Dave Scott reports from Red Sox camp in Ft Myers for today’s edition of Scott’s Shots Spring Training Caravan. Some good stuff in there today, including an indirect run-in with our old pal Shaughnessy.
Another day of spring training and another mass topic for the writers to descend on. Today it’s AL batting champ Bill Mueller. Tony Massarotti says Mueller is the Anti-Rod. Gordon Edes says that Mueller’s life hasn’t changed much since winning the batting title last year. Steven Krasner says that the Sox third baseman will not be resting of his success of last year. David Heuschkel writes that Mueller isn’t afraid to get down and dirty. Hey, did you know that Derek Lowe is in the last year of his contract? Michael Holley tells us about it. Jeff Horrigan has the story of Nick Bierbrodt, who was nearly killed when he was shot a couple years ago, (he still has the bullets in him to prove it) and is now working on a comeback with the Sox. Lenny Megliola ponders the mystery of Manny. Massarotti has a look at Lowell Spinners manager Luis Alicea. Gerry Callahan has a pay column that says if the Sox can keep only one of their free agents, Pedro is the man to stick around. He reasons that:
Pedro, 32, is the one guy who can make the Sox look silly if they let him play out his deal. All seven are good players, Pedro is a unique talent. Great starting pitchers are special, and Pedro, when healthy, is the best. He can be higher maintenance than a tropical fish tank, but as he proves year in and year out, he's worth it.
Steve Buckley, on the other hand, writes in his pay column that Jason Varitek is the guy that the Sox absolutely have to keep. Edes’ notebook looks at minor leaguer Jon Lester, whose name was also being thrown around in the ARod trade talks. Horrigan’s notebook has Johnny Damon talking about former teammate Carlos Febles who is camp on a minor league contract. Krasner’s notebook says that Pedro will remain the #1 in the Sox rotation.
Michael Smith says that the Patriots could be in for difficulty in their negotiations with Ty Law. I just wish players would shy away from using terms like “insulted” and a “slap in the face” when talking about the offers presented to them. It just doesn’t win them any sympathy in the court of public opinion. Michael Felger says that the Patriots two SuperBowl titles allows them to operate as they please with player negotiations. He also looks at some recent news items about the team that were revealed through smaller newspapers and Internet sites. Tom Curran wonders if the Pats will make their annual run at a restricted free agent.
The Bruins lost in OT to Montreal last night. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell, Stephen Harris and Joe McDonald have the coverage of the game. Kevin Paul Dupont says the Bruins could be trying to land a prized defenseman in a trade before the deadline. Steve Conroy looks at Jonathan Girard making an appearance in the Bruins lockerroom last night. Karen Guregian has a piece on Sergei Samsonov, injured, and stuck in neutral. Dupont also says that the Bruins will need production from the likes of Travis Green down the stretch. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook looks at Patrice Bergeron, held out of the lineup because of injury last night. Harris’ notebook has more on that topic.
Brandon Hunter gets some ink in the papers this morning. Find all your Celtics links over at Fox Sports Net.
Bill Griffith has a look at ESPN’s track coverage and a host of other media news and notes.
FSN has Celtics/Raptors at 7:00. (Also ESPN Nationally) ESPN has Suns/Sonics at 9:30. ESPN Classic has some Celtics programming tonight with “Celtics Dynasty” at 7:00 and a Larry Bird “SportsCentury” at 8:00 and 11:00.