Chris Sale pitching for the Boston Red Sox

Players’ TV chatter has gone over the line

Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, hoping that someone was just kidding if he actually said that Marcus Smart would continue as the starting point guard next season …

This probably doesn’t faze anyone who isn’t old enough to remember Big Yaz Bread, but it was annoying to see Alex Verdugo wired for sound during Sunday night’s Red Sox-Yankees game at Fenway.

It wasn’t anything that Verdugo said. And anyone who talks to himself so much when in the batters box is likely to at least chat to himself in the outfield. But Sunday night Verdugo engaged the ESPN crew in about as deep a conversation as one might expect between a left fielder and the guys in the booth.

It may well be that players have no trouble multi-tasking between an interview and their defensive duties. It’s not like outfielders don’t spend most of their time on the field with little enough to do.

It could just be this is one more tidbit that those of us whose hair is quickly graying or gone.

For the record, Big Yaz Bread was pretty awful, but think how much one frozen loaf might bring in the memorabilia market …

Another oddity during the weekend resumption of the rivalry: Players were having an awful time dealing with the twilight skies. Friday night, Christian Arroyo completely lost a ball that fell for a double.

The last time these eyes saw such a thing was in an Exeter Babe Ruth League game in 1973. The skies were blue, and the sun shone brightly.

Luckily, being a scribe does not require so much as a measurable amount of athleticism.  …

Chris Sale has been officially declared the Red Sox’ starting pitcher Tuesday night at Tropicana Field, with an 85-pitch limit. His first big-league start since he fractured a rib during spring training will provide at least a nominal amount of evidence as to what can reasonably be expected from him this season.

Whichever way it goes, no one should consider it a flawless harbinger of what is to come. That, of course, is certain to happen. …

It is has been definitely determined that Bruce Cassidy was fired as Bruins coach after several players expressed their wish to see him go.

That isn’t exactly the best reason for firing a coach. New coach Jim Montgomery better be prepared to be everyone’s pal. …

Most likely, Marcus Smart’s recent revelations that he will maintain his position as Celtics point guard is at least cringe-worthy. Watching his performance running the offense in the NBA Finals was maddening.

It could just be a hollow assurance – yes, you’ll be the point guard – with the second half of the thought left unsaid: Until someone beats you out for the job.

At least we hope that’s the case.

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