Ben Cherington’s first season as Red Sox GM has been rocky, but it’s pretty safe to say that we can place the signing of Cody Ross into his “win” column. The outfielder, on a one-year, $3 million contract had a game-winning three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth last night to give the Red Sox a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park. The home run was his 16th of the season.
Meanwhile, Danny Ainge continues an impressive makeover of the Celtics this offseason, as he appears to have landed shooting guard Courtney Lee in a sign-and-trade with the Rockets. Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop ) led the coverage on this, providing updates throughout last evening, even when it looked like the deal might fall apart.
The Celtics will be a younger, faster, more athletic team this coming season while they will still lean heavily on stalwarts Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, they will should have more support and rest.
Media news this morning revolves largely around the Patriots radio team, where team legend Gino Capelletti has retired after 32 seasons in the radio booth.
Gino Cappelletti leaving Patriots’ radio booth – Chad Finn has more, as well as a note about ESPN Radio possible showing up on Entercom-owned 850 or 680 AM by the end of the summer.
Gil Santos set for final season with Patriots – Bill Doyle talks to the other half of the Patriots radio duo, play-by-play man Gil Santos, who will return this season following an offseason of health issues which led to him receiving last rites three times.
Matt Light Joins ESPN as NFL Analyst – The recently-retired Patriots lineman joins former teammates Tedy Bruschi and Damien Woody at ESPN.
‘NFL AM’ To Offer Football Fans An Early Start – My SB Nation Boston media column looks at the NFL Network’s new morning show, set to debut on July 30th.
Weekend Viewing Picks – Ken Fang runs down what to watch this weekend.
Meanwhile, stop the presses:
Two columns in one day!