To start things off this Tuesday morning, David Scott is calling it quits over at Scott’s Shots. I’d like to thank David, who has been here at BSMW almost from the beginning, and who certainly brought a lot of eyeballs over to the site with some of his posts and commentary on the local media happenings. He’s fleshing out details of a new gig, which he’s not ready to fully announce just yet, but he’s going to be missed here.
Bob Ryan says that we should all agree that Daisuke Matsuzaka has not been worth $102 million. He will not argue this. Michael Silverman says that the Red Sox need Dice-K to get on a shoulder program. Ron Chimelis says that Matsuzaka is willing to listen to the Red Sox for advice on his shoulder.
Amalie Benjamin looks at John Smoltz set to enter a Brave new world with the Red Sox. Dom Amore says that a competitive spirit has kept Smoltz going. Lenny Megliola says that Smoltz’s debut on Thursday will be must-see TV.
Bill Burt thinks that Brad Penny has found a home in Boston, and rather than looking to trade him, perhaps Theo Epstein should be offering him an extension. Daniel Barbarisi looks at several promising catchers in the Red Sox organization. Mike Fine says that Jason Bay has been easy to manage for Terry Francona. Adam Smartschan looks at whether Nick Green’s homer on Sunday was the best of the year for the Red Sox.
Adam Kilgore has a look at the next team up on the Red Sox schedule, the hapless Washington Nationals, who are flirting with the 1962 New York Mets modern day record for worst record. Brian MacPherson has a great opportunity facing the Red Sox as they prepare to face three teams with losing records on this trip.
Nick Cafardo has Donald Fehr retiring as executive director of the baseball players union. Steve Buckley says that Fehr’s legacy will face scrutiny. Bob Halloran is tired of people avoiding the phrase “no-hitter” while one is in progress.
Benjamin’s notebook has David Ortiz finally starting to look like his old self. Silverman’s notebook says that Dice-K’s star hasn’t dimmed in Japan, where they view the WBC as more important that MLB and the Red Sox.
Michael Whitmer has Lucas Glover taking home the U.S. Open title. Ron Borges has Phil Mickelson coming up short, but aware of what truly matters. Whitmer says that Mickelson will now shift focus to his wife and her cancer treatment. Borges has David Duval getting back into the game.
Jim Fenton says that the Rajon Rondo trade rumors are absurd.
Jeff Howe reports that it appears that Boston College will play in the winter classic at Fenway Park as part of a doubleheader with the Bruins.
Michael Felger has five assorted thoughts on the Boston sports scene.