The Yankees Are Coming! (Is Anyone Excited?)

The Red Sox return to Fenway Park after a dreadful road trip to finish out the first half of the season with a four game series with the AL East-leading New York Yankees. Boston currently sits 7.5 games behind the Yankees.

Red Sox need to get well soon – Gordon Edes says that the Red Sox need to round into form quickly.

Dustin Pedroia down, out – Scott Lauber’s notebook has the Sox preparing to play this series without their sparkplug, who appears headed to the DL.

He’s working for tips – Alex Prewitt’s Minor League Notebook has Jackie Bradley Jr getting some tips from Carl Crawford during his rehab stint in AA Portland.

Buchholz’s esophagitis a common problem – Wait, what? I thought it could only be caused by the fact that Buchholz was an out-of-control binge drinker…at least that’s what sports radio told me…

Forget a raise, what about a pay cut? Why David Ortiz and the Red Sox could confront a challenging negotiation – Alex Speier looks at why Ortiz still may not get what he wants, despite how good a season he has this year.

Ortiz complained about the media coverage in Boston recently, but there is no faster way to generate anger on sports radio than to be a professional athlete whining about being humiliated with a $14.575 million dollar contract for 2012.

Brandon Bass in mix, agrees to three-year deal – Steve Bulpett was first with the news yesterday that the Celtics had worked out a new deal with the power forward. Jessica Camerato talked to Bass about staying in Boston.

Ray Allen makes Heat wave – Bulpett also had reported that the Celtics were a hard push on Allen, attempting to meet his concerns by offering a no-trade clause or trade kicker into his contract.

Most media seem to think Allen is gone, A Miami TV station even reported Allen had signed with the Heat, but it turned out they were fooled by a fake Twitter account. This was the same station which jumped the gun on Derrick Rose’s torn ACL, reporting it, and then retracting it. In that case, they were lucky it turned out to be true.

Media Roundup: Erin Andrews Moves On From ESPN To FOX Sports – My SB Nation Boston Media Column looks at Andrews’ career shift. I didn’t go quite in the same direction as Tom Hoffarth, who wrote perhaps the most scathing and critical column on Andrews you’re ever likely to read.

  • latetodinner

    I have been listening to the Ortiz contract saga for several days now and I am absolutely amazed at the ability of the local media to take a seemingly simple (albeit highly personal thing for Ortiz) and completely misunderstand it.

    Ortiz problem is that he wants to get paid for past performance. The Sox, want to pay him for future production. Ortiz, at least publicly seems to have selected memory when it comes to recalling the facts of his last few contract negotiations and what options he had. Further he seems preoccupied with money spent on free agents, not realizing the Sox have made him the highest paid player at his position in the league for several years now.

    Its easy to see both sides of the question. Non other than Kirk Minihane did probably the best job (either echoing or echoed by Rob Bradford) defining both sides. What is mystifying is why Ortiz seems so intent to shoot his way out of town? But with each outburst he makes fans think he is yet another spoiled pampered athlete who has no clue how the real world works.

    I thought the Sox made a huge mistake bringing him back for $14 mill when he would not have gotten any more than $8 mill on the open market. Now he is claiming disrespect. Perhaps they should not offer him another contract because it is not like they are winning with all of his great hitting now…they can lose without it just as easily.

    • Rick Mc

      Good points, Len.

  • Wilfred

    Let’s hope the Sox get swept or lose 3 of 4. Hopefully that’ll finally be enough to sink in the fact that this team is not going to challenge for any championship and enable Cherington to start removing more of the old pieces.

    • DrakeW

      I don’t think they’ll be moving anyone. The way this FO operates, they’ll be thinking that they’re “acquiring” Ellsbury, Crawford and Bailey at the deadline.

  • Winning_Again

    Yay! Be prepared for 4 games that will likely last a combined 20 hours of baseball between the Sawx/Yanks! Who knows, when it is all said and done, there could be a full day’s worth of baseball played between the two teams. These game always go much too long, and the venom of the rivalry has disappeared. Maybe Bobby V can get something going as he seems to enjoy ruffling feathers (at least with his own players).

  • bsmfan

    On the Erin Andrews news above, Ed Sherman followed up with
    Tom Hoffarth and posted some other reactions: http://www.shermanreport.com/?p=3259

  • bsmfan

    Just broke:

    @WojYahooNBA: The deterioration of Ray Allen’s relationship with Rajon Rondo played a significant factor in his leaving for Miami, several sources tell Y! (1 minute ago)
    @WojYahooNBA: Allen believes the capital he’s built up playing for UConn and the Celtics would supercede signing with Miami. He’s probably misjudged that. (8 minutes ago)
    @WojYahooNBA: Privately, Ray Allen had insisted to people that he didn’t believe the city of Boston would be too hard on him for signing with Miami. (9 minutes ago)
    @WojYahooNBA: One source close to Ray Allen said in past few hours, “Ray’s thinking about another ring, golf, sun as a way to end his career.” (11 minutes ago)
    @WojYahooNBA: This, after Heat owner Mickey Arison just tweeted a “Welcome to Miami No. 20.” (13 minutes ago)

    Oddly enough, their owner broke the news.

  • http://twitter.com/DryHeave1 DryHeave

    is there a worse time for sports news than early July when Sox look like they are playing out the string?….what a *YAWNER* can’t wait for Pats training camp to start

  • bsmfan

    On a positive note, Greg Cosell wrote a great article on NFL strategy (includes some Pats things):

    http://nflfilms.nfl.com/2012/07/06/cosell-talks-the-evolving-chess-match

  • HighWireNickEsasky

    The flash guy (producer?) on Bertran & Gasper show on Saturday fell for the fake Twitter report that Derrick Rose re-injured is ACL. He corrected it a couple minutes later but how can someone in the media report that without checking facts?

    • http://bostonsportsmedia.com/ Bruce Allen

      I saw Carolyn Manno of CSNNE and Andrew Brandt of ESPN both did as well. Crazy.

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