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July 8, 2012

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Don't Blame Ray

I am having a real hard time understanding all of this animosity towards Ray Allen for signing with Miami. Sure he took less money to go to the enemy but that's really not the point.

Why would Allen want to stay with Boston when the team offered Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce three year deals but would only offered him two? Furthermore, Allen's minutes in Boston were gone, Avery Bradley beat him out for the starting shooting guard job and the sixth man minutes were given to newly signed Jason Terry.

People are comparing this to Johnny Damon signing with the Yankees after the 2005 season but it's way different, Damon was in his prime and was a hot commodity while Allen doesn't have much left in the tank as was evident in last year's playoff run.

Those calling Allen a traitor for going to Miami are off base. One can not expect an aging former super star to play out the rest of his career in obscurity in Memphis just to appease Boston fans instead of going to a contender that will probably win another title in 2013. Besides, after watching Allen's performance last year does anybody even believe that he is a big loss at this point, the Celtics have actually gotten slightly better this offseason.

Pedro Pedro!

Saturday night at Fenway Park was something like a flashback to 1999 with chants of Pedro Pedro! ringing throughout Fenway Park. Except in 2012 Red Sox fans were not chanting the name of the legendary Pedro Martinez, but the name of obscure recent minor league call up Pedro Ciriaco. The infielder, donning No. 77, had a big night Saturday in Boston's 9-4 win over the Yankees going 4-for-5 with 4 RBI, a career night for the 26 year old career minor leaguer.

Ciriaco will obviously not turn out to be the star Martinez was with the Red Sox, but fans in attendance Saturday were obviously thrilled to see somebody, anybody step up their game when the team desperately needed a win.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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