Has Millar Gone Too Far?
"The whole entitlement thing, itís tiresome. Obviously Millar has a lot to do with this because heís so outraged that John Olerud is here, heís in the managerís office, now heís asked to be traded and all that. Now, címonÖ drama. Grow up and move on. He (Millar) was upset and asked Terry Francona to have him traded. They looked, and itís not happening. Houston I guess is interested a little bit, but they wouldnít give anything and now they donít want him because Berkmanís going to play first base. Itís not gonna happen. If you get tired enoughÖ I personally think Francona makes a mistake anytime he doesnít defense for him. I think until he starts to hit, and a .362 slugging percentage or whatever it is, is pretty pathetic for a first baseman. I donít see why winning isnít more important than Kevin Millarís need to be in the lineup. John Olerud, someone said to me, heís the 2001 John Olerud, not the 2004 John Olerud. Heís played well for them... if this is gonna be such a huge issue it wouldn't surprise me at all that come August 1st, if they jettison (Millar). But I don't think it will happen, I think he'll start to hit... The one thing, and I thought about this a lot, and I saw Howard Bryant's (Boston Herald) column with Kevin Millar ripping the manager (about not selecting Clement and Timlin as All-Stars), we all know who it was, so, which I thought was uncalled for considering what the manager's done for him." -- 7.7 Peter Gammons, WEEI's The Big Show
"He is to this team now, not the same energy, not the same range, but they've now gotten
their Pokey Reese back, the really great
defensive infielder in the middle."
-- 7.7 Peter Gammons, WEEI
"Payton had a couple of disagreements with Francona last night. There's a rumor in the clubhouse he's already been traded for a player who's on the DL right now."
-- 7.7 Jerry Remy, NESN
Red Sox All Shook Up
Alex Cora Playing Shortstop and Batting Leadoff Tonight,
Adam Stern in Center Field Batting 8th
Jay Payton Designated for Assignment; Adam Stern Called Up
Sox Acquire Alex Cora from the Indians
in Exchange for Ramon Vazquez
Foulke Surgery Went Well; 6-Week Recovery Expected
DiNardo Sent Back to Pawtucket
"They're (Red Sox) not gonna take a lot of stuff, if Payton's outbursts last night... pffft, 'you're not going on the flight, goodbye.' He was upset about something, so he gets traded. He'll go to Oakland and that will all work out after the All-Star break... Is winning more important than money? I was a little surprised that he got so concerned about his playing time, and what heís doing, he seems so worried. I know he thinks he should be playing every day and I donít think thatís going to happen. I think this was the perfect situation. I think heís going to Oakland and they may already have a deal in place that may be announced in a week or so. I donít see him playing every day there. I mean they may move Eric Byrnes. I would guess theyíd probably get a pitcher of some kind (in return), the Aís have a lot of relief pitchers now, I have no idea who it would be. I know the Dodgers are interested. I think, somebody said to me today that the Cardinals would be, but I know Billy Beane had called on him over the weekend so now that this thing has happened quickly. I donít know how long itís going to be, I do know that all along theyíve expected that Gabe Kapler is coming back, one way or another." -- 7.7 Peter Gammons, WEEI's Big Show
Alex Cora to Play Shortstop and Bat Leadoff
Adam Stern Playing Center Batting 8th
Manny Gets Another Night Off; Mirabelli Catching