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The Sox outslugged the Giants in the bay last night, and the action is recounted by the ProJo

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Carl Nolte of the San Francisco Chronicle (free subscription required) reports that the weekend series against the Sox is

Derek gets his Lowjo Back

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Red Sox / MLB
The Sox avoided a sweep at the hands of the Rockies yesterday, as a great performance on the hill by Derek Lowe and the hot bats of David Ortiz and Nomar Garciaparra paced the club to an 11-0 rout of Colorado. The lopsided win had everyone in the clubhouse feeling loose, and the Globe

Scraps and tidbits pieced together from around the web…

Eric McHugh and Andy Hart have more on Tedy Bruschi’s new contract with the Patriots. McHugh’s piece also looks at the Patriots rebuffed interest in Neil O’Donnell, and Hart’s has a bit on the injury to Ben Watson.

Clark Booth thinks that the media around here is and has been a little too tough on Nomar. A pretty interesting read, really. Eric Wilbur has more to say about the Devil Rays than he does about the Red Sox today. Yesterday, John Tomase looked forward to Trot’s return. Joe Haggerty has another look at Chasing Steinbrenner. Steve Czaban looks at the trials and tribulations associated with being a newly converted Red Sox fan.

Gabe Kahn reviews the second half of the first year of the Danny Ainge era. William Kalec looks at how the Lakers demise was reason for Red Auerbach to light up a victory cigar. Michael Muldoon has a look at the NBA Finals and the end of the Laker dynasty. Bill Simmons also has a look back at the end of the Laker dynasty. Kevin Canfield has an interesting bit in the New Republic Online, which deals with the nauseating coverage of Kobe Bryant.

http://www.bostonsportsmedia.com/2004/06/1147

Another Rocky Outing

Just what is it about road games during interleague play? The Red Sox fell once again to the lowly Rockies, this time 7-6. Bob Hohler has a look at a shaky outing from Curt Schilling, who insists that he’s “turned the corner” as far as his ankle is concerned. Jeff Horrigan also has Schilling saying he felt great and felt strong last night on the mound. Sean McAdam says it was poor command and poor execution that did Schilling and the Sox in last night. The headline to David Heuschkel’s article says Schilling could end up on the DL, but that possibility is not mentioned anywhere in the article. Michael Silverman has an article on Nomar, who is lashing out a bit at the people who are critical of his early performance and from what he did at the plate at the end of last season. WEEI hosts and callers will be all over this. Nick Cafardo has a look at the return of Trot Nixon to the Sox lineup. McAdam reports that Derek Lowe is working with a sport psychologist in an effort to get things turned around for himself. Silverman has Nixon giving himself a mixed review in his first game back. Jeff Sullivan takes a peek around SoSH and has a number of other mostly baseball related thoughts. Terry Nau in the same paper, also has a thoughts column. Two in one day? Heuschkel’s notebook has Pedro saying that Nomar wants to stay in Boston….and he does too. Hohler’s notebook looks at Nomar’s slow start to his return. Horrigan’s notebook has Anastacio Martinez being sent down to make room on the roster for Nixon. McAdam’s notebook also looks at the return of Nixon.

From the saying something for the sake of saying something department…last night on FSN, Greg Dickerson said he was glad to have Trot Nixon back, because it meant better defense in right field. He said Kevin Millar has done fine at Fenway but was having trouble with some of the bigger right fields around the league. Ahem…isn’t Fenway one the biggest right fields in the majors?

Michael Smith reports on a strained achilles for rookie tight end Ben Watson. Mike Reiss has further details on Tedy Bruschi’s new contract.

Lenny Megliola reminds us again that fans and player don’t care about the history of the Boston Celtics. I’m not sure what the purpose of this article is, other than to just be negative. Bill Reynolds reviews the NBA finals, noting that the Lakers really embarrassed themselves. Jackie MacMullan compares the Pistons to the Patriots. Peter May says this finals loss is likely to usher in a new era for the Lakers. Steve Bulpett looks at how the Pistons were able to topple the Lakers, and what this means going forward. I respect Glenn Ordway’s opinions on the NBA. Listening to his backtrack yesterday was laughable. After insisting (correctly) for years that the team with the best player always won the series, he changed course and yesterday insisted that it’s the team with the most talent that wins, and that the Pistons have more talent than the Lakers. It’s not about the best player…it’s about the most overall talent. He took quite a little beating on the whiner line for his “that’s not what I said…” stand.

Plenty of US Open stories in the local papers…too many to link here. Here are the Golf sections of the Globe and the Herald.

NESN president and general manager Sean McGrail answered viewer questions in this week’s edition of the NESN.com Executive Mailbag. He reveals plans to re-launch the Globe Sportsplus show with a new set and format and making a twice-weekly show. He also talks about discussions with DirecTV to make the NESN HD feed available from that carrier. The Boston Radio Watch website has a couple WEEI and WWZN notes in the latest edition. You can listen to the WEEI guys bash the NBA and tell you how unwatchable it is, but the numbers would disagree. The NY Times has the numbers from the Finals and here are a couple interesting points:

The Detroit Pistons' clinching victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the N.B.A. finals on ABC on Tuesday night generated a 13.8 Nielsen rating, a 123 percent leap from last year. It was the highest-rated Game 5 since 1998.

For each of the five games, ABC won the prime-time ratings race. And the ratings for key male demographics were the highest since 2001; the rating for men 18 to 34 was the highest since the 1998 finals.

NESN has Red Sox/Rockies at 3:00. CN8 Sports Pulse will have Mike Petraglia from MLB.com to talk Red Sox at 10:00. FSN will have Tony Massarotti as a guest on the 6:30 show and Pete Sheppard on the 10:00 show.

Afternoon Ramblings

Mike Fine looks at the Pistons winning the NBA title, and says that even with the example of Detroit to follow, the Celtics are light years away from becoming a contender. Matt Bonesteel is begging Doc Rivers to stay on as an ABC broadcaster and not coach the Celtics.

David Perry looks at the book Chasing Steinbrenner: Pursuing the Pennant in Boston and Toronto written by his Lowell Sun colleague Rob Bradford. Tom Caron has his NESN Mailbag, and opens by poking fun at the Internet message board controversy. Eric Wilbur considers trading Nomar. Mike Klis of the Denver Post looks at the slow start by Nomar in his return. Jack Curry of the NY Times (registration required) has a look at Curt Schilling, that he has endeared himself to Sox fans and also talks some about the SoSH incident. Peter Gammons said that Buck Showalter had the following to say on Schilling:

"I don't know anyone with a bigger heart than Curt, and he wears his heart on his sleeve because he is so passionate about everything. Some people don't like the fact that he tells it as he believes it is, isn't afraid to tell it anyone, and that he's right more than most of us."

What? Could reporters not like Schilling because he’s smarter than they are?

Peter Kerasotis reports that Mark and Bobby-Jo Ferrell have dropped their efforts to have Ted Williams’ remains taken out of Alcor.

Terry McCormick reports that Neil O’Donnell has rejected overtures from the Patriots to join them as a backup QB. Andy Hart of Patriots.com also has a look at O’Donnell and if the Pats might’ve been interested. Out in Chicago, Bob LeGere has the story of former Patriots practice squad player (he was active in one game this past season) Jamin Elliott, who is wondering why he didn’t get a Super Bowl ring. Larry Weisman of USA Today has a look at NFL players serving as interns preparing for a post playing career. Featured prominently in the article is the Patriots’ Jarvis Green. Pat Kirwan has an overview of the AFC East.

Michael Felger in the print edition of the Herald this morning reported that Tedy Bruschi has agreed to a contract extension with the Patriots that keeps him here through 2007. The story never made it to the on-line edition. If you go to the NFLPA website, you can get the breakdown of the numbers for the new deal.

The Washington Post reports in it’s NBA notebook that the Celtics have targeted Wizards forward Etan Thomas as someone they would use their mid-level exception this summer on.

Rocky Mountain Low

The Red Sox had an early lead on the Rockies in Coors Field last night, but let it get away and fell 6-3. Bob Hohler notes that the Sox felt sure they’d score more than just three runs last night. Jeff Horrigan says that the Sox just could not get a clutch hit. Sean McAdam laments all the men left on base by the Red Sox, which enabled the Rockies to end an eight game losing streak. David Heuschkel says that pretty much everyone was shocked that the Red Sox couldn’t pull a win out last night. Michael Silverman looks at the outing from Bronson Arroyo, who despite giving up the 3-1 lead, didn’t pitch all that terrible in the mile high atmosphere. Nick Cafardo takes a look at Pedro, who is regaining his form and feeling much more at peace as of late. Pedro also disputes the notion that he had even partially torn his labrum back in 2001. Alex Speier takes another look at Pokey fever around Boston. Jonathan Comey looks at those darn Yankees, who just keep winning at an unbelievable pace. Bob Halloran shares three discoveries he’s made this year about the Red Sox and the managerial style of Terry Francona. Silverman takes a look at the concern and anxiety around the ankle of Curt Schilling. CN8’s Ed Berliner weighs in on the Schilling/Media situation. Hohler’s notebook has Schilling feeling optimistic about said ankle. Horrigan’s notebook says that the ankle is feeling better. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at the return of Trot Nixon, who will be in the lineup tonight.

Bob Neumeier and Jonathan Comey deserve credit as being perhaps the only two local media guys who said the Pistons could and would beat the Lakers. Detroit closed out Los Angeles in five games, the first real upset in the NBA finals in nearly 30 years. It also brings to an end a streak in which the winning team had the best, or one of the two or three best players in the league – something that should give some hope to teams like the Celtics. Steve Bulpett and Shira Springer look at the return of the Bad Boys. Bulpett takes a look at series MVP Chauncey Billups (yup, Bob Lobel already said it). The Celtics had a hand in this title, and since it resulted in a defeat of the Lakers, I’m not all that upset about it. Springer’s notebook looks at the role that Danny Ainge played in bringing the title to Detroit. Some interesting words in there from Doc Rivers too, who wants to have former Celtics around his team as much as possible, Robert Parish among them. Bulpett’s notebook has the Celtics seeing hope in what Detroit was able to accomplish. Howard Bryant (subscription only) says that the Celtics are not worthy of fans spending their money on season tickets for the team, but he is impressed with what he’s seen and heard from Doc Rivers thus far.

While we’re on the subject of Bryant, I need to clarify his quote from yesterday that I featured in this space. There was a second part to it, and I unthinkingly left it out after the first part seemed so staggering to me. The entire quote read:

I don't know the exact reason why media in Boston is so much more a part of the story than in other cities, but I suspect it has in part to do with the aggressive nature and self-importance of the fans here, who distrust the people who cover the team. That, and the high visibility of the reporters themselves - who have through spouting personal opinions on television and radio (when we're supposed to be objective) have injected their personalities into the daily drama instead of merely reporting on it - has made for an explosive mix.

That’s a little different. If Bryant’s article wasn’t a subscription article, it might not have been a big deal, since anyone could just go in and see the context of the quote. Since though, the article was a pay item, it wasn’t really fair of me to just put the first part in and leave it hanging out there on it’s own when others didn’t have the access to go in and see the entire paragraph.

Bob Ryan takes a look at Phil Mickelson, hoping to make it two majors in a row this weekend. Ryan confesses that he has now become a Mickelson fan. Jim McCabe and George Kimball look at Padraig Harrington, and Joe Gordon has an article on Tiger Woods.

Stan Grossfeld looks at the counseling and advocacy work done by Kathy Redmond who was raped by then-Nebraska nose tackle Christian Peter, who was briefly a Patriot draftee. Some disturbing tales in this story.

NESN has Red Sox/Rockies at 9:00. ESPN has Cubs/Astros at 7:00 and ESPN2 has Yankees/Diamondbacks at 10:00. The Globe SportsPlus will be on NESN at 7:30, and one of the segments will be Dan Shaughnessy and Kevin Paul Dupont arguing who is better, Clemens or Pedro. CN8’s Sports Pulse is on at 10:00 and will have a representative from the Northeastern Center for Sport in Society who will talk about the recent comments of Bill Parcells and Larry Bird. Shira Springer will also be in to talk about the Celtics and the NBA.

All’s quiet on the western front so far…thanks for the supportive emails, everyone.

Mike Fine has a look at Bronson Arroyo and the Red Sox preparing to face the Rockies tonight. Eric Wilbur hopes Arroyo doesn’t get pounded in the thin air of Coors field. Old School Alan Greenwood thinks it’s time to do away with the DH and Interleague play. Joe Haggerty looks at the impending return of Trot Nixon.

The View From Out Of Town:

Out in Colorado, Woody Paige does a comparison of the Red Sox and (in his eyes, woeful) Rockies. Tracey Ringolsby says the Red Sox are a hot ticket out at Coors Field.

They’re already getting worked up in San Francisco for the Red Sox/Giants this weekend. Henry Schulman looks at the two franchises and the 1912 World Series. (Warning, Shaughnessy quotes within that article.) Notably:

"People are very self-absorbed here," Shaughnessy said. "They're like teenagers. They don't think about the woes of their parents, they just think about themselves and maybe see a correlation with the Cubs.

http://www.bostonsportsmedia.com/2004/06/1143

Tuesday Ugliness

With the Sox on an off day yesterday, it was a chance for some to look at what might be in store for the team as there are 100 games left in the regular season and the trade deadline is in sight, a mere six weeks or so away. Nick Cafardo has a look at what the Sox trade philosophy will be in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, Theo Epstein himself wrote a piece for the Rocky Mountain News about what it is like competing against the Yankees. Tony Massarotti says that the Sox are getting better, and in fact the best is yet to come for this team. He says that over the final 100 games, the Sox should need to go 60-40 to make the playoffs. Joe Sullivan is glad the Sox season is a marathon and not a sprint. Jim Donaldson has a look at Brian Daubach, who has been handling himself the right way this season, as he’s been shuttled back and forth between Boston and Pawtucket. Art Martone & Sean McAdam team up to look at the experience of playing at Coors Field, with hitters licking their chops, and pitchers hoping to survive. Jeff Horrigan rates the major league ballparks. Cafardo’s notebook has Ellis Burks advising teammates on playing at Coors. Massarotti’s notebook also looks at the Sox going into Colorado. McAdam’s notebook has Byung Hyun-Kim returning from Korea and meeting with Sox officials.

More fallout from the Curt Schilling/SoSH/Tony Massarotti/Internet/Traditional Media flap. It’s being alleged in a very snide way on www.bostondirtdogs.com that Glenn Ordway DID in fact give proper credit to this site yesterday when reading a paragraph off this site. That allegation is being made by Steve Silva who is in bed on an website project with Ordway. Big surprise there. What Ordway did was say it was from the “Boston Sports Media website”. Silva even says that from tape, that is exactly what was said. Yay. Look, I never started this site for attention, or glory or anything like that. But I put a lot of work into this. If someone is going to use something from here as the basis to start off a four hour radio program, then use the full (correct) name…give the address, say who wrote it….why not just say bostonsportsmedia.com? Instead of referring to me as “that guy”, is it too much say my name? I’d be happy with that. Yeah, maybe I’m splitting hairs here as far as what defines “full credit”, but this is my property, and I have the right to express my wishes as to how the site is credited. The individual on the other website has something personal against me, and took a tiny little piece of what I wrote yesterday and uses it as the focal point of his lead for the day in an effort to make me look bad. Very sad. Very petty. This is a person who has had problems with a number of people in the online community, whereas I’d say my reputation is pretty good. Well, except maybe in the offices of the Globe…oh wait, there we go again…who just bought that other website? End of discussion.

Or maybe not. Howard Bryant (subscription only) says that Curt Schilling is in the wrong with all of this. He was wrong to be posting to a select group of people on SoSH and expecting any privacy, and was wrong about his complaints about the media this weekend in the article by Karen Guregian. Bryant acknowledges that the media here is different from anywhere else, but I’m not sure I agree with his premise.

Schilling is right about one thing: In Boston, more than anywhere else, the public, as they say, has identified the enemy and he is us. I don't know the exact reason why media in Boston is so much more a part of the story than in other cities, but I suspect it has in part to do with the aggressive nature and self-importance of the fans here, who distrust the people who cover the team. That, and the high visibility of the reporters themselves - who have through spouting personal opinions on television and radio (when we're supposed to be objective) have injected their personalities into the daily drama instead of merely reporting on it - has made for an explosive mix.

Wait a minute, did Howard just throw the fans under the bus for the behavior of the media here? Another perspective comes from Jon Couture, who says

When a writer whines that someone won't talk to him or is giving the dirt to a rival, all the flowery prose in the world can't hide the foundation. Not only does it show the author's own faults and insufficiencies, it makes things that much harder for everyone. Really, if you were Curt Schilling, would you go out of your way to talk to someone who's been picking at you for months?

Better watch your back, Jon. Is Tony headed to Colorado this week?

Michael Parente looks at Patriots mini-camp, examining some unfinished story lines that remain to be resolved. Michael Felger takes a look at the Patriots as they take their final break before starting the season with training camp next month. Rich Thompson takes a look at offensive lineman Bob Hallen.

Steve Bulpett has an article on Ben Wallace, who could’ve been a Celtic no less than three times. Peter May and Bulpett look at how the Pistons can wrap up the NBA finals this evening. As much as I want to, I can’t just dismiss the Lakers. I did that in their series against the Spurs.

Ron Borges has a feature article on Kassim Ouma, who was forced into a rebel Ugandan army at age 6, and escaped via boxing.

Bill Griffith has a look at a couple of literary efforts by Red Sox announcers.

NESN has Red Sox/Rockies at 9:00. ABC has Pistons/Lakers game 5 at 8:30. CN8 Sports Pulse will have interviews with Jonathan Kraft and Frank McCourt, and guests from the Lowell Spinners at 10:00.

Ringing in the new week

That sports radio station with the little fat guy and the baseball writer from the tabloid newspaper with the high pitched voice was talking about a certain paragraph on a sports media web site today. (And no I’m not talking about any filthy canines.)

The guy with the high pitched voice denied that he had ever suggested that if a certain pitcher with a local baseball team wouldn’t cease and desist from engaging in Internet conversations with fans of said team that aforementioned high pitched voiced writer would refuse to promote charities of the pitcher. Writer was shown to be a liar when tape of writer saying exactly that was played by the esteemed producer of the radio show.

Seriously…what a bunch of bunk. Reading an entire paragraph off here, but can’t mention the correct name of the site? Or who wrote it? Tony Massarotti and many of the other traditional media types feel threatened and out of their comfort zone. They’re used to controlling the information that gets to the fans. Now, if players are directly communicating with the fans, the media loses that bit of control, and their bosses are questioning them as to why they’re not getting that information. Their ecosystem is being challenged and their instinct is to fight. First, they mock. They must try to discredit anything from the Internet. Refer to the people who use it as “geeks” and portray them as living in their parents basements. Then as the medium gets more established, they move onto attacks.

Massarotti came out recently and said that Nomar was sticking it to the Red Sox by taking his time coming back. When Nomar asked who was saying such things, Massarotti was silent. Typical. I’ve enjoyed Massarotti’s work in the past, and still think he’s a good, talented writer. He can be very good at times on the Big Show because he isn’t afraid to challenge Ordway. But he’s all wet with his paranoia over Internet sites. Perhaps if he and his colleagues didn’t spend so much time taking potshots at the athletes, the players would be more inclined to talk to them, rather than feeling the need to skip over them and go directly to the fans.

SoSH and Curt Schilling may have been a bit naive in how they tried to contain the information in Schilling’s visits there. That’s rather out of character with the spirit of the Internet. But those who might try to say that Massarotti is just trying to get that information out to all the fans that don’t have access to SoSH are off base as well. The Schilling/SoSH experiment was done with good intentions, but a couple of sayings come to mind here, first something about the road to hell and what it is paved with, and the second is the no good deed goes unpunished. Schilling has said that he would say the same things to the print and broadcast media that he says in his posts…if they asked the questions…which none did. He didn