To Grape Juice!

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To Grape Juice!

Well, it appears that plans for Fenway's 100th Anniversary are moving along as horrifically as we all imagined.

In the latest development, as writes CSNNE.com editorgrape juice beat reporter Art Martone, the Sox announced plans to use Fenway's April 20 centennial celebration as an opportunity to set a new Guinness World Record.

For what you say? Oh, just for the most people raising a glass of Welch's Sparkling Grape Juice Cocktail in a single venue at one time.

I'll let you read that paragraph again. But before you do, please know that this is not a joke.

This is actually happening

At some point during the Sox game on April 20 which just happens to be the first Yankees game of the season the team expects that 37,000 people will stop what they're doing and join in this cheesy publicity stunt. They really think this will work.

And if that's the case, who knows what's next: Maybe we can all film an Old Navy commercial during the seventh inning stretch?

Honestly, I go back and forth on whether or not the Sox are going to make a total debacle of this 100th Anniversary. On one hand, there's so much history, and they have so many resources, that it seems impossible that there wouldn't be at least a few really cool things to come out of the centennial. Then again, the resources are always there, and at almost every turn the Sox make their real fans want crawl into a hole. They almost never do the right thing.

And in this case, it's probably not a good sign that they already think it's a good idea to MAKE FANS PARTICIPATE IN A MASS SPARKLING GRAPE JUICE TOAST in the middle of a game.

But for now, it looks like we'll just have to wait and see. And after 100 years, another month or so doesn't seem that bad.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.