Questions that spring to mind: Has any athlete ever made one reporter look as foolish as David Ortiz has made Shaughnessy look this year? With all the grief that he takes at times for his defense, do we all realize that Todd Walker has 83 RBI on the year? From your second baseball that has hit #2 in the lineup much of the year. Amazing. The Sox have eight players with 80+ RBI. As Gerry Callahan said this morning, Walker is playing in his last regular season week with the Red Sox, but thanks to last night, we’re never going to forget the guy. Gordon Edes has the story of another incredible win at Fenway for the Sox. Jeff Horrigan details the enthralling late show that transpired last night. Kevin McNamara looks at the late inning heroics. Paul Doyle says this could be the type of game that carries the team through the playoffs. Christopher Price looks at just another dramatic victory by the 2003 Sox. Tony Massarotti says that the Big O has to receive serious MVP consideration. Sean McAdam says this team just continues to find ways to surprise us, even 157 games into the season. Lenny Megliola looks at how much the players enjoyed that win last night and how they love playing together as well. Dan Shaughnessy sucks us into thinking he’s fully on the bandwagon, but then drops this line in the middle of his column today:
Ah, the A's. How sweet is this matchup? Do you know that the A's have won eight consecutive playoff games against the Sox, sweeping in 1988 and again in 1990? Do you also know that the A's have not won a playoff series since Roger Clemens -- wearing eyeblack on his face and Ninja Turtle laces in his shoes -- imploded on the mound at the Oakland Coliseum in Game 4 in '90?
We knew we could count on you to do your best to sour things and bring up past failures, Dan. Continuing his single minded determination to make life as miserable as possible for Red Sox fans, Dan produces a column about Bucky Dent today, of all days. Peter May looks at Todd Walker’s huge home run, which he went up to the plate trying to hit…and did it. Tony Chamberlain looks at Tim Wakefield, grateful to be picked up by teammates. Edes has a segment of a one-on-one interview with David Ortiz for the Globe SportsPlus tonight. Michael Silverman looks at the two homeruns, trying to figure out which one was bigger. Kevin Gray looks at the September reign by the Sox pushing ahead. Silverman has a second article looking at baseball’s lack of a 50 homer guy this year. Unlike Shaughnessy, Steve Buckley delivers a feel-good column today, looking at Ortiz and his favorite song, which his Sox teammates attempted to chant to him in that pile at home plate. The song, which translates to “Jump Around” in English, might just be the perfect theme for the 2003 Sox, according to Buckley. Joseph P. Kahn looks at the origins of the Sox rally cry of “Cowboy Up”. Christopher Young already has his ticket to the seventh game of the World Series at Fenway. Chamberlain also looks at tonight’s starter, John Burkett. Horrigan’s notebook has a couple Sox pushing for the signing of Barry Larkin in the offseason. The Globe notebook looks at Grady’s decision to pinch run for Manny in the eighth inning. McNamara’s notebook looks at the move of Walker to the #3 spot, which continues to pay off. Doyle’s notebook looks at another attendance record at Fenway.
Michael Felger, in his Patriots Insider, talks with Bo Jackson about Rosevelt Colvin’s hip. He also has an interesting note about the Pats giving players written tests a couple days prior to games to see how well they’re picking up the game plan. Tom Curran looks at Colvin and his agent saying the player will be fully recovered and ready to go for next year. Alan Greenberg also looks at the injury and its effects for the long term. Felger has a second article on Colvin, who still isn’t sure exactly when the injury actually occurred. Michael Smith, Dan Pires and Christopher Price wrap up the Colvin stories. Nick Cafardo has a look at the situation of Maurice Clarett, who yesterday sued for the right to enter the 2004 NFL Draft. Jim Baker writes briefly about Adam Vinatieri. Michael Gee writes in his pay column today that while the Patriots might be able to overcome the injuries in the short term, over the course of the season, they’re going to catch up with them. Howard Bryant has his Boston Uncommon pay column in which he looks at Belichick’s right to not divulge injury details to the press, the Sox closer situation and the WNBA. Mike Giardi wonders if the boys in Foxboro can overcome this horrific September string of injuries. Jonathan Comey looks at the NFL 10 years ago and a few other league items.
Steve Conroy looks at Dan McGillis, who looks to be a force for the Bruins this year. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell also looks at McGillis. Conroy’s notebook looks at Martin Lapointe, who will miss a month after undergoing knee surgery. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook also looks at the surgery for Lapointe.
Jon Meterparel is the focus of John Molori’s Media Blitz this week. Meterparel reveals his ambitions in this piece, including his five year plan to become the Red Sox play-by-play announcer and possible plans for a Meterparel 5:30 AM D&C warmup show. On the Big Show, naturally Pete Sheppard was critical of Meterparel’s ambition and the fact that he was the focus of the article. Two years ago, Pete had his own Media Blitz profile, and in that one, he revealed he’d like to take over for Ted Sarandis should WEEI management move to cancel Ted Nation.
Ron Borges looks at the fall from the top by John Ruiz.
NESN has Red Sox/Orioles at 7:00. ESPN has Phillies/Marlins at 7:00 and Dodgers/Padres at 10:00. ESPN2 has Reds/Cubs at 7:00.