Bobby Valentine To Do Weekly Spot On NY Radio

Posted by the New York Daily News sports media columnist:

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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.


Thumbs Down On “Toughness” Talk

The idea that these two could judge the toughness of anyone, let alone a professional athlete, is mind-boggling.

Thumb injuries to Andrew Bailey and Josh Beckett have sports radio hosts on both stations in town questioning and mocking the toughness and dedication of the pitchers. Massarotti threw around the word “hypochondriac”  in reference to Bailey. It was also suggested that Beckett merely wants to spend some more time with his wife and daughter instead of starting the season.Thumb wrestling and too many video games were also suggested.

Look, injuries are frustrating, and both Bailey and Beckett have a history with them. Sports radio hosts have no idea what is really happening with injuries. It’s one of my biggest beefs with sports media – when they feel they can judge or comment on something that is happening inside someone else’s body. How exactly does that work?

Massarotti’s former colleague Michael Gee had this to say about him on Saturday:

Tony, I say this as someone who worked with you and liked you. It’s for your own good, honest. Nobody on this planet makes a less convincing tough guy than you do. Angelina Jolie has a bunch of movies where she was a better tough guy than you are. Drop the act. All it does is make you seem stupid, which you’re not, or least didn’t used to be.

It continues to amaze me that people are willing to play stupid on the radio in front of thousands of people, call it a living, and be happy and proud of what they’re doing.

Stumble at the start: Bailey injury adds to long list of wounded Red Sox – Alex Speier says that the Red Sox could start the season with nine players on the disabled list.

Celtics make Danny Ainge look good – Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics have made Danny Ainge’s decision to stand pat at the deadline look smart.

Celtics’ Bass on board – Scott Souza has Brandon Bass feeling very confident about his role with the team.

Bradley’s defense: Good stuff – Gary Washburn says that confidence has been the key for the second year guard.

Claude Julien likes Bruins’ mindset – Joe McDonald has the Bruins coach happy with where his team is heading in the postseason.

Bruins have made good use of defenseman Greg Zanon during hot streak – Mike Loftus looks at how the trade deadline acquisition has been a good fit.

A Belichick Draft We Would Hate

by Chris Warner, Patriots Daily Staff

We figured we’d get this out of the way: the annual negative draft piece that spells out the mistakes of Patriots picks past.

Please remember these don’t work as predictions; rather, view them as what we’d consider unfortunate choices in Coach Bill Belichick’s draft history. We also include what might be heard in our household should any of the below actually unfold.

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Celtics, Bruins Open April In Style

The Celtics and Bruins both posted impressive wins to open the final month of their respective regular seasons, the Celtics ran away from the Miami Heat, 91-72 at the TD Garden, while the Bruins defeated the New York Rangers, 2-1 last night at Madison Square Garden.

With the continued strong play of Avery Bradley, (How’s the Celtics get him, anyway? John Dennis and others have told me over and over that Danny Ainge hasn’t had a good draft pick since Rondo.) including a highlight-reel block of Dwyane Wade yesterday, a hot topic has been whether the Celtics might be better off keeping Bradley in the starting lineup, even after Ray Allen is ready to return to action.

Pete Sheppard made his second WEEI Sunday afternoon appearance, prior to the Celtics/Heat game, alongside Kirk Minihane. This topic, along with the matchup of Wade and Bradley dominated the discussion, then Dennis and Callahan this morning used all the same discussion points on their show as well.

Get all the Celtics stories from today over at

Did you enjoy the Globe baseball preview yesterday? Here’s a sample of the headlines I saw when I looked through it yesterday morning:

Love him or hate him, Bobby Valentine is in charge.

With Bobby Valentine, it won’t be boring.

Does Bobby Valentine mean trouble is ahead?

Interactive: Six degrees of Bobby Valentine.

Photos: Up close with the Red Sox manager.

The Bobby Valentine Wrap is a hit on the menu.

Bobby Valentine has worked magic before.

Ralph Branca happy to have Bobby Valentine around.

Path from TV booth to manager’s seat is well worn.

Is it just me, or does anyone else see a pattern here? Toucher and Rich did a nice job this morning going through this as well.

Yes, I know, a new manager is a hot topic. But this just seems a bit over-the-top. Individually, several of the articles are very interesting. Collectively, it stinks. As much as the Globe tries to down-play their business ties to the Red Sox, when something like this happens, questions are going to be raised.

His voice still carries – Chad Finn’s piece on Red Sox radio announcer Joe Castiglione is a worthy read as Uncle Joe talks about going into his 30th season calling the games, and talks about his new book – Can You Believe It?: 30 Years of Insider Stories with the Boston Red Sox.

Going back to Friday’s post, I’m shocked, SHOCKED, (in a Claude Rains voice) that just about every media member I’ve heard the last few days see no hypocrisy in Curt Schilling making comments about what is going on inside the Red Sox clubhouse when he, as a player, would blast anyone not on the team who suggested they knew what was happening inside the Red Sox clubhouse. I’ve only heard Michael Holley as the only one who has noted that Schilling has become what he despised as a player.