Eddie Speaks Out on WEEI

This afternoon around 1:45, Eddie Andelman had some harsh words and promises (threats?) for WEEI. There was a few other interesting items on the show as well:

(Caller tells Andelman that the station down the dial is making fun of the Hot Dog Safari)

EA: No, I heard it, they called it a matzo ball thing, which I

Reed it and weep, folks

A tough loss in Toronto leads off the links today, followed by several stories on the return of Troy Brown to the Patriots. Dan Shaughnessy has an interesting high school tennis article, and another paper decides to go the subscription route to irrelevance.

In a back and forth game, the home team usually has the advantage, if for no other reason than they have “last ups”. The Toronto Blue Jays took advantage of this last night, and beat the Red Sox 9-6 on a three run walkoff homer from Reed Johnson, his second home run of the game. Michael Silverman looks at the Red Sox usually trusty duo of relievers Mike Timlin and Alan Embree faltering last night. The headline of Chris Snow’s piece on the game sums things up pretty well. “Reed and weep”. Steven Krasner writes that the Blue Jays took advantage of every mistake made by the Red Sox pitching staff. David Heuschkel examines Francona’s choice of pitchers in the later innings. David Borges looks at Johnson breaking scoreless streaks for both Embree and Timlin.

Nick Cafardo looks at Edgar Renteria, who went 2-4 with a triple and some nice plays in the field last night. The shortstop still would rather have gotten a win, and speaks about his start here in Boston and the support he has received. You’ve heard a lot about the rough treatment that Renteria has been receiving here, but when you stop to consider it, it’s really all just one place that has been really critical of him, and that is WEEI. The fans were a little tough on him over the weekend, but it’s mostly been the airwaves of 850 AM that have stirred the most criticism of him. Well, that station and one Boston.com blog which mysteriously yanked all criticism and mocking of Renteria after Curt Schilling spoke out on the matter. Tony Massarotti looks at the struggles that the Red Sox righthanded hitters have had against lefties this year and points to that as a big reason for the struggles of the team. Mike Fine lists out six concerns with the Red Sox despite their being close to the top of the standings. Cafardo looks at the Red Sox starting pitching depth and how that is going to be critical to the team’s success, even moreso than their hitting. Massarotti also tries to stir up a little controversy by suggesting that Terry Francona was responding to and criticizing comments made by Larry Lucchino on the topic of David Wells ‘ start last week in Oakland. He’s also got a sidebar on Wells’ performance from last night.

Krasner’s notebook looks at Bill Mueller getting knocked off his feet with a pitch last night, an incident that caused him to leave the game. Silverman’s notebook also has some on Mueller. Borges’ notebook looks at Bronson Arroyo returning to the mound tonight after eight days and six games off. Heuschkel’s notebook revisits Curt Schilling’s comments on Tony LaRussa. Snow’s notebook has Alan Embree not using a jaw infection as an excuse for his outing last night.

Troy Brown is officially returning to the Patriots and we’ve got no less than seven articles on the topic this morning. Jerome Solomon writes that Brown’s six year old son helped him make the decision to turn down the Saints and return to the Patriots. That proves to be a common theme throughout the articles this morning. Michael Felger says we can “chalk it up to another Patriots player choosing love over money.” Mike Reiss says that Brown initially wanted to chase the money elsewhere, but voices told him to return to where his heart was. Tom E Curran has Brown giving psychoanalysis on Coach Belichick, saying “People may say he’s not attached to players, but I think, somewhere deep down inside him, he is. He just doesn’t know how to show it.” Michael Parente and Christopher Price also have pieces on the return of Brown, both using the child’s plea for the Patriots as their angle. Felger has an additional report in which he says that Brown’s marketing relationship with TC Banknorth was a factor in his return and because of it, Brown will make up for the money he left on the table with the Saints.

Peter May looks at Pistons coach Larry Brown’s health problems and what they mean for his future. Howard Bryant (subscription only) looks at how the Celtics game seven loss to the Pacers is still burning Wyc Grousbeck, mostly because there could’ve been so much more this team could’ve accomplished.

Dan Shaughnessy has a column today looking at a controversial decision in a state sectional final tennis match in which a player who was leading the match was ruled disqualified because he didn’t have a coach in attendance. The opposing player, a fierce rival pointed out the situation, and was declared the winner. An interesting story, and there’s an Aesop’s Fable lesson in there somewhere. Speaking of tennis, Bud Collins writes about Andre Agassi bowing out in the first round of the French Open.

Jonathan Comey attempts to put some order in the world of sports, coming up with a number of lists.

Ron Borges has his Wednesday boxing notes.

A notice on the Lawrence Eagle Tribune homepage informs us that as of June 1st, they’re going to be converting to a paid format, where you will need to purchase a subscription in order to view their articles.

NESN has Red Sox/Blue Jays at 7:00. ESPN has Astros/Cubs at 7:00. TNT has Pistons/Heat at 8:00. ESPN2 has Dodgers/Giants at 10:00.

Hall Of Fame Game

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.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Steve Conroy report on the Providence Bruins playoff match with the Philadelphia Phantoms last night which the Baby B’s won in OT.

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.