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Sunday, June 17, 2018

And Now For Some Boston Globe Employee Bashing - VI

That would be Boston Globe employee Kevin Cullen, a lying bastard trying to take advantage of a tragedy to put one over on us:
The Boston Globe said Friday that it will suspend columnist Kevin Cullen without pay for three months after an examination of his work found significant problems in a series of radio interviews and some public remarks he made in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.

When he returns, Cullen will work as a general assignment reporter for the first two months before returning to his role as a columnist, Globe publisher John W. Henry and editor Brian McGrory wrote in a statement. Cullen will be barred from outside broadcast interviews for the first six months after his return, and subsequent appearances will be given heightened editorial scrutiny.
The Boston Globe, carrying on in that fine tradition of news and opinion fabrication, designed to sway and influence you in order to tell you what to think.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

DHL Dan LXX - Off The David Price Bandwagon?

Talk about speculation! We're nearly two whole weeks away from this matchup, but that doesn't prevent Shank from casting doubt about one particular game:
David Price has come up big but we need to see him vs. Yankees, and other thoughts

Picked-up pieces while wondering if Tom Brady will jump up on the couch — Tom Cruise style — when we see his interview with Oprah . . .
Give him credit - this is a 21st century pop culture reference!
■ Let the record show that the much-maligned David Price won the two biggest games of the Red Sox season thus far. After the Sox lost the first two games of a four-game series against the Houston Astros two weeks ago, Price stopped the bleeding, winning a duel against Justin Verlander. Thursday night, when we were beginning to think the Sox can only beat the Orioles, Price beat Felix Hernandez and the first-place Mariners, 2-1. He’s 6-0 with a 2.64 ERA in his last seven starts, and the Sox have won all seven games. He has not lost since the carpal tunnel syndrome nonsense in New York. The Sox next play the Yankees in New York the weekend of June 29-July 1. We need to see Price in that series. My math (such as it is! - ed.) has him lined up for the series finale. It will be unfortunate if the Sox maneuver things to keep Price away from the Yankees.
Second guessing before the game actually takes place - now that's trolling for you!
■ I loved the late Jerome Holtzman, but he contributed to the decay of modern baseball by inventing the “save.’’ It’s an overrated stat. It’s putting Trevor Hoffman in the Hall of Fame this summer and it has produced Craig Kimbrel, who is a different pitcher in save situations vs. non-save situations. With a three-run lead, a clean ninth inning, and a cast of Orioles and Rays coming to bat, Kimbrel is one of the best pitchers who ever lived. He strikes out more than half the hitters he faces. In non-save situations, it’s a different story. Kimbrel is in his walk year. He wants saves. But Alex Cora needs to forget about the bogus soft saves and use Kimbrel to get the big outs. And Kimbrel needs to be on board with this.
It's obvious to me that some people are born to complain about damn near everything. Shank is one of those people, fortunate enough for him to get paid doing it. Read on for more bitching and moaning.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The World Cup

... is going to start (Russia vs. Saudi Arabia) in a little over an hour, and we should anticipate any manner of Shank's Hot Takes on the subject any time now.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Obsessed Much? - II

Former Boston Red Sox 1st baseman Adrian Gonzalez left the team on August 25, 2012. Five years and ten months later, Shank's still lobbing shit in his general direction:

Remember when Shank mentioned Adrian Gonzalez in the same sentence as Ted Williams? Good times!

Second Guessing

Leave it to Shank to question the Red Sox, who currently lead the major leagues in wins:
Are the 2018 Red Sox gold medal-bound or simply fool’s gold?

Hard to tell.

The Sox just lost three of four at Fenway (selective stats? no way! - ed) to bums from Detroit and Chicago, but still have more wins than any team in baseball and are on pace for a franchise-record 108 victories. They could become only the fourth team in the Sox’ 118 years to win more than 100. The Sox’ three other 100-game winners went to the World Series and two of them won the whole thing.
Funny how this column comes out after a Red Sox loss, isn't it?

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Let's You & Him Fight! - II

A public service reminder from Kirk Minihane:

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Let's You & Him Fight!

It looks like Shank and Tom E. Curran aren't friends anymore:

Friday, June 08, 2018

Dream On?

Using a theme lifted straight from Wednesday's Felger & Mazz radio show, Shank's got a thing for LeBron James, impending free agent, becoming a member of the Boston Celtics.
The nationally televised “Decision” show will be a classic. Can’t you just see it now? LeBron James and Jim Gray sitting on stools, holding microphones, making small talk. Finally, after 40 minutes of verbal foreplay, head-bobbin’ sock puppet Gray says, “Well, LeBron, what’s it going to be?’’

And the great one exhales deeply and says, “I have decided I am going to take my talents to Revere Beach.’’
Revere Beach? Really? Come on, Shank!
Just like that, the Greatest Player of All-Time announces that he will finish his career with the Boston Celtics.

It means so much. It means that LeBron will grab Frank Ramsey’s No. 23 from the rafters, Pitino-style. He’ll also reserve the rights to No. 6 (LeBron wore 6 when he won in Miami) and No. 32 (which Bron wore at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School). If Bill Russell and Kevin McHale don’t like it, too bad. The Celtics will become LeBron’s team now.
Then again, stranger things have happened.

UPDATE AT 2:40 PM - One last dig at Shank:
The silly topic is sports talk radio gold.
Yeah, like we couldn't figure out that one!

Bipolar Shank

It was a little over a week ago that Shank was shitting on the Red Sox. In a classic passive-aggressive move, Shank nostalgically waxes his carrot, pining for the glory days of Red Sox past:

On This Day Forty Years Ago

...Shank covered a basketball game:
Lots of 'Man, you're old' responses, and others, at the link.