More Red Sox negativity today

More Red Sox negativity today as the Big Show repeatedly played unflattering clips of Nomar’s nervous laugh from his press conference this afternoon in Florida. They wonder why the players don’t want to talk to them. Here’s Nomar, a hard working player, excellent role model for kids, never been in trouble during his career, yet some of the local media have tried more than once to run the guy out of town, simply because he isn’t a quote machine, nor always cooperative with them. To his credit, Dale Arnold called out Steve Buckley a bit on it today, but then the repeated clips later on the Big Show just were uncalled for.

To paraphrase BSG: This never would’ve have happened if Jason Wolfe were still alive…

Today is a good day.

Today is a good day. My Super Bowl DVD should be arriving from Amazon.com this morning.

David Scott has his Scott’s Shots Spring Training Caravan day two from Florida.

Jeff Horrigan says Tim Wakefield is forgiven for the game seven loss to the Yankees. Wakefield took the loss very hard, holding himself responsible. Michael Holley has an article on Terry Francona, who will be on the hot seat this season to produce perhaps 20 more wins this season than he has ever won as a manager before.

Pick 5
Suspicious? Nah.

Steven Krasner takes a look at David Ortiz arriving in camp, hoping to play more at first base this season. Steve Buckley looks at Ortiz loving every minute of being in Boston. David Heuschkel says Jason Varitek wants to stay in Boston, but isn’t going to make it easy for the team to sign him. Do yourself a favor. Don’t read Jim Donaldson this morning. Not that you were likely to anyway, but the Shaughnessy-wannabe hits all time lows in his bashing of John Henry and recounting of all the bad things that have happened to the Sox. Jackie MacMullan looks at Barry Bonds and thesteroidd issue. Howard Bryant looks at the new, skinny Jason Giambi. Bob Hohler says Alan Embree wants a new, longer contract. Not because he’s unhappy, but because he’s happy and wants to stay in Boston. Buckley also has a look at Pokey Reese, happy to be in Boston and wearing #3. Since this is a Buckley article that involves uniform numbers, Ellis Burks getting Tony Conigliaro’s number 25 is of course mentioned as well. Heuschkel’s notebook also has a look at Reese. Krasner’s notebook has Embree blending into the bullpen now that Keith Foulke is aboard. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the progress of Tony Womack coming back quick than expected from elbow surgery. Hohler’s notebook leads with more of Ortiz being content in Boston.

The positional players aren’t even due to report until today, and already I’m sick of media members trying to stir up controversy and negativity just for the sake of stirring the pot. Yesterday we had the David Pevear article, today it’s Jim Donaldson, and according to the Boston Radio Watch website, Boston Magazine will have in the March issue “an article titled “The Worst Damn Sports Town in America” which will take a look at the unhappy Boston sports fans and mentions WEEI’s approach(eg, The Whiner Line) of dealing with the fellowship of the miserable…” One of the quotes from the article is as follows:

"Why do you think people have wanted to talk about the Red Sox over the last month, rather than the Patriots?" piped in co-host Larry Johnson. "Because it's a catharsis. People want negativity, we can't control that." "But you do gratify it," I suggested. "We exploit it, is what we do," Ordway responded with a big grin.

That’s the attitude the real Boston fans have to suffer with from their media outlets in this town. Last night on Fox25, Butch Stearns wondered if today, Manny, Nomar and Pedro would “finally” report. As if they’ve been holding out. As mentioned, positional players aren’t even due to report until today, and Pedro’s absence is cleared by the team. It’s insufferable.

John Powers, Steve Conroy and Joe McDonald recap a rough homecoming for the Bruins who were shut out at the Fleet by the Panthers, 2-0. Ron Indrisano and Rich Thompson look at Panther goalie Roberto Luongo and his success against the Bruins this year. Karen Guregian says that it is time that the Bruins make a trade. Indrisano also looks at the play of Jiri Slegr. Conroy’s notebook looks at a shoulder injury for Nick Boynton. McDonald’s notebook looks at a rough season for Andy Hilbert. Power’s notebook looks at the Bruins getting 12 of their last 19 games at home.

Michael Felger looks at some Patriots DVD cast members who may not be returning. Damien Woody chief among them. Tom Curran also looks at Woody, who will be testing the free agent waters. Once he does, be prepared for the sour Nick Cafardo to return. Woody is one of his guys. Alan Greenberg also has a look at the Patriots, from screening the new DVD to tough offseason decisions they have to make.

Danny Ainge is under fire and the Vin Baker saga carries on. Groundhog day for the Celtics continues over at Fox Sports Net.

Bill Griffith looks at ESPN’s “Dream Job” program, the Patriots DVD and spring training reports from the local outlets.

NESN has Bruins/Islanders at 7:00. ESPN has Michigan State/Michigan at 7:00 and Alabama/Auburn at 9:00. ESPN2 has UConn/St. John’s at 7:00.

David Pevear of the Lowell

David Pevear of the Lowell Sun twists the knife a little more for Red Sox fans. A couple excerpts from his article today:

Four months after Aaron Boone zapped them good, Red Sox fans are back and eager for more negative reinforcement.

Such faith is admirable in a pathetic sort of way, though Red Sox fans should pace themselves. The Grapefruit League hasn't even opened and already they are in danger of fading from their exhausting enthusiasm before their team ever makes it back to another eighth inning of Game 7 at Yankee Stadium.

He then dismisses the talent evaluation and skills of Theo Epstein as follows:

But do Red Sox fans really want to trust their organization's talent and brains to end the Curse?

I didn't think so.

As Theo Epstein is prone to say to John Henry, "Pass me the checkbook."

If his aim was to get noticed by insulting the intelligence of Red Sox fans and trying to be a dommsayer in the Shaughnessy mode, I’d say he hit his mark. Haven’t seen this type of stuff from Pevear before, so I’m curious about what’s bringing it out now…a cry for attention? If so, I fell for it by giving it notice in this space.