Bye Bye Petey…

So Pedro is gone…gone to the greener pastures of Flushing Meadow. There are of course a TON of articles on the departure of number 45 this morning, many nostalgic, a couple harsh, and others wishing the former Red Sox ace well in his new life as a New York Met. Bob Hohler reports on the story for the Globe, while Tony Massarotti and Michael Silverman team up in the Herald. David Heuschkel has the story for the Courant. Dan Shaughnessy emerges from the bunker, where he has been writing his new book about how the Red Sox ended the curse and his gravy train, and takes his terribly predictable, expected swipes at Pedro. I wonder if Dan has a “Mad Libs” pad of columns he can just fill out at a moments notice… Tony Massarotti in a solo piece says that Pedro earned every cent he was paid here, and to expect the type of smear campaign in the coming days that you heard after the Sox traded Nomar. He says Pedro might do well in the softer National league. Jeff Jacobs says that the Sox were right not to pay Pedro, and that now Martinez can go to the Mets and have the world revolve around him once again. Jacobs asserts that part of the reason for Pedro’s departure is to get from out of the shadow of Curt Schilling. Gerry Callahan (subscription only) writes that by chasing the money to NY, Pedro proves his critics right, gives them ammunition. He has not chance of winning with the Mets, and this move is only about the money.

Lenny Megliola looks at Pedro getting things his way from the Mets, and that he won’t be missed all that much in the Fenway offices and clubhouse. Bill Reynolds says that Pedro leaving to chase the money shouldn’t surprise us one bit. Steve Buckley (subscription only) writes that he is disappointed that Pedro chased the money, and doesn’t think he’ll have success in NY. He will miss him, however, and says that 50 years from now we’ll still be talking about him and his time here. Jon Couture insists that Pedro has earned the goodwill of Red Sox fans as he says farewell to Boston. Art Davidson looks at what made Pedro so great for the Red Sox. Alex Speier says that like Sinatra, Pedro did it his way, and left a remarkable legacy with the Red Sox. Joe Haggerty looks at the end of the Pedro era and what’s next for the Sox. Michael Gee (subscription only) says that Pedro did what was the best for himself…he gets the money, he gets to be the center of attention, and the Mets desperately need him. Gordon Edes says the Red Sox have nothing to show for the time they’ve spent in negotiations with Pedro, but that they do have a plan for what’s next. The Herald looks at Red Sox stars who left the team and how they fared afterwards. David Borges says the Red Sox have a huge void to fill in the rotation now, and looks at Pedro’s time here. Howard Bryant (subscription only) writes that the Red Sox are building a new “team” image, and that stars like Nomar and Pedro don’t necessarily fit with that movement. I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out a very strange post on SoSH, purportedly originating from a staffer at the Providence Journal, (a Journal exec has since said it isn’t from anyone on their staff) commenting on this whole Pedro situation, making allegations that John Henry is a micro-manager, at odds with Larry Lucchino, and many other just plain weird stuff. It reads as if the author were under duress and in fear of being snatched by the KGB.

The news of Pedro’s decision yesterday afternoon left the Internet and airwaves abuzz. Patriots Monday on WEEI was once again hijacked by Red Sox talk, even though the hosts tried to keep it on the Pats. The most popular message boards for Red Sox fans…SoSH, RedSoxNation.net, couldn’t keep up with the traffic and crashed a few times. Even Boston Dirt Dogs was down for a few moments. Speaking of the latter, where is the line drawn? Reputable news site, or “Friars Club Roast” style site? If DD has a story on the site and it’s used by someone else, that person will be hunted down and demands (and threats) will be made to give credit to the site. (Just ask certain people at WEEI…they have the emails to prove it.) Insisting that the site is a news site…after all, Peter Gammons and others make reference to it, and it is owned by Boston.com and by extension the Globe and NY Times. Yet, at the same time, that site can post things like “Payback’s a bitch. And so is Pedro.”, which if ever called on about, the excuse will be given that it’s all in good fun and that’s what the site is all about. How can it be both ways? Would a reputable news organization such as the Globe or Times put something like that in their content? I realize that by writing this, I’m going to be on the receiving end of scathing emails, so in full disclosure, I’m serving notice that any nasty emails that come from that site will be posted here for all to see. So keep ‘em to yourself. By the way, the site is reporting today that Pedro refuses to take the Mets MRI. It also manages to trash Pedro’s ’99 playoff effort against the Indians. Yes, that’s on BOSTONDIRTDOGS.COM…making sure I give the proper credit here…

Jeff Horrigan looks at the Red Sox options now that Pedro and his payroll money are gone. Do they turn to more offense, Edgar Renteria? What veteran pitchers are still out there? Michael Silverman says that a possible Manny Ramirez deal to the Mets hit a snag when Mets GM Omar Minaya all of a sudden asked for more cash than had been discussed, leading to an “angry exchange” between he and Theo Epstein. Heuschkel’s notebook reports that talks with Jason Varitek have “hit a snag.” Boston.com is reporting that Curt Schilling won’t be ready to pitch opening day, due to his ankle surgery. Hohler’s notebook says that the Red Sox have no plans at this time to trade Manny. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the Red Sox selecting Adam Stern in the Rule V draft.

Patriots

Tuesday is grading day, and Kevin Mannix, Michael Parente and Steve Grogan all have their grades for the week. Grogan’s bit was a little more critical than he usually is. Mike Reiss says that the Patriots have work to do, and no one realizes that more than they themselves.

Nick Cafardo gets to write the story he’s been waiting for a long time to pen. Charlie Weis is a head coach somewhere other than New England. The first paragraph tells you all you need to know about Nick and the other writers like him. They want to be entertained. Results are optional. Chris Kennedy says that the Patriot loss is certainly Notre Dame’s gain. George Kimball looks at Weis vowing to bring Notre Dame back to glory. Tom E Curran says that the performance of Weis in dual roles for the rest of the season shouldn’t suffer. Alan Greenberg also looks at the challenge facing Weis and the Patriots for the next couple months. Michael Parente also looks at Weis being twice as busy now. If there is a controversy, Ron Borges is sure to weigh in. He opens his piece by chiding Bill Belichick for not giving a simple yes or not answer to the question whether this situation will be a distraction, yet closes that article by saying:

Can a man do all those jobs as fully as he could only one of them?

Probably not.

Will he be "distracted?"

Perhaps.

Yeah, way to take a stand and answer the question with a Yes or No, Ronnie. By the way, Rodney Harrison was asked if this whole “distraction” thing will be a factor to the Patriots and his answer was:

This past year and a half, there's been so many different ups and downs, and so many different distractions and we've managed to stay focused and I think that's one key of this team, our ability to stay focused and keep our eye on the prize and that's what we're going to continue to do.

In the above article, Borges had also said “distractions” was the most overblown term used around Foxboro (even more than “genius”, he said.) I guess the Ron Artest of the NFL is a liar, too. Rich Thompson has a piece on how Belichick is supportive of his friend Weis’ opportunity. Another Patriots writer emailed me to tells me that Weis was now “dead” to Belichick. I think he was kidding, but who knows. I don’t believe that information to be correct. Kimball also has a subscription column on how Weis plans to juggle both jobs for the time being, and how he owes both of them his best performance.

Bruce Mohl reports on another fan causing waves after having his season tickets revoked after a guest of his was arrested at a game. Curran’s notebook looks at the Dolphins up next, Miami has been playing a little better as of late, though the standings don’t show it. Parente’s notebook has a look at the Patriots pursuit of homefield advantage for the playoffs. Michael Vega’s Patriots notebook has more on how the staff plans to pick up the slack with Charlie Weis holding two jobs.

Somewhere, Bob Lobel is very happy with Pedro Martinez and Charlie Weis…

Celtics
Two words for the Celtics last night Ricky Davis. The Celtics swingman might’ve had a breakthrough performance for the green last night, scoring 34 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter as the Celtics stormed back from being down 12 with six minutes left in the game. The Celtics won in double overtime, 134-127. Paul Pierce had fouled out with a little over three minutes left, having scored 33 points himself. Shira Springer and Steve Bulpett have the details from LA. The Celtics Blog has a more complete account of the action from last night, including the insane officiating. Bulpett’s notebook has Paul Pierce expressing a willingness to change his game if it is needed. Springer’s notebook catches up with former Celtic Chucky Atkins, now in LA with the Lakers.

Kevin Paul Dupont files an update on the NHL lockout.

ESPN has the Wyndham New Orleans Bowl, Southern Mississippi/North Texas at 7:30. ESPN2 has Illinois-Chicago/Duke college hoops at 9:00.

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