Notes From Quite a Busy Day in Boston Sports
Monday was a fairly busy day in Boston sports. Here’s a brief recap:
That was quick. A night after a euphoric victory, the Celtics fell to the Bobcats. The defeat snapped Boston’s seven-game win streak, but more importantly (and depressingly), Leandro Barbosa hurt his knee. The point guard may even be out for the rest of the season. Kevin Garnett told reporters as much. Here’s how the Herald’s Steve Bulpett put it:
Barbosa traveled with the team back to Boston last night and will get an MRI this morning. Coach Doc Rivers said it’s “not looking great” for Barbosa, and a sullen Kevin Garnett said he was told it’s “pretty much” the end of the season for the speedy guard.
WEEI shakes things up. Again. On Monday, the sports radio station, which recently convened a focus group in an attempt to assess its sagging ratings, announced that it was parting ways with morning update guy Kevin Winter. WEEI’s statement claimed Winter “has stepped down,” but the Globe’s Chad Finn reports otherwise:
According to industry sources, Winter was called into program director Jason Wolfe’s office following Monday’s program and told that the chemistry between him and hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan wasn’t working.
John Henry loved his time with the Yankees. The Red Sox principal owner took time out from pissing off Liverpool fans to reflect on his tenure as one of the Yankees’ minority owners. Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal has the story:
“They’d had a certain philosophy there that changed,” Henry said. Before, he said, “They would trade away all their young guys and go for the big-splash signings.” With George Steinbrenner in exile for part of his tenure, [general manager Gene] Michael resisted those urges. He was also a proponent of the value of on-base percentage, long before “Moneyball” made it popular.
“Gene Michael was a tremendous influence on me,” Henry said. “He went after patient hitters. He built from within.”
Non-sports bonus. The headline says it all. “Police: Mass. Man gets crystal meth in teddy bear.” Apparently, it was a romantic gesture:
A Chelsea man was charged with receiving $10,000 worth of crystal meth last week inside a Valentine’s Day package.
Lawrence Ligocki, 62, was charged with possession and trafficking of a Class B substance after investigators tracked a Valentine’s Day package containing a teddy bear stuffed with 96 grams of crystal meth to his house, the office of Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement on Monday.
Sadly, the bear wasn't pink.