The Red Sox dropped their second straight game to the Tampa Rays last night, this time by the score of 3-2. The bigger loss may have come in the person of Kevin Youkilis, who injured his right ankle and had to leave the game in the fourth inning.
Here are your top stories from another scorching day in New England:
Rays exploit depleted Red Sox – Gordon Edes has the Red Sox left with no good options after losing Kevin Youkilis.
Backup plan falling apart – Nick Cafardo says that the Red Sox have found the last two nights that it is tough to beat a team of major leaguers with a squad of 4A talent.
Lineup in real crisis – John Tomase says that the injury strain is finally beginning to show for the Red Sox.
Beckett takes another step – Peter Abraham’s Red Sox notebook has Josh Beckett showing real progress in his simulated game yesterday.
Winning the NBA lottery – Bob Ryan looks at the undeserving players who are also getting rich this offseason.
Lafayette looking to secure spot – Chris Forsberg looks at why Oliver Lafayette could be an intriguing prospect for the Celtics.
Gaffney looks to make an impact with his defense – A. Sherrod Blakely has piece on another Celtics hopeful, forward Tony Gaffney.
Brown and O’Neal said to be in play – Gary Washburn’s notebook has a look at the Celtics search for a free agent big man.
A few sizzling topics for a hot day – Jim Donaldson has a few thoughts.
Within a span of a few minutes yesterday afternoon, I heard the clueless Mike Adams demand to know why Kendrick Perkins waited to have knee surgery, only to be informed by Cedric Maxwell that the swelling in his knee needed to go down before the surgery could be performed. Adams then referenced Wes Welker and his quick recovery, the inference being that Perkins needs to do the same.
Then in a switch over the 98.5, I hear Felger and Massarotti going over the comments of Tom Brady’s throwing coach Tom Martinez, who stated that Brady had three broken ribs and a broken finger last season. The duo immediately used this to vindicate Charlie Casserly, of all people. Casserly, you recall, reported on CBS that Brady had broken ribs, a claim that Bill Belichick refuted on WEEIthe next day. This was used to make the leap that Bill Belichick lies about everything.
Felger even went into a painful Glenn Ordway-like “fan” impression mocking Patriots fans.
But how much do Felger and Massarotti really know about the situation? Casserly made his report in January. Others had reported the Brady injury occured much earlier than that (see update)- some even placed the injury to the preseason when Albert Haynesworth crushed Brady. Perhaps Belichick was knocking Casserly’s timing, as the ribs may have healed by January. Whatever the case, using the recent comments to validate Casserly and then apply to other things the coach has said, is par for the course for those in the media who are just looking for the opportunity throw the word liar out there.
Then they used a caller as a jumping point to a logic leap that Tom Brady is ticked off at the Patriots for not giving him a contract. Anything to tweak the Patriots fans in the “footy pajamas.”
Another leap of logic is the Jacoby Ellsbury situation. Without knowing a single thing, and simply comparing it to the “same” injury suffered by Jeremy Hermida, it automatically means that Ellsbury is either faking his injury or incredibly soft. The reality is, Felger and Massarotti don’t have a clue about Ellsbury’s injury, they don’t know what the injury is, how it is healing, or what it feels like, so they’re making stuff up with their twisted leaps of logic.
Just a snapshot of sports radio in Boston.