Gordon Edes and Jeff Horrigan have more on the Nomar saga, with John Henry now taking his turn to come out and speak. Once again, the view being presented is that the Sox had no choice but to trade Nomar, who according to Henry had to be talked out of demanding a trade by his agent. Also coming out now are some financial details from the negotiations. Howard Bryant (subscription only) cranks out 1500 words on the topic, and has a few more details of the very messy situation.
Garciaparra told ownership the press responsibilities overwhelmed him. He said he only spent one-third of his time focusing on the game and the rest dealing with the media, both the press and interview requests from the team.
Bryant goes on to relate that Nomar felt “thrown to the wolves” in having to make so many media and public appearances, and even attempts by John Henry to get close to Nomar, as Henry has been able to do with Pedro failed. He has a Sox source calling Nomar the “worst” defensive shortstop in the league. Dan Shaughnessy says that this feels just like the Bill Parcells/Bob Kraft divorce, and he’s right. Dan’s column today is surprisingly human, he acknowledges the feelings of the everyday fan, and wants to clarify something he wrote (or rather didn’t write) about Nomar:
Two points of clarification regarding Sunday's column: 1. Nowhere in this space was Garciaparra characterized as a "cancer" in the Sox clubhouse. The word "polluted" was used (which admittedly may be harsher for some), but you won't find "cancer" tossed about casually here. 2. Nomar's dislike for the media has nothing to do with my take on his intentions or sincerity. One more time, people: Regarding the media, players can be helpful or not; it doesn't matter. It's not their job to help us do our job. Please, no more insipid e-mails saying, "Nomar wouldn't talk to you so you got even with him."
As many of you might know, Dan’s daughter battled cancer as a teenager, thus his feelings on “casually” using that word. I actually think today’s column by Shaughnessy was one of the most thoughtful ones he’s put together in some time. Yes, I’m endorsing reading the column. Steven Krasner and David Heuschkel also look at Henry’s comments from yesterday. Joe Haggerty has a look at Nomar when the cameras were off. Horrigan also has Theo Epstein saying that it is time to turn the page on this story. Edes has Arn Tellem saying that the Sox need to let it go.
The Red Sox actual on-field activity is a weak second fiddle today…Bob Hohler has a look at the Red Sox 5-2 win over Tampa last night. The new looks Red Sox got their second in a row over the Devil Rays, thanks to a complete game from Curt Schilling. Mike Shalin looks at the Sox getting two in a row on the road. David Heuschkel looks at Schilling’s outing, noting that he relied on a new pitch for him – the changeup. Steve Krasner also has a look at the Sox win and a changed Schilling. David Borges looks at the no-name lineup the Sox trotted out there last night to beat the D-Rays with. Jeff Horrigan also has a look at Schilling changing things up in his outing last night. Hohler’s notebook has a look at the depleted infield depth with the loss of Mark Bellhorn. The Herald notebook has a look at the great catch by Manny last night. Krasner’s notebook looks at the lineup last night. Borges’ notebook has more on the Henry/Nomar comments.
Tom Curran looks at the holdout of Ben Watson and says that if the Patriots were a losing organization, this would be a huge story and Belichick and the Patriots would be getting grilled over it. But since they’ve won two Super Bowls, they get a pass and Belichick doesn’t even have to answer questions about it. Adam Kilgore takes a look at Keith “truck” Traylor. The 340 lb Traylor was actually drafted as a linebacker, way back in the day. Michael Felger has a nice look at Terrell Buckley, who has matured in his 13 years in the league, and his now viewed as a “valued, veteran presence.” He plans to play until he’s 35, and then pursue his next passion, golf. Michael Vega also has a very similar look at Buckley. Michael Parente has a third look at Buckley, whom he calls “one of Belichick’s guys”. Alan Greenberg has a look at Dan Klecko’s progress at learning the linebacker position during this training camp. Christopher Price has a look at Richard Seymour, who has been forced to grow up fast, both personally and professionally. Curran’s notebook looks at the annual visit by the NFL refs to camp. Vega’s notebook also looks at the rule changes. Felger’s notebook says that Rodney Harrison isn’t too happy with the rule changes. Interesting that Harrison hopes to someday be on the other side and be one of the ones enforcing these rules after his playing career is over. Felger also reveals that despite a little jawing this week at practice between Harrison and Dillon, the safety contacted Belichick when he heard the Pats were looking at Dillon and told him to bring him here. The two share an agent.
Greg Gatlin has NESN and YES denying rumors of a merger.
Peter May looks at the US Olympic basketball team being embarrassed by Italy yesterday.
NESN has Red Sox/Devil Rays at 7:00. ESPN has Yankees/A’s at 7:00. ESPN2 has Phillies/Padres at 10:00. The Globe SportsPlus will have more Nomar talk and a one-on-one with Keith Foulke tonight at 11:00 on NESN. CN8’s Sports Pulse will have Olympic talk and a member of SABR in to talk baseball numbers at 10:00. FSN will have Michael Holley in at 6:30 and Sean McAdam at 10:00.