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Tuesday, August 03, 2004
NOMAR NO MORE. The
Ryan and the
Buckley (sub. req.) have
additional perspective on the Nomar Garciaparra trade today. Ryan
professes mystification, while Buckley positions himself about
two-thirds of the way toward management, more or less siding with
Theo and company while giving Garciaparra his due.
But you know what you want. You
want The Commissioner. Media Log delivers! The great thing about
Peter Gammons is that he always seems to have the inside
story, even on those occasions when subsequent developments leave you
scratching your head. Anyway, here's
Garciaparra did not hang
out with teammates, and this season became increasingly distant as
his body language became despondent. That he didn't play in Yankee
Stadium in the July 1 classic when Derek Jeter gave up his body
for an out got a little exaggerated, but veteran teammates
constantly made private comments like "he is the biggest
disappointment of my playing career - I never knew what he was
Nomar was bitter, he was
embarrassed to not play as he wanted because of his heel injury
(three teams that do statistical ratings of players had him as
the worst defensive shortstop in the game, because of the
injury). Then, when the Red Sox got to Minnesota this weekend,
Garciaparra told trainers Jim Rowe and Chris Correnti that his
heel wasn't right and that not only would he have to skip the
weekend, he expected to have to go on the disabled list for most
of August to be right in September. But when Epstein told Cubs GM
Jim Hendry that there is a medical issue, Hendry said he wasn't
concerned - which led the Red Sox to believe that Arn Tellem,
Garciaparra's agent, was telling the Cubs he is fine. Translated,
as Warren Zevon would say, "Dad, get me out of this."
Nomar was a great, great player,
and he may be once again. But for whatever reason - and I'm certainly
not holding management blameless - his situation in Boston had become
untenable. Keep an eye on the off-season and see what he signs for.
I'll bet it's for a lot less than the $60 million he turned down from
the Sox - or even the $48 million "market correction" offer they
SUN SHINES ON KELLER.
Josh Gerstein of the New York Sun profiles
political analyst Jon
Keller, of WLVI-TV (Channel
56). Gerstein's focus is on Keller's disdain for John Kerry, and he
calls Keller "the reporter he seems to loathe more than any other."
I'm quoted as well, although Gerstein is quick to point out that I
hold "a more charitable view of the senator."
MEDIA LOG MEETS WONKETTE.
Almost! I was on CNN's Reliable
Sources on Sunday, as
was Ana Marie Cox, of Wonkette.com.
Only I was in a dark little studio in Watertown, while she was in
Washington (presumably; I haven't seen the tape). Anyway, here's the
Don't get too excited - she watched her language.
posted at 8:53 AM |
Typical Gammons. One anonymous player's anecdote about Nomar in a time of distress is supposed to reveal more to us than everything we've seen with our own eyes for seven years?
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Dan Kennedy is senior writer and media critic for the Boston Phoenix.