OK….Raise your hand if you

OK….Raise your hand if you turned off the game after the Angels put up four runs in the eighth… *raises hand*. I was so convinced there was no way that they would come back that I didn’t even flip on NESN’s SportsDesk this morning for the final. In the car this morning, I hear a Johnny Damon clip on a WEEI sportsflash, and the score hadn’t been given yet, so I think to myself, he sounds awfully upbeat after another depressing loss, then Meterparel gave the score and I nearly hit a pedestrian. So that was my morning..

So back to reality….now the newspaper stories focus on this possibly being the spark that gets the team going. I thought that Nomar’s speech in the dugout was the spark. Well, Jackie MacMullan thinks this game is the spark, and the players seemed to be in great spirits after the game. Good ol’ Pedro even used the moment to take a shot at doom and gloom Shaughnessy, though it seems in good humor: “‘What’s the headline?” asked a jubiliant Pedro Martinez. ”Where’s Shaughnessy? I scared the ghost out of the [expletive] dugout [during the rally].” Gordon Edes says this is the biggest comeback in four years for the Sox. (Opening day, 1998..Mo Vaughn grandslam wins it) Sean McAdam opines that the Sox were in danger of falling out of the playoff race without this win. Jeff Horrigan chimes in, as does Bob Hohler. Horrigan’s notebook has all the Globe’s has, and more. Mark Blaudshun, continuing to get his writing arm in shape for the college season, looks at tonight’s starter, Casey Fossum, and also gives Manny some love. After last night’s game, Manny is hitting .344 now. Jackie MacMullan also checks in with Derek Lowe, who says the labor situation is affecting his performance. From yesterday, John Tomase looks at how this Red Sox team has managed to underachieve so much.

Gerry Callahan has a biting piece about the disrespected players and the tough life they lead. Jeff Goldberg looks at how the people working at and around the ballpark will be affected by a strike.

Kevin Mannix and Michael Smith look at the snags in the Jamal Anderson deal. Mannix has Pats spokesman Stacey James quoted as saying: “There’s no certainty that it’s going to happen.” Smith’s notebook looks at “Bad news Billy”. Mannix uses his to update us on Tedy Bruschi. Tom Curran looks at cutdown day.

Jim Baker finds it funny that Terry Glenn calls Bryan Cox “an idiot”. Baker also has Callahan reupping at WEEI for a cool half million dollars.(Did he check this information? Just busting your chops, Jim) Not bad for a part-time gig. With his WEEI job, his Herald job, and the appearances he does here and there, Callahan likely makes more than some of the “overpaid” athletes he writes and talks about. At some NFL ones anyway. Bill Griffith has extensive notes and information for us, he like many of us can do without Jerry Glanville on the Patriots preseason games, he gives us highlights from the 25,000th SportsCenter, and information on projects between NESN and the Globe, and ESPN and the Globe.

Sounds like NESN had a good Extra Innings segment with Bob Rodgers asking Tony Clark some tough questions on the labor situation last night, and not getting real satisfying answers.

Fox25 has Red Sox/Yankees at 7:00. TBS has Braves/Pirates at 7:00.