Baseball is killing itself with this pace. 297 pitches through seven innnings. We are almost three and a half hours old. Awful— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) October 27, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
CLEVELAND — Cubs, Cubs, Cubs. This World Series is about the Billy Goat Curse, Steve Bartman, Wrigley Field, Theo Epstein, Jon Lester, Back To The Future II, 108 years, and dozens of essays by high-minded intellectuals explaining what a life-changing moment it will be when the lovable losers from the North Side finally win the World Series.This crap, from the same guy who was telling Red Sox fans two short weeks ago they have to root for the Cubs.
But all of this leaves the needy folks of Cleveland asking, “What about us?’’
Listen up folks; there is actually a second team in this 112th World Series and the Cleveland Indians won’t be mere props in the Cubs’ inexorable march to the crown. The Tribe made this abundantly clear Tuesday night, thrashing the Cubs, 6-0, to take the first game of the World Series. Cleveland’s No. 9 batter, Roberto Perez, who hit three homers all season, hit two in his first Series game and Terry Francona improved his Fall Classic record to a preposterous 9-0. Cleveland has now won eight of nine in this postseason (four shutouts), shredding your Red Sox, the Blue Jays and now the Cubs — big payroll, star-laden teams, all favored to beat Cleveland easily.Remember - this is the same city Shank took a major league shit on a year and a half ago, and now pretends to like the city. He's utterly shameless.
So when does the national narrative become about the Indians? Fact is, if not for the presence of the Cubs, the Indians would be the ones posing as sentimental favorites in the Fall Classic.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
I can't be the first to note that today is the 30th annniversary of Red Sox-Mets Game 6 and Bill "Behind the Bag!!!" Buckner.— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) October 25, 2016
Reader reaction follows, leading off is former WFNX lead leftist Henry Santoro:
Where I'm sure all of ten people heard it...
@Dan_Shaughnessy - I talked about it on WGBH today.— HenrySantoro(@HenrySantoro) October 25, 2016
@Dan_Shaughnessy maybe you can be the first in your class to note that the real goats of that game were ScharldiGedmanand Stanley— James Kellogg (@jkeggs1121) October 25, 2016
Because he's a world class asshole, that's why.
@Dan_Shaughnessy why the fuck would you want to do that Dan? Why?— Michael J Mousseau(@mooseman137) October 25, 2016
Classic response, encapsulating Shank perfectly:
CLEVELAND — Theo and Tito.When I read a Shank column, I often think I'm reading a children's book.
Theirs are names from “Sesame Street,’’ or perhaps a couple of characters for a children’s book series: “Theo and Tito Go to the Zoo.’’ “Theo and Tito Say, ‘Goodnight, Moon.’ ’’
But they are neither muppets nor fiction. Theo Epstein and Terry “Tito” Francona are the men who in 2004 brought Boston its first baseball championship in 86 years. Then they did it again in 2007.Shank should have written them a thank you letter for the chicken & beer fiasco - he got about ten columns out of it.
Theo and Tito were together on Yawkey Way for eight years, winning an average of 93 games per season, making the playoffs five times, and filling Fenway for every game of every season. When they left after the chicken-and-beer collapse of 2011 — Theo voluntarily, Tito being pushed — it was like the breakup of Boston’s baseball Beatles.
Theo and Tito were together on Yawkey Way for eight years, winning an average of 93 games per season, making the playoffs five times, and filling Fenway for every game of every season. When they left after the chicken-and-beer collapse of 2011 — Theo voluntarily, Tito being pushed — it was like the breakup of Boston’s baseball Beatles.Dan Shaughnessy - Master of the Obvious.
Now they are on opposite sides of two “other” long-suffering franchises in the 112th World Series, which starts Tuesday night at Progressive Field. The Chicago Cubs, led by general manager Theo Epstein, have not won a World Series since 1908 and have not even participated in the Fall Classic since 1945. The Cleveland Indians, managed by Terry Francona, have not won a World Series since 1948. We have two plagued ball clubs led by a pair of curse-busting bosses.
Something has to give.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
So which is it, Shank?
The pending World Series matchup, writes The CHB, is an "emotional duel of guys who were dumped by the Red Sox, or quit the Red Sox."
As you might have guessed, it's a really stupid column.
But first, a shot at the 2016 Red Sox, which despite their 93 wins, were overrated, he argues, because they lost "the majority of their close games."
It's true that the Red Sox were 20-24 in one-run games in 2016. But guess who else was under .500 in one-run games? The Cubs (22-23). And guess who had the best record in the AL East in one-run games? The Yankees (24-12), who finished 9 games back of the Sox. And guess who had the majors' best record in one-run games? The Rangers (36-11), who are sitting home right now too.
It's a specious argument. But then again, The CHB is a specious guy.
The CHB's breakdown of the players who the Sox traded away is equal parts laughable and fallacy. Mike Napoli? Coco Crisp? No one wanted these guys.
Not even Shank, who on Jul. 8, 2015, said: "I would cut Napoli, just let him go." That was a few years after he blasted the Sox for keeping Crisp and letting Johnny Damon walk.
Andrew Miller was a stud, but the Sox picked up a stud lefty starter in return. Don't take my word for it: Shank said so here: "Eduardo Rodriguez has a chance to become Dan Duquette’s Jeff Bagwell."
And just one month ago he said he thought Rodriguez should be the third starter in the playoffs for the Red Sox.
Then there's Theo Epstein, of whom Shaughnessy said his "slow rebuilding style would not have worked in Boston the way it has in Chicago. ... Theo on a six-year plan with a $19 million contract, that's pretty easy to do that. I'm going to sat Boston wouldn't tolerate what Chicago went through to get here."
And in another column, this one for SI, from Dec. 14, 2009: "Epstein is touting organization prospects named Jose Iglesias, Ryan Kalish, Ryan Westmorland, Casey Kelly and Lars Anderson, but they are a couple of years away. In Boston the message needs to be 'win now.'"
In fact, he wrote in August 2012 that Theo deserved more blame for the state of the Red Sox than he's getting. "Epstein made a ton of bad moves in the later years of his tenure, then went to Chicago for a $19 million contract and watched from afar as the Sox decomposed. ... Mistakes were made. Money was spent badly. The Sox lost their way and tried to throw money at their problems."
As for the others:
- Adrian Gonzalez is "the Kryptonite of winning baseball teams. He’s the Cooler."
- "(John) Lackey has simply got to go. He’s coming off the worst season by a starting pitcher in more than a century of Red Sox baseball, and he’s regularly shown up his teammates and his manager."
- Jon Lester was a disloyal ingrate who threw manager Terry Francona under the bus and was a key part on "the most loathed Boston team in history."
- And as for that David Price signing: "The Sox have wisely junked their phony, “We don’t need an ace” philosophy and signed the best free agent pitcher. Not afraid to admit they were wrong, the Sox on Tuesday agreed to a deal with 30-year-old lefthanded starter David Price on a seven-year, $217 million contact. Nitwits and analytic overthinkers will immediately fret about how the Sox will not be getting commensurate value three, four, or five years from now."
Who's the nitwit now? Shank, to thine own self be true.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Forty one years ago tonight . . . Game 7 . . . Reds, Red Sox. Bill Lee and the eephus pitch. Jim Burton . . . Ouch— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) October 22, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
And the Red Sox winning the World Series in 2013 was a fluke. Some people are just born miserable, negative assholes.
Patriot fans have amazing arrogance given that they have won one of the last 11 Super Bowls and that was given to them by Pete Carroll— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) October 20, 2016
Twitter users cut loose:
@Dan_Shaughnessy I'm a Denver fan & can't believe the bullshit you are tweeting. Pats are one of the best NFL organizations in my lifetime— Damon Pettit (@DamonPettit) October 20, 2016
It's a thankless task, but someone's gotta do it!
@Dan_Shaughnessy Shaughnessy has amazing arrogance that he thinks we still read him— Matt (@maddcapp45) October 20, 2016
Don't confuse Shank with the facts - he's got an organization to denigrate!
@Dan_Shaughnessy NFL success should never be defined exclusively by winning SBs. Always being in SB contention for 15 yrs. is unprecedented— Eugene Frenette(@GeneFrenette) October 20, 2016
"See you in Houston" from four days ago - confirmed!
@Dan_Shaughnessy didn't you put the Patriots in the Super Bowl after week 3 or 4?— BederowLaw (@Bederowlaw) October 20, 2016
Right - he has this convenient / bad habit of arranging the numbers to suit his agenda.
@Dan_Shaughnessy wow Dan if you go back just 1 more year it's 2 in 12, then 3 in 13 then 4 in 15.— C Feeney (@cfeeney12) October 20, 2016
Go read the rest of the thread if you want more Shank bashing.
Picked-up pieces while waiting for the next David Ortiz celebration at Fenway Park . . .At this point in his career, I'm surprised Tom talks to the media at all. I sure as hell wouldn't.
■ I miss Channel 7’s Dan Hausle in Foxborough. There were no Donald Trump questions for Tom Brady on Wednesday. It was all about football. Swell. But Brady did himself no favors last week by walking out of a press conference after he was asked to comment on “locker room talk.’’
Hundreds of athletes have answered the question in the last two weeks. The locker room is a professional athlete’s workplace, and it’s no political statement for an athlete to define his understanding of “locker room talk.’’
It’s OK to say that talking about sexual assault talk is not part of your locker-room culture. LeBron James wasn’t afraid to say it. Even Troy Brown said he’d like to have heard something from Brady on the topic.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
There’s a Gretzky Camp and a Gordie Howe Camp, but around these parts, there has never been any doubt that Bobby Orr is the greatest hockey player who ever lived.To be fair to Shank, this column did look like it took some level of effort; it's not the usual piece of crap he churns out on a routine basis.
There’s no way to prove it, of course. It’s a subjective sports argument, which is part of what makes it fun. But for those of us who grew up around Boston and saw Orr play, there can never be any doubt. The rest of you can check the videotape, talk to folks who played with or against him, and maybe take a gander at that statue of a flying Bobby after the Mother’s Day goal in 1970.
I raise this topic today not because the young Bruins of 2016 are playing their home opener at the New Garden Thursday night, but because this week marks the 50th anniversary of Orr’s first game with the Bruins at the Old Garden in 1966.
Fifty years. The golden anniversary for the Golden Child. How can it be that a half-century has passed since the night we first saw the crew-cut teen-ager from Parry Sound, Ontario?
Roethlisberger has surgery today. So once again, we are assured Pats have no tests before playoffs. #TomatoCans— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) October 17, 2016
Stay home tomorrow https://t.co/nWuWQtNmPn— Scott Zolak (@scottzolak) October 17, 2016