From Kenya, with love


From Kenya, with love

It's not every day that I have reason to blog about Kenya. In fact, unless it's the Boston Marathon or I'm referencing the first half of the first name of an early century Patriots offensive tackle, Kenya has no place on here.

But every once in a while, just when you've counted them out, Kenya steps and delivers a blog worthy performance. This is one of those performances.

But first a little background: Apparently, there's a group of students out there who were interested in making a movie about a famous American sporting event. After watching a series of clips (I assume courtesy of their teacher, who I'm also assuming is American) they narrowed their subject down to either Bill Buckner's error in the 1986 World Series and "Music City Miracle." Based on the fact that I'm posting the movie on this site, I think you can guess which one they went with.

And here it is:

First of all, funny stuff. Love how focused and committed the bit players were to staying in character. It was those subtle performance that really turned this thing into gold. Especially the kids in the dugout, and the first base coach. (The one slip up comes from Kenyan Rich Gedman, who clearly has to go to the bathroom and is holding himself when Mookie make contact. Although now that I think about it, maybe he's pretending to give signs?)

Second of all, how great is it that we now live in a world where this video is considered "funny stuff" and not a "soul-crushing, day-ruining experience at the hands of a classroom of innocent Kenyan pre-teens"? I mean, can you imagine the reaction in Buffalo if these kids had actually chosen the Music City Miracle? You think Bills fans are over that one? No way.

But we're OK. We can laugh. But if they start messing with David Tyree, me and Kenya are going to have some problems.

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Red Sox place Pomeranz on DL, but he may not miss a start

Red Sox place Pomeranz on DL, but he may not miss a start

Roster flexibility, something of substance, or a combination of both?

The Red Sox on Thursday placed Drew Pomeranz on the brand new 10-day disabled list because of a left forearm flexor strain.

"It's become more and more clear he's not ready to begin the season," John Farrell told reporters, including The Providence Journal's Tim Britton, on Thursday morning.

The Sox don’t need a fifth starter, Pomeranz’s potential spot, until April 9. He can be activated before then. So, in effect, the trip to the DL frees up an extra roster spot.

Farrell said the team hopes Pomeranz will be able to make his scheduled start but "is certainly not guaranteeing it."

The situation could prove an interesting look at how MLB handles its new 10-day disabled list. If Pomeranz continues on his previously planned schedule, the Red Sox could be seen as simply be using the 10-day DL to their advantage. But Farrell spoke earlier this spring about how he expected MLB to highly scrutinize trips to the DL.

Pomeranz’s forearm is known not to be in the best of shape, considering he went for a stem-cell injection this offseason.

Porcello 'feels as good as I've felt all spring' in Red Sox' 5-3 loss


Porcello 'feels as good as I've felt all spring' in Red Sox' 5-3 loss

Rick Porcello and Drew Pomeranz combined to allow all five of the Red Sox' runs in Boston's 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Porcello finished his start by fanning four, allowing four hits and earning two runs over four innings. Pomeranz followed in the next four innings with four strikeouts, five hits allowed and three earned runs. Pomeranz allowed ByungHo Park's eighth-inning, two-run homer, which ended up being the game-winner.

Porcello, however, was optimistic after the loss.

"The buildup was good," Porcello told reporters, via "Today I felt as good as I've felt all spring. At this point, I'm ready to go. I'm looking forward to the start of the season."

While the Sox offense was able to get three runs off Ervin Santana in his 4 2/3 innings, they struggled against the Twins' next five pitchers. Xander Bogaerts (2 of 3) and Pablo Sandoval (1 of 3) managed homers. Hanley (3 of 3) Ramirez had a double, and Dustin Pedroia (2 of 3) had two singles.

Kyle Kendrick will start Thursday in the Sox' final Spring Training series against the Washington Nationals. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. ET.