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Tuesday’s Mashup: Joe Kelly says he hopes to stay with Red Sox for the ‘rest of my career’

Lucy Burdge
November 13, 2018 - 7:30 am

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-- Joe Kelly is now a free agent but his love for playing in Boston is making him hesitant to test the market.

Kelly joined Jim Rome on for an interview on Monday and said he hopes to play for Red Sox for the rest of his career:

I love being a part of the team and, like I said, the coaching staff that we have, it’s going to be hard to ever find something like that again at a Major League level, at the professional level. Because it almost feels like the old travel ball days where you grew up with the team for multiple years where you stay the night at each other’s houses, you’re eating dinner with their parents. And on the Red Sox it’s kind of one of those things, like we’re so close. There’s nights where we get 14, 15 guys on the team to play the exact same video game and we’ll play for three hours after a game, like we’re just that close. We go to dinners, we hang out, our families like each other and at the professional level, the big league level that’s not always the case where the families and all the wives get along, (but) everyone gets along so well.

It’s one of those things where I don’t even feel like a free agent because I still feel like I’m a part of the Boston Red Sox. I still feel like that’s where I’m going to be for the rest of my career. When people bring up free agency it’s like, ‘oh crap, I am a free agent.’ And I happened to pitch well in the postseason and now teams are going to want me to play for their team. It’s one of those things where it still — I just got back to California a couple days ago, my wife just drove in with our dogs from Boston, she made a long three day drive, which God bless her heart — So it’s one of those things where we just got back, so free agency right now is just me just coming back to California, just relaxing, having a good time with my family. Like I said deep down inside I still feel like I’m on the Red Sox even though technically I’m not. So it’s one of those things, it’s going to be fun to see what teams are interested in me, and hopefully I can be a Red Sox though the rest of my career.

The 30-year-old reliever finished the Red Sox' championship year with a 4.39 ERA. 

-- The 49ers hosted a high school team from Paradise, California on Monday night after the town was destroyed by the deadly wildfires in Southern California.

The team sent a bus to pick up 35 football players, 16 cheerleaders and eight coaches from the school.

49ers general manager John Lynch met with the team before the game against the Giants and the Paradise players joined the 49ers on the sideline for warmups and the national anthem. 

The Paradise Bobcats were forced to forfeit their playoff game against Red Bluff High School because of the fires, which ended their season, as students and players are not allowed back to their hometown.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Dion has made plenty of positive comments in the past, I am not really sure about this one. But, look whatever it is it is. Right now, we have to worry about what we are doing and our football team. That’s really where our focus is. Whatever else anyone says or doesn’t say is out of our control and I don’t think it is going to affect us too much one way or the other whether it is good or bad.” -- Bill Belichick, on Dion Lewis’ comments about the Patriots after Sunday’s game against the Titans