The Future for the Red Sox is Bright

Spring training is finally here, we are weeks away from being able to pay for an overpriced beer and enjoy the Red Sox at Fenway. The part of that you should focus on is “Enjoy.” The Red Sox are heading in the right direction. 

Bobby Dalbec is primed to step into the spotlight in 2021. The Infielder has leaned out and cut ten pounds. The best part? He didn’t lose any of the power that secured himself as a top prospect for the Sox. In 8 at bats, he is hitting .500 with four runs and three home runs. With Mitch Moreland’s departure this off-season, there is a big gap at first and it looks like Bobby Dalbec has locked himself as our first baseman. 

Jeter Downs was an underrated addition in the Mookie Betts trade (I know the wound is still fresh, stay with me). He is another player primed to fill an empty gap at second base. He has all the athletic ability in the world. In Sunday’s game against the Twins, he was able to get a two-run Homerun and an RBI single. He has refined his hitting in the minors, but he still needs some work so he doesn’t make “rookie mistakes.” He won’t start opening day, but he will make his debut

The Red Sox biggest issue has been their pitching at all levels. Chaim Bloom found an ace hiding in Philly. Nick Pivetta got his spring training debut for the Sox Wednesday as they faced the Twins. His velocity was on full display as his fastball topped out at 96. Pivetta was only given a small window to display his ability and the stats might scare some people, but he got one strike out, one hit which translated to one earned run. He will most likely bolster the purifying rotation, but with Sale’s velocity as the biggest question mark for the Sox, Pivetta could step in and be the cannon to attack batters early. 

No fan likes a re-build. These years (yes, plural) are going to be tough and we are going to lose to the Yankees, A lot. As fans, we need to keep the faith, in the re-build, in Chaim, and in the team. The Sox have a wealth of talented prospects that can translate to big time major leaguers in the next couple years.

Draft Diamonds: Hunter Long

This tight end class is tilted by the strong play of Kyle Pitts, but there are plenty of strong tight ends in this class and my favorite is a home town hero (New Hampshire counts as Boston don’t question it) Hunter Long.

Hunter Long is a lot of human. He stands in at 6’5 254 lean and has been a similar size since high school, but was under recruited and ended up finding his stride at Boston College.

Long’s big play ability has been on display every year at BC, but his best asset is his hands. He led the NCAA in receptions (57) and was top 5 in yards for TEs (685)

Pros

+ Big Play Ability

+ Size

+ Great Hands

+strong Blocker

Cons

-Needs to refine Route running

-I’m not kidding, this kid is a sleeper.

Projection

2nd round pick

Best Fits

•New England

•Pittsburg

•Texans

•Jets

Hunter is a strong Tight End that is going to go under the radar, but will be a starter on most NFL teams. He provides the perfect balance of catching ability with strong blocking that can overwhelm the best edge defenders. Hunter is about to make some fans very happy.

Matthew Stafford has Been Traded to the Rams and What it Means for Deshaun Watson

I’ll be the first to say, I didn’t think it was going to happen this quick and for this much.

Matthew Stafford is a 34-year old QB. The Rams valued him at 2 first round picks, a third round pick, and Jared Goff.

I thought one first round pick was enough for the 34-year old starter, but here we are.

Does Stafford really make the Rams a contender? Does this move change anything in LA? I’m inclined to say no, but I’m not a GM.

They need one more great WR and some offensive line help before I’m willing to put them back in the Bowl.

This brings us to the biggest QB name still available, Deshaun Watson.

If I’m Nick Casiero, I LOVE this. It gets me rock hard.

If a guy who has never won a playoff game is worth basically what everyone assumed Watson is worth, IMAGINE WHAT THEY CAN GET FOR DESHAUN NOW.

Minimum asking price now, three first round picks and a star, that’s just a fact.

Matthew Stafford is the Perfect Fit for the Patriots

After a disappointing 2020 campaign, it’s time to look towards the off-season for Patriot fans.

Quarterback is the biggest question mark for the Patriots going into 2021 and Matthew Stafford should be the answer.

The man has accomplished so much on a Detroit team that never seemed to care about giving him weapons. 

He ranks 17th all time in career TD passes ahead of Joe Montana, he has the most passing yards through 160 starts in the NFL (43,901), and the 8th most touchdown passes through 160 starts (274).

Stafford has been able to make something out of nothing in Detroit, but recently the team decided that they would part ways and accommodate his request for a trade after 12 seasons. 

The Patriots would get a stellar passer with great leadership skills right off the bat and Stafford would finally get some stability with a coach and a team that is actually invested in him. 

At this point, you might be asking, “Why not go for Deshaun Watson? He’s younger and arguably better?”

The biggest benefit to getting Stafford is cost. With Watson, you are looking at a trade value that sits around 3 first-round picks. With Stafford, you could potentially get him for a 2nd-round pick and a player. 

If the Patriots traded for Watson, they would effectively be shorting themselves for the future. Sure, we get a generational QB, but what about a true number 1 wide receiver? Or a middle linebacker to lead the defense? What about the gap Joe Thuney will leave if we can’t re-sign him?

As a fan, you have to look at this team and say the Patriots are more than a QB away from winning a Super Bowl. Buying into Watson, hurts the team. With Stafford, we would have the ability to draft a young QB for him to groom and compete with in a later round. Names like Kellen Mond or Sam Ehlinger stand out as perfect succesor to Stafford after a few years with the team. 

Matthew Stafford, come to New England. It’s slightly warmer than Michigan and the fans are much louder. We want you.

A Humble Farewell

Whether his last game or not, it doesn’t change the fact that Drew Brees didn’t have the best game of his career. But that’s okay, because in the eyes of many, Brees will go down in history as one of the greats to play the game of football.

Drew Brees holding the Lombardi trophy after winning Super Bowl XLIV

With an insane stat line, Drew Brees will easily be remembered as New Orleans’ best quarterback of all time, but his stats aren’t the only thing that makes this man incredible. From immensely helping out charities and the State of Louisiana throughout his time in New Orleans, to being apart of the teams that helped New Orleans overcome tragedy on MULTIPLE occasions, this man has done it all. And none of that would’ve been possible without an injury in 2005 which changed Brees life forever.

In 2005, Brees was the quarterback for the San Diego Chargers. A fumble in week 17 had caused Brees to be injured during a year where his contract expired. The Saints took the gamble on free agent Brees, and the gamble paid off. Brees quickly became the star of the Saints. Bringing in superior talent, Brees was able to overcome obstacles throughout his career like any other. From ridiculous injuries to bringing his team championships, Brees was and will forever be a star of the Saints.

What this man did in New Orleans is just phenomenal. From donating over $25,000,000 to his community through his charity “ The Brees Dream Foundation”, to holding records never thought possible, Brees is just outstanding at many, many tasks. To name a few accolades, Brees currently holds the NFL’s all-time passing leader at 80,492 yards. Second most passing touchdowns ever at 572. A 13 time pro bowler. Super Bowl XLIV Champion and MVP. 7 time leader in NFL passing yards. And so much more.

Whether Drew Brees has played his last snap as an NFL quarterback, he will be remembered as a legend by many fans who have witnessed the greatness he attributed. Thank you for everything and what a hell of a career.