Final May thoughts: It’s time for the Eck to replace Remy on NESN; Papelbon back to Sox?

Cleaning out the sports mind as May turns to June….

– Anybody realize that Mike Napoli has struck out 80 times in his first 56 games. He is on pace to strike out over 200 times. Are you OK with this?

– By the way, Mark Bellhorn (2004) holds the Sox single season record with 177. Let’s see, how did that season end…..

– It’s about time someone gave Maine’s Steve Clifford a shot at running his own NBA team. I know this – no other coach will outwork him.

– Tiger Woods shoots a 44 for nine holes at the Memorial Tournament on Saturday and it is proclaimed his worst nine hole score ever…do you know how many times I have jumped for joy adding up my scorecard and it’s a 44!

– With all due respect to Jerry Remy, NESN needs to hire Dennis Eckersley as color analyst. He’s funny, insightful and he makes Don Orsillo better.

– By the way, I’m not exactly sure that Amica Pitch Zone is accurate all the time. I’m tired of always comparing the umpire call to that box.

– What a year of athletic success the Foxcroft Academy Ponies are having!

– Tom Brady was sporting a new, shorter hairstyle when he was at a football charity event the other day…but I could not help but notice-he looked so much older in the face. Kids, plus carrying a franchise can do that to you.

– Let’s say the Red Sox are in first place by three games at the trade deadline. Jonathan Papelpon is available. Would you trade Allen Webster or Anthony Ranaudo or Matt Barnes or Brandon Workman to get him? Hmmm.

– The Binghamton Bearcats were two and done at the NCAA regional baseball tournament. Leaves you wondering how UMaine would have done.

– Baseball America lists no Mainer in the top 500 draft prospects for this week’s MLB draft. Makes you appreciate Billy Swift and Mark Rogers years even more.

– As I watch the Bruins play Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference finals, I think about how much harder it will be next year with the Detroit Red Wings coming to the B’s division.

– Admit it…you wanted to see Zdeno Chara punch the lights out of Sidney Crosby Saturday night.

– Hello…calling Doc Rivers…calling Doc Rivers…anybody worried he isn’t talking about the Celtics these days?

– I covered the UMaine hockey 1992-93 title team all the way to the Frozen Four at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee and I’m not sure I ever knew or heard anyone say the name “Dennis” Gendron…then again, it wasn’t even called “Frozen Four” back then.

– If I told you the leading hitter in MLB in May was former Sox(now SF Giants) infielder Marco Scutaro, would you believe me? It’s true. (.420 in May) (Miguel Cabrera .379).

– And one more stat from BaseballAnalytics.org – Jon Lester led the majors throwing 689 pitches in May. (Clayton Kershaw 651). We wonder what has happened lately to Lester – tired, perhaps.

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