The Boston Bruins avoided elimination during the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday night, but as is the case with many in the sports world today, their hearts and minds are now elsewhere.
During the team’s Game 6 win, word began to spread that former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot and hospitalized in his native Dominican Republic. Fans, athletes and celebrities alike began wishing the MLB icon well on social media, as more details on his condition were made public.
The Bruins were otherwise occupied when the news broke, but goaltender Tuukka Rask took to Twitter with a heartfelt message to his fellow Boston sports icon on Monday afternoon.
Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz was shot in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday and suffered damage to multiple organs, but is expected to make a full recovery, according to the latest reports.
As news of the shooting spread, an outpouring of support came from athletes across multiple sports. Former Red Sox teammates led the charge on social media and were joined by other baseball players, including Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen, as well as NBA star Karl Anthony-Towns and former Boston Celtics fan favorites Kendrick Perkins and Isaiah Thomas.
Among those also offering their thoughts and well-wishes was former United States President Barack Obama, who welcomed Ortiz to the White House after Boston’s 2013 World Series championship.
That title came mere months after the events of the Boston Marathon bombing. Obama referenced the terrorist attack, and Ortiz’s “spirit and resolve” in its wake, in his tweet to the former slugger on Monday morning.
The White House made a mistake ahead of the Boston Red Sox’ visit on Thursday that the internet won’t soon let it forget.
On both the White House’s official website and its YouTube channel, a headline was displayed welcoming the “Red Socks” for their 2018 World Series celebration.
It’s not an error that spellcheck would catch, but it’s an error nonetheless. The small snafu was reportedly fixed shortly after 9 a.m. Eastern Time, but it was up long enough for screenshots to be grabbed — and we all know screenshots last forever.
The Boston Red Sox are scheduled to visit the White House to celebrate their 2018 World Series victory on Thursday, but as has become the norm as of late, many star players have revealed they won’t be going.
Starting pitcher David Price is among those who will not be in attendance, alongside Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., reigning American League Most Valuable Player Mookie Betts and manager Alex Cora, including others.
Price stated that his reasoning for not visiting the White House was simply because “it’s baseball season,” but on Monday, he took to Twitter to seemingly make another comment on the matter.
The 2019 MLB season technically kicked off in Japan on Wednesday, but all 30 teams will be returning to action in just over a week on March 28.
Over the offseason, ESPN released its ranking of the top 100 MLB players of 2019. A panel of writers, experts and analysts voted from a list of 300 players to select the best of the best in the league entering the new season.
Some major names, like the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, saw their stock drop from 2018. In fact, five players from last year’s top 50 weren’t even ranked this time around. Others, like pitchers Aaron Nola and Gerrit Cole, moved way up on the list after impressive campaigns last season.
The World Series champion Boston Red Sox were well-represented in the top quarter of the list. American League MVP and Boston outfielder Mookie Betts made a significant jump up in the rankings, but was it enough to topple last year’s No. 1 (and soon-to-be highest-paid player) Mike Trout?
Take a bow, Mookie Betts – and then another, and another.
As if his World Series ring and American League Most Valuable Player trophy weren’t enough, a ranking by FiveThirtyEight has named the Boston Red Sox right fielder the best athlete of 2018 across the NBA, MLB and NFL.
Betts’ success is largely summed up by the 10.6 Wins Above Replacement (WAR)that he posted, just outdueling Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout. The young superstar became only the fifth player since 2000 to crack 10 WAR in one season.
Also among the top players of the year were National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Houston Rockets guard James Harden – twice.
The Golden State Warriors may have secured dynasty status with their third NBA title in four years, but that didn’t make them the best team of 2018.
Other championship teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles, Villanova Wildcats and Alabama Crimson Tide, were in the conversation but fell short of that honor, as well.
Based on a ranking by FiveThirtyEight, the best team across (almost) all sports in 2018 was none other than the 108-win, World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
Somewhat surprisingly, 2018’s No. 2 team also hailed from the MLB – the Houston Astros, who fell to the Red Sox in this year’s ALCS, came in just behind the champs.
In 2018, the Houston Astros fell short of repeating as World Series champions. According to Las Vegas, the Boston Red Sox won’t have that problem.
Of course, anything can happen between now and the 2019 Fall Classic. We’re still in the midst of what figures to be a busy offseason, with free agents like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado still on the market. The Red Sox spent big bucks to secure pitcher Nathan Eovaldi for the next four years, but likely won’t be keeping star closer Craig Kimbrel around.
With so much movement still anticipated around the league, it’s silly to try to predict the future — but we miss baseball, so why not? Check out every team’s odds of winning the 2019 World series below, courtesy of Vegas Insider.
Salvador Perez has 21 home runs so far this season — and the most recent one did damage to more than just his opponents.
On Friday, the Kansas City Royals catcher homered off of Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello in the second inning of their game at Fenway Park. The 417-foot moonshot put the Royals on top 1-0 in a game they ended up winning 4-2.
That hit wasn’t just a blow to the Red Sox, but also a team employee whose car was directly in the baseball’s path.
New York Yankees star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka took to the mound at home on Tuesday night to face the team’s historic division rival, the Boston Red Sox.
Tanaka pitched only five innings and gave up five runs on on five hits, including three home runs in a 5-4 loss to Boston — but his performance wasn’t what garnered the most attention during the game.
Tanaka, who was born in Japan, utilizes a translator whenever he needs to speak with his teammates or coaches, including in conversations on the mound while the game is going on.
During the game’s broadcast, Red Sox color commentator Jerry Remy said he didn’t believe translators should be permitted.
“I don’t think that should be legal,” he said after Tanaka’s translator paid the pitcher a visit alongside the team’s pitching coach, Larry Rothchild.