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"DUMB PHOTO-OP"...........
11/24/2014 @ 08:45 AM
I'm not a fan of photo-op's.....too self-serving - if you reallt want to help someone or some cause put your money where your mouth is....if Cashman was serious he'd give at least one games receipts to the homeless.

"SPEND A MILLION " - HOW?
11/23/2014 @ 10:26 AM
The winner of yesterday's LPGA round of golf at Naples, Florida picked up a million dollar bonus. All chatter about this weekend tournament wasn't about who would win - it was about how a bonus of $1 million would be spent......

"HUMILIATING FRIENDS?"
11/22/2014 @ 11:58 AM
There's mountain of money in "Fantasy" - fantasy sports being played by 33 million players in the USA - an estimated 3.1 million in Canada and it's growing. Is it entertainment or about "humiliating friends?"

"HOW CAN YOU MEND THIS BROKEN HEART?"
11/21/2014 @ 09:15 AM
NHL player files for "bankruptcy" after his parents "borrow" $15 million in his name.......

"THEY CHANGED HISTORY"...........
11/19/2014 @ 05:49 PM
The world of sports is a tough field to pursue at the best of times. Here' a collection of women/men who set goals and achieved them in an era when society said they couldn't. They changed - and made sports history.........

"GOOD - BAD - and UGLY SPORTS FANS"............
11/19/2014 @ 09:51 AM
One thing we know for sure - sport fans come in all shape - sizes - colors - and they're young and old...all bases are covered. We also know they're "Good - BAD - and Ugly!.......

""WE ARE THAT STUPID"..............
11/18/2014 @ 07:50 AM
Baseball just crossed another "landmark" line and should not be cheered for it...on the contrary - they owe baseball fans an apology...like our Washington leaders baseball believe we're "idiots" (we are)...........

"WHAT'S IN A NAME"..............
11/17/2014 @ 09:17 AM
The man's an "entrepreneur" - investor - he has more professions and careers than names - do you know who Shawn Carter is?

"SPORTS DUMB - WORST OWNERS"..............
11/15/2014 @ 05:15 PM
The world of sports have had their share of "dumb" owners...men - women who have made racist or inappropriate comments through the years. The owner of the LA Clippers - Donald Sterling the most recent......

"WORST SPORT CONTRACT EVER"....
11/15/2014 @ 08:57 AM
I thought offering a .271 career hitter baseball's biggest contract at $300 million was madness - I was wrong -


"WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED!"...............................

Posted on 11/25/2014 @ 09:54 AM


Rebuilding "sucks" - be it a 200 year old Cape Cod home or a baseball team. The process frustrating - painful - costly and time consuming. Boston fans hate saying "wait till next year."They also hate calling it "rebuilding!"

Red Sox executives are focused on making sure finishing last in the American League East is a one-year aberration. They just reached agreement with the two best hitters on the free agent market - Hanley Ramirez - and former San Francisco Giants star Pablo Sandoval - aka the "Panda." With the signing of both players the Red Sox are making it clear that last season's infatuation with young talent only goes so far. Boston's at crossroads - "retooling."

Boston has many holes to fill before being considered contenders again. Proven players don't come cheap. If reports are correct - Ramirez will sign a Red Sox contract (4 years) for $88 million - Sandoval costing more money - close to $100 million (five years).

The numbers (millions) makes heads spin - if I'm a Boston fan I can't get excited at my team spending millions of dollars to put a winning club on the field. What's happened to baseball's "farm system?" Their minor-league system that's been created to develop home grown young talent? Ramirez was Red Sox property in 2005 - made his major league debut with the Red Sox - September 20, 2005 as a shortstop. He was traded to the Marlins - to the Dodgers - what makes him worth $88 million now? (Ramirez is 30). Boston plans to play Ramirez in the outfield. "I don't get it!"

Sandoval (28) - made his debut in baseball August 14, 2008 with the Giants and until this past World Series his claim to fame was being nicknamed by fans "Panda" with fans showing up at Giant games looking like "Panda's!" Boston paying him close to $100 million - "I DON'T GET IT!"......

If we're to believe the noise coming from Fenway Park this is only the beginning. The Red Sox are just getting started. Boston has the money to chase free-agent options like Detroit's Max Scherzer.

Red Sox exec's try to avoid using the word "rebuild" - they prefer to say -"upgrade"..."tweak" - "overhaul" - but they don't "rebuild!". Kid's they tried to fit in during 2014 - Jackie Bradley,Jr. - Mookie Betts - Xander Bogaerts - did not pan out - home grown players all busts.

It's buying time - "WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED" - far better than saying "wait till next year" - words Red Sox fans hate......

Larry Upton
"Upton on Sports"
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