After this past postseason, I think I (and many fans) feel comfortable in saying this: Craig Kimbrel should not be re-signed.
After the troubles and mini heart attacks he gave us all in October, I think an alternative is ideal. Costs for this Red Sox team will soon become an issue, and I do not think the contract Kimbrel will warrant on the open market is one the Red Sox can dish out. The Red Sox have over $156 million on the books for nine players on the 25-man roster, and this does not include a bevy of players contractually tied to the team through arbitration-determined salaries (meaning Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Andrew Benintendi, Xander Bogaerts, Eduardo Rodriguez, etc.)
In addition to Kimbrel, the following 2018 Red Sox are free agents: Nathan Eovaldi, Joe Kelly, Ian Kinsler, Steve Pearce, Drew Pomeranz, Brandon Phillips.
It’s not easy to pay everyone after winning a championship, and some fan favorites will not be back next season. Since I hope Kimbrel is one, lets look at who I think should be considered to replace him.
And just like that, the 108-win Boston Red Sox are World Champions!
What a season it was. Even after winning 108 games, there were a far amount of questions going into the ALDS versus the New York Yankees. Having won only one playoff game the last two seasons, could this team band together to win when it mattered? Could David Price come up clutch? Would the bats wake up when it mattered? Was Boston clutch enough? Continue reading “2018 World Series Champions”
Alright, this may get a lot of scrutiny, but this is a friendly space; I am just brainstorming. When I saw the Celtics take on the Knicks this past Saturday, early on, they reminded me of the Celtics of last season. The starting lineup was Irving-Brown-Tatum-Horford-Baynes, and they were up 26-10. Obviously the game ended a bit closer (103-101), but it made me think of something discussed during the offseason: should Gordon Hayward come off the bench?
Well, lets compare Hayward’s current situation to Andre Iguodala in 2014.
As Andrew Benintendi roamed in left field to secure the final out of the American League Championship Series, the Red Sox cemented a World Series appearance for the 4th time in 15 seasons.
Imagine telling that to the faithful fans that had to watch Aaron Boone smack a home run off of Tim Wakefield in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.
Imagine 15 years after that soul-crushing hit, where the Yankees looked poised to win their 5th championship in 8 seasons, that it would be the Red Sox – not the Yankees – with a chance to be the team of the century.
No one would have believed you… and well, that pretty much summarizes this crazy journey it has been being a Boston sports fan (not just a Red Sox fan) since the turn of the century.
Growing up a Boston sports fan, I can tell you that above all else, nothing is sweeter than beating the New York Yankees. The pure joy of the Red Sox winning the World Series in 2004 were some of my first memories of sports; I was raised on hating the Yankees
With that in mind, seeing the Sox take the ALDS in the Bronx was SWEET!
Winning the series in 4 games (and both games they played in New York), the Sox proved a lot of people wrong (including yours truly) about if they had the cojones to win a playoff series. Beating the 100-win Yankees, the team with the third best record in baseball, proved that Boston was legit and up for the challenge.
Their reward? Facing the 103-win Houston Astros (second best record in the MLB).
If you’ve ever read my tweets (it’s a trip worth taking, I promise), you’ll notice the rumors of Kyrie wanting out of Boston, and more specifically, wanting to go to the Knicks, really got to me. Why? Because there was absolutely zero legitimacy to any of the rumors. Yet you had people like Nick Wright saying Kyrie and Jimmy Butler teaming up was “inevitable,” and oddsmakers putting the Knicks and Nets right behind Boston as the possible destinations Kyrie would go in 2019; it was all based on pure speculation.
Just when you think there should be no NBA drama, BAM, we have NBA drama. In September, the NBA should be the equivalent to when you’re getting those last 15 minutes of sleep, soon ready for a day of work. The streets are quiet, you can hear a pin drop, and within short order, the world will wake up around you.
Apparently Jimmy Butler did not get the memo, as he decided to hop in his car, drive 60 in a 35, sit on the horn of his car, and wake up the ENTIRE NBA.