Red Sox crown without clown … priceless

David Ortiz couldn’t do it. Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling couldn’t either. Pedro, Manny, Mookie?

Nope, nope and nope.

Forty years ago this summer, the 1978 Boston Red Sox scarred me for decades, sapping all the emotion for sports I’ve ever had from my body. I sat apathetic when most of New England was decimated in 1986. In 2003 and 2004, the ultimate in lows and highs for the franchise, I raked leaves and looked forward to Patriots’ Sundays.

I simply didn’t care. But one man has found a way to change all that. I’m a Red Sox fan again in 2018.

And it’s all because of David Price. The venom I feel for this loathsome lefty is so rich and so powerful, I have but one goal in my sports life.

I crave a Sox World Series championship … with one codicil. It has to come with zero victories by “Mr. 0-9-as-a-starter-in-the-postseason.”

How sweet it would be to go all the way with no help from the $31 million man. Everything about David Price angers me. Blessed with ungodly talent, he is the ultimate underachiever with attitude. He primps, he preens, he spits, he sighs, he does everything but throw the baseball in a timely manner. All for about $950,000 a start.

I want him to get his ring. And have nothing to do with it. Is that too much to ask?

Currently, the stars are aligned brilliantly. Price is 0-1 with a 9.95 ERA in these playoffs, yet the Sox are now seven wins away from a title. It can and will happen. I know it.

Price is useless to me. But the Sox? Let’s go!

For now, life is good. Let’s just finish the job.

On Patrick Mahomes

If Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes does one thing as an NFL sensation, I hope it is to debunk the notion that specializing in one sport at the high school level is a good thing.

The son of a big leaguer 11-year veteran pitcher Pat Mahomes, Patrick was at least a two-sport athlete all the way through his sophomore year in college.

Not only that, New Englanders all saw how well he throws the ball on the run. Mahomes plays QB like a shortstop, the fluidity, the footwork, the quick release, the hose for an arm. He’s an athletic baseball player throwing footballs.

So the next time your baseball player tells you he can’t play football or hoops or soccer or indoor track because of focusing on getting better on the diamond?

I’ve got two words for you. Patrick Mahomes!

Solid performance

Nashua PAL Olympic boxing hopeful Michael Fontanez had a truly solid showing this past weekend at USABoxing’s Eastern Elite Regionals.

Fontanez went 3-1, falling in the semifinals in a split decision. This is the first of a series of qualifiers for the Olympic Trails in Fontanez’ quest to assuage his Olympic dream.

The 165-pounder will have ample opportunity to qualify in the coming year.