Is there a worse possible

Is there a worse possible on-air pairing than Eddie Andelman and Don King? The entire show has been predictably awful, Ron Borges, “The Colonel” and Larry Merchant have been paraded through. The show has been terrible. If anyone has enjoyed the show today, please let me know, I’d like to hear from you. Meanwhile, Bob Neumeier bumbled through his midday show, an e-mailer wrote:

“He’s had a vintage day today with a few beauts during the first 1:30 of his show from Smithfield — he just came out with “time in memorium.” Usually, Nooms screws up when he tries to show off his vocabulary, but more often than not, he betrays his shallow knowledge. He also knows surprisingly little about sports (the ponies excepted).You’re telling me that this guy gets the mid-day job, and a talent like Mike Adams has to sell cars?”

The McDonough group had Cedric Maxwell and Charlie Pierce on with Sean, a pretty decent combination. Jerry Remy called in and reported that Garces has cleared waivers and is not in the clubhouse, and an announcement on the roster move is expected later this afternoon. On WEEI’s “Big Show” open season on Grady Little continued, with Larry Johnson and Bill Burt joining the “Big O”. Once again they poked fun at Tony Massarotti, as well as Drew Bledsoe.

David Halberstam says despite the great seasons from the Yankees and Red Sox, if there’s a strike, he’s done.

Pedro’s the Sheriff, the enforcer,

Pedro’s the Sheriff, the enforcer, the stopper. So say Bob Hohler and Frank Dell’Apa. In the latter article, Pedro says the Sox are just as good as the Yankees and could’ve swept them last weekend. He said the Yankees are lucky, and sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Over at the Herald, Jeff Horrigan calls him the human lug wrench. Karen Guregian studies the new Pedro. What I’m wondering is if Pedro will get suspended for retaliating and hitting Ben Grieve last night. The MLB offices seem to take a delight in suspending Red Sox pitchers, and in light of Pedro’s defiant comments after the game, I’m thinking people and the media might be surprised to hear from Bob Watson on this one.

The two papers once again have matching articles on Jason Varitek. (Chris Snow and Mike Shalin ) How and why does that happen? Don’t the papers want to be different from each other, “scoop” each other? Now it appears they share in writing of articles. The Notebooks are comparable, each featuring Fossum and the possible release of Garces, maybe even as soon as today. Bob Hohler’s notebook is a little more informative. Steven Krasner’s ProJo notebook reports that the rumor was that it was Garces who erupted in the clubhouse after the game Tuesday night.

Jim Donaldson attempts satire on the subject of the Patriots chances to repeat. At least that’s what I hope he was doing…After Tom Curran gave us 20 questions heading into camp yesterday, Michael Felger gives us 10 things to look for. Felger also rates the Pats coaching staff as the best in the league. Kevin Mannix tries to explan why the oddsmakers have the Pats as a barely .500 team this season. Michael Holley is reluctant to see the new season start, as he still wants to savor last year. Nick Cafardo tells us what Charlie Weis’ will be able to do this preseason.

The headline for Jim Baker’s column is “Walton pans C’s trade”, yet there is a quote inside from Walton where he says: ” The Celtics aren’t interested in being in the middle of the pack and this is a definite step in the right direction – if Baker can play.” Which is it? Walton, by the way will join former NBC studio analyst Tom Tolbert in moving to the ABC broadcasts of the NBA next season. Bill Griffith’s media column looks at the Ruiz fight, as well as some more remembrances of Ned Martin.

NESN has Red Sox/Orioles at 7:00. TBS has Braves/Phillies at 7:30. ESPN Classic has Roger Clemens SportsCentury at 8:30 and 11:30.

Peter Gammons made his weekly

Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “Big Show this afternoon and said that the Expos will not be selling off or trading players. MLB would be foolish to do so. He thinks the Sox should try to get Ray Durham, he could bat second and split between playing second base and DH. He’s got great on base percentage and could team with Johnny Damon to have an amazing top of the order. Sox don’t have what it takes to get Millar from Florida, and Gammons isn’t that high on Lee. The situation in Boston is hard because there can be no down-time, the team has to be good every year, which makes it hard to reload. He likes Fossum better than some of the pitchers the Sox are rumored to be looking at, like Byrd or Rogers. They lack the postional prospects to complete deals, their only appealing positional prospect is Shoppach, but he is low in the minors. He really likes Ted Lilly and thinks that his injury is a huge break for the Red Sox in the Wild Card race. He thinks the Angels will fade, as they haven’t played the Sox or Yankees yet and rely too much on Eckstein and Erstad’s energy.

John Burkett on WWZN this afternoon claimed to not have heard anything about the clubhouse shouting incident reported by Greg Dickerson last evening. Gordon Edes who was co-hosting also said he had heard nothing about it.

Mike Port also came on to WWZN, priorities are starting pitching, relief pitching or a bat that can help on a daily basis. About Montreal, he said he doesn’t think MLB will tell them to dump players, he’s heard the talk, but not sure how accurate it is. It makes it interesting because each team really owns a piece of the Expos. He thinks many of the deal will go right down to the deadline, unless the perfect deal for both clubs is presented. Asked if the recent struggles make them more inclined to make a deal, Port said they need to first just try to get back to where they were. The team as now is capable of doing more. He would not blame Red Sox fans if they were upset for not improving the club, but at the same time doesn’t want to make a deal just for the sake of making a deal. Asked if they will take on payroll, Port said ownership has given the signal that they will, but it’s hard to know how much, as the situation isn’t there in front of them, but they have discussed “adding to the tab.” McDonough said he’s pulling for Port to get the GM job, and asked if Port feels any added pressure because of his situation, Port only said there’s no pressure, he just is trying to do the best job he can every day. He feels his performance shouldn’t be judged just on deals, but whether the team goes to the postseason. Deals are always there to be made, but they have to look at ones that are going to improve the team. Embree would’ve been a big factor this past weekend, but those things (injuries) happen. They’re targeting Monday as his return. Again brought up players coming back from injuries, Sanchez, Hermanson, Baerga as good “deals” for the ball club. Talking about Garces and his struggles, he indicated when the team is complete, They might want to get “Richard” some work, and ask him to do some Minor league time, but he can refuse it. (McDonough and Edes took this to mean that Garces could be released at some point) Port is confident that Fossum can do a good job in the starting rotation. Buttering up Port at the end, Edes was telling him he’s so good with words he asked him if he’s ever considered becoming a sportswriter.

Much talk on radio today

Much talk on radio today (except for Eddie, who is schmoozing with his Vegas friends on air all afternoon) around the handwritten note that Ted supposedly signed in 2000, expressing his wishes to be frozen, along with John Henry and Claudia. The Smoking Gun has a copy of the note.

Let’s clear a few things up on the Celtics/Baker deal. There are a whole lot of misconceptions flying around out there. Listening to WEEI the last few days has been horrid, as neither the callers nor the hosts, even Ordway, seem to have the slightest idea of what they were talking about on certain things.

1) Luxury Tax versus the Salary Cap. Some evidently think they are one and the same. That if you exceed the Salary cap, you go into the luxury tax. One caller was saying how stupid the deal was because if the cap is $40 Million, you’re paying 3 max contracts that take up $36 Million and that only leaves you $4 Million for the rest of your roster. Wrong. When and if a luxury tax is imposed, it will only effect teams that are a certain level above the salary cap. Estimates that I’ve seen put the figure at around $50 Million. That means you could exceed the salary cap by almost $10 million dollars and still not be in the luxury tax. Instead of $4 Million, you have $14 Million. (To use on your own players only, you cannot go over the cap to sign free agents)

2) Timing of the Luxury tax. The NBA recently announced that there would be no Luxury tax imposed this year. I’ve heard and read media members who had said that this means the Celtics could sign Rodney Rogers, since they don’t have to worry about the luxury tax, and they’re just being cheap by not signing him. They’re wrong again. The factors that put a team into a luxury tax situation can only be gathered at the end of the season, as it includes all sorts of revenue. So when the NBA said there would be no Luxury tax paid this year, it meant there would be no tax paid for what occurred last season. At the end of this coming season they will evaluate again and see if the revenue and other factors mean the luxury tax kicks in for this season. So it’s entirely possible, that signing Rogers would’ve put the team over that figure for the coming season and that after the season the Celtics would be paying the tax.

3) Kenny Anderson’s contract coming off the books next year. Some people wail that after next year, Kenny’s contract is up, and that the Celtics could’ve used that money to go after a free agent, like the Sonics are going to do. Wrong once more. Even with Kenny’s salary coming off the books, the Celtics would still be over the salary cap, and would not be able to use that money to sign anyone. (If they’re up against the projected Luxury tax level, they’re likely about 9 or 10 million over the cap. Take Kenny’s 9 million off at the end of next year and the most you will have is less than a million to spend.) All it would do in fact, would put the Celtics into more of a bind, because they would lose Kenny’s salary cap “slot”. By trading for Baker, the slot is kept alive and filled by Baker, allowing the Celtics to still use that money for salary. It’s a bit complicated, but it boils down to they needed to trade Kenny for someone, because they would simply lose his money next year, and would not be able to use it on a free agent. (Ordway has said several times that the Celtics should’ve just let Anderson’s contract run out and use it on a free agent.)

First of all, apologies to

First of all, apologies to those who have been unable to access the site at various times in the last 24 hours. The server company, Blogspot has been doing some server upgrades and ran into some difficulties.

Second, in the spirit of shameless self-promotion, I’m scheduled to appear on AM 1590 The Tiger briefly tomorrow night around 6:20 to talk about the site, Shaughnessy and the Boston sports media. The station has a 2 hours sports show each night with former WWZN host Marty Tirrell from 6-8 PM “MT’ Speakin’ on Sports”, as well as a show from 10 AM to Noon Saturdays. The signal isn’t very strong right now, but they do have internet streaming. They are also an affiliate of Red Sox baseball, so on game nights, the show is usually only an hour.

On to the links…Tom Curran has 20 questions heading into Patriots Training camp. Curran also looks at the local interest in the Pats and the record-breaking size crowds they expect to be around for training camp. Nick Cafardo has a mini-feature on the Patriots and other NFL teams preparations for practicing in the heat, trying to avoid another Korey Stringer. Michael Felger looks at the Patriots secondary. Felger also has a brief article restating the information in the Chris Mortenson ESPN.com piece.

Marc Coffman examines the Celtics new-look roster. Shira Springer catches up with Shammond Williams. Jim Donaldson admits he doesn’t follow the Bruins or Celtics very much, and then goes and questions all their offseason activitity. He concludes that it looks like it’s going to be a very long winter. But you won’t notice will you Jim, since you don’t watch them to begin with.

Once again the Globe and Herald called each other to arrange matching articles. After the game article: Gordon Edes and Michael Silverman, they each have a story on Casey Fossum ( Rich Thompson and Gordon Edes ) and Frank Castillo. ( Rich Thompson and Shira Springer ) The Notebooks are a little different. Gordon Edes looks at the Expos as a potential trading partner. The Herald’s is just mostly about Hermanson going on the DL. Karen Guregian writes that people are starting to question Grady Little. No one writes about the yelling episode reported by Greg Dickerson on NE Sports Tonight last evening. Why? Did it not happen? Or is there another reason not to report on it? Think Ordway and the boys will have fun with Rays RBI machine Andy Sheets hot streak? (5 RBI the last two games, including a HR)

Bill Griffth has a well done piece on Ned Martin. Jim Baker uses an “economy of words” like Martin did, to describe him.

Ron Borges and George Kimball chronicle John Ruiz’ fight for respect.

Larry Lucchino actually made it onto a D&C appearance on WEEI, and was congratulated for the Ted Williams celebration. Dennis said he was wrong, it was a first class event, done with a lot of class. Dennis then asked if Ken Burns was still talking. Lucchino said they asked that each “inning” be limited to five minutes, but that Burns material was good…Callahan interrupted saying it was melodramatic and overdone, and that Burns had no business being on the field with his self serving garbage. (A bit harsh Gerry, Did something Burns say about the Red Sox history being tarnished by those who focus on loss hit too close to home?) Dennis then changed the subject and talked about the joy on Johnny Pesky’s face as he ran onto the field in uniform. Dennis then asked if it was panic time. Lucchino said no, not really, some concern, yes, but not panic. The ’83 Orioles had two seven game losing streaks during the course of the summer. He said this time of year is about trying to find a fit with another team for a trade, but the team that stays healthy will prevail. They have four needs identified and they are Starting pitcher, Relief pitcher, Everyday bat, Bat off bench. They want to address some if not all of those needs. They will be making deals through August. It’s nice to get things done in July, but it isn’t a drop dead date. An E-mailer asked about Montreal and LL answered that the Expos expected to make a run, and now they might be reconsidering, and if you want to root from someone, root for the Expos to lose over the next few weeks. He said his friendship with Bud Selig will not factor into any deals. He mentioned their bottom line is already negative, but they’re willing to reach in to improve the club. Callahan asked Why bother?..just be like the Bruins and say this is a business, we’re not spending any more. LL said it is a business, but the essence of their business is winning. He is encouraged somewhat on the labor front. They agree on revenue sharing but the conflict is in the degree or amount. The conversation ended with jokes about Hermanson’s injury and about political lunatics, Callahan being on the “lunatic right wing fringe”.

FOX25 has Red Sox/Devil Rays with Pedro on the mound at 7:00. ESPN Classic is showing the 1991 NBA Eastern Conference First round Game 5, Celtics vs Pacers at 9:00 PM.

Chris Mortenson reports on the

Chris Mortenson reports on the Charlie Weis surgery story. Weis nearly lost his life. It was much worse than initially reported, and the Boston media perhaps did the right thing in backing away from the story out of respect to Weis and his family. How bad was it? Mortenson reports: “A gastric bypass procedure that Weis elected to have on June 15 resulted in a near-death experience. He was administered last rites by a Catholic priest two days after his surgery as he lay connected to a ventilator in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.”

Greg Dickerson on FSNE’s NE Sports Tonight reported that sources told them that after the loss in game two of the doubleheader last night, there was screaming and yelling in the Sox clubhouse, directed towards Grady Little. He also reported that Rich Garces had a death in the family and asked not to pitch last night. Dickerson was joined by Michael Felger, Michael Smith and Bill Burt, and topics covered included Weis’ near death experience, getting Tom Brady signed, Ned Martin’s death, and the Red Sox loss last night and Grady’s decisions. They also had a piece at the end on Vin Baker, his happiness at being a Celtic, (He kissed his new Celtics jersey) and how he’ll fit in.

Much of the time spent

Much of the time spent on sports radio today has revolved around remembering Ned Martin and criticizing Grady Little. Ron Hobson joins Bob Neumeier on the WEEI midday show, and Tony Massarotti joins Eddie and Dave Jageler on WWZN. Reader Stephen sent me the following on Martin:

Of course, there were two Ned Martins: the pre-1982 one, who was pretty
much at the top of his game as one of the finest baseball announcers in the
major leagues. And the 1982-92 one, the guy who was a shadow of his former
self and often unable to distinguish one black member from the Orioles from
another (“… and MurrayShelbyYoungLandrum scores from third”). When I was
a lad, Ned was paired with Gowdy and a third guy named Art Gleeson, a
veteran Coast League announcer, who did an inning or two and was not
particularly memorable. There was no color man, and because WHDH-TV Channel
5 and WHDH-AM 850 had the contract, they did both TV and radio. Gowdy, the
Voice of the Red Sox, did the first three innings on radio, then Martin
would do 4-5-6, and Gowdy would finish up. Gleeson did an inning or two,
probably eating into Ned’s air time. But when Gowdy did a TV game on
Channel 5, usually weekend afternoon games, Ned would be The Man on radio.
Gleeson died after 1964, and they brought in Mel Parnell, the great Sox
lefty of the late 1940s to mid 1950s, as the first color man on Sox
TV-radio. Parnell almost never did play-by-play, though. And while the Sox
were a terrible team on the field, but Gowdy and Martin were a very talented
announcing duo. After 1965, when Gowdy went to NBC full-time, the Sox
slapped Martin in the face by going to Cleveland to bring “home” Ken
Coleman as Voice of the Red Sox, keeping Ned as second banana. Coleman was
a Quincy boy who had gone to Cleveland and done Indians games on TV; he also
was the voice of the Cleveland Browns on CBS television, a very visible
position nationally. He was a name, and he was a native son, but never as
good (in my opinion) as Ned as a baseball announcer on radio. Coleman
caught lightning in a bottle in 1967 with the Impossible Dream team, and his
narration of the TV special and the recording that came out that fall
really made his reputation. (In fairness, I was listening, on WHDH-FM, to
Bill Rohr’s flirtation with a no-hitter, and Coleman made a brilliant call
on Yaz’s catch off Tresh — “Yastrzemski going hard, way back, way back …
and HE DIVES AND MAKES A TREMENDOUS CATCH!”) Johnny Pesky replaced Parnell
in 1969, and things stayed the same until Channel 5 lost its license a month
before the 1972 season, splitting the Sox radio/TV contract. Channel 4 got
the TV rights and they hired Coleman and Pesky to do their games
exclusively. This finally made Ned — literally — the Voice of the Red
Sox, because he worked solo during spring training and the first few weeks
of the season, until WHDH hired a retired guy named John McLean (a former
Senators announcer), who was just AWFUL, and then the mediocre Dave Martin
to be his No. 2 guy. “The Martin Boys” finished the 1972 season and did all
of 1973. Then a veteran announcer and a perennial second banana who had
worked for the New York Giants, Yankees, Pirates, Cardinals, and Oakland A’s
was fired by Charlie Finley. WHDH fired Dave Martin, and brought Jim Woods
to Boston for five great years, 1974-78. Why did Woods and Ned Martin
click so well? The team they covered was exciting. But they both loved the
game, knew the game, and called it in an understated way. (I loved the
references to the Phutile Phillies of the 1930s, the team of Martin’s
boyhood — he came from the Main Line — and Woodsie’s memories
“of the late, great Roberto Clemen-tay.”) They were both very funny,
and their humor was unforced. And you had two voices, the urbane and
soothing Martin (who else would pose for his official portrait in an ASCOT?)
and the gravelly Woods, that were different. Their analogies were inspired.
I remember one night, listening to Ned, as he described the showboat umpire
Emmett Ashford as “calling balls and strikes as if he were trying to catch a
butterfly with a pair of tweezers.” And, of course, Woodsie, signing on
from “Baghdad by the Bay” (Oakland) or “the big house on the lake”
(Cleveland). The new, out-of-town owner of WITS, by then the Sox’ radio
flagship, fired them both after 1978, a terrible off-season after the
playoff debacle to Dent’s Yankees. Woodsie left town, and Neddo landed at
Channel 38, where he had three great years as Ken Harrelson’s partner. When
Hawk was fired (or quit) for criticizing Red Sox ownership, Ned began his
long decline. Bob Montgomery was no match for Hawk, and TV wasn’t Ned’s
medium. His mistakes were pointed out and criticized. But even in his
dotage, Ned Martin stands head-and-shoulders above the two men, Bob
Kurtz and Don Orsillo, who have succeeded him on NESN. Go well,
Nedley. Sorry your last moment on earth was spent on an airport shuttle
bus. He helped me to love baseball on radio.

Saddened to hear of the

Saddened to hear of the passing of long time Red Sox broadcaster Ned Martin late yesterday afternoon. He was returning home after having spoken at the Ted Williams celebration on Monday night. When he came on then, I thought he looked pretty good for a man of 78, and his voice was still strong and brought back memories of growing up and hearing him do the games with Bob Montgomery in the ’80′s. The Globe and the Herald each have articles on Martin. The Red Sox website has audio files of the Celebration and you can hear the section that included Yaz and Martin with Peter Gammons, it’s especially poignant now. He and Yaz are no longer “joined at the hip”.

Only the maddeningly inconsistent Red Sox could decimate the Devil Rays 22-4 in the first game of a double header and then blow a 4-0 ninth inning lead in the second game and lose 5-4. They lost another chance to move a game up on the Yankees. As usual, the papers mirror articles. Both have articles on Nomar and his birthday performance. (John Powers and Michael Gee ) Both have articles on Trot Nixon recovering from his error in New York. (Tony Massarotti and Chris Snow ) Both Notebooks (Michael Silverman and Gordon Edes, Chris Snow) are almost identical…Hermanson, trade possibilities, Wakefield.

Gerry Callahan applauds Chris Wallace for not standing pat and having the guts to put his job on the line. Good article by Callahan. Mark Coffman and Peter May both say now the Celtics need to look at the Point Guard spot. May advocates signing Massachusetts native Travis Best. Shira Springer takes another look at Baker and gets quotes from his dad. Kevin McNamara reports everyone on the Celtics side is happy with the deal. Jeff Jacobs says the heat is really on Baker now. If you missed the press conference introducing Baker and Williams yesterday, the complete transcript is available on the Celtics website. Also, I didn’t get to see it, but Chris Collins had a bit with Kenny Anderson on NECN’s Sports Latenight last night, and apparently is pretty upset with the trade and said some interesting things.

Michael Felger looks at the Patriots Linebackers and Defensive Line and also reports on their signing of rookie Deion Branch. In the Globe, Nick Cafardo also reports on the Branch signing and that the Patriots hope to have a new deal for Tom Brady before the season starts. ESPN the Magazine has the Patriots at # 2 on the ESPN 100, a list of 100 people, events, achievements, teams and trends that mattered most in the past year… 9/11 was number one. A very nice article.

Art Martone’s notebook from yesterday focuses on Ken Burns statements from Monday night that the Red Sox glorious history has been “Hijacked by those who focus exclusively on the negativity.” People like Shaughnessy. A very good read.

NESN has Red Sox/Devil Rays at 7:00. ESPN has Braves/Marlins at 1:00, and Cardinals/Giants at 7:00. ESPN2 has Yankees/Indians at 7:00.

Chris Wallace was on WWZN

Chris Wallace was on WWZN this afternoon, just as the Red Sox were starting. Asked if they can get Baker in shape, Wallace said that’s the challenge. Vinny desperately wanted to be home here, and was unhappy in Seattle, he’s got the low post game they really need, and they think it was worth the risk. As for the point guard position, Kenny was in the last year of his contract, and if Philadelphia makes the playoffs next year, they have two first round picks in a draft that could be rich in point guards. Shammond Williams will also help, they’ve been high on him for some time, he’ll be an option and they’ll also be looking to pick someone up who slips through like Erick Strickland did last year. He mentioned Damon Jones, Greg Anthony, Troy Hudson, Rod Strickland and Chris Childs as point guards that are available out there. Vin Baker got on the phone too, and is glad and ecstatic to be home. He’s definitively getting in shape, he says he’s about 4 lbs away and is in great shape already. Hasn’t talked to Antoine or Paul yet, but will be looking to phone them in the next few days. The Eastern Conference should be a positive for him. It’s one of the variables that’s going to help him. He’s wanted to play for the Celtics since he was 17. He’s been hearing about this for a week and half to two weeks, has had to hold it in and is now the happiest guy on the planet. He’s coming up Thursday to get going in earnest with the trainers and coaches. He does feel pressure to be the piece to make it to the finals, and it’s a positive pressure he and Shammond will feel. Vin compares Shammond to Eric Snow, thinks he’s ready to take over a PG position, great shooting, great ball handler. Thinks he’s more prepared than Snow was when Snow left Seattle. He already feels a family atmosphere here with O’Brien, Wallace and Leo. He’s gearing up to play the center position, looks forward to it and thinks he’ll be a good fit. He knows he needs to rebound and clog up the middle. They’re prepared to be the core of this team for the next four years. He’s very optimistic that they’re going to get to the finals. Asked about playing against Shaq, he’s a monster, dominant, but he and the Lakers can be beaten as shown by the Kings this year. Wallace came back on the line and he said “it’s over” with Rodney Rogers, mentioned Philadelphia as a possible landing spot. They can take on a couple more minimum salaries still. They weren’t upset with Forte, he had to be included to make the numbers work. As far as messing with the chemistry, they talked to a lot of people and did their homework about him, and thought it was worth it. Now with Baker, Walker and Battie, they have perhaps the premier PF-C combo in the East. Don’t have to take a backseat to anyone.

The papers today are full

The papers today are full of stories from the Ted Williams celebration last night. Gordon Edes gives the most detailed account of the evening’s festivities. Michael Siverman draws the same assignment for the Herald. Other Globe articles focus on events within the event. John Powers looks at Curt Gowdy’s role. Joe Burris looks at John Glenn. Steve Buckley says all this cryonics stuff will blow over and Ted will be remembered for his accomplishments, as he should be. Michael Gee rambles a totally incomprehensible column about the event. Bill Griffith gives a wrap-up of the NESN programming of the event, listing highlights.

A couple of my thoughts on the event…twice during the night I fond my thoughts coming back to Nomar. First, when Dom Dimaggio was speaking and talked about when they played for “meager one year contracts” and contrasted that with “today’s inflated, longterm, deals” I wondered what Nomar thought about his comments recently about fighting for the little leaguers, players often talk about how hard they’ve worked to make things better from the old days. Well, Dimaggio seemed to be disapproving of the ways things are today, and I wonder if that struck Nomar at all. The second time was watching Nomar speak and also when he was with all the other former Red Sox players, seeing Pesky put his arm around Nomar’s shoulders, I thought to myself, I hope Nomar knows he can never go and play for the Dodgers, or Angels (as Pete Sheppard says he will) when his contract expires. His place is here, he is a Red Sox for life, he is a part of all that history that was on display last night. Oh yeah, one other thing. Dick Radatz. Yikes. This guy is a heavy smoker too? I’m worried that the monster may not be long for this world.

Edes had a fine article above, but resorts to stereotyping Red Sox fans in his second piece of the day. Talking about the arrival of the Devil Rays to town, Edes writes: “But before a sky-is-falling mentality seizes a region that tends to throw in the towel long before the team it professes to love does, the schedule-maker has delivered an almost guaranteed remedy” The knights of the keyboard are the first ones to to fan the flames of panic when something starts to go wrong. If the fans are always throwing in the towel, why do they keep coming back? It was just an unnecessary line to add to the piece.

Onto Vin Baker and the Celtics. Bill Simmons gives the trade a huge thumbs down. Peter May says that this deal is an example of the wacky financial structure of the NBA. Can’t re-sign Rodney Rogers for 3 Million, but can take on Baker for 12 Million. Shira Springer looks at the happy Baker and the disappointed Kenny Anderson. Elsewhere, Mark Coffman also looks at the trade, as does Paul Doyle.

Nick Cafardo looks at the first day of Patriots Rookie camp. Tom Curran reports on the Pats signing their last remaining unsigned rookie, WR Deion Branch.

Bill Griffith’s second article today deals with FSNE re-upping with the Celtics to continue to carry their games for the next several years. He also had a section of assorted media notes. John Molori’s Media Blitz column this week focuses on coverage of the FleetBoston Classic, with some WEEI notes at the end.

Yesterday’s Diamond Notes by Peter Hedda Hopper Gammons give us more cause to wonder about Peter’s credibility. In a bit about the haggling over the sale price of the Mets he mentions: “In Doubleday’s eyes, he got double-crossed. Hey, he can look at the $700 million the Red Sox fetched. Are the Mets worth barely more than half the value of the Red Sox? Yuh, right.” What Gammons fails to mention is the Red Sox price included NESN and Fenway with the surrounding land. The Mets price is strictly for the ball club. He mentions the two prospects that the Reds would’ve gotten in a trade for Kenny Rogers and labels them an “outstanding trade”. David Espinosa, a former first round pick who is batting .245 in class A ball and has a messy contract thanks to agent Scot Boras. The second is Josh Hall, who has a 4.33 ERA in AA ball. At the end of the column he mentions Luis Garcia, whom the Indians got from the Cardinals for Chuck Finley. Mentions his “Sexsoneque power”. How come he never mentioned him for the two years he was in the Red Sox system? (He was part of the deal for Dustin Hermanson)

FOX25 has the first game and NESN the second of the Red Sox/Devil Rays doubleheader, at 1:00 and 7:00. ESPN2 has Cavs/Grizzlies Summer league ball at 2:00. TBS has Braves/Marlins at 7:00. HBO’s “Real Sports” tonight at 10:00 has three segments, a piece on a former mobster now coaching little league, a follow up on the Pentucket Regional School hazing incident on the football team, and a look at Tiger’s retiring broadcaster Ernie Harwell.