Despite the off night for the Red Sox, we’ve got plenty of links and things going on today. Assorted baseball items are followed by some information on The Tradition, coverage of the Pistons tying the NBA Finals 2-2 and US Open coverage.

The Red Sox were off last night and that means an assortment of articles this morning looking at various aspects of the team. Tony Massarotti looks at the Red Sox chances of repeating, stating that first they must address their “woefully inept” pitching before anything else. Steven Krasner agrees that the success of this team depends on what they get from their pitching staff. Michael Silverman has a look at the unhappy Jay Payton, who wants out of Boston. He’s not content being a role player and wants to be traded to a team where he can play more. He’s careful to respect the guys playing ahead of him and knows there isn’t a spot for him here, so he’d like to be elsewhere. Alex Speier looks at Keith Foulke attempting to get his act together, and confident that he will do so.

Jim Donaldson writes this morning that the Red Sox are going to be just fine, the worst part of the season is behind them, they’re getting healthy, their pitching is improving and the bats of people like Manny Ramirez and Kevin Millar are coming around. Wow. A “Mr Positive” effort from Donaldson, not known for that style, especially when it comes to the Red Sox. Stan Grossfeld provides a guide to the worst seats at Fenway – many of the obstructed view and distant seats in the house, but many of the fans don’t seem to mind, they’re happy to be at Fenway, which I’m sure is exactly what the owners are counting on. Color me as one confused and annoyed by Larry Lucchino’s comments on Dennis and Callahan yesterday, when asked by Dennis about whether there is a long term plan to address the lack of size and space in many of the seats, Lucchino said there was. An economic plan. People willing to sit in those seats (which make up much of the ballpark) will pay less then the other seats which might have a little more room. It didn’t really sound like a plan to me at all, just a effort to be diplomatic rather than say, “We’re not going to replace seats and reduce the capacity of Fenway Park”.

David Heuschkel previews the Pittsburgh Pirates as they come to town for a weekend series with the Red Sox. He notes that the franchise just hasn’t been the same since Barry Bonds…and Tim Wakefield left. Silverman has a sidebar noting that the Red Sox have just about had their fill of interleague play. Anil Adyanthaya takes a look at the glory days of Jerry Remy, featuring 10 memorable games from his playing career. Silverman’s notebook looks a Kevin Millar heating up in the month of June. Nick Cafardo’s notebook also looks at Millar.

Chris Snow has a minor league notebook in which he looks at the Lowell Spinners and some of the players they are expected to have this summer. He also has Kelly Shoppach speaking about his brief Major League stint and looks at Jon Papelbon and some of the other Portland phenoms. Michael Silverman also produces a Minor League Notebook and he looks at the Red Sox first round selections from the last 10 years, most of whom has disappointed.

The Tradition - at The Sports Museum Tuesday Night
Lenny Megliola has a piece on Bob Cousy, who will be honored as part of The Tradition at the Sports Museum on Tuesday night. Mike Reiss looks at Andre Tippett, who will also be honored and presented by Dante Scarnecchia. Other honorees at the event will include:

  • Mike Eruzione, Jim Craig, Jack O’Callahan, and Dave Silk — The Boston-bred heroes of the Miracle on Ice
  • Tony DeMarco — The kid from the North End who became champion of the world 50 years ago
  • Terry O’Reilly — The grinder who became an All-Star and the quintessential Bruin
  • Lesley Visser — The journalist who shattered multiple gender barriers
  • The ownership of the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox — The ultimate cursebreakers and miraclemakers

It’s sure to be a memorable evening. More information is available at the website for the Museum.

Shira Springer looks at the Pistons evening up the NBA Finals with a 102-71 victory over the Spurs. Every game of this series has ended in a runaway victory. Springer’s notebook says that the Union and the League has agreed to resume talks today on the new CBA.

Bob Ryan looks at the challenges of the Pinehurst course, where the US Open began play yesterday. Jim McCabe looks at the leaders after the first round, Olin Browne and Rocco Mediate, both at 3 under par. Joe Gordon also has a look at the first round. George Kimball looks at Tiger Woods shooting an even-par 70 yesterday. McCabe’s notebook has the James Driscoll update, while Gordon’s notebook looks at a jet-setting day for Corey Pavin.

I have to add that it is a disappointment that it appears the US Open will not be broadcast in HD by either network covering it. I understand the logistics and additional expense that is likely involved in doing this, but FOX appears to broadcast the NASCAR races each week in HD, why can’t this Major Golf event be covered as well? If someone from the networks is reading…I know you are…feel free to drop me a line so I can understand this a little better.

David Scott looks at Michael gee peddling his talents; he takes issue with Holley taking issue with Shaughnessy and has of course a number of other items and thoughts from around the media world.

Bill Griffith has a look at Lesley Visser, whose days on the NFL sidelines are over as she will now be part of the CBS pregame show. He also looks at NFL Network featuring Bill Belichick as part of the Father’s Day programming on Sunday and has a look at SportsPlus on NESN tonight, which will have a one-on-one with Charlie Weis.

UPN38 has Red Sox/Pirates at 7:00.