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Nolan Arenado: ‘I’m tired of coming to the ballpark and losing’

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Mets starter Jacob deGrom isn’t the only one tired of losing. Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado expressed the same sentiment on Friday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports. Coincidentally, the Rockies entered play Sunday on a three-game winning streak, but are still 41-42 and in fourth place in the NL West.

Arenado said, “I just get pissed because I don’t want to lose anymore. I’ve only been to the playoffs once and it was only one game. And I really want more than that.” Indeed, the Rockies lost the 2017 NL Wild Card game 11-8 to the Diamondbacks, their only postseason appearance during Arenado’s career.

Arenado continued, “I’m tired of coming to the ballpark and losing. We work too hard as a group to experience that. I’m not saying I go home questioning, like, ‘I don’t like this place.’ I love it here. But yeah, I want to win. And the more we lose, the more I — if you lose all the time, nobody wants to be there.”

The Rockies have Arenado under team control for one more year as he enters his fourth and final year of arbitration eligibility after the season. He’s earning $17.75 million this season. The Rockies aren’t under any pressure to move Arenado, at least not until the offseason or this time next year. In the meantime, Arenado is hoping the front office makes upgrades via trade so the club can hang around in the NL West with the Diamondbacks, Dodgers, and Giants. Arenado said, “There’s urgency. There has to be. I know we’re only at the halfway point, but we’re not trying to lose ground. These other teams, they’re going to pick up guys. The Diamondbacks, the Dodgers, the Giants, they’re going to make moves if they’re close. We have to stay close because we want to be able to compete with those teams. But the more ground we lose, we’re going to be in trouble. They’re going to be better and we have to trust who we have in here because that’s how (the front office) usually approach it.”

The Red Sox AL East championship banner fell off a truck and is being held hostage

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The Red Sox haven’t won the AL East just yet. They will. For them not to, they’ll have to lose the rest of their games while the Yankees win the rest of theirs. It’s just a matter of time.

Knowing this, the club can plan some things in advance. The can begin postseason ticket sales, for example. They can decide what sort of festivities they will undertake for the first game of the ALDS that is guaranteed to begin at Fenway Park. They also, of course, can raise a banner for the division championship.

There’s only one problem with that: the banner, already printed up, fell off the dang truck that was delivering it and is being held hostage by a guy named Louie Iacuzzi from Malden. From the Boston Globe:

Iacuzzi said Wednesday by phone that he and his buddies spotted an object wrapped up on McGrath Highway in Somerville Monday morning. So he pulled over and crossed multiple lanes of busy traffic to retrieve it. Inside was a massive banner that read “ ‘2018 American League East Champions’; it’s the banner,” Iacuzzi said.

One can presume that Iacuzzi is a big Sox fan so he’s willing to do the right thing without hesitation, right? Well . . . kinda:

“We want to return it, we’re trying to do the right thing, but I’m not just going to hand it to them, know what I mean?” Iacuzzi said.

Asked if he wanted cash from the Red Sox, he said, “Yes, financial [compensation], maybe some tickets, we want something. We don’t know what we want. We want to return it, 100 percent, but we would like to get something.”

Iacuzzi didn’t have a specific asking price in mind as of Wednesday morning.

“We want to find out what the thing’s worth,” he said. “We don’t know.”

You have to click through to the Globe story to check out Iacuzzi and his friends. You also have to hear what his dad told him to do with the banner. Frankly, his dad sounds like my dad, and I’m not entirely sure that’s a compliment to anyone involved.

What’ll the Red Sox clinch first? The AL East or the return of their property? And will the movie version of this be more like “The Town,” “Celtic Pride” or “The Friends of Eddie Coyle?”

UPDATE: Oh man, there’s video: