Lots of baseball talk on the Dale & Neumy program today. It was mostly focused on the economic aspects of the game. Items like whether Jim Thome was pressured by the players union to take the bigger deal offered in Philadelphia, or what highly visible labor guy Tom Glavine will do with where he decides to go. The fact of whether the Red Sox are in financial trouble, and analyzing their moves in that light. Is the issue with Charlie Manuel that they don’t want to pay him, or that the guy has inflated sense of self-worth? The minor-league signings that the Sox recently did, are they the result of shrewd scouting, or just wanting to sign players cheap? They analyzed Theo Epstein’s comments in the Herald today with Tony Massarotti and wonder if the Sox will be ridding themselves of Pedro or Nomar…could Theo go into the GM meetings in a couple weeks and offer those guys around? Is Nomar a guy that fits with their Bill James sabermetrics projections? I wish I took some notes of some of the things Neumeier said, as they’re escaping my memory at the moment, but some were real headscratchers. He was either speaking on something that he isn’t comfortable with, or was just talking carelessly, as he screwed up several simple things in the course of these discussions.

Eddie Andelman trotted out ESPN producer Billy Fairweather, John Ruiz manager Norman Stone, Roy Jones Jr, and former Sox pitcher Vaughn Eshelman.

Some guy named Bill Simmons reports in from Hollywood with the following gripe:

Trying to follow the Celtics in LA without DirecTV (I’m not getting it until next month) is simply impossible and it’s starting to give me an ulcer. I have no idea what’s going on with this team – they could win 45 straight games and I would gleam more information from just the box scores then the actual game stories and features in the local papers. Here’s a typical paragraph from the Globe:

“Jim O’Brien knows that the team must be more consistent. Although the players have meshed on and off the court, the team still needs to respond to what happens on the floor, and the only way they will improve is if everyone is on the same page and playing with consistency and intensity. As long as the team keeps rebounding, playing defense, making three pointers and passing the basketball, they can compete with anyone in the league, especially if the consistency continues to improve and the team maintains a high level of intensity. It’s also worth mentioning that when the Celtics score more points than their opponents, they are 12-0. And nobody knows this better than O’Brien, who said yesterday, ‘The most important thing is for us to win basketball games and be consistent and intense.'”

Eric McHugh writes about the precarious position the Patriots have placed themselves in, while Michael Parente says things look a lot like last year. Barry Scanlon likes Pete Carroll. Stephen A. Smith has a Philly perspective on the Celtics. Alan Greenwood has another perspective on the Sox coaching staff changes.