DBTR S1:E5 – Sweeping Through the Yankees

Episode #5
Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: none

Isn’t it amazing how much of a difference playing seven games against the bottom of the MLB barrel can do for the narratives surrounding a team? Closing last show Tim and Paul looked at the upcoming series’ with the lowly Atlanta Braves and the – yes, I’ll say it – lowly New York Yankees and proclaimed a winning streak ahead. Low and behold, on the backs of a hot Dustin Pedroia, Travis Shaw, Rick Porcello, and thir surrounding band of brothers, the Red Sox find themselves atop the American League East and winners of eight of their last ten games.

From the pitching positives of Porcello to the up and down ace, David Price, and the withering Clay Buchholz to the heat emanating throughout the Red Sox lineup – it’s all on the table and everything is coming up Red Sox.

All that and more on this week’s edition of Down by the River.

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DBTR S1:E4 – Homestands and Hot Seats

Episode #4
Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: none

Closing last show, Paul and Tim called for a 6-4 homestand from the Boston Red Sox, instead they gave us a 4-6 homestand that felt more like a 3-10 stretch. For all the positives to start the season – from Travis Shaw and Mookie Betts to Steven Wright and Hanley Ramirez’ defense – an 8-9 record feels like a gut punch thanks to John Farrell’s questionable managing decisions and poor performances from the top of the pitching rotation and back of the bullpen.

Should John Farrell be fired? Can David Price and Craig Kimbrel turn it around? Will Mookie Betts stay hot? and What will “Trader” Dave Dombrowski look to do this season?

All that and more on this week’s edition of Down by the River.

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DBTR S1:E3 – Baseball’s Back in Boston

Episode #3
Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: none

It’s Opening Day at Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox come storming into town on the backs of a successful and encouraging five game road trip to start the season. For just today, all pomp and circumstance is welcome as we celebrate baseball and the season ahead in Boston – having David Price on the mound certainly helps the cause.

Paul and Tim recap the season opening road trip, take a look at the performance of the starting pitchers, a resurgent bullpen and go up and down the lineup. After tightening their belts a little, they get into a little Pablo Sandoval talk and close with a look ahead to the opening homestand.

All that and more on this week’s edition of Down by the River.

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DBTR S1:E2 – Opening Day Primer

Episode #2
Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: none

Opening Day and the 2016 Boston Red Sox long journey towards October are only two days away. In this weeks’ Down by the River podcast, your hosts Tim (possibly impaired by a fractured collar bone and a few too many painkillers) and Paul (definitely impaired by a long nap) lay the groundwork for the 2016 season.

They look at the decisions to start Travis Shaw at third base and Brock Holt in left field, decipher the middle of the Red Sox pitching rotation, and play a little bit of over/under with the Red Sox lineup.

All that and more on this week’s edition of Down by the River.

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DBTR S1:E1 – Welcome to the Show

Episode #1
Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: none

Spring training keeps rolling along and as the roster gets tighter a few key themes begin to emerge out of Fort Myers. The hottest topic this Spring has been the hot corner. Beginning with Pablo Sandoval’s appearance upon entering camp and his performance within coupled with Travis Shaw going all “JBJ Spring 2014” on us, questions have been percolating over who should be the Red Sox starting third baseman.

Aside from Eduardo Rodriguez’s early knee injury health hasn’t really been an issue for the Red Sox this Spring, until this week and Carson Smith. The reliever was supposed to be a key cog in the bullpen arsenal this season. Which pitcher is a potentially bigger loss for the team to start the season?

All that and more on this week’s edition of Down by the River.

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Episode #133: Where we welcome back John F’n Farrell…

Episode #133
Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: Chip Buck

During last year’s managerial search Tim and Paul talked about how people in and outside the Red Sox organization revered John Farrell like he were the true enforcer. I seem to recall the statement “It’s not like he’s Clint F*&%^$ing Eastwood” being uttered. Well — I take that back, maybe Farrell is enforcer enough to be John F’n Farrell. Tim and Paul break down the new Red Sox manager with esteemed Fire Brand editor Chip Buck. Farrell certainly is a sound choice to right the ship in Boston, but is he an inspired choice?

We couldn’t really expect to put the Bobby V era behind us without one more whimper did we? The team takes one last look at Bobby’s tenure through the lens of his Costas Now interview.

With the Fall Classic off and running, the team looks at the 2012 playoffs as a whole as quite a success despite (or in spite of) the “play-in games”.

All that and more on this episode of Fireside Chats.

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Episode #132: Where ding dong the ding dong is dead…

Episode #132
Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: Chip Buck, Brandon Stewart

The 2012 Boston Red Sox have mercifully been put to pasture and with them their stalwart leader Bobby Valentine’s tenure as the club’s manager. Tim and Paul are joined by Fire Brand columnist Brandon Stewart and our esteemed leader Chip Buck to look back on the whirlwind that was Bobby V, provide a post-mortem on the 2012 Red Sox and look at potential replacements in the manager’s office next season.

All that and more on this episode of Fireside Chats.

Thanks for listening!

Episode #131: Where there’s open road ahead…

Episode #131
Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: none

With the Red Sox riding a one game winning streak (at least at the time of this recording), it’s time to get giddy…well — not really. All we have left is to look forward to 2013 and beyond and speculate. Who will manage the Red Sox moving forward? What types of players will they target to rebuild this roster? Which of  “the kids” will turn into “one of the regulars”?

All that and more on this episode of Fireside Chats.

Thanks for listening!

Episode #130: Where we’ve gone nuclear…

Episode #130
Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: none

Last week, Paul and Tim asked the following question in episode 129 of Fireside Chats:

Can anything be done to right this ship? Probably not this year, but for next? Do the players that will make up the core of this team for the foreseeable future have the level of commitment to excellence and winning that is needed to win championships at professional sports highest levels?

I thought the question was important, but I didn’t realize that it would trigger Ben Cherrington’s finger on the “We’ve gone nuclear” button. I’ll give you two guesses what the podcast crew tackles this week — and I bet you only need one of them to get it right.

All that and more on this episode of Fireside Chats.

Thanks for listening!

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