It was a somewhat odd scene during the top of the 6th inning of the Red Sox game as John W. Henry, Mike Port, Theo Epstein and Larry Lucchino piled onto the NESN set at Fenway to join host Bob Rodgers in talking about the Red Sox newest acquisition Cliff Floyd. I guess making the announcement together fits with their team image. In the past we’d probably just see Dan Duquette saying “We’re pleased to be adding a player of Cliff Floyd’s ability to our ballclub, I think the fans will really like him.” Now we get the entire front office on live TV at 11:30 at night. They made mention that they will try to sign Floyd beyond this season and he does have a history with John W. Henry from his time with the Marlins. The Sox other principal owner Tom Werner joined the broadcast in Anaheim during the 8th inning. Called Floyd “a ballplayer’s ballplayer”. Werner mentioned that worry that the Yankees might get Floyd was part of the equation. He said he hopes this deal shows the fans that they are willing to spend for a winner. He said he had got together with Nomar’s mother while he’s been out there in California. She enjoyed the Ted Williams tribute and seeing her son involved in it. Werner added that the Sox have a very competitive schedule in August and Floyd will help with that.
John Rooke and Ron Hobson filled in for Dale and Neumy on the WEEI midday show. The show pretty much covered two topics. The origin of the “K” as the symbol for a strikeout, and Grady Little’s refusal to sacrifice bunt. A little Patriots talk was mingled in here and there. More Little roasting took place on the Eddie and Jag man show on WWZN. On WEEI’s “Big Show”, Greg Dickerson was teamed up with Larry Johnson and Steve Buckley, and baseball trade talk was the main topic. Buckley shouted at a caller who accused the panel of not dismissing talk that Jose Offerman has been tanking it in an effort to get released.
Butch Stearns was joined on the McDonough group by Kevin Paul Dupont and Mike Giardi. Evan Grant the beat writer for the Texas Rangers came on WWZN and he said the Red Sox and Seattle are the two teams Rogers would accept a trade to. Boston is the frontrunner. He said Boston has been “very interested”. He thinks Rogers would be a very good # three starter. He’s been a new pitcher since surgery on a rib removed some pressure on an artery in his shoulder. He can grip the ball better, and has developed a cut fastball. He thinks he’s as good as his numbers. He wants to come back and re-sign with the Rangers after the season. The Rangers want Casey Fossum. Asked by Giardi about Rogers’ ability to handle pressure, Grant acknowledged that Rogers has struggled in the playoffs, but thinks that a team that wants to get to playoffs would be interested in him. He isn’t a good matchup against the Yankee. The holdup for the team might be that the Red Sox are trying to work an extension with Rogers. Grant feels that after the surgery and with his development of the third pitch he has a couple good years left. The only Carl Everett story he had was Carl using the word “hecklement” to describe some razzing.
BostonCityBeat magazine has added Boston Metro sports editor Christopher Price to its sports roster, and Price will be contributing two or three columns a week to the website. Price has a brief notes article from Patriots training camp. Marty Steeves, aka The Mooseman, is another BCB regular, and he remembers the thrills from last season as he gears up to go through it again. Patriots.com has an article following the Charlie Weis press conference, in which Weis said the primary motivation was his health, not just improving his appearance to try to get a head coaching job. He spoke to six doctors, who all encouraged him to have the surgery. Ones who have criticized the decision to have the surgery now look to have spoken too hastily.
Good news for Sox fans. It’s been reported that Kenny Rogers to the Sox is “all but a done deal.” How is that good news? Well, how many players have we had reported by the media as coming to the Sox? Several have been reported as a “done deal”. Where’s the accountability? There is a big difference between speculation about trades, and saying that something is imminent, or even a “done deal”. None of these deals have happened, so given that track record, Rogers is unlikely to be coming to Boston. That’s the good news. Besides, we all know how hard Mike Port and Larry Lucchino are working these days. We’re told about it every day. We’re told that their phone bill is huge. What are the fans supposed to with that information? Say “Well, it’s ok, at least they’re trying”? The new ownership has the media wrapped around it’s little finger, and are still apparently fireproof. If they make a big deal or the team does well without a trade, the media gives them credit. If they don’t make one, it’s because the previous ownership left the cupboard bare, but they sure tried. Along these lines, Chad Finn has a column today taking apart the Sox new ownership for their slogan: “The year to be here”. He suggests instead: “Lots of talk, no action.” He calls John Henry and Tom Werner “Bud Selig lackeys”.You won’t read an article like that in the Globe, that’s for sure.
Late night West coast games mean a sparse sports section the next day. Nothing too compelling baseball-wise, Gordon Edes and Michael Silverman look at Kenny Rogers. Edes article contains an egregious factual error. He writes: “Rogers would give the Sox a veteran lefty in a rotation that hasn’t had a lefty start a game all season until rookie Casey Fossum took the mound last night against the Angels.” Lefty Darren Oliver started nine games for the Sox earlier this season, including a shutout. Way to go, Gordo. Tony Massarotti chronicles Johnny Damon’s struggles to communicate early in his life. Gordon Edes’ Notebook looks at the relationship between Pedro and Tony Cloninger, and has some quotes from Pedro about Joe Kerrigan, as well as something that wasn’t mentioned that should’ve been. Cloninger said this about Rogers ability to handle pressure: “”He handled it all right with the Mets, didn’t he?” Cloninger said, alluding to Rogers’s 5-1 record down the stretch in 1999, after the Mets acquired him from Oakland” He sure did, guys. He also WALKED in the winning run in the deciding game six of the NLCS in ’99. If you think Urbina walking in the winning run in a regular season game against the Yankees was painful, imagine that it was a playoff game that ended the Sox season.
Globe phenom Michael Smith submits a mini-feature on Patriots Rookie Deion Branch, who Smith compares in detail to Troy Brown. Steve Buckley rambles on incoherently, the column has something to do with conditioning tests and failing and passing and the message it sends and….you get the idea. The one interesting note is that apparently, Belichick made the three players who had to re-take the conditioning test do so in full pads instead of just shorts and t-shirts. Nick Cafardo’s Notebook has Larry Izzo’s grandfather a little upset for a certain chant Izzo started at the Super Bowl celebration in February. Izzo stands by what he did. Kevin Mannix gets PC on us. Jim Donaldson continues his Jekyll and Hyde ways with a gushing piece on Adam Vinatieri.
Congratulations to Globe writer and WWZN regular Ron Borges. He was runaway winner for this week’s ESPN Radio’s “Just shut up” award for his MSNBC column on Lance Armstrong not being a great athlete. On the “Mike and Mike” morning show, Mike Greenburg call the article the “single most stupid thing I have ever heard or read”, and called Borges an “idiot”. Mike Golic said Borges likely did it because no one has heard of him and he was trying to get his name out there. Mike Golic is a former NFL player, Ron Borges is supposedly a top NFL writer. “Supposedly” because apparently Golic has never heard of him. People in Boston have been subjected to this kind of ridiculous writing for years, now it’s nice to see Borges have exposure at the national level as well.
Dennis and Callahan nearly caused traffic accidents and stoppages themselves as they moved into their second day of complaining about the Motorcycle run on Sunday that closed a section of Route 128 and some other roads. Any callers that attempt to tell them that they sound like a couple of whining babies are called idiots and hung up on. Shawn Niles has had enough of their whining. (Callahan in particular)
Condolences to Providence Journal Sports Editor Art Martone, who is mourning the passing of his father at the age of 84.
NESN has Red Sox/Angels at 10:00 with Pedro going against the pocket Pedro, Ramon Ortiz. TBS has Brewers/Braves at 7:30.