Thursday, May 31, 2012

Celtics let Game 2 get away

Comcast SportsNet's Kyle Draper is in Miami and joined Thursday's show to break down Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Why did the Celtics lose? And what do they need to do in Game 3 back in Boston? Plus, a recap of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. And the NBA Draft Lottery isn't rigged, so enough already. Tune into "I'm Just Sayin" with Danny Picard every weekday LIVE at 9 a.m. ET, and subscribe on iTunes:



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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Talkin' baseball with Red Sox reliever Rich Hill

Boston Red Sox reliever Rich Hill joined Wednesday's show to talk about his season and his team's ability to finally get above .500. Plus, my take on what to expect from the Boston Celtics in Game 2 against the Miami Heat. And my Stanley Cup Finals prediction. Tune into "I'm Just Sayin" every weekday LIVE at 9 a.m. ET:



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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Los Angeles Kings forward Kevin Westgarth

The officiating was embarrassing in Game 1 in Miami. But it wasn't the reason the Boston Celtics lost to the Heat. I'll tell you what to expect in Game 2. Plus, Los Angeles Kings forward Kevin Westgarth joined Tuesday's show to talk about his team's run to the Stanley Cup Finals and what it's going to take to beat the New Jersey Devils. And I give my take on the possibility of adding even more instant replay to Major League Baseball. Tune into "I'm Just Sayin" with Danny Picard every weekday LIVE at 9 a.m. ET, and subscribe on iTunes:



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Friday, May 25, 2012

Heat advance, wait for opponent

The Miami Heat have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, and now, they'll wait to see who wins Game 7 between Boston and Philadelphia. Comcast SportsNet Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely joined Friday's show to break it all down. Plus, a preview to the Boston Red Sox' biggest three-game series of the year so far. Tune into "I'm Just Sayin" with Danny Picard every weekday LIVE at 9 a.m. ET, and subscribe on iTunes:



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Thursday, May 24, 2012

76ers force Game 7 in Boston


There will be a Game 7 in Boston. Will the Celtics continue their unpredictable yet predictable trend and win that Game 7? WEEI.com columnist Kirk Minihane joined Thursday's show to discuss. Plus, my prediction for Heat/Pacers Game 6. And Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is already thinking World Series. Well, I've got a message for him. Tune into "I'm Just Sayin" with Danny Picard every weekday LIVE at 9 a.m. ET, and subscribe on iTunes:



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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Heat move closer to East Finals

SB Nation Miami Heat writer Surya Fernandez joined Wednesday's show to discuss the vibe on South Beach after their Game 5 win over the Pacers. Plus, did Dustin Brown make a good move by not touching the Campbell Bowl? And it's time to give Adrian Gonzalez some major credit for moving to the outfield in order to make room for Kevin Youkilis. Tune into "I'm Just Sayin" with Danny Picard every weekday LIVE at 9 a.m. ET, and subscribe on iTunes:



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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Big Papi should do his talkin' at the plate

So David Ortiz doesn't care what people think, but he wants everyone to know what type of leader he is at the same time? Sounds like Big Papi's latest comments were directed at the front office, in frustration to his contract. And that doesn't make him a good leader. Also on Tuesday's show, Comcast SportsNet's Kyle Draper checked in to talk NBA Playoffs. Are we already booking our flights to Miami for the Eastern Conference Finals? Tune into "I'm Just Sayin" with Danny Picard every weekday LIVE at 9 a.m. ET, and subscribe on iTunes:



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Friday, May 18, 2012

Callin' out Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade was awful in Game 3 for the Miami Heat. And I'm not letting him off the hook. Plus, why benching Marian Gaborik is a dumb move. And still haven't heard Albert Pujols praise his new hitting coach. Tune into "I'm Just Sayin" with Danny Picard every weekday LIVE at 9 a.m. ET, and subscribe on iTunes:



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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Celtics respond in Game 3

The Celtics responded the way I thought they would in Game 3. Boston Herald Celtics Insider Dan Duggan is in Philly and joined Thursday's show to talk NBA Playoffs. Plus, my take on what the Red Sox should do when Kevin Youkilis gets back, and why I agree with the Brett Lawrie suspension. Tune into "I'm Just Sayin" with Danny Picard every weekday LIVE at 9 a.m. ET, and subscribe on iTunes:



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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Red Sox support Beckett

As the Red Sox players defended Josh Beckett after Tuesday's win, so did I on Wednesday's show. Plus, Comcast SportsNet columnist Rich Levine checked in to talk NBA Playoffs. Also, my take on jury members falling asleep in the Roger Clemens trial, and why Albert Pujols needs to look into the mirror:



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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Devils defenseman Mark Fayne talks Cup run

New Jersey Devils defenseman Mark Fayne joined Tuesday's show to talk about his team's current Stanley Cup Playoff run, and shared a pretty cool Martin Brodeur story. Plus, my take on the Celtics' Game 2 loss to the 76ers. Tune into "I'm Just Sayin" with Danny Picard every weekday LIVE at 9 a.m. ET, and subscribe on iTunes:



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Monday, May 14, 2012

Putting an end to Beckett Golf-Gate

I had an entire weekend to read all of the Josh Beckett rip jobs, and I'm wondering if everyone is letting their opinions get in the way of the actual facts of his golf outing. Plus, get all your Stanley Cup and NBA Playoff analysis right here. Tune into "I'm Just Sayin" with Danny Picard every weekday LIVE at 9 a.m. ET, and subscribe on iTunes:



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Did opinions of Beckett get in the way of the facts?

 
On Friday morning's show, I ripped Josh Beckett for his defense of golfing -- while injured -- during his off-day, but after watching Bobby Valentine's press conference on Friday afternoon, I started to wonder whether or not we were all overreacting

 By Danny Picard

BOSTON -- Golfing on an off-day is a non-issue.

Unless, of course, you've been skipped in the rotation because of an injury. Then, it's something that needs to be addressed.

As of this weekend, the pieces to the Josh Beckett 18-hole puzzle were still being put together by everybody, it seems, outside of the Red Sox clubhouse.

The fans and the media want answers. But the only answers we're getting is that Beckett's golf-outing on an off-day is a non-issue, and that it isn't related to his fourth loss of the season on Thursday night, in which the Cleveland Indians knocked him around for seven runs on seven hits and two walks in 2.1 innings at Fenway Park.

Beckett defended his extra-curricular activities afterwards, citing personal privacy and the right to do whatever he wants on his off-day.

"I spend my off-days the way I want to spend them" said Beckett after Thursday night's loss. "My off-day is my off-day.

"We get 18 off-days a year," he added. "I think we deserve a little bit of time to ourselves."

A day later, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine hinted that Beckett's struggles on Thursday night had more to do with him tipping his pitches.

Valentine also clarified his original comments as to why Beckett was scratched from his start last Saturday.

"I didn't think it was a physical thing," he said, implying that scratching Beckett was the manager's decision, not Beckett's. "I thought it was a precautionary thing, right from the first day that I said we were going to do it. I said it was 126 pitches, and he had some lat stiffness, and I was in the training room with him when they were digging into his lat. And he said, 'Ya, it's a little sore right in there.' And I said, 'I'm not taking a chance at this time of the season.'"

A relatively normal response by a manager who sees the big picture, and believes that his ball club is much better than the under-.500 squad he's currently running.

He also pointed out Aaron Cook's situation, and the organization's timetable that they had on him. They saw an opportunity to give Cook a start, and they pounced on it, making him happy that he wouldn't have to go to the bullpen, and adding him to the roster before he could utilize his opt-out clause from Triple-A Pawtucket.

"And remember, we had a situation with Cook, that was a coincidentally-convenient date," said Valentine on Friday, as he continued to defend the reason for scratching Beckett. "We had to make a decision whether to keep him or not to keep him, and what we were going to do with him if we kept him. It just seemed like the stars were aligned to keep him and have him pitch in that spot."

But all anybody wants to know is, why didn't Beckett start? And because he was skipped to heal an injury, why was he out golfing before Thursday's start against the Indians? And most importantly, why doesn't he seem to care?

That seems to be the biggest issue. Not that Beckett was skipped in the rotation with an injury. Not even that he was out golfing on an off-day. But that he was out golfing on an off-day after being skipped in the rotation with an injury. And he continues to act like it's a non-issue.

If you break it down even deeper, the phrase "with an injury" seems to jump out. That's why this is a big deal. That's why everyone and their mother is still talking about it. That's why it's mind-boggling to see Beckett so stubbornly defend his decision to play 18 instead of rest his body.

If you're injured, don't go golfing. Even the Red Sox manager said it himself.

"If you're injured, you can't do it," said Valentine as he continued to be grilled with Beckett questions a day after Thursday's loss. "If there's an injury involved, you can't do anything away from the park that can do anything that might continue to cause more pain."

So that begs the question, was there an injury involved?

Valentine said he didn't scratch Beckett on Saturday "because of a physical thing," even though Beckett had "lat stiffness" after throwing 126 pitches in his previous start.

But is "lat stiffness" an injury? I mean, how many pitchers have "lat stiffness" after throwing 126 pitches? Is it an uncommon feeling to have? And how long does that "stiffness" last?

Throughout all the questions, and amidst all the answers that don't seem to make any sense, perhaps previous character portrayals of Beckett have forced most to let their opinions and personal feelings get in the way of the facts.

And the biggest fact of them all is Beckett's health status. That's all that really matters here.

Even after getting lit up on Thursday, just days after his skipped start and his golf outing, Beckett said he's fine. Valentine said tipping his pitches was Beckett's only issue.

But golf is still on everyone else's mind.

"It would be very tough for a manager to start legislating what guys do when they're away from the park," said Valentine on Friday.

It's a phrase spoken as if Beckett went golfing because he wasn't injured. As if Beckett was skipped in the rotation because the manager was being overly cautious with body stiffness this early in the season. As if Beckett could have pitched on Saturday.

Valentine also admitted on Friday that Beckett was good enough to pitch a day later, on Sunday, during the 17-inning loss to Baltimore, where utility outfielder Darnell McDonald lost the game on the mound because Valentine had emptied his bullpen.

But would you really want to see Beckett coming out of the bullpen in May? Or at all, even? And does it really matter if Beckett offered to come in for a relief appearance? Would that really be what saved this team?

Most outside of the Red Sox clubhouse are looking for a reason to call Beckett a leader. They're begging for Beckett to do things the right way.

Golfing, while injured, is not the right way.

Beckett's continued defiance in the face of critics insists that he believes he's doing no wrong.

But if he was never truly injured, perhaps Beckett is right. Perhaps we let our opinions and personal feelings get in the way of the actual facts.

And if that's the case, then golfing on an off-day is, in fact, a non-issue.

 

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Friday, May 11, 2012

How can anyone defend Josh Beckett?

Even the biggest Josh Beckett supporter, like myself, can't defend him this time. My take on Beckett's latest outing and postgame comments. Plus, Comcast SportsNet's Kyle Draper joined Friday's show to talk NBA Playoffs. Tune into "I'm Just Sayin" with Danny Picard every weekday LIVE at 9 a.m. ET. Download every broadcast by subscribing on iTunes:



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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Celtics look to close it out

After missing two days of shows because of jury duty, I returned Thursday to get caught up with Major League Baseball, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the NBA Playoffs. Plus, WEEI-Boston columnist Kirk Minihane joined the show to discuss Josh Beckett's golf outing, Jon Lester's beef with umps, and the Celtics chances of closing out their series with the Hawks in Game 6. Tune into "I'm Just Sayin" with Danny Picard every weekday LIVE at 9 a.m. ET on Ustream and BlogTalkRadio. And be sure to download every archived show by subscribing on iTunes:


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Monday, May 07, 2012

Mike Gorman talks NBA Playoffs

Injuries have both hurt and helped the Boston Celtics in the NBA Playoffs. And I'm already putting them in the Eastern Conference Finals. Mike Gorman, voice of the Celtics, joined Monday's show to discuss the C's current playoff road. Also, I talk about my biggest disappointment with the Boston Red Sox. And if I'm a Nashville Predators player, I'm not happy with my coach. Tune into "I'm Just Sayin" with Danny Picard every weekday LIVE at 9 a.m. ET. Download the Ustream app to watch on your iPhone or iPad, and subscribe on iTunes via BlogTalkRadio:


 
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Friday, May 04, 2012

Tough day for Yankees fans

Who should feel worse today, New York Knicks fans or New York Yankees fans? I picked the latter on Friday's show. Plus, Boston Herald Celtics Insider Dan Duggan checked in to talk NBA Playoffs. Also, more Stanley Cup Playoff reaction. Tune into "I'm Just Sayin" with Danny Picard every weekday LIVE at 9 a.m. ET. Download the Ustream app, and subscribe on iTunes:



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Thursday, May 03, 2012

NFL sends strong message

Good for Roger Goodell. Harsh suspensions are the only thing that will eliminate bounty programs in the NFL. Also on Thursday's show, ESPN.com NHL Insider James Murphy talks Stanley Cup Playoffs and puts himself in the shoes of Boston Bruins management this offseason. Tune into "I'm Just Sayin" with Danny Picard every weekday LIVE at 9 a.m. ET. Download the Ustream app to watch on your iPhone or iPad, and subscribe on iTunes:



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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Paul Pierce takes Celtics on his back

Paul Pierce did what he needed to do in Game 2, and took the Boston Celtics on his back. So is this series now over? Comcast SportsNet columnist Rich Levine joined Wednesday's show to talk NBA Playoffs. Plus, my take on John Harbaugh's spygate comments, and why the Nashville Predators may be punishing the rest of their team and fanbase by coming down hard on team violations. Tune into "I'm Just Sayin" with Danny Picard every weekday LIVE at 9 a.m. ET. Download the Ustream app to watch on your iPhone and iPad, or subscribe on iTunes! Watch Wednesday's show here:



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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Stoudemire vs. Rondo

Comcast SportsNet's Mike Giardi joined Tuesday's show to touch on all of the hottest topics in sports. Would you rather have a player bump an official or punch glass during an NBA playoff series? Plus, after getting stuck in a Fenway Park elevator on Monday night while covering the Red Sox game, I debate elevator etiquette. Tune into "I'm Just Sayin" with Danny Picard every weekday LIVE at 9 a.m. ET. Download the Ustream app on your iPhone and iPad, and subscribe on iTunes for free:



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