Sox GM Mike Port made his seemingly daily appearance on WEEI, coming on with Dale and Neumy. The major topic was roster moves needing to be made today, with the return of Manny and Garces and the arrival of Embree. Asked about the moves, Port skipped over a query on whether the team might consider releasing Jose Offerman or Tony Clark. When asked if ownership would allow them to obtain a contract or “rent a player” deal, Port was equally elusive, saying it would depend on the price, both what would be needed to give up and what money would have to be paid. He said ownership isn’t consulted until after a player is targeted and deal ready to be made. On Garces, he threw the ball well enough in Florida, and got himself past his hamstring issues to the point that he should be able to get himself back on track. He’s been in a downward spiral this year, yet was still first in the league in first batter efficiency. Just had problems with the batters that followed. They had targeted Embree weeks ago, since the last Yankee series in New York, but the reluctance to part with their young players was what held up the deal. Other clubs were competing, so they had to give up what they did. John Henry Williams contract should be approved by MLB in the next day or two. Said he would leave the issue of playing time to John Sanders the manager to figure out.
Neumeier thought it significant that Port didn’t answer the question about the possibility of releasing Clark or Offerman. Both talked about how refreshing it was to have such an open guy like Port in the GM chair. I’m curious…just what did Port say that Duquette wouldn’t?
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Martin Kilcoyne of the Rams Flagship station in St. Louis was on with Eddie and Jageler this afternoon. After talking about Jack Buck, talked turned the Super Bowl, he said the fans were more mad at the Rams rather than saying that the Patriots were a fluke. He thinks the players might think it was a fluke, but the fans are more reasonable about it. Martin said the Rams were outcoached, which is the biggest thing in the game. He thinks the Rams respected the Patriots, but they just didn’t handle the strategy of the Belichick. One of the assistants told Martz he needed to run more and use Faulk more during the game, but Martz didn’t change. They spent a few more minutes talking about Tony Larussa, he really isn’t all that popular in St. Louis. Whitey Herzog is still god out there. But more this year, LaRussa’s human side has come through with the tragedies. He’s always been good to deal with in the media though.
They then had Dana Barros in studio. He talked some about his life in the NBA, but the focus was on his Camp he holds each year here in New England. Classic gaffe by Eddie today…talking about Allen Iverson, he referred to him as Alan Eagleson…