Nick Cafardo catches up with former Sox outfielder Mike Greenwell, who threw out the first pitch yesterday, and weighed in on the steroid issue. Steve Buckley has more from Greenwell, who says that Roger Clemens deserves to be in the Hall of Fame despite the fact that Greenwell feels he might’ve used performance-enhancing drugs. Joe McDonald has Greenwell saying that he himself was tempted to use steroids, and even looked into it, but his wife (a nurse) convinced him otherwise. Jeff Goldberg has Greenwell firing out on Dan Duquette, and blaming the former GM for his estrangement from the organization for many years. Jon Couture has Greenwell pulling no punches in his discussion with the media.
Gordon Edes has a mini-feature on Bill James, who serves as senior adviser/baseball operations for the Red Sox, and who has a new book out this spring: The Bill James Gold Mine 2008. This book contains new essays and statistical compilations, and is in the same style as much of his earlier work. James has also been interviewed by 60 Minutes this spring.
Tony Massarotti says that it is clear that this trip to Japan is messing things for the Red Sox , who don’t appear to be ready to play regular season games next week. Maureen Mullen has a look at first baseman/outfielder Chris Carter, who is impressing some in camp with his bat and work ethic and would like nothing better than a chance to play in Fenway for the Red Sox. Massarotti also reports that it seems pretty much all but official that Josh Beckett will not be making the trip to Japan. He also reports that MLB is sending an expert to rebuild the pitching mound in the stadium that the Red Sox and A’s will be playing in.
Buckley has Tim Wakefield ready to step in if either (or both) Josh Beckett or Daisuke Matsuzaka are unable to make the trip to the Far East. Joe Haggerty says that Jacoby Ellsbury could be with the Sox to stay this season. Sarah Green says that it is too early to be making snap judgments about the Sox.
Massarotti’s notebook says that the trip to Japan might actually give Jonathan Papelbon and Manny Delcarmen a break, as the duo has been busy in recent days. Amalie Benjamin’s notebook also says that Beckett is looking doubtful for Japan. Goldberg’s notebook says that Beckett isn’t close to being ready to make the trip. Couture’s notebook says that there has been no official announcement from the Red Sox on Beckett’s status.
Marc J. Spears has a look at Paul Pierce, who many feel is playing the best basketball of his career this season, even though the raw numbers might not fully show that. Steve Bulpett has a look at Kendrick Perkins picking up his game recently and becoming a force under the basket. Jim Fenton has the Celtics looking to put together 10 wins in a row for the first time since the 1985-86 season.
Mark Farinella says that there are a number of cracks showing in the Patriots armor right now. Karen Guregian catches up with new Patriot Tank Williams and talks about his nickname, about playing with Pacman Jones, and his playing style. Mike Reiss reports on the restraining order against Randy Moss being dropped.
Kate Augusto in the Globe runs the obituary of John E. Callaghan, a longtime sports anchor for Channel 7, who died on March 5th.