Red Sox Fans

Orioles have flipped the AL East power structure

Warns col July 22

Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, wondering how quickly Bill Belichick will feel serious heat if the Patriots stumble out of the gate …

Having hit the 100-game mark Saturday the Red Sox have proved to be better than expected.

Well, at least better than one humble observer expected.

They have wobbled back and forth between the over- and under-.500 mark. They have caught the Yankees, making them co-habitants of the American League East basement. Both of the former AL East perennial power-brokers in years gone by are battered and bruised, but neither should lean on that crutch to explain their plight,

All teams have injuries. All teams struggle to get through them. The Red Sox and Yankees have two months to prove they will end the season at least marginally relevant,  …

And how about those Baltimore Orioles? Maybe their time to shine really has arrived.

Now if only they could find a way to pack Camden Yards now and then without the Red Sox or Yankees in town, ,,,

For any aspiring big-league right fielders who saw the Mets’ Jeff McNeil turn Triston Cassas’ seventh-inning double into a triple Saturday afternoon:

When the ball begins its journey hugging the bottom of the railing around to the front of the visitors bullpen, don’t run straight to the ball. Pick a spot further down the railing and let the ball come to you.

Going straight to the ball means there is a reasonable chance it is going to skip under your outstretched glove, making you look very silly.

Had speed-demon Jaren Duran hit that ball he might’ve had an inside-the-park homer. …

Now that the Patriots endured a swing-and-a-miss on DeAndre Hopkins, they better find someone capable of giving them a legitimate receiver who can mesh with Mac Jones.

They better believe that fans are feeling a bit peeved. The logic is irrefutable: If they can afford to put in a 22-story lighthouse behind a new video screen that might be the largest one on the planet, they should be able to prove they are serious about contending this season by beefing up the roster. …

It seems quite possible that the Patriots must make the playoffs this year if the GOAT named Belichick is to continue in New England until he reaches the summit reserved for the most coaching victories in NFL history. 

If that is the case, his fate may rest in the paws of new offensive guru Bill O’Brien and senior defensive assistant Matt Patricia.

As cold, calculating and arrogant as Belichick can be, he must realize that regardless of what his assistants do, he is the man who will bear responsibility and whatever penalties may ensue.

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