These few days around the MLB All Star Game are said to be the slowest sports days of the year. After glancing at the Boston Globe sports section I can believe it. A total of six stories with Globe writer bylines, three on baseball, one on the new US Olympic network, one story on the Massachusetts Amateur and one high school story (Agannis Classic). The Herald and other papers were about the same.
Amalie Benjamin has Tim Wakefield with some of his Red Sox teammates showing him the ropes at the All Star festivities. Steve Buckley has Wakefield bringing along a special catcher’s mitt for whoever might catch him in the game. Bill Burt has Wakefield finding a fountain of youth – he feels like he’s 12 years old again at his first All Star game. Mike Fine says that just about everyone is happy for Wakefield. Joe Haggerty has Wake finally getting his due.
Joe McDonald says that the Red Sox dominance of the Yankees has to be the top story of the first half of the season. Alex Speier examines where the Red Sox might shop for power in the second half of the season. John Tomase says there appears to be no urgency on either side when it comes to the Jason Bay contract talks. Ron Chimelis says that we don’t need to change anything about the All Star game. Steve Buckley has Jonathan Papelbon still gushing over Mariano Rivera. Tom Caron has David Ortiz back in top form. Alan Greenwood looks at how the Red Sox find themselves in first place at the All Star break.
Margery Eagan says that Dustin Pedroia offers a welcome respite from many of the domestic stories we hear in sports.
Nick Cafardo wonders if St. Louis might become Roy Halladay’s permanent home soon.
Bill Reynolds reports on the film “The Lost Son of Havana.”
Benjamin’s notebook says that if Josh Beckett gets into the game, expect it to be a short stint.
Steve Conroy says that the NHL will announce tomorrow the details of the Winter Classic at Fenway Park.
Jessica Camerato has former Celtic Ryan Gomes now playing the role of mentor with the young Timberwolves.
Steve Conroy also has Boston College landing a blue-chip QB prospect for the 2010 season.
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