Gordon Edes tells us that ARod or not, the Sox should still be favored to win the AL East. Theo held court in Fort Myers yesterday, and included in his remarks was the comment that the Sox likely will not be able to sign all their key free agents before next season. Jeff Horrigan and David Heuschkel look at this, and how that means the Sox are going to try to go for it all this year, while they have all the key guys here. Steven Krasner looks at Theo’s evaluation of his ballclub going into Spring Training. Bob Hohler says Theo is ok with losing out on ARod, and will not suffer psychological damage later on in his life as a result of recent events. Just in case you were concerned. Dan Shaughnessy looks at Theo heading into his second year as GM, what he’s learned from a year on the job, and what his outlook for the season is, with what was accomplished in the offseason. (What’s with that line about Theo going “Duke” on us? He didn’t mean DUKA, did he? Naaah….) Bob Stern looks at a pumped and jacked Terry Francona. Horrigan has a brief sidebar that says that ARod was not an option to play third for the Sox. The notebooks deal with Pedro’s delayed arrival to camp, Hohler’s notebook tells us of the “very legitimate serious family issue” that is holding him back. Horrigan’s notebook says Pedro may not be there until Monday. After talking about Pedro, Krasner’s notebook looks at how Nomar will react this season.
The Bruins continue to fly high on the road, knocking off the Flyers in Philly, 4-3. John Powers, Dan Hickling and Stephen Harris have the details. The Bruins moved to within a point of the best record in the Eastern Conference with the win. Harris’ notebook looks at Felix Potvin adjusting to life as a backup. Hickling’s notebook looks at a new addition to the family for Sergei Samsonov. Powers’ notebook has a look at the Flyers getting Alexei Zhamnov in a deal with Chicago.
Maurice Clarett isn’t making much of an impression in Indy, choosing not to work out for teams. Michael Smith and Kevin Mannix report on the happenings from the combine. Smith’s story is replete with quotes from the omnipresent Tom Donahoe.
Celtics lose on a last second shot to the Clippers, and make a deal. Links are over at Fox Sports Net.
Bill Griffith looks at ESPN’s “Dream Job” program. Dave Scott has his Friday edition of Scott’s Shots. BSMW is going to spring training. No, I’m still stuck here in the cold, but Dave Scott will be filing daily reports from various team sites in Florida over the course of next week.