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BSJ Daily Briefing 07.09.18: RIP Frank Ramsey, Red Sox continue to thump the dregs

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From left: Tom Sanders, Bill Russell, Frank Ramsey, Sam Jones, Tom Heinsohn, Bob Cousy, and Jim Loscutoff on April 18, 2012. (Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Good morning!

A few random thoughts while I try to figure out if there's a slower time of year for sports...

  • RIP to Frank Ramsey, who was a seven-time world champion in nine years with the Celtics. He died of natural causes on Sunday at the age of 86.
  • Probably the most profound statement about him is that his number 23 was retired just months after he retired in 1964. That's respect.
  • Ramsey, who popularized the sixth-man role with those great Celtics teams, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.

https://twitter.com/celtics/status/1016104763790897152?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

  • The Nationals dropped below .500 while playing the Red Sox so, basically, the Sox are in the midst of a stretch from July 2 to July 30 where they don't play a team with a winning record.
  • As a baseball lover this hurts to say, but why would people watch that?
  • Rob Manfred has his work cut out for him.  Big time.
  • What happened to the Royals? That was a quick slope down.
  • I don't care, I still watch the All-Star Game like I was 10-years old. The pregame introductions have always been a must for me.
  • I'll have a couple Patriots stories for you today, including a few things I've picked up about Rob Gronkowski.

Time to hit to the links...

PATRIOTS

NE Roots: Howie Long on the streets of Charlestown, loving Bobby Orr, and the ‘a-ha’ moment on way to HOF
Completed Q&A: Bedard on Patriots and everything else 07.06.18

RED SOX

McAdam: Loss of Christian Vazquez will test — but not crush — Red Sox
Red Sox well-represented in All-Star Game with five players chosen and a sixth a possibility
BSJ Game Report: Red Sox 7, Royals 4 – Balanced attack, Porcello lead Sox to sixth straight
MLB Notebook: AL playoff races all but over; several Sox worthy of All-Star spots and more

CELTICS

NBA Notebook: Breaking down winners and losers of free agency
Jabari Bird keeps strengthening case for final roster spot

BRUINS

NHL Notebook: Where do the Bruins stack up against their Atlantic Division rivals?

REVOLUTION

Sweeney: Saturday night was just a poor advert for soccer

ON TAP

7 p.m.: NBA Summer League - Celtics vs. Hornets, ESPN2 (Robb)
7:15 p.m.: MLB — Rangers at Red Sox, NESN (McAdam)

PARTING THOUGHT

It'd be cooler if they were shaving his eyebrows or something...

https://twitter.com/RedSox/status/1016145087657578497

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