It’s a mixed bag of goods today, while the Red Sox hit six home runs in a 10-4 win over the Orioles that vaulted Boston into first place, we’re going to focus mainly here today on a few other items. You can get all the Red Sox coverage today at RedSoxLinks.com.
Chad Finn in the Globe today has a mini-feature on the competition between Comcast SportsNet New England and NESN, which have battled to be the top TV destination for Boston sports fans. Finn examines the recent Bruins Stanley Cup run as an example, and looks at the two outlets differing philosophies on programming and what each is looking to do. He also has a gallery where you can vote for the top personalities and shows between the two outlets. (I can’t stand galleries – they’re nothing more than a way for websites to generate more page views and click-throughs, at the expense of the convenience of the reader, but this one is worth going through.)
My SB Nation Boston media column today looks at the week Fill-Ins Rule The Airwaves.
Former Dodgers slugger Eric Karros enjoys times in All-Star dugout – Bill Doyle talks to the FOX analyst about the All Star Game, the Red Sox, and the chaos that is the LA Dodgers right now.
Williams changed culture at Fenway – Sean McAdam remembers former Red Sox manager Dick Williams, who passed away yesterday at the age of 82. More on Williams from Bill Reynolds | Dan Shaughnessy | John Tomase | Mike Fine | Joe McDonald | Peter Abraham has the obituary for Williams in the Globe.
The remembrances of George Kimball continue to pile in, Dan Kennedy recalls an encounter with Kimball at the 1986 Woburn toxic-waste trial, where Kimball was called as a potential juror. Charles P. Pierce recalls the first time he met Kimball, and was asked if he had any speed on him. Thus began a 30-year friendship. Sean Kerrigan in The Phoenix looks at Kimball’s time at the publication. If you haven’t read the appreciation from Michael Gee in the Herald yet, I encourage you to do so.