Y’all ready for a week of Pedro contract talk? That topic should dominate sports radio this week. Thankfully there’s only one article on that topic today, and it’s by none other than Steve Buckley, who saves his thoughts on the subject for Monday, rather than going with this on Sunday, like most others did. Buckley like most of the rest of the media pack in Boston says don’t give in to Pedro. Of course, if they don’t pick up the option, and then Pedro refuses to negotiate an extension, and holds the grudge that he’s very capable of doing and then leaves as a free agent, (Yankees or not) these same guys will be all over management. They will track Pedro’s progress with his new team just like they do Clemens, with biting comments each time a milestone is reached, or he beats the Red Sox. Can’t you just see it? They’ll all be asking…”Why didn’t the Red Sox take care of this when they had the chance?” John Dennis made this point this morning, countering Gerry Callahan’s viewpoint. I’m not saying to cave into Pedro’s demands, but there must be something they can do to assure the guy.

I’m sure we’ll hear enough of this in the weeks to come, (can’t even imagine the angry rant Eddie is going to go on) so we’ll move onto the other Sox stories. Gordon Edes looks at last years whipping boy, John Burkett, who still doesn’t understand why his comments last year about the strike were harped on so much. Tony Massarotti feels that the newcomers to the Sox will add some flavor to the clubhouse and that this team could become a real bunch of Dirt Dogs. (That’s a good thing). David Heuschkel looks at the arrival of the guy who could become the lead Dirt Dog, Kevin Millar. Bob Hohler, Jeff Horrigan, and Steven Krasner also write about Millar. Tony Massarotti also has a brief side article on Mike Timlin, who is buying into the bullpen strategy. Karen Guregian continues her tour of any camp not belonging to the Red Sox, after filling a column yesterday about the fact that Joe Kerrigan wouldn’t talk to her, today she goes to visit Cliff Floyd, who speaks in glowing terms about Kevin Millar. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the Sox signing of 18 year old Cuban defector Gary Galvez. Krasner’s notebook has more on Galvez and some injury reports. (infected armpit boil?) Hohler’s notebook leads with the tryouts of Robert Person and Donovan Osborne

The most interesting thing about Dan Shaughnessy’s column today is not about moving the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame to Boston….an idea he discussed on Sports Final last night, but the interesting thing to me is, that now that Ted is gone, Dan is free to rip on John Henry Williams with just as much nastiness as he would anyone else (“The universally loathed John Henry Williams“). Was that not predictable. Way to go Dan. Way to be loyal to someone who gave you access to Ted. Dan used John Henry and now has discarded him with disdain. Not that I’m defending John Henry here, but Shaughnessy’s actions are typical of the media who only tolerates you if they can get something out of you.

Bob Ryan goes back to his roots and submits the game story for the Celtics loss in Phoenix last night. Steve Bulpett and Jim O’Brien concur that poor shot selection did in the Celts last night. Bulpett’s notebook has word that forgotten bench player Ruben Wolkowyski tried to make a deal with a European club recently. Ryan’s notebook gives us a Battie update and has more praise for the Sun’s rookie sensation Amare Stoudemire.

Michael Felger and Tom Curran report that the Patriots will cut Donald Hayes this week, at the receivers request, after attempts to renegotiate down his contract were unsuccessful. Something you won’t read in the Globe…the last blurb in Bill Burt’s Saturday column:

Lazarus House got an impressive food server at the Lawrence homeless shelter and food kitchen on Wednesday night.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick stopped by with his son and served food at dinner time.

How humorous was it to read Ron Borges singing the praises of Pete Carroll yesterday? Borges also wrote that the Patriots showed “no interest” in Priest Holmes when he was available. A March 31st 2000 article by Nick Cafardo indicating the Patriots interest suggests otherwise. So either Ron is wrong, or he’s saying Nick doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

Steve Conroy doesn’t expect Rob Zamuner back for a bit longer. Mick Colageo expects big things from Jeff Jillson. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at a contrite Mike Knuble. Russ Conway wonders what’s up with how the Bruins are (mis)using Jozef Stumpel.

NESN has Bruins/Predators at 7:30. ESPN has Raptors/Wizards at 1:30, Pitt/Georgetown at 7:00, Texas Tech/Texas at 9:00, and Utah/Wyoming at midnight. ESPN2 has Sharks/Kings at 10:00