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Eckersley Not Looking For An Apology From David Price



Red Sox Talk: Dennis Eckersley Not Looking For An Apology From David Price

Alot has been made of the back and forth between David Price and Dennis Eckersley. Many fans are likely getting sick of the story and its distraction of what actually matters. But more news has come out of the story.

Ahead of Tuesday nights game against the Cleveland Indians, Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe sat down with Eck and got his side of the story. Eckersley stated he wants to move past the incident which occurred over one month ago.

“I’m cool with everything,’’ Eckersley told the Globe before Tuesday night’s game. “I’ve moved on. I’m just going to keep doing what I do, which is call it like I see it. It’s all about the Red Sox and the ultimate goal of winning it all.’’

Eck was back in the building on Tuesday to fulfill an obligation to appear in the Legends Suite and not to be on the NESN broadcast. A return to the airwaves will be on Thursday. But according to Shaughnessy the Hall of Fame pitcher has yet to receive an apology from John Farrell, David Price, or any of the players that applauded their grandstanding teammate.

During the game on Tuesday when the Red Sox were playing Eckersley’s career highlights on the big board the fans were frantically cheering for him at Fenway Park. This introduction occurred during an NESN commercial break which is the norm. But with this being the biggest story in the Boston market, it is truly concerning that the network doesn’t care about covering it. Obviously, the team owning it has presented a serious conflict of interest.

While the fans were cheering, Eck acknowledged the Fenway Faithful by mouthing “Thank you very much,’’ and “you’re the best.’’.

Red Sox fans have shown their appreciation and support of Eckersley over the last month with almost everyone on his side during the Price incident. And for that, Eck is appreciative.

“The support of the fans has been incredible,’’ said Eckersley. “I am truly humbled. I want to thank the Red Sox organization for their support, too. They were there for me.’’

According to the Globe Report, the Red Sox reached out to Eck when he was in Cooperstown this past weekend to set up a meeting between him and Price. But after Price’s double-down on Saturday, the Hall of Famer informed the team he has no interest in meeting with Price.

He didn’t want to hear a fake apology or be berated again by a pitcher not worth his weight. Price alleged that his bad boy incident caused the NESN color guy to change his style in the booth. But Eck strongly disagreed with that sentiment which is of course predictable.

But this situation between Price and Eck has been an absolute PR nightmare for the Boston Red Sox. The incompetence from a player level all the way through the coaching staff to the top is borderline unbelievable. While I am not under the impression this is the breaking point for the 2017 Boston Red Sox. I do believe it will be what they are remembered for in years to come.

The Price v Eckersley saga will be comparable to the Beer and Fried Chicken saga of 2011.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton



Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox



Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) - John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror



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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS - “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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