I posted more Alan Greenberg tributes last night (in the post below this one) and will continue to post them as long as they keep coming in.
You’ll also want to read Jeff Jacobs column in the Courant today about Greenberg. If you’re not moved by it, then you’re not alive yourself.
Gordon Edes has a piece on Kyle Snyder, who may look like Bronson Arroyo, but who has a big booster in Curt Schilling. John Tomase has Mike Timlin hoping for a shot at the closer role. Sean McAdam looks at the composition of the roster, noting that there is really only competition for the final relief pitcher. Steve Buckley looks at the efforts by Daisuke Matsuzaka to learn and speak English. Alex Speier says trimming down the pitching staff is going to be a tough job. Jon Couture looks a Joel Pineiro still angling for a chance to be the Red Sox closer.
Jeff Goldberg has Schilling talking about the death of John Vukovich, who he says was a father figure to him. Buckley also has Schilling and Terry Francona remembering Vukovich who was a mentor and friend to both. Lenny Megliola had a wonderful time in Florida and sends back a report on Matsuzaka. Tomase has Jim Rice and Andre Tippett as kindred spirits, both great players on Boston teams hoping to get into the Hall of Fame. Speier also has a bit on Kyle Snyder trying to make the club.
Edes’ notebook has more on Francona and Schilling remembering Vukovich and the impact he had on their lives and careers. Tomase’s notebook has Matt Clement taking a big step forward by simply playing a little catch. McAdam’s notebook has more on the death of Vukovich. Couture’s notebook has Schilling still working on his changeup.
Amalie Benjamin reports on MLB and DirecTV finalizing their agreement for the Extra Innings package.
David Scott says that in light of the latest questionable passages from Ron Borges as related in the Herald messenger blog yesterday, the Globe must fire the sports writer, though they seem to feel it is no big deal.
Albert Breer says that the Patriots are showing strong interest in Falcons free agent inside linebacker Edgerton Hartwell, who played with new Patriot Adalius Thomas in Baltimore.
Hector Longo says that the Patriots moves this week were very un-Patriot-like and cause for concern.
The Bruins fumbled another chance to move closer to a playoff spot last night as they fell to the Minnesota Wild 2-1 at the Garden.
Fluto Shinzawa says this was the type of game where one mistake can…and did…mean the difference in the game. Steve Conroy looks at the Bruins scoring woes continuing. Joe McDonald notes that the Bruins weren’t feeling as deflated as you might think they would’ve been after the loss. Douglas Flynn looks at another new low for the Bruins. Bud Barth notes that once again the Bruins picked a bad time to show their ugly side.
Stephen Harris says that it hurt to see Brian Rolston on the other side of the ice and wonder what could’ve been here with him. Mick Colageo says that injuries might finally put an end to the Bruins playoff hopes.
Shinzawa’s notebook says that P.J. Axelsson will likely miss the rest of the season with a broken wrist. Conroy’s notebook has more on the injury to Axelsson. McDonald’s notebook looks at Keith Carney of the Wild, a Rhode Island native in his 15th NHL season. Barth’s notebook wonders if Glen Murray returned too soon and could now be lost for the stretch run. Flynn’s notebook has more on the return of Rolston.