The analysis of the Antoine Walker trade continues. Steve Bulpett compares Antoine to Roger Clemens, and thinks he will be revitalized by a change of venue. Peter May says to judge this trade from the Celtics point of view requires a long term vision. Tim Weisberg says the trade leaves a big hole with the loss of Walker, but other holes are filled by it. Mark Murphy looks at an expanded role for Vin Baker, possibly even a starting spot. Michael Muldoon looks at the trade and says Ainge got as much as he could for Walker, who divided allegiances like no other player in town. Shira Springer looks at the delay in getting Raef LaFrentz onto the practice court. Carolyn Thornton also looks at the debut delayed for LaFrentz. Murphy writes about Red Auerbach signing off on the deal. Mike Fine looks back at Walker and Ainge has more moves up his sleeve. (That link will likely be to another article by noon, as the Patriot Ledger recycles links each day.) Bulpett also looks at Jiri Welsch, who choose to wear # 44, and got some advice from Ainge on wearing that number. Bulpett looks at Ainge dealing with the negative reaction to the trade locally and around the league. Murphy’s notebook looks at Jim O’Brien getting a little testy at practice yesterday. Springer’s notebook also looks at Welsch wearing the number 44.
Michael Felger in his Patriots Insider looks at the Patriots youth movement, the job Bill Parcells has done with Dallas and Terry Glenn, and at the officials in the Patriots/Dolphins game on Sunday, who seemed rather confused at times. Dan Pires looks at how Richard Seymour has become a favorite of coach Bill Belichick. Nick Cafardo looks at the two Bills, Parcells and Belichick, and how they’re finally enjoying success apart from each other. A nice, positive article, but I don’t know if we can “finally say” they are good without each other too. The season is still pretty early on both sides. When both Belichick (Browns) and Parcells (Patriots) led their teams to a playoff matchup in 1994, could it be said then that both enjoyed success without each other? How you define success? One good season? A playoff berth? Super Bowl title? In any event, it’s a positive article about Belichick from Cafardo. There isn’t even a single mention of Tom Donahoe, either. John Altavilla has a look at the job done by Parcells in Dallas. Michael Parente has a look at Richard Seymour, who is still enjoying beating the Dolphins in Miami. Glen Farley welcomes back fans who have been wrapped in the Sox. (Another article that is likely gone by noon) Christopher Price looks at Boston as a target of the AFL.
The Bruins West coast swing came to and end last night with a 4-1 win over a stacked Avalanche team. Steve Conroy and Nancy Marrapese-Burrell look at the huge win. Conroy’s notebook looks at Joe Thornton’s three assist night. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook looks at the contributions of Ian Moran on defense.
I’ve pledged no World Series Articles for this space, but I have point out a just inane article by Sean McAdam. He’s trying to point out the irony that Carl Pavano is starting for the Marlins tonight in the World Series. The insinuation is clear that is the Red Sox might’ve been better off just hanging onto Pavano, with him they just might be in the World Series, since Pedro hasn’t been able to deliver them there. Never mind that Pavano was an injury-plagued disappointment in Montreal, or that he was 12-13 with a 4.30 E.R.A for the Marlins this year. McAdam further tries to stretch his irony by saying:
Finally, last year, he was dealt with two others to Florida. In exchange, the Expos received Cliff Floyd, who weeks later, would be sent on to Boston for the second half of last season. Still another player included in the deal to Montreal was infielder Wilton Guerrero, who, in another lifetime, was traded by Duquette from Montreal to Los Angeles for Martinez. Just one more Six Degrees of Baseball Separation moment.
Sorry, Sean. Guerrero was never traded for Pedro. That was Delino Deshields. Guerrero was part of a separate Dodgers/Expos trade, one involving among others, Carlos Perez and Mark Grudzielanek.
In his Boston Uncommon pay column, Howard Bryant first gives us a history lesson, pointing out managers who have been fired after winning 97 & 99 games. (Charlie Dressen of the Dodgers and Yogi Berra of the Yankees, respectively) The point is, there is precedent for a manger to be fired after winning a lot of games, no matter what beat writers will tell you. Bryant also weighs in on the Dennis & Callahan flap, with some harsh words for the station and his Herald colleague, Gerry Callahan. He recalls a Callahan article from Sunday in which Gerry said that one bad decision, “a gaffe of epic proportions, an unforgivable error in judgment: by Grady Little will be something that Little wear like a tattoo on his forehead forever. Bryant says:
Whatever tattoo Callahan now wears is much worse than that of Little, whose error was having too much faith in a Hall of Fame pitcher. Callahan's warrior mark is a living reminder of the attitudes that have made Boston such a difficult, divisive place to live, and people should remember this when deciding to listen or appear on their show.
He ends that section of his column by thanking Dennis and Callahan for revealing where they stand.
Mike Giardi introduces a new term into his vocabulary: “Gradied”.
FSNE has Celtics/Timberwolves preseason action at 7:00.