The Red Sox visited St. Louis for the first time since October last night, the Patriots sign another defensive back, the Celtics might be interested in a Euro point guard, and Bill Griffith has a look at how the media industry has evolved with the advent of sports radio.
The Red Sox return to St. Louis, site of their historic World Series victory last fall, didn’t go quite as well as hoped, at least for the first game. Matt Morris shut down the Red Sox lineup as the Cardinals rolled, 7-1. Chris Snow has a look at the long day for the Red Sox hitters, Tim Wakefield, and for Edgar Renteria’s return to St. Louis. Jeff Horrigan focuses on the dominance of Morris, who hurled a complete game on only 101 pitches. Sean McAdam suggests that had Morris been this good last October, things might have been far different. David Heuschkel notes that the loss is the latest of a six week stretch of about .500 baseball for the Red Sox. David Borges writes that this is the Cardinal team that we never really saw in the World Series.
Nick Cafardo looks at the Red Sox return to the scene of their World Series victory, but notes that this year, the Cardinals have their act together, while the Red Sox don’t seem to know where they’re going. Michael Silverman looks at the difference between Boston and St. Louis, noting that the Cardinals fans and organization are more laid back, and forgiving that Boston would be. Silverman also takes a look at the struggles of Tim Wakefield, who has now had six straight shaky outings. Jon Couture looks at the ongoing debate of Millar vs. Olerud. Horrigan looks at the return of Edgar Renteria to St. Louis, and also has a brief note on Red Sox minor leaguer Felix Romero, who was suspended for violation of the steroid policy.
Bob Ryan looks at the AL East, noting that it is still there for the Red Sox to take, should they be so inclined. He believes the Yankees just have too many problems and that the Orioles will falter at some point. Gerry Callahan (subscription only) also looks at the fall of the Yankees, noting that if you take out their three week hot stretch, the team is 12-27 the rest of the way. He looks at their age, and the fact that there isn’t much that Joe Torre or Brian Cashman can do about it.
Borges’ notebook looks at Boston and St. Louis as the two best baseball cities in the country. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at Renteria’s return to St. Louis as well as his reflections on his first year in the American League, where he admits he feels like a rookie. McAdam’s notebook looks at the MLB draft, which kicks off today. Snow’s notebook has Tony LaRussa defending his comments on Renteria from a few weeks ago. Horrigan’s notebook has an update on Johnny Damon’s shoulder, which kept him out of the lineup once again last night.
Andy Smith in the ProJo previews the Red Sox “Queer Eye” episode, set to air tonight on Bravo.
Shira Springer reports on the Pistons defeating the Heat in game 7 in Miami last night, putting themselves in the NBA Finals to face the Spurs. Springer’s notebook looks at a rough night for Dwayne Wade, despite scoring 20 points in the loss. Bill Reynolds remembers George Mikan…another very good article on the basketball legend. Steve Bulpett has a brief report looking at accounts that the Celtics are “close in the hunt” to sign European point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius, but adds that the chances of him landing here are “highly unlikely”.
Kevin Paul Dupont looks at NHL officials attempting to design a more exciting brand of hockey for when the league does finally return from its season long hiatus.
Bill Griffith has an interesting feature this morning looking at the emergence of sports talk radio and how it has impacted the career path of many professionals. Radio used to be a springboard to Television, now in some cases you’re seeing the opposite, as the bigger money is in radio. Glenn Ordway is among those interviewed for the story, and says that daily prep for “The Big Show” goes as follows:
"I've got a home theater setup," said Ordway. "Every night, I'm watching with picture-in-picture and TiVo-ing as many as three games. I watch a lot at night and more the next morning. We have a conference call with the producers every morning and start working on bits by noon. We've created a show that has become a lifestyle, a daily soap opera. It's entertainment."
We’re impressed with your expensive set-up, Glenn. Forgive me if I’m a little skeptical about about the amount of games Ordway and company watch. It seems a little unrealistic to me, and many times they’re simply caught unaware of something that’s happened elsewhere in the country. It’s interesting to note however that more and more as of late, Ordway has been emphasizing that the Big Show and WEEI are “Sports Entertainment” not really sports talk or reporting. If it is merely entertainment, why watch other games at all? Griffith also has a second, shorter report on how TV sportscasts are getting shortchanged these days as people get their information from other sources.
John Molori’s Media Blitz looks at some promotions being done by Fox Sports New England, weighs in on comments by Tom Verducci, and has media rising and falling stars.
NESN has Red Sox/Cardinals at 8:00.