The Red Sox welcome the New York Yankees to town this weekend to open of the post-All Star game portion of the schedule. This marks the first visit of the Yankees to town in 2013.
Red Sox better than likable, they’re back in it to win it – Jon Couture says that the Red Sox have moved past “win us back’ and are into “win it all” mode.
Sox breaking good as Yankees visit – Gordon Edes looks at what some of the Sox did over the break, and what lies ahead for the team.
A.L. East rivals set their eyes on chasing down the Red Sox – Tim Britton looks at the competition in the division as they look to overtake Boston.
It’s Make or Break Time For The Red Sox – John Tomase looks at a critical part of the schedule coming up.
Clay Buchholz status still a question mark – Julien Benbow’s notebook has the latest update on the ace, who had another setback yesterday.
Pitchers are different creatures than most athletes. Some need to be just right in order to perform, and I’d guess that in someone as slight as Buchholz that’s doubly true. John Lackey pitched injured and we saw how that worked out for him. Instead of being praised for his toughness in pitching through injury and wanting to win, he was shredded for his performance. Now Buchholz doesn’t want to pitch injured and his desire to win (and general manhood) is questioned.
Gotta love double standards.
I’ll admit, I could not watch the Pierce/KG introductory press conference in Brooklyn yesterday. Still can’t. Even though I know it was the right move to make, and it’s hard to see a player like Paul Pierce, who literally grew up here and was ours now belong to someone else.
For Paul Pierce, Celtics exit was difficult – Gary Washburn says it was tough for Pierce too.
Pierce trying to find way in Brooklyn – Chris Forsberg has more on the move for # 34.
Paul Pierce relishes new NY rivalry – Mark Murphy has Pierce looking forward to continuing his personal rivalry with the Knicks.
A few media columns/links this morning:
Peter King ready to roll out SI’s new NFL-only site – Chad Finn has a look at the coming launch of themmqb.com, which goes live on Monday.
Muirfield anguish lingers for Paul Azinger – Bill Doyle has ESPN analyst Paul Azinger remembering his own struggles at the site of this year’s Open Championship.
Olbermann Returning to ESPN2 with Daily Late-Night Show Aug. 26 – The polarizing host returns to the network that really launched him into the national spotlight.
One Month To Network Sports Television History – NBC Sports Group Debuts Premier League On August 17 – While the main subject of this release is noteworthy, I appreciated the nod at the end to rival Fox Sports1 which launches on that same August 17th date. Classy little touch.
Patriots training camp starts next week, and the hot storyline for Accountable Lou Merloni and others is whether Bill Belichick will even address the Aaron Hernandez case at all. Hours of sports radio time are being filled with this “debate” and whether they think Belichick will just try to ignore the case all together, and how all the national reporters will be there, and will stay there until he addresses the situation.
This will prove to another worthless debate. Belichick will address it, and move on. That’s how he has always operated with things, and that’s how it will go this time. Whether it comes in his first regularly scheduled press conference of camp, or in a special session prior to camp, it will happen. Accountable Lou, you can rest easy.