In case you missed it, I’ve made a transcript of tonight’s FSNE New England Sports Tonight show, the topic of which was the Boston sports media, and the guests were Jim Baker and John Molori.
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Sox had the night off, so a slow(er) day on the local sports scene. Bob Hohler checks out the fourth annual Nomar Bowl, and finds the shortstop has the full respect of not only his teammates, but the community as well. Michael Silverman looks at the struggles of Derek Lowe, but notes that the team fully believes that he is going to be ok in the end. Gordon Edes says Roger has a bone bruise from the line drive he took off his hand Wednesday night, but that he plans to go on Monday. Joe Torre though, says any rainouts this weekend would push Roger back. David Heuschkel looks at Bill Mueller, who is seeing is popularity skyrocket, and just a few at bats shy of leading the league in hitting. Rich Thompson gives us an update on the Sox minor league system. Michael Gee’s pay column tells us the Yankees can be had. They have weaknesses in the bullpen and in the middle of their lineup. Lenny Megliola looks at a Natick probation officer who has also worked at Fenway selling and cooking hotdogs for 30 years. Hohler’s notebook looks at Johnny Damon’s struggles at the top on the lineup and how it is hurting the team.
Annika is the big story of the day on the airwaves and in the papers. Jim McCabe reports on her opening round yesterday. He notes the support she’s receiving and cautions that her downfall could be the short game. Joe Gordon provides the recap of the round for the Herald. Gerry Callahan gushes over Annika in his column today, but nothing so outstanding that I feel the need to quote him on. Kevin Paul Dupont says that we certainly learned that Annika can play with these guys. Jeff Jacobs agrees that Annika was able to silence the knuckleheads.
Christopher Price ponders how the Celtics can get better. Peter May looks at the Cavs winning the LeBron Lottery. Shira Springer has a quick sidebar on a date being set for the day in court for the fan who claimed Antoine Walker assaulted him during game three of the Nets series. The opportunistic Stewart Berg will have his day in the sun. Maybe Berg is hoping he can get Antoine to sign that game used jersey of Walker’s that he’s selling on his web site. Michael Vega looks at Troy Bell making the rounds of NBA teams.
Ron Borges looks at the signing of Dedric Ward, who felt right at home when joining the Patriots yesterday. Michael Felger has a similar look at the former Jet and Dolphin. Michael Parente looks at the possible roles that Ward could play on the team.
James Murphy answers critics (who, me?) who wondered why the Joe Thornton incident didn’t get much more play in the media here.
Roger picks up win # 299 at the expense of the Red Sox. Even though he left the game in a 2-2 tie, the Yankees went ahead immediately after he left and Roger gets the victory. This sets the stage for a monumental showdown with next Monday night in Yankee stadium for # 300. Steven Krasner focuses on the game and not Clemens in his wrapup of the evening. Jeff Horrigan has the Sox looking for positives after dropping the game and series to Clemens and the Yankees. David Heuschkel’s game story is all about Roger. Bob Hohler picks out the key moments that led to the victory for Clemens. Michael Silverman says Tim Wakefield was determined not to be the loser last night, but fell short anyway. Paul Harber says last night was just an old fashioned pitchers duel. Bill Reynolds says Joe Torre is at his best when dealing with adversity. Lenny Megliola says Roger will not even consider the idea of missing his start on Monday, no matter how bad his hand is. Mark Murphy says only a broken bone will prevent him from starting. Gordon Edes looks at how Clemens earned that win last night. Alex Speier says it wasn’t vintage Roger, but enough to get the job done. Shira Springer says the early runs the Sox were able to get on Nomar’s home run just weren’t enough. Silverman says Pedro could be out anywhere from 5 days to 3 weeks… Dan Ventura looks at the relief provided the Yankees by Mariano Rivera. Getting out of the eighth without throwing a pitch is a neat trick. Don Amore says that Rivera is worried about his old running mate, Ramiro Mendoza. Notes that his body language on the mound is just not positive. Glenn Ordway said yesterday afternoon that Mendoza might not be “tough” enough to play in Boston. Frank Dell’Apa looks at Damian Jackson feeling contrite after being picked off by Rivera. They were ready to unleash the venom on Jackson on the Globe SportsPlus last night, but John Valentin was able to keep the hounds at bay somewhat noting that no matter what, sometimes these things happen. Hohler also looks at the baptism by fire of Rudy Seanez as a Red Sox. Dell’Apa reports on Bucky Dent’s view from the Monster. Harber looks at Bruce Chen, a day removed from his surprise start. Edes says that Brandon Lyon is a salvage job by Theo that would make Dan Duquette proud…and that’s a compliment. Hohler’s notebook says that Pedro could return to face the Yankees next week, though likely not against Roger on Monday. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Jackson dealing with the pickoff last night. McAdam’s notebook reaffirms that Pedro is at best iffy for Memorial Day. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at Nomar giving the Sox the early edge last night.
Karen Guregian says the Sox are on the verge of being a trivial pursuit answer. Steve Buckley’s pay column focuses on the fact that the Sox cleverly trotted composer John Williams out for the first pitch to give them an excuse to play the Evil Empire theme, composed by Williams. Dan Shaughnessy calls that move a “stroke of genius” by the Sox. Dan revels in the history from last night Dent, Curt Gowdy, The Yankees, Roger. I think we’ve read the word “twilight” this week more than any other. That, and how durable and a “work horse” Clemens has been. Before the game last night, Shaughnessy was on the NESN pre-game show. He did a segment by himself in which he stood in front of the Wall and defended Roger against all those critics who accused him of mailing it in for his last four years here. The irony of that was delicious. He almost scolded those ones who would knock Roger. Well, what was Shaughnessy thinking when Roger left town? Let’s take a little trip in the BSMW time machine…consider:
But on this day of new beginnings and inestimable wealth, there was no glory, no grace in either Toronto or Boston. Clemens bolted Boston and he spit on Fenway on his way out the door.
Let the record show that The Rocket is 34 years old and went 40-39 over the last four (injury-filled) seasons while earning $20 million. Despite those numbers, he's now the highest-paid pitcher in baseball (Atlanta's John Smoltz got $31 million for four years).
That’s from the Globe of 12/14/1996. So lets see, Shaughnessy points out the 40-39 record and even adds the jab that those seasons were injury filled. He also says Clemens “spit on Fenway” on the way out the door. This is the same guy who is now lionizing The Rocket and jabbing Dan Duquette for letting him go. Was there criticism of Duquette in that article? Very little. Just some grumbling by Clemens, and that some other players are wanting to leave the Sox at that time as well. Shaughnessy concludes the article though, with this:
He didn't take any lumps yesterday. He took $31.1 million. And he dumped all over the Boston Red Sox, who were good to him for 13 big league seasons.
So the Sox (Duquette) were good to Roger, eh? I love revisionist history. These guys love to tear guys down while they’re here, chase them out of town, (the article has quotes from Clemens’ agents about negative press coverage being a factor in Roger’s leaving) and then later hold them up as gods that the Sox were stupid to let go. Same thing will happen with Nomar. Michael Gee in his pay column takes on this notion that Roger is a healthy workhorse while Pedro is a fragile prima donna. He compares the injury histories of the two, and concludes:
Funny how images change. When Clemens was hurt in the '90s in Boston, he was blasted as an out-of-shape prima donna at perpetual risk of ending his career with his next pitch. Two teams and three Cy Young Awards later, Clemens is a universal symbol of athletic discipline and toughness, qualities he always had.
Martinez has come back from all of his injuries, too. But when Pedro gets hurt, there's a hue and cry that he's a prima donna with an arm made of cracked crystal.
Sean McAdam looks at Roger after the win last night, who says if he had Rivera as a teammate earlier in his career, he’d already be at 300. Roger is also bringing in plenty of former Sox teammates to cheer for him next Monday in New York. Great, so we get to see Bruce Hurst, Rich Gedman, etc, sitting in the crowd with Yankee caps on cheering for the Bombers.
Apparently this morning John Dennis acknowledged his bad source from yesterday which told him the Celtics were trying to get rid of Jim O’Brien. Mark Murphy reports on the extension given to the Celtics head coach. Shira Springer has details from the coach on his reaction to the new deal and what he sees looking forward. Christopher Price also looks at the new deal. Peter May says O’Brien deserves this new deal. He also says his offensive coaching and development of young players could use improvement. Where have we heard that before? Murphy adds that Rick Pitino might’ve ended up saving this franchise after all. Lenny Megliola also looks at O’Brien’s loyalty to Pitino. Springer adds a brief bit in which Ainge is intrigued by BC’s Troy Bell, who worked out for the team on Tuesday.
Michael Felger reports that the Patriots are close to signing former Jet and Dolphin Dedric Ward.
Kevin Paul Dupont weighs in on Annika Sorenstam, blasting those who are making a huge deal of the gender issue.
In the Unsilent Majority, Luke Meredith looks at the NBA lottery, Joe Thornton’s arrest, Cade McNown and other items.
ABC has Nets/Pistons at 8:30. The draft Lottery is right before the game at 8:00. ESPN Classic continues its Red Sox/Yankees week, with Mike Mussina’s near perfect game in 2001 being shown today at 5:00. Go ahead, cheer for Carl Everett when he gets a hit with two out in the ninth inning.
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John Dennis proclaimed on WEEI that he had sources telling him that the Celtics were low balling Jim O’Brien in an attempt to make it look like they were trying to re-sign him, but in reality wanted him gone. Then a couple hours later on the Dale & Neumy show, word came down from the Celtics that they had agreed with O’Brien on a two year contract extension. O’Brien was a radio guest today, first on WWZN and then on WEEI. Danny Ainge was the first guest on the Big Show, but technical problems prevented the Big Show crew from coming on the air, so the interview and beginning of the Big Show was done by Dale & Neumy.
David Koeppel (NY Times, free registration required) has an interesting look at how to survive as a Red Sox fan while living in New York. Hmmm. I thought they didn’t care about the Red Sox in NY and this “rivalry” was just a figment of Boston fans imaginations…David Pevear says No Pedro? No Problem. At least for last night. Mike Fine looks at last nights game, which wasn’t exactly a dream pitching matchup. Alan Greenwood says that despite the scratch of Pedro, the Sox had good karma working for them last night. Ken Lechtanski (making his BSMW debut) says that the Pedro injury puts a strain on the Sox whole pitching staff.
There’s an interesting contrast in Jim McCabe’s two articles on Annika Sorenstam today. There’s his Globe one, linked earlier today, which is Pro-Annika, and there is his MSNBC one, which is decidedly not. I guess I should give him credit for not simply recycling his Globe column for a national paycheck like some of the local media do, but which side does he believe? I’m guessing the MSNBC one, since it has more of his personal opinion in it. The Globe article builds her up, the MSNBC one tells us she doesn’t deserve to be there.
Mark Farinella weighs in on the state of the Big East.
When the word came down yesterday that Pedro would miss his start last night, it was almost as if the game was canceled. If you were waffling between watching Pedro, or some other event on TV, (Season or series ending episodes of “24” or “Buffy”) your decision suddenly got a lot easier. I had no interest in anything but the Sox game, so the beginning felt an awful lot like the previous night. Yankees out of the box quick. Only this team, they had Jeff Weaver going for them instead of David Wells. David Heuschkel notes that the Sox had to overcome a whole lot more than an early scoreboard deficit last night. Jeff Horrigan says that the increased security and presence of police dogs everywhere, including the team clubhouses somehow seemed symbolic after the news that Pedro was going to be scratched. Sox fans were on terror alert in more ways than one. Bob Hohler says the baseball gods were up to some mischief last night. Steven Krasner says that the Sox, outside of their comfort zone of having Pedro on the mound, were able to scratch out a win. Christopher Price says getting to Jose Contreras was sweet revenge for the Sox. Lenny Megliola says last night was just full of twists and ironies. Kevin Gray says there may have been some reverse psychological effect on the Yankees with them having prepared for a difficult test in Pedro and getting Chen instead. John Powers says things turned very quickly for Contreras last night. Mark Murphy looks at Joe Torre trying to express confidence in his 32 Million dollar Cuban ace. Sean McAdam looks at the bullpen woes both teams have faced this year. Nick Cafardo looks at Nomar continuing his hitting streak. Michael Silverman looks at Bruce Chen’s efforts last night as a last minute fill in. Dan Shaughnessy is comparing Brandon Lyon to Dick Radatz. And they say the fans are quick to anoint players as stars. A few tough outings and CHB will be calling him the cowardly Lyon…Karen Guregian says Red Sox fans have to love the struggles of the Yankees high priced offseason acquisitions. The essence of Michael Gee’s pay column is that both bullpens stink. Paul Harber looks at David Ortiz getting the big hit off of Contreras. Gordon Edes looks at Bucky Dent sitting in the Monster seats tonight and talk of the screen being trotted back out to the monster at some point.
Michael Silverman looks at Pedro’s mild strain of the right latissimus dorsi. Steven Krasner, Bob Hohler, and David Heuschkel also report on the injury to Pedro. Gordon Edes looks at he intrigue around the Pedro injury, and says Pedro’s vow to not talk to the media is “now silly”. Getting frustrated, Gordon?
Dan Shaughnessy says ‘Ha! now who would you rather have, Roger or Pedro?’ I think Dan is forgetting how many groin and hamstring pulls Roger has suffered over the years. But overall, not too bad of an article by Dan. It was speculated last night that Shaughnessy would have a real venomous article on Pedro today, but he’s not too harsh on him for the most part. Shaughnessy uses complete games as a measure of how fragile Pedro is, saying he’s only had 4 since 2000. Nice stat by “edison” on the tagboard…since 1999, Pedro has 16 complete games, Roger 2. If you go back through ’97, Pedro has 32 complete games to Roger’s 16. Steve Buckley’s pay column is also comparing the fragile Pedro to the Iron Horse Roger.
Sorry, all you Roger Clemens bashers from Warwick to Waterville, but Martinez is no Rocket when it comes to good luck and good health. For all the ongoing myths about how Clemens resembled a hard-throwing Ralph Kramden during his days with the Red Sox, the reality is that the big lug rarely was unable to punch in at starting time. During one three-year stretch, he made 36, 35 and 35 starts; Martinez, by comparison, has never made more than 33 starts during his nine seasons as a big league starter.
I love the revisionist history. Roger spent his fair share of time on the DL here. Buckley also takes a few more shots at Dan Duquette:
Remember? These were the last days of the Dan Duquette regime, the last days of Cowardly Fenway Park, the last days of the John Harrington mob. Duquette ordered puppet manager Joe Kerrigan to have Martinez pitch against the Yankees, so Martinez pitched. It was painful to watch.
Take a deep breath and let the hatred go, Buck. Michael O’Connor looks at some of the fan debate around Clemens. In a feature for the Boston Metro, Alex Speier says Roger is not a Red Sox, Blue Jay or Yankee…he’s a Texan, through and through. Nice article. Jack O’Connell says Nolan Ryan is watching Roger’s progress towards #300 very closely. Paul Harber says Roger will be fired up for tonight. Rudy Seanez is the star of the notebooks, leading off the Globe, Herald and Projo editions, while Heuschkel’s notebook looks at Bruce Chen’s start not being a total surprise to the pitcher.
Shira Springer looks at Chris Wallace getting permission to speak to the Trail Blazers about their GM opening. No word on if taking Vin Baker with him was a stipulation made if Wallace leaves…
The Big East/ACC saga continues on. Kevin McNamara says the ball is in Miami’s court on this one. Ken Davis reports that the Big East football schools that would be left behind are trying to arrange a meeting with Miami officials to persuade them to stay. Mark Blaudschun thinks that BC has the power to get Miami to stay, if the Eagles would just take a firm stand. Not sure I agree with that theory. Mike Shalin has more on the other Big East schools trying to get Miami to remain.
Jeff Jacobs says that Annika Sorenstam is doing this for herself, and herself only. There’s no crusade here. Jacobs can’t decide if he wants her to win or fall flat on her face. Jim McCabe looks at her competitiveness and drive going into this event. Joe Gordon says she acknowledges that she has an uphill climb here. Bill Griffith looks at the coverage USA Network has planned for the tournament, starting tomorrow morning.
John Molori’s article mentioned yesterday is now online.
NESN has Red Sox/Yankees at 7:00. (ESPN2 nationally) ESPN has Senators/Devils at 7:00. TNT has Mavs/Spurs at 9:30. ESPN2 has Giants/Diamondbacks at 10:00. At 5:00 this afternoon, ESPN Classic has game three of the 1975 World Series.