Week Wrap: Ross, Ainge Big Winners, Cappelletti Retires

Ben Cherington’s first season as Red Sox GM has been rocky, but it’s pretty safe to say that we can place the signing of Cody Ross into his “win” column. The outfielder, on a one-year, $3 million contract had a game-winning  three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth last night to give the Red Sox a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park. The home run was his 16th of the season.

Meanwhile, Danny Ainge continues an impressive makeover of the Celtics this offseason, as he appears to have landed shooting guard Courtney Lee in a sign-and-trade with the Rockets. Steve Bulpett  (@SteveBHoop ) led the coverage on this, providing updates throughout last evening, even when it looked like the deal might fall apart.

The Celtics will be a younger, faster, more athletic team this coming season while they will still lean heavily on stalwarts Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, they will should have more support and rest.

Media news this morning revolves largely around the Patriots radio team, where team legend Gino Capelletti has retired after 32 seasons in the radio booth.

Gino Cappelletti leaving Patriots’ radio booth – Chad Finn has more, as well as a note about ESPN Radio possible showing up on Entercom-owned 850 or 680 AM by the end of the summer.

Gil Santos set for final season with Patriots – Bill Doyle talks to the other half of the Patriots radio duo, play-by-play man Gil Santos, who will return this season following an offseason of health issues which led to him receiving last rites three times.

Matt Light Joins ESPN as NFL Analyst – The recently-retired Patriots lineman joins former teammates Tedy Bruschi and Damien Woody at ESPN.

‘NFL AM’ To Offer Football Fans An Early Start – My SB Nation Boston media column looks at the NFL Network’s new morning show, set to debut on July 30th.

Weekend Viewing Picks – Ken Fang runs down what to watch this weekend.

Meanwhile, stop the presses:

Two columns in one day!

  • bsmfan

    I know NFL refs get 0 press until Ed Hochuli uses Supreme Court opinions to explain encroachment calls, but someone posted (I don’t have the source) a stat on how many less flags are thrown with replacement refs.

    They “fired” the guys hired to train the replacements today:

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-nfl-fires-jerry-markbreit-20120720,0,1663717.story

    This has the scent of something that will get a lot more press when there are blown calls on games.

  • Chris

    It’s a pretty safe bet that when Shaughnessy is hidden behind a paywall and his ‘surrogates’ waddle to his defense, he’s an utterly despised sports media hack.

  • bsmfan

    Will most likely dominate the airwaves here and nationally over the next few days:

    Statue is gone:

    http://deadspin.com/5928040/here-is-the-joe-paterno-statue-being-removed

    NCAA is going to announce “unprecedented” sanctions Monday:

    http://deadspin.com/5928035/report-ncaa-to-hit-penn-state-with-unprecedented-penalties

    Both articles have links to the sources.

    • AdamScott

      I never would have known about this Penn St news without your posts. It’s a gorgeous day out… get outside and get some sun!

      • mandb97

        He’ll stop posting when you stop gagging four shot leads in the British Open

  • whitey b

    Pretty sure Shaughnessy blows Joe Sullivan on a semi-regular basis. How else to explain the manlove?