Dave Scott continues the Scott’s Shots Spring Training Caravan for Thursday. Reporting today from Jupiter, FL.
David Scott has his Scott’s Shots Spring Training Caravan day three, this time from Fort Lauderdale.
Pedro and Nomar met the media for the first time in the spring yesterday. Nomar was understandably still hurting from the Red Sox efforts to acquire ARod during the offseason. Gordon Edes, David Heuschkel, Steven Krasner and Jeff Horrigan have a recap on what Nomar had to say. Tony Massarotti says it would be a huge blunder for the Red Sox to allow Nomar to get to free agency. Meanwhile, Pedro had his say as well, and the always entertaining Martinez went through his conference telling reporters how much he doesn’t like them, answering questions about game seven, and what the future holds beyond this season for him. Michael Holley takes the first turn with Pedro, while Horrigan, Heuschkel and Krasner file reports as well. Bob Hohler has a summary of both sessions, and tries to read the tea leaves of the two superstars. Steve Buckley has a nice article on Ellis Burks, and manages to get through it without mentioning his uniform number. Well done Buck. Buckley also has a pay column on the theatrics of the two press conferences yesterday. Lenny Megliola tries to kill some time before opening day. Gerry Callahan’s pay column looks at Theo Epstein and how the Sox GM isn’t concerned about making his superstars happy, nor is he particularly worried that he has so many going into their final year of their contracts. Epstein says in retrospect, the Sox decisions to let Clemens and Vaughn walk, weren’t as bad as they seemed at the time, as they used Clemens’ money to get Pedro and Mo’s career was essentially over after he left Boston.
The Patriots DVD arrived yesterday, and while I have not had a chance to do much more than flip through the menus, I can see already that it is well worth spending the money for. It contains much more than the DVD of two years ago. Included is the entire game with the World broadcast feed with Dick Stockton, but it is like the games in the “Three Games to Glory” disc. Each play is shown, and then you move directly onto the next play. There are some other nice bonus features as well. I hope to take a longer look at it tonight. Tom Curran says the Patriots are in position to become a superpower in the NFL. Michael Felger and Michael Smith report on the Patriots decision not to raise ticket prices. Skip Wood of USA Today has a piece on how opposing GM’s are trying to study and copy the Patriots model of building a team.
The Bruins and Islanders played to a 0-0 tie last night on the island. Kevin Paul Dupont, Stephen Harris and Dan Hickling report. Harris’ notebook says that Sergei Samsonov is stuck in injury limbo. Hickling’s notebook has Mike Sullivan feeling for a fired colleague. Dupont’s notebook looks at the 90 minute delay to start the game.
Are you pumped for the start of the Chucky Atkins era with the Celtics? It starts tonight. Links are at Fox Sports Net.
FSNE has Celtics/Bucks at 7:00. ESPN has NC State/Georgia Tech at 7:00 and then Rockets/Cavs at 9:00. ESPN2 has Lightning/Thrashers at 7:30.
More Red Sox negativity today as the Big Show repeatedly played unflattering clips of Nomar’s nervous laugh from his press conference this afternoon in Florida. They wonder why the players don’t want to talk to them. Here’s Nomar, a hard working player, excellent role model for kids, never been in trouble during his career, yet some of the local media have tried more than once to run the guy out of town, simply because he isn’t a quote machine, nor always cooperative with them. To his credit, Dale Arnold called out Steve Buckley a bit on it today, but then the repeated clips later on the Big Show just were uncalled for.
To paraphrase BSG: This never would’ve have happened if Jason Wolfe were still alive…
Today is a good day. My Super Bowl DVD should be arriving from Amazon.com this morning.
David Scott has his Scott’s Shots Spring Training Caravan day two from Florida.
Jeff Horrigan says Tim Wakefield is forgiven for the game seven loss to the Yankees. Wakefield took the loss very hard, holding himself responsible. Michael Holley has an article on Terry Francona, who will be on the hot seat this season to produce perhaps 20 more wins this season than he has ever won as a manager before.
Steven Krasner takes a look at David Ortiz arriving in camp, hoping to play more at first base this season. Steve Buckley looks at Ortiz loving every minute of being in Boston. David Heuschkel says Jason Varitek wants to stay in Boston, but isn’t going to make it easy for the team to sign him. Do yourself a favor. Don’t read Jim Donaldson this morning. Not that you were likely to anyway, but the Shaughnessy-wannabe hits all time lows in his bashing of John Henry and recounting of all the bad things that have happened to the Sox. Jackie MacMullan looks at Barry Bonds and thesteroidd issue. Howard Bryant looks at the new, skinny Jason Giambi. Bob Hohler says Alan Embree wants a new, longer contract. Not because he’s unhappy, but because he’s happy and wants to stay in Boston. Buckley also has a look at Pokey Reese, happy to be in Boston and wearing #3. Since this is a Buckley article that involves uniform numbers, Ellis Burks getting Tony Conigliaro’s number 25 is of course mentioned as well. Heuschkel’s notebook also has a look at Reese. Krasner’s notebook has Embree blending into the bullpen now that Keith Foulke is aboard. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the progress of Tony Womack coming back quick than expected from elbow surgery. Hohler’s notebook leads with more of Ortiz being content in Boston.
The positional players aren’t even due to report until today, and already I’m sick of media members trying to stir up controversy and negativity just for the sake of stirring the pot. Yesterday we had the David Pevear article, today it’s Jim Donaldson, and according to the Boston Radio Watch website, Boston Magazine will have in the March issue “an article titled “The Worst Damn Sports Town in America” which will take a look at the unhappy Boston sports fans and mentions WEEI’s approach(eg, The Whiner Line) of dealing with the fellowship of the miserable…” One of the quotes from the article is as follows:
"Why do you think people have wanted to talk about the Red Sox over the last month, rather than the Patriots?" piped in co-host Larry Johnson. "Because it's a catharsis. People want negativity, we can't control that." "But you do gratify it," I suggested. "We exploit it, is what we do," Ordway responded with a big grin.
That’s the attitude the real Boston fans have to suffer with from their media outlets in this town. Last night on Fox25, Butch Stearns wondered if today, Manny, Nomar and Pedro would “finally” report. As if they’ve been holding out. As mentioned, positional players aren’t even due to report until today, and Pedro’s absence is cleared by the team. It’s insufferable.
John Powers, Steve Conroy and Joe McDonald recap a rough homecoming for the Bruins who were shut out at the Fleet by the Panthers, 2-0. Ron Indrisano and Rich Thompson look at Panther goalie Roberto Luongo and his success against the Bruins this year. Karen Guregian says that it is time that the Bruins make a trade. Indrisano also looks at the play of Jiri Slegr. Conroy’s notebook looks at a shoulder injury for Nick Boynton. McDonald’s notebook looks at a rough season for Andy Hilbert. Power’s notebook looks at the Bruins getting 12 of their last 19 games at home.
Michael Felger looks at some Patriots DVD cast members who may not be returning. Damien Woody chief among them. Tom Curran also looks at Woody, who will be testing the free agent waters. Once he does, be prepared for the sour Nick Cafardo to return. Woody is one of his guys. Alan Greenberg also has a look at the Patriots, from screening the new DVD to tough offseason decisions they have to make.
Danny Ainge is under fire and the Vin Baker saga carries on. Groundhog day for the Celtics continues over at Fox Sports Net.
Bill Griffith looks at ESPN’s “Dream Job” program, the Patriots DVD and spring training reports from the local outlets.
NESN has Bruins/Islanders at 7:00. ESPN has Michigan State/Michigan at 7:00 and Alabama/Auburn at 9:00. ESPN2 has UConn/St. John’s at 7:00.
David Pevear of the Lowell Sun twists the knife a little more for Red Sox fans. A couple excerpts from his article today:
Four months after Aaron Boone zapped them good, Red Sox fans are back and eager for more negative reinforcement.
Such faith is admirable in a pathetic sort of way, though Red Sox fans should pace themselves. The Grapefruit League hasn't even opened and already they are in danger of fading from their exhausting enthusiasm before their team ever makes it back to another eighth inning of Game 7 at Yankee Stadium.
He then dismisses the talent evaluation and skills of Theo Epstein as follows:
But do Red Sox fans really want to trust their organization's talent and brains to end the Curse?
I didn't think so.
As Theo Epstein is prone to say to John Henry, "Pass me the checkbook."
If his aim was to get noticed by insulting the intelligence of Red Sox fans and trying to be a dommsayer in the Shaughnessy mode, I’d say he hit his mark. Haven’t seen this type of stuff from Pevear before, so I’m curious about what’s bringing it out now…a cry for attention? If so, I fell for it by giving it notice in this space.
Someone’s got a case of the Mondays…(That would be me.)
The first edition of Scott
Sunday Links from Len
The Bruins ended their seven game road trip with a 3-3 tie at Carolina. They were outplayed but got great goaltending from Andrew Raycroft with 34 saves. Jim McCabe has the game story. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell says that great goaltending wins in the playoffs and has remarks from Harry Sinden who believes that Raycroft has been the team’s MVP this year. McCabe also reports that Sergei Samsonov is still hurting.
The Celtics were blown out in Portland. Shira Springer has the grim details and reports on a frustrated Paul Pierce. Peter May has fallout on the Celtics latest trade and conjecture on what is next for Vin Baker.
Jeff Horrigan and Bob Hohler have the story on Derek Lowe who believes this is the last go around for the current version of the Red Sox. Lowe believes he could be the last priority of the team come contract time. However, a caller to the Jon Wallach show on WEEI yesterday pointed out it could be Nomar who is on the outside looking in next year because two other outstanding shortstops will be free agents next year. Orlando Cabrera and Edgar Renteria are both better defensive shortstops and both are very productive at the plate. More importantly, both will not command Nomar money.
Gordon Edes has the fallout from John Henry’s statements regarding a salary cap as well as a look at the controversial Questec system which is despised by Curt Schilling. Bob Hohler reports on Terry’s first day on the field as Red Sox manager. Tony Massarotti has more on A-Rod, Brian Cashman, and Nomar in his Sunday On Baseball column. Chuck Culpepper of Newsday says “Cowboy Up” is over in Boston and pokes fun at the long suffering Red Sox and their fans.
Michael Smith says goodbye to Damien Woody and discusses how the salary cap will change the face of the 2004 Patriots. In Smith’s Notes, he looks at the possibility of the Patriots moving up to draft a big receiver. Kevin Mannix complains about the lack of information coming out of the NFL combine in Indy. He does provide a 1st Round Mock Draft which has the Patriots trading both picks to move up to the 10 spot to select Steven Jackson. In his Combine Notes, Mannix has a more in depth look at Steven Jackson. Mannix also has a look at Joe Gibbs first days back in DC and the Bills feeling positive about Drew Bledsoe despite other coaches beliefs that Bledsoe is washed up.
Bill Griffith discusses how A-Rod could pay dividends to the Yankees through increased advertising rates on the Yankee owned YES Network. In other notes, Griffith explains the best place to be to watch all 16 NCAA first round games on March 18 is the Showcase Cinemas.
FSN has the Celtics at Seattle tonight at 9 pm.