Bugs are revolutioning sports

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Bugs are revolutioning sports

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

Few people will deny that some of Red Sox GM Theo Epsteins moves over the past few years have been busts. Dice-K, Julio Lugo, and Edgar Renteria come to mind, just to name a few. Lets toss Carl Crawford in there, too, while were at it.

So the guy isnt without his faults. But once in a while he comes up with a spectacular move. In fact, we havent seen this level of brilliance since Theo brought Curt Schilling into the fold.

Were talking about the Boston Red Sox sending a moth to distract NY Yankee pitcher, Phil Hughes.

Thats right. A flippin moth.

For the video-playing impaired:

"I didn't want to tell you guys that because I can obviously see what's going to ... laughs ... come from this but yeah, yeah a moth flew in my eye on 3-2. That's why I yanked it and missed my location by eight feet."

Hughes reaction to the question was perfect.

At first we thought Hughes freaked out because he saw this in the batters box.

But after hearing the Hughes interview and checking out the video again, we see that hes right. A moth did attack him.

Sending tiny bugs to alter the flow of play? Seems like the perfect ploy to us. This could not only revolutionize baseball, but every sport.

Imagine using ants to help your drive get a little bit closer to the hole?

Goalies might starting using spiders to help stop pucks.

NFL coaches could send out a swarm of bees to go after opposing quarterbacks.

We think youre on to something, Theo.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:

QUOTES

“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.

 

STARS

1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.