Welcome to hockey, bandwagoners!


Welcome to hockey, bandwagoners!

By Jon Fucile

Boston.com did a little post about all the bandwagon fans watching the Bruins now and many people are grabbing their pitchforks and Bobby Orr replica sticks and chasing off these fair weather fans.

Here at Wicked Good Sports we believe in helping our fellow manwoman and decided to put together a handy little guide for all you bandwagon fans out there!

First of all, welcome to hockey!

As you can see, the fieldcourtdiamond is covered in ice! Brrrrrrrrr! It is chilly! Grab those sweatshirts before you get to the game, youll need em!

Out of the four major sports, hockey is the only one that does not use a ball. Hockey is played with a puck which is a circular piece of rubber that is fired at the goalies head, often at speeds approaching 100 mph. SCARY!

Dont worry though! There is very little chance youll be hit with one of these.

As a bandwagon fan, were sure youre probably already buying tickets to the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals, but youll need to do more!

Just to be sure everyone knows you are a bandwagon fan, you should probably run down to the Bruins Pro Shop and pick up a shirt andor jersey.

If you are a girl, you should definitely go for the Lucic jersey! All the ladies and Bruins pink hats LOVE Lucic because hes super handsome and used to love to use his hands to pummel people in the face before he started using his hands to score.

Easy ladies. We meant score goals. Settle down.

If youre a guy, youll probably want to pick up a Tyler Seguin shirt! He was drafted second overall and is super duper awesome!

Side note: Just so you can impress the hardcore fans sitting next to you, make sure to excessively talk about how awesome Tyler Seguin has been so far this post season. Talk about his awesome suit and how you can tell hes really studying the game when hes not on the ice!

Youre going to hear several rumors about Tim Thomas loving cheeseburgers, but we assure you he is not the founder of Wendys and is vicariously not a ghost goalie. Tim Thomas is waaaaaaaaay different from Dave Thomas.

If the Bruins are down in a game and just cant seem to score, make sure to talk constantly about how they wouldnt have this problem if they still had Phil Kessel. People will have zero idea that you are a bandwagon fan.

If the Bruins have the puck on the power play, and we admit this is a big "if", makes sure to constantly yell SHOOOOOOOOOOOT! SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT! at the top of your lungs. Even if a Bruin has the puck behind the net or if taking a shot from where the player is will result in a -4.67 chance of the puck making it anywhere near the net.

Then when they dont shoot, take about how every player on the team is a bum and theyll never make it anywhere. Youll fit right in!

If you want to seem really smart, do what a lot of people do at the game and call a friend during overtime and say no one scored in the third quarter so now the Bruins are trying to get a basket before the other team. Youll seem really knowledgeable and everyone will think youre a super fan!

Even though it is your first game and you have never heard about hockey before two days ago, remember to talk about how much you love Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and Ray Bourque. Recall stories your dad told you about the first time he saw Orr throw a hail mary pass down the field in overtime or that one time Ray Bourque took his shirt off at Espositos retirement night and gave him a Chippendale's style dance.

Wacky hockey players!

When pronouncing the players names, whenever Lucic is on the ice make sure to say Loo-chick or Loo-chich despite the fact that Lucic has come out and told people his name is pronounced Loo-cheech.

Also make sure to say Tyler Say-gwen and David Kry-Chee.

If it is a one goal game late in the third, make sure to loudly complain about the fact that no one is getting in a fight and that this is lame. I mean, you didnt come to watch a couple of teams play hockey right?!!? Come on!

If you are sitting near Section 306 and start a Yankees Suck chant, expect to quickly become familiar with guys named Sean, Mike, Justin, Jon, Chris or Robb and also expect to be berated endlessly for the rest of the game. This is NEVER acceptable, even for you newbies. Screw baseball, it is hockey season.

Hopefully these helpful tips will help you bandwagon fans become full time fans. And if not, well see you next spring, new friends!

A farewell to the many prospects Dave Dombrowski traded Tuesday

A farewell to the many prospects Dave Dombrowski traded Tuesday

A baseball lesson: There’s trading a top prospect because you know he’s not as good as everyone thinks (a la the Atlanta Braves back in the day with Andy Marte) and then there’s straight-up dumping out the treasure chest because you’re Dave GD Dombrowski and you’ll be damned if “promise” is going to get in the way of you making a zillion trades… a la Dave Dombrowski.  

Since the start of the 2016 season, Dombrowski has traded four of his top 10 prospects by Baseball America’s rankings, and three of his top five. The group is led by Yoan Moncada, who was considered the team’s best prospect before he was shipped to Chicago in Tuesday’s blockbuster trade for Chris Sale. 

All in all, the Sox sent out six prospects in two trades Tuesday, and they’ll join the likes of Anderson Espinoza, Manuel Margot and others with whom Dombrowski has willingly parted since taking over as Boston’s president of baseball operations. 

Here’s a look at the players the Sox gave up Tuesday: 

Baseball America Red Sox ranking: 1
MLB.com Red Sox ranking: 1

Moncada’s eight games in the Major Leagues to this point haven’t been impressive, but using that as rationale (as some may have when the Sox traded a young Hanley Ramirez in the Josh Beckett trade) is likely wishful thinking. 

The Cuban infielder was ranked the No. 1 prospect in baseball by Baseball America last season. The outlet projects him as a five-tool player whose potential to hit for average and power will outweigh strikeout concerns. 

From August: 

Built like a running back at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Moncada is an explosive athlete with true five-tool potential. A switch-hitter, Moncada has electric bat speed, which combined with his strength allows him to smash hard line drives all over the field. He has at least plus raw power, with that power starting to translate more in games thanks to mechanical adjustments he’s worked on this season.  

Baseball America Red Sox ranking: 5
MLB.com Red Sox ranking: 5

A first-round pick of the Sox in the 2014 draft, Kopech has yet to reach Double A, but, per two radar guns, has reached 105 miles an hour with his fastball. If that number is accurate, it ranks just one tenth of a mile-per-hour behind Arolis Chapman’s 2010 fastball for the fastest pitch recorded. 

Regardless of the pitch’s exact speed, it does damage. Pitching in High-A Salem last season, Kopech struck out a whopping 82 batters in 52 innings. 

Baseball America Red Sox ranking: 9 
MLB.com Red Sox ranking: 8

The switch-hitting outfielder spent most of last season in Single-A Greenville, hitting .258/.325/.447 in 105 games with 12 homers and 52 RBI. The Venezuela native is considered a decent fielder with a very good arm. 

If his name sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same first and last name as twin brother Luis Alejandro Basabe. Perhaps not surprisingly, Dombrowski also traded him over the last year when he shipped the second baseman to Arizona in the Brad Ziegler trade. 

(Not ranked among Baseball America’s top 10 Red Sox prospects) 
MLB.com Red Sox ranking: 17

Maybe the kind of guy you want to keep on the same day you trade Yoan Moncada. 

Dubon is considered a very solid infield prospect, so much so that The Boston Globe noted Tuesday that “teams were absolutely drooling over Dubon’s defense and his offensive potential.” He finished the season at Double-A Portland, hitting .339/.371/.538 with six homers, six triples and 40 RBI. 

(Not ranked among Baseball America’s top 10 Red Sox prospects) 
 MLB.com Red Sox ranking: 28

The hard-throwing righty reportedly hit triple digits with his fastball this season and, like Kopech, used his fastball to his advantage. He struck out 63 batters in 60.1 innings for Single-A Greenville

(Not ranked among Baseball America’s top 10 Red Sox prospects) 
MLB.com Red Sox ranking: N/A

This is an interesting one. He was drafted as a project in the 2014 draft after learning that he would need Tommy John Surgery. He was starting to make good on his potential this past season, posting a 2.86 ERA and striking out 49 batters in 56.2 innings for Short-Season A Lowell. 

McAdam: For Dombrowski and Red Sox, the future is now

McAdam: For Dombrowski and Red Sox, the future is now

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Dave Dombrowski has jumped in. All in. With both feet.


For an executive with a reputation for making bold moves, Dombrowski may have made his boldest one yet Tueday by shipping arguably the organization's best position player prospect (Yoan Moncada) and its best pitching prospect (Michael Kopech), along with two others, to the Chicago White Sox for lefty ace Chris Sale.

Adding Sale to a rotation that already includes reigning Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and David Price gives the Red Sox the American League's best rotation and makes the Sox the team to beat in the A.L.

Hired 17 months ago with a mandate to make the Red Sox winners again after three last-place finishes in the span of four seasons, Dombrowski has acted aggressively and decisively.

Since then, he's obtained Price, Craig Kimbrel, Carson Smith, Drew Pomeranz, Tyler Thornburg and Sale. That translates into three lefty starters and three back-end power arms in the bullpen.

Of course, all those moves have come at a significant cost. Dombrowski has gone through the Red Sox' minor-league system and shredded it, sacrificing Anderson Espinoza, Manuel Margot, Javier Guerra, and now, Moncada and Kopech.

The pitching, in particular, has been stripped bare, with Espinoza and Kopech representing the two best arms in the system. And in Moncada, the Sox gave up on arguably the single most talented propsect in the entire sport.

At a time when teams protect their best young players as though their existence depends on them, Dombrowski has demonstrated a willingess to move them for a chance to win now.

In exchange, the Sox have now built a super rotation, with three front-line starters, augmented by two other lefties (Pomeranz and Eduardo Rodriguez) along with Steven Wright and Clay Buchholz.

It's a virtual certainty that the Sox will move one of those arms now, in a market where there's virtually no quality free-agent starters available.

Buchholz, who stands to earn $13.5 million in 2017, would give them payroll relief, while Rodriguez, because of his youth and upside, might give the team its biggest return.

Dombrowski's moves create a window for the Red Sox. Sale's deal runs through 2019, while Price has an opt-out in his deal after 2018.

That creates some urgency for the Red Sox to capitalize on the strength of their rotation and a nucleus of young position players -- Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Andrew Benintendi -- and win multiple titles in the next few seasons.

Anything less will be considered a failure.

It's championship-or-bust time at Fenway.