Red Sox Still In Deep Hole, But Rodriguez Offers Hope

The Red Sox split a doubleheader with the Minnesota Twins yesterday, but the biggest story of the day was the performance of Eduardo Rodriguez in the first game. Coming off his ultra-impressive major league debut in Texas, the young lefty was equally as impressive yesterday, going seven innings, allowing two hits, one run and striking out seven.

Eduardo Rodriguez gives desperately needed boost – Michael Silverman says that the 22-year-old offers the Red Sox “the righteous path to redemption.”

Eduardo Rodriguez is all aces through two starts – Nick Cafardo is “all in” and “sold” on Rodriguez.

Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez penning a great opening chapter – Gordon Edes has the Twins very impressed with the rookie.

Boston Red Sox’s Eduardo Rodriguez and the Clay Buchholz of May make Sox an actual contender – Christopher Smith says that if these two can keep it up, the Red Sox may have hope.

It looks like Xander Bogaerts has really turned a corner– Alex Speier has a look at the shortstop, who seems to be coming into his own as of late.

The Boston Herald has a good one-two this morning from Jeff Howe and Karen Guregian looking at the options facing Tom Brady. The Patriots QB will have his appeal heard by Roger Goodell on June 23rd, and if the result is anything less than a complete elimination of the suspension, Brady has to decide whether to go to court. Both writers make good points.

Why Tom Brady should end fight after appeal – Guregian says the best answer Brady can give is to win another Super Bowl, and to do that, he needs to get this over with.

Why Tom Brady should fight NFL until the end – Howe says Brady owes it to himself to get nasty with the NFL after their attacks on him.

I asked Stephanie Stradley, a Houston based writer and Lawyer, who has been watching this case closely for her thoughts on the articles and Brady’s options.

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Boogie on: A Celtics pursuit of DeMarcus Cousins – Ben Rohrbach looks at the Celtics interest in the Kings enigmatic star and what it might take to land him.

A new Boston tradition: The Globies sports awards – The Globe will hold their own Sports Awards show this fall.

‘The Best Of’ For June 1st

The Red Sox are not a good baseball team right now. If Glenn Ordway were still on the air, he’d have broken out the THEY’RE RUININ’ MY SUMMAH!!!! line a thousand times by now.

The airwaves are poison right now, so we turn to the writers for some interesting and measured analysis and reporting:

Red Sox digging historically deep hole with horrible start  Timothy Britton notes that the Red Sox run differential through 51 games is the worst it has been since 1960. He also adds:

Only one team in the history of baseball, however, has made the playoffs after submitting this bad a performance through 51 games — and the 1981 Kansas City Royals required a split-season strike format to get themselves in. They are, without a doubt, the worst team in baseball history to make the postseason, as they finished just 50-53 on the season. The point is, the 1981 Royals don’t really count.

Veterans leading Red Sox straight to last-place finish – Scott Lauber says that the five players with the combined nine World Series and $80.5 million worth of salary for 2015 are the ones that are killing this team.

Boston Red Sox should feel shock and anger at themselves while flying home to Boston – Christopher Smith says that it this were high school football, the coach would’ve ordered silence for the trip home last night.

Don Sweeney’s year out of hockey was revealing – Amalie Benjamin looks at how a one-year sabbatical from hockey in 2005 made an impact on the new Bruins GM.

Stevens catches up, C’s consider a stash – Chris Forsberg has a really good Celtics notebook with a look at the role of Brad Stevens in the Celtics player evaluation and the process the front office takes when it comes time to draft players.

Ex-NFL QB alleges refs routinely overinflate footballs – Tom E Curran looks at a report from Daniel Leberfeld who has a 12-year NFL QB talking about the nonchalance with which the NFL officials actually handle the footballs prior to games.

Because there is no protocol or standard. I wanted my footballs like Tom. Legal, but on the low end. Right at 12.5 PSI. I knew on a hot day to tell [the] ball boy introduce them to officials at 12 psi knowing they would expand by time 4:30 ET game would start, they would be right as rain when officials tested them. But officials would always screw them up inflating them to ridiculous levels or leaving [the] opponents’ ball in play despite our offense being on field at a change of possession. You just knew as a QB to stay on their ass during the game and manage it.”

The prodigal son returns to Patriots – Mark Farniella looks at the Biblical return of Brandon Spikes to the Patriots.

Ex-Navy SEAL training Patriots defenders – Andy Hart follows up on a Mike Reiss tidbit from the weekend where he had the Patriots bringing in former Navy SEAL Dom Raso to work with the defense.

The not-so-good today?

Ron Borges thinks he has Bill Belichick pinned. The coach last week brushed off deflategate talk with a predictable “We’re on to 2015.” line. Borges column today is basically “DEFLATEGATE HAPPENED IN 2015!!!! WHAT  DO YOU SAY NOW, GENIUS???

Shaughnessy thinks we should care about Cleveland and hope they get their first championship since Lyndon B. Johnson was President.

Why should we do that, exactly?

Over the weekend, Steve Buckley fingerwagged Patriots fans and told us they’re not going undefeated this season. OK.

Former Boston Herald Columnist Tim Horgan Passes Away

Tim Horgan was one of the greats of the Boston Sports Media.

While I read plenty of Horgan’s stories towards the end of his career, most of my recollections of him are actually as a guest on sports radio shows in the late 80’s and early 90’s, but hearing him on those shows, and the history that he had in his 44-year run as a sports writer was a privilege. He could tell stories about Ted Williams:

From "Ted Williams: Remembering the Splendid Splinter."
From “Ted Williams: Remembering the Splendid Splinter.”

In the days before sports coverage was all about hotsportztakes, Horgan was in the business for another reason. Glenn Stout, in his forward to the 2010 edition of his The Best American Sports Writing series wrote:

Twenty years ago, in the forward to the inaugural edition of this book, I repeated an anecdote I heard Tim Horgan, long time sports columnist for The Boston Herald, tell at his retirement dinner. He said that when he was approached by aspiring students of sportswriting he always asked why he or she wanted to write about sports for a living. Invariably the students would respond to Horgan by saying, “Because I love sports.”

“Wrong,” Horgan would admonish. “You have to love the writing.”

Do modern sports columnists care about writing? Does Dan Shaughnessy? It’s a different era.

Tim Horgan passed away yesterday at the age of 88.

Tim Horgan penned a lifetime of memories – His friend and former colleague Joe Fitzgerald remembers Horgan. He closes the article with another sign of the changing times:

If he had a fitting epitaph it would be the one he gave himself: “I was a nag, a scold, and a great second-guesser, but I was never a hatchet man and I say that proudly.”

As news got around yesterday, various sports media figures paid tribute to Horgan.

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Derek Sanderson a fine subject for NBC’s documentary kickoff – Chad Finn looks at the first subject of NBC’s version of “30 for 30″ which will feature a Boston legend. He also touches on the passing of Horgan.

Holy Cross football, basketball are heading to WEEI – Bill Doyle reports on the games switching over to 1440 AM WEEI. Broadcasts will also be streamed live on weei.com/holycross.