Ever since the new media friendly owners have taken over, I’ve wondered how long their honeymoon would last in the Boston press. Well, with yet another loss yesterday, it appears the worm is starting to turn, and the new owners may start to be viewed under a harsher light. I think this is a good thing. I haven’t seen a whole lot out of this new ownership that inspires any confidence in me. There have been rumblings that they are under-financed, the team that is currently on the field was with the exception of Alan Embree put together by Dan Duquette, and there may be other cracks forming. In today’s Globe, Michael Holley writes that the new owners haven’t done a whole lot here, this team got this far with Dan Duquette. They need to make a big move on their own, and he promotes getting Thome. I look for more media type to jump on this bandwagon soon, perhaps the only reason they haven’t yet is the distraction of the Ted Williams situation. Michael Gee wrote two columns in the Herald today not worth looking at. So no link. You want to punish yourself and read them, go find ’em yourself. Jeff Horrigan writes about the Mo Vaughn situation in his notebook from today. Assistant GM Theo Epstein called speculation “baseless”. Jim Donaldson scoops the industry with the breaking news that MLB needs revenue sharing and a salary cap.
From yesterday, Tom Curran was the only Patriots writer to write about the Victor Green signing. The Globe “staff and wires” mention the signing today, but Cafardo or Borges couldn’t bother to weigh in on it. It hasn’t even made the Herald yet. On the national scene, Len Pasquarelli writes about the signing.
After looking at Joe Forte yesterday, Shira Springer looks at Kedrick Brown today. My gut tells me this kid is going to be a star, but it could take some time. He is so raw. I just hope they actually use his athleticism and don’t limit him to being a spot-up three point shooter. Some of the summer league games this week will be on ESPN. If you’re at the games in person and see anything interesting, be sure to pass it along to me. Steve Bulpett writes about the C’s pursuit of Bruno Sunlov and Rodney Rogers. They’re trying to snag Rodgers with a one year, one million dollar deal to make him a free agent again next year when more team will have cap money to spend. Bulpett also writes that draft pick Darius Songaila will not accept being sent to Europe. Bulpett also has a brief piece about the Summer league. Yesterday, Bill Griffith wrote about the cuts at FSNE in February, and how they affected the people let go and the ones kept.
In Peter Gammons’ Diamond Notes from yesterday, he makes a few comments worth examining. First he mentions that “The Indians called around to all the clubs interested in Finley to tell them they were down to four suitors, and contrary to the Boston media reports, the Red Sox are not one of them.” In another Boston item, he notes: “Manny Ramirez believes he probably came back from his finger injury too quickly. At the All-Star Game, he said, “The reason I keep changing my stance and keep trying to make adjustments is that I still can’t grip the bat with my finger. But I know they need me, and I’m doing the best I can.” No he isn’t Peter, we all know that Manny is lazy and that he doesn’t care about the game and he’s just…Manny…we know that because the Boston Media tells us that… He then somewhat ironically takes sports media to task, writing:
“Should media folks who throw accusations about specific players and steroids be accountable to some form of testing of their own? Many talk-show hosts do not believe in accountability or see any harm in any and all defamation, but when Bret Boone’s name is thrown out nationally (OK, he doesn’t know Boone, his diet or his fanatical workout routine) or a play-by-play host says Eric Gagne had to be a steroids guy because “he was throwing 84 miles an hour two years ago” (OK, the guy didn’t know what he was talking about, because Gagne was throwing 92-94 in 2000, but that’s “telling it like it is”), there should be some standard for accountability in the media. It’s amazing how the media wants athletes, but not journalists, held to standards.”
Somewhat strange coming from the Hedda Hopper of Major League Baseball. How many things has Gammons’ thrown out there over the years? Perhaps he doesn’t make accusations of steroid use, but he’s the master of throwing things out there and hoping they’ll stick, His made-up Hampton and Walker for Manny Ramirez deal earlier this year, for example. I am sure that Gammons loves the game and is in fact “an outstanding human being” to steal one of his favorite phrases, his columns are entertaining to read, like any good gossip columnist…but really, that’s all he is these days. I’m sorry. I feel blasphemous for writing that. His old Globe Sunday notes used to be the best reading of the week in the paper. Ever since he sold his soul to ESPN and tried to cover all of MLB like he did the Red Sox, his accuracy has suffered. It’s just impossible for one person to know all of the goings on in MLB. He still knows probably more than everyone else, but it isn’t enough to make some of the claims and items that he throws out there valid. For a minor example, when ESPN aired the AA All Star Game last weekend, he described Sox prospect Seung Song as basically a junkball pitcher topping out in the mid 80’s. Song is actually known for his mid-90’s heater, and has 102 K’s in 92 innings.
NESN has Red Sox/Tigers at 7:00. TBS has Braves/Cubs at 8:00. ESPN has Cardinals/Dodgers at 10:00. (Preceded by the WNBA All Star Game)