Today in Red Sox drama: Padilla for Pesky?

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Today in Red Sox drama: Padilla for Pesky?

The latest round of Red Sox drama revolves around Johnny Peskys funeral.

Doesnt that sentence just say everything about how disgusting this season has become? One of the most beloved figures in Sox history cant even be laid to rest without it turning into a sideshow.

Basically, if you havent heard, the Herald reported this morning that only four of the 40 guys on the Sox roster made an appearance at Peskys funeral on Monday morning in Swampscott. This, despite the fact that ownership provided transportation from Fenway and, you know, that whole Pesky dedicating his entire life to the Sox thing. According to the report, the owners werent happy with the weak showing, and theres no question it will strike an ugly chord with fans as well.

How do you disrespect Johnny Pesky?

What's wrong with these guys?

I wrote a few weeks back that I thought some of the players in that clubhouse had reached the point when they were going out of their way to piss people off; doing things that they knew would draw the ire of fans just for the sake of stir this feces-filled pot. At the time, I was half-kidding, but at this point Im not sure. Its almost too ridiculous to be real.

But honestly, you know what the most ridiculous part of this whole story is?

That Vicente Padilla was one of the four players who went to Pesky's funeral!

David Ortiz, I get. Same with Jarrod Saltalamacchia. And Clay Buchholz? Eh, that was a little bit of a surprise but I guess it makes sense given the way hes separated himself from the pack.

But Eephus Pitch Padilla? Never saw it coming. I would have guessed 30 names before I got to his.

Vicente Padilla, you have yourself a new fan.

But lets get back to the big picture, and the unraveling disaster of this Sox season.

Is it possible for Major League Baseball to only lock out one team?

Cant Bud Selig just snap his fingers from his Milwaukee mansion and declare this Sox season dead?

That would be fantastic. Wonder how may people would show up to that funeral?

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

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.