Ortiz Speaks Out, Schilling Speaks Up, Santos Wants In

It’s a busy Friday in the Boston sports media world. The Red Sox continued their strong play of late with a 6-5 comeback win over the Marlins at Fenway Park. Rookie Will Middlebrooks was the hero, tying the game with the two-run homer in the eighth inning.

Before the game, David Ortiz spoke out against the media crush this week following the “Toxic Clubhouse” reports.

David Ortiz blasts media – Scott Lauber has Ortiz tired of dealing with the drama.

A big blast from Ortiz – Peter Abraham has Ortiz making a pointed response to the drama.

Ortiz: ‘It’s starting to become the [bleep] hole it used to be’ – Sean McAdam has Bobby Valentine saying that perhaps Ortiz went on the rant to take the attention off his teammates and onto himself.

Some feel that Ortiz should just pipe down and has no right to complain. Ever.

Rich Levine thinks that Ortiz just made matters worse, and that the scrutiny from the media will only increase and gives them “another reason to chalk these guys up as selfish, whiny losers.”

Kirk Minihane says that even if the message Ortiz delivered is the right one, he believes Ortiz was really just expressing anger over his contract, and that invalidates the message. So in other words, Ortiz is a selfish, whiny loser.

David Ortiz’s Rant Against Media In Line With Big Papi’s Character, Team’s Changing Climate – Tom Caron believes that  Ortiz had no agenda, he was just answering questions truthfully.

John Henry happy with Sox’ response – Michael Silverman gets an email interview with the Red Sox owner, who is pleased with all the adversity the club has overcome thus far.

Curt Schilling was a guest on Dennis and Callahan this morning, seeking a safe haven on the airwaves to make his initial public statements on the collapse of his company. He got it.

Schilling on D&C: ‘I’m tapped out’ financially -Jerry Spar has Schilling saying he’s lost all the millions he earned in his playing career.

I lost $50M in failed gaming company – Matt Stout in the Herald has Schilling saying that Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee had an agenda against him.

Gil Santos prepared to answer the call for Patriots – Chad Finn has the legendary Patriots voice making a surprising health comeback and hoping to be back behind the mic for this season.

Terry Francona refuses to dish about Red Sox on mic – Bill Doyle wishes the ex-manager shared more insight on the team during his ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast.

Wimbledon 2012 Makes Jump From NBC To ESPN – My SB Nation media column has John McEnroe sharing an unusual memory from Wimbledon.

Toxic, or Non-Toxic?

Since Buster Olney’s column on Monday describing the Red Sox clubhouse as “Toxic,” there have been many other voices weighing on the state of the team’s chemistry. It’s a topic tailor-made for sports talk radio and television.

As you might expect, there are divergent opinions on the topic.

Debunking more myths when it comes to these ‘toxic’ Red Sox – On Tuesday, Rob Bradford launched an impassioned missive that said that Toxic is too strong a word, that people just don’t like teams that aren’t winning, and even if there are problems, it hasn’t nothing to do with the performance on the field thus far.

Bradford is making a name for himself as something of a Red Sox, and in particular, Josh Beckett apologist. He makes some valid points, and as usual, things are not always as bad as they seem, but it would be nice if he applied this logical, thought-out, reasonable approach to all topics. This is the same guy you recall, who spent the fall just screaming “TYLER PALKO!” for hours on end.

Jerry Remy: I don’t find it toxic at all – This morning on Dennis and Callahan, the NESN analyst painted the Red Sox as the good ship lollipop, noting how tight the players are, though he did say some of Valentine’s methods could cause some tension, such and not letting players know in advance if they have a day off or not. He also thinks Carl Crawford is going to come back and be the Tampa version of Carl Crawford. All is well!

Red Sox a house divided? – Sean McAdam paints a more serious portrait, stating that “emerging details of the 2012 Red Sox reveal the organization to be somewhat dysfunctional at nearly every level, more closely resembling a soap opera than a successful team.” He though, also notes that the players are tight, and that tension is aimed at Bobby Valentine and ownership. He also notes that some players have taken to bringing complaints directly to GM Ben Cherington, which immediately brings to mind the late 1990’s Patriots under Pete Carroll and Bobby Grier.

So where’s the truth? Or does it even matter?

Offensive explosion leads Red Sox to fourth straight win

The Red Sox bats exploded for a season-high 15 runs in Wednesday night’s 15-5 win over the Marlins at Fenway Park. David Ortiz led the attack with a grand slam, his 18th home run of the season. Mike Aviles, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Will Middlebrooks also homered in the win.

Felix Doubront pitched well enough to earn the win going six innings and allowing four runs on eight hits. He picked up his eighth win of the year, which ties Clay Buchholz for the most on the Red Sox staff. The team closes out its three-game series with the Marlins tonight, before welcoming the Braves to town this weekend.

Down in Pawtucket Daniel Bard was called upon to earn his first save of the season, but two wild pitches led to two runs, a blown save and eventually the PawSox falling in 11 innings. Bard hasn’t exactly impressed in Pawtucket, so it remains to be seen when he will return to Boston.

The annual NHL awards well given out Wednesday night. Patrice Bergeron was awarded the Selke Trophy, given to the leagues best defensive forward. Bergeron could have won this award in each of the past few seasons, so it is well deserved.

Here are a few links on this hot and humid morning:

Where would the Red Sox be without David Ortiz?– Rob Bradford has just how valuable David Ortiz has been to the Red Sox the past two seasons.

Grand master Papi keeps producing– Joe McDonald also looks at Ortiz and the impressive numbers he has posted of late.

Red Sox a house divided?– Sean McAdam looks at the state of the Red Sox clubhouse.

Doubront in it for the long haul– Brian MacPherson has how Felix Doubront is motivated and getting results on the field.

Red Sox first-round pick Deven Marrero: ‘This is real now–I get to start my dream’– Alex Speier has the Red Sox top pick signing his contract on Wednesday and will now start to live his dream as a member of the Red Sox organization.