A version of the Red Sox faced a version of the Yankees last night in Florida, the Patriots seemingly have filled out their coaching staff as much as they’re going to, and a couple Celtics articles make up this morning’s update.
We got the first Boston/New York matchup of the spring out of the way and can move on with spring training. Jason Giambi was met with some boos, and answered them with a home run, providing about the only real excitement of the night. Michael Silverman looks at the laidback night, which included Theo Epstein and Brian Cashman sitting together and talking in the crowd for some time. David Heuschkel says that it was a pretty friendly night overall. David Borges agrees, noting that there was a bit less hype around this game. Chris Snow also writes that this was certainly not as hot a ticket as the first spring meeting between the clubs was last year. Sean McAdam says this has been a very quiet start for the Red Sox all around, and that is a big indication of how much things have changed. There aren’t players talking about contracts, and the pressure of winning it all is off. Gordon Edes looks at what Jason Giambi has been through since the leaks about his steroid testimony came out and what he needs to be to be accepted by his teammates and fans. Dom Amore has a further look at Giambi’s night against the Red Sox. Steve Buckley (subscription only) writes that if you’re going to boo Giambi, you shouldn’t do it just because you think it would “be fun to kick a wounded dog.”
Tony Massarotti says that trying to figure if Manny Ramirez or David Ortiz should hit third or fourth doesn’t make a bit of difference. The big thing isn’t which order they’re in, but the fact that they’re there. Howard Bryant (subscription only) talks with A’s manager Ken Macha, who says that his club missed Keith Foulke desperately last season. He also looks at the challenge facing the A’s, having traded away two of their “big three” pitchers. The Globe notebook has former Sox GM Lou Gorman telling of the time he nearly traded Roger Clemens to the Astros back in 1993. Silverman’s notebook has David Wells doing a little scouting of the Yankees. McAdam’s notebook is a wrapup of the game last night. Borges’ notebook looks at the performance of Abe Alvarez last night.
Jon Couture hits on a number of baseball subjects, but also looks at the BostonDirtDogs situation. The story is still news out there, especially in the blogging world, despite the silence coming from Boston.com. Chris Lynch examined the situation, and that post was picked up by the giant blog Instapundit. Another blog New Media Matters also took an extensive look at the story. The story got another play on ESPN yesterday, as the subject came up on the spring training broadcast on the network. I believe the ones speaking on the telecast were Gary Thorne (A Bangor, ME, native) and Rick Sutcliffe.
Apparently the subject of Nomar and the ring had come up again, and Nomar was listening to the telecast, and called the Cubs public relations person who called ESPN