Boston is one of the few cities in America that is still in baseball denial.
The sport is already a distant third place behind the NFL and NBA in terms of overall popularity and it does not resonate at all with younger fans anymore. ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark wrote an interesting piece yesterday regarding how baseball doesn’t have any star players anymore – and that’s a nightmare when it comes to marketing the game. A poll by Luker on Trends surveyed more than 6,000 American sports fans age 12 and older and asked who their favorite pro athletes were. Only three baseball players made the top 50 and all of them (Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth, Pete Rose) are retired.
The first current MLB player to appear on the list was Anthony Rizzo at 51.
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What the hell is up with the Patriots this offseason? They’re like the Doc Rivers of NFL teams right now – targeting big name players who were good five years ago.
The Pats reportedly worked out Adrian Peterson Monday, have been linked to Darrelle Revis, and are still one of the top landing spots for Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman – who is said to be on the block. According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, if the Patriots can’t make it work with Malcolm Butler in the next few weeks it’s a “very real possibility” that they pursue Sherman in a trade.
How would this secondary look: Stephon Gimore, Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Sherman and Revis as the first guy off the bench?