Round one to the evil empire…Steven Krasner notes that if you were even 20 minutes late for watching the game, you pretty much missed all the action. Which is true, by the time I gathered my food off the grill and opened a cold one, it was 5-0, Yanks. Jeff Horrigan is very clear that the tag on Nomar which snuffed out the Sox own first inning rally was the 2003 version of the Phantom Tag. Bob Hohler makes no such claim. David Heuschkel says an eighth inning brawl in the stands was the most action seen at Fenway after the first. Kevin Gray has one of the most well rounded pieces of the day, looking at the seemingly million storylines for last nights game. Sean McAdam says the Sox were just unable to do what they’ve been so good at all year so far; get the clutch hits. Alex Speier notes that Casey Fossum was very impressive after the horrific start. Nick Cafardo says this was just a game of offensive frustration for the Sox. Michael Silverman looks at Johnny Damon’s three hit, two triple evening. Rich Thompson says that Fossum did a great job in the game of coming in in relief…of himself. Frank Dell’Apa says that Fossum was able to put the first inning behind him and move on to pitching the rest of his night effectively. Howard Bryant says that the Yankees made quick work of the Red Sox in the first inning. Gordon Edes turns to the Yankee bullpen for a blow by blow account of the huge eighth inning brawl down near the Pesky pole. Mark Murphy has David Wells gushing about the new seats on the wall, saying that it has changed his whole view of Fenway and allowed him to pitch well last night. Don Amore looks at Wells great performance on the eve of his 40th birthday. Joe McDonald has more on a typical night for the hefty lefty. Steve Buckley looks at his favorite player, Nomar, as he continues nonchalantly with his now 20 game hitting streak. Mark Murphy takes the obligatory look at the Giambi brothers. Michael Gee’s pay column is solely about the “Yankees Suck” chant, that there are Yankee haters everywhere, and there is no war between Red Sox fans and Yankee fans because you need two sides to have a war, and Yankee fans just don’t care about the Red Sox. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Trot sitting out last night. Krasner’s notebook looks at the electric atmosphere around the park last night. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on Johnny Damon’s big offensive night.
Jackie MacMullan looks at Roger Clemens and his place here in Boston and in history. His session with the media yesterday reveal a relaxed, almost reflective player. McDonald has more on something mention prominently in MacMullan’s article, how photos of the players Roger is about to pass in the record books are placed in his locker as he approaches each record. Silverman also has a piece on the relaxed Roger. Cafardo gets Theo’s opinion of Roger. Theo was 12 when Clemens struck out 20 in 1986…Michael O’Connor says fans are split on how Clemens should be viewed here and if his number should be retired. Edes also gets Kevin Kennedy’s predictable thoughts about Roger. Included in that article is an effort by a “Rocket Scientist” to examine the seasons put forth by Clemens in ’93 through ’96, to see if Roger really was on the decline, or a victim of bad circumstances. Jon Couture says that some Red Sox fans walk a fine line when it comes to Clemens. Jon Wallach looks at a lifetime built on hating the Yankees. In Steve Buckley’s pay column, he continues his assumed role as the final authority on what numbers should be retired by the Red Sox. No surprise, he says # 21 should be up there, and that Larry Lucchino is acting like a 10 year old when he calls the Yankees the evil empire and when he says that under current policy, Roger’s number would not qualify to be retired. In his pay column, Howard Bryant notices the softening of Clemens on the subject of Boston, an attitude that seemed to seep through a bit during his media session yesterday.
Michael Felger reports on the Patriots passing camp. They’re looking to open up the offense a bit this year, and hope the new and healthy pieces can come together. Rohan Davey is also going to be given every chance to win the backup QB spot behind Brady. Nick Cafardo also has a positive report from the camp, noting that Brady is feeling strong, and won the longest throw event at the recent QB challenge by throwing a ball 62 yards.
Gerry Callahan’s pay column is about Annika Sorenstam and the class she has displayed. She knows and we know she isn’t going to win, Callahan says she likely won’t even make the cut, but she’s not afraid to go out there and try, unlike Vijay Singh, who catches the full ire of Callahan:
Until last week Singh had been best known as a cheater, but he proved to be a pretty fair liar as well. After winning the Byron Nelson Sunday, he withdrew from the Colonial, claiming he promised his wife he would take a week off. What can you say? Chivalry is not dead in the Singh household. Vijay is probably putting in a load of laundry at this very moment.
If there is any justice in the golf world, the Colonial will list the withdrawals below all the players who at least had the nerve to tee it up, assuring that Sorenstam will finish ahead of Singh. By anyone's standard, missing the cut is more admirable than bailing out at the last minute with some lame excuse. Singh said Sorenstam ``didn't belong'' at the Colonial, which is debatable. This, on the other hand, is not debatable: Singh did belong there. He fanned the flames of controversy and then ran like Funny Cide when he felt the heat. Does your husband play, Vijay? Maybe he can show up and defend your honor.
In the media columns, Bill Griffith notes that Red Sox fans hoping to hear Curt Gowdy in his call with Chris Berman on ESPN will be disappointed, as the broadcast will be blacked out here because of NESN. Jim Baker uses his column to laud NBC’s coverage of the Preakness over the weekend, with praise to Bob Neumeier for picking the 1-2 winners. John Molori’s Media Blitz (Not online yet) focuses on Channel 5 legend Don Gillis, knocks SI humor writer Bill Scheft, despite a plug from Bill Simmons, and says WEEI’s “Down with OBP” skit as their funniest ever. I don’t agree. They’ve had much funnier skits than that one.
NESN has Red Sox/Yankees at 7:00. ESPN has Nets/Pistons at 8:00. At 5:00 this afternoon ESPN Classic has Pedro’s 17 strikeout game at Yankee stadium. Despite seeing two Red Sox no-hitters since then, that game remains the most dominating pitching performance I’ve ever seen.