Jon Lester must be happy that the month of April is over. The Red Sox lefty pitched like the ace he is supposed to be, going eight innings and surrendering only one run with five hits in the Red Sox 5-1win over the Angels at Fenway Park. (Need it Reloaded?)

It was another long night for David Ortiz, who was hitless once again in four at-bats, striking out twice, leaving seven men on base.

Go ahead, boo, you short-memoried jackals.Wed May 05 01:46:36 via web

Well said, Chad. It’s one thing to think that the team needs to sit him down, or even perhaps something even more drastic, but booing a guy who has done so much for this franchise is classless. What does it accomplish? Do you think the guy isn’t trying? You can want him gone, but still respect him for what he’s done.

Tonight (NESN, 7:00pm),  it is one last day for Nomar at Fenway Park, as the former Red Sox shortstop will be honored by the team.

A reliable 1-2 punch – John Tomase has Jon Lester and Dustin Pedroia the keys to this win for the Red Sox.

Lester makes use of defense and it pays off – Daniel Barbarisi has the Red Sox defense coming up big for the lefty.

The Red Sox can’t escape the unavoidable question of Mike Lowell and David Ortiz – Ron Chimelis says that the DH situation will need to be addressed very soon.  

Scutaro’s one fantastic option – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has the shortstop doing the job very well in the leadoff role.

Bruins

The Bruins get back in action tonight (VERSUS, 7:00pm) for game three of their series with the Flyers, up 2-0.

Flyers out to Phil it up – Rich Garven has the Bruins going into Philadelphia expecting a battle.

Bruins need to tune out tough talk – Joe McDonald says that the Bruins need to ignore the gamesmanship of the Flyers.

Impact of Bruin bench deeply felt – Fluto Shinzawa says that the Bruins have more flexibility than the Flyers.

Third period is winning time for Bruins – Joe Haggerty’s notebook looks at the Bruins success late in games.

Stand-up goalie, stand-up guy – Bill Burt talks with Tim Thomas, who won the Vezina Trophy last season, but has become an forgotten man with the emergence of Tuukka Rask.

Celtics

Winning never gets old – Steve Bulpett notes that the final score is what determines whether the Celtics are “experienced” or “old.”

Celtics say they’re ready to hold court – Chris Forsberg has the Celtics finally ready to defend their home court. (Please ignore the Skip Bayless/Rob Parker debate video at the top of that page. You’ll thank me.)

Celtics team up for latest laugh  – After the Cavs were laughing following game one, Julien Benbow says that the Celtics are deadly serious.

Rajon Rondo makes point – Ron Borges looks at the Celtic point guard’s domination of the Cavs.

Patriots

Marijuana Use A Costly Mistake For Aaron Hernandez – Jeff Jacobs examines the situation with the Patriots draftee, a Connecticut native. He also notes the following when referencing the Globe’s claim of multiple failed tests for Hernandez:

It’s possible those other teams are trying to make the Patriots look bad or they’re taking cover in case Hernandez turns out to be an All-Pro. Conversely, there could be some antics in the semantics of the Hernandez statement. Buddy Martin, executive editor of Florida Gators Country and a longtime journalist, wrote he had it on good authority that Hernandez flunked only one drug test.

Nice that someone could actually point out the possibility that teams were using the Globe (whose cited sources were unnamed executives from other teams) for their own means.

Undrafted Free Agents Have Many Role Models to Look to on Patriots Roster – Jeff Howe has a look at a few players on the Patriots roster who have beaten the odds.

Gerard Warren reports to the Patriots by way of Cleveland – Glen Farley looks at the veteran defensive lineman finally ending up in New England. Robert Lee also has a story on Warren.

Price could be in mix for third receiver job – Christopher Price looks at the chances that Taylor Price (no relation) could fill the Jabbar Gaffney role.

And finally, no sports media blog today should go without mentioning the passing of a true broadcasting legend. Ernie Harwell, the longtime voice of the Detroit Tigers, and by all accounts one of the nicest and most classiest men anywhere, passed away yesterday at the age of 92.

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29 thoughts on “Lester Looks The Part Of An Ace

  1. Albert Breer is cementing his growing reputation as a low level tool. But hey if it results in more clicks on the Globe’s site then it’s good, right?

    1. Disappointing.

      I don’t know what happened to him. He was agenda-free during his first run through the Patriots beat. But since his return he’s clearly joined the Borges & Felger School of Football Journalism.

  2. I thought the key passage from Jacobs’ column was this one:

    “The larger, more important point here is I don’t know that the Boston Globe report, citing unnamed sources from three NFL teams that Hernandez failed multiple drug tests, is absolute fact. Or that Hernandez’s statement, made through the Patriots that there was only “one violation” of the Florida substance policy, is absolute fact. And because I don’t know, I refuse to make the dangerous assumption that one of the great football talents in Connecticut history is either a troubled young man or this is a non-story.”

    Breer’s initial story was newsworthy. Discovering the reason Hernandez slipped through the draft was absolutely news. It was after the initial story that Breer went from reporting to speculating. He latched onto several anonymous sources, essentially saying Hernandez was lying when he said he only failed one test.

    Breer cited an erroneous ESPN box score for the FIU game as proof Hernandez was punished for a second game, only later to be shown Hernandez did in fact play in that game. Sticking to his guns, Breer hinted the reason Hernandez didn’t start was related (“clearly disciplinary”) to marijuana.

    This is shoddy journalism. It was Breer saying, “Where there’s smoke, there’s weed.”

    It’s refreshing to see a reporter like Jacobs look at the facts soberly, and determine what’s reportable and what’s not. Perhaps the rumors are true, and Hernandez does have a problem. But Breer hasn’t got that, and if he hasn’t got it, he shouldn’t report it.

    1. I just find it laughable that multiple pot smoking incidents equates to possibly being a “troubled young man”. Kinda dumb given that he knew that he’d be tested, sure… but “troubled”????

      1. I’m getting the impression a lot of people out there live in picket fence communities – oops wrong analogy, marijuana use is normal in every neighborhood, every strata of society. In fact I don’t know many executives who could pass an mj pee test today.

        Through all this – if there’s any teeth to the story, I haven’t heard a thing about Hernandez’s life before Florida. You’d think Breer might do some digging if he’s sure he’s right. I think he knows he’s just muckraking, credibility be damned. And some gullible people buy into the bad story because it’s easier.

  3. Is it possible that sitting there day by day listening to Bill not tell you anything turns Patriot’s writers into Tomase clones? Worth looking into…

    1. Misconception. If they ask the right questions, Belichick will give plenty of information, even going into detail about a subject. Only a few have apparently figured this out.

      1. Bingo.

        What I find funny about the whole anti-Belichick tome in the media is the fact that these guys LOVED Parcells. The same Bill Parcells who would openly insult them and launch into angry (if somewhat pre-planned/theatrical) tirades against them from time to time.

        And The Tuna also told them NOTHING. He never talked about injuries, just like Belichick; he never allowed them to talk to his assistant coaches, just like Belichick (actually, BB may be more lenient on that subject that Parcells ever was).

        But what did Parcells do that Belichick doesn’t do? Parcells constantly gave them great sound bites and great quotes that translated well into print media as well. So they tolerated, and some even venerated, The Tuna, while most of these same guys continue to try to slay the Belichick Dragon.

        Hilariousl

        1. “…just like Belichick; he never allowed them to talk to his assistant coaches, just like Belichick (actually, BB may be more lenient on that subject that Parcells ever was).”

          The league now mandates that assistants/coordinators have to be available to the media.

          1. Thanks for that.

            I knew back in the day that Parcells pretty much originated the policy of no talking to the assistants, so Belichick was just practicing what The Tuna taught him in that case.

    2. Not at all and his history proves it. When BB first came to the area he was “forced” to do a radio show. Initially it was with radio guys he didn’t respect and it was boring because they spoke with BB as media.

      Then something wonderful happened to everyone – they got some real football people to talk football with BB and it’s the most entertaining radio I’ve ever heard. I used to think I knew a fair amount about the sport but listening to just one of BB’s coaches shows let me know I don’t know all that much, let alone the media. And BB is fascinating to listen to and tells a lot.

      http://www.nflfilmstv.com/NewMedia/041210/mayock_belichick.mpg

      But as fans know if a media guy insists on asking about injuries or hair styles they’ll get the cold shoulder. Accept it and learn (like Reiss) or worry about E! – Football Edition.

      Bill says a lot but media people tend not to listen.

  4. i’d like to thank chad finn for the one sentence lecture on my skills/abilities as a red sox fan.

  5. I’d be interested to know precisely what this commenter thinks Bill is supposed to be telling the media.

    1. I’m more interesting in figuring out why so many members of the media are personally insulted by Bill not giving them his life story.

  6. A couple of items:

    1)I have no problem with fans booing. They pay a lot of money, especially here in New England. They should expect a good effort each night by the teams they support. Here is the problem, I believe that David Ortiz is giving it everything he has got. He just does not have it anymore which happens (see Jim Rice). I think fans and some in the media have forgotten how good Ortiz was. Ortiz is not like Rasheed Wallace or Adalius Thomas who were more lethargic than inspired when called upon. Fans really should Ortiz a break.

    A caller on Damon Amendolara’s show said that maybe the Red Sox are doing Ortiz an injustice by putting him in the line-up and facing fan scorn when they are pretty sure that the game he had in Baltimore is not the norm where the game last night against the Angels is. It is a different look at the Ortiz situation that is not all that far-fetched.

    2)With regards to Ernie Harwell, I lived in the Ann Arbor, MI area during the late 80’s and early 90’s and Harwell was a little bit of beauty in what otherwise a decrepit ballpark. This may sound weak but you had a feeling of summer even though it may have been April 12, with a temperature of 45 degrees when Harwell called a game. What I loved about Ernie is that he had such a respect for all of those who played the game. If Reggie Jackson hit a home run, he called it the same as if Kirk Gibson had it. He appreciated the talent of the players and gave his kudos when they were deserved. I think it may have been why former Tiger President and legendary Michigan football coach, Bo Schembechler tried to have Harwell removed from the Tiger’s broadcast. Bo believed that the play-by-play guy worked for the team and should have a rooting interest. Frank Beckman has been calling Michigan football for about 30 years, is a very good broadcaster but you would have no problem guessing who he calls games for. Before Beckman was legendary Bob Ufer who would make Johnny Most sound like the most bias free announcer you have ever heard. Please listen to Ufer call the 1979 Michigan vs Indiana football game. Words can’t describe it.

    WJR who used to do the Tigers games took the blame for removing Harwell but nobody was buying it. Schembechler lost a lot of goodwill when Harwell was let go for one season. Mike Ilitch when he became the owner in 1993 brought him back one year later.

    One last thing that I did not know about Harwell which I wish I did not know because it puts me to shame was that Harwell was a workoutaholic. Up until four months before he died he did 300 sit-ups and ran in place doing 300 steps at 5:00 am every morning. A couple of months before that he was jumping rope. Jeez.

    I suggest you all read Mitch Albom’s obit piece on Harwell. I know that there are people out there who feel that Albom is cocky but he can walk the walk with the best writers around.
    http://www.freep.com/article/20100505/COL01/5050493/1082/Gone-now-but-never-forgotten

    1. So when are you going to start writing guest columns and posts for me?

      I’m being serious.

      1. Thanks Bruce, I’m just glad some of the nuns who taught me in grammar school have not seen some of my punctuation and editing mistakes. It could get ugly.

      2. "Thanks Bruce, I'm just glad some of the nuns who taught me in grammar school have not seen some of my punctuation and editing mistakes. It could get ugly. "

        Bruce this was actually a response to your comment on this thread. Thanks again

        By the way for anyone who listened to the Ufer clip, yes he had a big bike horn and he was weeping.

  7. Since Papi’s name popped up on that substance list (even though his union lawyer managed to get him out of it) my attitude has changed. I realize that his career is close to the paradigm of a steroid user, but there had never been any accusations, much less proof. Once his name came up I could no longer deny what was pretty obvious. I have no sympathy for him.

  8. Just as an FYI, all the comments there were here above will return, I'm just backing them up as part of this new comment system install.

  9. "but booing a guy who has done so much for this franchise is classless. What does it accomplish? Do you think the guy isn’t trying? You can want him gone, but still respect him for what he’s done."

    So I guess we sit in awkward silence then? Shame on the Red Sox for trotting his cadaver out there still.

    1. I guess the choice is between reacting as a kind human being who likes the Red Sox, is very grateful for what Ortiz has meant to the franchise, etc. etc., or making sure that you're on the record with your considered, very important objection to what he's done on the field this year.

    2. Yes, shame on the Red Sox to some extent for putting him in this situation, but at the same time, don't you think Ortiz already knows how bad he's been? Don't you think he's just as frustrated as the fans? I don't see what booing the guy accomplishes at all.

    3. Totally agree Bruce. Can absolutely boo for lack of effort and we've seen clear examples of that on each of the local teams. Ortiz is not a case of lack of effort and if anything the booing will only make him press more. Never made sense to me.

    4. I guess the choice is between reacting as a kind human being who likes the Red Sox, is very grateful for what Ortiz has meant to the franchise, etc. etc., or making sure that you're on the record with your considered, very important objection to what he's done on the field this year.

  10. Despite Albert Breer's continual slide to hackdom, there were two terrific articles that join Mitch Albom's obituary of Ernie Harwell.

    The first one was done by the great Jack McCallum of Sports Illustrated. He does an in-depth piece on Ben Roethlisberger. I wonder if Michael Holley still thinks Ben does not deserve to be suspended after reading this. Roethlisberger at best is sleazy at worse a criminal. Hines Ward may have known a lot more about Big Ben then we thought. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/ma

    The second article is not a sports piece but was written by a pretty prolific sports writter, Jason Whitlock. I found this KC Star article through the Big Lead blog. I do not care if you are for or against or could care less about the new Arizona immigration law this is a great piece of writing. http://www.kansascity.com/2010/05/04/1923957/ariz

  11. "Please ignore the Skip Bayless/Rob Parker debate video at the top of that page. You’ll thank me."

    why? they were 100 percent accurate, for a change. the c's can play a lot better by not making boneheaded mistakes due to loss of focus. the regular season isn't a good barometer for the c's (or spurs for that matter). paul pierce doesn't look good and rondo does. seriously, what am i missing? i actually agree with them and believe the c's can win the series IF they stop turning the ball over and get The Truth back on his game….

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