Does it matter who breaks the news?

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Does it matter who breaks the news?

So far today, we've been handed two pretty big pieces of Red Sox related news:

1. Alfredo Aceves has been told to be ready to start the second game of the season, in the event that Josh Beckett's thumb injury proves worse than expected.

2. Andrew Bailey has a thumb injury of his own, and won't be ready for Opening Day. In the meantime, Mark Melancon will fill the void.

Pretty unfortunate on both counts, eh?

Even if Beckett turns out to be OK, and Bailey is ready to roll at 100 percent in a week or so, you never want this kind of news on the week of Opening Day; not about anyone on your team, never mind your injury-prone closer and controversial No. 2 starter.

But for some folks in town, the news itself isn't quite as big as how the news was broken:

BY THE PLAYERS!!!!

AAAAARRGGHHHH!!!

Aceves is the one who told reporters about Beckett; Melancon is the man who broke the news about Bailey, and apparently this is a sign of big problems. It means that Bobby V. doesn't have control. That the inmates are running the asylum. That

I don't know. And honestly I don't care.

Do you really care how this news gets broken?

I mean, it's one thing if Aceves pulled a reporter aside and says, "Hey, I just wanted you to know that Josh Beckett is dealing with a degenerative thumb issue. There's actually a good chance it's going to fall off and have to be replaced by a tiny wooden stump. Dude's career is probably over."

OK, fine. In that case, everyone should freak out. That's probably something the team should release itself. But the fact that Aceves tells the Herald that he was told to be ready, after Beckett had already left the team to get checked out in San Antonio? That Melancon talked about Bailey after there had already been wild speculation that he was hurt?

If you ask me, there are far more important storylines to focus on. For instance, what's up with Sox pitcher and their thumbs? Someone needs to launch an investigation

Or maybe we can just ask Alfredo Aceves.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Kevin Walsh: An unforgettable encounter with Arnold Palmer

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Kevin Walsh: An unforgettable encounter with Arnold Palmer

With the passing of Arnold Palmer, CSN's Kevin Walsh looks back on an unforgettable encounter he had with the golf legend

It was May 2000.  I had just finished playing golf at Pebble Beach.  I walked out of the clubhouse and a Lincoln Town Car pulled up to the putting green, Arnold Palmer hopped out. It was as if he’d fallen out of the sky. 

I had my tape recorder with me and asked if I could ask him a few questions about being a caddy in his younger years in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. 

“Yes, but I have only about five minutes,” he said.

I was very nervous and having trouble putting the cassette tape into the recorder.  He eventually took it out of my hands and did it for me. 

My nerves were gone.

So we’re talking and the door to The Lodge bursts open and a guy yells “Hey Arnold!  We’re in the bar having a beer!”

“Well,” Arnold yells back, “Order me one!”

Arnold was hard of hearing.  He saddled up next to me, and tilted his head so I could talk right into his ear. I couldn’t believe I was talking directly into Arnold Palmer’s ear. He was practically stepping on my feet. He wore tiny hearing aids that were only visible if you were as close as I was.

After ten minutes of talking, I reminded him that he had friends waiting, and a beer that was probably warm by that time.  He wanted to make sure that I had enough.  I did and I was beaming.  I’m not sure my feet touched the ground on the walk back to the car.  

Golf legend Arnold Palmer passes away at 87

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Golf legend Arnold Palmer passes away at 87

Arnold Palmer brought a country-club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch. At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a first-name basis with both, "The King," died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87.

Alastair Johnson, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed that Palmer died Sunday afternoon of complications from heart problems.

Palmer ranked among the most important figures in golf history, and it went well beyond his seven major championships and 62 PGA Tour wins. His good looks, devilish grin and go-for-broke manner made the elite sport appealing to one and all. And it helped that he arrived about the same time as television moved into most households, a perfect fit that sent golf to unprecedented popularity.

Beyond his golf, Palmer was a pioneer in sports marketing, paving the way for scores of other athletes to reap in millions from endorsements. Some four decades after his last PGA Tour win, he ranked among the highest-earners in golf.

On the golf course, Palmer was an icon not for how often he won, but the way he did it.