An afternoon of baseball is on tap today, followed by the Celtics in Washington. Recaps of the NCAA title game are included, as well as stories on UConn coach Jim Calhoun, who was elected to the Hall of Fame. Also included is more on the Patriots wide receiver position.
The Red Sox get back to work this afternoon, looking for their first win of 2005. Free agent signing Matt Clement makes his first start for the Red Sox, and he is also the subject of many articles this morning. Chris Snow looks at the difficulties Clement could face in changing leagues. Jeff Horrigan has a very positive piece on Clement, who has impressed the Red Sox this spring with his intensity as well as his willingness and ability to learn. Sean McAdam has a little more generic look at the righthander. David Heuschkel has a similar piece on Clement as he prepares to also face the Yankees for the first time ever. Nick Cafardo talks with Yankees coach Joe Giardi, who caught Clement with the Cubs during the 2002 season and connected with him. He is very positive about Clement’s potential. The Yankees will be trotting out their own free agent signing making his American League debut this afternoon in Carl Pavano. Michael Silverman and Dom Amore look at Pavano as he prepares to face the team that drafted him back in 1994. Bill Reynolds says that Johnny Damon was just another average, nondescript Major Leaguer until he grew his hair long. Alex Speier says that Randy Johnson shifts the balance of power in the AL East and the Yankees hopes, in the playoffs.
Pedro Martinez made his debut for the New York Mets yesterday and Gordon Edes and Karen Guregian were there to report on his performance, and they are both quick to point out that the Red Sox could’ve used Pedro Sunday night, and Edes jumps at the chance to make the Roger Clemens comparison. Steve Buckley (Subscription only) writes that Terry Francona is better off having David Wells instead of Pedro, as Francona will have better control of the club and be more relaxed without Martinez. Gerry Callahan (subscription only) writes that we all should get used to the wild stories about Wells, but that without Pedro, the Red Sox need the lefty to be the big game pitcher he has been in the past. Guregian also writes about the Mets bullpen blowing up on Pedro yesterday. Jon Couture writes that Sunday night was just one bad night for the Red Sox, who try to have a glass half-full mentality. Howard Bryant (subscription only) says the Yankees are going to have the edge all season, and have been hungry all off season, while the Red Sox are still in honeymoon mode. Greg A Bedard of the Palm Beach Post is a life long Red Sox fan, and he actually enjoyed watching the game on Sunday night, regardless of the outcome. Cafardo’s notebook has a look at Kevin Brown trying to get himself together so he can rejoin the Yankees.
Tom E Curran has a piece on former Michigan and Chicago Bears wide receiver David Terrell, who agreed to a one year deal with the Patriots. Curran points out that Terrell might not be the bad guy that he is often painted as.
So how does a player like him wind up with a team like New England? He's very, very talented, for one thing. He also played with Tom Brady at Michigan, and Brady has always been fond of him. He was known as a player who was willing to be generous with his time for community relations in Chicago. And -- despite the shoddy play that seems to indicate a lack of attention -- everyone from former Bears coach Dick Jauron to current Bears GM Jerry Angelo had nice words to say about Terrell's passion for playing. In short, he probably isn't a bad guy.
Eddie Andelman kept trying to say on WWZN yesterday that this signing was done as a “peace offering” to Tom Brady hinting that the Patriots QB is steamed that his new deal hasn’t been completed yet. Here’s the transcript of that conversation that Andelman had with Rich Fahey:
EA: I think this will be a good signing because Brady knows him. Maybe this is like a peace offering to Brady. They tell me Brady is livid over this