Jim Ed at the Derby


Jim Ed at the Derby

Today, you know him as NESN's answer to Ed McMahon.

But did you know that Jim Rice also played for the Red Sox?

It's true. And he was pretty good, too. I'm actually horrified you didn't know that.

Anyway, here's my vote for the most justifiably under-appreciated highlight of Mr. Rice's Hall of Fame career: Back in 1985, in the death trap known as the Metrodome, Rice joined fellow Hall of Famers (Eddie Murray, Carlton Fisk, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Ryne Sanberg), future Sox sluggers (Jack Clark and Tom Brunansky) and former MVPs (Steve Garvey and Dale Murphy) in the field for baseball's first ever All-Star Game Home Run Derby.

Rice hit four home runs to finish in a five-way tie for second place. Dave Parker finished first with a total of six.

And that's it. I just thought that was kind of cool.

Much cooler than this year's Home Run Derby.

Honestly, how much more fun would it be to re-watch the 1985 Derby than to sit through tonight's BermanFest? Well, you're in luck.

Here's the video of the '85 Derby . . . enjoy!

If we were talking about any other sport here, I'd now post the video. As a result, there's a good chance that you would've watched. Who knows, maybe you would have enjoyed it. Maybe it would've re-new your interest in this year's Derby. Maybe you'd then be more likely to watch and tweet andorcare about tonight's event? Good deal for baseball, right?

Well, unfortunately, baseball doesn't think that way. They still think they're going to win this impossible war against the Internet. So instead of the video, we get this.

Thanks, Bud.

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

Report: Trump won't throw out first pitch

Report: Trump won't throw out first pitch

One White House tradition will have to wait, if it’s in fact maintained.

President Donald Trump is not going to throw out a ceremonial first pitch for the Washington Nationals this season, according to the Washington Post.

Post reporter Barry Svrugula wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that the White House declined an invitation from the Nats.

POLITICO reported early Tuesday morning that Trump was in talks to throw out the first pitch and that it was also possible he could spend an inning in the MASN booth.

President William Howard Taft began the custom of U.S. presidents throwing out a first pitch on April 14, 1910, at National Stadium in D.C.

According to The Week:

“Since Taft, every president not named Jimmy Carter has thrown out at least one Opening Day first pitch. The executive guests of honor followed in Taft's hefty footsteps, throwing the first ball from the stands, until the late 1980s when Ronald Reagan sauntered onto the mound and improved upon the tradition."

The most famous presidential pitch in recent memory is George W. Bush’s toss during the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium.

The Nats open their season on Monday at home in Washington D.C., in a 1:05 p.m. game against the Miami Marlins. A Nationals Magic 8 Ball is to be given away to the first 20,000 fans.

The Red Sox happen to play the Nats in a pair of exhibitions right before the season, on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game is at the Nats’ home park in D.C. Saturday’s game is to be played in Annapolis, Md., at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Christian Vazquez or Sandy Leon...who's the starting catcher?

Christian Vazquez or Sandy Leon...who's the starting catcher?

Evan Drellich talks with Toucher and Rich about who the starting catcher will be and should be for the Red Sox. Christian Vazquez appears to be all the way back from Tommy John surgery. Can he hit?