32 days later

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32 days later

This season, the Red Sox celebrated 100 years at Fenway Park (did you hear about that?), but recently, they've established a dual residence in the basement of the AL East.

Counting today, the Sox have been in last place for 32 straight days. In some ways, it feels like 132, but that's the official count.

32 days.

Can you guess the last time the Sox have spent that much time in last place?

Answer: 1997

From May 13-June 16, Jimy Williams, Wil Cordero, Heathcliff Slocumb and the Sox spent 35 days in the basement. The following day (June 17) the Sox beat Terry Francona's Phillies 12-6 at the Vet to climb ahead of the Tigers and into the 4th place in the AL East. Since then almost 15 years this current cellar-dwelling streak is the only one that even approaches what the Sox did in '97. And with the Sox still 2.5 back, with a difficult schedule looming, there's every reason to believe that they'll set a new mark of futility.

What do you say? Can they go 40? 50?

132?

Or maybe they just have to wait for Terry Francona to get another job.

That's what did the trick last time.

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.