As usual, it is time to brighten that spirit with a brand new ‘On This Date in History’ with your friends from Noontime Sports (and Noontime Nation!).
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On This Date in History: April 7th, 2020
1964: The New York Mets played their first regular-season game at Shea Stadium but lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3.
1969: Relief pitcher Bill Singer was credited with the first official save when the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Cincinnati Reds, 3-2.
1969: Former Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams manages his first game with the Washington Senators. Washington opened the season with an 8-4 setback to the New York Yankees. The Senators would conclude their 1969 campaign with an 86-76 record, along with a fourth-place finish in the American League East.
1977: The Toronto Blue Jays win their inaugural game in franchise history by beating the Chicago White Sox, 9-5. Toronto would conclude its initial season with a 54-107 record, as well as a seventh-place finish in the American League East.
1984: Jack Morris throws a no-hitter for the Detroit Tigers against the Chicago White Sox. Years later, Justin Verlander would record two no-no’s with the Tigers, but Morris’ no-hitter was the first since Jim Bunning recorded one against the Boston Red Sox on July 20, 1958.
2018: The Vegas Golden Knights conclude their initial season with a 7-1 setback to the Calgary Flames, but finish with an NHL expansion team record of 51 victories. The new mark erases the original mark of 33 wins by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Florida Panthers from the 1993-94 season.
Welcome to the first Noontime Sports rewind post, which will recap the current year of New England (and Boston) sports as well as look back on the soon-to-be past decade of blogging for NoontimeSports.com.
In this particular post, we highlighted our favorite Boston sports teams that we covered (and chronicled) through the site – there were some fun teams to watch and others that made us sick to our stomach over the past nine-to-ten years.
We hope you enjoy this look back at the soon-to-be past decade of Boston sports, which certainly kept us busy, both here on the site and social media.
The Best New England Patriots Team of the 2010s: The 2014 New England Patriots. Sure, you can make the case for the 2016 squad, which overcame a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons or the 2018 squad, which outsmarted Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams, but in my opinion, the 2014 squad was the best Pats team of the 2010s. Between the offense and the defense and just the way they manhandled teams after losing to Kansas City, this particular Patriots squad was perhaps one of the best teams under current head coach Bill Belichick.
One of the most impressive games this team played was against the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the postseason. They ran a few tricky plays, including one that saw Julian Edelman throw a touchdown pass to a streaking Danny Amendola. Additionally, they stole a play from Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide, which infuriated Baltimore coach John Harbaugh.
But the cherry on top of the sundae was the Malcolm Butler interception on a potential go-ahead touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. Butler will be forever linked to that play – the result ignited an animated (and giddy) celebration by Tom Brady and … Jimmy Garoppolo.
The Best Boston Red Sox Team of the 2010s: The 2013 Boston Red Sox. Following the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, our city became enamored with the local nine, especially after David Ortiz delivered a heartfelt speech just days after the horrendous attacks. Ortiz’s words would be the catalyst for a magical season that concluded with a World Series victory at historic Fenway Park.
Boston, which went from worst (2012) to first (2013), concluded the 2013 campaign with 97 wins. They beat the Tampa Bay Rays in four games before topping the heavily-favored Detroit Tigers in six games. Shane Victorino hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh in game six before Koji Uehara shut the door on a possible rally in the top of the ninth.
The win over the Tigers secured the Sox their third American League crown, as well as their third appearance in the World Series in 10 seasons.
The Best Boston Bruins Team of the 2010s: The 2011 Boston Bruins. If the Bruins won the Stanley Cup earlier this year, I would have chosen that team, but instead, I’ll play it safe and go with the squad that won the Stanley Cup eight years ago.
After seeing the 2010 squad collapse in the second round of the playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers, I was unsure if the 2011 Bruins would be able to make myself (and other Black and Gold fans) proud. But they certainly did.
Their Cup run began with an epic game seven overtime win in the opening round against the Montreal Canadiens, thanks to Nathan Horton. One round later, Boston erased memories of a dreadful collapse from one year earlier by sending the Flyers home with four-straight wins (it was sweet revenge, in my opinion!).
But perhaps Boston’s most impressive win came against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals, especially in the seventh game. Horton netted the lone goal of the contest, while TimThomas, who won the Vezina Trophy, stopped every shot he faced.
Those ‘smiles’ would not disappear as those same grins reemerged days later after the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in six games to win their sixth championship in franchise history.
The win over the Canucks was exciting – it was also the team’s third game seven victory of the 2011 postseason, which was the most game seven wins by any team in the National Hockey League (NHL).
Unfortunately, their win over Vancouver did not result in a few more titles as Boston would lose in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013 and seven games to the St. Louis Blues in 2019.
The Best Boston Celtics Team of the 2010s: The 2017-18 Boston Celtics. After winning their 17th championship in June 2008, the Celtics have yet to return to top of the mountain but have had chances, including ten years after they beat the Los Angeles Lakers in six games when the Green and White almost beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Boston was without Kyrie Irving who missed the entire postseason, as well as Gordon Hayward, who suffered a serious end-of-season injury during the team’s initial game of the 2017-18 campaign, which happened to be against the Cavaliers. So, without two of the league’s marquee players, the Celtics turned to both their veteran and youth players to go on an exciting run, which included wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers (4-1).
Against Cleveland, Boston won the series’ first two games before losing four of the next five contests. They had chances to beat James and the Cavaliers in each of the final five contests, but the youth and inexperience eventually caught-up with the Green and White, who have been really fun to watch this season.
What made this particular postseason run so much fun was the play of both Brown and Tatum, along with Al Horford, Marcus Smart, and Marcus Morris.
Daniel Nava drove in three runs on Tuesday, as Boston defeated Detroit, 6-3! (Photo Credit: CTPost.com)
It’s “hump day,” which means this week is somewhat over, right? OK… OK… here are some headlines, news and stories from the city of champions.
* The Boston Red Sox earned their 25th win of the season on Tuesday, as they defeated the Detroit Tigers, 6-3. David Ortizcranked his 11th home run and 18th double of the season, while Daniel Navarecorded three RBIs. Also, Daniel Bardpicked up his fifth win on the bump by tossing 5.1 innings and yielding five hits and two earned runs. Bard also recorded four strikeouts before he was relieved in the sixth forRich Hill.
* Boston has now won 12 games at Fenway Park this season, and will attempt to even their home record on Wednesday against the Tigers — Jon Lesterfaces Drew Smyly — first pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM.
* According to reports — Carl Crawfordis two weeks away from throwing. The Sox outfielder has apparently tallied 60 swings of a tee, but is 10 days away from being able to test the arm, which he believes will be the “true test.”
* The New England Patriots announced on Tuesday that they released the 2007 first-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts, Anthony Gonzalez. The wide out, who was a free agent this past winter, has been hampered by injuries and hoped to revive his career in New England.
* Finally, the Boston Celtics will attempt to even their Eastern Conference Finals series with the Miami Heat on Wednesday — tip is scheduled for 8:30PM.
Miami’s Dwyane Wade and LeBron stole the show in Game No. 1, as the Heat defeated the Boston Celtics, 93-79! (Photo Credit: WBUR.org)
Happy Tuesday to everyone, and welcome into this Tuesday edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s kickstart the four-day work week with some headlines and news from the city of Boston, and state of Massachusetts.
* Miami held Boston to 15 points in the third quarter and 18 in the fourth, as the Heat defeated the Celtics in Game No. 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 93-79. LeBron Jamesand Dwyane Wadecombined for 54 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists and five blocks, while Kevin Garnettpaced the Celtics with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
* Miami and Boston will return to the hardwood on Wednesday for Game No. 2 at 8:30pm. With Monday’s win, the Heat currently lead the series, 1-0.
* The Boston Red Sox concluded their Memorial Day Weekend with a 7-4 victory against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park. Felix Doubront earned his fifth win of the season on the bump, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia finished the contest 2-4 with two runs, a home run and an RBI.
* Boston is now 24-24, and will attempt to earn their 25th win of the season and 12th at home on Tuesday against Detroit — Daniel Bardopposes Justin Verlander— first pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM.
* Prior to Monday’s contests — the Red Sox continued their 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park by recognizing Trot Nixon. The original dirt dog sported his No. 7 home white jersey, and tossed the out the ceremonial first pitch.
Kevin Garnett paced the Celtics on Sunday with 20 points! (Photo Credit: DocSports.com)
It’s Monday, which means we’re kicking-off a brand new week. Let’s jumpstart the day with some headlines and news pertaining toward the Boston sports scene!
* The Boston Celtics routed the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, 103-79. Kevin Garnettled all scorers with 20 points, while Avery Bradley and Brandon Basseach tallied 18 points. Following the victory, Boston earned a three-game cushion in the Atlantic Division, and will attempt to earn their 33rd victory of the season on Tuesday when they travel to Miami to face the Heat.
* According to sources – Mickael Pietruscontinues to nurse a head injury, which he sustained a few weeks ago in Philadelphia, and is hopeful that he’ll be able to return soon. When asked about his timetable, he responded by saying, “A couple of weeks, maybe? I’m hoping so.” Without Pietrus in the lineup, Boston has won seven of nine contests.
* For the third consecutive contest, Boston’s bullpen imploded, and Detroit’s offense exploded, as the Tigers defeated the Red Sox, 13-12 in 11 innings. Alex Avilahit a two-run home run in the 11th inning, which clinched the victory for the Motown local nine.
* The Red Sox will attempt to earn their first win of the 2012 season on Monday when they travel to Toronto to face the Blue Jays. Felix Doubrontwill get the start for Boston, and be opposed by Henderson Alvarez at 7:07pm.
* Finally, the Boston Bruins will begin their quest toward a seventh Stanley Cup trophy on Thursday when they host the Washington Capitals at 7:30pm.