Butch Sterns opened Sports Sunday

Butch Sterns opened Sports Sunday urging Red Sox fans to stay away from the Tobin Bridge. After the Red Sox lowlights from today, Sterns moved to the All Star Selections. Focusing on the snubs of Damon and Urbina, which were followed by clips from the players involved. Nomar said everyone in the Big Leagues is an All Star. Sterns urged fans to head to MLB.com to vote Damon as the 30th man on the Squad.

The next section: “Reid between the lines” focused on a possible strike. Bob Ryan appeared talking about the money issues, that none of us can relate to the players complaints. Right now the sides seem very far apart, but neither side wants a strike. Mike Remlinger of the Braves, (and Plymouth MA) said teams should work harder on developing players, instead of whining about and trying to cut down the Yankees.

A brief blurb of World Cup soccer was followed by a small feature on New England Revolution (and MLS) leading scorer Taylor Twellman. 22 years old, accounted for half of the goals scored for the Revs, and a nice highlight of a Pele-Like Bicycle kick for a goal last week.

Jeff Horrigan was in studio next, While Damon and Urbina both deserved to be in, but the closers chosen can be understood. Sterns raised the point of Urbina not being selected being a good thing. Horrigan says Urbina is a guy driven by anger, this might be good. Damon is the Sox MVP, he should be on there. Sterns again urged fans to go to MLB.com to vote. Horrigan thinks Thome will win the vote. Reason for Red Sox optimism, pitching is great, healthy, good guys coming back. Reasons for negativity, none really.

John Henry Williams compared to Lisa Marie trying to sing in Vegas. Next, a series of Williams (Ted and John) clips with the song ” Baby give it up” played in the background, scenes taken from movies trying to show kids following in the step of their dads.
Last Blast…Terry Glenn. Interview in ESPN the Mag, admits to using Pot while with the Patriots, says that Parcells privately apologized for the “she” comment.

Thome press conference/Radio appearance was

Thome press conference/Radio appearance was basically nothing. “I love Cleveland…I want to stay…no one has asked me about waiving my no-trade clause….want to be a part of a rebuilding process in Cleveland…Boston media made a big deal of the golf with Grady, it was nothing.” He did leave the appropriate openings though. “As of this time”, “At this point” etc.

Brought up for discussion on

Brought up for discussion on WWZN during the McDonough group today was a quote from an article that appeared in the Boston Metro paper today. The article was about Duquette and Kerrigan and their lives since their dismissal from the Red Sox. The section being discussed is:

“Duquette also had a testy relationship with the Boston media, which considered him arrogant and aloof. Reporters objected when he communicated with fans through the team’s Web site rather than give interviews. Duquette doesn’t regret that approach, even if it cost him goodwill in the end.

“Ted Williams had the same type of relationship with the Boston media,” Duquette said. “Do you think it was reflective of Ted Williams’s contribution to the Red Sox?”

McDonough and crew took this quote to mean that Duquette was comparing his own contributions to the Red Sox to those of Ted Williams. They then proceeded to mock Duquette. A caller to the program, “Lou” took umbrage with this view. He called and asked why they had to assume that Duquette was making that comparison, Lou said Dan was simply using Ted as the ultimate example of the mentality in the media of this area. When Williams played, the media often skewered him no matter what he did. Lou tried to make the point that the media always has to assume the worst when it comes to things like this, and can’t even consider otherwise. The usually affable McDonough became very defensive and argued that Lou was overexaggerating. Lou got some good shots in about McDonough claiming to be “raising the bar” and then behaving in this manner. They let him on for 9 minutes and McDonough thought that was good enough.

Carlos Baerga appeared on the show as well, his usual enthusiastic self. He’s always been that way, he says. At one point he didn’t think he’d be able to come back to the majors. It’s disappointing to see the dismantling of the Indians franchise like this. Bartolo Colon really did think he was coming to Boston. Cleveland wanted Hillenbrand, Nixon and Fossum in a trade for Thome. Urbina is a really a great guy, the fans may not know that, but he’s a very hard worker, always there early, and still coming back from major arm surgery, people sometimes forget that, but he’s back to throwing 95-96 again. Baerga is in the lineup tonight, at second base, a big challenge in facing Maddux. He’ll look to continue his success on the basepaths to pitchers who don’t pay attention to him.