Nomar’s agent said last night that he expects the shortstop to stay with the Red Sox beyond this season. Bob Hohler looks at the thawing in the relationship between Arn Tellem and John Henry. Whether the words by Tellem are just agent-speak remains to be seen, but for the fans of Nomar, this has to be positive. Byung-Hyun Kim is headed back to Korea. Joe McDonald and Jeff Sullivan report on the Sox pitcher seeking treatment back home on his injured back and hip. The A’s are in town for the first time since last fall’s ALDS. Michael Silverman examines whether there are lingering bad feelings between the clubs, especially involving Derek Lowe. The stability of having Keith Foulke in the bullpen has meant a lot to the Red Sox. Jim Donaldson and Tony Massarotti look at the closer’s impact on both the Red Sox and the A’s. David Heuschkel looks at how the Sox have managed to stay on top of the division despite all the mounting injuries. Paul Kenyon looks at the noise and crowds of Fenway which make it such a special place for the Red Sox players. Karen Guregian has a look at Bronson Arroyo and his hobby of playing the guitar. Dan Shaughnessy strings together a decidedly mediocre series of “thoughts” mostly on baseball, but with some Ty Law, Stanley Cup finals and Rick Carlisle items. The Globe Red Sox notebook says that the Sox could have some interest in outfielder Raul Mondesi. I cannot envision that happening. Silverman’s notebook reports that with eight more plate appearances, Kevin Millar will trigger his option year.
Michael Felger has the news that Troy Brown has had a year extended to his contract. There appears to be some confusion on the actual finances involved in the deal. Mike Reiss has Brown taking a sizable cut in pay for this upcoming season, more than is reported by Felger, yet they both cite the NLFPA web site figures. I say if you’re even in doubt about the cap figure of a Patriot player, go to Miguel. He has the following to say about Brown’s status:
May 24, 2004 update: His 2004 salary dropped from $2,250,000 to $760,000. He is now signed through the 2005 season at a salary of $2.5 million. It appears that Brown converted part of his 2004 salary into a signing bonus as part of the deal.
Michael O’Connor looks at Patriots announcer Gil Santos being honored by The Sports Museum as part of “The Tradition”.
So is everyone pumped and jacked for the Stanley Cup Finals? Nancy Marrapese-Burrell tries to give us some introductions to these teams. James Murphy says this year’s Stanley Cup Finals is going to be a lot more exciting than the traditional media will ever understand. Mick Colageo says that the NHL knows no greater irony than having this matchup for the finals. A good piece.
By the way, new Celtics coach Doc Rivers has been doing a blog on the playoffs for NBA.com. Nothing earth shattering there, but it’s somewhat interesting to get the thoughts of your new coach.
John Molori has a very interesting edition of Media Blitz. He reports on the future of the Celtics radio broadcasts on WWZN. Seems things are so bad at 1510 that they may not be able to afford Cedric Maxwell as a analyst, Sean Grande has had his pay chopped in half, and may end up doing the broadcasts by himself. Maybe he can produce them as well, as Howie Sylvester has been fired by the station. He also lauds Steve Burton for the Ty Law interview. (!) He also has the news that the Boston Dirt Dogs website may soon be hosted by Boston.com, which hosts the Boston Globe and NESN. Very interesting. Good for Steve Silva and Dirt Dogs if this true. It could be a step toward legitimizing the genre of so-called “fan” websites. Bill Griffith looks at ESPN trying some novel approaches to advertising. John Tomase has a review of ‘Chasing Steinbrenner’ a new book from the Lowell Sun’s Rob Bradford which looks behind the scenes at the front offices of the Red Sox and Blue Jays as they chased the Yankees last summer.
NESN has Red Sox/A’s at 7:00. (ESPN2 nationally) ESPN has Flames/Lightning at 8:00. TNT has Lakers/T-Wolves at 9:00.