Baseball

Baseball better gets its business done quickly

Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, wondering how many times Tom Brady will retire and consider unretiring before he realizes the only person still taking him seriously is his interview bobo, Jim Gray …

It really is true – the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.

Apparently, Major League Baseball and its players have again managed to miss that road sign as they rumble down the dirt road toward the cliff’s edge.

On Saturday, management and labor (using those terms loosely) met for less than an hour. They accomplished nothing that would assure spring training starts, as scheduled, next week.

So the negotiations will drone on, each side’s eyes fixed on their potential pots of gold, blissfully ignorant of the reality that the fate of the game is more tenuous than it has been since the 1994-95 strike.

As an old friend and colleague, now a public school teacher said, “I am around students. Neither the owners or players are smart enough to realize how little people under 25 care about baseball.”

Worse still, the game’s core audience – twice that age – is growing beyond weary of the greed that guides the players and owners.

As the ambivalence spreads beyond the so-called small markets of Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and St. Petersburgh, Fla., the titans – New York, Los Angeles and Boston – better start worrying. …

In trying to grasp the deeper meaning of the Celtics’ personnel moves this week, the key point is that they have not dialed up their potential to become a championship contender. The team is good enough to be an entertaining playoff participant.

Anyone believing that Derrick White and old pal Daniel Theis are just what the C’s needed to chase No. 18, needs a gentle slap up-side the head.

Brad Stevens is going to need an A-list free agent signing this summer. Otherwise, the Celtics will remain on that NBA treadmill reserved for teams forced to consider a first-round playoff win as mission accomplished. …

Bill O’Brien’s alleged presence in the field of candidates has roused the anger of many Patriots fans. No one seems particularly giddy over Joe Judge handling the offense. If they don’t find a quality receiver, it won’t matter who is calling the plays.

Those bored by the offensive coordinator discussion should zero in on an equally critical need – someone who can make the Patriots’ overrated defense championship caliber. That means someone on the field, not Jerod Mayo, Steve Belichick, or anyone else on the sidelines wearing a headset. …

In his weekly blab-fest with Gray, Brady’s response to a question about teams wooing him this summer, he began with, “Never say never.”

With all due respect to the GOAT, Brady should ask his life guru, Alex Guerrero, for a concoction to end his addiction to public attention and adulation.

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