Posted by the New York Daily News sports media columnist:
This shouldn’t shock anyone, given how the new Red Sox manager has gone about things this spring. Sean McAdam on 98.5 this morning with Toucher and Rich noted that this could be Valentine’s way of “keeping a hand in” the New York for his post-Red Sox managerial career. Valentine only has a two-year contract, so even if he fulfills his entire deal he could be gone after next season.
Is it a little strange? Yeah. But the media should be happy, since they can monitor the appearances and be ready to blow up anything he says on these spots.
So can WEEI get a weekly spot with Joe Girardi?
Red Sox start season in big hole – Gordon Edes looks at the impact Andrew Bailey’s thumb surgery will have on the Red Sox, noting that starting the season with debilitating injuries hasn’t worked out for the Sox in the last decade.
Status seeker: After ‘step back’ in ’11, Jon Lester looks to secure place among game’s elite – Alex Speier has the lefty looking to bounce back big in 2012.
New pitching coach McClure careful not to come on too strong – Brian MacPherson has the former Royals coach looking to make his impact slowly with his new team.
Opportunity knocks – Peter Abraham has a good piece on reliever Mark Melancon, who has been pretty much dismissed by sports radio as a closer candidate, even though his stuff, makeup and track record seems impressive.
Red dawn in Boston – Jen McCaffrey has an overview of the Sox coming into opening day.
Decisions looming for Red Sox – Michael Silverman looks at the roster decisions the team has to make by 5:00pm today.The Globe notebook from Michael Vega has Clay Buchholz looking good in his final spring start.
Johnny Boychuk injured as Bruins lose to Penguins – Stephen Harris has the Bruins losing a game and a defenseman last night.
Staying healthy is Bruins’ only goal – Joe Haggerty says that the Bruins can only hope they don’t lose anyone else in the final two games.
Marty Turco enjoyed time in Boston – Joe McDonald says that the veteran may have played his final NHL game last night.
London Fletcher, Amobi Akoye Remain Possibilities for Patriots’ Defense and 19 Other NFL Thoughts – Jeff Howe notes that there is still defensive help available on the free agent market.
Allen might not start – Frank Dell’Apa says that it is not a lock that Ray Allen steps back into the starting lineup tonight.