Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-06-26

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Doc Rivers Charity Auction On eBay Now

doc_riversCeltics Coach Doc Rivers is partnering with leading destination club Ultimate Escapes to raise money for Shepherd’s Hope, a non-profit organization of volunteers that provides access to health care for the uninsured. Through Ultimate Escapes signature ‘Ultimate GivingSM’ program, individuals will have the chance to bid, via a series of eBay auctions, on six extraordinary packages including a VIP Golf Experience with the world champion coach in Orlando and a VIP Celtics package during the 09/10 season.

The first auction, June 25 – July 4, 2009, includes three offerings that grant the winners access to the exclusive collection of luxury homes usually reserved for members of the club: a VIP Golf Experience with Doc Rivers in Orlando, a five-night stay in a London home, and a five-night stay in a private residence in Turks & Caicos. As part of the Ultimate Giving initiative, all proceeds from the auction will be donated to the charity of Doc Rivers’ choice, Shepherd’s Hope. The auctions and details about each offering are available at www.UltimateGiving.com. Ultimate Giving has already raised more than $350,000 for non-profits, with a multi-year goal of collecting over $1 million for deserving causes.

The Doc Rivers VIP Golf Package Includes:

  • A golf foursome (the winner and two friends, plus a celebrity) at the Doc Rivers Celebrity Golf Invitational on July 17, 2009 at Grand Cypress
  • Meet & Greet with Doc Rivers during the private celebrity pairings party July 16, 2009
  • Photo opportunity for the winner and guests with Doc and other celebrities
  • Autographed Doc Rivers memorabilia
  • Two-night stay in Ultimate Escapes Luxury Destination Clubs’ $2 million Orlando home
  • Golf Tournament Awards Luncheon for three

 VIP Package Retail Value: $5,000

This package is currently available for bidding on eBay.

Additionally, a second auction taking place July 2–July 12, 2009 will offer three additional packages, including the following one: 

Celtics VIP Package

  • Two night stay in Ultimate Escapes Luxury Ultimate Collection 5 star hotel partner – The Eliot Suite in Boston
  • Four tickets to a Boston Celtics home game during the 2010 season
  • Meet & greet with Doc Rivers just after the game.
  • Autographed Doc Rivers memorabilia

Check the Ultimate Giving page for the rest of the Auctions as they come on-line.

Smoltz Shaky in Sox Debut

It was a rocky first inning in a Boston Red Sox uniform for John Smoltz, who gave up four runs on four hits in the frame. On the other side, Jordan Zimmermann, who was born almost a year to the day after Smoltz was drafted by the Detroit Tigers had his way with the Red Sox, as the Nationals posted a 9-3 win in the series finale.

John Tomase says Smoltz should get a mulligan for his first inning as a Red Sox pitcher. Adam Kilgore has Zimmermann outpitching Smoltz on this night. Joe McDonald has Smoltz and the Red Sox liking how the right-hander finished his outing.

Michael Silverman says that despite the first inning, there were a number of promising signs in Smoltz last night. Nick Cafardo says that it might’ve been a tough start for Smoltz, but it’s certainly not the end. Dan Lamothe though, says that Smoltz was an EPIC FAIL last night.

Nationally, Ken Rosenthal says that Smoltz really wasn’t all that bad last night.

Silverman says that pitching depth has put the Red Sox in a good position. McDonald says that Smoltz’s debut last night was another piece of the Red Sox offseason blueprint being put into place.

Kilgore’s Minor League notebook has catcher Mark Wagner showing off his bat at AA Portland.

Chad Finn talks to Dennis Eckersley about his stint in the booth, filling in for Jerry Remy.

Tomase’s notebook has David Ortiz hitting the cleanup spot last night, a spot he might see more of in the future. Kilgore’s notebook has Jonathan Papelbon talking All Star game. McDonald’s Red Sox journal has Ortiz pleased with getting his 1000th career RBI on Wednesday night.

Celtics

The Celtics stood pat last night, not making any trades, and instead just holding onto their one draft pick at #58 overall and using it on University of Tennessee-Martin guard Lester Hudson, who was second in NCAA Div I scoring last season.

Mike Fine says that it was a long night with little to do for Ainge. Steve Bulpett says that it is all about the now for Ainge and the Celtics, who may yet make some moves. Marc J. Spears notes that with the Celtics standing still, there was activity all around them in the Eastern Conference yesterday. Paul Flannery fires off five things we learned about the draft last night.

Dan Shaughnessy says that now is not the time to trade Rajon Rondo. Alan Siegel says that it appears that Rondo is staying put for now. Scott Souza has Ainge saying again that the Celtics are not looking to trade Rondo. Mark Murphy has Doc Rivers saying he has no doubts that Rondo and Ray Allen will be here next season. Murphy has Rondo’s camp miffed over Ainge’s comments on WEEI earlier this week.

Robert Lee thinks that the addition of Shaq to the Cavs might change the Celtics offseason plans. Bulpett has Rivers viewing all the trades made in the East yesterday as no big deal.

Murphy’s notebook has a look at Hudson, who impressed Ainge with his scoring ability. Frank Dell’Apa’s notebook has more on Hudson, who had a long, hard road to last night.

Bruins

Kevin Paul Dupont ponders what Phil Kessel might be worth in a trade. Steve Conroy says that there might be a lot of moves made tonight, but don’t count on the Bruins being big players. Bud Barth thinks that it is possible that Kessel might get dealt. Mike Loftus has the Bruins taking a little different approach to the draft this year.

Joseph Gravellese wonders if there is anyone in this draft who can make the Bruins better. Dupont’s notebook has the Bruins looking to move up in the draft. Conroy looks at who could be on the Bruins radar at No. 25.

Misc

Michael Felger attacks Celtics fans in his mailbag.

Mike Reiss has Matt Light participating in the NFL’s third-annual Broadcast Boot Camp.

Announcement

Finally this morning, I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome Ken Fang to BSMW. You know Ken from the Friday megalinks, which will still be published here on the front page each week, but in between Ken is going to writing at the new BSMW Fang’s Bites blog each day.

If you’re familiar with Ken’s blog, you know he tirelessly posts at all hours about all things. This blog will be focused solely on sports media, with a regional emphasis of here in New England. Each day he’s going to bring us sports media links and news, and will provide commentary and analysis of the local sports media. I think he’s going to be a terrific addition to the site. His blog is still a work-in-progress design-wise, but we’re getting there. The focus is on the content for now. Welcome, Ken!

Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-06-25

Sixth Man, We Hardly Knew Ya

The way I see things, if John Smoltz’s first pitch tonight sails three feet wide, that will mean it stays in the park. We’re playing with house money after that. And if that leadoff batter should walk on four pitches, Smoltz will still be a run and three hits better than Daisuke’s first-four-pitch split last Friday night.

Yes, the six-man rotation is dead. Smoltz is in, Matsuzaka out for the foreseeable future. Turns out Tito Francona was right. Things have a way of working out. Tom Caron has Smoltz in the best place at the best time. Fighting Words has Matsuzaka serving well as a $103 million placeholder until the young arms could develop. The House That Dewey Built says Dice-K is a victim of his own hype, but he’s not a bust . . . yet. Fire Brand Of The American League opines that, other than his stuff . . . and command . . . and control, Matsuzaka has been well worth the $103 million pricetag. Peter’s Red Sox Forever says Smoltz and his four buddies will make a nearly unbeatable combination through October. Hmmmm . . . there was no mention of Daisuke.

Red Sox Monster loves the new and antiseptic Nationals Park, where Red Sox Nation is holding a filibuster-proof majority over D.C. fans. A veteran of many beer league triples himself, The Bottom Line‘s Rob has a special appreciation for Ellsbury’s performance in the opener at Nationals Park. Surviving Grady was a bit less appreciative of John Kerry’s performance in the booth on Tuesday night. Basegirl says Dave Roberts treated Kerry better than Eck would.

Hacks With Haggs doesn’t like Pedroia’s performance at leadoff, but who should take that spot? Ellsbury? Forget it, says Lou Merloni, who pencils in Jacoby as an ideal No. 7. Boston Dirt Dogs loves the performances of Ortiz and Varitek at the plate. Sox & Dawgs is happy to see Big Papi in the fifth and sixth slots getting pitches to hit. Sully Baseball has the Sox making a great trade to improve at DH.

Well, it’s finally happened. The Mighty Quinn Media Machine observes that Big Papi has passed up Big Slappi down in the bowels of the AL batting pack. The Mets half of Subway Squawkers delights that his cleanup hitter is matching A-Rod swing for swing, but for pennies on the dollar. A Red Sox Fan From Pinstripe Territory equates Girardi’s ejection last night to whacking the remote, and he’s annoyed that it once again turned the Yankee TV on.

38 Pitches says it’s not retiring MLBPA ED Donald Fehr’s fault that A-Rod stuck a needle in his butt. El Guapo’s Ghost says Fehr is guilty only of reticence from his soap box.

Celtics / Bruins

A few quick entries on our winter teams, as they each have upcoming drafts.

Ball Don’t Lie and SB Nation combine great minds to bring you their latest NBA mock draft. Awful Announcing says they’ll be no tweeting allowed to announce tonight’s selections. Cole Wright may not know what will go down tonight, but he’s sure of two things: the 58th pick will be left intact and the C’s will tear through next season. CelticsHub doesn’t believe Danny Ainge when he says he’s not dealing before the draft. Rich Levine looks back at the C’s last 20 draft picks. Celtics Stuff Live advises against pulling a Ricky Pitino when it comes to Ray Allen.

Big Bad Blog gets us current on the Phil Kessel front as we enter the NHL Entry Draft this weekend. Cycle Like The Sedins features Cornelius Hardenbergh’s take on the B’s plan of attack going into this weekend. Boston Blood Sox crosses sports to trace Tim Thomas’ global path to the Vezina. Hey, it’s not the Urpo Ylonen Trophy, but it will still look good on his mantel.

Some scheduling problems created the late delivery today, so my apologies. They also forced me to put the Patriots on hold for another week. Thanks for dropping in and spending a Thursday afternoon with us here on BSMW.

SoSH Raising Money for ALS Research

The Sons of Sam Horn messageboard is more than just a discussion group of all things Red Sox. The folks over there (and there is a lot of cross-pollination between BSMW and SoSH) have always used their community to raise money for worthy charities, such as The Jimmy Fund.

For the second straight year, SoSH will run an auction to benefit the Massachusetts Chapter of the ALS Association, and will partner with Curt’s Pitch for ALS during the event, which will take place from July 6-19. Details below:

SONS OF SAM HORN HOLDING ANNUAL

AUCTION TO BENEFIT ALS RESEARCH AND CARE

Last year, popular Red Sox message board raised over $63,000

for the Massachusetts Chapter of the ALS Association

Boston, Mass. (June 24, 2009)—The web site that made its reputation on dissecting Jimy Williams’ lineups, analyzing Nomar Garciaparra’s penchant for hacking away at the first pitch, and analyzing the latest moves by general manager Theo Epstein is going to bat against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The Sons of Sam Horn (SoSH), a popular message board dedicated to the discussion of the Boston Red Sox, will hold its annual online auction July 6-19. All proceeds will benefit the Massachusetts Chapter of the ALS Association.

SoSH will partner with Curt’s Pitch for ALS during the event. Founded in 1993 by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, the organization is committed to ALS patient care and the search for a cure.

“I am proud to join with the members of the Sons of Sam Horn in their efforts to raise money for ALS patients and their families,” Schilling said. “The goal of Curt’s Pitch has always been to help improve the quality of life for those living with the disease and their loved ones, and fundraisers like the on-line auction run by SoSH go a long way toward helping meet that goal. I sincerely hope you will join us and participate in this year’s auction.”

Last year, SoSH’s online auction raised over $63,000 for the Massachusetts Chapter of the ALS Association. Winning items included a Red Sox clubhouse tour with Curt Schilling, a week’s use of a beach house on Cape Cod, original artwork, and a visit to the set of the NBC television hit “The Office.” Auctioned items and services are mostly donated by SoSH members, but anyone can donate an item, and bidding in the auction is open to everyone. This year’s auction items can be found at www.sonsofsamhorn.net.

Since 2003, SoSH has also held an annual pledge drive that benefited the Jimmy Fund. The drive has raised close to $250,000, with a high of nearly $75,000 in 2007. Over the years, SoSH has received donations from a variety of organizations and businesses, including the Boston Red Sox, Rotoworld, the Ryan Center, NBC Sports, Kittery Trading Post, The Red Seat, Sports Propaganda Print, and Limo’s by Liz.

For more information, visit www.sonsofsamhorn.com/index.php/sosh-auction-for-curts-pitch-for-als.

I would like to encourage all to consider participating in this event.

Ortiz, Sox Power Over Nationals

David Ortiz hit a three-run homer last night to spark the Red Sox offense in a 6-4 win over the Washington Nationals.

Adam Kilgore has Ortiz seemingly having turned it all around for himself. John Tomase says that Ortiz’s home run last night was just a like the old days  – a no-doubt-about-it moon shot. Joe McDonald has Ortiz and Jason Varitek powering the Sox to victory.

Michael Silverman looks at John Smoltz’s first start for the Red Sox tonight, and prepares us not to see a finished product just yet.  Brian MacPherson notes that today has been more than a year in the making for Smoltz. Mike Fine says that Smoltz is still pitching because that is what he loves to do.

Nick Cafardo says Jason Varitek is giving the Red Sox everything he has, and a little more. Cafardo compares him to Bill Buckner in 1986, who did anything he could to get on the field. Rob Bradford says that there was a lot of the familiar in last night’s win. Silverman has Nick Green nearly getting impaled by a flying broken bat last night. McDonald has Green able to avoid injury on the play.

McDonald has Julio Lugo just trying to be a good soldier. McDonald has Dusty Brown talking about his “awesome” time in the majors as he prepares to go back to Pawtucket. Bradford has Jason Bay working to become a United States Citizen.

Jeff Jacobs has Sandy Koufax making an appearance at a CT charity golf tournament.

Kilgore’s notebook has Smoltz set to make his debut with the Red Sox tonight. Tomase’s notebook looks at a little piece of history between Smoltz and Dave Magadan. McDonald’s Red Sox journal has Smoltz rarin’ to go tonight.

Celtics

The NBA draft is tonight, and the Celtics will either do something big, or nothing at all, it seems.

Danny Ainge went on WEEI yesterday morning and had some curious things to say about Rajon Rondo. Bob Ryan believe that where there is this much smoke there has to be at least a small fire. You know what? This Bruce Allen guy agrees in the Metro. Glad we see eye-to-eye for the most part, Bob. Bill Burt says that this just might all be a wake-up call for Rondo. Mark Murphy says that the saga with Rondo is more important than tonight’s draft. Marc J. Spears has Rondo’s agent responds to Ainge’s criticism of his client. Matthew Conyers has Ray Allen speaking at a golf event about the trade rumors around him.

Steve Bulpett notes that Danny Ainge can pretty much sit back and relax during this draft, a marked change from some years past. If they pick at all, Scott Souza says the goal will be to find a diamond in the rough. Jim Fenton says that pickings will be slim for the Celtics at #58. Jessica Camerato notes that taking flyers on international players in the second round hasn’t really panned out for the Celtics thus far. Bill Reynolds notes the trade talk surrounding Ainge and the Celtics. Jeff Howe tries to figure out what the Celtics are going to do tonight.

Ron Chimelis thinks that the Celtics should draft UMass’ Tony Gaffney. While the talent level isn’t as high as some drafts, Spears thinks that this could be among the most entertaining and surprising drafts ever because of some of the side stories. Dan Duggan checks in with Memphis guard Antonio Anderson, a Lynn native hoping to hear his named called tonight. Frank Dell’Apa thinks that UConn’s Jeff Adrien could be worth a second look.

Bruins/NHL

Kevin Paul Dupont has BC-bound Chris Kreider likely to be a first round pick in the NHL draft. Steve Conroy has Ryan Bourque ready for the next step in his career. John Connolly has Merrimack goaltender Joe Cannata also among those who could be drafted.

Steve Buckley has a report from The Tradition.