Here’s hoping today is the last day of the 24/7 Pedro Martinez hand wringing and vilification. I’ve moved on already, have felt that way since Tuesday, but since it’s an easy topic to beat to death, people don’t want to let it go. I really have no desire to go through all these Pedro articles today. But…there is one must-read article on Pedro today. Michael Silverman, one of the writers in Boston who Pedro trusts and has had a great relationship with, sat down with the new Mets ace for a lengthy 1-1 interview. Some fascinating tidbits in this piece. Among other things, Pedro claims that Theo Epstein was “arrogant” with his agent in the negotiations. Dan Shaughnessy tries to let Pedro’s words from his press conference yesterday speak for themselves, including another shot at Theo to end the piece. Gerry Callahan (subscription only) compares Pedro’s NY press debut to “Leon” in the Budweiser ads. He asserts that if Pedro thinks he left Boston to escape the negativity, he has no idea what he’s in for in Queens. Jonathan Comey wonders how the Sox could let Pedro get away. John Altavilla, Karen Guregian and Amy K Nelson have coverage and thoughts on Pedro’s move to the Mets. Dom Amore has more on the jabs Pedro took at the Red Sox yesterday. Silverman has another article just covering the press conference and Pedro’s move to the Mets. Jim Donaldson is laughing at everyone who is knocking Pedro for taking the money from the Mets and at the same time embracing Edgar Renteria for taking the Red Sox money and leaving the Cardinals.
Stan Grossfeld has a feature article on Sox prospect Hanley Ramirez. While some feel that the signing of Renteria means Ramirez is now trade bait, it needs to be said again that the kid is only 20 years old. Even if Renteria plays his entire four years with the Sox at shortstop, Ramirez will only be 24 years old at that time. Jeff Horrigan says that Matt Clement is expected to make a decision soon on his future team. Last night, news broke that the Yankees are “close” (my favorite expression) to acquiring Randy Johnson in a three way deal with the Diamondbacks and Dodgers. Gordon Edes and Dom Amore report on the details of the proposed blockbuster. Jim Fennell talks to NH’s Chris Carpenter about his former teammate with the Cardinals, Edgar Renteria. Horrigan’s notebook says the Sox are expected to introduce Renteria at a press conference today. Nick Cafardo’s Red Sox notebook has Kevin Millar issuing a “him or me” statement regarding his claim on firstbase for next year.
Michael Felger says that the Patriots know that they need to get better before the playoffs. Michael Vega has Bill Belichick commenting on the Dolphin defense, a unit that he says “never struggles”. Chris Kennedy writes that the Pats a certainly taking the 2-11 Dolphins seriously. Michael Parente looks at the changes that interim coach Jim Bates has brought to the Miami defense. Michael O’Connor says that playing in Miami is never easy, regardless of the Dolphins record.
Tom E Curran says that after being fooled on a fake field goal last week, the Patriots are going to be on full alert going forward. Alan Greenberg says that because of his playmaking ability, we may see even more of Troy Brown on defense. He makes reference to those who “snickered’ at Brown working with the DB’s in training camp and that you don’t hear from those guys these days. Garry Brown looks at Tom Brady’s success in playing “beat the clock”. Christopher Price wonders if the sack is an overrated statistic in football. Ian M Clark has an interesting look on the life of the practice squad players in the NFL. He talks to members of the Patriots practice squad and what their days and lives are like. Michael O’Connor looks at Christian Furia stepping up in place of the injured Daniel Graham.
Vega’s notebook says that Adam Vinatieri is not dwelling on his only missed field goal of the season, which came against the Dolphins. Felger’s notebook looks at the importance of Daniel Graham in the Patriots running attack. He was out against the Bengals, and Corey Dillon failed to get 100 yards for only the second time in eight games. Curran’s notebook has Jason Taylor calling Tom Brady the best QB in the NFL. Parente’s notebook looks at the progress of Ty Law, who is now listed as “doubtful” for Monday night…actually a step up in status from previous weeks.
Mark Murphy looks at the Celtics trying to stop being their own worst enemies. Six of their losses are by three points or less. He mentions the frustration with the botched coverage on the Nuggets final possession Wednesday night. I haven’t seen in mentioned in print anywhere, but I’m told that Butch Sterns reported that Paul Pierce and Ricky Davis had to be separated from each other in the runway following the game, they were yelling at each other and became entangled. Marvin Pave also looks at the Celtics efforts to improve in close games. Murphy’s notebook examines Doc Rivers’ use of smaller lineups.
David Scott submits a Friday edition of Scott’s Shots, where he fires away at Kobe, The Globie and even Rick Robey. Okay, not Robey. Bill Griffith looks at the effect of the NHL lockout on announcers. Andy Neff has a review of “Faith Rewarded”. The New Hampshire has an article on UNH alum Jackie MacMullan.
FSN has Celtics/Jazz at 7:30. ESPN has Nuggets/Heat at 8:00 and SuperSonics/Suns at 10:30.