The rumor mill is hot

The rumor mill is hot today that something is going to happen with Jim Thome. The Indians did receive a firstbaseman from the Expos in the Colon trade and the website for Cleveland News Radio WTAM reports: “Jim Thome, through the Indians public relations department, has asked to be a guest on the Mike Trivisonno Show on WTAM 1100 Friday afternoon between 5:00 and 5:30 PM” There are also uncomfirmed reports that he has stayed here in Boston, rather than going on with the team. That doesn’t mean the Sox are the team he’s going to, because the Braves are coming in, and they’re another team rumored to be after Thome.

Someone tell me what Bob Hohler’s motivation is today, please? If this headline isn’t just a blatant, “Let’s twist things to make Manny look like a jerk.” then I don’t know what is. Manny must not have said hi to Bob recently or something. Ok ok, Hohler didn’t write the headline, but this is ludicrous. Hohler says that Manny must not have heard the fans who say he should step aside so Damon be an all-star. Not only has Manny not heard them, I haven’t either. Perhaps the mediots feel that way among themselves, and try to project that onto the fans. (whoops. I used a buzzword that I swore I would try not to use here) This is simply an inflammatory piece. In that regard it’s a raging success.

Can you imagine what things would be like if Manny had strained his groin like Hermanson and missed the entire season to date?

Johnny Damon, meanwhile tells Tom Yantz of the Hartford Courant that Joe Torre had better not leave him off the all-star team. Otherwise “it’ll be an added incentive to kick the Yankees’ butts this year.” That’s much better. Instead of blaming Manny if Damon isn’t on the team, how about blaming Torre, who already chose Charlie Manuel over Grady Little for the coaching staff.

Steve Bulpett has a fairly informative Celtics Notebook. Songalia’s agent says his client is NBA-ready. He had been told he wouldn’t last past the Kings at pick 28, but the Kings made a trade with their pick instead, and he ended up available at # 50. Kedrick Brown apparently will be here all summer working out. Second place that I’ve read this. This is good news. This kid is a major talent, and if O’Brien will give him some playing time next year, he could be a major piece. I still have the image in my head of Kedrick blowing past Vince Carter in a game earlier this year.

ESPN.com gives the Patriots offseason overview. Len Pasquarelli ends his comments by saying “this is a bunch always in pursuit of excellence.” Dr. Z awakes from hibernation and gives a breakdown of the AFC. Likes the Patriots moves.

NESN and TBS have RedSox/Braves at 7:00

New Red Sox Pitcher Alan

New Red Sox Pitcher Alan Embree appeared on WEEI this afternoon. He first joked about how many teams he’s played for, something like 7 teams in 8 years, he said after awhile you just get numb to it. He’s got increased velocity this season, something he credits to finding a consistant armslot, working with Randy Meyers in the offseason and getting his elbow scoped. He said they cleared out some chips in there and he’s now hitting 95-97 on the gun whereas before it was mostly 91-92. Coming to Boston, it was a much more loose bunch of guys than perhaps he expected, given what he heard last year. As far as his role here, he doesn’t necessarily just want to be a lefty specialist, one batter and out, if he comes in an inning, he’d like to finish the inning. Excited about the opportunity here, glad he got to be used right away on Tuesday night facing former teammate Jim Thome. Apparently they also had an interview with Thome during the afternoon, but I missed that one. I heard McAdam mention that Thome likes Cleveland so much if he got traded, he could just go back there and re-sign with them in the offseason.

While Dale and Neumy were

While Dale and Neumy were entertaining Red Sox trade talk, mostly revolving around Indians Bartolo Colon, Jim Thome and Chuck Finley, one guy called to say he wouldn’t trade Shea Hillenbrand for Ichiro. Good stuff. Neumy feigned indignance at the All Star Voting system, saying fans should only be allowed to vote once. He said the ushers should go to each aisle, hand out the proper amount of ballots and then collect them. Dale asks…what happens to people that go to more than one game? Neumy was flustered.

After talk about wrestling and Calvin Murphy’s baton-twirling expertise, Chris Wallace came on with Eddie and the Jag man, talked a little about the pick of Songalia. Did not seem that excited at all really. He can shoot the ball and he’s got toughness, he’ll play in the Shaws Summer league and they’ll go from there. Jageler asked if he had only played 2 years of college, or had never come to the US and played in college if he would’ve likely been a first round pick, but since he’s here, he’s a known commodity and was taken lower then many unknowns. Wallace said that was accurate and he would agree with it. Darius became “old hat” after a while. He’s an interesting player, has some things the team can use but “no guarantees” not going to say he’ll be on the roster. Massarotti had to ask about the Murphy baton thing. Wallace talked about the toughness involved in that talent. Wallace has never seen Yao Ming play, he’s skilled, he’s a level above the Manute Bol/Shawn Bradley players, the old guard centers are phasing out, Ewing, Hakeem, he should be a top 5-7 center in the league. Eddie had to make a crack about chinese food. Eddie did ask if they’ve got plans to go to Gaston and beg him to be able to re-sign Rogers, Wallace said alot of the staff has been away and they’re starting to work on these issues. They compared Butler to Paul Pierce, Wallace said Butler and Jay Williams were his picks for rookie of the year. He got in a plug for the Shaws summer league starting July 15th, Red will be there the first two nights. Eddie then pretty much shoved Wallace off the air, and closed with the joke he’s told all NBA related guests in the past few weeks about Yao Ming’s younger brother Bing Ming who is 12 years old and nine feet eleven inches tall.

Eddie said they moved Wallace off quickly because they were trying to get Shea Hillenbrand on the air….didn’t happen on his show.

The Big Show has Greg Dickerson filling in for Ordway, flanked by Sean McAdam and Bill Burt.