&rdquo
Allow me to give you an example of real aggressive baserunning: In the top of the ninth inning of Game&thinsp&thinsp5 of the 2015 World Series, Royals trailing the Mets 2-1, Hosmer scored the tying run when he broke for home as New York third baseman David Wright was throwing a Salvador Perez grounder to first baseman Lucas Duda.
Hosmer read the play magnificently, including the fact Duda can be a statue at first base.
And did I mention Hosmer had reached base on a run-scoring double off Matt Harvey? Having tied it up, the Royals won the game, and the World Series, on the strength of a five-run 12th.
Yeah, Hosmer would cost a bundle. But the Sox are all-in on winning the World Series, right?
2010 Boston Red Sox Baseball Wines for Charity - Jacoby Ellsbury & Josh Beckett
March 3, 2010 - PRLog -- OVERVIEW
Debuting from Longball Cellars are charity wines for Boston baseball stars
Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Beckett. The players do not profit a single dime. Instead, 100% of their proceeds will raise big league dollars for local charities:
• Jacoby Ellsbury: ZinfandEllsbury – benefiting the Navajo Relief Fund,
Project Bread and the Ellsbury-Read Project.
• Josh Beckett: Chardon-K – benefiting The Josh Beckett Foundation.
The names ZinfandEllsbury and Chardon-K are word plays of the wine varietals in the bottles: Red Zinfandel and Chardonnay. The 2010 wines are produced by acclaimed winery Clos LaChance out of San Martin, California.
Both wines are expected to retail for about $14 a bottle, and will be available beginning in May 2010 across New England, wherever wine is sold. For non-local members of “The Nation,” wines can be purchased online at http://www.charitywines.com.
Baseball enthusiasts and wine aficionados may recall that in 2007, Charity Wines debuted in Boston with wines from Manny Ramirez (Manny Being Merlot),
Curt Schilling (Schilling Schardonnay) and Tim Wakefield (CaberKnuckle) . The effort sold more than a quarter-million bottles. Charity Wines returned in 2008 with releases from David Ortiz (Vintage Papi), Jason Varitek (Captain’s Cabernet) and Kevin Youkilis (SauvignYoouuk Blanc). To date, more than $1,400,000 has been raised overall as a result of athlete wines and their contributions.
Beginning May 11, 2010, Zinfandellsbury and Chardon-K will be available throughout New England wherever wine is sold at retailers, restaurants, and online at www.charitywines.com.
WINE TASTING & LAUNCH PARTY
Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Beckett will host a private launch party for members of the media and the wine industry. NESN field reporter Heidi Watney will emcee on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 from 12:00PM to 2:00PM.
Those invited will be able to taste the wine for the first time, and have an opportunity to hear from Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Beckett. Their charities will also have booths so that more information can be learned about their commitment to the communities they serve.
ABOUT CHARITY WINES
After personal tragedies involving friends and family with cancer and heart disease, Andrew Graff started Charity Wines, a philanthropic division of his Massachusetts based company, VinLozano Imports Inc. With the goal of pairing fine wine with great charities, the Longball Cellars brand was born. Nationwide, more than 30 professional athletes across baseball, football and hockey have teamed up with Charity Wines to raise funds for great causes. Visit www.CharityWines.com.
The Josh Beckett Foundation
The Josh Beckett Foundation supports community-based programs that strive to improve the health and well-being of children, especially those who are seriouisly ill, disabled, poor or otherwise disadvantaged. The Foundation provides Josh with an opportunity to have a direct and permanent impact on the lives of children throughout New England and in his hometown on Spring, Texas.
Navajo Relief Fund
The Navajo Relief Fund assists Elders and communities on the Navajo Reservation. Most of the Navajo communities offer limited opportunities for employment. Many families struggle in the face of extreme poverty, substandard housing, sporadic health care, and limited access to higher education. By working through reservation programs, NRF services help with basic needs by providing winter, community-wide, and holiday food, summer weatherization and home repair for Elders, and increased participation at community-wide health fairs and screenings. NRF also provides the critical disaster relief for emergencies such as the recent northern AZ snowstorms, which greatly affected the Navajo Reservation. NRF support helps reservation programs reinforce a sense of hope for the Navajo people.
As the leading anti-hunger organization in Massachusetts, Project Bread is dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ultimately ending hunger in the state. Through The Walk for Hunger, the oldest continual pledge walk in the country, Project Bread provides millions of dollars each year in privately donated funds to more than 400 emergency food programs in 128 communities statewide. Project Bread also advocates systemic solutions that prevent hunger and that provide food to families in natural, everyday settings, including schools.
The Ellsbury-Read Character Strength Project has been established to insure that character strength development receives priority attention from birth through the adult years. Education, local support and commitment are essential for this project as it continues to evolve and grow. The Project helps promote child abuse prevention so every child can be safe at home.