Manny’s Last Blast

Manny Ramirez broke a 5-5 tie with a mammoth home run over everything as part of an eighth inning explosion in the 11-5 Sox win. The Sox are back in first place. Nick Cafardo, Michael Silverman, Steven Krasner, and Tom Yantz have game stories.

Marvin Pave has the details on the Sox signing David Ortiz to an extension. Silverman tells us in his notebook that Williamson needs to shut it down for a while and was placed on the 15 day DL. There is also the news of the Sox interest in Raul Mondesi and some quotes from Nomar Garciaparra who says he is still not ready but is making

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Derek Lowe continued his quest to get a lousy free agent contract last night, getting shelled by the lowly Devil Rays. Bob Hohler says last night’s game was something out of a Stephen King novel. Jeff Horrigan looks at a disappointed end to the road trip. Sean McAdam and David Heuschkel say that Lowe’s problem last night was throwing too many strikes. Strikes that were then turned into hits. David Borges dubs last night’s affair the “Travesty at the Trop”. Gordon Edes and Tony Massarotti look at the continued struggles of Lowe, who had vowed not to let his contract situation faze him, yet it appears that that is exactly what is happening. Terry Nau has a look first at a Pawtucket high school star, but then goes into Nomar, and how his loyalties have changed in the past year. In the past he would do whatever it took for the Red Sox, but with the events of last winter, and now having a wife, his focus and loyalty has changed, according to Nau.

So is today’s column by Dan Shaughnessy the next chapter in his book? He looks at the Boone family, and particularly the grandfather of Aaron Boone, Ray, who was a scout for 43 years for the Red Sox, but who didn’t feel guilty at all for enjoying his grandson’s homerun last October. Art Martone has a review of the “Still we believe” movie. I still have zero interest in seeing it. Massarotti says the Sox are looking forward to getting home, where they’ve been much more successful. Gerry Callahan (subscription only) has a column today where he says among other things that we are just biding time until October. The regular season is meaningless until then, for all involved, fans, free agents to be, etc. He also has a number of thoughts…sports, politics and entertainment. The Dirt Dogs website reports that the Sox will retire Tony C’s number 25 next year after Ellis Burks, who is currently wearing the number, retires. Steve Buckley is in heaven. Hohler’s notebook says that the Sox might be close to a deal with David Ortiz. Horrigan’s notebook has Bill Mueller leaving to club to get tests done on his knee. McAdam’s notebook and Heuschkel’s notebook also look at the Sox injuries, as does the notebook from Borges.

Mike Reiss looks at new Patriot Bob Hallen, who has no intention of becoming the annual Patriot free agent lineman to retire during training camp. Tom Curran looks at the Patriots other NFL Europe success, wide receiver Chas Gessner.

David Scott has Hockey fever, and his usual brand of ramblings and assorted thoughts from the world of sports and media. Bill Griffith looks at the charitable endeavors of various media personalities. Yesterday on Dennis & Callahan, Bill Simmons was a guest and noted that as part of his new deal with ESPN.com he will have his own webpage there and do columns 2-3 times a week. This was not really followed up on by D&C

UPN38 has Red Sox/Blue Jays at 7:00. TNT has Lakers/T-Wolves at 9:00.

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The Red Sox made it two in a row over the Devil Rays with a 4-1 victory in the Tropicana Dome. Bob Hohler says that even though Schilling wasn’t perfect, he was plenty good enough to beat the Rays. Jeff Horrigan looks at Schilling getting only second victory on the road this season, where he’s had a few struggles. Sean McAdam notes that once Schilling got through a rough first inning, he cruised the rest of the evening. David Heuschkel looks at a solid seven innings for Schilling, who got some help from the bats of Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez. David Borges needs to demand a new headline writer. “Schilling, Sox no match for Devil Rays” Isn’t it the other way around? The Rays were no match for Schilling…Gordon Edes looks at Lou Piniella, who is trying to quit smoking and deal with so much losing at the same time. Tony Massarotti looks at the continued lights out performance of Keith Foulke. Michael Silverman looks at Scott Williamson, another free-agent-to-be and notes that he could cash in on the market this winter as well. Paul Doyle looks at the exploits of Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson, both over 40 and pitching as they did in their prime. Silverman says the Sox would also like to hold onto Pokey Reese, yet another free agent, as they like his flexibility. Massarotti has a look at the struggles of Derek Lowe thus far. Edes looks at Manny Ramirez, who just keeps hitting, injured or not, and continues modest about it. Hohler’s notebook has more on Lowe. Horrigan’s notebook looks at an elbow injury for Scott Williamson. McAdam’s notebook says that the Sox will not try to deal Kim until he gets his stuff back. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at Manny, continuing to serve as DH with his sore groin. Borges’ notebook looks at Derek Lowe trying the regain control of his sinker tonight.

Charlie Weis’ agent continues to make the rounds, as Tom Curran is the next to report on the Pats offensive coordinator’s inability to reach an agreement on a new contract. The agent says this is Weis’ last year with the Patriots. Michael Felger reports that Bethel Johnson had stomach surgery yesterday, he is expected to recover fully, but the surgery seems to have been something of an emergency. The Globe has a brief note about Bobby Hamilton signing with the Raiders.

Shira Springer looks at former Celtic Mike James, now enjoying the Pistons run through the playoffs. James has some words for how things were in his brief stint in Boston. She also reports that the C’s have reached a deal with assistant coach Tony Brown.

Bill Griffith reports on a new TV deal for the NHL, this time with NBC. Buddy Thomas lectures on integrity and accuracy in sports journalism.

NESN has Red Sox/Devil Rays at 7:00. ESPN has Nets/Pistons game 7 at 8:00. ESPN2 has Flyers/Lightning game 6 at 7:30.

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Your donations are much appreciated. This site at present doesn’t have the support of advertisers, and the Google ad revenue has gone down in recent months. Since the big fall drive the site has seen a logo design, a site re-design, a change-over from Blogger publishing to Movable Type, and a move to a new web host, all of which has pretty much exhausted the BSMW war chest. This “mini-drive” is being held to bridge the gap until the next fall drive, likely to be held once again in November. (Ok, I confess, it’s also to get shag carpeting for my parent’s basement, since it’s common knowledge that all website operators live in the basement of their parent’s house.) The goal for this three-day event is $1500. In addition to PayPal, you can donate via Amazon.com or by making a purchase through Amazon. You can also buy one of the special items of BSMW fund drive merchandise at CafePress which have been marked up to allow you to make a donation to the site and get something for yourself at the same time, similar to making a donation to PBS and getting a “gift”. You can also make a donation via Snail Mail by sending it to:

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Onto the Links for today. New Dad Tim Wakefield was on his game last night as the Sox returned to the win column with a 7-3 victory in Tampa. Game stories are filed by Bob HohlerJeff HorriganSean McAdamDavid Heuschkel and David Borges. Christopher Price says that Wakefield is one of the under-appreciated stars on the Boston sports scene. Randy Johnson of the Diamondbacks pitched a perfect game last night, only the 17th in MLB History. It quickly became the hot topic for the night, and locally, many people turned over to TBS to see the end of it. Gordon Edes talked to Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling about the game by Johnson, neither has through a no-hitter, though Pedro did throw nine perfect innings in 1995 before giving up a hit in the 10th inning. Tony Massarotti also takes a look at the Johnson gem, noting that the 40 year old Johnson could be on the trading block later this summer. Michael Silverman concludes his look at the Sox free agents with an article on Nomar. Once again he goes to sources around the league, and unlike for the other Sox free agents to be, the opinion on Nomar appears to be unanimous. He’s outta here at the end of the season. Keeping with Nomar, Massarotti has a brief piece on Nomar’s agent, Arn Tellem. He says Tellem has a strong relationship with Tom Werner, and if the Sox hope to keep Nomar, they may need to set it up so Werner and Tellem deal directly.

Mike Fine looks at how Terry Francona has his hands full with Curt Schilling. In a good way. Edes also has a report on the Sox efforts to trade Byung Hyun Kim. Massarotti also has an update on Trot Nixon, who continues to make slow progress towards a return. He’s batting in extended spring training games, but unable to run the bases. Borges looks at looks at the empty seats in Tampa, and what affect that has on Rocco Baldelli. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at another collision for Johnny Damon, as does Horrigan’s notebook and McAdam’s notebook. Borges’ notebook has Theo saying that it is possible that Nomar could join the PawSox this weekend. Hohler’s notebook looks at the slow recovery of Nomar and Nixon.

Mike Reiss reports that the Patriots have opened contract talks with receiver David Givens. Brad Blank, who represents Givens, (and plenty of Boston media people) says the talks have not been fruitful. Tom Curran has a piece on Adam Vinatieri, hoping to improve on an “OK” 2003 season. He also hopes to be a life-long Patriot, but will see what happens this year as he enters the final year of his contract.

Bob Ryan looks at the globalization of basketball, specifically in Asia, as he talks with Lawrence Norman – Head of Global Sports Marketing for Adidas.

Jonathan Comey wishes the New Bedford/Fall River area could get a minor league sports team.

NESN has Sox/Devil Rays at 7:00. ESPN has Sharks/Flames at 9:00. ESPN2 has Giants/Cubs at 7:00 and Yankees/Angels at 10:00.

Free Agents and Experts

With the Sox off last night, not a whole lot newsworthy in the papers. Michael Silverman continues his look at the Sox free-agents-to-be today with a look at Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek, two clients of Scott Boras, who has a policy of making sure his clients get to the free agent market. The series of articles, yesterday and today has been pretty enlightening by Silverman. He’s gotten quotes from people around baseball regarding these players, and while we don’t know who these sources are, the articles make you at least wonder if the media and fans have overrated the players on the Red Sox and the importance of re-signing them. For instance, about Varitek, the article today says:

"He's the guy I'd let walk,'' said a major-league executive. "People rate his intangibles so highly, he's bound to be overrated. I'm sure he's great in that department but he's got a lot of mileage on those legs, and catchers tend not to age well if they remain catchers. Offensively, he hasn't had that great a career. I think he's a guy who's destined to be overpaid, but not by the Red Sox.''

Interesting. Yeah, there are rumblings about the age of Varitek here and there, but it’s notable to hear it from an outsider. About Lowe, Silverman’s article on him states:

"Lowe's a lot like Millwood -- he's a guy with an ace-type reputation but he's not that good,'' said the executive, comparing Lowe with fellow free agent and Boras client Kevin Millwood of the Phillies. "He's a good No. 2, but nothing more. He does have more market value than (Chicago Cubs' Matt) Clement or (Seattle's Freddy) Garcia, and he's probably looking at three or four years at $9 or $10 million. If he gets four years, $48 million, I'd be floored. That would require an over-reaction on the part of the team, which is something that Boras specializes in.''

There are other quotes in the article which are very supportive of Lowe, but the general feeling seems to be that someone will overpay for his reputation as an ace. So the question is there…do the media and fans over value the players on the Red Sox? I’d say without question. Fans because they’ve rooted for the players and have been through a lot with these guys and the media because Lowe and Varitek are two of the more accommodating and accessible members of the club.

Most “experts” say the Red Sox have been something of a disappointment thus far. I emphasis “experts” because I’m not sure what the definition of an expert is. Just because someone covers the team in some capacity or is on a media outlet that talks about the team, I’m not automatically going to label them an “expert”. That’s where the “fan website” term eats me up. It’s used as a note of dismissal by traditional media members. Yet I would say that some of the people on these sites qualify as “experts” on the Red Sox moreso than some of the “traditional” media members do. Especially radio & TV commentators and personalities. The line between these folks and the average fan is pretty vague. Most of these guys aren’t in the locker room or around the players and management any more than the average fan. So why should their opinion count any more? Just because they have the “credentials” or have attended the Connecticut School of Broadcasting?

I have respect for people like the beat writers. They are around the team everyday. They do the grunt work. Their role is much less glamorous than the talking heads of radio and TV, and they get less recognition. In general, they’re the ones whose information I’m more likely going to trust. Rant over.

Back to links. Sean McAdam is one of the media members whom I’d lean towards putting in the expert category. He does tell us that the Red Sox have been less than advertised this year. He examines the team as we approach the first quarter mark of the season. Bob Hohler and Jeff Horrigan look at the defensive woes of the Sox thus far, noting that this trend could be dangerous over the long haul of the season. Tony Massarotti (Noted Internet hater) says the Sox need to step things up and not use injuries as an excuse. Jeff Sullivan reports that Nomar could be ready to join the PawSox on a rehab assignment as early as Friday. I didn’t see that reported anywhere else. Steve Buckley has a pay column saying that Kevin Youkilis should stay in the majors and develop as a player at this level. Alan Greenberg has a feature length article on Pittsfield’s claim to being the birthplace of baseball. Hohler’s notebook looks at the financial state of the Devil Rays. Horrigan’s notebook has a look at the versatility of Keith Foulke.

Jon Couture takes Jim Donaldson to task for bragging about not watching the NBA, but still having an opinion on it. He says the NBA is getting a raw deal. Peter May looks at the revival of the Lakers, and gets his obligatory shots in at Danny Ainge and the Celtics.

Bob Ryan looks at former BU and Holy Cross football coach Dan Allen, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 48. A truly tragic story since right to the end, the doctors couldn’t fully figure out what was wrong with him. Lenny Megliola and John Connolly also remember Allen. Mark Blaudschun has his obituary for the Globe.

Bill Griffith says that we really didn’t learn much from Steve Burton’s sitdown with the Postons.

Oh yeah, the Spring mini-fund-drive will start tomorrow…

NESN has Red Sox/Devil Rays at 7:00. ESPN has Heat/Pacers at 8:00. ESPN2 has Lightning/Flyers at 7:30.

Monday Rest

Monday Links while thinking how much I hate the term “fan website”. It’s almost used like a dirty word these days…

If a team ever needed an off day, it’s your Boston Red Sox. After finishing up their trip to Toronto with a 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays, the Sox have today off to prepare for the Juggernaut that is the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Yesterday, Pedro Martinez was outdueled by Roy Halladay, as the Sox offense continued it’s struggles. Jeff Horrigan says that the Sox quiet offense is cause for concern. Sean McAdam says the Sox appear to be just treading water these days. David Heuschkel says that Pedro would have no talk of a personal duel with Halladay. Bob Hohler says that the off day today is desperately needed for a team running on fumes. David Borges looks at the Petey/Doc matchup. Tony Massarotti wonders if the 2004 Boston Red Sox are a dull club. Dan Shaughnessy says the club is haunted and tells ghosts stories from Tampa. Michael Silverman looks at the Sox situation with Pedro, and gets quotes from around the league as to whether the Sox should sign him up now or later, or at all. Massarotti notes that yesterday was Pedro’s third strong outing in a row. Silverman also has a piece on Fernando Cuza, the agent for Pedro. He also takes a look at the odds of David Ortiz re-signing with the Sox. Rumors had flown in recent weeks from a Dominican newspaper that Ortiz was close to a new deal with the Sox. Nothing has been heard since that time. McAdam’s notebook looks at the Sox getting their breather today. Borges’ notebook has Johnny Damon hoping that recent trade rumors involving him aren’t true. Hohler’s notebook has Kevin Youkilis enjoying his rookie hazing. Horrigan’s notebook says that Youkilis might end up sticking around. Heuschkel’s notebook ponders if the Sox miss Trot Nixon more than Nomar.

Kevin McNamara has a look at some of the faces and names we’ll be seeing and hearing about in preparation for the NBA draft next month.

David Scott looks at the Nomar/Dirt Dogs situation, Sunday Night shows and the Sports Guy in his Monday edition of Scott’s Shots. He comes down pretty hard on Bob Lobel for not accepting the new media that is the Internet. I’m not sure I agree…Lobel has actually been one of the very few media types in town who will talk with the Internet people, who will get involved with website chats, (even without moderators) and even have them on his programs.

John Molori looks at the end of “Sports Sunday”, NECN blocking Mike Giardi from moving to channel 7 and the Hot Dog Safari.

Right below this post is the transcript from the Poston Brothers appearance on Sports Final last night. At the end of the script is a hilarious parody clip of the Poston’s in action.

ESPN has White Sox/Indians at 7:00 and Flames/Sharks at 10:00.

Transcript of Poston’s visit to “Sports Final”

(Thanks to poster “Tiki” for compiling this.)

WBZ Sports Final Interview with Ty Law’s Agents The Postons May 16th, 2004 Conducted by Steve Burton

Steve Burton=SB
Carl Poston=CP
Kevin Poston=KP

Steve Burton (Intro): They are black, they are brothers, they are attorneys. They’re also two of the top Sports Agents in the world. Meet the Poston Brothers. These two represent Ty Law. They are a dynamic duo, not to be taken lightly. Especially when it comes to contracts.

Carl Poston: Bill Belichick was in the same situation with the Giants. He was uncomfortable with the contract situation and filed a lawsuit and ended up with the Patriots. Ty’s in the exact same situation. But Bill’s on the other side of the fence this time. And don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against Bill. I don’t have anything against the Patriots. But, when you cross my client, you cross us.

Kevin Poston: We represent over fifty clients. Ty Law’s at the top. Ty will give you everything he’s got. But he wants to be treated fairly. Everyone does. You do.

SB: You guys come out and say “fair treatment, fair treatment” and people can’t relate to what you’re saying. I’m telling you back home they’re saying “51 million dollars? Is that not fair enough?”

KP: You know why? You know why? Cause you’re looking at the money. You say 51 and you’re like wow (SB: Yeah anyone would) but let’s look at it this way: let’s look at it in simplistic terms. Let’s look at five dollars. Because it’s all relative. OK? It’s all relative. Why? It could be a hundred million. It’s about what your fair market value is.

SB: People back home think you guys are giving Ty Law bad advice. They’re thinking you changed Ty Law. He’s greedy, he’s a greedy player, he’s a selfish player and it’s all coming from his agents. You two.

CP: Ty Law is 30 years old. The Patriots had no intention of letting him go. Know why? Because they know he’s worth a lot more. Even though Ty said I will take a pay…I will take less to play for the Patriots than I would to play for another team.

SB: Did Ty say that?

CP: Ty said that.

SB: Ty has said, we have quotes of Ty Law saying ‘I played like the best cornerback in the league. I want to be paid as the top cornerback in the league.

KP: I’m sure he does. But remember one thing Ty also did. And in all my years in this business, fifteen years, I’ve never had a client say ‘You know what? Let me find out exactly what I have to do. I will buy out my contract. Forget trade. Buy it out. I’ve got so much money that I will write you a check because all I want to do is be treated fairly. Now that’s a heck of a statement.

SB: How in the world..how in the world can Ty Law go back and play for the Patriots now after he just called his boss a liar.

KP: Difficultly. He can do it. He can do it. Ty’s the man. He didn’t say that to belittle Bill. It may have belittled Bill. But he said it because in his mind, that’s the truth.

SB: Belichick lied to him?

KP: That’s the truth. According to Ty Law.

SB: And you believe your client?

KP: Without a doubt. There’s no issues about Ty’s truth. Or his integrity.

SB: What about the trouble Ty gets into? Ty got arrested recently. Rolls-Royce. He was running from the police.

KP: Oh, he was running from the police? That’s what they say.(SB:That’s what they said.) (CP: I don’t believe those things.) (SB:I don’t know what he did) If he was running from the police, I don’t think they would’ve caught Ty.

Laughter.

CP: Also, if you’ve ever been to South Beach on a Friday night, I don’t see how anyone could flee. It’s bumper to bumper traffic, about ten miles per hour. Ty’s not going to leave his Rolls-Royce sitting there. Now, I think there was some other issues that took place there.

SB: Have you talked to Ty about it?

CP: Oh yeah. I talked to him that night. He called me. And he said ‘Carl, this stuff is not true. I don’t know what they’re trying to do to me.’ Some of the stuff is just very stereotypical. In that light, an officer, an overzealous officer is trying to make a name for himself.

SB: Belichick talk to you?

CP: No.

SB: Why? Why not, I should say.

CP: That’s his problem. I would call but I’ll get a call back from Scott Pioli.

SB: Are you willing to talk to Bill?

KP: I’m willing to talk to anybody.

CP: I was in Boston for the draft and I tried to talk to Bill. I tried to talk to Scott. They told me they were too busy. Ty was willing to charter a private jet if they’d agree to have met. To fly into Boston. To meet. They didn’t want to me. They said there’s nothing to discuss.

SB: Do you think they’re hurt by what Ty said? Calling the coach a liar?

KP: They may have been.

CP: I’m sure they are.

SB: But you’ve got to see the Patriots’ side of things. Ten million dollars against the cap. For one player. Your player. They’re saying, hey what is that, one eighth? Your player’s costing this team, great player but one eighth.

KP: Okay.

SB: Okay what?

KP: You can trade him. That’s the business. You got a great player, you get a big cap number.

SB: Do you see their side of it?

CP: Of course. I just wouldn’t have made the decision they made.

There is also an alternative edition that you can watch, Here.

First Things First

Bronson Arroyo is back in the rotation and the Sox are back in first as Arroyo shut out the Blue Jays for eight innings and Kevin Youkilis hit his first home run giving the Sox a 4-0 win. Bob Hohler, Jeff Horrigan, and Sean McAdam have game stories.

Neil Swidey has feature story in the Globe Magazine, Being Nomar as “the famously tightlipped shortstop opens up on everything from the angst of his off-season to his relationships with his family, his bosses, and his fans. Oh, yeah, he talks about that little contract squabble, too.” Karen Gueregian tells us that “Manny being Manny” is now a good thing. Tony Massarotti tells us that David Ortiz is not just a hitter. He is a slugger. Art Davidson looks at Pokey Reese, the quarterback of the Sox infield.

Back on Track

The Red Sox bats exploded in the eighth and their bullpen returned to form as they beat the Blue Jays 9-3 at SkyDome last night. Jeff Horrigan, Sean McAdam, and Bob Hohler have game stories.

Dan Shaughnessy tells us these Red Sox are struggling in the field. Tony Massarotti has a look at Alan Embree who put out the fire in a tie game with the bases loaded in a disastrous sixth inning for Derek Lowe and the Red Sox. David Heuschkel has a more in depth look at Embree and the decision to go with a more experienced reliever early in the game. Many in Red Sox nation have been critical of Tito

Midday Update

A couple things going on today worthy of creating a second post for the day. First, the Nomar/Dirt Dogs story. During the Dale & Neumy program on WEEI, Nomar’s uncle, Victor, cited on the BDD’s page called into the radio station to deny the story as it appears on the web page. Stay posted…

Update Eric Wilbur on Boston.com says the Nomar story actually originated as a post on the Red Sox Nation website. This has been a topic of discussion on WEEI today and Steve Silva, who runs the Dirt Dogs website was on with Dale & Neumy (and Dennis and Callahan) Silva has since posted an update on his own site, standing by his story.

Whether the story is true or not, it seems neither “old” media nor “new” media has distinguished themselves in this affair. It doesn’t reflect well on the Internet sites, as now people like Glenn Ordway have more ammo to use to belittle and mock “Internet geeks”, while at the same time his own station began the broadcast day fawning all over the report, treating it as legitimate and using it to further one of their own agendas. (The anti-Nomar agenda.) This whole thing has given me one massive headache.

Elsewhere, Bill Simmons announced in a Page2 Mailbag today that he has left the Jimmy Kimmel show and is back with ESPN.com:

Two weeks ago, I left Jimmy's show, and I'm signing a new contract with ESPN. When it came right down to it, I missed writing my column and wanted the chance to pursue some additional opportunities with ESPN (none of which I'm allowed to mention yet -- although sadly, the launching of ESPN6 isn't one of them). Between working 60 hours a week for a TV show and trying to keep my column alive, there just wasn't enough time in the week. And I felt like my writing was starting to slip -- I just didn't have enough time to work on columns or even think about them (which is three-fourths of the writing process). So something had to give.

A new contract with ESPN sounds like he’s not a candidate for the Globe columnist position, which he probably didn’t have a chance at anyway because of some hurt feelings by decision makers there… In any event. it’s my position that the Globe will not hire a columnist…they’ll likely just add another staff reporter/writer.