For Boston sports fans, this has been an emotional roller coaster of a week. Sunday night, the Patriots fell to the Denver Broncos, ending their 10-game undefeated streak. To make matters worse, tight end Rob Gronkowski was carted off the field with a knee injury, leaving the already threadbare New England roster even more depleted.
Then, yesterday, news broke that the Red Sox had reportedly managed to land one of the most sought-after free agents in baseball: pitcher David Price. The Red Sox will pay Price an eye-popping $217 million over seven years, the largest contract ever for a starting pitcher.
And, across the Atlantic Ocean, Boston is becoming something of a leader in the world of international sports.
- "For the Red Sox, who in 2014 moved away from the idea of long-term contracts for pitchers in their 30s, the contract represents a major shift in philosophy. But Price had the advantage of becoming a free agent when the Red Sox were desperate to change direction, having finished in last place two years in a row."
- "The Sox have wisely junked their phony, “We don’t need an ace” philosophy and signed the best free agent pitcher. Not afraid to admit they were wrong, the Sox on Tuesday agreed to a deal with 30-year-old lefthanded starter David Price on a seven-year, $217 million contact. Nitwits and analytic overthinkers will immediately fret about how the Sox will not be getting commensurate value three, four, or five years from now. Who cares? Seriously. Why quarrel with what the Red Sox will be paying Price if he ultimately gets hurt or falters in the final years of this contract?...Give the Sox and owner John Henry, who also owns the Globe, credit. They have admitted they were wrong and gone back to the formula that won championships here in the first place. They signed the best pitcher available."
- "The Patriots went off script Tuesday, going out of their way to publicize injury information about one of their players. Because the player is Rob Gronkowski, that uncharacteristic decision by the Patriots reiterates how unique and valuable he is to a team trying to win consecutive Super Bowls."
- "On Sunday, the residents of Hamburg, Germany, rejected the city’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. That leaves Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, and Budapest still in contention for those Games. But between now and September 2017, when the International Olympic Committee selects the host city, the number of candidates could dwindle even more. Just look at the trend lines. Hamburg follows Boston’s withdrawal from 2024 and joins a long list of cities that have backed out of bidding for upcoming Games. While polling indicated that Hamburg’s Olympic ambition had 63 percent support, opponents won with 51.6 percent of the vote in a public referendum."
This segment aired on December 2, 2015.