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Theo Epstein's Speech to Yale Students

Theo Epstein gave a speech to Yale students last week and it was good. Theo uses the Cubs World Championship as the backdrop for his speech. He talks about David Ross and makes fun of Yankee fans and the current administration in the White House. Enjoy!


















Red Sox Game Preview: Sam Travis Debuts Tonight

The Red Sox bashed the Rangers last night and the bashing should continue tonight. Chris Sale takes the mound for the Red Sox and Martin Perez gets the ball for the Rangers.

Simulation Score 

Red Sox 9 Rangers 5


Heavy Favorites 

Vegas likes the Red Sox big tonight and that can be mostly attributed to Chris Sale. The Red Sox are -265 on the moneyline and even when they give the Rangers 1.5 runs they are still favored at -125. Our simulation agrees.

Just the Analytics, Please

Red Sox 0.5 SRS (12th)
Rangers 0.0 SRS  (17th)

Red Sox 23-21 (actual record) 23-21 (expected record)  0  Good Luck Factor
Rangers 24-22 (actual record)  25-21 (expected record) -1 Good Luck Factor

News and Notes 

Sam Travis will make his debut tonight as Mitch Moreland gets day off. This will be the plan going forward. Travis will play first base against lefties and Moreland will play against righties. Hanley Ramirez? Don't look for him to be holding a first baseman's glove anytime soon. Travis is slated …

Jay Groome Injury Update

Twelve days ago the #1 prospect for the Boston Red Sox made his season debut. It wasn't pretty

Jay Groome recorded just six outs, gave up seven hits, walked three, surrendered one long home run and allowed nine runs to score. His ERA sits at 60.75. Groome was pulled in the second inning with a sore lat. He was placed on the seven day disabled list three days later. Nine days later we are still waiting on Groome to make his next start.

Could Monday be the night? The Greenville Drive host Greensboro and have yet to name a starter. It would be exactly two weeks from his first start.

I reached out to the Greenville Drive yesterday and they expressed that Groome was still dealing with a sore lat and no timetable has been set for his return.

As for his debut, the numbers do look awful but he looked much better than his numbers suggest. The ball explodes out of his hand and three of the hits he gave up were infield hits where he got the best of the hitter.

These bad breaks may have caus…

Jay Groome Makes Season Debut Tonight

I will be making the trip up to Greenville, SC tonight to cover the Greenville Drive and the season debut of Jay Groome.

Groome is listed as the Red Sox #3 prospect, only Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers are listed ahead of him.

 Groome threw just 6.2 innings last season after being drafted by the Red Sox in the first round. Groome struck out 10 guys in those six plus innings while giving up two runs.

 The Greenville Drive is loaded with top Red Sox prospects. Here are just the Top 40 Red Sox prospects that are currently on the Drive roster:


Red Sox Prospect RankingPositionProspect#5Third BaseBobby Dalbec#14PitcherMike Shawaryn#19PitcherShaun Anderson#21PitcherDarwinzon Hernandez#26PitcherStephen Nogosek#31Left FieldTyler Hill#32CenterfieldLorenzo Cedrola
Follow me on twitter @ThePeskyPole for pictures,videos and observations from Groome's season debut


Don Rickles and the Los Angeles Dodgers

Don Rickles passed away yesterday at the age of 90. He was one of those guys that my grandfather liked which means I liked him too. This story told by Frank Sinatra perfectly sums up Don Rickles and his sense of humor.


The story about Don Rickles trying to use Frank Sinatra to impresss a woman is one of the funniest ever.

I'll let Frank tell it... pic.twitter.com/FZvZfUYRkn — Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) April 6, 2017
Don Rickles was also a huge Dodger fan and became good friends with Tommy Lasorda. They were such good friends that apparently late in the 1976 season, with the NL West already clinched, Don Rickles dressed in a Dodgers uniform and sat in the dugout for the entire game. That was until a Dodger pitcher was getting roughed up and Lasorda had Rickles head to the mound to take him out. Rickles told the story like this:

"Sorry, fella," I told the pitcher. "You're through.""You're not the manager," he shot back."You're not e…

Tebow and the Fireflies Have a Blast on Opening Night

The Columbia Fireflies opened their second season on Thursday night and it promises to be nothing like their first season. Tim Tebow has arrived.I arrived 90 minutes before first pitch with media credential in hand. I wasn't alone. Reporters and camera men were camped out in front of the Fireflies dugout waiting for Tebow to appear from the clubhouse. The throng was noticeable especially to the Augusta GreenJackets who were in town for the opener.GreenJackets' shortstop Brandon Van Horn noticed the reporters and stood side by side with them for a second looking intently towards the Fireflies clubhouse and then sarcastically asked,  "What are we all hoping to see?"Tim Tebow gave everyone what they were hoping to see when he came to the plate for the first time in his professional baseball career. Facing lefty Domenic Mazza, Tebow worked the count to 2-1 and then blasted the pitch to left field for a two run homer. It was a surreal moment. News of his homer soon spread…