Still many articles and much talk out there regarding Pedro Martinez, but also many saying hello to new Sox pitcher David Wells. Jeff Horrigan looks at the lefty, who just may be in line to start opening day for the Sox. In Yankee Stadium. Peter May covered the Fenway press conference for Wells yesterday and has how the former Yankee ended up with the Red Sox. Art Martone says that Wells is confident he can make Fenway into a comfortable home for himself. Lenny Megliola looks at Wells as a guy who has been many places in the Major Leagues, and might’ve just made his final stop here in Boston. Garry Brown, David Borges and Alex Speier all assert that challenges are what appeal to Wells, and coming here to perform at Fenway for the Red Sox is about as big a challenge as there is for Wells. Michael Gee (subscription only) also has a look at Wells, who he describes as a mercenary, and still good at what he does.
Bob Ryan weighs in on the departure of Pedro, noting that baseball players have always been concerned about the money. He goes over the years that Pedro had here, noting that as time went on, the pitcher seemed to change, both in skills and personality…downhill in both. Sean McAdam puts forth the theory that Pedro felt insecure with Curt Schilling around and didn’t like that he wasn’t the big man on campus anymore. In short, Pedro was jealous of Schilling and wanted to leave so he could be number one somewhere else, even if that was a hellhole like Shea Stadium. Peter Gammons comes down pretty hard on Pedro’s chase of the money. John Tomase writes that the end of the Pedro era in Boston is just fine with the Red Sox, who had grown weary of Pedro’s act. Bob Halloran says that going to the National League was a good move for Pedro the pitcher, but that he chose to go there for the wrong reasons. Steve Buckley (subscription only) writes that Red Sox fans trust Theo and his braintrust more than they trust Pedro’s shoulder.
David Heuschkel reports that concerns over Pedro’s shoulder held the Red Sox back from offering him more than a three year deal. In fact, some within the organization felt that three years was too much. Michael Silverman reports that Pedro feels that the Red Sox dragged their feet with the negotiations and that if they had made the offer that turned out to be their final one back during the exclusive two-week period following the World Series, he would’ve signed it. Jeff Horrigan has reaction from David Well and Trot Nixon about Pedro’s decision. Silverman also puts to bed the “false rumor” that Pedro was refusing to submit to an MRI exam on his shoulder. May’s notebook has Larry Lucchino saying that he feels Pedro made a bad decision leaving the Red Sox. Jim Donaldson tries to write about both Pedro and Charlie Weis leaving in one column.
Bob Hohler reports that Edgar Renteria is expected to make his decision today on whether to join the Red Sox or return to the Cardinals. I honestly will be very surprised if he comes here. Tony Massarotti and David Heuschkel look at the news that Curt Schilling will likely be unable to start the regular season with the Red Sox due to his ankle. The Projo also has a brief report on this. Dan Shaughnessy looks at former Red Sox and Celtics player Gene Conley, who has a book out on his life and career: “One of a Kind”. Horrigan’s notebook says the Sox are optimistic on signing Jason Varitek, though it isn’t likely to happen anytime soon. He also has word that Jose Rijo advised Pedro not to sign with the Mets and to return to Boston.
Scott A Benson gives us this week’s look at the playoff picture. Michael Felger’s Patriots Insider looks at Rodney Harrison’s chances at making the Pro Bowl, has some on how the Patriots will deal with Charlie Weis’ splitting time, and some injury updates. Mike Reiss has more on the new deal for Rodney Bailey. Michael Vega looks at the two way play of Troy Brown. Chris Kennedy looks at pitfalls the Patriots need to avoid. Christopher Price says that the play of the Patriots defense on Sunday raised some red flags. Hector Longo writes that the Patriots will manage just fine without Charlie Weis. Michael Parente agrees that it will be no distraction. John Altavilla has an extensive piece on former UMass football coach Mark Whipple, who is now the QB coach for Ben Roethlisberger. Jonathan Comey has his NFL Power Rankings.
Just a quick note of clarification…I mentioned yesterday afternoon that no one had covered the seeming discrepancy in Charlie Weis’ comments about the motivation for his surgery…Tom Curran had given them a brief mention in his notebook yesterday. He didn’t go into much depth, or make a big deal about it, but he did make mention of it.
Steve Bulpett examines whether the Celtics turned a corner on their West coast road trip. Shira Springer looks at the “special” ending to the road trip. Bulpett’s notebook has random thoughts and notes from out West.
Check out the BSMW Reader page for a review of Phil Jackson’s book, “The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul.”
WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan got mentioned by Alicia Mundy (registration required) in the Washington Post for comments made about Superior Judge Ernest B. Murphy, who is suing the Herald and four of its writers.
Meanwhile, on WEEI-AM, Herald sports columnist Gerry Callahan, co-host of "Dennis & Callahan," began referring to Murphy as "Easy Ernie" on the popular morning radio show, Murphy's lawyers said. Callahan has not returned phone calls seeking comment.
FSN has Celtics/Nuggets at 7:00. ESPN has Pistons/Knicks at 8:00 and Kings/Jazz at 10:30. ESPN2 has Depaul/Northwestern college hoops at 9:00