Fox25’s Sports Sunday had Ron

Fox25’s Sports Sunday had Ron Nikoleski in studio and Butch Stearns in Florida. Highlights of the day were followed by Levan Reid’s segment looking at the Red Sox trying to keep it fun…their acquisitions show it, guys like Millar and Giambi are good additions to the clubhouse, to loosen it up, make it fun. Trying to make it more of a team concept, as opposed to “Manny being Manny”. Nomar talked about some of the news guys being great, and that it’s going to be a lot of fun having them around. Millar shown several times talking about chemistry and having fun. Reid hopes the new mix equals wins. Jeff Horrigan was up next, Stearns first asked him right away about Todd Walker’s defense. Horrigan says you can’t tell much from drills, but he looks pretty good, but that its going to be tougher on Nomar who’s had different second basemen every year. Nomar seems to be different this year, after that first tough day with Shaughnessy he’s been very accommodating to everyone. Pedro is different too, he’s confident and healthy this year. Manny doesn’t have responsibility to talk to the media, as long as he’s accountable to his teammates. Who will have the biggest impact of the newcomers, Stearns listed everyone but Walker, and Horrigan picked Walker and maybe Chad Fox. Mendoza wants the opportunity to close, to be a Rivera, but he’ll take whatever role the manager wants to use him in. Lou Merloni might be pushed by Damian Jackson for a spot on the roster, especially if they take 12 pitchers.

After the break, Hillenbrand was the topic, he wants to stay here. Stearns feels he’s the starting third baseman opening day, but if he struggles with the bat, Mueller might take his spot. Derek Lowe looks good this year. The show closed with scenes from the week in spring training. Mike Timlin saying “I’m not very good…you guys might want to strangle Theo” was a highlight. Pedro whiffing on the golf course was also a source of amusement.

Red Sox this week goes up against Sports Sunday and this week they had a player roundtable with Todd Walker, Jeremy Giambi and Lou Merloni. It also had Mike Barnicle pressing Larry Lucchino on the issue of race raised by the Gordon Edes article earlier in the week.

WHDH’s Sports Xtra had Gene Lavanchy in Florida once again, looking ahead the Red Sox season. They went through the probable starters…outfield is set…Manny, Damon, Nixon. Nomar set at short, Walker at second, third and first are up in the air. Hillenbrand is the incumbent, with Mueller ready to step in. First is filled with Millar, Ortiz and Giambi. There have been no major controversies, which Lavanchy says is odd for the Red Sox. They wore their home white uniforms today for pictures and practice as well Nomar talked about all the work they do, the drills, the things they can spend time on. They then looked at the signing of Robert Person and he’s looking forward to getting back out there, he’s “hungry” and has “a lot of unfinished business” to attend to this year. Highlights from the Bruins tie with the Islanders tonight was up next. The Celtics were also mentioned and a look at Mark Blount and having him back on the team. O’Brien hopes that Blount is here as long as he is the coach. A look ahead to Yao Ming’s visit tomorrow was followed by a Tyson fight recap.

Tony Massarotti and Don Orsillo were in next to talk Red Sox. They talked about how quiet it is so far. Tony says everytime you say that something happens. Orsillo contrasted that with the Yankees camp chaos. But he also said that someone will happen. Then they went onto Manny not talking to the media. They don’t think it is a big deal, Tony thinks if the guy produces, gets along with his teammates and coaching staff it’s fine. Tony said the relationship with the media isn’t nasty with Manny. Orsillo says Manny doesn’t say a whole lot when he talks anyway. Lavanchy says that in a dispute between the media and a player, the fans are going to side with the player, 99% of the time. They talked a little about the media in Boston being unique, and how Tony thinks that has to do with the inferiority complex in the area. He talked some more about the ownership setting up media meetings and how Tony addressed the team as to what the media expects from the players. Orsillo mentioned guys who were accessible like David Cone in the past, Derek Lowe now, and the crew of “dirt dogs” should all be fun too. Massarotti mentioned that Urbina never talked to the media last year and no one minded. Lavanchy brought up that during the Jimy Williams era people complained that there wasn’t a set lineup, what will happen this year? They went through some of the players, Ortiz is pretty mobile for a big guy…Hillenbrand, where is his head at, will he also be in the first base mix? Tony brought up again about the guys they brought in being used to being role players in the past. Orsillo said they’re younger guys, not like Lansing and Bichette. Tony says is should be a very good clubhouse. They talked some about Wakefield being moved into the # 2 slot behind Pedro to make a change up between Pedro and Lowe. They think it’s interesting, but the order doesn’t really matter, but it’s good variety going from hard stuff to the knuckleball to the sinker to the lefty to the junkballer.

The last segment was a look at Wakefield and the knuckleball. Wakefield explains how he holds the ball, he developed it in the minors when he was an infielder who couldn’t hit. They saw him throwing it in the outfield and made him a pitcher. Lavanchy tried to catch him..in full baseball gear, and dropped a number of them. Wakefield says it’s fun to throw the knuckleball especially when it is working. He likes the looks he gets from the hitters who can’t believe how it moves. On the flip side is when it is not moving, it goes over the green monster pretty quickly. Lavanchy can’t believe how fast the ball actually comes in. Much faster than it appears on television.

Sports Final was on late because of the Grammy’s and Bob Lobel started off right away making fun of the fact that Theo Epstein and his band weren’t mentioned in the Awards. The big topic tonight was the media. Are they too tough? Ted Williams thought they didn’t like him…have things changed? Massarotti’s speech to the team was mentioned and they’re looking for accessibility and accountability. Shaughnessy says there is so many of the media, and the growth of talk radio makes the spotlight very bright. Dan Roche brought up the story Tuesday by Shaughnessy and went through the whole story. Massarotti says the media gets very personal here, and we take ourselves way too seriously and are too self important. It shouldn’t be about the media. Their poll showed 75% saying that the Boston media is fair, 20% unfair, 4% despicable. Shaughnessy, Neumeier, and Buckley were on to talk about the events of the week. They went through the stories, and the back and forth between the papers. Neumeier says this is just a product of the ages, and that everything is all about opinion right now. CNN, Fox, MSNBC etc on news it’s all back and forth, same now in sports. Shaughnessy talked about how he got to Nomar a day early…he was talking to Merloni and Nomar came back and they started talking about Ted Williams and so forth, and Nomar was answering Dan’s questions. That turned into the column for the next day. Earlier that day Nomar had told reporters that he wasn’t speaking to them until the next day, and then Shaughnessy goes in and interviews him. Buckley wants to be clear…he was wrong last year that time in September, he said doesn’t want this to be another “Shaughnessy-Kraft thing” that goes on for 3 or 4 years or another Bledsoe/Brady, he wanted to make it clear that he wanted to fix things with Nomar, at that point Shaughnessy tried to jump in, Buckley wouldn’t let him…he went on to say it’s been horrible the last 3-4 days, he’s been beat up badly everywhere, and probably deserves it. Shaughnessy says he thinks Nomar was using him to get a message out…Buckley says Nomar doesn’t swear in interviews, so he doesn’t think that Nomar wanted those things put into the paper. Buckley tells Shaughnessy he doesn’t think he was fair to him this week. Neumeier tried to mediate between the two of them, who are clearly tiffed at each other. Is all of this all about just selling papers? Buckley talked about all his variety of columns he’s done lately… high school, beanpot, that stuff isn’t going to sell a huge amount of papers, or generate talk on radio, they’re small items of local interest.

Gordon Edes joined the show next from Florida. He was asked about his column about the lack of African-Americans on the Red Sox…was he trying to be inflammatory. Edes is astonished that his column was taken as controversial. He was in no way trying to say they were trying exclude minorities, especially since they have so many Latin stars. He just thought it worthy of note that it seems that African-Americans as a whole are not playing baseball as much. With the Red Sox history of backwardness in race relations and the fact that there will no African-Americans in the starting lineup opening day, he thought it very worthy of note. He says it must’ve been a slow day on radio or at the Boston Herald if this became a hot topic. Neumeier says that most people including himself didn’t get Gordon’s point right away. Edes argued that he had quotes from Theo Epstein in his column acknowledging the lack of numbers, but also asserting that their hiring practices are whitout color. ….took a shot a Buckley reciting his resume and again stressed the article was not meant to be inflammatory. Lobel brought up Buckley’s rebuttal column. Edes thinks it’s interesting that the neither the Globe nor his name appeared in Buckley’s “rebuttal”. Was it really a rebuttal? Buckley and Edes talked over each other for a while….couldn’t hear too much. Buckley emphasized again how impressed he is that the Red Sox are color blind these days and that Gordon’s piece was better served as a tidbit in a Sunday’s notes column….it doesn’t deserve a whole column. Shaughnessy interjected that people are going to hate this show…”It’s us talking about us”…a new low in sports television. Buckley says that Shaughnessy shouldn’t have been on the show then. He surely knew what it was going to be about. Buckley says this is bringing the heads of the 5 families coming together to find common ground. Gordon hopes they can spend the rest of the spring talking baseball and not being so self absorbed.

Lobel joked about bringing their lousiest show ever into Overtime. Neumeier joked that what is more interesting…bullpen by committee or this? They then said they threw Shaughnessy off the show and have brought in Sean McAdam…Lobel mentioned Bruce Allen and other self styled critics. McAdam talked about the glut of shows, radio shows and how many print guys appear on TV/Radio shows appear here as opposed to other towns. Neumeier didn’t think that one sports radio station could survive in this town, but there is such an incredible appetite for all of this stuff and things take on a life that they don’t deserve. They talked for a bit about how much there is out there for competition and news. Does the rivalry between the Globe and Herald, WEEI & WWZN factor into all of this stuff? Does Buckley taking on the Edes and Globe make for good reporting? The #2 paper taking on the #1…David vs Goliath. Lobel talked about the meshing of all the media. Neumeier said in the old days, they always went after rival sports casts and that isn’t so much different than how it is now. There are just more forums to do so. McAdam said that it is a thinly veiled secret that most media guys are thin skinned and can’t take criticism well. Lobel ended the show saying it is going to take him a few weeks to get over this program.

WEEI has the Pedro Martinez

WEEI has the Pedro Martinez interview with Dennis and Callahan from this morning available for listening on their Audio Vault page. The interview is said to be outstanding listening, and that Pedro softens his stance of leaving if the option isn’t picked up by the end of spring training. In addition, they have the Theo Epstein interview with D&C from Wednesday which is also very good.

Ouch. Check out this quote from Bobby Jackson in the Scaramento Bee today:

Kings guard Bobby Jackson has watched his team defeat Boston five consecutive times over the past 2 1/2 seasons.

Asked if it was difficult to play the Celtics and their long-distance style, Jackson said, "To be honest, no! I thought they played like garbage. Every time we play them, they never play to their potential. I know they beat Portland and some other teams on this trip, but I just can't see it."

Yesterday’s Seattle Times had a nice feature on Theo Epstein.

Manny shows up on time,

Manny shows up on time, but he’s not talking. As Nomar found out this week, Manny’s approach might be the best one. The media will still write nasty things about him, make fun of his hair, and generally attack him any chance they get, but at least they’re not going to dice up something he says. Naturally the writers aren’t happy with this development, even if it means they get to talk to Pedro more. Gerry Callahan, Bob Hohler, and David Heuschkel write about Manny’s arrival and have word from his spokesman, Pedro. Each of them also bring up the Tampa incident. Hohler claims that “Ramirez might have defused the issue had he publicly addressed it” Raise your hand if you believe that. Didn’t think so. Manny would’ve shyly tried to brush it off, and say it wasn’t a big deal, and he would’ve been hammered even more. At least the three articles all appreciate his skills. They still don’t get that their view of Manny is not the general view of the fans. This was a topic on WWZN yesterday, as Bob Halloran – who hasn’t been jaded too much yet – was talking about the fact that the media is not the voice of the fans, though they might think they are. Jeff Horrigan looks at Johnny Damon…healthy and ready to get going. Steven Krasner looks at the depth of this team and notes that Grady Little is excited at the prospect of using everyone. Tony Massarotti makes the first prediction of the spring: The Red Sox will win the AL East. Of course, in that article he continues the disturbing Boston media trend of categorizing the fans as a miserable, negative lot:

While many fans have since come to mock the Sox for signing Ramirez, many of the same people chastised the team this winter for failing to make a headline acquisition. Such a response only reaffirmed that the Sox are in a no-win situation among the fellowship of the miserable, damned if they do and damned if they don't.

Massaroti’s basic premise is right, but likely applies to his colleagues in the media more than it does the general fan population. Alex Speier tells the Red Sox to pick up that option before the end of spring training. No not Pedro’s, Grady Little’s. Karen Guregian finds another former Red Sox player…David Cone. Hohler’s notebook reports Pedro feeling great after his first throwing session of the spring. Horrigan’s notebook leads with word of a tryout of one of Pedro’s buddies. Krasner’s notebook also reports on Pedro feeling great.

Shira Springer and Steve Bulpett report on last night’s Celtics loss in Sacramento. Bulpett also writes that while the Celtics got bigger with their trade yesterday, this deal doesn’t mean good things for Vin Baker. Springer also looks at the deal and focuses on Mark Blount’s return to green. Bob Ryan remembers Kobe Bryant’s dad, Joe “Jelly Bean” Bryant. He wasn’t shy about hoisting up the shots, either, but his son as many times more the player that he ever could’ve dreamed to be. Tim Weisberg says the trade was nothing for nothing. Springer’s notebook has a quote from Jim O’Brien that irritates me a little bit. When asked about Kedrick Brown’s (lack of) playing time, O’Brien says: ”I’m putting players that can knock down the three on a consistent basis.” What happened to defense? Previously O’Brien has said that players who play D are the ones that are going to get into the game. In the preseason, that was the whole focus for Brown, that he would be a defensive player and not have to worry about his offense. Now the coach says he won’t play him because he can’t hit a three? What defines “consistent basis”? Does Antoine Walker make threes on a “consistent basis”? How about Eric Williams? Does Walter McCarty? The next lines in the notebook go on to talk about O’Brien’s concern about the defense. Brown is likely the team’s best man on man defender. He’s capable of stopping someone. But the kid can’t get into the game. Bulpett’s notebook brings attention to the fact that the Celtics also received a 2 million dollar trade exception in the deal, giving them a little more freedom to make a trade in the next year.

So Tebucky isn’t wild about being “franchised” but he’s hopeful a deal can be worked out. He wants to be paid among the top safeties in the league, and to give up his special teams duties. Tom Curran looks at the reasoning behind making this designation and what it means to Jones and the Patriots. Jones tells Nick Cafardo that he was injured much of the second half of the season and it limited him speed severely. Michael Felger also reports on Jones, but also targets the Bears’ Marcus Robinson, a likely salary cap casualty as a potential “big receiver” candidate for the Patriots. Robinson’s agent says that his client “loves Boston”. Felger also reports from the combine, where this draft appears to be deep in the position the Patriots might need the most; defensive line. Michael Parente also weighs in on Jones, Hayes and Orlando Brown.

Michael Smith does a feature on troubled former Burke High and Providence College phenom Elaine McCants. Michael Gee looks at the possibility of landlocked Switzerland winning the America’s Cup. Ray Duckler says Iron Mike is following the path of Sonny Liston.

Bill Griffith has a look at NESN analyst Rick Middleton. Jim Baker has a peek at the College Sports Television network, and in his last line hints at Patriots Weekly’s Paul Perillo being a possible candidate in the mix for a WWZN morning show. Had enough Steve Buckley talk, well then you might want to skip the first segment of The Week that Was…But I think there’s a few other items in interest in there, including possible reasons for the yanking of the Mike Adam’s morning show.

ESPN has Rockets/Mavs at 8:00 and in a very interesting matchup, Bucks/Sonics at 10:30, Gary Payton and Ray Allen face their former teams the day after being traded for each other.

Sonics make a couple of

Sonics make a couple of big trades today…Aquiring Ray Allen for Gary Payton and others…but one of more local interest is Kenny Anderson to the Hornets for Elden Campbell. There’s a huge opening for second guessing the Vin Baker trade…who would you rather have Campbell or Baker?

Bill Simmons says Rick Pitino was the worst NBA coach he ever saw. He also thinks he’s the best college coach he has ever seen. Here’s the AP story on the minor Celtics trade from this afternoon. Shammond Williams and a second round draft pick to Denver for Mark Blount and Mark Bryant. Eric McHugh weighs in on Donald Hayes, Tebucky Jones and others. Rob Bradford looks at Trot Nixon’s paunch. Ron Chimelis thinks that Boston fans are going to like Bill Meuller.

On Patriots.com, Bryan Morry reports

On Patriots.com, Bryan Morry reports that the Pats have indeed put the franchise tag on Tebucky Jones.

Steve Buckley needs to get

Steve Buckley needs to get over himself. For not the first time, Buckley makes himself a pivotal player in his column, for the second time this week, he’s responding to a column written in the Globe. Message to Buck…if the fans have to choose between you and Nomar, guess who they’re going to choose? When we open the sports page, we’re looking to read about the players and the teams, not about your spats with rival columnists and star athletes. He does manage a nice little swipe at Shaughnessy though:

And this week in Fort Myers, when he had a private session with trusted Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, who drummed up a nice piece about the All-Star shortstop

At least I think it’s a shot…I’ve never seen the words “trusted” and “Shaughnessy” in the same sentence before…Buckley goes on to find an official scorer who will say on the record that Nomar once complained about a scoring…but the guy can’t remember when, he says “I’m almost positive it was last year,” But isn’t Buckley’s point that Nomar does this all the time ? How regular can it be when this guy, who admittedly is only a backup, can only vaguely remember one incident?

What exactly did Buck prove here? His original column was taking Nomar to task for going to Charles Scoggins and complaining…but that part still isn’t true. Buckley is mad that Nomar called him a liar for it. Showing that Nomar went to another scorer at some point in the recent past to complain doesn’t validate his article last September which was based on Nomar going to Scoggins. Buckley concludes:

For the record, I wanted to let this die.

Nomar wants to keep it on the table.

What a crock. You’re loving this, Buckley. You get to be the center of attention once again and make appearances on all the local shows, be on Sports Final this Sunday, and basically make more money. Maybe WFAN will have you on again.

Back to Shaughnessy for a minute. Not only does most of Boston dislike the guy, but he’s ticked off Florida residents as well. Carrie Johnson of the St. Petersburg Times writes about local uproar by residents to Shaughnessy’s description of their fair city in a recent column.

Tony Massarotti and David Heuschkel also look at Nomar being the spotlight. Massarotti’s piece is about how Nomar is constantly on edge, almost scared. Jeff Horrigan also weighs in, making the point that Nomar doesn’t like change, and that includes leaving Boston.

Shea Hillenbrand is the other story of the day, Bob Hohler looks at Shea’s arrival and that he is ready to once again battle to prove himself and reclaim his job. Jeff Horrigan says Hillenbrand is ready to put the offseason talk behind him. Steven Krasner says it looks like first base for Hillenbrand, but knows that nothing is going to be handed to him. David Heuschkel’s second article of the day also looks at Hillenbrand. Krasner also looks at Trot Nixon, who has given up chewing tobacco and attributes his weight gain over the offseason to it. D&C were ripping on Nixon this morning for being out of shape.Krasner has a brief sidebar on the upcoming meeting between Nixon and former combatant-turned-teammate Ryan Rupe. Hohler reports that the construction on the seats above the wall has been delayed. Hohler’s notebook says don’t expect any changes in Nomar’s batting style. Horrigan’s notebook has Tom Werner saying he wants Pedro to wind up a Red Sox for rest of his career. In Kranser’s notebook, Nomar says his wrist feels good. The Inside Track updates us on Red Sox romance.

Jeff Jacobs says Ephedrine should be banned by MLB. Michael Mutnansky also has a really good take on the substance, he’s had personal experience with it.

Don’t look for any major deals from the Celtics today. I write that in hopes that they can surprise me and in fact do something to help themselves. Steve Bulpett runs down a few minor possibilities. Shira Springer says that passing is what is leading to success on this road trip for the Celtics. She also gives some notes on a trade for Mark Blount.

Michael Felger reports that the Patriots will likely be slapping the franchise tag on Tebucky Jones, possibly as early as today. He also gives an update on the playing status of Miami RB Willis McGahee as he preps for the draft. Michael Smith also reports on Jones getting tagged, and adds an update on Marc Edwards. Tom Curran weighs in on Jones, and also gives updates on Ted Johnson and Anthony Pleasant.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at the 1-1 tie managed by the Bruins last night in Carolina. Steve Conroy also reports on the game. Mike O’Connell doesn’t totally disagree with PJ Stock’s pointed comments in the paper yesterday, as reflected in the Globe notebook. There’s more in the Herald notebook as well.

TNT has Celtics/Kings at 10:00 TNT also has Pacers/Nets at 7:30. ESPN has the NHL with either Colorado at Pittsburgh or Los Angeles at Philadelphia at 8:00. ESPN2 has Wake Forest/Georgia Tech at 7:00 and Charlotte/Marquette at 9:00. FSNE has California/UCLA at 10:30

For the second day in

For the second day in a row, Dale & Neumy had to fend off a caller who claimed that Pedro Martinez won a “soft 20″ games last year. They also talked Bruins, Dale really thinks Ftorek will be on the hot seat if they play poorly tonight. They also talked a little Mike Tyson. Dale has seen the tattoo, so he doesn’t need to see the fight. (Which is back on) Eddie talked about the Nomar article by Shaughnessy today…he thinks now media members are just going to try to see what they can do to set Nomar off. He also talked Yao Ming Wing and Sing party, Giant Glass, and Phantom Gourmet and Hot Dog Safari and took shots at Theo Epstein and the Red Sox. He also fielded “sports lies”. Pete continued sitting in the big chair today, and was joined by Steve DeOssie, making his third straight appearance and Larry Johnson.

Sean McAdam writes about the new additions to the Red Sox for ESPN.com. Christopher Price gives Antoine Walker some praise.

Red Auerbach’s brother, Zang, died last Thursday. This is the first I’ve heard of it…I wasn’t aware that he had designed the Celtics logo..

Zang Auerbach, an artist and editorial and sports cartoonist who had worked for The Washington Post, the Evening Star and the Washington
Times-Herald, died of heart ailments February 13, 2003, at Holy Cross Hospital, in the metropolitan Washington DC area, at the age of 81.

Mr. Auerbach was the brother of the legendary Boston Celtics basketball coach Arnold "Red" Auerbach. He designed the Celtics' logo and also the logo of the old Washington Senators baseball team.

It’s hard to feature the

It’s hard to feature the Celtics as the lead sports story of the day when there are just a few short articles covering the game. Steve Bulpett notes that passing and patience were the keys to the win, and the Celtics would very much like to add a fifth win to the trip. Shinra Springer focuses on how the Celtics were able to hold onto their lead despite a furious Warriors comeback. Out west in the Oakland Tribune, Vittorio Tafur says the Warriors shoddy defense was what allowed the Celtics to get the win. Bulpett’s notebook focuses on reserve forward Ruben Wolkowyski, who is headed for Spain. Springer’s notebook is similar and she adds some on Walter McCarty hoping to stay in Boston.

There’s something sickening about Dan Shaughnessy being the one to write an article about Nomar’s uneasy and distrustful relationship with the media. You can see that Shaughnessy takes pride in being a part of “Boston’s vaunted Keyboard Knights.” He does manage get Buckley to admit to getting it wrong on the official scorer story last summer in a column Buckley wrote:

Reached in Boston last night, Buckley said, ''There's a difference between making stuff up and messing up. I messed up, and I told Nomar.''

At least Buck can say he messed up. I don’t think we’d ever read a similar quote from Shaughnessy. But not to be outdone, Steve Buckley does take aim at the Globe this morning and the article on race yesterday. Check out this opening paragraph:

One of the most puzzling newspaper articles ever devoted to the Red Sox rolled off the presses yesterday. Perhaps you read it. It was a wonderfully written crying towel about how the Red Sox might open the season without - oh, the horror - a single African-American player in the starting lineup

Of course, this was talked about all day yesterday on the airwaves, so Buck once again isn’t breaking news here, but the article is well done. Tony Massarotti looks at newcomer Bill Meuller and uses the piece to further knock statistics and analysts in the game of baseball. But I guess Tony is right when he ends the story by telling us you aren’t going to find stats for serious injuries suffered in pursuit of foul balls. (where’s the sarcasm button?) Steven Krasner focuses more on Meuller as a hard nosed, old fashioned player. David Heushckel looks at the collection of “dirtballs” the Red Sox have put together here. Looks like a fun bunch. New lead dirtball Kevin Millar wants the group to grow mullets. Michael Gee wonders why the Sox stars always have to take so much heat around here. Good article by Gee, but he shouldn’t lump all Sox fans in that group…John Tomase writes that consciously or not, deep down all Sox fans don’t really want the Red Sox to win. Interesting premise, but I don’t buy it. Jeff Horrigan writes about Frank Castillo. While Trot Nixon will miss Brian Daubach, writes Massarotti, he now has a new running mate in Millar. Karen Guregian continues her assignment of finding everyone in Florida (Joe Kerrigan, Cliff Floyd, Tom Glavine, today Mo Vaughn) who might say something bad about the Red Sox. Horrigan’s notebook has Willie Banks taking no chances in light of the Bechler tragedy. Chad Finn says Boston fans are going to love Millar, and has a bunch of other baseball notes as well as some basketball and football items. Shaughnessy does the Globe notebook (where are Edes and Hohler today?) on Lou Merloni coming to camp ready for another battle. Krasner has similar thoughts in his notebook.

Bill Madden on the NY Daily News has a column on a friend of Ted Williams getting a peek inside the cryogenics facility that Williams’ body is being kept in. Pretty fascinating story. The story prompted Gerry Callahan to call Cladia Williams “a vile little wench” on WEEI this morning.

Steve Conroy files a story on Bruins rookie defenseman Zdenek Kutlak, who scored his first NHL goal in the Nashville debacle. PJ Stock has some words about what the Bruins are missing these days and Nancy Marrapese-Burrell is there to capture them.

Bill Griffith gives an update on the Mike Adams dismissal. The show was halted once Mike Kellogg read the Jim Baker story and felt it unfair to leave Adams hanging like that. Griffith reports that Michael Andelman, fearing nepotism charges, has turned down the offer of the morning show. He also gets some quotes from Adams, but the reason for the dismissal is still not clear. Reached last night, a one 1510 type labeled Adams’ tenure “disappointing”, another source not inside the station speculated that the show wasn’t being prepared for properly. Arrivals at 5:55 and departures at 9:59 were deemed everyday fare. Bringing in the young guys is another risk, but a cheap one. It should be made clear that drinking or other substance problems do NOT appear to have been an issue here, and someone on the tagboard suggested sexual harassment which is ridiculous and can be dismissed out of hand. Another question might be why did the younger Andelman even speak with Baker for the story yesterday? As another 1510 type said, “It’s pretty low to cut a guy off at the knees like that.”

NESN has Bruins/Hurricanes at 7:00. ESPN has Memphis/Louisville at 7:00 and Maryland/Duke at 9:00. ESPN2 has Islanders/Sharks at 10:30

If you went to 1510thezone.com

If you went to 1510thezone.com and looked around, you’d never know the Mike Adams Morning Show existed. All links and pictures related to the show were removed by mid-morning. Adams started the show, but sometime in the 7:00 hour, he was replaced with the Sporting News Radio national morning show. Wouldn’t you have loved to have been a fly in the studio during that time? No word on a new show, when the topic was brought up this afternoon on WWZN by a caller, he was referred to management. Nothing has been announced about the replacements…since Adams is likely still under contract, could they possibly just fill the slot with the national show, as they did before? Won’t be cheap to add new salaries on top of what they’re still going to be paying Adams. In any event, I feel bad for Mike…I’ll say it again…had he gotten the right people around him, the show could’ve worked. I’m still not sure the show was yanked purely because of poor ratings, but that’s pure speculation on my part. Now, how soon before Mike appears on WEEI again? Next week? No mention was made on Eddie’s show of the events of the morning. Instead, talk revolved around the Red Sox, Eddie wants to trade Pedro. WEEI went between Red Sox talk, discussion of Gordon Edes’ morning article and the pathetic Bruins performance. Pete Sheppard filled in for the Big O and was joined by Felger and DeOssie. Red Sox talk, racism and Pedro were the continued topics.

Alan Greenwood feels pretty confident that the Sox and Pedro will work something out. He also looks at the bullpen and gives up 5 things to watch this spring. Mike Fine takes a look across a pretty solid Red Sox roster.

The topic to lead with

The topic to lead with today is not another pathetic Bruins performance, nor yet another don’t-give-Pedro-the-money column, this time by Dan Shaughnessy, but the startling word from Jim Baker that the Mike Adams morning show is being yanked. Coming in it’s place? None other than (to paraphrase CHB) “thanksdad” Andelman. (or as he’s already being called on the tagboard..”mini-me”) Yep, that’s right, Michael Andelman is being lined to be handed the 6-10 am slot along with his current “Saturday Shakedown” hosts – Kevin Winter and Ryan Risillo. A couple people on the Tag Board here were talking last week about that Saturday show and that they enjoyed it. I’ll give it a fair shot. I do feel bad for Adams, who I think never got the people around him that he needed in order to succeed.

Links were a little delayed as I had to shovel the 10 feet of snow first. Seriously, the end of my driveway, where the plows go by and fill in, was up to my armpits and I’m 6’5″. This is insane.

I’m not even touching the Bruins.

Thinking warm thoughts…let’s go to Florida. Tony Massarotti has a nice column on Pedro Martinez working with Casey Fossum. Pedro sees a lot of himself in Fossum, and has a pitching coach-like mentality around him, analyzing his delivery, spotting flaws and offering advice on adjustments. In looking over the red Sox roster, Gordon Edes is disturbed over the fact that the Red Sox do not have a single African-American projected as an everyday player or starting pitcher. A little puzzling, as if several of their players were born in the US rather than in the Dominican, this wouldn’t be an issue. Gerry Callahan likes Todd Walker and questions fans who are pining for Rey Sanchez. Callahan was also gushing about David Ortiz on the radio this morning…how much fun the guy is having, how pleasant he seems…yep the same Ortiz that Shaughnessy has referred to on a number of occasions as “a huge sack of you know what”. Steven Krasner looks at forgotten man, Frank Castillo, who has something to prove. David Heuschkel looks at a sleeper candidate to be a lights out guy in the bullpen; Chad Fox. A good look at the hardships Fox has faced, from losing his brother to cancer, to the injuries he’s had. Heuschkel also reports that the Sox are close to a contract with Millar. Jeff Horrigan also looks at Fox and how though he is from Houston, he jumped at the chance to play for the Red Sox. Lenny Megliola promises not to complain about the weather on opening day, no matter how raw it is. Bob Hohler reports about Walker and Ortiz are united in their dislike for their former Twins manager, Tom Kelly. Karen Guregian criticizes the Red Sox for not making a harder push to sign Tom Glavine in the offseason. Jon Couture tries to keep an open mind about Sabremetrics while musing over spring traditions. Massarotti looks at Ortiz, and how winter ball prepared him for playing in Boston. Krasner has a brief blurb on an annual event…new guy wants the uniform number that someone else already has. Edes reports on John Henry Williams’ latest baseball venture. Hohler’s notebook looks ahead to Manny’s arrival, Ramirez is ticked off at the Boston media for how they’ve treated him…as he should be. Horrigan’s notebook gets reaction to the tragedy in the Baltimore camp, and a Millar contract update. Krasner’s notebook has an interesting tidbit in how Pedro led to Ortiz signing with Boston, and some other assorted notes.

Shaughnessy and Bill Reynolds had Pedro articles, but it’s nothing you haven’t read already, or hear ad nauseam on radio and TV.

Bob Ryan says watch out for the Warriors. I actually can’t remember the last time the Celtics won on the Warriors home floor. (It was 1995, but I still don’t remember that) Steve Bulpett looks at the Celtics getting a little rest, and also addresses the Mark Blount trade rumors which surfaced last week on ESPN.com insider.

John Molori bounces around on a number of national media topics.

ESPN.com has redone their homepage, with the focus on video. You need a broadband connection, and once you install a plugin, streaming content is automatically downloaded when available so that you have a TV-like quality in the video streams.

FSNE has Celtics/Warriors at 10:30. TNT has Rockets/Lakers at 10:30, but Shaq is likely out, so no rematch with Yao tonight. ESPN has Michigan St/Illinois at 7:00 and Alabama/Georgia at 9:00. ESPN2 has St. Johns/Syracuse at 7:00.