With Red Sox pitching ace Chris Sale scheduled to pitch at Hadlock Field on Tuesday, we went back to the Sea Dog archives to see what other Red Sox stars have come to Portland for rehabilitation stints. Basically, when a player returns to play after being injured or after surgery, the Red Sox will send a player to Portland to get them back in the groove. This gives the fans a rare opportunity to see a mega-star right here in Portland. And we've seen some massive Sox stars over the years.
NESN's Tom Caron joins us every Friday morning on the WBLM Morning Show to talk New England Sports. Today was fun because we got to talk a little Red Sox baseball! This week the Sox re-hired Alex Cora to be their manager. This after they had to fire Cora earlier this year when he was embroiled in the MLB sign-stealing scandal. Now Cora is back and TC got to sit down and speak with him (over Zoom) this week. Tom sincerely thinks Cora "gets it" and takes responsibility for his mistake. Tom has been around, and despite coming on our show every week makes good choices and is a good judge of character. Here's what TC said to the Captain about Alex Cora:
OK, things are really weird when it comes to sports right now. The Bruins started camp yesterday to get ready for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in AUGUST. You can send them a video of your cheering and they might play it at a B's game...which will all be held in Toronto. Or how about South Korea, where they are putting stuffed animals in the empty stands to make it look better. Or, in New York, where the Mets will be putting cardboard cut-outs of fans in the stands. I guess it's kind of a damned if you do, damned if you don't kind of thing. Either way, it's just weird.
Maybe the one thing we miss more than live concerts....and going to bars....and restaurants...is watching and going to sports games. Watching the Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics ia a part of our everyday lives around here. Even just having a Sox game on in the background at home is a ritual. To confess to you, I've actually put on old Red Sox games of late and just had the sound on in the background. Try it. It works and scratches that sports itch a little. Now, if you need more than a scratch we have this epic video for you. It celebrates every Boston sports team championship since 2000. And all compressed into 6 minutes. In case you lost count...which is easy because all we do is win around here, it's 6 Super Bowls. 4 World Series. 1 Stanley Cup. 1 NBA Title. For 12 total championships. Oh, how sweet it is!
The Red Sox are throwing their cap into the All In Challenge ring with a doozy. How about you and 19 of your friends playing a softball game at Fenway Park in Boston? As part of the package, you’ll get a tour of America’s oldest ballpark plus a fully catered reception in a Fenway VIP area. But the best part may be who else is on your team as one squad will be managed by 10-time All-Star David Ortiz and the other team managed by Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez. WOW!
Now, this is pretty cool. The Red Sox are giving you a chance to get your picture and a message on the giant John Hancock Centerfield Scoreboard at Fenway Park. This is the very first time the 40 x 100-foot behemoth of a video board has ever been used for fan messages. It's once in a lifetime and you can be sure this deal with go away if and when the Sox start playing baseball again.
Baseball is back! Isn't it great putting on the NESN crew every night and having the Sox on? It's the best! Sure, it didn't get off to a great start with the Sox dropping their opener 12-4 in Seattle. But hey, it's a LONG season.
The great Tom Caron from NESN joined us today on the WBLM Morning Show. Tom talked about the return this weekend of Dustin Pedroia to the Red Sox roster. What does he mean to the team and where will he hit in the lineup? Tom knows. Plus, Tom agrees with Captain and Celeste that the Celtics WILL win (eventually) over LeBron and the Cavs. Take a listen!
He'll turn 21 in just over two weeks and spent most of this season here in Portland playing for our Sea Dogs, but Raphael Devers became a full-fledged Red Sox hero today with his go-ahead home run at Fenway. He also set a Red Sox record as the youngest Boston player to homer in postseason play!
We caught up with NESN's Tom Caron today to talk Sports. Tom surprised the Captain when he said that not everyone shared Tom and Captain's excitement that the Bruins were back on TV with pre-season hockey.