FORT MYERS, Fla. It was a hard enough decision for Tim Wakefield to make. He wouldnt want to offer advice to anyone else attempting to make the same decision.
Retiring Friday after 19 seasons, including the last 17 with the Red Sox, was something Wakefield wrestled with the entire offseason, finally coming to a decision earlier this week. He knows Jason Varitek is likely going through the same dilemma. But his conversations with the catcher have steered clear of that topic.
I talked to him a little bit but its a decision that has to be made on your own, Wakefield said. Its nothing that he said or I said to him or whatever. It really comes down to taking a deep, hard look at where your life is at this point and for me it was the right decision to make. For him, I dont know. If he decides to come back and play thats great, and if he doesnt thats great, too, because hes won two championships and proud to be able to say that I was his teammate for 15 years.
The Boston Celtics are used to this playing without a key starter thing, so tonight’s game at Orlando won’t be all that different than most of their games this season.
Isaiah Thomas will not play tonight against the Magic due to a right groin injury he suffered in Monday’s 107-106 loss at Houston.
Thomas flew back to Boston Tuesday night.
Head coach Brad Stevens told reporters he is leaning towards having Marcus Smart, who filled in earlier for an injured Jae Crowder, start in place of Thomas.
The injury occurred in the second quarter of the Rockets game, but Thomas continued to play on as he knocked down a 3-point shot just moments after he first began grimacing while holding the groin.
Following the loss, Thomas acknowledged the injury did bother him for the rest of the game as he finished with 20 points on 7-for-18 shooting.
“A few drives I didn’t have the lift,” Thomas told reporters. “It is what it is. I’ll figure it out.”
Thomas, who was named to his first all-star team last season, has been even more dynamic offensively this year.
He leads the Celtics with a career-high 26 points per game and has been ranked among the NBA’s top 10 scorers most of this season.
It is too soon to tell if the injury will sideline him for one game, or whether he’ll be out for an extended period of time.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while ready for the Chris Sale era to begin with the Red Sox in a 1975 throwback uniform at Fenway’s opening day.
*Larry Brooks says that the New York Rangers are in “deep trouble” despite all of the goals that they’re scoring, and here’s why.
*The New York Islanders are playing with fire when it comes to John Tavares potentially leaving if they can’t find a running mate for him.
*Good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Marc Spector about Kris Russell defying the analytical critics with his work for the Edmonton Oilers.
*Scary scene with the New Jersey Devils and Vancouver Canucks where Taylor Hall knocked out Philip Larsen with a hit, and then touched a brawl where the unconscious Larsen was kicked in the head a couple of times.
*Here’s some very good news about former B’s forward Craig Cunningham, who has begun communicating with his AHL teammates through Facetime calls and is alert, joking and sounding like somebody that’s starting to make a slow recovery from whatever mysterious thing caused him to collapse prior to a Roadrunners game.
*Flyers D-man Shayne Gostisbehere has made such a splash with the Broad Street Bullies that he’s got a “Ghost Bear” beer named after him.
*For something completely different: The first trailer for "Spider Man: Homecoming" is going to be shown during Jimmy Kimmel, and it’s looking pretty cool in this snippet.