(Morning Links provided by David Vidinha. Dave can be reached here)
The last man to do it in a Red Sox uniform was Nomar Garciaparra. The year was 1997 and the future outlook for Nomar was endless, now ten years later the Red Sox mighty mouse second baseman Dustin Pedroia has won the AL Rookie of the Year award. Dustin who finished the season playing with a broken hammate bone in his left hand won the award by a large margin grabbing 24 of 28 first place votes. Amalie Benjamin has coverage from the press conference Pedroia held yesterday. Tony Massarotti has manager Terry Francona claiming he had no clue that he was looking at the future Rookie of the Year when Pedroia was playing behind Alex Cora in early April. Michael Silverman says that Pedroia’s determination to prove his nay-sayers wrong reminds him a little bit of Pedro Martinez.
The Red Sox exclusive rights to negotiate with Mike Lowell have ended, meaning that any team interested in Lowell’s services can offer him a contract. The Red Sox remain steadfast with their three-year offer, estimated at $40 million. Sean McAdam tells us that even though the Red Sox have lost exclusive rights to speak with Lowell, this does not mean that they are no longer interested. Michael Silverman has a less optimistic outlook on the Lowell negotiations. Within this report about Mike Lowell, Nick Cafardo discusses some of the possible ramifications of the Mitchell Report. While MLB officially announced that no more than 11 of the 153 free agents will be in the report (7%), the possibility of signing a free agent who will be suspended in their first year does still exist.
Somebody with money to burn paid $9,000 to eat with Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Sticking with the charity theme, Gillete is giving Kevin Youkilis $5,000 to give up his goatee, with the proceeds going to his newly formed charity, Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids.
Over in Yankee-Land, Jorge Posada signed a four-year, $52.4 million dollar deal to remain in pinstripes for the remainder of his career. Mike “Dropi Papi” Vaccaro says that with the return of Posada, the heart of the Yankees still beats.
“Tommy says Randy is a brilliant football player with a brilliant football mind. There’s kind of a sympatico between them that transcends time”
Tom Brady Sr. discusses the season his son is enjoying with all of his new toys.
Karen Guregian has Richard Seymour working hard to regain his conditioning and return to being one of the league’s most dominant defensive forces. Christopher Gasper has wideout Chad Jackson returning to practice and looking for a spot on the depth chart. What a difference a year makes, last year Chad Jackson was the guy that offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels would send down the sideline on a go-route only to have Jackson come up short. This year the Pats have numerous down-field weapons and Jackson will beg to find a spot. Making things a little more difficult for Chad is that there was another new Patriot wideout at practice yesterday. With the Colts feeling a little down in the dumps, John Tomase says that the Patriots know exactly how the Colts feel.
Within the Herald’s notebook we learn that the Bills outstanding rookie running back Marshawn Lynch is nursing a sprained ankle. Patriots offensive lineman Wesley Britt received some amazing off the field news. In the ProJo’s notebook Bill Belichick discusses the reasoning behind giving the team a full week off.
When you’re trying to figure out just how dominant the Patriots have been this year, there’s only one true source to look to,…….Vegas.
For all the rest of your Patriots coverage check out the Patriots Daily page.
Celtics swingman James Posey was back at practice after suffering a herniated lumbar disc. Mark Murphy says that James is not out of the woods just yet. After spending the night at New England Baptist Hospital with a concussion, Brian Scalabrine will be available tonight against Indy.
That’s all for now. I’ll be back this afternoon with a preview of the C’s matchup and the “Around the Web” links.