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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Joe Kelly Roams Stands During Game

Friday night, the second game of his suspsension, the pitcher had tickets for Green Monster seats but couldn’t sit still, venturing to three different spots in Fenway Park, including the bleachers. Sunday he took it to another level.

“I was in the suite and we weren’t getting any runs and we were losing so I moved and went out to the bleachers. We got a couple of runs,” Kelly said. “I moved to another location and that didn’t work, so I moved to the Sam Adams Party Deck and we ended up getting the runs. Then I watched the rest, when Craig [Kimbrel> came in, from the State Street Pavilion. I had to change locations. I was getting superstitious.”

This is pretty cool.  Kelly the pitcher frustrates me but he has always struck me as a good guy. This is pretty cool.

 

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: April 29, 2018 at 07:09 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, red sox

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Fan front office approval ratings are higher than ever. | Sports on Earth

And fans have noticed. On Tuesday, Fangraphs’ Jeff Sullivan wrote a post asking his readers to vote on whether or not they thought their favorite team’s front office was “very good,” “good,” “average,” “bad” or “very bad.” I don’t have any data from polls 20 years ago, but there is no way such a poll would have been nearly as positive as this one. Let’s go under the presumption that any team that has 51 percent or more of its fans at least calling its front office “average” or better is generally happy with its front office. So how many teams have a worse than 51 percent approval rating in Sullivan’s poll? Five. The Marlins, Mets, Orioles, Reds and Tigers. And even those can be seen as outliers in the current moment: The Marlins have a new ownership group facing its toughest decision in a decade, the Orioles and the Tigers are about to begin a long rebuilding process, the Reds seem behind every other team in their division (though are doing a better job, I’d argue, than the poll suggests) and half the fun of cheering for the Mets is complaining about them. Fans of 25 of the 30 baseball teams are actively pleased with their front offices, according to those polls. That’s sort of amazing, right? Only one team gets to win the World Series, you know.

But that’s the world we live in now. Our default is to assume competence in our executives. That’s a greater change than I think we’ve appreciated. Not too long ago, we cheered a movie in which Billy Beane outsmarted the good ol’ boys network. Now everybody is Billy Beane. And we’re all collectively more satisfied. Even though … well, everybody still has the same record. The collective baseball record is still .500. There is still only one champion.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2017 at 02:06 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: fans

 

 

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