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   1. villageidiom Posted: March 06, 2021 at 10:19 AM (#6007823)
This year by contrast feels like a team looking forward.  “OK, we’ve done that stuff but what’s done is done.  Here we go.”  That seems to be how this feels
My read as well, and in case y'all haven't noticed it's the frame of mind I've personally tried to adopt with the team. If others aren't there yet, that's fine and normal.

I'd describe the team as a playoff contender. Like, there's a decent chance they won't be eliminated from playoff contention until some time during the final week of the regular season. If things break right for them - or wrong for another contender - they're in; otherwise not. I wouldn't go so far as to say they are a playoff team, but I'd prefer that they think that way.

I am looking forward to seeing Hiro Sawamura pitch
You and me both. I don't know how his splitter will translate to MLB, but I hope it translates well.
   2. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 06, 2021 at 11:22 AM (#6007826)
I'd describe the team as a playoff contender. Like, there's a decent chance they won't be eliminated from playoff contention until some time during the final week of the regular season. If things break right for them - or wrong for another contender - they're in; otherwise not. I wouldn't go so far as to say they are a playoff team, but I'd prefer that they think that way.


Huh, I agree with you and Jose completely on the 'OK 2020 was absolutely awful, maybe this year will be a tad better', but I just do not see this team as any sort of contender. I am very down on their pitching, I fully expect at least 2 of the starters to have injuries within the first few months of the season, resulting in a 2015 style rotation. I also suspect their offense will be very streaky - a few weeks of the kids hitting very well, followed by the same hot hitters all slumping. I'm sure there will be a few offensive consistents (X, Devers, JD), but not enough to carry the team.
   3. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 07, 2021 at 10:18 AM (#6007859)
I think I’m closer to jacksone than vi. This team feels like a .500 team but an entertaining one not dissimilar to the second half of 2014 and 2015 teams. Dalbec is off to a really good start in the spring and while he’s a long way from the majors Nick Yorke seems to be getting rave reviews right now.
   4. villageidiom Posted: March 08, 2021 at 11:38 AM (#6007931)
I was thinking the team without Sale is around a .500 team, but their schedule is lopsided in their favor. In the first two months they have one game against the Astros (5/31) and *none* against the Yankees. Meanwhile they have 10 against the Orioles, and 14 against the Marlins, Rangers, Mariners, and Tigers combined. So while they won't have Sale the first two months they will have a much easier schedule at that time.

Then I looked again, and they have a dreadful June. Astros, Yankees, Astros, Blue Jays, Braves, Royals, Rays, Yankees, Royals. While the easy April/May was bound to even out eventually, it looks like it evens out and then some in June. That is probably the earliest we can hope to have Sale back. Ugh.
   5. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 08, 2021 at 01:16 PM (#6007945)
I'm not counting on Sale being a meaningful contributor this year. I'd love to be wrong but while guys typically recover fully there is usually a stretch when they first return when they have control and command issues.
   6. Ron J Posted: March 08, 2021 at 02:11 PM (#6007947)
#5 I recall Steve Ontiveros being really good at coming off the DL (in fairness he had loads of practice). Maybe he's available as a consultant.
   7. Darren Posted: March 08, 2021 at 03:03 PM (#6007953)
Jarren Duran seems to be the talk of the camp, with Cora comparing him to Grady Sizemore. That seems wholly unfair to a guy who hasn't played in the Majors yet, so I thought it would be nice to see if we could find a better comp.

Duran was originally a second basemen, drafted in the middle rounds. Soon afterward, he was moved to CF to take over for Jackie Bradley. Although he was once pretty small, Duran has excellent speed and athleticism. He has also surprised people with the power he had developed. So, I think it's only fair that we consider him the next Mookie Betts.

   8. jmurph Posted: March 09, 2021 at 10:06 AM (#6008009)
Yeah Duran looks good, but he's already 24.5 and hasn't played above AA yet (obviously last season being lost is a factor there). Does he have a chance to break camp with the team? I'm not following the roster machinations at all.
   9. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 09, 2021 at 10:21 AM (#6008013)
It's highly unlikely he'll break camp. I think that's as much as anything a function of the lost season and they want him to get some at bats at AAA. I think he could come North but I think that's something that happens if there is a rash of injuries at the end of March. I think there is a chance for him to do the Jackie Bradley circa 2013 thing where he comes up briefly then goes back for the May 1 AAA start.
   10. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 09, 2021 at 11:31 AM (#6008016)
The Sox would be stupid to use up a full year of Duran. Let him get back up to speed and bring him up in June or so when the Sox have realized they don't really have a CF on the roster.

Side note, just looked up Duran...was not the look I was expecting. Why did I think he was black?
   11. villageidiom Posted: March 09, 2021 at 11:47 AM (#6008019)
The Sox would be stupid to use up a full year of Duran.
Since it was mentioned that Duran is 24.5, and was compared to Grady Sizemore, I'll offer up that Grady Sizemore's last full season played was at age 25.

If Duran makes the MLB team better, let him play.
   12. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 11, 2021 at 09:48 AM (#6008223)
I might be late to the party on this one but this might be the most important story of the entire Red Sox season. Yes that's right...

THE PIZZA THROWER TELLS HIS STORY!
   13. jmurph Posted: March 11, 2021 at 11:16 AM (#6008237)
Oh my god thank you for posting that.
   14. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 11, 2021 at 11:40 AM (#6008243)
You're welcome. You can refer to me as "my lord" though, that's sufficient.
   15. dave h Posted: March 11, 2021 at 11:58 AM (#6008245)
Okay, that was great Jose.

Although my fandom has waned, I'm making the move to Boston this summer so I'm looking forward to making it back to Fenway. (BTW if anyone wants to give a shoutout to their favorite place to live I'd be happy to hear it.)
   16. The Mighty Quintana Posted: March 11, 2021 at 12:07 PM (#6008246)
Ahh, Patriots' Day....The pizza throw could only have happened on Patriots' Day.
   17. Nasty Nate Posted: March 11, 2021 at 12:34 PM (#6008250)
According to the website, the April 19 game is scheduled for 11am even though there will be no marathon that day.
   18. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 11, 2021 at 01:16 PM (#6008256)
Although my fandom has waned, I'm making the move to Boston this summer so I'm looking forward to making it back to Fenway. (BTW if anyone wants to give a shoutout to their favorite place to live I'd be happy to hear it.)


Oh excellent!

Where do you want to live? Are you going to be in the city itself or somewhere else? I'm up in Tewksbury and frankly have lived in that area most of my life (Tewksbury/Westford mostly). I like the area. The New Hampshire access is nice if you like the outdoorsy thing and you still have access to the city as well as Burlington, Worcester and Lowell for work purposes.
   19. dave h Posted: March 11, 2021 at 08:50 PM (#6008338)
We have 3 kids and really value being able to do stuff without a car - either walking or biking. But we don't want the full urban experience; we'd like a single-family house and a little yard. The last piece of the impossible puzzle is a reasonable commute. At first I thought that could be a combination of biking/the T, but given our price range it's looking more like being on a commuter rail line.

As an example, we looked at Arlington recently and while it's still on the list of possibilities it looks like it would be a change on the T for my wife to get to work, and I think only the eastern part of the town really fits what we're looking for. We've started looking at Natick, and are planning a visit there soon.

Camping in New Hampshire is my favorite thing in the world, but I'm not sure it justifies living far north of the city (though we have close friends who live in and love Middleton).

Keeping it slightly on-topic - there's a possibility that my wife's work ends up being next to Fenway and that my in-laws buy a vacation place in Florida, which would be quite the combo for future years of in-person baseball.
   20. Darren Posted: March 11, 2021 at 08:56 PM (#6008340)
Connecticut
   21. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 11, 2021 at 09:27 PM (#6008345)
Natick would be a good option. Parts of Watertown too.
   22. villageidiom Posted: March 11, 2021 at 10:29 PM (#6008363)
I grew up in the Playstead Park area in West Medford. You have the commuter rail right there, one stop away from North Station where she can catch the Green Line easily. You have express buses to Haymarket, again taking her straight to the Green Line. In West Medford Square you have buses that bring you to Davis on the Red Line as well. They had been planning to extend the Green Line out there, but it looks like the latest plans have it terminating near Tufts. If she's looking for something more like "get off the train at Yawkey and walk a block from there" then none of this helps. But I spent 4 years as a teenager going rail/subway or bus/subway to high school, and it was pretty easy. Transportation aside, you're very close to a huge cemetery, which might not sound great until I say "a huge network of paved roads mostly lacking in cars, ideal for kids biking". Close to the very west end of Middlesex Fells, with tons of forested trails. Just west of there are the Mystic Lakes, which if you join the Medford Boat Club will give you great options for swimming and sailing, and if you don't it's still a lovely place to hang. Prices are absurd around there compared to what it once was. But it has proximity to everything.
   23. dave h Posted: March 12, 2021 at 12:00 AM (#6008378)
Connecticut


In many ways I would love to stay in Connecticut. Geographically my current neighborhood is awesome, and I realize I will probably not be able to replicate it entirely. There is zero chance of us staying here however.

Here's the real decider: which town has the best Little League? And by best, I mean competently organized but focused on the kids having fun. I know, I keep asking the impossible!
   24. SoSH U at work Posted: March 12, 2021 at 12:33 AM (#6008383)
Here's the real decider: which town has the best Little League? And by best, I mean competently organized but focused on the kids having fun. I know, I keep asking the impossible!


If that's what you're looking for, you could just move next door to Jose.
   25. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 12, 2021 at 08:15 AM (#6008398)
Here's the real decider: which town has the best Little League? And by best, I mean competently organized but focused on the kids having fun. I know, I keep asking the impossible!


I coach in Chelmsford.

So yeah, any town other than Chelmsford.
   26. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 12, 2021 at 09:21 AM (#6008403)
Seriously, I'm biased but Chelmsford has a good program as does Westford. Couple of places probably further than you want to go; Bradford and Methuen are both good as is the combo of Freetown and Lakeville. Arlington's program is pretty good. They always have competitive teams and seem to have their act together.
   27. Jay Seaver Posted: March 12, 2021 at 11:49 AM (#6008432)
I've got a friend who coaches his son in Arlington's Little League, and he's seldom seemed frustrated by the program.

(I'm not much good for this conversation; I've lived in Cambridge and Somerville and have no interest in not being able to walk to the subway).
   28. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 13, 2021 at 12:20 PM (#6008516)
According to Cora Jay Groome is scheduled to pitch in today’s game against the Braves. The game is on NESN+ (Bruins are on big daddy NESN at 1).
   29. Jay Seaver Posted: March 13, 2021 at 02:40 PM (#6008524)
Looked pretty good, too.

BTW, has anybody heard anything about what the Red Sox are going to be doing about ticket sales yet? They mentioned in the game that opening day is 19 days away, and the first date in my 10-game pack is April 6th. I'm guessing that I'll be offered the chance to push that later if they're at 12% (and since odds are long I'll have even had my first shot by then), but it kind of feels like I should have gotten a call, text, or email by now.
   30. Nasty Nate Posted: March 15, 2021 at 12:27 PM (#6008657)
BTW, has anybody heard anything about what the Red Sox are going to be doing about ticket sales yet? They mentioned in the game that opening day is 19 days away, and the first date in my 10-game pack is April 6th. I'm guessing that I'll be offered the chance to push that later if they're at 12% (and since odds are long I'll have even had my first shot by then), but it kind of feels like I should have gotten a call, text, or email by now.
I know someone with a partial season-ticket plan. He was recently notified that he will not get his tickets for April & May, but he will have access to a limited pre-sale for games in those months. I don't know what will happen to 10-game packs.
   31. Jay Seaver Posted: March 15, 2021 at 01:42 PM (#6008662)
Huh. The 10-gamer is also a partial season-ticket plan, so I guess I'm just later on the list of folks to contact.

The weird thing is, I feel like I've been in limbo because, with everything having rolled over from last year, there hasn't been a need to charge my card or anything, so aside from an attempt to move me up to a "better" section(*), I haven't heard from them and occasionally wonder if my plan wasn't renewed.

(*) They tried to move me from the RF bleachers to RF boxes, and, no thanks, I'm cool with not having to turn my head 90 degrees to see home plate.
   32. dave h Posted: April 05, 2021 at 09:49 PM (#6011849)
For anyone interested, or who would like to take their mind of the atrocious start, my wife and I have a signed offer on a house in Natick - probably at the end of summer. Had a couple very nice visits and found a house that checks all the boxes, except the ridiculous price. I see that Natick Little League has discovered the internet, which is nice (my local Little League still does 100% paper signups).

Although my Sox interest is at an all-time low, if they tank all year, tickets end up being cheap, and I live near commuter rail that stops at the Landsdowne station, I could be convinced to see some games this fall.
   33. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: April 05, 2021 at 10:26 PM (#6011878)
Congrats! Natick is wonderful. My cousin’s hubby grew up there. You’ll be delighted. How old are your wee ones?
   34. Jay Seaver Posted: April 05, 2021 at 11:31 PM (#6011889)
Also, when Jordan's opens their Imax theater back up, you're going to have a new favorite place to see movies, just on top of it being fun to tell people you saw Tenet (or what have you) at the furniture store.
   35. dave h Posted: April 06, 2021 at 07:20 AM (#6011919)
My kids are 9, 7, and 4. Youngest one starting K next fall, which is the only reason we can afford to get a house. The current owner had a full batting cage set up in their back yard. If that's not a sign I don't know what is.

Looks like the new bike path connects the town center with the mall, so it's possible we will bike to Jordan's. We have one in New Haven with a ropes course and we enjoy going there for entertainment.

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