When the word came down yesterday that Pedro would miss his start last night, it was almost as if the game was canceled. If you were waffling between watching Pedro, or some other event on TV, (Season or series ending episodes of “24″ or “Buffy”) your decision suddenly got a lot easier. I had no interest in anything but the Sox game, so the beginning felt an awful lot like the previous night. Yankees out of the box quick. Only this team, they had Jeff Weaver going for them instead of David Wells. David Heuschkel notes that the Sox had to overcome a whole lot more than an early scoreboard deficit last night. Jeff Horrigan says that the increased security and presence of police dogs everywhere, including the team clubhouses somehow seemed symbolic after the news that Pedro was going to be scratched. Sox fans were on terror alert in more ways than one. Bob Hohler says the baseball gods were up to some mischief last night. Steven Krasner says that the Sox, outside of their comfort zone of having Pedro on the mound, were able to scratch out a win. Christopher Price says getting to Jose Contreras was sweet revenge for the Sox. Lenny Megliola says last night was just full of twists and ironies. Kevin Gray says there may have been some reverse psychological effect on the Yankees with them having prepared for a difficult test in Pedro and getting Chen instead. John Powers says things turned very quickly for Contreras last night. Mark Murphy looks at Joe Torre trying to express confidence in his 32 Million dollar Cuban ace. Sean McAdam looks at the bullpen woes both teams have faced this year. Nick Cafardo looks at Nomar continuing his hitting streak. Michael Silverman looks at Bruce Chen’s efforts last night as a last minute fill in. Dan Shaughnessy is comparing Brandon Lyon to Dick Radatz. And they say the fans are quick to anoint players as stars. A few tough outings and CHB will be calling him the cowardly Lyon…Karen Guregian says Red Sox fans have to love the struggles of the Yankees high priced offseason acquisitions. The essence of Michael Gee’s pay column is that both bullpens stink. Paul Harber looks at David Ortiz getting the big hit off of Contreras. Gordon Edes looks at Bucky Dent sitting in the Monster seats tonight and talk of the screen being trotted back out to the monster at some point.
Michael Silverman looks at Pedro’s mild strain of the right latissimus dorsi. Steven Krasner, Bob Hohler, and David Heuschkel also report on the injury to Pedro. Gordon Edes looks at he intrigue around the Pedro injury, and says Pedro’s vow to not talk to the media is “now silly”. Getting frustrated, Gordon?
Dan Shaughnessy says ‘Ha! now who would you rather have, Roger or Pedro?’ I think Dan is forgetting how many groin and hamstring pulls Roger has suffered over the years. But overall, not too bad of an article by Dan. It was speculated last night that Shaughnessy would have a real venomous article on Pedro today, but he’s not too harsh on him for the most part. Shaughnessy uses complete games as a measure of how fragile Pedro is, saying he’s only had 4 since 2000. Nice stat by “edison” on the tagboard…since 1999, Pedro has 16 complete games, Roger 2. If you go back through ’97, Pedro has 32 complete games to Roger’s 16. Steve Buckley’s pay column is also comparing the fragile Pedro to the Iron Horse Roger.
Sorry, all you Roger Clemens bashers from Warwick to Waterville, but Martinez is no Rocket when it comes to good luck and good health. For all the ongoing myths about how Clemens resembled a hard-throwing Ralph Kramden during his days with the Red Sox, the reality is that the big lug rarely was unable to punch in at starting time. During one three-year stretch, he made 36, 35 and 35 starts; Martinez, by comparison, has never made more than 33 starts during his nine seasons as a big league starter.
I love the revisionist history. Roger spent his fair share of time on the DL here. Buckley also takes a few more shots at Dan Duquette:
Remember? These were the last days of the Dan Duquette regime, the last days of Cowardly Fenway Park, the last days of the John Harrington mob. Duquette ordered puppet manager Joe Kerrigan to have Martinez pitch against the Yankees, so Martinez pitched. It was painful to watch.
Take a deep breath and let the hatred go, Buck. Michael O’Connor looks at some of the fan debate around Clemens. In a feature for the Boston Metro, Alex Speier says Roger is not a Red Sox, Blue Jay or Yankee…he’s a Texan, through and through. Nice article. Jack O’Connell says Nolan Ryan is watching Roger’s progress towards #300 very closely. Paul Harber says Roger will be fired up for tonight. Rudy Seanez is the star of the notebooks, leading off the Globe, Herald and Projo editions, while Heuschkel’s notebook looks at Bruce Chen’s start not being a total surprise to the pitcher.
Shira Springer looks at Chris Wallace getting permission to speak to the Trail Blazers about their GM opening. No word on if taking Vin Baker with him was a stipulation made if Wallace leaves…
The Big East/ACC saga continues on. Kevin McNamara says the ball is in Miami’s court on this one. Ken Davis reports that the Big East football schools that would be left behind are trying to arrange a meeting with Miami officials to persuade them to stay. Mark Blaudschun thinks that BC has the power to get Miami to stay, if the Eagles would just take a firm stand. Not sure I agree with that theory. Mike Shalin has more on the other Big East schools trying to get Miami to remain.
Jeff Jacobs says that Annika Sorenstam is doing this for herself, and herself only. There’s no crusade here. Jacobs can’t decide if he wants her to win or fall flat on her face. Jim McCabe looks at her competitiveness and drive going into this event. Joe Gordon says she acknowledges that she has an uphill climb here. Bill Griffith looks at the coverage USA Network has planned for the tournament, starting tomorrow morning.
John Molori’s article mentioned yesterday is now online.
NESN has Red Sox/Yankees at 7:00. (ESPN2 nationally) ESPN has Senators/Devils at 7:00. TNT has Mavs/Spurs at 9:30. ESPN2 has Giants/Diamondbacks at 10:00. At 5:00 this afternoon, ESPN Classic has game three of the 1975 World Series.