Jerry Remy In Good Spirits At Red Sox Parade: ‘I’m Kicking Cancer’s Ass’

NESN color analyst Jerry Remy had to take time away from the broadcast booth this season for another bout with cancer, but he made an appearance at Fenway Park before Wednesday’s World Series championship parade and provided an encouraging update on his battle.
“I’m kicking cancer’s ass,” Remy told the crowd at Fenway to roaring applause.

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Check out the video above to hear more from Remy.
Click to watch our Red Sox parade live stream >>

Here’s Finished Red Sox Playoff Mural In All Its Glory At Fenway Park

Damage, as you know by now, is done.
And so, too, is the Boston Red Sox playoff mural on the Fenway Park concourse.
Before the start of the playoffs, the Red Sox erected a mural featuring photos from each of the team’s 108 regular season wins. But there were 11 empty spots at the end of the collage — one for each win necessary to win a World Series championship.
So, without further ado, here’s the finished product:

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¡119 fotos! #MediasRojas pic.twitter.com/oDCN0QTHJs
— Red Sox de Boston (@RedSoxBeisbol) October 31, 2018

Something tells us the playoff mural will be a staple of postseason runs to come.
The Red Sox, of course, are rolling through the streets of Boston on Wednesday, celebrating their World Series championship with a duckboat parade. The celebration already has proven to be an absolutely highlight factory.
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NBA Rumors: J.R. Smith Considered Stepping Away From Cavs Ahead Of Rebuild

J.R. Smith soon might be the next block to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers’ crumbling castle.
The Cavs forward considered stepping away from the team this week after he was benched and failed to receive guarantees of future playing time, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday morning, citing sources. Cleveland’s decision reportedly upset Smith severely, but he relented from leaving the group amid its 1-6 start.
Smith was a key figure in the Cavs’ lineups during his first three-plus seasons, playing just over 30 minutes per game between January 2015 arrival in Cleveland and the end of last season. However, his playing time has plummeted to 12 minutes per game this season.

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Furthermore, the Cavs’ recent coaching change — Tyronn Lue was fired with Larry Draw taking charge temporarily — has reduced clarity over Smith’s future. Smith might join Kyle Korver, whom the Cavs reportedly have begun shopping around the NBA, on the trade market as the season progresses.
 

David Price Confirms He’ll Opt Into Red Sox Contract: ‘I’m Not Going Anywhere’

David Price’s redemption tour will continue right where it began.
The Boston Red Sox pitcher removed any uncertainty about his future Wednesday, declaring ahead of the team’s World Series championship parade he’ll opt into his contract and remain with the team.
“I’m opting in,” Price said, via Chris Mason of the The Eagle-Tribune. “I’m not going anywhere. I want to win here. We did that this year and I want to do it again.”
Price has four years and $127 million remaining on the seven-year, $217 million contract he signed with Boston in 2016. He has until midnight Wednesday to decide whether he’ll continue on that contract or opt out and hit free agency, but it appears he’s already made his decision.

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The 33-year-old now is under contract in Boston until 2022.
Wednesday’s statement was a definitive one for Price, who made another definitive statement this October by exorcising his postseason demons. After losing to the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series, the left-hander won the final three games he started in the playoffs, going at least six innings and allowing two runs or fewer on three hits in all of those outings.
Two of those appearances came in the World Series, as Price pitched in three of Boston’s final five games en route to a championship victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Red Sox Parade: Manager Alex Cora Says Boston Haters Can ‘Suck On It’

Remember when people thought the Boston Red Sox were dead after Game 2 of the American League Division Series?
Well, Alex Cora does, too.
The Boston Red Sox manager took the stage at Fenway Park before Wednesday’s World Series champions parade. And at one point during his impassioned speech, Cora delivered a message to everyone who felt the Red Sox were doomed to fall to the New York Yankees:

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“And then we scored 16 at Yankee Stadium. Suck on it.”
To watch Cora scold all the haters, watch the video above.

Patriots 2018 Season-End Projections: James White On Pace For Historic Year

As unbelievable as this might sound, the New England Patriots are already midway through their 2018 season.
No, really. Check the numbers. After a slow 1-2 start, the Patriots are predictably 6-2 and on pace for their sixth 12-4 season in the last 12 years.
Let’s go through some player projections to see what kind of numbers the Patriots are on estimated to put up by the end of the season.
QB Tom Brady
398-of-590, 67.5 percent, 4,400 yards, 32 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 97.6 passer rating
Brady is on pace to tie his career mark in interceptions. He also threw 14 interceptions in 2002, 2004 and 2005. We find it unlikely he’ll actually hit that mark, however. Three of Brady’s seven interceptions have slipped through the hands of Patriots receivers. We don’t see Brady continuing to be that unlucky.
Brady would tie his touchdown mark from last season. While 4,400 yards might not seem like a ton, it would be the sixth most of his career. Brady would have his lowest passer rating since 2014. His completion percentage would be the second highest of his career, however.
RB James White
110 receptions, 918 receiving yards, 12 receiving touchdowns, 96 carries, 408 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns
White is on pace to shatter the single-season receptions record by a running back. That mark currently is set by former Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, who caught 102 passes in 2014. We think he could do it.
White has never put up more than 717 yards from scrimmage in a single season. He already has 663 yards from scrimmage. He’s already set a career high with 48 carries for 204 rushing yards.
RB Sony Michel
190 carries, 844 rushing yards, eight touchdowns, eight receptions, 62 receiving yards
This is assuming Michel misses two more games over the course of the second half of the season, which seems like a pretty safe bet. With a strong second half, however, Michel could finish with 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns, which would be impressive for a rookie.
WR Julian Edelman
75 receptions, 753 yards, six touchdowns, nine carries, 60 rushing yards
We extrapolated Edelman’s last four games over a 12-game season. He would have been on pace for a 100-catch, 1,000-yard, eight-touchdown season if he wasn’t suspended four games to start the season. Edelman came back from a torn ACL and suspension the same player he was in 2016.

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WR Josh Gordon
42 receptions, 660 yards, five touchdowns
This includes Gordon’s one game with the Cleveland Browns. We extrapolated his six games played over a 14-game season.
It wouldn’t be shocking if Gordon took a leap in the second half of the season and put up even better numbers.
WR Chris Hogan
46 receptions, 666 yards, four touchdowns
Hogan is on pace for a career-high in receptions. He got off to a slow start but has been impressive over the last three games, when he’s put up 12 catches for 190 yards.
WR/RB Cordarrelle Patterson
22 receptions, 228 receiving yards, four touchdowns, 34 carries, 148 yards
It will be interesting to see how these numbers actually look at the end of the year. Patterson had 10 carries in Week 8 when he was the Patriots’ starting running back and top ball carrier. So, he could wind up with more than 34 carries if Michel doesn’t come back in Week 9 and if the Patriots don’t add another ball-carrier.
TE Rob Gronkowski
58 receptions, 896 yards, two touchdowns
This is assuming Gronkowski plays 14 games this season. Gronkowski has never finished a season with fewer than three touchdowns. He would have his fewest catches and yards over at least a 14-game span since his rookie season.
Gronkowski has to step it up if he hopes to hit those contract incentives.
DE Trey Flowers
Four sacks, six stuffs
Flowers is the Patriots’ best front-seven defender, but he’s not piling up sacks. His six run stuffs would be the highest total of his career, however.
CB Stephon Gilmore
Two interceptions, 22 passes defended
Gilmore has never finished a season with more than 18 passes defended. He had two more in Week 8 and has shown off elite ball skills this season.

At Least Eduardo Rodriguez Can Laugh About How Slow He Ran Bases In World Series

Eduardo Rodriguez isn’t laughing at the critics. He’s laughing with them.
The Boston Red Sox pitcher drew the ire of some fans in Game 4 of the World Series when he showed a remarkable lack of hustle while running the bases, getting forced out at second base on a Mookie Betts slow roller down the line. (Click here to watch a video of that play.)
The Red Sox went on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-6 in that game and subsequently won the World Series, so nobody actually was that upset with Rodriguez. But the young left-hander still was subject to some good-natured ribbing, like this tweet NBC Sports Boston sent Tuesday night comparing Rodriguez’s slow trot to Devin McCourty’s speedy interception return Monday night.

Humans are a fascinating species ( cc: @McCourtyTwins, @eduardorod5) #RedSox #GoPats pic.twitter.com/JRxbvLMxeE
— Patriots on NBCSB (@NBCSPatriots) October 30, 2018

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Rodgriguez didn’t take offense, though. In fact, he found the tweet rather hilarious.

https://t.co/MI2sNglz3C
— Eduardo Rodriguez (@eduardorod5) October 30, 2018

At least he knows he’s not beating Usain Bolt in any future races.
Rodriguez won’t have to do any running Wednesday, as he’ll be perched atop a duck boat in the Red Sox’s World Series victory parade.

Red Sox Parade Live Stream: Watch World Series Champs Celebrate In Boston

Boston is the City of Champions once again.
Fresh off their fourth World Series title in 15 years, the Boston Red Sox will celebrate on Wednesday with a parade through the streets of Boston. Fans will have an opportunity to cheer on Fall Classic heroes such as Nathan Eovaldi, Steve Pearce and David Price one last time before closing the book on baseball for the winter.

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Watch the rally live starting at 9 a.m. ET in the video above.

Astros Send Red Sox Free Pizza, Keep New World Series Tradition Alive

A tradition the Red Sox started four years ago paid off Tuesday, as Boston gets to celebrate its ninth World Series title on full stomachs.
The Houston Astros sent the champs a hefty pizza delivery from Pizzeria Regina (a North End staple) Tuesday along with a note congratulating them for taking down the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 World Series.

Thank you to the @astros for carrying on the #WorldSeries tradition of sending our front office pizza for lunch! pic.twitter.com/iinNun1Drk
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) October 30, 2018

No, Boston and Houston didn’t have a bet over the American League Championship Series. Instead, this is part of a tradition of the previous year’s World Series winners sending the new champs some pies — just like the Chicago Cubs did for the Astros last year.

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Huge thank you to the @Cubs for continuing the #WorldSeries tradition of sending our front office a bunch of pizza! pic.twitter.com/0sMKHVZ9wX
— Houston Astros (@astros) November 3, 2017

Who started that tradition, you ask? None other than the Red Sox, who a year following their 2013 title had boxes of pizza sent to the 2014 champion San Francisco Giants.
Props to the Astros for not being crusty and keeping the victory pizza chain alive after Boston dispatched them from the ALCS.
The Red Sox, meanwhile, will aim to keep the delivery in-house next season.