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Connelly’s Top Ten – Sunday Games Too Long / Crying Sports Movies /

Connelly’s Top Ten – Sunday Games Too Long / Crying Sports Movies / Right on Red

1.Red Sox

* Sundays in summer are for afternoon games (just like Sundays in fall are for afternoon NFL games)
* Stanton’s hit on Sunday in the first inning might be the hardest ball I’ve ever seen hit
* Why not to bet reason #1,362,141 – who would have bet in Vegas Red Sox – Yankees games on Friday and Saturday averaging 2:24
* Evoldi and Porcello threw 179 pitches – 133 strikes – insane 74.3%
* Nice contrived ejection for Cora Friday coming after the blow out Thursday night to prevent a let down
* Kimbrel took 18 minutes for top of the ninth Saturday ugh
* Brock Holt pants allows him to do the Charleston during Sweet Caroline

2. Best Red Sox lefty hitters at Fenway

• Wade Boggs…….369
• Ted Williams……361
• Fred Lynn……….347 (the one player we ran out of town too soon)
• Reggie Jefferson…345 (what?)
• Mo Vaughn………326
• Johnny Pesky…….321 (underrated)
• Mike Greenwell….312 (underrated)
• Yaz……………….306

3. Around baseball

Colorado Hitters average at home – Arrendado .358, Blackmon .332, Story .317, Gonzalez .341, LeMahieu .307
Colorado Hitters average away – Arrendado .255, Blackmon .243, Story .262, Gonzalez .254, LeMahieu .229
Texas Ranger Joey Gallo Stats – 361 at bats 148 strike outs (41%) / 29 home runs (8%) – 26 singles (8%)

4. Position ranks – Sounds of the game:

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* Sherm Feller – Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls
* Bruins song (Minute Waltz) prior to TV 38 broadcasts
* Whoo – after a Bruins goal (cheesy like a North Shore girl with big hair and chewing gum banging the glass after a Lyndon Byers fight)
* The gun to start the marathon 
* Sweet Caroline (pink hat swoon)
* Love that Dirty Water
* John Kiely playing anything
* Crowd yelling first down in Foxboro
* From Indiana State at forward #33 Larrrrry Bird!

5. Porcello versus Pedro one hitter in 1999 versus Yankees (greatest game I have saw pitched):

* Pedro…..1 hit (HR) / 0 BB / 28 batters faced / 120 pitches (67% strikes) /17 k / 2:53
* Porcello..1 hit (HR) / 0 BB / 28 batters faced / 86 pitches (79% strikes) / 9 k / 2:15

6. I’m just saying – Red Sox were up 8.5 games on August 20, 1978 – lost the lead in 18 games

7. Old School – The dominant Red Sox pitching performances back to back Friday and Saturday reminded me of that doubleheader versus the Yankees in Shea Stadium in 1975:

* Game 1 – Bill Lee wins 1-0 over Catfish Hunter – game time 1:59
* Game 2 – Roger Moret 6-0 over Tippy Martinez – game time 2:31 
* Fred Lynn made the amazing catch in left center with Rice jumping over him while a plane shadow rolled over both of them

8. Amazing Stat – Could Evoldi be Doyle Alexander who came over to the Tigers at trade deadline in 1987:

* Evoldi First two games: 2-0 / 0 runs / 7 hits – 1 BB in 15 innings
* Alexander – 9-0 / 1.53 ERA

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9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Moments in sports movies that make me misty:

* Rudy - when he runs out and sees the groundskeeper/friend
* Rookie – When he calls home to tell them he is being called up to the bigs
* Fields of Dream – “Dad, you wanna have a catch?”
* Brian Song – Gayle Sayers speech
* Invincible – Vince makes team
* We are Marshall – “We are – Marshall!”
* Pete Carroll getting slapped around by Ron Borges

10. Randomocity

* Ketchup over-rated
* Turn on red light under-rated (as good as touching up on offsides to keep play going in NHL)
* One of the most humid summers I can remember (oh oh – here comes and email from reader Andy from Vermont)
* I could listen to a loop of the This Week in Baseball song for hours
* MLB baseball are pushing TV to show more kids in the stands – ESPN and NESN are doing it
* Ranking Murder Mystery non fiction series – Making of a Murderer, Jinx, Keepers, Staircase

Written By

Michael has written for the Boston Herald and other sites in the past and his top ten column is now housed on Trifecta Sports Network. Connelly's Top Ten releases on Monday's and Friday's.

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