Spring Training hasn’t even begun yet, (though the truck did leave yesterday) and already Red Sox oriented stories dominate the sports pages today. The enthusiasm for the season hasn’t yet hit the sports radio airwaves, where there is still plenty of football talk going on.
Truck day is entirely a media creation, pumped up and hyped by outlets such as NESN and Boston.com, and while I grasp the symbolism of that truck beginning a journey that will lead us out of winter, into spring and summer, and hopefully deep into the fall, it’s still wildly overhyped. What I find amusing is the latest trend of those in the media – the group that created the holiday of “truck day” – now turning on it and calling it stupid and insipid.
Listening to 98.5 yesterday afternoon, I was struck at how while Michael Felger has consistently killed the Patriots for allowing their players (Wilfork, Mankins, Brady, etc) to enter the final year of their deals, and to even hit free agency, his take on the Bruins is exactly the opposite. He criticized the Bruins for signing up players early, such Zdeno Chara, wondering why they couldn’t wait another year to see if they’re worth a new deal, and then if they need to outbid other teams on the free agent market they can do it then. He’s critical for the Bruins signing players early when they’re only bidding against themselves, whereas he is critical of the Patriots for not signing players early, saying they would save themselves money if they would only do so.
This morning Patriots Safety Pat Chung did a good deed by reading to Elementary school students in Taunton. Mike Reiss Tweets: [blackbirdpie id="35352657140916224"]
It seems a little a disingenuous to me that those media people are not there to report on his working with the kids, (in my opinion) but instead for the opportuity to question him again about the fake punt in the Jets game. Would there be the same crowd if it was James Sanders, or Tully Banta-Cain reading to the kids? It turns my stomach a little bit.
Now finally, a few links.
Ex-hurler focusing on saves - Leading off with Shaughnessy? Well, this one of the few times he’s not in his usual formulaic mode, and instead tells a human interest story of former Sox reliever John Trautwein dealing with the suicide of his 15 year old son.
Managing the Red Sox’ situation - John Tomase offers some suggestions to Terry Francona on how to handle spring training.
Game of his life - Amalie Benjamin has a feature on new Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
Saltalamacchia says yips are gone - I cringed at the headline of an otherwise very good article by Gordon Edes. (The catcher actually got help from a website called YipsBeGone.com)
Spelling relief: A closer look at the Red Sox’ crowded competition for bullpen roles - Alex Speier thoroughly profiles the candidates for the Red Sox bullpen. Peter Abraham looks at one of the candidates, Andrew Miller.
LaMarr Woodley Comparable to Adalius Thomas, Unlikely to Land in Foxboro and 18 Other Patriots Thoughts - Jeff Howe cranks out 20 thoughts on the Patriots.
Celtics-Lakers is a special rivalry again - Jim Fenton looks at the renewed hatred between the franchises.
Avery Bradley gets some needed prepping - Mark Murphy has the rookie guard back with the team after a stint on the developmental league.
Celtics may finally need reinforcements - Chris Forsberg has the Celtics getting tired of all the injuries.