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3 FROM WAAAAAAAY DOWNTOWN! Our 3 favorite losers in Red Sox history

December 10, 2018

 

The "Unamed Source" is famous in media circles these days. This one in particular works in local sports media, but for any number of reasons, wants to stay anonymous.

 

Our 3 favorite losers in Red Sox history.

 

The following are the top 3 players in Red Sox history who lost a big game, but somehow became more popular than they were before.

 

Nathan Eovaldi. 2018 World Series Game 3 vs Los Angeles Dodgers. 

 

He is the reason that I created this list. I’ve never seen anything like the outpouring of support for Eovaldi after he gave up Max Muncy’s walk-off home run. The support was justified because of what Eovaldi did that night in relief, keeping the Red Sox in the game, sacrificing his chance to start game 4, battling in the longest World Series game ever played and when Muncy’s homer cleared the fence, Red Sox Nation only wanted to embrace the guy who embodied everything the 2018 Red Sox stood for. 

 

Obviously there was a happy ending following Eovaldi’s game 3 loss to the Dodgers, what with the Sox winning the series and all. All that sacrifice and selflessness has been parlayed nicely into a 4-year contract to keep the 28-year old right hander in Boston.

 

Tim Wakefield, 2003 ALCS Game 7 vs New York Yankees. 

 

The horns had gone on this game’s goat long before Tim Wakefield even took the mound on that night. No Red Sox fan worth their salt blamed Tim Wakefield after he gave up Aaron Boone’s walk off, the animosity landed right where it should have, at the feet of Grady Little. If anything, Boone’s home run only endeared Wake to Red Sox fans even more, the pawn in a chess game controlled by a mad man. 

 

Bruce Hurst, 1986 World Series Game 7 vs New York Mets.

 

Hurst had a masterful postseason in 1986, posting a 2.40 ERA vs the Angels in the ALCS and was even better in the World Series against New York. Hurst was 2-0 against the Mets heading into the decisive game 7 at Shea Stadium, and had already been named the series MVP before Buckner’s error in game 6 revoked his hardware. 

 

Most people forget that the Red Sox actually had a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the 6th inning of game 7 before Hurst gave up 3 runs which opened the flood gates for the shaky Sox pen to cough up 5 more runs the next two innings. 

 

Calvin Schiraldi took the loss, which could be the title of any book about the 1986 World Series (he lost games 6 AND 7!) Sox fans could have unfairly blamed Hurst for the L, but they didn’t, Hurst was seen as the playoff warrior that he was; the uncrowned World Series MVP. 



Travel Schedule Presented by Bangor International Airport

 

 

The New England Patriots travel to Pittsburgh this week to take on the Steelers. 

 

This game has major playoff implications. The Pats need to win to keep their hopes of a top 2 post season seed alive.

 

The Steelers need a win to snap their 3 game losing streak and playoff hopes alive.

 

 

Remember, wherever your winter travels take you, FLY BGR! 

There's nothing better than being close to home when landing after your trip.

 

 



The 12 Days of Christmas- 

Just For Chowdah Readers

By Lee Goldberg

NEWSCENTER Maine

 

As we get closer to Christmas, I thought it would be fun to re-vamp a famous tune that gets played this time of year, sports-style... It goes a little something like this:

 

On the 12th day of Christmas the sports gods gave to me: Patience to understand the Patriots are not going to win the Super Bowl every year and appreciation of what the team has done the last 17 years.

 

On the 11th day of Christmas the sports gods gave to me: The ability to make more people realize the U-Maine women's basketball team has something very special going on.

 

On the 10th day of Christmas the sports gods gave to me: (See the 11th day but replace Maine with Bowdoin)

 

On the 9th day of Christmas the sports gods gave to me: The ability to remove social media. That way, the Red Sox could go to the White House, or not, and I wouldn't have to see everyone's 'expert' opinions about it.

 

On the 8th day of Christmas the sports gods gave to me: A Fitzpatrick Trophy process that was more transparent.

 

On the 7th day of Christmas the sports gods gave to me: 8 Teams in the college football playoffs, not 4.

 

On the 6th day of Christmas the sports gods gave to me: The ability to make sure all of the people in Maine got to see a Sea Dogs, Mariners, Red Claws, and a U-Maine Hockey game in person. 

 

On the 5th day of Christmas the sports gods gave to me: A high school basketball season where dunking is not a technical foul. 

 

On the 4th day of Christmas the sports gods gave to me: Enough interest in high school football to make it like it 'used to be'.

 

On the 3rd day of Christmas the sports gods gave to me: The ability to chat with my friends Shawn Walsh and Bruce Glasier again. 

 

On the 2nd day of Christmas the sports gods gave to me: The ability to thank Steven and Tabitha King in person for their support of the University Of Maine. (I have done this once, would like to do it again)

 

On the 1st day of Christmas the sports gods gave to me: The ability to sign Maine football coach Joe Harasymiak to a contract where he can choose the length and the value. He is a rising star who 'gets it', and I don't want him to leave. GO BLACK BEARS!

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LAST WEEK WE ASKED:

 

"Do the Patriots need to have the top seed to make it to the Superbowl this season?

 

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Maine Sports Hero Of The Week 

Presented by Hero's 

 

In 25 years as the University of Southern Maine women's basketball coach, 

Gary Fifield's teams have amassed an astonishing 628-115 record, for a winning percentage of 84.5 percent.

 

The Huskies have played in three NCAA Division III National Championships, and have earned their way to five Final Fours, nine Elite Eights and 15 Sweet 16s. They've completely dominated the Little East Conference in the last quarter century, capturing 20 regular season and 18 tournament titles, including 11 straight from 1996 to 2007.

 

Fifield says one of his proudest moments was in 1998 when USM hosted the Division III Final Four. "That was a landmark event in the history of USM," he says. "The whole state was abuzz."

 

Gary Fifield is currently an assistant to Amy Vachon for the Maine women's basketball team.

 

(Bio from the UMaine Sports Hall of Fame)



 

Join Us at Hero's for

 Patriots Bingo 

on December 16th!

 

Pats play @ 4:25, and we'll have a fun game of Bingo along with it. 

 

Enjoy prizes from Ice Pik Vodka when you get bingo, including:

 

  • $5 Patriots Ice Pik Punch

  • $10 Bud Light Buckets

  • $5 Bloody Marys

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Another Holiday Gift Idea...

 

We have partnered with WS Emerson to create a very limited edition Sports Chowdah- DAMAGE DONE t shirt. 

 

It's made of high quality cotton and features Tomalley Tom, the Chowdah mascot. 

 

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3 and OUT! Video With Mike DeVitoPresented by Kosta's

Former KC Chief and Ny Jet Mike DeVito has some great insight into the Kareem Hunt situation. 

 

Plus, how hard is it for a cold weather team to play in Miami in December? You won't believe what he went through before every game in south Florida. 

 

WATCH 3 AND OUT WITH MIKE DEVITO HERE

 

 

MMA NEWS with Between Rounds Radio

 

By Ryan Jarrell

 

On a brand new edition of Between Rounds Radio, two rising amateur fighters in the New England region join the program to talk about the start of their respective careers. 

 

Sage Philippe, who picked up his debut win at Ammo Fight League 4, talks about his win, getting into the sports, and previews his next bout for AFL as part of a big regional tournament they'll be holding in March. 

 

Zac Richard, fresh off his third straight win to start his career, dishes on his Head Coach Devin Powell, how his last fight was won, and unveils his featherweight title fight versus Fred Lear in February with New England Fights.



The guys also talk about the most recent UFC events, Wilder/Fury, and make their predictions on UFC 231 this weekend

 

LISTEN TO BETWEEN ROUNDS RADIO PODCAST HERE

 

Make sure to follow Between Rounds Radio on Facebook, Instagram and twitter for further updates on all of your MMA news.

Former Black Bear Pat Ricard In Some Hot Water

From ESPN.com

 

The Baltimore Ravens called the racist tweets made by fullback/defensive lineman Patrick Ricard six years ago "totally unacceptable."

 

In 2011 and 2012, Ricard posted at least six tweets that used the N-word. These tweets surfaced on social media on Sunday morning before the Ravens' game against the Chiefs, and Ricard was a healthy scratch for the third time this season.

 

The Ravens issued this statement: "The tweets are totally unacceptable, and we have addressed the matter with Pat."

 

After the game, Ricard addressed the issue.

 

"I want to sincerely apologize for my inappropriate and unacceptable tweets," he said. "I was a 16-year-old kid in high school who clearly made bad choices. Those words do not reflect who I am today."

 

Ricard said that he hadn't yet spoken to teammates about the situation.

 

"Today's game day. I just want those guys ... I don't want to distract the team in any way, just have those guys come out here and play," he said. "I'm going to talk to them most likely the next time we're in the building."

 

Ricard, an undrafted rookie out of Maine in 2017, has played 10 games this season. He has been nicknamed "Project Pat" because he is one of the few players who line up on offense and defense. He has made four tackles this season and has played 90 snaps on offense.

 

Ricard is active on Twitter and regularly invites teammates to dinner for what he labels "ProjectPatsFoodReview."

 

He said that he wasn't afraid of the tweets surfacing, earlier.

 

"I tweet a lot, and I kind of don't remember what I tweeted," he said. "It's still not acceptable. It's still inappropriate. I really am sincerely sorry that I did that."

 

Wicked Awesome Tweet

Presented by Buoy Local

 

"Nothing whatsoever against Harold Baines. Fine player. But:

 

Baines: 22 seasons, 121 career OPS+, 74th among RFs per JAWS.

 

Dwight Evans: 20 seasons, 127 OPS+, 15th among RFs per JAWS. And 8 Gold Gloves, too.

 

Evans continued to get unjustly snubbed by the HoF."

 

@peteabe | Pete Abraham- Boston Globe

 

George H. W. Bush, Babe Ruth and more.....

 

                                                                                                                                               

The Commish was able to view the funeral services of our recently departed former President George Herbert Walker Bush. He was # 41 on the lineup card in regards to our Presidents here in the good ‘ole USA. 

 

What does today have to do with sports you might say? Well, I’ll get that out of the way by repeating his story of being the captain on a very talented Yale baseball team. By now, you’ve heard about a few of the Major Leaguers who played on that same team or against Mr. Bush.  

 

There was one picture that jumped out at me as I began to do a little research for the Chowdah. On June 5th, 1948, Babe Ruth, is shown presenting a young Yale baseball captain with an original version of the Babe’s own autobiography. This presentation was for the Yale library.  It was a just the sort of thing our 41st President did as he chose to serve others continually. Even though baseball was his love, his leadership and demeanor allowed for the betterment of society. The article even references Bush asking Ruth to come into the dugout to meet teammates. As it states in the next sentence “a captain doing a captain thing.”

 

As I watched the funeral, I have to admit that it was an emotional ceremony. After all, isn’t our funeral going to be how we are remembered as the ultimate scorecard of our lives?

 

To hear, “well done” is going to be the best trophy of all! Speaker after speaker presented the same theme through their own experiences with our former President. Loyalty, integrity, grit and principal were just a few of the adjectives to describe not just his presidency, but Bush as a man. What a legacy to leave us.

 

Back to sports. Wouldn’t it be nice if more of our professional athletes showed the same character as President George HW Bush? Of course, that doesn’t stop you or I from practicing the same for ourselves and each making a small difference. The world has an opportunity to be a better place if we follow that sage advice of “leave it better than how you found it.” What better way to respect, honor and tradition any human being including our former President.

 

The Commish

Who Is This Jeff Solari Guy Anyway?

 

Jeff Solari is the President and owner of Rock Lobster Media and The Sports Chowdah. Jeff is also a former co-host of the regions most listened to afternoon sports talk show, The Drive on 92.9FM The Ticket in Bangor.

 

He has been in sports media since he was 17. He is not shy with his opinions or unique perspective on the world of sports.

 

Jeff is a graduate of Mount Desert Island High School and the University of Southern Maine.

 

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