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Younger Drew comes to Boston


Younger Drew comes to Boston

I was optimistic about the Red Sox signing Stephen Drew, but that was before I really thought about. Once I did, I remembered that Drew's no longer the up-and-coming prospect that I still envision in my mind, but instead a soon-to-be 30-year-old who hasn't been a factor since 2010. A guy at the tail end of his career, with a lingering ankle injury and shared genes with a former player who didn't exactly excel under the Fenway microcscope.

Then there's the fact that in signing Drew, the Sox have made it clear that they don't think Jose Iglesias is ready. This would be the second straight season where that's the case, leading to obvious the question: Is he ever going to be ready? Will the greatest defensive shortstop in Red Sox history potentially never even play for the team? Or is now just about bridging the gap to Xander Bogaerts?

Either way, I guess it's hard to get too bent out of shape about the Stephen Drew signing. If he can stay healthy, he'll be solid enough. He'll make plays. He'll also be playing for another contract, so there's extra motivation on the table.

If he can't stay healthy? Or just has a bad season? Not a huge deal.

We'll just be happy the Sox didn't give him the newly customary three-year, 39 million, or the five-year, 70 million Drew family rate.

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Tanguay: I officially hate the Red Sox

Tanguay: I officially hate the Red Sox

I hope the Red Sox lose every game the rest of season, except when Chris Sale pitches, and have no shot at the post season.

I hate them, I hate them, I hate them. What a bunch of babies!

Are they a professional sports organization or a pre-school? Right now they seem to be the latter, which makes them the highest valued pre-school, at 2.7 billion, in the history of pre-K academia.

When I read my friend Rob Bradford’s report that a source told him Dustin Pedroia was not near David Price when the crybaby lefty went after Dennis Eckersley on the team plane, I said, “ENOUGH!”

I yelled with the same tone I scream at my kids when they are fighting over something stupid.

I believe Rob Bradford, always have an always will. I also believe what Fred Toucher had to say on CSN this morning when he was told Dusty Two Sacks (Fred’s term) was one of the Price-ettes when they verbally mugged Eck. 

This is what happens with my kids. One says the other did it, then the other says the other did it. Well, you get the idea. Then I simply declare, “You’re all guilty.” I don’t care who hit whom when or took whatever from whom just like I don’t care if Pedroia was cheering on the abuse of Eck or not. 


John Henry should be ashamed of the way his team has behaved. These grown men have all been acting like petulant children. I have seen plenty of immaturity over the years with the four local teams, but nothing like this.

One person, who is with the team on a regular basis, told me there is nothing to like about the players on this team. The inmates are running the asylum and playing the role of McMurphy is David Price. 

What a gutless, immature, little child. Is it any surprise that he wets his pants in the playoffs? Give him some Pampers for the post season, maybe that will help. 

Price claims to stand up for his teammates, which is bull. This guy is all about himself. His so-called sticking up for his mates has resulted in a media firestorm and finger-pointing in the clubhouse.

“Pedroia you were there.”

“No way, I wasn’t there.”

You know what Boston Red Sox? I wish you weren’t here at all.

Rangers' Darvish has Red Sox on no-trade list


Rangers' Darvish has Red Sox on no-trade list

Not that they need him -- they have other, far more pressing needs than starting pitching -- but the Red Sox couldn't get Yu Darvish, the subject of trade rumors with the deadline approaching, even if they wanted to.

Per Ken Rosenthal:

Interesting that last year's two World Series participants, the Cubs and Indians, are with the Red Sox on Darvish's no-trade list, which indicates he made these decisions based on factors other than chasing a ring.

The Sox' biggest worry, of course, is that the Rangers will trade Darvish to the Yankees, who are short of starting pitching. But the talk more and more is that Texas -- light years behind Houston in the A.L. West race but only 4 1/2 games back of Kansas City for the second wild-card spot -- will hold onto its ace right-hander at least until the end of the season.