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GRONKonomics: The Final Exam (PHOTOS)

Welcome to the final GRONKonomics! If this post was a college course, this would be finals week (and the exam). But congratulations, if you read all the GRONKonomics Capital One memes, you will pass Gronkonomics 101 exam with flying colors.

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Here are your final two financial lessons, students. Make sure to take some notes! You will be quizzed by professor Gronkowski.

12250188_10153749983153210_8616800871081001861_n The hardest part of saving money is getting started. But once you get into the habit, it is easy. Just remember that saving every penny counts!

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That’s it for our #GRONKonomics posts!

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Behind the Scenes of The #GRONKonomics Photo Shoot (PHOTOS)

Welcome back to the third edition of #GRONKonomics. In this post, Gronk supplies with more financial savings tips, once again brought to you by Capital One. The Boston Sports Then and Now team also had the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the Rob Gronkowski photo shoot set at a Boston Capital One location! We have behind the scenes images and a video of the photo shoot later in the blog post.

First, the financial tips – because I know you all could learn a little something about managing money. And who doesn’t like that?

Here’s this week’s advice:

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With Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox Bullpen Has Chance To Be Great

Craig Kimbrel is the new closer of the Boston Red Sox

Get used to this stance, Red Sox fans. Craig Kimbrel is your new closer.

Since arriving in Boston, Dave Dombrowski has repeatedly told the media that his first priority, to the surprise of many, was to bolster the bullpen. But here we are at the onset of the offseason, and it was a surprise to few to see rumors of the Red Sox trying to go after big name closers.

The Red Sox and Dombrowski ultimately opted to trade for Craig Kimbrel, acquiring him last Friday from the San Diego Padres. In return, the Padres received 4 Red Sox prospects, including the sought-after speedy OF Manuel Margot. 

Only 27, Kimbrel is a proven closer and 4-time all-star with the ability to touch the high 90s with his fastball. The Red Sox now have their long-term closer in Kimbrel, who is under team control through the 2017 season with a $13 million team option and $1 million buyout for 2018. The Red Sox also are less reliant on 41 year old Koji Uehara, who assumes the role of set-up man in the pen.

The acquisition of Kimbrel, also solidifies their set-up man, and seventh inning guy. Koji Uehara assumes the role of set-up man. Koji was able to gain 25 saves, and posted a respectable 2.25 ERA as a closer last year. In a less-pressure role, the Red Sox are expecting Koji to post a similar output to 2015. And if things go south for Koji, and injuries continue to plague the 41 year-old, last year’s setup man Junichi Tazawa, presumably slides back into the set-up man role.

WIth the acquisition of Kimbrel, Koji Uehara slides into the set-up man role in 2016.

Dombrowski may not be done with the bullpen additions. The Red Sox have a need for a lefty specialist out of the bullpen that needs to be addressed. As of now, Robbie Ross Jr. is the only left handed reliever in the bullpen.

The Red Sox are also actively looking for an “ace” starting pitcher this offseason. Assuming they get one through free agency, they may find themselves with an extra starting pitcher, since their rotation from 2015 is under contract for the next year. if the front office does not trade a pitcher away in the offseason, maybe someone like Joe Kelly gets added into the mix. Kelly, who can also reach upper 90s as a starter, would make sense to add to the bullpen as well.

It’s still early in the offseason, and Dombrowski has some tricks up his sleeve. It will be interesting to see how the bullpen progresses and what other pieces he will get his hands on. But Dombrowski is guy that stays true to his word-if he has intentions of building a strong bullpen, he’ll do it. Kimbrel is a pretty significant building block for it.

Gronk Texts Edelman About His Injury & Uses Some Odd Emojis (FUNNY)

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The Patriots will have to push on without their spark plug on offense, Julian Edelman after he broke his foot. That puts more pressure on the likes of Rob Gronkowski to pick up the slack.

Gronk decided to text his bro Julian Edelman to see how he was doing…..and the rest is EPIC…

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This didn’t happen or did it?

Pot Of Baked Beans Goes To Funny Or Die!


Captain America Calls Out ESPN After Patriots Epic Win (PHOTOS)

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Captain America AKA actor Chris Evans let ESPN know his true Red, White & Blue feelings. Evans who is a native of Sudbury, Massachusetts and a huge Patriots fan, tweeted out the following after the Pats EPIC win over the New York Giants.

Captain America hates you ESPN, so do the Patriots and their fans.

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Sorry deflategate didn’t work out for you. Good job waking the sleeping Giants!

Pot Of Baked Beans Goes To Patriots Life!

NESN’s Sarah Davis Had Something Dirty On Her Mind (VIDEO)

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NESN’s Sarah Davis is very easy on the eyes and she has a very dirty mind. During the Bruins game on Thursday night, she had a freudian slip when talking about Dennis Seidenberg’s return to the line up.

Disc and dick easy slip up right?

It’s okay Sarah, Seids coming back to help the Bruins porous defense gets me all hot and bothered too….

Pot Of Baked Beans Goes To The Daily Caller!

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