A message from Larry Lucchino

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A message from Larry Lucchino

Dear loyal subjects,

As you may have read in this morning's paper, or in stories across the "Internet," the Boston Red Sox have reached a crossroads in our search for a manager.

We interviewed many very capable and viable candidates, but after an assortment of thorough conversations among the Sox brain trust (aka me talking to myself in the bathroom mirror), we've decided that, so far, no one fits the bill. No one's good enough for "you."

There are rumors that we were "very" interested in Dale Sveum, which I can finally reveal were a HILARIOUS joke. You really thought we'd hire Send 'Em In Sveum?

Please. I was just messing with Theo.

I know how badly that little twirp wants Sveum. So, why not make him squirm? What's wrong with a few sleepless night? Why not bring Dale in for a second interview, and freak out that ungrateful punk of a protege?

Ha!

Advantage, Lucchino.

And I'll tell you this: Even if we were slightly interested in Sveum initially that changed as soon as the Cubs got involved. I mean, if Theo's interested in someone you stay the hell away, right? We're talking about the same guy who thought it was a good idea to sign John Lackey and Carl Crawford. JD Drew? Julio Lugo? Edgar Renteria? All Epstein.

In fact, do you know Theo didn't even want us to hire Terry Francona? Nope, he HATED Terry. Said he'd never last. And you'll never guess who Theo suggested we bring in instead

Jerry Sandusky.

Think about that for a second.

Anyway, I thank you all for your time. I know it's a little out of the ordinary for the king president and CEO of a Major League Baseball team to reach out to his fans like this, but what can I say? That's Larry Lucchino.

Honest. Open. Benevolent.

Never stupid enough to pay 15.5M for two years of Mike Cameron.

And here to remind you that this organization won't rest until we find a man capable of leading the Red Sox into another era of dominance.

Or at least a guy who's willing to do whatever I tell him.

Regards,

Larry

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

Stars, studs, duds: Jae Crowder scores game-high 6 3-pointers

Stars, studs, duds: Jae Crowder scores game-high 6 3-pointers

BOSTON – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 123-111 Game 1 win over the Washington Wizards in their best-of-seven series. 

STARS

Isaiah Thomas: To be effective with all that he’s dealing with from an emotional standpoint continues to amaze us all. Thomas, just 24 hours removed from his younger sister’s funeral, delivered yet another gem of a game with 33 points on 11-for-23 shooting with nine assists with just two turnovers.

John Wall: Showing he’s more than just a guard with speed who can score, Wall finished with a double-double of 20 points on 9-for-20 shooting, to go with a game-high 16 assists.

STUDS

Jae Crowder: The Celtics needed a solid complimentary scorer to Isaiah Thomas, and Crowder was that dude during a critical third quarter stretch for Boston. He finished with a playoff career-high 24 points on 8-for-14 shooting with six rebounds. 

Bradley Beal: Half of one of the NBA’s best backcourts, Beal showed a much-improved postseason perimeter game. Having shot less than 30 percent on 3’s in Washington’s first-round series with Atlanta, Beal was 4-for-7 from long range which was part of his team high 27 -point game. 

Al Horford: Once again Horford flirted with a triple-double, scoring 21 points on 10-for-13 shooting, to go with 10 assists and nine rebounds with a blocked shot.  

Otto Porter Jr.: He was one of the few players for the Wizards whose plus/minus in Game 1 was positive (+3). He had 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting to go with 11 rebounds and two steals. 

Avery Bradley: The numbers don’t always tell the story when it comes to Bradley’s impact. He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well in Game 1, but he still managed to score 18 points on 7-for-20 shooting, in addition to grabbing five rebounds with four assists and four steals.

Kelly Oubre Jr.: He was a major factor in Washington’s fast start and with Markieff Morris’ knee injury, he may wind up starting Game 2. He finished with 12 points off the bench, shooting 5-for-8 from the field.

DUDS

Gerald Green: The Celtics remain undefeated with Green in the starting lineup, but his impact on Game 1 was nowhere to be found. He played just seven minutes without taking a single shot from the field. The only stat he registered was a turnover while his plus/minus on the floor was -13.

Taiwanese broadcaster had shocking call for Manny Ramirez's homer

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Taiwanese broadcaster had shocking call for Manny Ramirez's homer

A Taiwanese announcer's call outshined Hanley Ramirez's homer.

In a video that made rounds on the internet Sunday, the Taiwanese broadcaster delivered a laughable response to Ramirez's homer.

"This ball is long gone! Just like the ex-girlfriend who will never return! Home run!" the man yelled.

The hit took place a few years ago when he was in the Taiwanese league. He is now playing in Japan. But frankly, he many never have another home run as epic as that one. And he certainly won't get a call as epic as that one.

Watch the video in the tweet below.