Schilling Shelling

Alright, what’s up with this team? We turn to the media for all the answers. Well, maybe not. Sean McAdam says mistakes and a faulty bullpen were to blame for the 12-6 thumping the Sox suffered at the hands of the Blue Jays last night. David Heuschkel says that Curt Schilling pitched much worse than his line would indicate. Bob Hohler says that the Sox once again feel behind early, a disturbing pattern that has now extended for a couple weeks. Jeff Horrigan looks at the struggles of Schilling last night. David Borges looks at the Sox falling out of first place. Dan Shaughnessy lauds Schilling for his preparation, despite the results last night. OK, nice of Dan to be positive, but let me ask you this….what if that was Pedro on the mound last night? Pedro throws a stinker, he’s “done”. Schilling throws one, and it’s ok, because it wasn’t because he wasn’t prepared…Tony Massarotti says Derek Lowe knows he needs to come up big tonight. Art Martone says there are many reasons for the hit and miss offense of the Red Sox. Neil Swidey has part of an extensive interview with Nomar Garciaparra, the full story can be read this Sunday in The Boston Globe Magazine.

Speaking of Nomar, Dirt Dogs has an exclusive that says the Sox shortstop actually tore the sheath around his Achilles tendon, a much more serious injury than just a bruise. On WEEI, Dennis and Callahan reported this news, citing the Dirt Dogs site as their source. If true, what does it say about the quality of reporting that we get from the newspapers? Shouldn’t they have this information first? Perhaps they have it already and for some reason have chosen not to report it. Wouldn’t be the first time. Back to your regularly scheduled programming… Massarotti says that the Sox are in need of some serious first aid. Steve Britt looks at Lowe trying to straighten himself out. Michael Gee has a pay column ranking baseball movies. He lists them as “hits”, “outs” and “errors” two of his “outs” are Field of Dreams and The Natural. He calls the latter “this dismal piece of claptrap.” Under his “Hits” he has listed “The Naked Gun”. Gerry Callahan has a pay column going after Barry Bonds for his “arrogance” in playing the “race card” recently. Hmmm, nice. A guy suspended from his job for making racially insensitive comments feels like he has the right to call a black man arrogant for suggesting that all things are still not equal in the matter of race in sports. Heuschkel’s notebook says that Terry Francona made the wrong call to the bullpen last night. Borges’ notebook looks at Lowe. McAdam’s notebook says that Lowe will try to turn things around in a park he’s never had much success in. Hohler’s notebook has Lowe trying to reduce the walks that have haunted him this year. Horrigan’s notebook says the Sox are looking forward to the day off on Monday.

Mike Reiss has a Question and Answer session with Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.

David Scott had forgotten how much he actually hates the Lakers. Peter May looks at Derek Fisher and the Lakers stunning the Spurs in the final second last night.

Bill Griffith looks at NBC’s Donna Barton, who made the transition from rider to reporter covering this weekend’s Preakness. Boston Radio Watch reports that Bob Rodgers, formally of NESN is back among the gainfully employed:

Former NESN studio host Bob Rodgers took over as the regular host on Norm Resha's 'Calling All Sports' on WTKK 96.9FM (Sundays 4-7pm) last month. Rodgers replaces Gary Tanguay who was with the show since it landed on WTKK in 2001(BRW 11/29/01).

UPN-38 has Red Sox/Blue Jays at 7:00. TNT has Nets/Pistons at 7:00 and T-Wolves/Kings at 9:30

Homestand Split

In the sixth inning last night, with the Red Sox trailing 6-2, Don Orsillo remarked, “If the Red Sox win tonight, they’ll have had a 4-2 record on this homestand.” It seemed a curious comment to make, especially with what the score was at that time. The Sox did score a couple times in the ninth to make it interesting, but wound up falling to the Indians 6-4 to cap off a subpar 3-3 homestand against the Royals and Indians. Tim Wakefield had a bit of a rough night, having all six Cleveland runs charged to him. The game stories today come from Gordon EdesKevin McNamaraMichael SilvermanTom Yantz… and Paul Teves. Beat writers must be like starting pitchers. The papers send them to the next city a bit earlier than the rest of the team. None of those guys just mentioned is the # 1 beat guy for his respective paper. Silverman splits that duty with Jeff Horrigan. Jackie MacMullan looks at the problems of Byung Hyun Kim. It might have been brought up elsewhere and I just didn’t read it, but MacMullan tells us that Kim’s work ethic is a major problem. No, it’s not that he doesn’t work enough. He works TOO much. Good job by Jackie in writing about this. Even Kim’s teammates are frustrated at how hard the guy works, he doesn’t think of anything else besides baseball, throws everyday, and seems on the road to burnout. Karen Guregian shows us another side of Manny…this time family man Manny, who thinks he may want to retire after his current contract runs out so he can be with his kids. Michael O’Connor looks at what is involved in becoming an American citizen, including 10 sample questions that Ramirez might’ve had to answer.

Ben McGrath in the New Yorker has a fascinating feature article about the knuckleball, and prominent in the piece is last night’s starter, Tim Wakefield, as well as the Sox minor league knuckleballer, Charlie Zink. Paul Harber looks at Doug Mirabelli, not satisfied with his performance last night despite two doubles. Matt Kalman says that the Sox strikeout numbers are of concern. Marvin Pave says that Wakefield’s problem last night was his inability to get ahead of the hitters. Michael Gee has a pay column telling us that the Red Sox poor fielding is going to catch up with them sooner or later. You just can’t get that kind of analysis anywhere else. Harber and Kalman have looks at Jamie Brown, who was called up from Pawtucket to replace Kim. McNamara’s notebook says that the Sox plan to give Kim plenty of work in Pawtucket. Yantz’ notebook looks at a close call in the outfield for Johnny Damon and Gabe Kapler last night. (Steve Buckley has a pay column about the same incident.) Teves’ notebook looks at Lou Merloni, happy to be in Cleveland. Silverman’s notebook looks at Brian Daubach coming through as a pinch-hitter last night. Edes’ notebook says Curt Schilling doesn’t mind high pitch counts.

Other than the Sox, a pretty slow morning in the newspapers. Peter May has a look at the Lakers, Nancy Marrapese-Burrell an article on the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ron Borges on Roy Jones Jr.

Ron Indrisano writes about the 21 year old trainer of Imperialism, who finished third in the Kentucky Derby. George Kimball says The Cliff’s Edge might have to withdraw from the Preakness.

NESN has Red Sox/Blue Jays at 7:00. ESPN has Lightning/Flyers at 7:00 and Sharks/Flames at 10:00. ABC has Spurs/Lakers at 8:00.

Late Innings Magic

Any chance the Red Sox can stop the Indians from scoring two runs in the first inning tonight? The Indians did it again, but the Sox were able tie it up and then come back again in the eighth inning to go ahead for good on a triple from David McCarty. Game stories are compiled by Nick CafardoMichael SilvermanJoe McDonaldDavid Heuschkel and David Borges. Sean McAdam looks at Pedro Martinez settling down into an economical groove after needing 50+ pitches to get through the first two innings. Jeff Jacobs has a column about “Citizen Prima Donna” Pedro. He says public and media opinion on Pedro will sway each five days. Lenny Megliola has Pedro enjoying the support and cheers from the Boston fans when he’s going well. Marvin Pave looks at Pedro overcoming a blister to make it through 115 pitches. Michael Gee has a pay column saying it was the right call to leave Pedro in to start the seventh even though he had already thrown 103 pitches. Karen Guregian has a piece on the new American citizen, Manny. Borges also looks at the “new Manny” — seemingly a totally different guy this season.

Michael Vega looks at the clutch hit from David McCarty that won the game for the Sox. Steve Buckley has a pay column about McCarty, who is already being pursued for a career after his playing days are over. Michael O’Connor looks at the Gape Kapler home run which started the scoring for the Sox. Vega has a bit on Bronson Arroyo, who is glad to be rejoining the starting rotation after a brief bullpen stint. O’Connor also looks at Johnny Damon agreeing to shave his beard for charity. Bob Ryan writes about the Sox opening up Fenway for the 7th annual “Field of Dreams” fund raising event. Howard Bryant has a pay column looking at the Braves incredible run since 1991 and also the dead end job which is the first base coach. Silverman’s notebook looks at the Sox sending Byung-Hyun Kim to Pawtucket. Heuschkel’s notebook has Theo taking the blame for the performance of Kim. McDonald’s notebook looks at the demotion of Kim. Cafardo’s notebook looks at the return of Manny as a citizen. Borges’ notebook looks at batting practice for Trot and Nomar.

Tom Farmer of the Herald has a report on the ill will that existed between the children of Ted Williams right down to the death of John Henry Williams. Well adjusted kids, those.

Michael Smith reports on the Patriots signing Guard Bob Hallen. The Inside Track tells us that the Patriots visited Walter Reed Army Hospital on Monday to talk with Soldiers, some of whom are just back from Iraq.

Jonthan Comey gives us a few reason to watch the NBA and NHL playoffs. Jim Donaldson writes about PawSox owner Ben Mondor.

Shira Springer has a brief note that the Celtics and Tony Brown are “far apart” on a contract to bring the assistant coach on-board to work with Doc Rivers.

As a heads-up, I’m planning on having a 3-day “mini” fund drive next week for the spring. Ideas and suggestions for the drive are welcome.

NESN has Red Sox/Indians at 7:00. ESPN has Heat/Pacers at 8:00 and T-Wolves/Kings at 10:30. ESPN2 has Braves/Cardinals at 7:00 and Cubs/Dodgers at 10:00.

Sox Scalping

The Red Sox continued their streaky ways last night, dropping their second in a row, this time 10-6 to the Indians. Byung-Hyun Kim had a rough outing and was dropped from the rotation following the game. Bob Hohler and Jeff Horrigan both use the same phrase in describing the quick hook from the rotation for Kim, they say it demonstrates that the Sox will have “little patience for (or with) mediocrity”. Sean McAdam says there will be no waiting around for things to improve. David Heuschkel has more on the shaky outing by Kim and David Borges looks at the hit barrage from the Indians. Joe Haggerty has a look at the doomed Kim era, over before it even got started. Joe McDonald looks at Bronson Arroyo jumping back into the starting five with the struggles of Kim. Nick Cafardo says the Sox feel they have a more dependable option in Arroyo. Michael Silverman says that Arroyo’s success made the move an easy one for Terry Francona. Rich Thompson and Paul Harbor look at Brian Daubach filling in for Manny and producing results.

Lenny Megliola offers up a few thoughts from Fenway. He’s the only one today who even questioned a little (in print, anyway) Manny leaving the team to get his citizenship. He says:

Maybe manager Terry Francona was thinking, Why couldn't Manny have done this during spring training or on an off day? Or five years ago for that matter.

He then notes that “publicly” the manager supported the move, seemingly implying that the manager felt differently than what he said. Steve Buckley has a pay column today lauding Manny for taking the steps to be a citizen. He says:

And now Manny Ramirez is a member of the club. What a great story. Today, civics teachers in schools throughout the commonwealth can use the sports pages in their classroom discussions, with Manny Ramirez as an example that American citizenship is something not ever, ever to be taken lightly.

He says that Manny deserves a “thunderous ovation”tonight when he’s introduced. Gordon Edes takes a tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame with Dennis Eckersley, who can tell some good stories from his career. Jeff Sullivan says that any rumors of Carlos Beltran to Boston are just silly. Thompson and Harbor also have pieces on the return of Lou Merloni to Fenway Park. The notebooks are a Manny sweep. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on Manny getting his citizenship. McAdam’s notebook also leads with Manny, as does Hohler’s notebook and Borges’ notebook. Horrigan’s notebook says Manny was absent for the right reasons.

Michael Felger has a report on the Patriots visit to the White House yesterday, with big Ted Washington making the trip with his former team and tossing a few light hearted barbs around. David Lightman and Wayne Washington also have reports.

Shira Springer has a brief piece on Dave Wohl joining Doc Rivers’ staff with the Celtics. Bill Reynolds says that even though they wouldn’t be eliminated, tonight could be the end of an era for the Lakers. Let’s hope so. Peter May looks at the distractions the Lakers are fighting with the whole Kobe Bryant case going on.

Bill Griffith reports on Channel 7 bringing in a new sports anchor. David Briggs will be joining the station from Tulsa. Griffith also looks at the new FSN show “I, Max” with Max Kellerman and Michael Holley.

NESN has Sox/Indians at 7:00. ESPN has Flames/Sharks game 2 at 9:00. TNT has Nets/Pistons at 8:00 and Lakers/Spurs at 10:30.

Mothers Day Mess

This was one of those games that conventional logic tells you the Red Sox should have no problem with. Those are the games that usually come back to bite you. Derek Lowe had another rough outing as he continues his pitch for free agency and a new contract. Game stories from the 8-4 loss are provided by Bob HohlerJeff HorriganJoe McDonaldDavid Borges and David Heuschkel. Bob Ryan writes about Derek Lowe, who was “disgusted” with his performance yesterday. Michael Silverman looks at Lowe still trying to find the proper combination of pitches. Michael Gee has a pay column saying that Lowe’s bad outings are hurting his free agent market value. Brilliant! Jeff Sullivan has a look at Kelly Shoppach, and whether he might be ready to replace Jason Varitek next season should the Red Sox catcher move elsewhere in free agency. Steve Buckley has a pay column in which after taking a shot at Kevin Paul Dupont, says that Varitek should be named captain of the Red Sox immediately. John Connolly looks at the streaking Kevin Millar. Nick Cafardo writes about the Sox intentionally walking Mike Sweeney three times and probably wishing they had gone for four. Rich Thompson looks at the role played by Royals reliever Jamie Cerda yesterday. Silverman looks at Bill Mueller’s 13-pitch at bat against Cerda. Thompson also has a look at Carlos Beltran, a potential prize for the Yankees and Red Sox. Hohler’s notebook looks at Mark Malaska rushing himself a bit yesterday. Horrigan’s notebook has Pokey Reese upset with the call at second base made by Umpire Joe West. Heuschkel’s notebook has Red Sox reactions to comments by George Steinbrenner in last week’s edition of SI. Borges’ notebook looks at KC’s Carlos Beltran…could he be playing for the Sox someday? McDonald’s notebook looks at the struggling Derek Lowe. Connolly has a look at the importance of tonight’s start by Byung-Hyun Kim.

Jim Donaldson does his version of a “thoughts” column, all negative, looking at the Red Sox, the world of sports, and also taking multiple shots at the Celtics. At one point Donaldson brags:

Haven't watched even one quarter of an NBA game this season, and see no reason to tune in now.

Now this is a guy who gets PAID, and quite handsomely at that, to write about sports. Hello. He’s had plenty of columns about the Celtics this year, and yet he didn’t even watch a quarter of one game the entire season? So what exactly qualifies him to comment on the Celtics or NBA at all? This is precisely the type of arrogance in the media that really turns off a lot of people. I’ll admit that the Celtics weren’t that good or entertaining this season. I actually watched them. I did a daily blog for them over at FSNE, and I was getting a paid to do it, I felt a duty to watch the games and know what I was talking about. Guys like Donaldson feel they can not watch the games and yet weigh in with strong opinions and expect to be taken seriously. Peter May has a brief notebook on Doc Rivers putting together his coaching staff.

Russ Conway looks at the state of the NHL as the lockout looms.

Scott’s Shots has an exclusive, behind-the-scenes day/night with Sean McDonough and the gang in the TV38 Friday Night Booth – plus the Sunday night show recap and all the action from the weekend. John Molori looks at CN8′s “Sports Pulse” in this week’s edition of Media Blitz. He has high praise for the CN8 show, which might seem to be a conflict of interest as he has appeared on the program. Molori also looks at the 15th annual Hot Dog Safari and has a new segment – “Three up and three down” looking at who is hot and who is not in the Boston Sports Media.

NESN has Red Sox/Indians at 7:00. (ESPN2 Nationally) ESPN has Lightning/Flyers game 2 at 7:30. TNT has Pacers/Heat at 8:00 and T-Wolves/Kings at 10:30.

Pokey Power

Sunday guest links from Tiny ([email protected]):

Red Sox / MLB
Pokey Reese powers the Sox to their 4th straight win, or as the funny headline for the Globe

Bellhorn, you magnificent…

Saturday (and a few weekday leftover) guest links from Tiny ([email protected]):

Red Sox / MLB
A tremendous and much needed comeback for the home nine. Game stories are filed by the Herald

Perked up Pedro

Rumblings here and there tell me that the Globe may not even hire a columnist at all. They may decide to just add another full time person as a reporter or beat writer. That would be a mistake, in my humble opinion. The once-proud sports section is a mess. It need a boost. Make a bold move, Joe Sullivan.

Whatever happens, I’m prepared to be thoroughly underwhelmed.

Other than the Sox, a pretty light day today:

Pedro overcomes a little bit of a rough opening to finish strong and beat the Indians. Game stories are issued by Bob HohlerMichael SilvermanJoe McDonaldDavid Heuschkel and David Borges. Pedro’s performance gave the critics something to chew on, as he looked darned good after the shaky start. Karen Guregian and Gordon Edes look at how Pedro helped himself with that outing. Silverman has a short bit about David Ortiz being left off the All Star Ballot. Guregian has a look at KC centerfielder Carlos Beltran, who she says the Sox are interested in. However the Yankees are also interested in the talented Beltran as are a number of other teams. Gerry Callahan has a pay column which is more of a random thoughts collection. A bit of sloppy editing there, as he leads off the column talking about the news last night about Bud Selig canceling the Spider-Man ads on the bases, but further down in the column he has a line telling us how much the Red Sox will receive for putting the logo on the bases at Fenway. Michael Gee has a pay column telling us that the Red Sox season is going much as we could have expected it to. Hohler’s notebook has more on Ortiz being left off the All Star Ballot. Silverman’s notebook has an update on first base coach Lynn Jones. McDonald’s notebook looks at a big night for Pokey Reese at the plate. Heuschkel’s notebook says that Nomar and Trot will likely not be back before June. Borges’ notebook looks at Bill Mueller getting back on track after being moved down to the eight spot in the lineup.

Steve Bulpett has a short report on Doc River putting together his coaching staff.

Bill Griffith reports that Fox25 is canceling “Sports Sunday” and has some news from WCVB channel 5 as well. David Scott gives Jerry Remy some camera handling criticism and compiles his own short list for the Globe columnist position in today’s edition of Scott’s Shots. I mention the guy yesterday on a lark, and he comes up with a sports related column today Ty Burr has a review of the Red Sox movie. John Howell has a look at Chris Berman as he and ESPN prepare for the 25th anniversary in September.

UPN38 has Red Sox/Royals at 7:00. ESPN has Nets/Pistons at 8:00.

Globe Columnist Opening

As many of you know, there have been changes at the Boston Globe recently. Sports Editor Don Skwar left the paper to take a job with ESPN. After a search of several weeks, Globe Assistant sports editor Joe Sullivan was promoted to take Skwar’s place. It was revealed this week that Columnist Michael Holley is leaving the paper for the second time, this time to pursue an opportunity on TV.

Thus new editor Sullivan has his first chance to put his stamp on the sports section. It’s a crucial time for the young administration. The once-proud section has fallen hard in recent years and is showing serious signs of age. Their best columnist, Bob Ryan is more often to be found on the airwaves of ESPN than in the pages of the Globe these days. Jackie MacMullan is still often times a “must read”, but her strength, which is the Celtics and the NBA is way down on the list these days. Dan Shaughnessy is a one-trick pony, seemingly only interested in making a buck off the “curse” in some way.

That’s it. Who will be the fourth to this group? Will Sullivan decide to reward a long time Globe writer, as he was similarly rewarded? Will he tab a young up and comer? Will he make a “safe” hire of a known minority candidate? (That’s a whole can of worms right there…since it is Holley that is leaving, is this position the “designated minority” spot? If Shaughnessy were leaving would they be looking for another middle aged white guy with a cottage industry on the side that permeates [No pun intended] all his columns? If it was MacMullan would all female columnists around the country be on the list?)

Or will Sullivan search the country for the perfect fit…a writer who is respected, talented and who can come into town and perhaps be free of agenda and give Boston sports fans a perspective they’re not used to? (Stop laughing)

To assist with the process, I’ve come up with the definitive list of candidates along with their odds of getting the job, and a comment about them. Some serious, some obscure, and some for fun. Let’s just make it clear just because a candidate is listed it doesn’t mean I think they’re any good. I’m just throwing names out there in some cases. (Warning, I also know nothing about odds-making, I’m just attaching a number.)

Internal Candidates:

Ron Borges (15-1) – Borges has spent the last few years moonlighting over at MSNBC.com, where he’s had the chance to write about sports other than football and boxing. Mixed results. His most famous column over there was about Lance Armstrong and how Borges didn’t believe he was an athlete.

Kevin Paul Dupont (20-1) – He is a nationally known and honored hockey writer who occasionally will chime in on the Red Sox. He has his stand-by punch lines and agendas all in order.

Nick Cafardo (20-1) – Nick has shown versatility in having been the beat writer for both the Red Sox and Patriots in recent years. He is at heart a reporter though, relying on quotes from players and team releases to make up his articles. He cozies up to players, something he’d likely not be able to do in the role of a columnist.

Peter May (350-1) – Too entrenched in the NBA and reminding the Celtics that they should’ve drafted Tony Parker as he said they should have.

Michael Smith (12-1) – Could the paper try to rush Smith into the role of columnist? He’s shown his knowledge of sports while he was a regular on the late “McDonough Group” radio show on WWZN. He is irrefutably the rising star of the Globe sports section. Will he be a columnist someday? Yes. Is now the time? I think it would be a mistake to push him. A mistake that they just might make, however.

Charlie Pierce 25-1 – Already in house, working for the Globe Sunday Magazine. Wouldn’t be a huge splash to have him come the paper, but it’s a possibility for sure. Used to write for the Herald, don’t know if that is a plus or minus for Charles.

Eric Wilbur (750-1) – Who? Wilbur writes a number of “blogs” for Boston.com probably knows more sports than most of his colleagues at the Globe and could be considered a long-shot candidate.

Ty Burr (15000-1) – Hey why not? Sports is entertainment, right?

Chad Finn (7500-1) – Again, who? Finn used to be a columnist for the Concord Monitor in NH, and drew praise for his work. Nowadays Finn toils in the Globe sports copy department. (Where Bill Griffith worked for many years before rising to his current post.)

Michael Holley 100-1 – Well, he did leave and come back once already…

Local Candidates

Howard Bryant (20-1) – Bryant’s name has been tossed around in media circles. He seems to be the trendy pick. Is it just because he’s African-American? Does “prevailing wisdom” dictate that since Holley is leaving that he must be replaced with another minority? I like Howard, and enjoy his writing. I don’t see him making the move over to the Globe though.

Bill Simmons (20-1) – Used to be a local guy, anyway. Had a wildly popular local sports web site and parlayed that into a gig for ESPN.com and the Jimmy Kimmel Show on ABC. Though he professes his devotion to the show, if the Globe came calling, I think it’d be hard for him to pass up. If he could capture the magic of the old BSG days, this would be a slam-dunk for the Globe, and the idea of Simmons and Shaughnessy working in adjoining cubes should be enough to make anyone smile.

Gerry Callahan (10-1) – This would be a big splash by the Globe. The question is if Callahan has loyalty to the Herald. He’d have to do a few more columns than he currently does in order to make a Globe investment worth it. Still, it would be a big move by them.

Tom Curran (25-1) – Has been almost strictly a football guy up to this point, but Curran could be an interesting choice. Plus, by taking him from the Journal, they would weaken their football competition significantly. Curran started in the newspaper business at the very bottom and worked his way up. He will be a columnist at some point in his career.

Mike Reiss (50-1) – Another interesting candidate. He’s mostly covered football, but has done columns on a number of topics for the MetroWest Daily News. Plus, his father, Roy Reiss already has a connection to the Globe, working as the JobSource Sales manager.

Christopher Price (1500-1) – Editor and only full-time writer for the Boston Metro. Price knows all his sports but likely won’t be considered.

Jim Donaldson (1000-1) – Sorry, Dan Shaughnessy is already working for the Globe.

Michael Gee (1,000,000 -1) (Giggles)

Buddy Thomas (Infinity-1) – Keep rooting for those Colts, Buddy.

National Candidates

Jason Whitlock (25-1) – I’m not a huge fan, but the columnist from the Kansas City Star seems to fit the profile of what the Globe might be looking for. An outsider, younger than any of their current columnists, an African-American and nationally known for the columns he does on the side for ESPN.com. The former Ball State offensive lineman also hosts a daily afternoon sports radio show.

Adrian Wojnarowski (75-1) – Wouldn’t be a bad choice at all. Has talent, sports knowledge and is glib enough to be a regular on TV and Radio. The Globe has to be a step up from the Bergen Record, right?

Bernie Miklasz (100-1) – Has been a columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch since 1989. Being in a baseball town similar to Boston, he might be able to bring an interesting perspective in contrasting the two towns. He’s also done plenty of columns on the Blues and Rams.

J.A. Adande (1500-1) – Another younger, minority candidate. Adande has been at the Los Angeles Times as a columnist since 1997.

Tony Kornheiser (500-1) – Could the Globe throw enough money at him to make him come to Boston? I doubt it. It would be nice though. He’d sell papers.

Kevin Blackistone (750-1) – Actually started his career with the Globe as a city side reporter. That’s about the only thing he has going for him. Has been a sports columnist for the Dallas Morning News since 1991.

Carol Slezak (1000-1) – Columnist for the Chicago Sun Times, she has shown the ability to cover all sports. Has been accused of being a bit of a whiner in her columns by readers, but then again, she would fit right in here in Boston.

Woody Paige (10,000-1) – Will never happen, thank goodness, but it would be fun to harass Woody endlessly. He got a taste of Boston fans after his ridicule of the Patriots last season, and I think he has no stomach to battle Boston fans everyday.

Stephen A. Smith (2500-1) – Again, not going to happen. He’s too intent on becoming a national TV star to be hopping from Philly to Boston. Would definitely stir things up though.

Skip Bayless (5000-1) – Gawd, no. Although if asked, I’m sure Bayless would come here. How many papers has this guy written for, anyway?

So there you have it. The field broken down, analyzed and dissected. If you’ve got ideas or suggestions send them in. Tell me why the person should be the next Globe columnist. Perhaps I can make a collection of them to publish here and help out Joe Sullivan in his search.

It’s Alive

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 HohlerMichael SilvermanJoe McDonaldDavid 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.