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Was Sandoval on Instgram during Red Sox' loss to Braves?

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Was Sandoval on Instgram during Red Sox' loss to Braves?

UPDATE, 4 P.M.: Sandoval admitted he was on Instgram and was benched by manager John Farrell.

Is this the 2015 Red Sox chicken-and-beer moment?

Wednesday night, as the Red Sox were in the midst of losing for the eighth time in their past nine games, 5-2 to the Braves in Atlanta, Barstool Sports' Jared Carrabis noticed, and tweeted with screenshot below, that someone on Pablo Sandoval's Instagram account liked two photos of female fellow Instgram user @diva_legacy.

Carrabis' tweet at 9:41 p.m. shows the pictures being liked 20 minutes earlier, at 9:21, which would have put it at the top of the seventh inning when Red Sox pinch-hitter Rusney Castillo was at bat and Sandoval was the sixth batter due up. In theory, leaving plenty of time for a quick check of your phone, but not - if you're the $95 million third baseman for the Red Sox, particularly these Red Sox (28-39) - really the right time or place to be doing it.

Now, perhaps, it could have not been Sandoval, but someone authorized to use his social media accounts, doing the liking. Carrabis wrote Thursday that he got word, via email, that, "Pablo Sandoval’s agent and his brother both have access to his Instagram account." 

When questioned on WEEI's "Dennis and Callahan" show on Thursday morning, Red Sox assistant general manager Mike Hazen said he hadn't heard about it.

“This is the first I’m hearing about it,” Hazen said. “I’ve heard nothing but great things from Pablo, nothing that I’ve seen. He’s a great teammate, and he plays his butt off. I was in the clubhouse last night during the game, I didn’t see him so I’m not really sure, but I’m sure we’ll find out more about that today.”

The incident comes within days after another team meeting, called by manager John Farrell, where an emphasis on focus and concentration was said to have been addressed and after Sandoval drew criticism earlier this week for appearing to be a little too focused on a personal milestone while the team struggled.

Undoubtedly, there'll be more to come... 

 

 

 

MLB Rumors: Yankees, Reds finalizing Sonny Gray trade

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MLB Rumors: Yankees, Reds finalizing Sonny Gray trade

The New York Yankees continue to stay active as the 2019 season approaches.

The Yankees are finalizing a trade with the Cincinnati Reds involving starting pitcher Sonny Gray, Fancred's Jon Heyman reported Saturday. The Reds reportedly will send 23-year-old infield prospect Shed Long to New York in a return package.

Gray had an uninspiring tenure in New York, posting an 11-9 record and a 4.90 ERA last season as a back-end starter. The 29-year-old likely would have been the Yankees sixth starter in 2019, so it appears they're trying to get value for him now rather than let him walk in free agency.

The Boston Red Sox will be sad to see Gray leave the American League East; they lit up the right-hander for 12 runs on 15 hits over just 7 1/3 innings in 2018.

New York reportedly also has its eye on Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, but Heyman doesn't see a blockbuster trade happening anytime soon.

It's been a busy week for the Yankees, who bolstered their bullpen Thursday by reportedly adding free-agent reliever Adam Ottavino. The Boston Red Sox had targeted Ottavino, as well, but New York clearly has serious plans to upgrade its roster its nemesis ended its 100-win season in the 2018 American League Division Series.

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Chris Sale has watched World Series final out "couple hundred thousand times"

Chris Sale has watched World Series final out "couple hundred thousand times"

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Chris Sale is you and you are Chris Sale.

He may even have rewatched the final out of the 2018 World Series more times than you.

"I've watched it maybe a couple hundred thousand times,” Sale said Saturday at Winter Weekend. “It never gets old. Those last, even just watching kind of the highlights from the entire series, it's really special. It's cool. I've worked my entire life and we as a team worked from Day 1 of spring training to get there. And we got it. It was everything you can dream of.”

See it again:

Sale was happy to go down memory lane back to Game 5 of the World Series in Los Angeles. 

“Those were the funnest three outs I've ever gotten,” Sale said. “Being able to come back and share that with the fans obviously, with the parade, but even this weekend here, it's going to be special.

"It's like, all right, you got [a lead of] four runs and three outs to get: Don't trip and don't mess it up. It was really special though. I look at the video, I see a couple still shots of guys in the bullpen [cheering] and it'll give you chills. Like I said, it was the funnest three outs I've ever gotten, and the lead up to that wasn't any less. Plus, warming up in Dodgers Stadium is not the easiest thing to do. So it was awesome. I enjoyed it. Hopefully, we get to do the same thing this year.”

Sale, who says he’s healthy now, has long been adamant that winning was his only goal. Now that he has a championship, his outlook hasn’t changed, unsurprisingly.

“Instead of winning a World Series, I want to win another one,” Sale said. “Nothing changes. My wife asked me that same question: ‘You work your entire life to achieve this goal so what do you do once you achieve it?’ [Shoot], you do it again. It’s why we sign up. You win once and you want to keep winning, and when you don’t win, all you want to do is win. Our goal is to continue to keep winning games and win a couple of those trophies.”

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