the 2018 boston red sox are now 16-2

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By the middle of the season, Price said, some fans at Fenway Park heaped abuse on him when he warmed up in the bullpen before starts.

“It got pretty rough,” he said. “If you don’t like it, pitch better. That’s all it is. Mike Brenly, our bullpen catcher, he stood up for me multiple times. The Fenway guards, too, [and] the bullpen cop.”

Some of the taunts were racial in nature.

“I got it all,” Price said. “It’s all right. I don’t care about that. My mom is white and my dad is black. I’ve heard that since I’ve been in school. There’s nothing you can say to me that I haven’t heard before. Your ignorance is not going to affect what I’m trying to do. But I feel sad it’s still out there.”

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 12 July 2018 19:20 (two years ago) link

...he's not a lily white good ole boy so yeah, knowing Boston sports fans, he's probably dealing with quite a few issues.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 12 July 2018 19:21 (two years ago) link

Don't mean to come off as naive--maybe I should have factored that in. I'm looking at this from a) the memory of how phenomenally popular he was during his short Toronto stay, and, probably, b) an assumption that post-Ortiz that wasn't something than needed to be factored in.

clemenza, Thursday, 12 July 2018 19:28 (two years ago) link

The call-in guys said it had a lot to do with how poorly he pitches against the Yankees. I looked at his Yankee starts the past three years, and yeah, wow: except for one great start last July, they absolutely murder him.

clemenza, Thursday, 12 July 2018 19:40 (two years ago) link

I guess this has been commented upon lots the past three seasons, but I didn't know anything about it.

One great start against the Yankees: 8 IP, 7 H, 8 K, no walks or runs.
His eight other starts against NY: 39 IP, 67 H, 12 BB, 25 K, 44 earned runs, 10.15 ERA.

clemenza, Thursday, 12 July 2018 19:55 (two years ago) link

he was also bad in his lone playoff start for boston

all that -- and the racism -- aside, fans are pretty attuned to contracts these days, and while he's certainly been serviceable, expectations run high when the team signs someone for $31m a year

mookieproof, Thursday, 12 July 2018 20:02 (two years ago) link


a shomin-geki poster with some horror elements (WilliamC), Saturday, 21 July 2018 22:58 (two years ago) link

Second excellent start in a row for Price. I know it's cherry-picking, but eliminate his two horrible starts against the Yankees and he's having quite a good year.

clemenza, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 03:01 (two years ago) link

steve pearce

mookieproof, Friday, 3 August 2018 00:56 (two years ago) link

love this guy

call all destroyer, Friday, 3 August 2018 00:59 (two years ago) link

i was at this game. the first homer Pearce hit, over the monster, he hit on such a beeline i actually didn't think it was a homer. he absolutely smoked it. just full on the screws. seemed destined to smack off the wall. but it kept rising. i honestly think it was still going up when it went over. and of course the second homer, it was just bedlam. what a night. my kids both said they started to feel bad for the Yankees. feeling bad for the yankees! can you imagine??

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 3 August 2018 13:52 (two years ago) link

no, but i am no longer innocent.

I will spend many hours w/in a mile of Fenway this weekend, but will get away fast from the hordes whenever i see them.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 3 August 2018 13:57 (two years ago) link

we're missing each other by mere minutes morbs - we're out of here tomorrow a.m.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 3 August 2018 14:11 (two years ago) link

well, i'll be drinking in Cambridge tonight with Fangraphs ppl!

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 3 August 2018 14:13 (two years ago) link

I'd like to thank the Red Sox for scoring 15 runs tonight so that I had a legitimate excuse to play David Bowie's "TVC 15" at the end of the game.

— Josh Kantor (@jtkantor) August 3, 2018

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 3 August 2018 14:40 (two years ago) link

porcello on some maddux shit tonight, 86-pitch complete game 1-hitter.

call all destroyer, Saturday, 4 August 2018 01:27 (two years ago) link

90 Game Score is tied for 7th on this season's best pitching performances.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 4 August 2018 04:31 (two years ago) link

prick orcello tho

mookieproof, Saturday, 4 August 2018 04:33 (two years ago) link

Would love to see Price have a great start against the Yankees at home--I would think that'd mend a lot of fences.

clemenza, Monday, 6 August 2018 00:29 (two years ago) link

1st inning was a squeaker but he looks good now

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 6 August 2018 01:14 (two years ago) link

Price is looking great out there (even with the umpire squeezing him a bit). His half-season here made me a lifetime fan.

clemenza, Monday, 6 August 2018 02:29 (two years ago) link

that was a good inning

call all destroyer, Monday, 6 August 2018 02:31 (two years ago) link

I like Arod's commentary.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 6 August 2018 03:21 (two years ago) link

I check periodically to see where they sit in relation to the 2001 Mariners (116-46). They're running three games behind right now: the Red Sox are 79-34, the Mariner were 82-31. The '98 Yankees (114-48) were even better: 84-29.

clemenza, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 12:39 (two years ago) link

Tuned in to see Mookie's last AB and whether he could do it, and what do you know, he did it--hit for the cycle (plus a walk).

clemenza, Friday, 10 August 2018 01:53 (one year ago) link

so crazy. the night i was at Fenway he went 4-4 with two walks! the dude gets. on. base

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 10 August 2018 03:00 (one year ago) link

32-11 will match the 2001 Mariners' win record

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 12 August 2018 14:45 (one year ago) link

Interesting to note that not a single post-1961 team outperformed their Aug. 1st projection.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 12 August 2018 16:29 (one year ago) link

Stands to reason, though: laws of gravity, plus you've got a huge lead and you're probably regularly resting players through September for the post-season. The Dodgers last year were a whole other freakish case...I'd completely forgotten they were in the same place as the Red Sox.

clemenza, Sunday, 12 August 2018 16:39 (one year ago) link

yankees went 6-1 this week and gained no ground

mookieproof, Sunday, 12 August 2018 20:45 (one year ago) link

I was at the game in Toronto when Mookie hit for the cycle, about 10 feet away from the guy who caught two homeruns (no, he's not that Youtube guy who has made a career out of it).

I hadn't been to Toronto since the stadium opened - it's nice but, boy, were the Blue Jays fans scarce (and quiet). I'm sure Benintendi heard me cheering for him it was that chill.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 13:45 (one year ago) link

jalen beeks' revenge

mookieproof, Sunday, 19 August 2018 21:03 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Welcome back, Brandon Phillips.

Andy K, Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:11 (one year ago) link

However you feel about the Red Sox, everyone loves Mookie Betts, right? Would hate for this to be anything:

clemenza, Sunday, 16 September 2018 19:04 (one year ago) link

Pulling for Betts as MVP, but after an 0-4 night and a 3-3 from Martinez, Martinez is close again for a Triple Crown. He's three points behind Betts in BA, 2 HR behind Davis, and comfortably ahead in RBI.

clemenza, Thursday, 20 September 2018 12:09 (one year ago) link

meanwhile trout just hit a 435 footer

k3vin k., Thursday, 20 September 2018 22:13 (one year ago) link

9:00PM and it’s the 4th inning :)

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 21 September 2018 01:00 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

sox radio guy tim neverett is out and WEEI is apparently turning game broadcasts into a 'talk-show format'

i guess this is what happens when you are by definition unable to pivot to video

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 December 2018 19:30 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

A barrage of pro-Trout tweets to follow.

clemenza, Sunday, 27 January 2019 20:39 (one year ago) link

i'm sensing a pattern in who's going and who's not.. what could it be

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 27 January 2019 23:50 (one year ago) link

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