Congratulations go out to Michael Felger, who edged out surprise candidate Seve DeOssie for having the distinction of making the most tracked TV and Radio appearances during the period of August through October. Felger managed an unofficial count of 51 appearances during that span, despite planning his wedding and taking a week off for his honeymoon. At an average of about $200.00 a pop, Felger likely pocketed a cool ten grand during this span. Good for him. Probably made for a nice honeymoon, too. DeOssie finished with around 44 appearances, while Felger nemesis Nick Cafardo weighed in with 39. Other noteworthy numbers were Ron Borges (31) Steve Buckley (29) Fred Smerlas (26) Michael Smith (23) and Scott Zolak (22). Keep in mind that these are not exact numbers as I likely missed some appearances, or added twice a couple times.
I’m also going to stop tracking all the appearances. It just got to be too much and too annoying. So Felger is the one and only winner of this award.
I snorted Pepsi through my nose after hearing the following exchange on WWZN. Caller: “If Pedro made 5 more starts and won them all, the Red Sox would’ve won 98 games and still finished out of the playoffs, so your point is moot.” Butch Stearns: “That’s not true, they win 5 more games it means 5 less losses so they would’ve had 103 wins.”
Steve Britt kills his chances for getting any exclusive interviews with Pedro…and just for the record, Pedro didn’t “quit” on the team in 2001. You might recall a little rotator cuff injury he had that was the whole reason why this season was so impressive. Jonathan Comey remembers Zito’s time on the Cape. Del Jones says that team success was the determining factor in Zito winning. From yesterday, a much talked about Mark Kreidler article explores how Zito’s pitching on the final day of the season, (at least partially motivated by the opportunity to pad his Cy Young stats) may have cost the A’s big time in the postseason. Also, Freidler notes that Zito was not Oakland’s best pitcher down the stretch of the final two months of the season. Tim Hudson was more dominant during that time.
Mike Fine seems to have enjoyed last night’s Celtics/Lakers matchup, calling it “a classic matchup of two superstars, prompting the participants to talk about the good old days when Celtics and Lakers game really meant something.” Rob Bradford looks back to the Celtics working out a 17 year old high school kid back in ’96. Gary Fitz looks at the Pierce/Bryant battle. Bradford also looks at Shaq vowing to be the undertaker of the NBA when he returns. Fine’s notebook looks at Phil Jackson, Tony Delk and faces in the crowd. Lenny Megliola thought it was a pretty decent game too.
Eric McHugh has the Ty Law willing to bet his entire paycheck on a game in which the receivers and corners would exchange roles. Christopher Price has ATLA. McHugh’s notebook contains a Bears preview.