Some general Red Sox talk leads us off this morning, and then we’ve got a few Patriots articles as they prepare to hold their passing camp this week. Some basketball, hockey and soccer round out the sports coverage, and there are a couple Tuesday media columns in the mix as well.
With the Red Sox basically off yesterday – playing a the meaningless Hall of Fame exhibition game – there is a mixed bag of articles on the team today. Gordon Edes has an enjoyable piece on the Teammates – Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky and Dom DiMaggio discussing some of their golden memories of the game. Karen Guregian has coverage of Curt in the car and his call in to WEEI yesterday afternoon. She first looks at Schilling’s thoughts on Tony LaRussa’s comments about Edgar Renteria, which have caused a maelstrom of talk on the airwaves, and she has a second, shorter article in which Schilling talked about his recovery and the need for a shoe that will help provide him the balance he needs on the mound. David Heuschkel looks at the struggles of Renteria, talking to Tim Hudson, about the challenges of changing leagues and the adjustments needed in that regard. Bob Halloran says that despite all the “experts” weighing in on the topic, we can’t say for sure what is causing Renteria’s struggles.
Steven Krasner has some details from the exhibition game yesterday, looking at the partly minor league lineup that fell to the Tigers, 6-4. Jeff Horrigan looks at Bronson Arroyo’s suspension coming to an end after tonight’s game. Gerry Callahan (subscription only) says that Kevin Millar is a good teammate for what he tried to do to get the heat off of Renteria, but he can’t stop the boos. Gerry includes the following line
Fair is fair. If Pedro was a greedy, self-centered fool for leaving Boston and all he had built up, what does that make Renteria?
Horrigan has a sidebar noting that Millar’s foot is feeling better, and he expects to be in the lineup tonight. Ron Chimelis says that the Red Sox aren’t concerned over their somewhat cool start, knowing that they will heat up eventually. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the game and home run derby yesterday. Edes’ notebook has more details on the afternoon in Cooperstown.
Karen Guregian has a feature on new Patriots backup QB Doug Flutie and how he is enjoying the chance to be a part of his hometown team once again. Tom E Curran and Michael Felger each have articles on second year tight end Ben Watson, who is eager to get back on the field and produce. Felger has a note in his piece which clarifies when Watson actually suffered his season ended injury last year, the injury occurred in camp, wasn’t bad enough to keep him out of the season opener, but then flared up the week after. Felger also reports on Keith Traylor signing with Miami. Jerome Solomon has a very brief note in the Globe regarding the official signing of Troy Brown by the Patriots. Michael Gee (subscription only) has a column today examining how NFL players make decisions regarding their future, some choose to go where the most money is, others stay where they are happy or where they can win. He say that Tom Brady got the best of both, and will still have a chance to chase the money when this deal runs out.
Peter May looks at Jim O’Brien’s dismissal from his dream job in Philadelphia, a move that didn’t catch anyone familiar with the situation by surprise. Shira Springer looks at an issue front and center in the NBA labor negotiations, the minimum age limit being pushed by David Stern. Jon Couture says that the NBA playoffs have gotten his attention.
Frank Dell’Apa looks at how the Revolution have gotten off to their eight game unbeaten streak despite being unable to practice much of the time outdoors because of the unfavorable weather.
John Molori reports that Eddie Andelman has put in a bid to purchase 1510 the Zone. Molori has many other items in his column, including this paragraph:
Speaking of Andelman, it is clear that he, Ron Borges and Dan Shaughnessy have become the most despised sports media figures in Boston. Is it because Andelman is no longer a huge ratings draw and has helped his family achieve success in media? Is it because Borges has a penchant for criticizing the beloved Patriots? Is it because the ubiquitous Shaughnessy openly speaks his mind? Or, is it because none of these men are in the WEEI-Boston Herald-Fox Sports Net (FSN) loop? To be sure, Andelman, Borges and Shaughnessy have their faults, but being out with the in-crowd is not one of them.
I would disagree with that assessment. The trio is disliked because they have taken purposely antagonistic stands against the common fan solely for the attention that it brings to them. On some levels, they probably do not even believe the bombastic things that they say, which just makes them even more despicable in my eye. Bill Griffith looks at early morning live tennis on ESPN.
NESN has Red Sox/Blue Jays at 7:00. ESPN has Spurs/Suns at 9:00.