Christopher Chavis

The Improbable Dream Part III: Popeyes and Valentines

In the aftermath of that rainy Baltimore night, the media and others began looking for a scapegoat. How could this happen? How did the Red Sox go from a surefire playoff team to the outside looking in within just a month?  Two narratives emerged: fried chicken and beer, and the personal issues of manager Terry …

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Announcing the Guy Boston Sports Stove League Winner…

A couple of months ago, Guy Boston Sports announced the creation of the “Stove League,” a spiritual successor to a similar contest that was held by the Boston Globe in the 1930s. The Stove League challenged readers to see who could come the closest to guessing the Opening Day lineup for the Boston Red Sox. …

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The Improbable Dream Part II: The Story Of The 2013 Boston Red Sox

One day can change everything and life can change in a matter of moments.     The narrative around the 2011 Boston Red Sox would be totally different if the 9th inning on a rainy night in Baltimore had gone differently. The Red Sox had a disastrous September, having only won 7 out of the previous 26 …

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The Improbable Dream: The Story of the 2013 Boston Red Sox (Part I)

“The Sox won’t make the playoffs; there’s too much ground to make up and the rotation remains suspect.“ Pete Abraham, The Boston Globe You would be forgiven if you thought the above quote referred to the 2023 iteration of the Old Towne Team. The 2023 Boston Red Sox aren’t projected to be very good, and …

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Vermont’s Search For A New Identity: The Expos Say Their Final Farewell

The year was 2005 – New England was fresh off of celebrating the Boston Red Sox breaking an 86-year-long curse. They were looking forward to seeing if they could defend their World Series Championship. They were also celebrating the New England Patriots defeating the Philadelphia Eagles to win their second consecutive Super Bowl (and third …

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Welcome to the Guy Boston Sports Stove League!

It’s time for the 2023 Guy Boston Sports Stove League! In 1936, the Boston Globe ran a contest to see who could name the Opening Day starting lineups for the Boston Braves and Boston Red Sox. I wrote about that a couple of years ago, and you can read that here: https://huntingtonavegrounds.com/2020/04/14/the-stove-league-predict-the-starting-lineup-1936/ Don Stuart of Middleboro, …

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