WWZN streaming is working now.

WWZN streaming is working now. I wish it wasn’t. Loose cannon Ron Borges is implying that Pedro Martinez is a racist. Borges insists that that if Derek Lowe had said what Pedro said regarding the Floyd deal (Pedro would rather have Colon), but instead named a white pitcher, there would be a huge outcry that Lowe was being racist. Borges thinks that if Pedro had a choice between Randy Johnson and Bartolo Colon, Pedro would pick Colon because he’s a fellow Dominican. Nick Cafardo and Steve Burton are in shock over this allegation. When Cafardo challenged the statement, Borges replied with “You probably don’t think Belichick is a liar, either.” Burton is “blown away” by the comments, callers are lining up to tee off on Borges. Reader Walt from Hudson thinks he has it figured out: “Borges is like that old Buck Henry talk host routine – he has no callers and starts saying things like ‘I’m a Communist’ to get a call. Counting Eddie’s show the Zone has gone 1.5 hours without a call today until Borges dropped his poison.” It’s got people talking anyway, at least until the Red Sox announce the trade for Bobby Howry. They didn’t have the name at first, just announced that the Sox had acquired a “reliever from the AL Central”. Rather vague. It wasn’t until 4:42 that they announced it was Howry. ESPN Radio and various sites had it reported earlier.

Mike Port came on a little after 6:00 and says they view Howry as a power reliever, a set-up man and a closer, he had full arthroscopic surgery in 2000, He’s been able to pitch in 47 games this year and is getting back to being the power set-up guy he was with a chance of being a closer for us. He’s a big game pitcher, has an aggressive demeanor. a positive addition to the ballclub. Tomorrow they have to make some adjustments. They made trades, not just for the sake of making trades, but that were right for the Red Sox. Like to think they did two things in that direction today added payroll but had John Henry and Larry Lucchino involved all the way, and let this be a signal to Red Sox fans. Larry Lucchino came on a bit afterwards. They possible four areas that they wanted to make a move in, and did it in two of the four. Some clubs we’re competing with weren’t able to do anything. As far as the Yankees, …not just competing against one team… I do though subscribe to the Evil Empire pathology… I do recognize that if we get to the post season with the couple of starters we have, we will be tough competition for anyone. We will keep our eyes open regarding waiver opportunities if we can… August allows for movement, not a likely possibility compared to July. We like the added depth we’ve brought to the team, these are two very good guys who’ll fit nicely into this clubhouse. Personality and character issues are quite important to us. Did they proceed as if there would be no work stoppage? …hope there will not be one and the issues are solvable, but when you’re as close as you are here you have to take your artillery out and go for it. Situation varies from day to day…. fairly moderate issues… no one fighting for salary cap, rev. share, payroll tax… at the end of the day, will come up with a solution. On the possibility of adding more payroll? Now there is an issue of roster space, that’s why the GM gets big bucks… it’s Mike’s call.

Funny…if Borges feels so strongly about the comments by Pedro, why didn’t he bring them up to Lucchino?


WEEI once again had John

WEEI once again had John Rooke and Ron Hobson filling in for Dale and Nuemy. Mike Adams was along as well. Mike Port was on shortly before 11:00 and said the team is still attempting to make a deal for a pitcher. They wanted a bat and an arm equally as much, the Floyd deal came together first, so they pursued and closed that one. He added that with the Montreal game going into extra innings, Floyd is not expected in Anaheim tonight. Sean McAdam came on both WEEI and ESPN radio, and on both expressed his pessimism about the labor situation. He is very certain that there will be a strike, as the people involved in negotiations are not the type to actually make a deal with any sort of concessions to the other side. Interestingly Keith Olbermann, who is now writing for Salon.com had a note today that he’s now heard that a total of three teams have voted against setting a strike date. He notes that in the whole history of the MLB players association, one player has voted against a strike.

WWZN did not come in as Streaming Audio for me, I’m not sure if they’re having a problem or not. The bit I heard of Eddie and Jagman, they were talking to the owners of the Lowell Spinners, and Eddie was talking about the theme of the day being about family and all the sports events there are now in New England for families to do. Seems curious that Eddie would assign a theme to a day that naturally lends itself to sports talk — the trading deadline day.

WFAN -New York has a 15 minute piece from the overnight with Red Sox announcer Jerry Trupiano, talking about Cliff Floyd archived on its web site. Trupiano reports that John W. Henry flying Floyd out on his private jet. He also is of the opinion that Jose Offerman will be gone. He talked some about the search for bullpen help, and the performance of Pedro Martinez, who didn’t let a player make it to second base all night, and only allowed a couple bloop hits.

In additional to his weekly show with Will McDonough on Sporting News Radio, Bill Parcells has signed up to be a part of the ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown team each week.

The Mooseman has part two of his Patriots preseason preview. Some entertaining items in here, he collects quotes from around the country about the Patriots and what they did last year and dissects them. The Curtis Martin ones are particularly amusing.

Sox get their man. Sean

Sox get their man. Sean McAdam has the most detailed account of the trade. Gordon Edes got the reaction from the Sox clubhouse. Includes quotes from Manny. Funny, I thought Manny was clueless about these things. Many Sox fans got amusement from seeing unabashed Yankee fans such as Rich Eisen downcast and lamenting the trade on ESPN. Yankee announcer Michael Kay also appeared on ESPN Radio and claimed that the Expos wanted too much from the Yankees, that since the Yankees have a superior farm system that they could’ve given more than the Red Sox and basically that the trade didn’t get done because MLB is “mad” at the Yankees.

Tony Massarotti looks at Pedro’s performance and recent streak. Steve Buckley bangs the drum for the retirement of Tony C’s number. While I agree that it would be a nice gesture given the potential that he had and tragedy that cut it short, I don’t buy the “He’s one of us” that Buckley, Stearns and others have trumpeted. By that logic, Lou Merloni should be having his number up there. Isn’t Lou “one of our own”? Tony C’s circumstances are extraordinary, and perhaps he does deserve to have his number retired. But it’s a lot more than just “He was one of our own.” Stan Grossfeld has a look at the Cape Cod league, with some interesting history and a nice glimpse into the way of life in the league. “Summer Catch” it isn’t. (That’s a good thing)

Kevin Mannix, Tom Curran and Michael Smith all take a sober look at Charlie Weis and the circumstances that led to his deciding to have the surgery. Curran also takes a look at the rigors of the dog days of training camp. Michael Gee has somewhat of a rebuttal to Mannix’s criticisms of the “Targeting September” theme that appeared in the Herald yesterday. Michael Smith writes in his Notebook that Belichick thinks of Tebuckey Jones as his Troy Brown of the offense. Pretty high praise.

Michael Holley attempts to crunch the numbers involved with the Vin Baker trade. He also uses a Larry Bird quote that Paul Gaston’s ownership philosophy reminded him of the Clippers’. He concludes by suggesting what Celtics fans everywhere would love. Perhaps Gaston should sell the team.

NESN has Red Sox/Angels at 10:00. The game will also be shown on ESPN2 nationally. ESPN has Indians/A’s at 3:30 and Dodgers/Reds at 7:00. HBO debuts it’s second season of “Hard Knocks” touting it as “The first sports-based reality series — and the fastest-turnaround reality series ever” the show features the Dallas Cowboys training camp and airs at 11:00 PM. Weekly replays include Thursday at 8:00 p.m. and 12 midnight and Saturday on HBO2 at 12 midnight. All times are ET/PT. A 16-person NFL Films crew will live at the Cowboys training camp in San Antonio, TX, shooting more than 700 hours of video over the course of the series. Camera and sound crews will be given unencumbered access to the players and coaches meeting rooms, training rooms, dormitories and practice fields.

It was a somewhat odd

It was a somewhat odd scene during the top of the 6th inning of the Red Sox game as John W. Henry, Mike Port, Theo Epstein and Larry Lucchino piled onto the NESN set at Fenway to join host Bob Rodgers in talking about the Red Sox newest acquisition Cliff Floyd. I guess making the announcement together fits with their team image. In the past we’d probably just see Dan Duquette saying “We’re pleased to be adding a player of Cliff Floyd’s ability to our ballclub, I think the fans will really like him.” Now we get the entire front office on live TV at 11:30 at night. They made mention that they will try to sign Floyd beyond this season and he does have a history with John W. Henry from his time with the Marlins. The Sox other principal owner Tom Werner joined the broadcast in Anaheim during the 8th inning. Called Floyd “a ballplayer’s ballplayer”. Werner mentioned that worry that the Yankees might get Floyd was part of the equation. He said he hopes this deal shows the fans that they are willing to spend for a winner. He said he had got together with Nomar’s mother while he’s been out there in California. She enjoyed the Ted Williams tribute and seeing her son involved in it. Werner added that the Sox have a very competitive schedule in August and Floyd will help with that.

John Rooke and Ron Hobson

John Rooke and Ron Hobson filled in for Dale and Neumy on the WEEI midday show. The show pretty much covered two topics. The origin of the “K” as the symbol for a strikeout, and Grady Little’s refusal to sacrifice bunt. A little Patriots talk was mingled in here and there. More Little roasting took place on the Eddie and Jag man show on WWZN. On WEEI’s “Big Show”, Greg Dickerson was teamed up with Larry Johnson and Steve Buckley, and baseball trade talk was the main topic. Buckley shouted at a caller who accused the panel of not dismissing talk that Jose Offerman has been tanking it in an effort to get released.

Butch Stearns was joined on the McDonough group by Kevin Paul Dupont and Mike Giardi. Evan Grant the beat writer for the Texas Rangers came on WWZN and he said the Red Sox and Seattle are the two teams Rogers would accept a trade to. Boston is the frontrunner. He said Boston has been “very interested”. He thinks Rogers would be a very good # three starter. He’s been a new pitcher since surgery on a rib removed some pressure on an artery in his shoulder. He can grip the ball better, and has developed a cut fastball. He thinks he’s as good as his numbers. He wants to come back and re-sign with the Rangers after the season. The Rangers want Casey Fossum. Asked by Giardi about Rogers’ ability to handle pressure, Grant acknowledged that Rogers has struggled in the playoffs, but thinks that a team that wants to get to playoffs would be interested in him. He isn’t a good matchup against the Yankee. The holdup for the team might be that the Red Sox are trying to work an extension with Rogers. Grant feels that after the surgery and with his development of the third pitch he has a couple good years left. The only Carl Everett story he had was Carl using the word “hecklement” to describe some razzing.

BostonCityBeat magazine has added Boston Metro sports editor Christopher Price to its sports roster, and Price will be contributing two or three columns a week to the website. Price has a brief notes article from Patriots training camp. Marty Steeves, aka The Mooseman, is another BCB regular, and he remembers the thrills from last season as he gears up to go through it again. Patriots.com has an article following the Charlie Weis press conference, in which Weis said the primary motivation was his health, not just improving his appearance to try to get a head coaching job. He spoke to six doctors, who all encouraged him to have the surgery. Ones who have criticized the decision to have the surgery now look to have spoken too hastily.

Good news for Sox fans.

Good news for Sox fans. It’s been reported that Kenny Rogers to the Sox is “all but a done deal.” How is that good news? Well, how many players have we had reported by the media as coming to the Sox? Several have been reported as a “done deal”. Where’s the accountability? There is a big difference between speculation about trades, and saying that something is imminent, or even a “done deal”. None of these deals have happened, so given that track record, Rogers is unlikely to be coming to Boston. That’s the good news. Besides, we all know how hard Mike Port and Larry Lucchino are working these days. We’re told about it every day. We’re told that their phone bill is huge. What are the fans supposed to with that information? Say “Well, it’s ok, at least they’re trying”? The new ownership has the media wrapped around it’s little finger, and are still apparently fireproof. If they make a big deal or the team does well without a trade, the media gives them credit. If they don’t make one, it’s because the previous ownership left the cupboard bare, but they sure tried. Along these lines, Chad Finn has a column today taking apart the Sox new ownership for their slogan: “The year to be here”. He suggests instead: “Lots of talk, no action.” He calls John Henry and Tom Werner “Bud Selig lackeys”.You won’t read an article like that in the Globe, that’s for sure.

Late night West coast games mean a sparse sports section the next day. Nothing too compelling baseball-wise, Gordon Edes and Michael Silverman look at Kenny Rogers. Edes article contains an egregious factual error. He writes: “Rogers would give the Sox a veteran lefty in a rotation that hasn’t had a lefty start a game all season until rookie Casey Fossum took the mound last night against the Angels.” Lefty Darren Oliver started nine games for the Sox earlier this season, including a shutout. Way to go, Gordo. Tony Massarotti chronicles Johnny Damon’s struggles to communicate early in his life. Gordon Edes’ Notebook looks at the relationship between Pedro and Tony Cloninger, and has some quotes from Pedro about Joe Kerrigan, as well as something that wasn’t mentioned that should’ve been. Cloninger said this about Rogers ability to handle pressure: “”He handled it all right with the Mets, didn’t he?” Cloninger said, alluding to Rogers’s 5-1 record down the stretch in 1999, after the Mets acquired him from Oakland” He sure did, guys. He also WALKED in the winning run in the deciding game six of the NLCS in ’99. If you think Urbina walking in the winning run in a regular season game against the Yankees was painful, imagine that it was a playoff game that ended the Sox season.

Globe phenom Michael Smith submits a mini-feature on Patriots Rookie Deion Branch, who Smith compares in detail to Troy Brown. Steve Buckley rambles on incoherently, the column has something to do with conditioning tests and failing and passing and the message it sends and….you get the idea. The one interesting note is that apparently, Belichick made the three players who had to re-take the conditioning test do so in full pads instead of just shorts and t-shirts. Nick Cafardo’s Notebook has Larry Izzo’s grandfather a little upset for a certain chant Izzo started at the Super Bowl celebration in February. Izzo stands by what he did. Kevin Mannix gets PC on us. Jim Donaldson continues his Jekyll and Hyde ways with a gushing piece on Adam Vinatieri.

Congratulations to Globe writer and WWZN regular Ron Borges. He was runaway winner for this week’s ESPN Radio’s “Just shut up” award for his MSNBC column on Lance Armstrong not being a great athlete. On the “Mike and Mike” morning show, Mike Greenburg call the article the “single most stupid thing I have ever heard or read”, and called Borges an “idiot”. Mike Golic said Borges likely did it because no one has heard of him and he was trying to get his name out there. Mike Golic is a former NFL player, Ron Borges is supposedly a top NFL writer. “Supposedly” because apparently Golic has never heard of him. People in Boston have been subjected to this kind of ridiculous writing for years, now it’s nice to see Borges have exposure at the national level as well.

Dennis and Callahan nearly caused traffic accidents and stoppages themselves as they moved into their second day of complaining about the Motorcycle run on Sunday that closed a section of Route 128 and some other roads. Any callers that attempt to tell them that they sound like a couple of whining babies are called idiots and hung up on. Shawn Niles has had enough of their whining. (Callahan in particular)

Condolences to Providence Journal Sports Editor Art Martone, who is mourning the passing of his father at the age of 84.

NESN has Red Sox/Angels at 10:00 with Pedro going against the pocket Pedro, Ramon Ortiz. TBS has Brewers/Braves at 7:30.

With Eddie taking the day

With Eddie taking the day off after working the end of last week and the weekend from Vegas, Dave Jagler had Cedric Maxwell as his co-host and the two of them ran a pretty clean show. Angels color analyst Rex Hudler joined the show via phone, and as Maxwell correctly pointed out, Hundler sounds exactly like Bill Walton on the air. John Holt hosted the McDonough Group and was joined by Ron Borges. With the Big O, Glen Ordway on vacation (an annual rite, just before the football season gets into full swing) Pete Sheppard filled in and was joined by Michael Felger and Steve DeOssie. Football guys talking Red Sox trades. Sheppard endorsed a Trot Nixon for Livan Hernandez trade. They had a discussion about conditioning drills. DeOssie said that in minicamp in March, the players run their drills. Then in July, if they cannot equal or better March’s performance, they fail – this is what happened to Antowain. So Antowain could be the most well-conditioned athlete, but if he loses one tenth in his 40 since March, then he fails. (Maybe this is how it went on teams DeOssie was on, but I don’t think this is the case with the Patriots. Everything I’ve read has the players having to run a certain distance within a certain time according to their position.)

DeOssie also gave an amusing anecdote that when he was a young player, he was all proud of himself when he outperformed the veterans in March’s drills. He later realized they were just giving a half-hearted effort so as to “lower the bar” for themselves in July.

Michael Smith and Nick Cafardo were on NE Sports Tonight on FSNE, and Cafardo spent some time criticizing Bill Belichick. Cafardo said Belichick embarrassed Antowain Smith and the others who failed the conditioning test by making them run in front of the fans and their teammates. He said Smith did so much for this team last year that he shouldn’t be subjected to such humiliation. He made it clear he disapproves of such action from the coach and indicated that he shouldn’t be getting such a free ride around here.

John Molori’s latest Media Blitz column has some pretty strong words by Sean McDonough about WEEI and the testy relationship between the two stations. Allegations that have flown back and forth between the stations are addressed by parties on both sides. From Saturday, Len Pasquarelli has a glowing article about the Patriots front office and way they do business.