Wakeup call: The Yankee slide continues

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Wakeup call: The Yankee slide continues

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, September 4:

BASEBALL
They call it schadenfreude, and, personally, I'm not very big on it. Still, Red Sox fans looking for something, anything, to cheer about in these dark days may only have to look about 200 miles to the south. (AP)

One game out on September 4. This is one time where Castiglione-speak -- "Can you believe it?!?" -- actually applies. (CSN Baltimore)

Even though the baseball season has flatlined hereabouts, some recent Sox are finding it quite exciting. Right, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett? (AP)

Right, Kevin Youlkilis? (CSN Chicago)

Right, Marco Scutaro? (CSN Bay Area)

It's not really the optimal time for Jared Weaver to come down with shoulder problems. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Ditto the Rays' Jeff Niemann. (Hardball Talk)

The Red Sox can't do it, but someone's able to beat the A's. (CSN Bay Area)

The Giants -- again (or is it still?) -- wish Pablo Sandoval would push away from the table every once in a while. (Hardball Talk)

For the first time in 43 years, we have a winner in Washington. (CSN Washington)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
All's well that ends well, eh Virginia Tech? (NBC's College Football Talk)

Florida State's two-time All-ACC defensive lineman, Brandon Jenkins, is out for the season. (College Football Talk) Quite a price to pay for beating Murray State, 69-3.

Honey Badger's staying at LSU. (AP)

GOLF
That third-place finish in Norton made Tiger Woods the first 100 million man in PGA history. (AP)

Someone really ought to teach Luke Donald how to use Twitter. (AP)

HOCKEY
Dion Phaneuf and Elisha Cuthbert are tying the knot. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Judging by how Magic fans are reacting, Dwight Howard should have saved the money he spent on that full-page ad. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

His NBA days may be over, but Allen Iverson is still in the headlines . . . albeit for all the wrong reasons. (CSN Philly)

PRO FOOTBALL
The Patriots are 10 million under the cap as the season begins. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Who needs training camp? Mike Wallace says he's good to go. (AP)

Maurice Jones-Drew is "ready to roll", too, but the Jaguars are going to limit his rolling on Sunday to third down. (AP)

And Brian Urlacher, who also missed most of camp (but for non-financial reasons), says he's playing Sunday as well, though no one's promising how effective he'll be. (AP)

The David Garrard Era in Miami may prove to be spectacularly short. (AP)

Tim Tebow. Jets. Wildcat. Getcher popcorn ready, Buffalo. (AP)

David Ortiz re-enacts Boston movie scenes as part of charity video

David Ortiz re-enacts Boston movie scenes as part of charity video

As part of a charity promotion with Omaze, David Ortiz has made a video re-enacting scenes from Boston-set movies. 

The movies range from a classic -- "Good Will Hunting" -- to very good crime movies -- "The Departed, The Town" — to the just plain bad "Fever Pitch," but all of the scenes are entertaining. Ortiz plays every part in each scene, often playing to characters interacting with one another. 

At the end of the video, a link is given to Omaze.com/papi, which gives fans the opportunity to enter a drawing to attend his jersey retirement ceremony by donating. Proceeds go to the David Ortiz Children’s Fund and the Red Sox Foundation. 

The David Ortiz Children Fund aims to help children in New England and the Dominican Republic who are born with congenital heart failure. 
 

Drellich: When will Red Sox players hold themselves accountable?

Drellich: When will Red Sox players hold themselves accountable?

BOSTON -- Whether John Farrell is managing the Red Sox next week or next month, keep an eye on player accountability.

Five years ago, Bobby Valentine was supposed to be the disciplinarian that stopped babying the clubhouse. Disaster followed, largely because Valentine was a terrible fit for this group, his approach extreme and dated.

But this year’s team makes you wonder whether a distilled sense of Red Sox entitlement lingers.

At Fenway Park, is the message from the veteran voices one that includes a sense of public accountability for not just the manager, but the players as well?

In FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal’s piece on Farrell, Rosenthal noted “some players, but not all, believe that [Farrell] does not stand up for them strongly enough to the media.”

Those unnamed players Rosenthal cites need a mirror, badly. Or at least a glance around the room.

Where’s the guy in the clubhouse standing up to the media with any consistency? There’s no voice that regularly shields the younger, less experienced guys from tough but expected questions after losses.

Dustin Pedroia gets dressed and leaves the clubhouse faster than Chris Sale will get the ball back and throw it Wednesday. 

Pedroia mentioned something about whale poop in Oakland over the weekend. He can be very funny, but he’s not exactly keen to deliver calming, state-of-the-union addresses — not with frequency, anyway.

Farrell, of course, has been criticized for doing the opposite of what the FOX Sports story noted. The manager was mobbed on social media last year for saying David Price had good stuff on a day Price himself said the opposite.

The premise here is amusing, if you think about it.

Follow: Players are upset that the manager does not do a better job lying about their performance. And this, in turn, affects how players play?

Get a grip.

The public isn’t dumb. If you’re bad, you’re bad, and you’re going to hear about it in Boston. No manager changes that.

Whichever Sox player seeks more protection from Farrell really needs a reminder from a teammate to play better.

Too often, some of the most famous, prominent athletes can be sensitive, and over-sensitive. Look at how LeBron James handled a question about what led to his poor performance in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

It is true that some players question Farrell’s leadership, as Rosenthal reported. But it can also be difficult to separate questions of leadership from whining and grumbling that a manager isn’t providing said player more chances, more opportunities, even if undeserved.

How can Drew Pomeranz's unfounded dugout complaints be Farrell's fault?

The situation and player that make Farrell look the worst this year is Hanley Ramirez. The idea of him playing first base is gone, his shoulders apparently too screwed up to make that viable. 

Somehow, Ramirez made 133 starts at first base last year. One has to wonder how all of a sudden Ramirez can barely play a single game. 

If he’s hurt, he’s hurt. But the Sox didn’t come out of the gate in spring training and say, first base is out of the picture because of his health. They kept saying there was hope he'd be able to play in the field.

If Ramirez is being obstinate, he’s in turn making Farrell look weak. And, more importantly, hurting his team.

What would Ramirez be doing if David Ortiz hadn't retired? Spending the year on the disabled list?

Farrell can pack up his bags today, tomorrow or after the next full moon. The players would still need to take it upon themselves to do what’s best for their team: to focus on what matters.

If they’ve forgotten, that’s about performing up to their abilities and being accountable for themselves -- publicly and privately -- when they don’t.

A manager’s quote in the media doesn’t change whether you’re playing bad baseball.