This one’s for the fans. Yes, even the tool above.
Specifically, a shout out goes to the two guys in the red and white jackets sitting front row in the right field corner who backed off Jackie Bradley Jr.’s grand slam Monday night:
Smart move by the game’s smartest fans. Saw the same heroics last night in Boston on balls hit into the right field corner. Fans pulled their hands away every time. Doesn’t happen everywhere with stadiums filled with mobile phone watchers and front runners.
One thing the Fenway Faithful needs to step up on is the chants to cheer on the Red Sox during games. All fans do at Fenway these days is the miserable wave, and the simpleton chant, “Let’s go Red Sox.” (thanks Tom Werner).
Back in the day, hardcore Red Sox fans went a little deeper. “Here we go Red Sox, here we go (clap, clap), Here we go Red Sox, here we go (clap, clap).” That classic has completely died at Fenway, and that’s a goddamn shame. Last time I heard it was in Fort Myers.
Same for the other old-time hymn, “We want a hit! … We want a hit! … We want a hit!” The new generation of fans doesn’t know what they don’t know.
Hanley Ramirez, or El Trece as he’s known all over the world, hit a ball 468 FEET LAST NIGHT. In case you hadn’t heard or seen.
Hanley Ramirez 468ft Home Run. pic.twitter.com/UngygzSCvr
— Boston Strong (@BostonStrong_34) May 10, 2016
And the beat goes on at Fenway. Hanley hammers one, Betts and Shaw, too. And that’s just Sully Being Sully. Red Sox crush A’s, 13-5. And JBJ’s hit streak now at 16. His replacement, Andrew Benintendi, had his 23-game hitting streak come to an end Saturday night.
— Tom Caron (@TomCaron) May 11, 2016
The biggest highlight from last night’s game by far.
This was the best birthday 🇺🇸 💯https://t.co/28xcMOMG32
— SB Nation (@SBNation) May 11, 2016
Larry Bird posted this spectacular photo from high school on Facebook this morning. He just didn’t look like a kid who would become one of the greatest to play the game.
Speaking of Bird, he thinks NBA coaches only have a three-year shelf life. Wonder who Danny Ainge has in mind to replace Brad Stevens?
So Lenny Dykstra is still alive, and he just joined Twitter:
Oh so this is Twitter? I can say whatever the fuck I want right?
— Lenny Dykstra (@LennyDykstra) May 10, 2016
ICYMI. The best of Curt Schilling on Periscope. He plans to Periscope David Price’s must-win start on Thursday.
Eric Wilbur wants the Red Sox to get Ryan Braun. I like the aggressive move. Chad Finn wants Mike Trout. But why focus on those two when you can go to war again with Jonny Gomes, who is coming back to the US of A where he belongs. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has the story.
Gomes’ journey, however, did not work out as planned, and he recently left the Rakuten Golden Eagles by mutual consent to return to the U.S.
Gomes, 35, batted only .169 with a .526 OPS in 75 plate appearances for Rakuten. He also was rattled by his inability to communicate with teammates and a pair of earthquakes in mid-April.
“I hated not being able to talk to all my teammates because of the language,” Gomes said. “I would just sit in front of my locker solo and sit in the dugout and couldn’t talk.
“The earthquake also was scary — if something happened, I couldn’t communicate. Everything else was awesome. Great team, city, food, all of the above.”