WEEI has been talking all aspects baseball today, trades, economics, strike, as well as a brief mention of hockey here and there with Tony Amonte signing with Phoenix, taking the last big name free agent off the market and leaving the Bruins with no replacement for Bill Guerin. Ordway was joined by Steve Buckley and Chris Collins on the Big Show and continued the baseball talk. Collins scoffs at any meaning 9/11 has with a baseball strike, that it doesn’t and won’t make a difference. Buckley and Ordway don’t agree, and make fun of Collins stature.
WEEI still doesn’t have a timetable for the return of Internet streaming, but Program Director Jason Wolfe did confirm that they are working on making archives of interviews and show segments available for listening on WEEI.com. The archives should be up soon.
Awful traffic on Route 128 delayed the start of the McDonough group a half-hour, giving us another half hour of Eddie and Jags, as well as another replay of a tribute to Ted read in a Sherm Feller voice. Was I the only one who felt it was really terrible? I feel really bad saying that, because you can buy it on CD and all proceeds go to the Jimmy Fund. Eddie and Jags had Frank Deford as well an investigator that looked into the charges that Ted was mistreated by John Henry Williams. (As outline in a story from the AP today) The investigator said that they had talked to Ted one on one in the course of the investigation and Ted denied any mistreatment, that he had plenty of food, a live in chef and was well taken care of. When 3:30 came, the McDonough group finally rolled in, with Butch Sterns hosting (no mention of sources in Cleveland) and flanked by Bill Simmons and Nick Cafardo. They interviewed Luke Cyphers, who had authored a feature for ESPN the Magazine on Darrell Russell. A captivating story.
Something I haven’t heard mentioned or seen written locally (that doesn’t mean much though) is the story that “NFL Insider” Fred Edelstein will be a real “Insider” soon. He plead guilty to wire fraud and faces 18-24 months in prison. You might recall that back in October ’96 Edelstein was the first one to predict that Bill Parcells would be leaving the Patriots at the end of the season and go to the New York Jets. Of course, he also predicted before the next season that the Patriots would defeat the 49ers in Super Bowl XXXIII. Edelstein wasn’t held it that high regard, (correctly so, it seems) but his stuff was always a must-read.
Jerry Remy reported that he hasn’t seen Pedro Martinez yet, and doesn’t think he’s back. Cafardo was flipping out.