A scattering of observations, thoughts and opinion for a week many people are on vacation…
The Red Sox are continuing to creep back to respectability, though that could all go out the window in the next few days as Rick Porcello takes the mound tonight, and then the AL East-leading Yankees come to town for the weekend. We’ll know quite a bit more about this team by the time the weekend is over.
Xander Bogaerts had the game winning hit last night, a bases loaded (and clearing) single in the seventh inning. The young shortstop, who is part of the MLB All-Star Game Final Vote (and currently in last place on that ballot) has been on fire as of late, showing the potential stardom many had him ticketed for.
I think I liked Mike Napoli better when he had sleep apnea.
The WEEI radio broadcast last night was…busy. Mo’ne Davis. John Tomase. Roger Clemens??? The Rocket apparently is attempting a redemption tour, hoping/asking/begging for his number 21 to be retired by the team.
Hey Roger, maybe you shouldn’t have burned so many bridges, not just with the team, but with the fans on the way out of town, huh?
The Celtics reportedly acquired David Lee from the World Champion Golden State Warriors yesterday (trades can’t be made official until at least tomorrow), sending Gerald Wallace and a minimum contract (either Baab or Pressey) to the Bay area.
While some continue to express snark at Danny Ainge’s smaller moves to acquire “assets” – this one was a no-brainer.
Wallace, while a favorite of the media, did not play much over the last two seasons here. Moving him for another expiring contract (a bigger one!) in a player who can actually help the team this year is a major steal. There’s no downside here, unless you’re still hanging in the crowd that believes tanking for a high pick is the only way to go.
What’s next for the Celtics? Some still think Marcus Smart is their most valuable trade asset and could see him going to say, Philadelphia for Nerlens Noel. I don’t know if I’d feel good about that swap, but I could be talked into it.
Rookie GM Don Sweeney took some heat after trading young defenseman Dougie Hamilton away for what was perceived to be low value. Following that move, for which he was harshly criticised by many, Sweeney has made several other moves, which have made the Bruins younger and faster. Bringing in free agent winger Matt Beleskey and trading for Dorchester’s Jimmy Hayes along with some other smaller moves.
There was plenty of spin coming from Causeway street over Hamilton’s desire to be here, but when Fluto Shinzawa, who I view as pretty much agenda-free when it comes to the Bruins wrote that it was Hamilton’s desire to get out of Boston, I tend to believe it.
We’re in the dead zone for the Patriots, who open training camp in just about three weeks. Right now, the waiting game is afoot, as Roger Goodell contemplates Tom Brady’s appeal of his four game suspension. Don’t expect it any time soon. Goodell has yet to rule on Greg Hardy’s appeal, which was heard in May. In fact, I would not be surprised to see Goodell push the decision out as long as possible to make Brady sweat, and to reduce the amount of time his team would have to get the legal process started should Goodell not eliminate the suspension.
The NFL Network wrapped up its Top 100 Players of 2015 series last night, as ranked by current NFL players. The Super Bowl Champions have three players out of the top 100.
Julian Edelman, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.
That’s it. Well, Darrelle Revis is on the list too, but he obviously isn’t on the team now.
No Devin McCourty? No Jamie Collins?
What is happening at the WEEI morning show? They’ve gone full soap opera drama. (Listen at your own risk)
John Dennis is mad at Gerry Callahan because he says he’s not being supportive enough of his sobriety.
Gary Tanguay is mad at Glenn Ordway because the Big O is filling in this week when Tanguay insists he was originally booked and Ordway weaseled his way on by calling Callahan. Tanguay also claimed multiple times that Julie Foudy hit on him, and said he was once propositioned by a man at a rest stop. He said he couldn’t sleep for days because he wondered if he attracted gay people.
He continues to complain about not getting the Patriots radio play-by-play gig, and Minihane asked him if he had gotten it, would he be screaming about Spygate and Deflategate the way that he has. Tanguay said No.
Apparently next week, Tanguay and Mike Mutnansky are going to be doing the 10-2 shift on WEEI. The shift they were both canned from. Should be awesome.
Kirk Minihane just doesn’t care anymore. He’s not going to change. If he gets fired, so be it.
Still won’t link it, but Shaughnessy’s column the other day about cleaning out his home office of sports memorabilia wasn’t horrible.