Well, Mendoza showed one thing

Well, Mendoza showed one thing last night…that the Sox know they need another starter. Rumors were flying around the internet before the game last night that the Sox were on the verge of announcing another trade. Some said a trade was already complete, but that it wasn’t being announced yet. Peter Gammons was on ESPN around this time, talking about a three-way deal in which the Sox would end up with Freddy Garcia. You can be fairly sure that if there is a deal, it won’t be any deal that has been rumored in the press, because of Theo’s “Godfather” like policy of no leaks. Back to the game, David Heuschkel notes that Mendoza was long gone…from the game and the ballpark…by the middle innings. Bob Hohler says Ramiro had no Mendoza magic last night. Sean McAdam says that thud you heard last night was the Sox coming back to earth. George Kimball says Mendoza gave the Sox little reason to abandon their search for another starter. Gordon Edes says that Mendoza has left the Sox no choice but to go out and obtain another starting pitcher. Jeff Horrigan writes about Scott Williamson’s first trip to Boston, and has a general look at the Sox newest addition. Kevin Gray looks at the Sox getting another one-up on the Yankees with the Williamson deal. McAdam looks at some issues the Sox are running into in their quest for a starter. A few deals have fallen apart in the last 36 hours or so. Hohler takes a look at the Sox new-look bullpen, and figures out who will be used where. Steve Buckley in his pay column says to heck with the future, trade those prospects and get what you need to win now. Don Amore looks at the Sox and Yankees tussling over relief pitchers. The Bill Meuller story is still big, as it should be. Edes takes another look at the humble third baseman, and what his life has been like since he made history. George Kimball also has a pay column on Mueller, showing that he’s taking it all in stride. McAdam also has a piece on Mueller, showing how uncomfortable he is talking about himself and his accomplishments. Adrian Wojnarowski has a piece about how Theo is making Steinbrenner squirm, and has quotes from Theo’s dad about that “blowhard” Eddie Andelman. Jim Fennell has a piece about Dick Radatz, who still doesn’t believe in pitch counts and who thinks that the older guys in the Red Sox front office are doing most of the work instead of Theo. Hohler’s notebook looks at the release of Chad Fox. Horrigan’s notebook says that Odalis Perez might be a potential target for the Sox. McAdam’s notebook says Williamson is expected to join the team tomorrow.

Alan Greenberg looks at the newest Patriot, fullback Larry Centers. Nick Cafardo looks at the strong character players that the Patriots have filled their roster with. Michael Gee in a rambling pay column says that in addition to character, the players need to have skill, and most of all, will to succeed. Michael Felger looks at Anthony Pleasant, back for another season, and though in a reduced role, he is still a big piece to the team. Tom Curran looks at Rodney Harrison, a bad dude from the south side of Chicago. Christopher Price also looks at the addition of Centers. Curran also reports that Mike Cloud was out of practice yesterday due to a calf injury. Hector Longo says that Deion Branch is ready for bigger and better things. Cafardo’s notebook looks at Centers, who took a little shot at Cafardo’s binky, Tom Donahue yesterday. Felger’s notebook says that Brady’s tendency to throw the short pass made the Patriots a great fit for Centers. Curran’s notebook has more on that topic.

Jackie MacMullan looks at the hoards of retired Celtic numbers in the rafters and explores the topic of un-retiring some of them if a prize free agent wanted to wear one. Karl Malone and # 32 is one example. Mark Murphy writes about Grant Long, who enjoyed his time in Celtic Green and would’ve like to come back to the club. Michael Muldoon looks at how Danny Ainge has re-tooled the Celtics.

Jim Donaldson, sounding very old, says young sportswriters are just as bad as the young athletes of today.

NESN has Sox/Rangers at 8:00. TBS has Braves/Astros at 7:30.

Is the sports media negative

Is the sports media negative in Boston? (duh!) Well, now you have it straight from an athlete’s mouth. (Fingers?) Todd Jones, who has been with the Red Sox a mere matter of weeks says:

In Boston, there is a distinct line between the media and the players. To be honest, the media here is brutal. They are the most negative spin doctors I've run into. They make big deals out of nothing. One reporter goes in for an interview, and the next thing you know there are 35 around your locker asking the dumbest questions, such as, "Did you mean to give up that homer?" or "After this loss, is your team finished?"

Brutal…the most negative…big deals out of nothing…any of this sounding familiar? Jones goes on to say that “tilt in the media here in Boston is vicious.” He gives an example of how the press will try to stir something up around here:

In fact, in spring training, there are meetings about how to handle the media in Boston. Reporters here ask the same question six different ways. They figure you're not smart enough to figure out they're asking the same question, and you'll answer it just to get them to leave you alone. They will ask the question like, "Do you think Player A or Player B should have caught the ball that cost you the game?" You give them Player A, and the headline says, "Jones says Player B didn't hustle, cost Sox the game." You're like, "Huh? What just happened?"

He does say the beat guys are good guys…they have to be. It’s others who give the group a bad reputation among the players. He goes on to say that fear of being burned by the media is the reason that players spout the tired cliches of Happy to be here…taking it one game at a time…just hoping to help the team win…

All in all, an interesting take on life dealing with the media here in Boston. One part I would object to is when he says that the fans believe everything that is written about the team and are fueled by the media. With some fans, that might be the case, I think there are many more who are going against that, challenging what is being said by the media, and the popularity of this site is proof of that.

No word on whether Grady

No word on whether Grady made Bill Mueller go over to the Texas clubhouse after the game and apologize…Wow. The beauty of baseball is that even though the game has been played professionally for 130 years or so, you still witness things that have never happened before. Only 12 people have hit two grand slams in one game, but none have hit them from both sides of the plate as Mueller did last night. To top the night off, Theo trades for another top relief pitcher without giving up one of his prized prospects. Eddie Andelman has sarcastically talked about the “boy wonder” every day since Theo came on the job. He said no one would trade with Theo because they don’t want to be made to look bad by a 29 year old “kid”. Bob Hohler reports on a busy night at the ballpark. Jeff Horrigan reports on a humble Mueller. Sean McAdam writes that the Sox just continue to pound poor pitching, “demonstrating that pitching isn’t the only way to win games.” David Heuschkel looks at the historic night for the Sox third baseman. A new edition of Hench’s Hardball looks at the night by Mueller. Gordon Edes reports on the trade that brought the Sox hard throwing closer Scott Williamson. The entire Herald baseball staff give us the details on the deal, the Yankees were also trying to get this guy right down to the end. McAdam also weighs in on the deal which is meant to bolster the bullpen even more. In Heuschkel’s article on the trade, Tim Wakefield jokes that the Sox starters only have to go four innings now. Some might celebrate Dan Shaughnessy’s column today, feeling it is a positive piece at last. Not so fast. Is it necessary to remind us of the Jeff Bagwell trade with every midseason deal that involves prospects? He does lavish praise on Theo and has this cute line:

You gotta love it. While George Steinbrenner issues statements, signs old guys, and worries about the Red Sox, Epstein keeps dealing for the best available Scott. He got Scott Sauerbeck last week and last night it was the hard-throwing Williamson.

I’d say Theo is doing better than getting the best available Scott, but the line works. Shaughnessy concludes:

These 2003 Red Sox are proactive. They're thinking like champions. They're not done yet. And they won't be done until they finally win the whole damn thing.

Those quotes were good. The Bagwell stuff was unnecessary. George Kimball looks at Doug Mirabelli, who was glad for the offensive explosion after having four passed balls the first four innings of the game. Kimball also has a pay column in which he looks at the relief pitching with the trade for Williamson. He closes with quotes from Alan Embree:

"The bullpen-by-committee thing, in theory, if everybody was healthy, it probably could have worked, but for whatever reason, nobody was healthy,'' pointed out Alan Embree. "We lost four of those guys and had to make do with what we had. Then after that, you're being criticized with anything that goes wrong. The manager's getting hammered by people asking `How could you have the nerve to go and do that?' and players are thinking you're horrible, you can't pitch, but once we got that group together, Kim came in and settled everything down, and we're having fun now."

Interesting. Edes has another article today in which he looks at the night by Mueller and the additions in the bullpen. Stan Grossfeld has the conclusion of his two part feature on the making of a baseball. Hohler’s notebook says Manny appears to be ok after a tumble in the outfield last night that caused him to leave the game. McAdam’s notebook also leads with Manny. Horrigan’s notebook reports on the Sox still trying to work out something with the Pirates over Brandon Lyon.

Nothing like a good training camp brawl to get the juices flowing. You think those guys are ready to hit someone besides each other? Mike Reiss reports on Rodney Harrison once again stirring things up in Patriots camp. Alan Greenberg has Bill Belichick with some strong praise for Rosevelt Colvin. Michael Gee also looks at Colvin. Tom Curran says Tyrone Poole needs to focus on his job, we all miss our families when we go to work…Michael Parente looks at Daniel Graham, who has some big expectations placed on him for this coming season and the future. He’s got a booster in Tom Brady though. Speaking of Brady, Mike Giardi admits he used to be a card carrying member of Drew’s crew, but he converted to Brady’s bunch once he saw him play. Michael Smith has part of a 1-1 interview with Richard Seymour. Curran’s notebook leads with word of the brawl in camp. Parente’s notebook looks at Kevin Faulk, vying for even more playing time this season. Gee’s notebook says no word on Larry Centers yet. Smith’s notebook says Centers should be out on the fields this morning.

Number eight is headed to the rafters. Cam Neely will be honored by the Bruins next January. John Powers, Joe McDonald and Michael O’Connor report on the announcement by the team. James Murphy says the time is right for this move. Douglas Flynn also has a piece on the honor being given to Neely. Nick Colageo writes about how Neely made him appreciate how good Gordie Howe was.

Mark Murphy looks at the newest Celtic, Jumaine Jones, who is happy to be back in a winning situation. Shira Springer previews the NBA schedule, released yesterday and also reports on the Jones trade. Murphy also has a peek at the schedule.

John Molori looks at Jerry Remy, Remdog, or my personal favorite, coined by Sean McDonough on Friday night, “Reminem” in his Media Blitz column for the week. Bill Griffith reports on an extension for Jason Wolfe.

NESN has Red Sox/Rangers at 8:00. ESPN has Astros/Braves at 7:00. ESPN2 has Diamondbacks/Marlins at 7:00. ESPN2 is also showing the Patriots 2002 video yearbook at 11:00. FSNE has the Cape Cod League All Star game tonight at 7:30.