After the Red Sox were ousted in the ALDS for the second year in a row, ownership fired manager John Farrell and let go all but one member of his coaching staff (bullpen coach Dana LeVangie, whose contributions to the organization predated Farrell, was retained and promoted to pitching coach under new manager Alex Cora).
Other than that, though, the roster went nearly untouched, with the Red Sox re-signing first baseman Mitch Moreland and utility infielder Eduardo Nunez and not yet adding a player who wasn’t part of last year’s group. But both Henry and chairman Tom Werner insisted that, with Cora and his coaches setting a different tone, the Sox are talented enough to hold off the power-packed New York Yankees in the AL East.
I think we have the right team, Henry said. People don’t like us apparently saying we won the division the last two years, but we had the best offense in the American League the year before last. We had significant pitching that was injured last year. I think we are very strong and people are highly underrating this team. If we have the right approach, I think we’ll be very successful.
It’s unclear if he wanted Pogba’s abrupt substitutions to be the topic of media scrutiny instead of two embarrassing defeats in an 11-day span; but when the opportunity presents itself to place blame on someone else, Jose Mourinho is not at a loss for words.
I’ve always been an outgoing person, somebody that’s confident, somebody who has passion and energy for the game of football, and for whoever I’m playing for, I’m going to be passionate about it, said Mayfield, who broke his own single-season passing efficiency rating and threw for 4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns in 2017.
After the Sooners lost to Georgia in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual in the national semifinals, Mayfield stayed in the Los Angeles area and has spent most of his time there preparing for the combine and draft.
I swear, playing in front of all that, he gives up half a shot a day on the field, McIlroy said after he was able to rise above the bedlam and play himself into contention with a 69 to go with an opening-round 71. Like, it’s two shots a tournament he has to give to the field because of all that that goes on around.
Woods agreed, though the distractions come with the territory for the guy everyone wants to watch.