By Art Martone
You'll forgive the Red Sox if they're not jumping up and down at the news that Sports Illustrated has chosen them as the 2011 World Series champion.
In fact, you'll understand if they hide under their bed in fear. Or beg the magazine to change its mind.
Since 2000, not only has SI never correctly picked a World Series winner -- not once -- but only one of its selections has even made the World Series. The breakdown:
FAILED TO MAKE PLAYOFFS: 5
LOST IN DIVISIONAL SERIES: 4
LOST IN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES: 1
LOST IN WORLD SERIES: 1
WON WORLD SERIES: 0
Pretty putrid, huh?
(This particular stretch actually started when SI picked the Sox to win the 2000 World Series. They finished 85-77. And even that wasn't as bad as 1987, when they picked the Indians -- who wound up 61-101 -- to win it all.)
Lou Merloni, however, sees a silver lining around this dark cloud:
Even though SI picked the Sox to win the Series, it put the Phillies on the cover . . . and we all know that being on the cover is the actual SI Jinx.
So there's hope yet.
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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:
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.