Grand Style

The Red Sox returned to the win column in grand style last night with a 9-2 win over the Twins at Fenway. Nick Cafardo has the game story for the Globe. Tony Massarotti’s obsession is clear as he cannot even get through the first sentence of his game story without the words “Curt Schilling” and “Internet”. Steven Krasner looks at the Red Sox finally getting their complete lineup together at Fenway. (You may have to create a new registration for the ProJo site. Even my favorite standby site for such things bugmenot.com doesn’t have a login for them yet.) Jeff Goldberg also looks at the effect of a complete lineup. David Borges says last night was a grand night for Nomar and the Sox. Alex Speier says that now with the roster getting healthy, the revolving door to Pawtucket should slow down. Dan Shaughnessy plays it straight today, producing an enjoyable article about Nomar’s night, even adding a story about Nomar donating a TV to the Pine Street Inn. Karen Guregian and Joe Haggerty also take a look at the night for Nomar.

Marvin Pave and Mike Shalin look at a monster night for David Ortiz against his former team. Tom Curran and Goldberg have a look at Curtis Leskanic, the newest addition to the Red Sox bullpen. Shaughnessy also has a second article, not as good as the first, this time about Curt Schilling, calling him “Mr. Late-Night Web-Man“. Guregian has a second article in which she advocates the signing of Pokey Reese to a longer deal. Shalin’s second article looks at the night for Johnny Damon. Cafardo’s notebook has Damon saying he wouldn’t mind moving to a corner outfield position should the Sox acquire Carlos Beltran. Massarotti’s notebook looks at Leskanic joining the Sox ‘pen. Krasner’s notebook looks at the performance of Schilling. Borges’ notebook also looks at Leskanic.

Howard Bryant (subscription only) addresses the issues of race brought up by Barry Bonds last week. Bryant says the villain in this situation is not Bonds, but rather all the bigots in Boston’s past (not present) that have left the racist stigma upon the city which lingers to this day. The people of Boston don’t have control over how long outsiders hold onto this view of the city. Bonds likely got some of his view of the city from the experience of his Godfather, Willie Mays, who should’ve been a Red Sox, playing alongside Ted Williams had race not been a factor in the decisions of Red Sox management and ownership.

Speaking of Bryant, the rumor mill is in full churn that a move to the Globe is no longer out of the realm of possibility. It may not be as a direct replacement for Michael Holley, but there have been conversations about Bryant making the move to the broadsheet.

Peter May looks at the difficulties of trying to figure out the NBA draft. Let’s hope he remembers this three years down the line when he’s blasting the Celtics for bypassing someone. Mark Murphy looks at the Celtics losing Brandon Hunter in the expansion draft last night. It sure seems like Ainge and the Celtics never really wanted him…there was talk he wouldn’t even be offered a contract before last season, but after a strong summer league, he almost forced them into it. Then he sat. He played some impressive games as a starter in the latter part of the season, and then sat again. Now he’s gone…for nothing. Sure seems like a wasted draft pick by the club. Shira Springer and Kevin McNamara also have a look at Hunter. Murphy takes a look at the point guards in the draft, tries to figure out what Ainge will do, and also profiles the power forwards available in the draft. Michael Muldoon says the Celtics plan to rebuild with high school players.

Tom Curran looks at the situation the Patriots face with Matt Light heading into the final year of his contract. Mike Reiss and Amanda Milkovits look at Tully Banta-Cain getting his Super Bowl ring returned to him. Lenny Megliola looks at Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman making a gift to a pair of local retiring athletic directors. Bill Burt has a look at Teddy Bruschi’s appearance at Boston Symphony Hall. Reiss also reports on the Patriots striking deals with a pair of rookies.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell says the Bruins just hope to get lucky in the NHL draft this weekend, as their first pick isn’t until number 64.

NESN has Red Sox/Twins at 7:00. ESPN has Cubs/Cardinals at 7:00. ESPN2 has A’s/Angels at 10:00. Around 11:00, The Globe SportsPlus will have Peter May and Michael Smith as guests to talk about the NBA draft, Gordon Edes has a 1on1 with Trot Nixon. FSN will have Steve Buckley and John Tomase on the 6:30 show and Pete Sheppard at 10:00. CN8’s SportsPulse at 10:00 will have John Molori to talk about:

How dangerous is it when the Patriots try to control what the media writes and reports from training camp? Is there a double standard for members of the media who belong to certain web sites and refuse to report on what Curt Schilling says in a public forum? With the dismissal of Marv Albert, should we expect all team broadcasters to soon be nothing more than cheerleaders for their teams, and how might the fans react?

That’s the promo for the show. In my opinion, most broadcasters are hired by the team, they deliver the action of the game to the fans of the team, who want to hear good things about their squad. Cheerleaders is a bit of a stretch, but guys like Joe Castiglione are clearly “for” the Red Sox, and I don’t have a single bit of issue with that.

And how about that “dangerous” remark regarding the Patriots? “Dangerous”? In what possible way? This ain’t national security, boys. If someone thinks the Patriots actions are “dangerous”, they’re taking themselves a little bit too seriously. This is sports. We’ll see how Ed Berliner and Molori address these topics.