Not exactly MMQB style, but some thoughts from the weekend:
1) Great to get KG signed up. (The Herald‘s Steve Bulpett broke the story first on Saturday morning.) This morning I heard both mid-day shows talking about negativity regarding the deal – are they making this up? The guy will finish his career here, at a very friendly cap number, and can still play. There are no negatives here. If he feels he’s done before the three years are up, he’ll retire.
2) Tim Wakefield made his NESN debut as a studio analyst over the weekend. Bringing in a guy so closely removed from the end of his playing days is a double-edged sword. He’s beloved by the fans will be an attraction for NESN, but will be able to offer critical analysis of guys he was playing with so recently?
3) The return of Ray Allen is still very much up in the air. I think it might be time to move on for both parties, but I’m OK if they bring him back too. Part of me thinks that Danny Ainge saying how much they want Ray back and even having the numbers floated out there to show they’re offering more than Miami or Memphis can is just so that if Ray chooses to go to Miami, it will clearly be his own choice and the public will see that.
4) Minor annoyance – listening to sports flashes over the weekend, kept hearing update guys saying that “the Celtics are willing to double any offer Miami extends to Ray Allen.” Well, there’s really only ONE offer Miami can make, and it’s for $3 million. Numbers floated that the Celtics would offer $6 million. The “double any offer” is a little misleading.
5) Is Gary Tanguay feeling unloved and unnoticed lately? The stuff he just keeps saying – in all mediums, radio, TV and Twitter is mind-blowingly insane. It’s like he and Dwight Howard are having a competition or something.
6) Hey, did you know that we’re coming up on “Anti-’Boston Sports Media’ Sign” Weekend At Fenway this weekend when the Red Sox play the Yankees? Me either.
7) I’ve never understood why reporters feel the need to tell us when a player declines to speak with the media. Over the weekend it happened again with Josh Beckett in Seattle. From this chair, Beckett is much better off not speaking with the media, because when he does, he usually gets himself in trouble, either with his generous use of expletives or his defiant attitude. He gets criticized by the media when he does talk to them, and they complain when he doesn’t talk to them.
8) New England (Lewiston, ME) native – and huge Celtics fan - Erin Andrews is on the move, leaving ESPN and joining Fox Sports over the weekend.
9) Heard a voice I have not heard in some time over the weekend – Butch Stearns on WEEI. Perhaps he’s been on their regularly and I just haven’t caught him. With Dan Duquette finally acquiring Jim Thome over the weekend, I was reminded of a decade ago when Stearns proudly proclaimed on FOX 25 that Thome to the Red Sox was a “done deal.”
10) I like having Pete Sheppard back on WEEI. With Sheppard and Dale Arnold taking more and more shifts lately, it’s like old home days at WEEI.