The news that Victor Martinez would be signing with the Detroit Tigers set off Red Sox everywhere yesterday, as suddenly they wanted to call into sports radio and vent about the lack of action by Theo Epstein and company this offseason. Both sports radio stations took calls from frustrated fans, many of whom are of the opinion that the Red Sox are not interested in competing or winning in 2011, are too in love with their prospects, and that the ownership is too distracted with their shiny new English soccer team to pay attention to the baseball team.
While I can empathize with the frustrations of fans, part of it reminds me of the cry this Patriots offseason, prior to the draft that “They have no tight ends!!!!” Sometimes you need to wait things out before making a judgement on a club’s decisions. If the Red Sox lose Martinez and Adrian Beltre this offseason (which is expected) but pick up Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, fans might feel different.
Risky Business: Breaking down the Red Sox decision on Victor Martinez – Alex Speier dives into the subject, looking at the team’s decision to gamble on the unproven, disappointing, and injury-prone Jarrod Saltalamacchia as their everyday catcher.
Don’t judge Red Sox on one loss – Gordon Edes says that Epstein is placing the same kind of bet on Saltalamacchia that Dan Duquette made on Jason Varitek.
Turkey Wart – Game Eleven At Detroit – Chris Warner is more thankful than worried…but he’s still worried.
Plenty of Patriots throwbacks on display at Ford Field on Thursday – Glen Farley has a couple of Patriots from the 1990’s on the Lions coaching staff.
Injured players try to kick in – Shalise Manza Young’s notebook has Stephen Gostkowski and Leigh Bodden around to offer moral support to their teammates. The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport and Karen Guregian has Gostkowski expecting to be ready for 2011. The Patriots Journal from Robert Lee has the Patriots focusing on rookie Ndamukong Suh.
Garnett, Shaq tandem provides punch at both ends – A. Sherrod Blakley has the big man duo enjoying being on the same side after so many battles over the years. Mark Murphy has KG comparing Shaq to fresh laundry.
Growth spurt for guard – Julian Benbow has Nate Robinson’s game maturing.
Evaluating the Horton-Wideman deal – Joe Haggerty thinks that both teams won.
Bruins rally around idea of better starts – Stephen Harris has the Bruins looking to dominate games from the opening face off.