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Stevens, Belichick share thoughts on Red Sox World Series run

Stevens, Belichick share thoughts on Red Sox World Series run

Brad Stevens and Bill Belichick are on opposite ends of their coaching careers. 

Stevens is only five years into his first professional coaching gig, considered one of the best young coaches in the league, and is still working on securing his first championship. Belichick, of course, has been around for twenty years, has brought five Super Bowls victories to New England during that time, and will go down as the architect behind the most dominant dynasty of the 21st century. 

That's not where the differences end between the coaches. When asked about the Boston Red Sox and their World Series run, Stevens (who has expressed his admiration of this year's Red Sox team previously) was enthusiastic about the prospect of watching a fellow Boston team battle for a championship. 

"I think it's all about the Red Sox and all that they've achieved this year and certainly in this run they're on. It's incredible. We're huge fans and we'll be watching closely. Luckily, we don't play each of the next two nights, so they'll be on every one of our TVs. We've had a blast watching them and we've used them as a great example for our team. Everything about them just screams champion, so I'm hopeful that they can get that done"

Belichick? Not so much. 

"Yeah, those are working days for us" said Belichick when asked if he'd make the trip up to Fenway for Game 1 or 2 of the World Series. "That would be tough... It's a tough time of year for us. We got a big game, we're right in the middle of the season, we have a lot of things that we need to work on. I want to make sure I get my priorities right."

While 5-2, the Patriots have some obvious deficincies in their game that Belichick would like to fix, World Series or no. Don't anticipate seeing him in a Sox hat at Fenway anytime soon. 

Boston teams have often supported each other in the media, especially during the playoffs, but for Belichick, it's business as usual. 

Stevens, at least, let everyone know he'll be watching. Maybe he'll get a cameo at Fenway if the Celtics' schedule permits. 

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David Price acknowledges reasons he stayed with Red Sox

David Price acknowledges reasons he stayed with Red Sox

David Price had an opportunity to opt out of his contract with the Boston Red Sox this offseason. He could have chosen to forego the last four years on his deal to pursue a new contract or join a different team. He put that speculation to bed early in the offseason by opting in to stay with the Red Sox for the long haul.

Price had a tumultuous start to his Red Sox career, but he made a name for himself in the team's 2018 postseason run. He recorded three wins, including the decisive World Series victory, and finally shook off his previous postseason struggles.

In an exclusive interview with NESN's Adam London, Price laid out exactly why he chose to stay in Boston.

It wasn’t a difficult decision. I mean, I don’t want to pitch against this team. If I chose to go somewhere else and went to the National League or another team, the Red Sox aren’t a team you want to pitch against. I like our chances of winning ever since I’ve been here. I knew when I signed in Boston I was gonna have a chance to compete for a championship year in and year out. That, to me, is what I wanted. To have the opportunity to compete for a championship and to be surrounded by a lot of really good youth. That’s the two things that Boston offers, along with being able to get free agents. Whatever free agent we want we can go and get. To have those three things, that’s a recipe for success and that was why I came here.

Price's reasoning seems logical here. The Red Sox are one of the best, young teams in the MLB and they should continue to grow despite winning 108 games and a World Series title last season. They project to be contenders for the duration of Price's four-year deal, so with winning apparently mattering the most to him, staying put is a good move.

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Bobby Dalbec shows why he's become a top Red Sox prospect

Bobby Dalbec shows why he's become a top Red Sox prospect

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Sure, it was against a college team, but Red Sox third base prospect Bobby Dalbec made his presence felt on Friday.

Dalbec, Boston’s clean-up hitter vs Northeastern, stepped up to the plate in the second inning and blasted a mammoth home run to dead center field. The 23-year-old has a reputation as one of the organization’s best power-hitting prospects, so for him to drill the first homer of the spring was fitting.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora was asked after the 6-0 win if he was impressed by Dalbec -- a pitcher while playing for the University of Arizona -- even though the homer came off a college ballclub.

“Yeah,” Cora said. “When he came into the dugout I said hey I was wrong, I thought you were gonna be a pitcher.”

“You can see it, you know. Like he has a pretty good idea what he wants to do at the plate. The strikeouts, they happen but certain situations he’ll put the ball in play which is what we like.”

Dalbec had 32 home runs in 2018 between his stints with Single-A Salem and Double-A Portland. While it’s fairly unlikely he plays at the big-league level this season, look for the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder to make an impact at Triple-A Pawtucket.

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