Scott Lauber To Join Boston Herald

Haven’t gotten official confirmation on this, It’s official. Scott Glauber will be joining the Boston Herald to cover the Red Sox sometime in the middle of March.

Ian Rapoport of the Herald posted this on Twitter earlier this afternoon:

Congratulations to @ScottLauber, who has joined the Boston Herald’s Red Sox reporting crew. Welcome to the party…

Scott Lauber currently covers the Philadelphia Phillies for The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware.

The quick bio on The News Journal website reads as follows:

Scott Lauber is starting his fifth season on the Phillies beat for The News Journal. A native of New Jersey and a graduate of Boston University, he previously wrote for the Concord (N.H.) Monitor and the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, N.Y., where he covered Jose Reyes, Jason Bay and David Wright when they were minor leaguers in the New York Mets’ farm system. He also co-authored a book, “Phillies Confidential: The Untold Inside Story of the 2008 Championship Season,” with former Phillies outfielder Gary Matthews.

As a Boston University senior in 1997-98, Lauber covered high school and college sports for the Herald.

Update: Michael Silverman has also welcomed Lauber:

Big welcome/follow to @ScottLauber, who will be joining Herald’s baseball staff soon. Smart guy, already changed his Twitter avatar

Week Log: Of Public ‘Thanks’ And Public ‘Sorry’s

Driven by an intense Olympics spirit, we headed north last weekend for some skiing on the final days of school vacation. For my seven year-old, it was his fifth outing – all with me, all in the last 12 months – and, although I was initially cool to the realization, there was no more denying that the child had now become father to the man. I could no longer keep up with him and worse, I had to rely on others further down the slope to look out for his welfare until I got down. Gotta let him fly and take comfort in gold medalists Sean White and Maine’s own Seth Wescott, who thanked their familes for their success. As Snow Zone observes, nothing is better than having them say, “Thanks, Dad, for teaching me how to ski!”

Winter Olympics

More from the slopes, where Bode Miller says the energy he felt on a crazy Sunday are what the Olympics are all about, as he hammered the downhill and absolutely charged it in the slaloms en route to a cool gold in the men’s super-combined. In the women’s giant slaloms, Fourth Place Medal has Lindsey Vonn’s wipeout ruining things . . . for Julia Mancuso and the two skiers’ already frosty relationship. Jessica Isner has Vonn acknowledging she probably peed off Mancuso.

In the rink, Blog Of Ice says even the empty-net goal sealing Team USA’s 5-3 win over Canada on Sunday was great. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman didn’t seem to enjoy things, but don’t buy his Debbie Downer act as Joe Haggerty theorizes he’s positioning future Olympics participation as a League concession in the next CBA. The win, of course, was inspired by Josh Sacco’s Herb Brooks speech, but Bingo Bar Blog suspects the five year-old may be half of a father-son ventriloquist act. Postcards From Vancouver has a raucous Canadian crowd extracting revenge against the U.S. in curling.

In the men’s medal round, both Teams USA and Canada drew a step closer to a gold showdown yesterday. Olympic Hockey Blog has Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller complicating the task for Team USA, while Out Of Bounds has the Swiss getting even in a cheese fondue pong match. Puck Daddy calls out our beloved Mike Milbury as an American Don Cherry after he Eurotrashes Team Russia in the wake of their 7-3 drubbing by Canada, who will now take Zdeno Chara & Co. Rink Rap has the beat-up B’s defenseman turning the corner after Slovakia’s win over Sweden last night. BlogsNH disses the Canadian propensity for falling all over themselves, but will still be very disappointed if Team Canada does not take hockey gold. If they don’t, they could always mint themselves a platinum, as The Dish Rag has Evgeni Plushenko doing after losing to Evan Lysacek in men’s figre skating. And it was another New Englander medaling yeasterday, as Olympics Blog has Connecticut’s Erin Pak getting bronze in women’s bobsled.

Are you a Peacock Puppet? You may be, suggests The Sporting Blog, as NBC has been using us like lab rats to help generate evening viewership.

Celtics

Make it four wins in five post All-Star games for the C’s. Celtics Stuff Live sees the remaining games as a fork in the road, and they’ve extensively analyzed the harder path.

It was Defenseless in Denver on Sunday, as Celtics Central observes that top teams feel confident in beating Boston even when the C’s play well over stretches. ESPN Boston Celtics Blog has the D finally showing up late in Tuesday night’s Knicks game. Celtic Dynasty doesn’t care about the defensive no-show on Tuesday, because a win is a win.

CelticsBlog found it bittersweet watching new Knick Bill Walker skying for his first dunk against the C’s. Tuesday’s game was also the Big Three’s first at TD Garden since the trade deadline, and Green Street has Ray Allen taking the court as nonchalantly as he left it before the deadline. North Station Sports did not expect the Big Three to return intact after their last performance at TD before the All-Star break. Evans Clinchy has Allen taking his game to another level since the deadline passed.

And ProBasketballTalk has Brian Scalabrine paying up after losing his bet with 98.5 The Sports Hub‘s Toucher & Rich.

Red Sox

ESPN Boston Red Sox Blog has less practical joking and more hands-on for John Lackey this spring.

One If By Land laments Boof Bonser’s plight in a bullpen where long relievers are persona non grata. Clearing The Bases braced for an onslaught after suggesting Clay Buchholz would be bullpen-bound, but it never came. Fenway Nation calls Daisuke Matsuzaka the linchpin to Theo’s pitching-and-defense mantra.

Utility Lou has Victor Martinez seeing himself first and foremost as a catcher, which makes his free agency value considerably higher than his runners-caught-stealing percentages. The good news is that, as long as Victor is in Boston, he won’t have to worry about the base-stealing of Jacoby Ellsbury, whom Nuggetpalooza cites as the second-biggest kleptomaniac in the AL last year. Boston Dirt Dogs has David Ortiz in search of some protection. Hang in there Papi, because HardballTalk has Adrian Gonzalez not about to give the Padres any hometown discounts. In the meantime, Michael Hurley has Dustin Pedroia willing to pitch in.

Boston Sports Then & Now looks back on baseball’s last triple crown season.

Odds & Sods

. . . an unstructured wandering through the Boston sports world.

Hey, they’re held for hockey, rowing, and even cycling, so Thoughts From Press Row asks, why not a Beanpot for men’s basketball?

Wth six straight starts before the Olympic break, ESPN Boston Bruins Blog says Tuukka Rask’s time is at hand.

Given the damage that a hockey rink has caused to re-sodding efforts, CSNNE’s Boston Red Sox says the jury is still out on the future of pucks at Fenway Park.

In the aftermath of the infamous Tiger Woods presser, Jerry Thornton tells baseball to move over because public apologies are the new National Pastime. Not even MMA is immune to the fad, as old friend Josh Nason from the now defunct Small White Ball brings us Frank Mir’s sincerest act on MMA Madness.

Masshole Sports finds it mind-blowing that #21 is officially being unofficially retired on Yawkey Way, while Blaug offers the Kraft family 30 reasons why Mosi Tatupu’s #30 should be retired. Rest in peace, Mosi.

In another public apology, we took a week off from B’s blogs as – well, they’re not playing and there’s not much on the trade front. The action should pick up again next week, which is when we’ll next talk. In the meantime, I’m available on Twitter and on Facebook.

Mosi Remembered, Cavs in Town

The passing of former Patriots fullback Mosi Tatupu touched many people yesterday, and that is reflected in the selected links below.

Beloved Mosi Tatupu left indelible imprint – Today is Ron Borges at his best, paying tribute to a player from another generation.

Tatupu earned a special place in hearts of Patriots fans – Jim Donaldson also has a fine tribute to Tatupu.

Passing of Mosi Tatupu a chance to catch up with retired Patriots reporter Carlo Imelio – Scott Cohen talks to the former “dean” of pro football writers in New England about the passing of Tatupu.

Tatupu connected with fans, teammates – Mike Reiss talks to another legendary Patriots writer, Ron Hobson, formerly of the Quincy Patriot Ledger about his memories of the fullback.

Pats’ philosophy: Spread the wealth – Tom E. Curran dispels the notion that the Patriots are “Cheap” and “don’t pay” their players.

Cavs pose threat to Celtics – Jim Fenton notes that much has changed since the Celtics opening night win over the Cavs.

Kendrick Perkins has big task – Mark Murphy has the Celtics center getting ready to face Shaq tonight.

Pestered by flu bug – Frank Dell’Apa’s notebook has Marquis Daniels and Paul Pierce questionable for tonight.

With Sox’ success comes higher expectations – Daniel Barbarisi has John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino talking about the success they’ve had since taking over the Red Sox.

Shoulder got to be a grind – Amalie Benjamin has J.D. Drew talking about his offseason shoulder surgery, and how the injury impacted him at the end of last season. (And as BSMW reader Kevin pointed out, Congrats to Benjamin for writing the first “J.D. Drew is going to be REALLY healthy this year” column of the spring.)

Also check out Chris Warner’s Q&A With Utah DE Koa Misi over on Patriots Daily.

The Seahawks franchise their kicker? Why do all these teams violate the spirit of the franchise tag so egregiously?

I heard a sports radio host yesterday declare that he was “very very disappointed” in the David Patten signing by the Patriots. He called it a “real reach” for the team.

Does this person really think that Patten is being counted on to be a major contributor next season? I wouldn’t be shocked if he doesn’t even make the team. He’s here to participate in offseason workouts, mentor young receivers like Julian Edelman, Brandon Tate and Isaiah Stanback. He gets the benefit of the NFL facilities, and can go to camp with the team. If he doesn’t make the team, he’ll at least likely play in the preseason and get his name out there as perhaps a guy who can still play.

The Patriots will still be looking to upgrade the receiver position this offseason, either by free agency, draft or trade.