Bruce Cassidy Hopes Bruins Can Follow In Red Sox’s Championship Footsteps

The Boston Red Sox have set the bar high for the other professional sports teams after they captured the World Series championship Sunday night.
Although the Red Sox’s season now is over, the Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics and New England Patriots all are in the middle of their respective seasons. The C’s are the favorites to win the Eastern Conference while the Patriots look destined for another Super Bowl.
And the Bruins are looking to add to Boston’s dominance. The team currently is 6-3-2, but it certainly could be a lot worse considering the injuries they’re plagued with.
Head coach Bruce Cassidy wants to continue the Black and Gold’s success far beyond the regular season. And he’s using the Red Sox’s championship as motivation for his own team.

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(I’m) happy for them, they had a great season. It’s good for the city,” Cassidy said, via NHL.com’s Eric Russo. “It pushes the other three, four major franchises. We’d love to be able to follow in their footsteps. They had a great year, they deserved it; they were the best team and they played like it.
“To me watching, it was such a team effort,” he added. “Their best players have to be their best players, but it was good to see them getting contributions from everyone. As a coach you love to see everyone do their part.”
Like Sox manager Alex Cora, Cassidy has been getting contributions from everyone in the lineup. With names like Charlie McAvoy, Torey Krug and David Backes out, people like Brandon Carlo and Jeremy Lauzon have stepped up when called upon.
The Bruins’ season still is young, and there’s no telling how it will end. But it’s certainly nice to know the Red Sox have provided a little extra boost the city’s hockey team.

Red Sox Offseason Primer: Contract Situations For Each Player After 2018 Season

The Boston Red Sox are riding high after winning the World Series, but they soon will have to make some big personnel decisions.
Seven players on the current 40-man roster are set to hit free agency, including some pretty big names. Others have team or player options, while most others are at some point in the arbitration process.
With that in mind, we compiled the current contract situation of each Red Sox player with the 2018 campaign now concluded.
A few notes, just to make sure things are clear.
— When only a dollar amount is listed, that means it’s a player who is considered a veteran and will be under contract for 2019 at an already determined value.
— Once players become arbitration eligible, they get three years in the system (you can read more about how that works here). Players enter at Arbitration 1, with Arbitration 3 indicating their last year of arbitration (or under team control) before becoming a free agent.
— Pre-arbitration players are those who have not yet logged enough service time to enter arbitration.

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— The fate of the three players with options in their contract will be known fairly soon. Teams/players have just three days after the World Series to make their decision.
— The Red Sox obviously can negotiate with players who will become free agents in hopes of bringing them back, but the player has the option to explore the open market and see what’s out there for them.
Now that all that is covered, here are the details, thanks to information provided by Spotrac.
Pitchers
Matt Barnes — Arbitration 1
Nathan Eovaldi — Free agent
Heath Hembree — Arbitration 1
Brian Johnson — Pre-arbitration
Joe Kelly — Free agent
Craig Kimbrel — Free agent
Austin Maddox — Pre-arbitration
Drew Pomeranz — Free agent
Rick Porcello — $21 million
David Price — Player Option, $31 million if he opts in
Eduardo Rodriguez — Arbitration 2
Chris Sale — Team option, $15 million if it’s picked up
Robby Scott — Pre-arbitration
Carson Smith — Arbitration 2
Tyler Thornburg — Arbitration 3
Hector Velazquez — Pre-arbitration
Brandon Workman — Arbitration 3
Steven Wright — Arbitration 2
Catchers
Sandy Leon — Arbitration 3
Blake Swihart — Arbitration 1
Christian Vazquez — $2.850 million

Infielders
Rafael Devers — Pre-arbitration
Xander Bogaerts — Arbitration 3
Marco Hernandez — Pre-arbitration
Brock Holt — Arbitration 3
Ian Kinsler — Free agent
Tzu-Wei Lin — Pre-arbitration
Mitch Moreland — $6.5 million
Eduardo Nunez — Player option (which he reportedly has picked up), $5 million if he opts in
Steve Pearce — Free agent
Dustin Pedroia — $15 million
Brandon Phillips — Free agent
Sam Travis — Pre-arbitration
Outfielders
Andrew Benintendi — Pre-arbitration
Mookie Betts — Arbitration 2
Jackie Bradley Jr. — Arbitration 3
J.D. Martinez — $23.750 million

Bills Mafia Leaves Mark On Patriots Game By Throwing Sex Toy On Field

If you thought football was supposed to be good old-fashioned wholesome family fun, you were sadly mistaken Monday night.
During the third quarter of the Buffalo Bills’ game against the New England Patriots at New Era Field, some lubricated members of the Bills Mafia interjected some good old adult fun when they tossed a sex toy onto the field.
Check out the photos of the incident here. 

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Classic Bills Mafia.
While this has become somewhat of habit when the Patriots visit upstate New York, it’s most certainly harmless fun.
The Patriots, for what it’s worth, did need a little bit of a boost, as they only led the Bills 9-6 in the third quarter, but we doubt the Buffalo sex shop special is what they had in mind.

Watch Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum Trade Buckets In 1-On-1 Matchup

The Boston Celtics are preparing to face the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, but two members of the Green went at each other in an attempt to sharpen their skills.
On Monday afternoon, Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum stuck around after practice to duke it out in a little game of 1-on-1, and the highlights were nothing short of entertaining.

Putting in some extra 1-on-1 work after practice pic.twitter.com/Jqrb9Ia6ek
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 29, 2018

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The two former Duke Blue Devils were able to score on each other, but Irving appeared to have the upper hand on Tatum from what was seen in the short video.
Tatum and Irving rank first and third in points per game for the C’s this season, so there was sure to be buckets in this matchup.
The video isn’t long enough to show who wins, but it begs the question: who would come out on top, Tatum or Irving? Are Tatum’s height and shooting enough to put him over the top? Or are Irving’s sick handles and ability to drive by any defender the deciding factor?

Top Eight Most Unlikely Heroes From Red Sox’s Past Four World Series Teams

No it was not a dream. The 2018 Boston Red Sox are world champions.
Each year as the lights get brighter and the stage gets bigger some players step up to the occasion. It seems as if each Major League Baseball postseason has their own unlikely heroes who help propel their team to victory when no one else was expecting it.
The Sox have won four World Series titles over the last 15 seasons. And they would not have won any of them without their own improbable stars.
Here are eight most unlikely heroes from the last four World Series’.

2018 – Steve Pearce and Nathan Eovaldi 
Neither Pearce nor Eovaldi started the 2018 season as a member of the Red Sox. But both are massive reasons why the Sox will be raising another banner in Boston.
The Red Sox traded for Pearce to fill the void created with the release of Hanley Ramirez. He performed throughout the season for the Sox but came alive when the lights were at their brightest in the World Series. In five games, the first baseman hit .333 with three mammoth home runs and eight RBIs, earning him MVP honors. His home runs came at the most important time — with the game-tying home run coming late in Game 4 and clubbing two in the decisive Game 5.
Similar to Pearce, Eovaldi was essential in raising the ninth World Series trophy in Red Sox history. A journeyman in his own right, Eovaldi has played on five different teams throughout his seven-year career. After missing out on acquiring closer Zach Britton, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski went out and acquired the right-hander from the Tampa Bay Rays. Eovaldi was willing to do anything that manager Alex Cora asked, and pitched relief in each of the first three games of the series. The right-handed fireballer potentially had the best pitching performance in the series, throwing six innings of three-hit relief in the 18-inning marathon Game 3. Although Eovaldi got the loss after giving up a walk-off home run to Max Muncy, his gutsy performance will go down in Red Sox lore as it even brought Game 3 starting pitcher Rick Porcello to tears. To make matters even crazier, Eovaldi arrived to the park the next day and told Cora he was ready if he needed him.

2013 – David Ross and Koji Uehara 

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Ross didn’t have the finest series offensively, but he came through when it mattered most. In the seventh inning of Game 5 of the 2013 World Series, Ross stepped up to the plate with the score knotted at one and unloaded a go-ahead double to take a 2-1 lead. The Sox would go on to win the game and take their first lead in the series going up 3-2. To go along with his big moment in Game 5, Ross caught four of the six games. His management of the pitching staff was apparent as the Sox would win all four games he started and only lost with Ross on the bench.
Uehara had a solid season in 2013 with 73 appearances and 21 saves, but came alive in the Fall Classic. The veteran right-hander pitched in five of the six games and didn’t surrender a run in 4.2 innings of work. He also recorded two saves and only gave up two hits. Uehara practically was perfect for Boston in the World Series and gave the bullpen a much needed sense of security once he entered the game. The momentum led into the 2014 season for Uehara when he earned his lone spot on the All-Star team.

2007 – Mike Lowell and Bobby Kielty 
Lowell had a very productive career, but after a sub-par 2005 season, was used as a salary dump filler in the trade between the Red Sox and the then-Florida Marlins centered around ace Josh Beckett. Lowell rebounded with Boston hitting .284 then a career high .324 in 2007. He was named the MVP of the 2007 World Series after hitting .400 with a home run and three RBIs. On a team that featured studs like David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and 2007 Rookie of the Year Dustin Pedroia, Mike Lowell shined the brightest during the World Series. Lowell had essential RBIs in Games 2 and 3 and played solid at the hot corner.
If you don’t remember Kielty, we don’t blame you. His only season with the Sox came in 2007 when he played in just 20 games. Although he didn’t play much, he came up big when it mattered most in the World Series. Kielty came up to bat as a pinch hitter in the eighth-inning of Game 4 with the scorched notched at three. And in his lone at-bat he hit the game-winning home run that eventually would clinch the series for the Sox. He batted one time throughout the series, but that one at-bat took the lead for the Sox and they would never lose it again.

2004 – Mark Bellhorn and Derek Lowe 
Bellhorn led the league in strikeouts in 2004 (177), but you wouldn’t be able to tell from his World Series performance. He batted a solid .300 throughout the series with only two strikeouts and a home run and five RBIs. Bellhorn came up clutch in Game 1 with a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth-inning that clanked off Pesky’s Pole and gave Boston a solid 11-9 win. In Game 2, Bellhorn wreaked more havoc on the St. Louis Cardinals’ pitching staff with two more RBIs.
The Cardinals offense featured two players who hit over 40 home runs (Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds) and led the National League in runs scored, but they could not get one off Lowe. The sinker-baller threw seven scoreless innings in the series-clinching 3-0 Game 4 victory for the Sox. Lowe surrendered only three hits and one walk to the juggernaut Cardinals offense. He sported a 5.42 ERA throughout the regular season for Boston, but when they needed him the most he showed flashes of brilliance.

Chris Sale’s Reaction To Red Sox Acquiring Nathan Eovaldi Was Peak Chris Sale

Nathan Eovaldi wasn’t part of the Boston Red Sox’s plans when they embarked on their World Series quest back in March, but the hard-throwing right-hander became an important piece to Boston’s championship puzzle.
Eovaldi was acquired by the Red Sox in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays before the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline, and he gave the Red Sox all he had down the stretch and especially in the playoffs, helping lead Boston to the 2018 World Series crown.
Red Sox ace Chris Sale, who closed out Boston’s World Series-clinching win Sunday, was asked about Eovaldi after the game and what his reaction was when the Sox acquired the flamethrower in July. And he gave the most Sale answer we’ve ever heard.
“I knew we were getting some freakin petroleum,” Sale said, as seen on NESN’s postgame coverage.

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Right you are, Chris.
The veteran right-hander, fresh off his second Tommy John surgery, threw absolute gas in the playoffs, shutting down the New York Yankees and Houston Astros in the first two rounds before making an unforgettable appearance in Game 3 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
With the game tied in the 10th inning, Eovaldi, who was slated to started Game 4, entered the game for Alex Cora and tossed seven-plus innings in the Red Sox’s eventual 18-inning loss to LA. Despite taking the loss, Eovaldi’s performance was nothing short of heroic, as he saved Boston’s bullpen from being drained and gave his team every opportunity to win the game.
Sale noted after Game 5 on Sunday that he would be telling his grandkids about what Eovaldi and fellow starter David Price accomplished during the Red Sox’s run to the 2018 World Series title.
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Chris Sale Becomes First Pitcher In 73 Years To Accomplish This World Series Feat

Chris Sale shut the door on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ World Series hopes Sunday night.
The Boston Red Sox pitcher came in the for ninth inning of Game 5 at Dodger Stadium and struck out the side to seal Boston’s fourth championship in 15 seasons.
Aside from winning his first career World Series championship, Sale also joined a list of pitchers who all accomplished a rare, special feat.
So rare, in fact, it hadn’t been done in 73 years.

Pitchers who got the first and last out of the #worldseries:

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Babe Adams, 1909Ernie Shore, 1916Art Nehf, 1922Waite Hoyt, 1928Lefty Gomez, 1937Paul Derringer, 1940Spud Chandler, 1943Hal Newhouser, 1945
And Chris Sale, 2018
— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) October 29, 2018

Sale started Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park when he tossed four innings with seven strikeouts in the Red Sox’s 8-4 win. He didn’t see any action again until Game 5, but he certainly made it count.

People’s United Bank Goal Of The Month: Pick Best Bruins Goal From Past Month

It’s been quite a month for the Boston Bruins.
The team looks to close out October on a high note Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes and improve their 6-3-2 record.
The first line of David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand have dominated the league in the first month of action, accumulating 44 points. Pastrnak leads the team in goals with Bergeron just behind him with seven.
As exciting as that line and team as a whole has been this season, Bruins’ fans now have even more to be excited about because NESN and People’s United Bank are partnering up for the “People’s United Bank Goal of the Month” sweepstakes.
Below are three of the Bruins’ top goals from the past month. Choose the one you think is the best of the bunch and enter to win a personal VIP tour of the NESN studio and watch the hockey pre-game show live!

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Here are this month’s nominees:
Goal 1:David Pastrnak’s 10th Goal Of Season Vs. Senators
David Pastrnak was able to score twice for Boston during its 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 23. Brad Marchand dangled the puck through the slot, dished it off to Pastrnak who hammered it home.
Goal 2: Zdeno Chara’s Slapshot Vs. Flyers
The 41-year-old scored his first of two against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Bruins’ 3-0 win Oct. 25. Danton Heinen got the puck to the captain before Chara unloaded a rocket from the point to beat Brian Elliott.
Goal 3: David Krejci’s Go-Ahead Goal Vs. Senators
With the B’s tied at one goal apiece against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 23, David Krejci gave his team the lead. Patrice Bergeron won the faceoff, passed it off to David Pastrnak who faked out Sens goalie Craig Anderson. Krejci got the puck and scored on a wide-open net for the 2-1 lead.
First, make sure you read and agree to the official rules (https://nesn.com/goal-of-the-month-official-rules/). Then cast your vote and completely fill out the form below and you will be entered into our monthly drawing for a chance to win a personal VIP tour of the NESN studio and watch the hockey pre-game show live in studio.

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Josh Gordon On Field For Patriots For Opening Drive After Discipline Rumors

No one really ever knows what Bill Belichick has up his sleeves.
Ahead of the New England Patriots’ Week 8 matchup against the Buffalo Bills, rumors swirled that wide receiver Josh Gordon would be disciplined due to tardiness. NFL Network’s Ian Raporport noted Gordon likely wouldn’t be on the field “for about a quarter.”
But once Tom Brady and Co. took the field for their opening drive. No. 10 wasn’t on the sidelines.

So much for Josh Gordon’s temporary benching. He was in the field for the opening snap.

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Cordarrelle Patterson also lined up at running back on the play and took a handoff out of the I.
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) October 30, 2018

Of course, Belichick still could elect to keep Gordon out at any point during the game. But having the wide receiver on the gridiron to begin the game certainly raises questions to any earlier reports.
Well played, Bill.