The day after the MLB All Star game is usually among the slowest on the sports calendar. Today is no exception. It’s mainly filler, as we wait for the second half of the season to begin, and for the NFL lockout to finally lift.
A few thoughts and links for a Tuesday:
From the FOX broadcast last night, if you were wondering about Joe Buck’s voice, apparently he is recovering from a virus that weakened his vocal cords, and caused him to almost lose his voice permanently.
While I feel bad for Buck’s condition, (OK, not really) among the highlights of the night was Justin Timberlake heaping sarcastic praise on Buck during an interview with Mark Grace on the telecast.
No, Tim McCarver, the whole country would not have celebrated Derek Jeter with you last night…
Speaking of Jeter’s absence, I found it funny that in the past, Manny Ramirez and Pedro Martinez had skipped All Star games, and the furor from the media was fierce. In 2006 when Manny skipped, Buster Olney said that his name should never again appear on an All Star ballot.
Derek Jeter is “mentally exhausted” from his quest for 3000 hits, and that’s why he stayed home from last night’s game. No problem at all from anyone. He’s Derek Jeter. I’m not a Derek Jeter basher, and this is not a shot at him, it’s a shot at the double-standards employed by so many in the media toward their favorite sons.
Will the Chris Berman era ever end? – Kirk Minihane on WEEI.com thinks it’s time for Chris Berman to be eased off of ESPN.
These Sox may have fit – John Tomase looks at the mutual interest between the Red Sox and Matt Holliday in the winter of 2009, and how different things might be right now had they been able to work something out.
All-Star trip has special meaning – Gordon Edes looks at how the trip to Arizona held family significance for Jacoby Ellsbury.
If season is lost, C’s could make run at Howard – A. Sherrod Blakely explains why Celtics fan might want to root for a lost season, though he does says that his belief is “that Howard will never wear the Green and White.”
Mike Vrabel was the very personification of a football player – Jim Donaldson looks at the career of the former Patriots linebacker.