The sentiment on one side of Red Sox Nation over the hiring of John Farrell is probably best summed up by our own Lou Merloni:
Farrell for Aviles? Interesting. Could have a got a decent PLAYER for Aviles. John is a good choice. All 5 would h e been hood choices Lou Merloni (@LouMerloni) October 21, 2012
And the other? Maybe Bill Simmons puts it best:
I'm excited about the Red Sox getting John Farrell - he has plenty of experience leading 75-win teams, he's perfect. Bill Simmons (@sportsguy33) October 21, 2012
They're certainly more on Simmons' side in Toronto, if Blue Jays fan (and old friend) Tao of Stieb is any indication:
Had to double check that the Farrell trade wasn't a dream. Sleep deprivation messes with your head. Tao of Stieb (@TaoofStieb) October 21, 2012
And the rest of the world?
I know manager trades have happened before ... but the Red Sox trading Mike Aviles for their next manager still seems weird. Joe Posnanski (@JPosnanski) October 21, 2012But at least our search is over. Now it begins in Toronto . . . and the Blue Jays, says Tao, will have another issue to deal with:
"John Farrell was a terrible manager, but we should have be enable to get more for him, eh?" - Get used to that sentiment. It's coming. Tao of Stieb (@TaoofStieb) October 21, 2012
The Patriots and Rob Gronkowski have restructured the tight end’s contract for the coming season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The reworked deal can bump Gronkowski’s salary for the 2017 season from $5.25 million to $10.75 million, according to Schefter.
Gronkowski was limited by injury to just eight games last season. He had 25 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns, all of which were career lows.
The 28-year-old is entering his eighth NFL season since being selected by the Pats in the second round of the 2010 draft. He has played played in at least 15 regular-season games in four of his first seven season, though he’s twice played fewer than 10.
Tuesday’s announcement from Roger Goodell that the NFL is “relaxing” its rules on celebrations is good news for at least one Patriot.
That would be Brandin Cooks, who began celebrating the rule change on Twitter not long after the league made its announcement.
Cooks, whom the Patriots acquired from the Saints this offseason in a trade that sent first and third-round picks to New Orleans, lost his favorite celebration last season when it was made clear that miming archery was off-limits. Josh Norman was fined $10,000 last season for such a celebration.
Following Norman’s fine, Cooks lamented the league’s decision to punish what Cooks had previously done in reference to a Bible verse (Psalms 144:6).
"Send forth lightning and scatter your enemy, and shoot your arrows and rout them," Cooks told the New Orleans Advocate. "I just remember it sticking with me for such a long time, I remember thinking, maybe I can do something with this."
Added Cooks: ”I’ve been doing it for three years now, and there was never a complaint about it. Now, all of a sudden, there is. It just reminds me that, it's almost as if they try to take so much away from us, but for something like this, that means so much to someone that has nothing to do with violence, it's frustrating. I'll definitely continue to speak my opinion about it, and if they have a problem with it, so be it."
When Tuesday’s news emerged, Cooks and former Saints teammate Mark Ingram were quick to react.