The end of 100 years

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The end of 100 years

Last night at Fenway, the Red Sox dropped a 4-2 decision to Tampa Bay, thus ending an unforgettable 100th season at Americas Most Beloved and Plaque-laden Ballpark.

And now that the ballyhooed centennial celebration is officially in the books, theres really only one question on the mind of Red Sox fans nationwide:

What do they have planned for 101?!

Perhaps a weeklong retrospective on Fenways urinal trough era? Or the 23rd anniversary of the Sox getting swept by Oakland in the 1990 ALCS? (Bring back Romine! Bring Quintana! Bring back Billy Jo Robidoux!) Or maybe the front office will honor one lifelong Sox fan every home game by inviting him or her out to the mound to get pantsed in front of the 25,000-person sellout?

Who knows? But I guess that's part of the wonder and excitement of being a Red Sox fan these days. Youre never quite sure what ownership has up its sleeve to divert your attention from the fact that theyve turned your favorite team into a joke.

To be honest, I was slightly disappointed in last nights end to the Sox season-long celebration. Through all the frustration and embarrassment that went along with the charade, I always held out hope that after the final out of the final game, Larry Lucchino would take the field with a special announcement for the fans:

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I want to thank you all for taking part in this historic time in Red Sox history. We accomplished so much this season. We had SO MUCH fun. And were all so sorry to see it come to an end. But such is life. You know, Ive spent a lot of time over these last few weeks thinking about all the great work I did this year. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized how impossible it will be to top this. So, its with a heavy heart that Id like to announce that Im stepping down as President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox.

That would be followed by Lucchino strapping on a jetpack and taking off into the night.

But I guess thats just my romanticized version.

In all seriousness, though. It's impossible to get too choked up over the end of the Sox centennial celebration. Mostly, because its over. We can all move on with our lives. And hopefully, the front office and ownership can finally stop obsessing over the last 100 years and devote more time to making the next 100 a little more tolerable.

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

Benintendi, Red Sox hang on to beat Cubs, 5-4

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Benintendi, Red Sox hang on to beat Cubs, 5-4

BOSTON - Andrew Benintendi hit a solo homer off Jake Arrieta during a five-run first inning and the Boston Red Sox held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Friday night.

Every Boston starter had at least one hit, and Hanley Ramirez, Mitch Moreland, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vazquez also drove in a run each.

Left-hander Drew Pomeranz (2-1) got the win with six innings of two-run ball, surrendering solo homers to Kris Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. in the early innings before settling in. He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Boston has won its last nine interleague games at Fenway Park.

Arrieta (3-1) logged his shortest start since Aug. 28, 2014, lasting only 4 1/3 innings and giving up 10 hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

Broadcasting role unlikely for Ortiz, who met with Red Sox this week

Broadcasting role unlikely for Ortiz, who met with Red Sox this week

BOSTON - It's a tad ironic the Red Sox met with David Ortiz on Tuesday about his post-playing career, and then the offense went out and did nothing and Xander Bogaerts was publicly lamenting Ortiz's absence two days later.

John Henry, Tom Werner, Ortiz and his agent, Fern Cuza, met at Fenway Park on Tuesday to discuss the retired slugger’s future role with the organization, team president Sam Kennedy said. 

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Nothing's imminent, but there's one thing Ortiz is unlikely to do with the Sox in the near future: broadcasting. He could still do some of that in the postseason for say, FOX, but it appears an arrangement with NESN isn't in the cards for now, per Kennedy.

Ortiz's role with the Red Sox is still expected to be wide-ranging, something bigger than the standard alumnus agreement. He seems set on taking his time, enjoying his retired life, saying over the weekend he wants to be able to give the job the time it deserves. 

Kennedy in April was unsure if anything would get done this year. 

As for the team's play without Ortiz, and Bogaerts' comments?

"This is an incredibly talented ballclub," Werner said Friday at a luncheon benefitting the Red Sox Foundation and the Foundation To Be Named Later. "I’m really not terribly concerned. Like all fans, I’m a bit frustrated when we don’t give great pitching run support.

"We struggled the last couple of nights. It’s frustrating to think that Chris Sale, who I think is the best pitcher in the American League, doesn’t have much run support. But it’s April. I've been taught to not really look at the standings 'til July. Frustrated by the past two days, but look at the standings, and we’re only one win behind the Cubs. So you know, I mean I wish we were playing a little bit better,  but the team is going to bounce back."

Werner reiterated the Sox have room in their budget to add players ahead of the trade deadline.