Bob Duffy has hands down

Bob Duffy has hands down the best story of the day. His account of the brawl yesterday is at times, hilarious. ”I didn’t hear what he said,” claimed Matthews. ”So I stepped toward him and asked what he said.” This purely informational mission – in Matthews’s version, anyway – was misinterpreted as malevolence in the making.” …as well as whatchutalkinbout Willis Roberts account of his actions: “Roberts maintained that he was merely trying to keep teammate Melvin Mora from being hurt and was shadowboxing as an act of self-preservation, losing his shirt, if not his dignity, as he frantically retreated when he saw menacing Boston closer Ugueth Urbina, a former amateur boxer, barreling onto the field from the clubhouse with his shirt untucked.” Tony Cloninger’s part in the melee was also chronicled: “In the midst of all this, at least one gallant knight didn’t lose his sense of priorities. Sox pitching coach Tony Cloninger lumbered to the mound to make sure nothing happened to his prize commodity, Lowe. While standing guard, he wrapped his left arm around onrushing Baltimore catcher Brook Fordyce ”just to keep him away from Lowe.” Then Baltimore bench coach Sam Perlozzo intruded. Cloninger recalled Perlozzo screaming, ”Let him loose! Let him loose!” in defense of Fordyce. So Cloninger wrapped up his coaching counterpart with his other arm. ”Just like this,” he said, pantomiming bookend gentle embraces.” Then Fordyce, who had been shown up by a 60-something overweight guy was a little grumpy after the game: “The normally obliging Fordyce stormed away and called behind him, ”Baseball [expletive] questions only.” Fordyce’s own manager said that the catcher’s nose had been bloodied by Cloninger. The other accounts of the brawl in the papers are decidedly a level below Duffy’s.

Art Martone looks at the Sox’ other recent brawls. Bob Hohler can’t get Carl Everett out of his mind. With all that happened yesterday, and the implications, and game action, and possible suspensions, he has to bring up Carl Everett. Talk about taking the easy way out. Likely the Globe is just warming up for when the Sox play Everett and the Rangers. Hohler, Edes and Shaughnessy will likely all have Everett articles in the next week. Hohler also got a little carried away with the M’s in his vocabulary: “a seething brawl that made the mercurial Everett seem no more malicious than milquetoast.”. It also appears the media may be being used by the Red Sox front office. How many articles are we going read with Mike Port, or Larry Lucchino saying that the Sox are trying to make a deal. Port even said the other day that they thought they had one done, and it fell apart at the last moment. Jeff Horrigan’s notebook has Lucchino’s laments. The Globe has similar stuff from Bob Hohler. Anyone get the feeling that they might just be laying the groundwork to let everyone down easy, and not make any major deals?

Nick Cafardo and Michael Felger say that Antowain Smith failing the conditioning run is a bad sign for Bill Belichick and the team. Hey, gotta find some bad omens, don’t we? Kevin Mannix doesn’t understand the negativity about this team from national and local fans, media and oddsmakers. In Felger’s notebook, he makes a brief comment about how CMGI Field would only need “minor tinkering” to be fitting for baseball, if the Sox need a temporary home. Cafardo’s notebook looks at Walter Williams.

Fox25 has Red Sox/Angels at 10:00. (ATT3 in Western Mass) If you’re outside New England and have got the Dish, I believe it will be on channel 652 feed from Fox Sports West. ABC has Golf’s Battle at Bighorn at 8:00. ESPN has Yankees/Rangers at 8:00. ESPN Classic has SportsCentury profile of Mark Fidrych at 8:00 and 11:00.