Tune in around noon for a look at potential candidates for the open columnist position at the Globe.
After falling behind once again in the first, the Sox finally got one in the win column for this road trip, beating the Indians 9-5. Game stories are served up by Bob Hohler…Michael Silverman…Joe McDonald…David Heuschkel and David Borges. Gordon Edes has more on the Pedro situation, telling us that Pedro offered the Sox a “hometown” discount, but that the Sox never came back with an offer this spring when they said they would. Pedro didn’t do himself any favors with his comments of last week, but Edes still reminds us that “The players almost always take a beating in these matters”. and then lists out how the Sox are playing lowball and hardball with their free agents. Beatings indeed. I’ll take one of those beatings, and then say “Thank you sir, may I have another?” Karen Guregian says that Pedro’s performances from here on out will be must-see-TV. Jackie MacMullan looks at Roger Clemens, who won his league leading sixth game last night. Edes looks at how Terry Francona handled his first losing streak as Red Sox manager. Guregian also looks at Bronson Arroyo picking up the win last night in relief. Michael Gee has a pay column on MLB putting “SpiderMan II” ads on the bases. He says baseball is prostituting itself for short money on a movie that features a hero with artificial muscles. Hohler’s notebook looks at a confident Pedro heading into tonight’s start. Silverman’s notebook looks at the Sox bullpen coming back together. McDonald’s notebook has Pedro saying he has nothing to prove to anybody. Heuschkel’s notebook has Ortiz defending Manny’s actions after his homerun on Tuesday night. Borges notebook looks at Lenny DiNardo.
An item of interest as told by Jerry Remy on last night’s NESN telecast of the game, and not mentioned in any articles anywhere, consists of an apparent near altercation between members of the Boston/Providence and Cleveland media after the game on Tuesday night. From what Remy was saying, a Cleveland radio guy insulted the Providence Journal. Exception was taken, and other writers got involved. Someone who was there described it as “beautiful. Both benches emptied in the press box. No punches thrown.” (From the DirtDogs site) It seems to have had something to do with the incident Manny had with the Cleveland pitcher who gave up the home run to him on Tuesday night. Apparently in the end the Cleveland radio guy ended up locking himself in a bathroom stall and wouldn’t come out. The lesson? Don’t mess with the Boston sports media. You can get all the details at the Boston Dirt Dogs site, scroll down to “Media Melee in Cleveland.”
Steve Bulpett gives us a mini-feature on new Celtics coach Doc Rivers. He outlines the events in his life that shape who Rivers is today, including some of the challenges he faced growing up and even as recently as seven years ago when his house in San Antonio was burned to the ground by “ignorant people”. Howard Bryant also has a pay column on Rivers, and wonders if he will be more like Craig Esherick or Jimmy Johnson.
Esherick took over a Georgetown University basketball team that carried the prestige of the Georgetown name and little else. The team had few recruiting prospects in a league that was growing stronger each year. Esherick took over a big-time program from a legendary coach, and a once-great program, already sinking, sank further under his watch.
Johnson, on the other hand, took a Cowboys team whose star had dimmed, but had prospects in the form of draft choices (which the Celtics also have). Johnson put together a core group that revived a dynasty.
Bryant also looks at the trend of aging superstar athletes at the end of their careers who join teams for the purpose of getting a ring. Names like Karl Malone, Gary Payton, Roger Clemens spring to mind. He says it cheapens the ring that they do get. Shira Springer looks at Rivers extending offers to two potential assistant coaches. Peter May reports on Jim O’Brien filling up his staff with former Celtics assistants. John Carroll will not be joining the staff as he wants to pursue a head coaching job.
Bob Ryan looks at the 50th anniversary of the four-minute mile.
NESN has Red Sox/Indians at 7:00. TNT has Heat/Pacers game one at 9:00.