One of baseball’s most talked about stories over the weekend was the feud between Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez.
It all started last Thursday (8/31) when Nunez led off the top of the first inning against Sabathia with a bunt, reaching on an error from the big lefty. Here’s the video:
As NESN analyst Dennis Eckersley mentions, it’s not a good bunt by Nunez since it was right back to the mound. Sabathia’s poor throw also received criticism from Eckersley- “You gotta make that throw, come on now!”
It’s clear that Sabathia had time to make an effective throw to first for the out, but didn’t. No big deal, just get the Eck treatment and move on, right? Well that’s what he did, tossing six innings of one-run ball for his 11th win of the season, and improve to 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA against Boston this year.
Still, he took offense to Nunez for bunting.
Following the Yankees’ 6-2 win that night, he called Nunez’s actions “weak” and confirmed he was fueled “big-time” for the rest of the game. He took a couple other stabs at the Red Sox- “It is what it is, just shows what they’ve got over there”; “I mean let’s go, let’s play! Swing the bat!”
Check out this more extended clip of him postgame:
NESN analyst and MLB Hall of Famer Jim Rice was one of the first to weigh in on Sabathia’s comments. Take a look at yhis awesome rant:
— Tom Caron (@TomCaron) September 1, 2017
“Lose some weight, go out there, and pitch.”
Rice is usually pretty calm and laidback, so this was definitely different to see from him. Tom Caron at one point in the clip states “You’re fired up” as Rice struggles to speak. No doubt, an excellent moment in NESN history that will live forever. And Rice is right, maybe Sabathia’s leg would be better to field a bunted ball if he was in better shape. Just saying.
Sabathia fired back at Rice, saying, “I just hope when I’m that age, I’m not that bitter.”
So where does Nunez fit into this whole war of words? Sabathia suggested that Nunez apologized, which Nunez confirmed.
“I say, ‘I’m sorry but I have to do it.’ That’s my game. … If I have to do it twice, I have to do it. It’s my game. It’s my job. It’s my team. And if I have to bunt four times in a row, I’ll do it. I don’t care if he’s mad or not. You know? That’s what it is,” said Nunez.
It’s no joke that Sabathia’s been battling a bad knee, spending a stint on the 10-day disabled list in August because of it. Nunez and the Red Sox had the right idea by bunting. They wanted to take advantage of Sabathia’s disadvantage, and it’s why he made a terrible throw to first base. So even though the leadoff baserunner didn’t produce any runs for the Red Sox, it made sense. An obvious baseball play.
“He (Sabathia) want respect,” Nunez continued. “People know he was on the DL for a knee. So he don’t want people bunting. But like I say, it’s not my problem. It’s my game. I don’t have any power. If I have to bunt four times, I will bunt it. It’s not my fault. What do you want me to do?”
The feud pretty much stopped there.
Nunez, not known for his power, has hit eight homers with the Red Sox since his first game with the team on July 28. His most recent one came Friday night, one day after bunting against Sabathia:
— Boston Sports News (@BostonSprtsNews) September 2, 2017
The homer gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead in an eventual 4-1 win, so technically it was the game-winner for Boston’s only win of the four-game series. Sabathia told Nunez to swing the bat, and that’s what happened.
Gotta give credit to Nunez for standing firm and not backing down from Sabathia’s comments. His response was professional, and he didn’t seem fazed at all. Especially with a dinger the next night.
In my opinion, Sabathia made these comments in order to fire him and his team up, and try to put some pressure on the Red Sox. He was right in suggesting their offense isn’t that strong. It’s not. It’s something that should be a concern for Boston down the stretch as several players have regressed this year. By saying what he said, he was attempting to try and get inside the heads of the Red Sox.
How will Boston respond?
Nothing wrong with some good old fashioned trash talk. That’s all this is. It’s all meant to get people fired up and talking for a few days before it wears off. And it’s only added to the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, which Sabathia’s been part of for nine years now. He’s been in the league since 2001 and has been successful, so he’s sort of earned the right to fire shots like this at the opposition.
Still, Sabathia’s comments can come across as childish to some. Nunez is right, it’s not his or anyone’s problem that Sabathia has a bad knee. He’s the one choosing to pitch after all. But to complain about the opposing team bunting because you’re not 100% physically? Haha CC! Get in better shape then! Or just don’t pitch!
What Sabathia said seems to indicate a lack of accountability. Not wanting to truly give it all he’s got on the field. But hey, he’s rich. Just ask Pablo Sandoval about being content with your money (LOL). And like I said, Sabathia said what he said to heat up the rivalry and put pressure on Boston- in my opinion.
Trying to get baserunners and score runs is the entire point of the game. It’s what the Red Sox were doing. But again—trash talk is trash talk. Sabathia’s rich, I’m sure he can handle the backlash of some people upset at him for his comments which were well within his rights to say. Maybe he was bored. Maybe he felt like trolling. You never know. It made headlines though, and adds to the anticipation for the next time these two teams meet, whether it be the playoffs or 2018.
Stay entertaining, Red Sox/Yankees rivalry!
Red Sox Take Game 2 in 2018 MLB World Series
Last night in the 2018 MLB World Series, it was game 2 between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. After 9 1/2 innings, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2.
it was David Price (BOS) going up against Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) on the pitching mound.
In six innings of the world series, David Price had an ERA of 3.00 with 3 hits and 2 runs and zero home runs.
On the LA Dodgers side, Hyun-Jin Ryu was the pitcher for the Dodgers. He only lasted 4.2 innings with 6 hits and 4 runs but zero home runs.
Game 3 is set for Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8:06 on Fox
Yankees, Red Sox Negotiating London 2-Game Series
The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox are closing in on an agreement to play a two-game series in London in June 2019, according to Bloomberg’s Janet Perkins and Scott Soshnick.
Reportedly the games will be held at London Stadium, which played host to several events at the 2012 Summer Olympics, if a deal is made official.
The stadium can hold up to 65,000 fans for sporting events and if a deal is made official it will continue MLB’s trend of playing regular season games in other countries such as Japan, Mexico, Australia and Puerto Rico over the years.
The Yankees and Red Sox are easily among the top MLB franchises in terms of global recognition and their storied rivalry and rosters of elite players will be an easy draw for the series as MLB looks to penetrate the European market.
It could also present quite the online betting opportunity for both US and European betting sites, especially as the series kicks off. When it does, this LVbet bonus code could come in handy, especially if it will be the first time you try your hand at something like this.
“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make,” Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.
Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics. MLB has not played any games in Europe before, however, the Red Sox have played overseas in the past, including to Japan before the 2008 season.
“It’s a shorter trip than to California, right?” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone, who has never been to London, commented. “Let’s get the royal family out there. Maybe the queen can make an appearance.”
“It’s following the leader — the N.F.L.,” said Allen Adamson, a branding expert and an adjunct professor at N.Y.U. “It’s good for the Yankees, it’s good for Boston, and an attempt to inject some topspin into the sport, but I don’t think it mitigates the need to revitalize baseball in the United States.”
Adamson added: “It would be more interesting to play in Havana.”
The Yankees are in a business partnership with Manchester City F.C, so they are very familiar with the European sports landscape and the audience, and fans, that attend events across the pond.
MLB is trying to follow in the NFL’s footsteps, as both are chasing the NBA who have spearheaded the efforts to globalize their game.
The Waiting Game Continues For The Red Sox And JD Martinez
The Boston Red Sox haven’t made any significant roster moves this offseason with Spring Training less than a month away. Sure, they’ve revamped their coaching staff and have a new manager, but as far as players go? No new names; essentially the same roster as 2017.
A good way to describe Boston’s offseason would be the sound of crickets chirping.
However, things could change at any moment for the Red Sox and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. He’s waited this long; he can wait a little longer. Everyone knows that there’s only one man Dombrowski’s after; and that is- of course- free agent slugger JD Martinez.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney this afternoon, the Red Sox have offered Martinez a deal “in the range” of five years at $100 million.
Source: Boston's offer to J.D. Martinez is in the range of five years, $100 million.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 17, 2018
At the start of the offseason, Martinez’s asking price was reportedly in the range of $200 million; Boston’s offer is half of that.
Boston needs a power bat in their lineup, and Martinez fills that void. The Red Sox finished fourth-to-last in the majors and last in the American League with 168 homers in 2017, a year that saw MLB set a new record with 6,105 dingers; it was also the first time since 1993 that the Red Sox finished last in the AL in homers. A total power outage!
Long story short, Dombrowski needs to acquire Martinez. Considering he’s yet to make a move to respond to the New York Yankees landing Giancarlo Stanton, the pressure is starting to build up for Dombrowski to show Martinez the money.
Martinez, 30, recently said he’s willing to wait until Spring Training to sign a deal with a new club.
The 6’3” Martinez bashed 45 homers in just 432 at-bats in 2017- one every less than 10 at-bats to go along with 104 RBIs. Not even a full season! His slash line was .303/.376/.690 split between the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks. Had Martinez finished with enough plate appearances to qualify, he all but certainly would’ve finished first in MLB in slugging percentage and OPS.
Those type of numbers in a contract year? Nothing but basic economics; that’s how you get PAID!
If Dombrowski doesn’t land Martinez- and assuming no blockbuster trade will be made before the season starts- it will be a wasted offseason for the Red Sox. They’ll have the same mediocre lineup which isn’t good enough to win in October. There will be no Stanton, no Carlos Santana, or no Eric Hosmer for that matter. Those three weren’t good enough for Dombrowski this offseason, and so Martinez is what’s left- not counting other current free agents like Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, and Todd Frazier- none of whom are on Dombrowski’s radar.
The time is now for Dombrowski to make a move. And by move, I mean sign Martinez. He’s in the prime of his career, made for Fenway Park, and made to give a lackluster Red Sox offense a spark that it so badly needs.
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