After coming back with three runs to tie it in the eighth inning, the Red Sox gave a couple right back to lose 6-4. The second guessers and critics of Tito Francona can have a field day on this one. Tito brought back Alan Embree after he got hit good pretty good on Friday night to replace Scott Williamson who threw all of 12 pitches in the seventh and had Friday night off. Of course, the struggling Embree, whose ERA is now at 5.00, gave up the tie-breaking two run homer to pinch hitter Edgardo Alfonzo and that was it. By the way, Williamson, the forgotten free agent to be, continues to have a brilliant season. This Red Sox team continues to struggle with baseball fundamentals and continues to leave an incredible number of people on base and continues to display poor baserunning skills. Maybe there is something to be said for good situational hitting. Bob Hohler, Jeff Horrigan, and Sean McAdam have game stories.
Gordon Edes explains the battering that Barry Bonds got from FOX announcers yesterday for his remarks about calling Boston a racist city. Edes also goes on to say that there is unrest in San Francisco over Bonds’ terrible outfield play and lack of hustle in not running out a ground ball.
Michael Silverman believes Bonds disrespects the game and the fans for his lack of hustle on a couple of plays yesteday. Speaking of FOX coverage of baseball, they had a poll yesterday to determine the greatest franchise in baseball history. Five franchises mentioned were the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Giants, and Cubs. How could they leave out the Cardinals, arguably the second greatest franchise in baseball history.
Hmmm. Jimmy Kimmel got suspended from ABC for making a joke about the possible rioting in Detroit after a Pistons championship. Barry Bonds does not get rebuked or his wrist slapped by MLB or the Giants for calling Boston a racist city. The comparison says less about race than it does about power. Edes also has an interesting notebook today with a look at the streaking Devil Rays, an argument from Giants owner Peter Magowan that Barry Bonds has surpassed Ted Williams, and speculation that Jimy Williams will be fired soon in Houston. Bob Hohler’s notebook looks at Bill Mueller’s quick healing from his knee injury and the continuation of Pedro Martinez’ first inning woes. He also explains that Schilling and B H Kim both threw on the side at McCoy Stadium yesterday and that Mendoza will be there soon as well. Jeff Horrigan’s notebook also looks at the improving Mueller who says he “feels great”. Horrigan also reports that the Sox pitchers are challenging the Giants hitters and that Tito gave days off to three regulars including Garciaparra, Nixon, and Damon. Sean McAdam’s notebook looks at the Sox impending acqusition of reliever Curtis Leskanic and speculation of Sox acuistion of Carlos Beltran as KC general manager Allard Baird is in SF scouting Sox players. Hohler’s minor league notebook has the Sox looking away from “moneyball” in signing a couple bright high school prospects. Hohler also has information on the injured Hanley Ramirez.
Tony Massarotti’s Covering All Bases has a look at the flaws of this Red Sox team including its struggles on the road and lack of timely hitting. Tony Maz also looks at the Phillies and struggling Rockies. It is hard to believe the beating Massarotti took in some corners for doing his job by reporting on Curt Schilling’s injury. Glen Ordway of WEEI got it right this week when he said that Tony Maz had no obligation to keep private what Curt Schilling wrote on a “private internet chat”. Schilling’s remarks about his own injury were certainly newsworthy and Massarotti was not a member of the Sosh and was under no agreement to keep mum on a news story. If Schilling had any expectation that details of a “private internet chat” among 350 of his closest friends would not be leaked, he needs a reality check.
Michael Felger explains that Rosevelt Colvin’s injury was similar to that of the Panthers Deon Grant. Grant, who fully recovered, gave Colvin encouragement to do the same. Felger also reports that not many Patriots players were happy that Tedy Bruschi signed what they believed to be a below-market deal. Bruschi even admitted that he probably could have gotten a better deal in free agency but that he believes “all NFL players are probably overpaid anyway.” Nick Cafardo has NFL notes in the Globe today and felt obligated to spread some misinformation in comparing Jake Delhomme’s contract to Tom Brady’s. Cafardo is flat out wrong in many of his statements including the one that Delhomme makes more money than Tom Brady. If Cafardo spent any time looking at the deal, he would see that the Delhomme’s contract is backloaded and that actual dollars and salary cap numbers for Delhomme are well below Brady’s during the remainder of Brady’s contract. Mike Florio outhustled the print media again in explaining Delhomme’s deal. Cafardo also has the typical quotes from Drew Bledsoe explaining that this is the year he believes all the pieces will finally come together because this is an offense that works for him.
Jim McCabe reports on the US Open and the frontrunning Ratief Goosen while Bob Ryan looks at the Open course as extremely tough and very humbling. McCabe has a Open notes and has a look at the incredibly tough 7th hole whose green unfortunately has more in common with a miniature golf course than a championship golf hole.
Kevin Paul Dupont has a look at Lyndon Byers’ participation in a gimmicky hockey goon contest. Dupont also looks at a changing market in hockey as players are getting lesser deals in free agency.
Peter May looks at the fall of the Lakers and the NBA draft. Mark Murphy’s notebook has Danny Ainge looking for the Celtics to get younger, the rehab of Raef LaFrentz, and more on the Lakers in disarray.
NESN has Red Sox-Giants at 4 pm. ESPN Sunday Night Baseball has Yankees-Dodgers at 8 pm. Ch.7 has US Open coverage beginning at 12:30 pm.