Spring Numbers Show Huge Wins For 98.5 Over WEEI

According to a post over at radio-info.com, which has been accurate with these posts in the past, these are numbers from the Spring 2011 ratings book:

MEN 25-54

6:00 to 10:00 AM

TOUCHER & RICH – 11.6 (1st)

DENNIS & CALLAHAN – 6.0 (3rd)

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

GRESH & ZO – 9.4 (2nd)

MUTT & MERLONI – 4.1 (10th)

2:00 to 6:00 PM

FELGER & MAZZ – 9.5 (1st)

THE BIG SHOW – 5.4 (6th)

MEN 18-49

6:00 to 10:00 AM

TOUCHER & RICH – 14.8 (1st)

DENNIS & CALLAHAN – 5.1 (4th)

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

GRESH & ZO – 11.9 (1st)

MUTT & MERLONI – 2.8 (11th)

2:00 to 6:00 PM

FELGER & MAZZ – 10.5 (1st)

THE BIG SHOW – 4.4 (7th)

MEN 18-34

6:00 to 10:00 AM

TOUCHER & RICH – 22.3 (1st)

DENNIS & CALLAHAN – 2.8 (11th)

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

GRESH & ZO – 14.1 (1st)

MUTT & MERLONI – 1.2 (17th)

2:00 to 6:00 PM

FELGER & MAZZ – 12.1 (1st)

THE BIG SHOW – 1.7 (16th)

With the Bruins on their Stanley Cup run, I think we knew 98.5 was going to score a big win this time around, but these numbers are still stunning.

It doesn’t appear that we’ll be hearing anything like this on the 850 AM airwaves this week. We might hear how we’re not reading the numbers correctly, and how WEEI is #1 in the demographic they’re shooting for, or something along the lines of “Everyone knows the spring and summer ratings don’t matter, that’s why we all go on extended vacations.”


2011 Approval Ratings – Tom Caron

Tom Caron serves as Red Sox studio host for NESN.

The Lewiston, Maine native was a journalism major at  Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. He began his television career as an intern during his junior year in college at WPTZ-TV in Plattsburgh, NY, where he reported on the  Montreal Canadiens and Montreal Expos. Jobs at WNNE-TV in Hanover, NH, and WGME-TV in Portland, ME followed. He joined WPXT-TV in Portland in 1993, and was the radio play-by-play man for the AHL Portland Pirates.

In 1995 he joined NESN as co-host of “Front Row,” a nightly sports magazine program. (Kristen Mastroianni was his co-host.) He also hosted the Bruins telecasts from 1997 to 2004, and was a Red Sox reporter during games. After two years on the road with the team, Caron became the studio host for the Red Sox telecasts.

Caron has also done play-by-play for NESN’s Hockey East telecasts. Caron is a frequent fill-in on WEEI. He writes a weekly sports column for the Portland Press Herald.


Slow Day In The Sports Media World…

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.

2011 Approval Ratings – Michael Silverman

Yes, that was the best picture I could find of Silverman. The guy is a ghost. Even the photo on his Twitter page isn’t of him.

Michael Silverman covers the Red Sox for the Boston Herald. He’s a lifer there, having come in with the illustrious 1989 class that included Michael Felger, Tony Massarotti, Bill Simmons and Paul Perillo.

He’s been covering the Red Sox since 1995. He’s not a guy you hear a whole lot from on the radio and television airwaves, though he does make some appearances. He doesn’t generally inject a lot of opinion into his pieces, but his tagline this season of the 2011 Red Sox being the Best Team Ever has gotten some play.

He was friendly with former Sox ace Pedro Martinez, which often made him a go-to guy on Pedro stories, even after the pitcher had left town.


All Star Break Allows For Reflection on Gonzo’s Greatness

So I apparently lost the entire first version of this post, which really doesn’t happen all that often.

Quickly – Lots of articles on Adrian Gonzalez’s greatness this morning, as well as the future of David Ortiz, who could be elsewhere next season.

Rather than do them all again, I’m bringing you the top five, plus a few miscellaneous pieces:

Gonzo is just out of this world  – Dan Shaughnessy is a fawning fanboy over Gonzalez in this piece. More on Gonzo from Bob Nightengale | John Tomase

Is there life after David Ortiz for the Red Sox? – Alex Speier looks at the possibility that this is the last year in Boston for Ortiz. More on this from Michael Silverman | Nick Cafardo

Ortiz the home run champ in Boston – Gordon Edes makes the case for Big Papi as the great home run hitter in Red Sox history, over guys like Jim Rice and Ted Williams.

Star in fixed position – Peter Abraham has Josh Beckett accepting responsibility for his lousy 2010, and working hard to return to ace form.

Sox look like fall guys – Gerry Callahan says that the Red Sox look like a sure bet for the postseason.

Wild move leads former sportswriter to Flames’ front office – The Montreal Gazette reports on former Boston Globe Red Sox beat writer Chris Snow taking a new position with the Calgary Flames.

Five things we learned from Bruins’ development camp – DJ Bean with a look at the Bruins youngsters.

Mike Vrabel goes out a winner 0 Ian Rapoport has the former Patriots linebacker calling it a career, and going into coaching.

2011 Approval Ratings – Peter Abraham

Peter Abraham is a Red Sox reporter for the Boston Globe.

A native of New Bedford, MA, Abraham joined the Globe in 2009. He attended UMass-Amherst.

Prior to coming to the Globe, covered the Yankees for The Journal News beginning in 2005, and spent four years prior to that covering the Mets. Before coming to New York in 1999, He covered the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team for the Norwich (Conn.) Bulletin.

Other publications Abraham has written for include Baseball America, Slam, Basketball Digest, Sports Illustrated, Sports Nippon, Metropolitan Golfer, Basketball Times and Backstreets.

Prolific in the ways of new media, Abraham was one of the first credentialed baseball writers to be as well-known for his blog coverage of the team as for his print coverage. He is also very active on Twitter, often engaging with and taking on fans through that medium.


Sox Hit Break After Ugly Series Sweep Of Orioles

The Red Sox finished up a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles yesterday, and hit the All Star break on a six-game winning streak, and a 55-35 record.

Yesterday’s 8-6 win featured still more ejections (four), as the two clubs continued to snipe at each other, on and off the field.

Things try to get ugly in Boston’s 8-6 win over the Baltimore – Nick Underhill has the Orioles continuing to try to settle their perceived feud with the American League East leaders. More game stories from Michael Vega | Dan Duggan | Brian MacPherson | Mike Fine | Maureen Mullen

Red Sox still can hit historic highs – Scott Lauber says that it is still possible that this The Best Red Sox Team Ever. Joe McDonald says that this team is living up their preseason hype.

Playing it forward – Amalie Benjamin has a mini-feature on Jacoby Ellsbury putting a tough 2010 season behind him. Alex Speier explains why this resurgence is not entirely surprising.

Gordon Edes’ interactive midseason Red Sox report card – The ESPN writer gives you the chance to grade the Red Sox for the first half of the season. Scott Lauber lists out the studs and duds from the first half of the season.

Umpires were out of control in Sox-Birds tiff – Jim Donaldson has the umpires losing control of the series. Rich Thompson  has the umpires with a very busy series.

Middlebrooks has the will, finding way – Nick Cafardo has power hitting prospect Will Middlebrooks looking to find his way to Fenway Park sooner rather than later.

Weiland’s debut is one for the history books –  Tim Britton has the Sox rookie starter becoming only the seventh player to be ejected in his Major League debut. Nicole Auerbach has more on Weiland.

Players hit break, speed away – Rich Thompson has the players heading their separate ways for the break.

Shopping smart at the trade deadline – The Red Sox Journal has Theo Epstein looking at options for the trade deadline at the end of the month. The Herald notebook from Dan Duggan has Jon Lester getting an All Star call, even though he won’t participate. The Globe notebook from Michael Vega has Lester pleased with the honor. The CSNNE.com notes have more on Weiland’s ejection. The Gatehouse notebook from Mike Fine  has more on Weiland.


Globe Compares CSNNE/NESN, Others Weigh In on Kimball, Williams

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.

Former Boston Herald Columnst George Kimball Has Died

Note – please read George Kimball: An appreciation by Michael Gee, now posted on the Boston Herald’s website.

George Kimball, who served as a sports columnist at the Boston Herald from 1980 to 2005, has died.

Kimball was 67, and had been diagnosed with inoperable esophegeal cancer in 2005.

Known most for his boxing writing, Kimball was especially prolific in the final years of his life, as he wrote the books Four Kings and Manly Art. At the Herald, he had been the main NFL columnist for the paper.

On the website TheSweetScience.com, Thomas Hauser remembers Kimball, and posts a profile he wrote of Kimball back in 2004.

The man led a fascinating life.

Other references:

Interview with Gelf Magazine.

Rebel returns to town (KUSports.com)


George Edward Kimball (Wikipedia)

Wakefield Lifts Beleaguered Sox To Second Straight Win

With the Red Sox rotation seemingly shortening by the day, Tim Wakefield went seven innings last night, giving up three runs and inched closer to the Red Sox team record for career wins by picking up the 184th of his Boston career in a 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.

Timely save – Peter Abraham has Wakefield giving the bullpen a breather with his strong outing. More gamers from Dan Duggan | Brian MacPherson | Maureen Mullen | Bill Ballou |Nick Underhill 

Tim Wakefield rides to rescue – Michael Silverman has the knuckleballer coming up with a strong outing when needed. More on Wakefield from Mike Fine | Maureen Mullen 

Jacoby Ellsbury continues his powerful statement in 2011 – Alex Speier has Jacoby Ellsbury adding to his All Star season. Joe McDonald has Ellsbury and Wakefield both coming up big last night. Tony Lee has more on Ellsbury, and a look at Kevin Youkilis playing his first game of the season at first base. Eric Avidon also has a piece on Ellsbury.

Starting to look ugly – With Jon Lester the latest to head to the DL, Nick Cafardo says that the rotation is taking its lumps. Michael Silverman says that the Red Sox are more than a little banged up right now. Despite all the injuries, Brian MacPherson says that the Red Sox have confidence in their depth.

Buddin fielded criticism – Dan Shaughnessy remembers the Red Sox shortstop from the 1950’s who passed away without much fanfare last week.

Why Jays ace Ricky Romero is rooting for a Red Sox draftee – Alex Speier looks at what the Toronto pitcher has in common with a recent Boston draft pick.

Clemens saga is a sad tale – The Roger Clemens trial makes Bill Reynolds sad.

Jon Lester to DL; Clay Buchholz gets 2nd opinion – Duggan’s notebook has the latest on the injured starters. The Globe notebook from Peter Abraham has Lester headed to the DL, the same topic is covered in the Red Sox Journal, The MetroWest notebook from Eric Avidon, and the Telegram notebook from Ballou.The CSNNE.com notes have Ellsbury doing it all for the Red Sox.

 C’s picks eyeing Europe – Mark Murphy has the Celtics draftees considering offers overseas because of the NBA lockout.

Champs begin to look ahead – Stephen Harris looks at the Bruins rookie development camp, set to begin today.