I apologize for the brevity of this and other recent entries. An issue at work has all my time occupied, as I was in the office until after midnight last night.

The Red Sox snapped their three game slide and beat the Devil Rays last night 12-5 in Tampa, behind two David Ortiz home runs, including a ninth inning grand slam.

Get the coverage on the Red Sox Daily Links page.

Gordon Edes has a look at Seth Mnookin’s new book, “Feeding the Monster”, which is an inside look at the workings of the Red Sox. There are several excerpts quoted in the review, several of which deal with Theo Epstein’s temporary departure from the Red Sox last fall. If you had any doubts that it was Dan Shaughnessy’s piece in the Globe that was the straw that broke Epstein’s back, this snippet should dispel them:

And Epstein, despite his ``bitterness" over leaks about the negotiations, ``was at peace" with his decision to return, until reading an Oct. 30 column in the Globe by Dan Shaughnessy, headlined ``Let's iron out some of this dirty laundry," that was critical of Epstein. Convinced that either Lucchino or his longtime lieutenant, Dr. Charles Steinberg, was the source of the column, Epstein e-mailed Henry with his intentions to resign the next day, according to the book.

To say that I have reservations about the book is putting it mildly…and it really has nothing to do with Mnookin or the content he put into the book. He’s a solid writer, seems to be a good guy, and did what he was supposed to do with this project. However, what was the Red Sox motivation for this project? One person in the business told me that John Henry and company originally approached Michael Lewis of “Moneyball” fame after the success of that publication to do a similar book on them. He declined the offer, and then shortly after, Mnookin was brought in and given the unfettered access to the organization and a key to Fenway Park. The Red Sox were the ones that wanted a book done on themselves, yet they complain about leaks in the organization and dispel any notion of a “cartel”. They’re clearly seeking the spotlight as an organization, and perhaps used this book to further their own causes and garner public perception onto their side. The fact that this review is done in the Globe, while perhaps innocuous in nature, just further fuels the speculation about the incestuous Globe/Red Sox relationship.

All that being said…I can’t wait to read the book. It promises to be very interesting.

Shira Springer has Paul Pierce reflecting on his future and his legacy. Pierce admits that if the Celtics don’t show signs of becoming contenders very soon, it might be time for him to move on. Scott Souza talks to Raef LaFrentz about his time in Boston and being traded to Portland. Peter May reports on the Celtics exercising contract options on four young players and also signing undrafted free agent guard Allan Ray from Villanova.

Stephen Harris reports on the Bruins signing former Red Wing and UNH alumn Mark Mowers. He also cites a source that says the possibility of Brendan Shanahan signing with the Bruins is now dead. Bud Barth also reports on the signing. Mike Loftus has Zdeno Chara happy to accept the challenge of leading the Bruins defense.

David Scott is tired of the RemDog infomercials on the NESN Red Sox telecasts. Jim Baker previews the baseball All Star game festivities and coverage, while Susan Bickelhaupt looks at an English language documentary on Japanese baseball, and has a few other media notes.

NESN has Red Sox/White Sox at 8:30.

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