A few random thoughts while I try to figure out if there's a slower time of year for sports...
- RIP to Frank Ramsey, who was a seven-time world champion in nine years with the Celtics. He died of natural causes on Sunday at the age of 86.
- Probably the most profound statement about him is that his number 23 was retired just months after he retired in 1964. That's respect.
- Ramsey, who popularized the sixth-man role with those great Celtics teams, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.
- The Nationals dropped below .500 while playing the Red Sox so, basically, the Sox are in the midst of a stretch from July 2 to July 30 where they don't play a team with a winning record.
- As a baseball lover this hurts to say, but why would people watch that?
- Rob Manfred has his work cut out for him. Big time.
- What happened to the Royals? That was a quick slope down.
- I don't care, I still watch the All-Star Game like I was 10-years old. The pregame introductions have always been a must for me.
- I'll have a couple Patriots stories for you today, including a few things I've picked up about Rob Gronkowski.
Time to hit to the links...
McAdam: Loss of Christian Vazquez will test — but not crush — Red Sox
Red Sox well-represented in All-Star Game with five players chosen and a sixth a possibility
BSJ Game Report: Red Sox 7, Royals 4 – Balanced attack, Porcello lead Sox to sixth straight
MLB Notebook: AL playoff races all but over; several Sox worthy of All-Star spots and more
7 p.m.: NBA Summer League - Celtics vs. Hornets, ESPN2 (Robb)
7:15 p.m.: MLB — Rangers at Red Sox, NESN (McAdam)
It'd be cooler if they were shaving his eyebrows or something...