Dan Shaughnessy

A few more pieces to reflect on

By Dan Shaughnessy
Globe Columnist / June 20, 2007
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Picked-up pieces while remembering that Len Bias died 21 years ago yesterday:

Peter Chiarelli underwhelms us. His first coaching hire was a dud, and now he's apparently going to sell us on Claude Julien when most Bruins fans would prefer Mike Milbury. Charlie Jacobs underwhelms us, also. There appears to be a conscious effort to purge all things Harry Sinden over on Causeway Street, and from a distance it strikes one as petty and insecure. If you don't have room for an executive like Nate Greenberg -- for three decades the Bruins' top ambassador with the community and the hockey cognoscenti -- you are in the wrong business. Nate's departure makes for one less reason to go to Bruins games. Irrelevance: It's called Bruins hockey.

Is it possible that Barry Bonds's trip to Fenway kick-started the rehabilitation of his image? Barry was Guy Smiley last weekend, then went to Milwaukee Monday and Bud Selig actually attended the game.

Look for the Celtics to trade that coveted No. 5 pick in the draft. It's a sad state of affairs when your whole season boils down to one day in Secaucus, N.J., and fans are left with nothing else to look forward to.

QUIZ: No fair if you've already heard this one on radio, but name the four colleges/universities that produced a US president and at least one Super Bowl-winning quarterback (answer below).

Chris Drury a free agent? The Bruins should do whatever they can do to bring this guy on board. Drury is a winner, he's a BU guy, and his father-in-law owns The Stockyard in Brighton.

Find yourself rooting for the Cal-Irvine Anteaters in the College World Series? You are not alone.

It's tough to see those numbers alongside the names of this week's opposing shortstops, Edgar Renteria and Julio Lugo.

Looks like Pacman Jones really learned his lesson.

America gets its first glimpse of Kenny Rogers since Smudgegate when he takes the mound against the Braves Friday night. The 42-year-old lefty has been on the shelf after surgery to remove a blood clot from his left shoulder. He was last seen mowing down the Cardinals in the Tigers' only win of the World Series, apparently putting some stuff on the baseball while not allowing a run in 23 postseason innings. Anybody else like to see a Detroit-Boston ALCS?

Memo to Red Sox management: It's a bad idea to eject Fenway fans who "throw it back" when a home run sails into the stands. The Sox claim it's a safety issue. Those who throw it back should be celebrated, not ejected.

Red Sox super scout Ray Fagnant was seen working a New England Collegiate Baseball League game in Holyoke last weekend. On a Father's Day evening, Ray sat with his dad and two of his sons behind home plate at MacKenzie Field and managed to keep his little boys fed and change a diaper while still manning a radar gun and clocking the catcher's "pop times." Let's see Bill James do that.

Dave Roberts or Jonas Salk? Which one gets the bigger ovation? You make the call.

The once-proud Orioles fired manager Sam Perlozzo Monday. Easy call. They should have shown him the door on Mother's Day at Fenway when he removed Jeremy Guthrie, who was working on a shutout in the ninth. Guthrie had thrown only 91 pitches when Perlozzo yanked him after the catcher dropped a popup. Naturally, the Sox rallied and won against the bullpen. The O's are expected to bring in the estimable Andy MacPhail as GM, which could pave the way for Joe Girardi as manager. Andy's dad, Lee MacPhail, has Orioles roots.

Sports Illustrated's Peter King reminds us that seven years ago he interviewed Michael Strahan at Holsten's luncheonette, site of the final scene from the final "Sopranos" episode. While we're on the subject, who remembers that the 2005 Chicago White Sox made Journey's "Don't Stop Believin' " a cult classic long before David Chase wrote it into his controversial series finale?

At the end of the day, good guy Chris Wallace didn't make much difference with the Celtics. Too bad. He was fun to have around.

Anybody else tired of Kobe Bryant?

Summer doesn't start until tomorrow and I'm already eager for the fall. Imagine what it's going to be like around here with the Red Sox in the playoffs and the Patriots expected to win 14 or more regular-season games.

Paula Abdul turned 45 yesterday. Who is old enough to remember when she was a Laker Girl?

Alex Rodriguez is on a pace to easily surpass Roger Maris's American League record of 61 homers in a season.

QUIZ ANSWER: Michigan (Gerald Ford, Tom Brady); Stanford (Herbert Hoover, Jim Plunkett and John Elway); US Naval Academy (Jimmy Carter, Roger Staubach), and (nobody gets this one) Miami of Ohio (Benjamin Harrison, Ben Roethlisberger).

Class always shows. Former Red Sox star and coach Tommy Harper attended the funeral of our beloved Larry Whiteside in Newton yesterday.

The Hartford Courant and the entire region lost one of the great ones when Patriots beat guy Alan Greenberg died in March. A journalism scholarship fund has been established in Alan's name and will benefit college-bound reporters graduating from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. Donations can be sent to Wolkon & Pascucci, LLP, 1 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108.

Dan Shaughnessy is a Globe columnist. He can be reached at

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