The weekend trade/salary dump by the Red Sox is still the topic of conversation, and attention is turning to how the future will play out for this franchise. What will the 2013 Red Sox look like, who will be the manager, and will they even be competitive?
Where do Red Sox go from here? A challenging reload — but not a rebuild — awaits – As usual, Alex Speier goes deep, look at every area of the team and what options they have.
Red Sox just getting started? – Joe McDonald thinks at the team is only getting started in making changes, but that Bobby Valentine might just survive it all.
Red Sox will make culture change with blockbuster deal – Sean McAdam says that the Sox need to avoid trying for the quick fix.
The most ridiculous thing I saw all weekend was in the Globe Sunday Baseball notes from Nick Cafardo:
Adrian Gonzalez’s comments to ESPNdeportes.com are laughable: “In Boston, there is always a novel — in here, they never talk about baseball; it’s always the same. That’s one of the reasons why I almost never talk to the press here. Very few times they ask me about baseball. But most of the time it’s about gossip, rumors, plots, well . . . a soap opera.” A soap opera created by whom? The media, or by you, Adrian, and your partners in crime?
What’s laughable is that Cafardo and some of this comrades are unable to see that Gonzalez is exactly right. Baseball in many ways for much of the media has become secondary to whatever drama or soap opera can be crafted to fill time on sports radio or generate an appearance on CSNNE or NESN to talk about said drama. Are the players blameless for these dramas? Of course not, but the media takes these things, runs with them and turns them into 10-times whatever they were to begin with.
The Patriots locked in the second half for their tight end duo by coming to terms with Aaron Hernandez on a reported 5-year, $40 million extension which is tacked onto the end of his rookie contract, which still has this season and next to run.
Hernandez signs 5-year extension with Patriots – Tom E Curran looks at the Patriots keeping their dynamic dup intact.
It’s also the first cutdown day for the Patriots, who need to be down to 75 players by 4:00pm. Donte Stallworth is among those who have been cut already, shredding my notion that the Patriots would keep both he and Deion Branch on the final roster.
Breaking the news – Mark Farinella says that you can’t possibly expect to get real news from house organ media outlets like NESN and Kraft Sports Productions.
Why does Belichick trust this man? – After three preseason games, Hector Longo is demanding the head of Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.