Podcast #13 Highlights Red Sox Resurgence

Sports Microscope PodcastJust when you thought it was time to start throwing shovels of dirt on the Boston Red Sox 2015 casket, the boys show some signs of life. In episode 13 of the Sports Microscope podcast, host Gene Gumbs takes the team’s pulse and sees reason for optimism. Or could it be just another typical Red Sox ploy to break their fan’s hearts? Either way, it becomes more likely that Boston will be buyers come the trade deadline if things continue they way they are.

Other Stuff Not About the Red Sox:

  • Phil Mickelson’s bad day
  • The US Women’s World Cup Team reaches final game
  • The St. Louis Cardinal juggernaut
  • The continued greatness of Albert Pujols
  • Steve Matz: The greatest hitting debut for a pitcher – ever
  • My pick for team of the week

You can listen to the latest episode here or subscribe to it on iTunes to have it automatically downloaded to your iOS devices. Got a comment or a suggestion for a future episode? The Sports Microscope loves mail and we look forward to your feedback. Enjoy!

Podcast #12 Puts Wrap on US Open

Sports Microscope PodcastNo matter what you thought of the Chambers Bay course, there’s no denying that that 115th edition of the US Open Golf Tournament was compelling. From the unusual layout, to the controversial setup, to the Jason Day drama, there was a little bit for everyone. The finish also cemented Jordan Spieth’s spot as the new face of American golf. We’ll be talking about the Jordan-Rory battle for years, the same way we talked about Tiger and Phil, and Arnie and Jack.

Fox Sports also had an up-and-down run during the tournament. I talk about some of the highs and lows of their coverage.

Also in this episode:

  • The Boston Red Sox do-or-die week
  • The Darryl Hamilton tragedy
  • The latest revelations about Pete Rose
  • The All-Star Game voting mess
  • I wonder why the Cardinals hack isn’t getting the play deflategate did
  • My pick for team of the week

You can listen to the latest episode here or subscribe to it on iTunes to have it automatically downloaded to your iOS devices. Enjoy, and I look forward to your feedback!

Podcast #11 Talks Bud Black Firing

podcastsMonday’s firing of Bud Black by the San Diego Padres is the lead topic of conversation in episode #11 of the Sports Microscope podcast this week. Black, one of the sharpest managers in baseball, took the hit for “inconsistent play,” as General Manager AJ Preller put it. Frankly, I think it is just another attempt by Preller to remake the Padres in his image and bring in a manager that he can have more influence over. I sincerely doubt Bud Black will be unemployed long.

Also in this episode:

  • The Boston Red Sox freefall
  • A trip around MLB
  • A US Open Golf Tournament preview
  • The end (almost) of the winter sports season
  • My pick for team of the week

You can listen to the latest episode here or subscribe to it on iTunes to have it automatically downloaded to your iOS devices. Enjoy, and I look forward to hearing your feedback!

Even Diehard Fans Switching Off Red Sox

broken tv I am not sure how much more of it I can take. I’ve been a Boston Red Sox fan for over fifty years. While I am thrilled the team broke the curse and has brought championships home to Boston, four of the last five years have been perhaps the worst I have ever had to suffer through. If things hold, they will have finished last in the AL East in three of the last four years.

It’s not because they are losing – lord knows the Sox have had some bad teams through the years – it’s the way they are losing while having a huge payroll full of “talent.” Last night’s 13-10 loss to Toronto, which featured a NINE-RUN inning by the Jays, might have been the straw that broke my remote’s back. As much as I love listening to Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy, I have spent more time turning off NESN this season than I have watching it!

Now I’m on record as saying the Red Sox pitching staff was ill constructed and a huge mistake. I stand by that, and they have done damn little to try and change my mind, outside of the recent promotion of Eduardo Rodriquez, who wasn’t even part of the staff when the season started. Clay Buchholz has been the only guy in the original starting rotation that has been anywhere close to good.

What I am having a harder time wrapping my mind around is how bad the hitting has been. Outside of Dustin Pedroia, Brock Holt, and Xander Bogaerts, the hitting has been inconsistent, bordering on AAAish. Hell, the way some of these guys are hitting, I’m not sure Holt shouldn’t be in the lineup every day somewhere. At least he gets on base!

I don’t put this squarely on the shoulders of John Farrell, though you wonder if at some point a change might have to be made just to get the player’s attention. Frankly, the guy I think who needs to have his feet over the fire is Ben Cherrington. He sold the owners a bill of goods on this “no ace” pitching staff, brought in guys I think are defensively liabilities in Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, and Rusney Castillo, and told Red Sox nation this was a team that could compete.

Is the season over? I hope not – but I am rapidly losing faith and patience. When the level of anxiety and frustration from watching my favorite baseball team get so high that it starts to affect other parts of my life, it’s time to switch off before my television becomes a casualty and what’s left of my hair goes down the drain.

 

Podcast Episode #10 Online

podcastsIn the latest episode of the Sports Microscope podcast I talk about the recent baseball fan injury and the need to be careful not to overreact. We tend to go overboard in reaction to tragedies in the world today, and an isolated incident like this should not be a reason to ruin the fan experience for everyone else attending baseball games.

Other topics

We’ll take a trip around Major League Baseball, touch on the recent draft, talk a little horse racing and golf, and I’ll tell you why it’s been hard for me to get too excited about the Women’s World Cup soccer tournament.

You can listen to the latest episode here or subscribe to it on iTunes to have it automatically downloaded to your iOS devices. Enjoy, and I look forward to hearing your feedback!

 

Sports Microscope Podcast #9 Online Now!

podcastsEpisode nine of the Sports Microscope podcast is available for download. This week’s edition includes my thoughts on Tiger’s return to the golf course this week, Adrian Peterson’s wise decision to do more football playing and less talking, and the state of the American League East and National League West. In addition, I give you my pick for team of the week.

You can listen to the episode right here or download it from iTunes. Previous podcasts can be found on link at the top of the page.

I welcome your feedback and suggestions for future episodes. Enjoy!