Boston Rising

If you hate Boston Sports, you might be having a bad week…

/ Glares at Sparty, Pat, Trey, Miz, Spencer, Lefty… pretty much everybody except John

// High Five John!

The Red Sox have reportedly left baseball’s winter meetings having just acquired the two best hitters available on the market – one via trade, one via free agency.

The Patriots just finished a complete dismantling of their closest AFC competition in the Jets, reestablishing themselves as the team to beat in the NFL this year.

The Celtics have won eight straight games by an average of 14+ points per.  And at 17-4, they are the best team in the Eastern Conference; one game behind the San Antonio Spurs for best record in the NBA.

And the Bruins… well, if everything breaks right they’re probably a playoff team.

Thursday Night Football Pick

Three outta four ain’t bad.

If there’s anyone out there who knows that being World Series favorites in December means absolutely nothing, it’s me.  But adding two legitimate blue chippers in one of the weakest years of available players in recent memory certainly has to give the rest of the league pause.

Teams that thought the Red Sox were in a transition period, waiting it out while albatross contracts like Ortiz, Matsuzaka and Drew came off the books, developing young talent from the farm system and signing enough mid-level free agents to stay competitive just got a wake up call.

Just a few months ago, Red Sox fans were terrified that John Henry and the ownership team were moving away from building this team when they purchased EPL also-rans Liverpool.  Fans were clamoring for some type of reassurance that another Red Sox World Series would still be #1 on their to-do list.

Bringing in Adrian Gonzalez to play first base and Carl Crawford to man the Monster is like a bright flashing neon sign from John Henry to the Red Sox fans, that screams “We’re not going anywhere”.

Of course, all that good will goes down the drain if these teams don’t finish the job.  But it’s nice to be reassured.  Now, let’s see how they do on the field.

  • Trey

    What about the Revolution!

  • john

    // High Five John!

    /High Five Big D!

  • BigD

    What about the Revolution!

    It’s been 235 years. I think it’s safe to say we won.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    What about the Revolution!

    what about them? didn’t that band break up around 1986?

  • BigD

    Wow, I really expected Sparty to either bury this post or kill it altogether… I would’ve added more to it if I thought it had a chance of being seen.

    Let me say this – If the Yankees sign Cliff Lee, I fully expect them to win the AL East in 2011. They’ll have a comparable or even better offense, and the rotation will still be far better than Boston’s.

  • younglefty

    Let me say this – If the Yankees sign Cliff Lee, I fully expect them to win the AL East in 2011. They’ll have a comparable or even better offense, and the rotation will still be far better than Boston’s.

    If they sign Lee for seven years, I’m going to laugh my taint off.

  • john

    Let me say this – If the Yankees sign Cliff Lee, I fully expect them to win the AL East in 2011. They’ll have a comparable or even better offense, and the rotation will still be far better than Boston’s.

    So you have the Yankees winning more than 130 games?…because I have the Red Sox going 130-32 next season.

  • Johnny

    Far better rotation as a whole? So it’ll be CC Lee at the top and some combination of Hughes/ Burrnett/ Pettitte/ other

    To be honest I know you won’t have the top to match them but your back half is going to be better

  • BigD

    If they sign Lee for seven years, I’m going to laugh my taint off.

    Me too, from 2014 and beyond. But for the next three years a 1-2 of CC & Lee would scare the bejesus out of me. Especially because they have the money to go out and sign almost anyone they want.

  • john

    Me too, from 2014 and beyond. But for the next three years a 1-2 of CC & Lee would scare the bejesus out of me. Especially because they have the money to go out and sign almost anyone they want.

    After Lee who else is going to become a big time FA, they would go after in the next couple years?…and don’t say Pujols.

  • BigD

    After Lee who else is going to become a big time FA, they would go after in the next couple years?…and don’t say Pujols.

    Off the top of my head, a handful of pitchers that are free agents/arbitration eligible in the next few years that I would hate to see in New York:

    Chris Carpenter
    Josh Johnson
    Mat Latos
    Zack Grienke
    Adam Wainwright
    Ubaldo Jimenez
    (gulp) Jon Lester

  • knightwhosaysni

    I agree with everything miz has said or posted this morning.

  • Geeezeus

    And the Bruins… well, if everything breaks right they’re probably a playoff team.

    Bruins are a lock for the playoffs. Add another lottery pick this summer from the Leafs and they are going to be good for years to come.

  • Johnny

    Chris Carpenter is already 35!!!

  • john

    Off the top of my head, a handful of pitchers that are free agents/arbitration eligible in the next few years that I would hate to see in New York:

    Chris Carpenter
    Josh Johnson
    Mat Latos
    Zack Grienke
    Adam Wainwright
    Ubaldo Jimenez
    (gulp) Jon Lester

    …but the Yankees won’t need pitching, they will need replacements for all the old farts in their lineup.

  • knightwhosaysni

    the yanks have jeter, they’ll be fine

  • John G aka Shatner

    …but the Yankees won’t need pitching, they will need replacements for all the old farts in their lineup.

    Josh Johnson or Latos would look pretty good as our #4 starter.

    /Phil Hughes Experience

  • http://oprah.com St. Bear

    Best post in the history of TVF.