Another Thursday and another aftermath of the wind and snow up here in frosty Boston.
We are doing our best to keep a stiff upper lip and gut this out till spring springs eternal.
Mrsharry took over picking my bracket this year because I never get it close to respectability and although her regional choices for the finals both went down in the first round, she did pick 8 of the sweet 16 and that’s more than I would have picked.
MLB is underway down under…I don’t like the opening day of our baseball season to happen out of the lower 48…this is our MLB, National and American leagues, not the International league…that’s AAA I think.
Matt Scherzer reportedly turned down 6 years at $24,000,000.00 a year from the Tigers and is going to take his chances pitching this season and then going free agency as his agent Scott Borass has suggested. I think that’s top money for Matt and he should have taken it. Borass has made some guys very rich but doesn’t always give the best advice and sometimes over estimates the market and leaves guys hanging in limbo…Steven Drew…need I say more.
Yankees centerfielder Jacoby 153 Ellsbury hasn’t played since March 14th and could miss more time with a shin injury…this came as no surprise to Ellsbury followers.
Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has had a decent spring with 15 innings pitched he has given up 5 runs and 12 hits 16 K’s and only 3 BB. He should help solidify a rotation rounding into shape with the steady improvement of Michael Pineda.
David Ortiz signed a $16 million extension thru 2015 and it has 2 years of options thru 2016 & 2017. This eliminates David’s annual disrespected rant and keeps him a Red Sox for the rest of his career.
Mike Vick and Geno Smith are happy teammates and will be vying for the Jets starting QB job and the right to wear # 7 . Both would love to see disgruntled Eagles WR DeSean Jackson in a Jets uniform. The Jets parted ways with Mark Sanchez but that may not free up enough cash for # 10. The number ten is free because free agent Santonio Holmes last wore it and I don’t think he will be back.
Mark Sanchez was the 5th overall pick in the 2009 draft and in four seasons before missing the 2013 season he had passed for 12,092 yards at a 55% completion percentage.
His record as a starter in the regular season was 33-29 and in the playoffs he was 4-2 He threw 68 TD’s and 69 Ints with a career passer rating of 71.7
Rumors say the Rams and the Eagles are interested in Mark as a potential backup.
Patriots HC Bill Belichick put in his annual requests to the NFL league office for 4 rule changes to be considered. Bill would like:
-the goal posts extended 5’ taller. This would make it easier for the officials to get it RIGHT. This proposal will get accepted by the NFL.
- Put 6 more cameras at each end zone to help the officials get it RIGHT. Bill says he understand that this is expensive and thinks that maybe the teams could have a BAKE SALE!
- Make reviewable every subjective play that an official can call. He thinks that if they start at that end and then work back it would be more effective.
- back the PAT back to the 25 yard line essentially making it a 42 yarder. Bill says, “just make it a competitive play”
Bill Belichick was asked by reporters at the annual coaches breakfast if Vince would be back and Bill said “ go ask Vince”
Bill was asked about the Revis signing and how he would impact the team’s defense.
Bill replied “Revis is a good player and I’m sure he will compete. We’ll put him in the mix and see how it works out.
Jim Irsay’s daughter Carlie Irsay-Gordon will be running the team operations while Jim “recovers” in an unnamed facility. King Roger is considering an NFL punishment which would probably be something like forcing the Colts to play in London for the next five seasons.
Tampa Bay WR Mike Williams was stabbed by his brother in the leg in a home domestic disturbance…his neighbors seemed to indicate that Williams isn’t really that good of a neighbor and is generally despised around the block.
Lovie Smith will probably be looking for some way to dispense of Williams before the team gets training camp underway. One thing is for sure, Smith won’t let Williams mess up his second opportunity to HC and NFL team.
Vince Wilfork cleaned out his locker and removed his name tag in his personal protest to being asked to restructure his contract (take a pay cut) He said please release me. Owner Robert Kraft expressed his desire to keep Vince who is coming of a season ending Achilles tear. How it’s healed and how effective the man who is a cheeseburger shy of 400 lbs will be is yet to be seen. If you remember last season Kraft expressed his desire to keep Wes Welker…Robert doesn’t call the player/personnel shots in Foxboro.
As a Pats and Vince fan I would love to see him finish his career with the Pats. He and Tom Brady are the last player connections to SB 39 in Feb of 2005 oh so long ago.
Back to the MLB,
The Ticket City people put out there biannual “most loyal MLB fans” rankings based on the following for the 2012-2013 seasons: Total attendance, Average home attendance, Average home ticket prices, percentage of stadium filled for home games, face book likes and twitter following.
Here is the results:
1. San Francisco Giants
2. New York Yankees
3. Los Angeles Dodgers
4. St Louis Cardinals
5. Boston Red Sox
6. Philadelphia Phillies
7. Texas Rangers
8. Detroit Tigers
The top 10 teams with the highest average ticket prices are;
1. Boston Red Sox $53.38
2. New York Yankees $51.55
3. Chicago Cubs $44.55
4. Philadelphia Phillies $37.42
5. Washington Nationals $35.24
6. St Louis Cardinals $33.11
7. Toronto Blue Jays $32.98
8. Minnesota Twins $32.59
9. San Francisco Giants $30.09
10. Houston Astros $30.09
The beer prices at MLB parks top ten countdown
!0. San Francisco $6.75 small draft 16 oz
9. St Louis $6.75 small draft 16 oz
8. Atlanta $7.25 small draft 16 oz
7. Chicago Wrigley $7.25 small draft 16 oz
6. Boston $7.25 extra small draft 12 oz
5. Toronto $7.35 small draft 16 oz
4. Minnesota $7.50 20 oz draft
3. Philadelphia $7.75 21 oz draft
2. Miami $ 8.00 16 oz draft
1. Washington $ 8.25 16oz draft
As you can see the average baseball fan supports his team and overpays for the product on the field and the beverage in his cup.
I started to dig into parking prices at MLB fields and came to one conclusion…no team in the Majors is anywhere close to the Boston Red Sox in parking prices that start at $40 bucks. Peter King of Sports Illustrated once said, “When going to a Red Sox game it’s actually cheaper to park in a no parking tow away zone than in the specified lots. It’s a $25 fine for the parking ticket and they won’t tow you on game days because there is no way for them to go to get to you with a tow truck because the roads are to narrow and are filled with cars parked in the tow away zones.
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