No Bruins or Celtics games so Pedro and Manny sit atop the the stories today. The Dean of the print media, Bob Ryan says “PEDRO” is back. Last years edition that was a mere 20-4 was only “pedro”. A very upbeat and encouraging piece. Not too much that hasn’t been discussed already this spring, but Ryan just has a “readability” quality about his stuff. Gerry Callahan says that Pedro’s contract issue gives him an edge. He adds that only Pedro can do what he did this spring and have ownership scramble like they did. He adds that they should not pick up the option yet, but then says they should give him a 3 year, 48 Million dollar extension. Michael Silverman reports on how Pedro felt after his outing yesterday. Ray Duckler also weighs in on Pedro. Dan Shaughnessy writes an almost glowing article on Manny Ramirez. He includes the coaching staffs’ comments on his work ethic, his desire to take the long bus trips so he can play everyday, and even makes a comparison to Ted Williams, saying Ted would’ve approved of Manny’s silence and production. Ed Gray reports on an optimistic Todd Walker, who is happy to be a part of a team he thinks can win it all. After the first round of cuts yesterday, Sean McAdam takes a look at how the roster will likely shape up come opening day. Alex Speier looks at the battle for the utility infielder’s position. David Heuschkel reports on Bobby Howry’s sore elbow and a number of other Sox items. Shaughnessy’s notebook leads with the status of Lowe and Fossum, while Silverman’s notebook also looks at Howry, and as in a few other pieces, mentions a great catch by Manny yesterday to rob the Reds of the homerun. McAdam’s notebook even says Manny took a few bows afterwards.
Peter May has Jim O’Brien issuing a “clarion call” at practice yesterday, exhorting toughness from his squad, both mentally and physically. Mark Murphy also picks up on that theme, recalling an incident from practice yesterday where O’Brien asked his squad who is going to the NBA finals from the east. In May’s notebook, Eric Williams is still confused as to why he was tossed from the game Sunday night.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell notes that the Bruins may not make any moves by the trade deadline today, choosing to go with what they have. Stephen Harris says Mike O’Connell is looking for a defenseman, but may not be able to find what he needs.
The only football article of the morning is a significant one. Tom Curran reports that Bears free agent linebacker Rosevelt Colvin spent the weekend with the Patriots and the sides may even be close on a deal. Oh yes, and hidden at the end of today’s Globe “Sports log“:
Correction: Because of a reporting error, it was misstated in Sunday's editions that the Bengals would receive a first-round draft choice if the Bills signed linebacker Takeo Spikes. He was the Bengals' transition player, so no compensation was due.
Bill Griffith returns from his South Pacific cruise to get participants thoughts on the toxic substance released behind the Celtics bench Friday night. A scary incident that I don’t think has been reported on nearly enough. Jim Baker looks at Bruins criticism from among the hockey analysts.