The Red Sox dropped their opener, 3-2 to the Detroit Tigers, despite coming back from a 2-0 deficit in the ninth inning. Manager Bobby Valentine is still the story, as his moves – on and off the field – are already being debated.

New man in charge: Breaking down Bobby Valentine’s first game as Red Sox manager – Alex Speier does an entire story on the manager’s debut.

Eckersley mum on this subject – Chad Finn talks to NESN analyst Dennis Eckersley, among others, about the new Red Sox manager, and also mentions the latest WEEI efforts to stay relevant.

Bobby Valentine takes ‘hands-on approach’ – Bill Doyle talks to NESN broadcasters Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo about the new manager, and about the team in general.

Seven ex-PawSox announcers in the bigs – Did you know that seven former Pawtucket Red Sox announcers are now calling games for an MLB, NFL or NBA team? Christopher Smith tells you who they are.

Is It Wrong For Bobby Valentine To Have A Regular Spot On New York Radio? – My SB Nation Boston Media column looks at the outcry over Valentine’s New York radio gig.

The Celtics imploded in the second half last night, losing to the Bulls in Chicago, 93-86. Doc Rivers blasted the team following the game for playing “cool.”

Doc Rivers gives Celtics wakeup call – Paul Flannery has Rivers letting his team have it.

Doc Rivers’ frustration boils over –  Chris Forsberg has more on Rivers reaction.

The Bruins were the only local winners on the professional scene yesterday, beating the Ottawa Senators 3-1 behind rookie goaltender Anton Khudobin.

Khudobin proves plenty in Bruins debut – Joe Haggerty has a good look at the rookie’s debut.


15 thoughts on “Sox Drop Opener, Bobby V Still the Story

  1. From Chad Finn’s story, “Neyer, a sabermetric forefather, is just the type of writer – online-oriented and progressive-thinking – who would have been derided with “mom’s basement’’ jokes just a few years ago. But three factors over the past three or four years – the rapid success of younger-trending rival 98.5 The Sports Hub, the mainstream popularity of statistical analysis in baseball, and the ascent of the station’s own website – have led WEEI to accept what it once mocked, which counts as progress. I still doubt we’ll ever be bumping into Ordway at MIT’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, though.”


    Is that his humor? Or was he taking a shot at Ordway there?


    1. Probably both? Ordway has been mocking new wave data analysis forever. That’s usually what people do when they don’t understand something.


  2. This just in: The Redsox season is already over. Don’t waste your time watching.

    This is sarcasm but anyone listening to the first 20 minutes of F&M would know what I’m talking about. While I don’t think the Sox are destined to win it all, or doubt that there bull-pen may have problems, I think its a ridiculous premise to make the statements Mazz made.
    This is the reverse of what those two would say during the Patriots season. The Patriots would thrive in the regular season, but haven’t proven it in the playoffs, so let’s right them off now because 14-2 means nothing. I’m finding it difficult to listen to these two though I still do because WEEI offers less than TSH, when they continue to make bold, outrageous statements that often prove contradictory.


      1. All teams but 1 lose in the postseason troll. Shouldn’t be manning a suicide hotline instead?


  3. Ordway has never been about the numbers.
    He ust goes by what his eyes tell him.
    And his eyes always tells him to eat everything in sight.
    No calorie or carb counting for that old fashioned red blooded American.
    No sir!


  4. On various other posts, quite a few of us have railed on Florio because he loves to bring Spygate back up.

    Now, he has the break of Claborne’s Wonderlic. One has to wonder if ESPN or other outlets passed at this and feel better about doing so due to the official statement by Goodell. Too bad the NFL can’t go after him for this, as if it were a HIPAA

    Anyone a little sick of that punk Florio? Not exactly a glowing review on WIkipedia: . They usually have this stuff flagged, so who knows.


  5. Am I the only one who wants to punch Michael Felger in the mouth? On his Sports Sunday show he continued his verball assault on Josh Beckett. Ok, we get it Mike, you don’t like him. It’s one thing to criticize his pitching performance Saturday, but why does it have to be personal? I’m not crazy about how Beckett performed last September or this weekend, but I don’t feel the need to make fun of him becoming a dad or calling him a Texas tough-guy. It’s getting to a point where Beckett almost looks like a sympathetic figure because flippin Felger continues to attack him on such a personal level. I realize MF’s popularity comes from being so polarizing, but how long can he continue to polarize and be the reigning king of Boston sports media? Can’t someone become a strong media presence in this town who is knowledgeable, hard-working and respectful? Or are those days, in the words of the late great Ned Martin, long gone and hard to find?


    1. Normally, I enjoy that Felger doesn’t take the apologist take. And, yeah, he comes with the warranty that he’ll easily go into excessive. Tonight, when talking to Rob Bradford of WEEI, he was beyond excessive to the point of insulting. Yeah, it wasn’t a good start but Felger made up his mind and sounded like John Dennis on a rough morning when attempting to talk with Bradford, to the point that Bradford looked like he wanted to truncate the segment. When I’ve seen Bradford on with Felger before on Sports Tonight, he normally can laugh away and casually dismiss Felger when he gets into something. When Felger would not stop, when Bradford clearly wanted to address substantive matters instead of addressing Felger’s rants, he became visibly and palpibly disturbed.

      To your point:

      I’d love to see the numbers here. I’ve mentioned this guy before, @tvsportsratings

      Apparently, only the Sports Media guy, Richard Deitsch, at SI, knows who he is. I’ve read before he pisses off people from Comcast/NBCSN/ESPN/everyone and everywhere because he leaks Nielsen data via twitter (follow to find out). Here’s why I bring him up: one of the frequent topics he covers is First Take on ESPN (I suspect he’s an ally of Richard Deitsch because both seem to have a thing against Skip Bayless). If you look at the ratings when Skip isn’t in, since he’s identical to Felger in that he rarely takes time off, it drops anywhere between 15-25%. Of course, it depends on the topic and when they talk anything hot button like Tiger/Tim Tebow, you’ll see 100k jumps in ratings.

      The sad thing is that First Take gets more viewers than an average hockey game on NBCSN.

      I’d have to imagine that things are the same here. Anyone know?


  6. Bruce, I hope you continue to address how the media deals with covering the Red Sox in light of their 0-3 start. I realize they had a bad weekend in Detroit, but I’ve already become exasperated trying to listen to sports radio for more than a couple minutes when the only analysis of this team involves a chicken-little-sky-is-falling mentality, and this verbal diarrhea started after they lost on Opening Day. In a single breath we are told the Red Sox bullpen is a complete mess with no long-term answers, yet it’s too early to panic because the season is young. Well, which is it?

    Prior to 2004, I could almost understand the venom being spewed out by diehard Sox fans, but it rings hollow to me now. Frustration is a legitimate feeling, but anger over three losses is ridiculous. If the 2012 Sox want to continue reminding us of the team from last September, then I’ll simply stop caring instead of being angry. In my opinion, if a team with this much talent wants to underachieve, then it’s because they don’t care. And if they don’t care, why should I?


    1. Tune into twitter or look @ the comments sections on ESPN. It’s about 500% worse. I saw more people trolling the Redsox than Yankees, which is odd.


    2. No one has ever gone broke whipping Sox fans into a furious lather over a couple of early losses.


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