Rocky Mountain Low

The Red Sox had an early lead on the Rockies in Coors Field last night, but let it get away and fell 6-3. Bob Hohler notes that the Sox felt sure they’d score more than just three runs last night. Jeff Horrigan says that the Sox just could not get a clutch hit. Sean McAdam laments all the men left on base by the Red Sox, which enabled the Rockies to end an eight game losing streak. David Heuschkel says that pretty much everyone was shocked that the Red Sox couldn’t pull a win out last night. Michael Silverman looks at the outing from Bronson Arroyo, who despite giving up the 3-1 lead, didn’t pitch all that terrible in the mile high atmosphere. Nick Cafardo takes a look at Pedro, who is regaining his form and feeling much more at peace as of late. Pedro also disputes the notion that he had even partially torn his labrum back in 2001. Alex Speier takes another look at Pokey fever around Boston. Jonathan Comey looks at those darn Yankees, who just keep winning at an unbelievable pace. Bob Halloran shares three discoveries he’s made this year about the Red Sox and the managerial style of Terry Francona. Silverman takes a look at the concern and anxiety around the ankle of Curt Schilling. CN8’s Ed Berliner weighs in on the Schilling/Media situation. Hohler’s notebook has Schilling feeling optimistic about said ankle. Horrigan’s notebook says that the ankle is feeling better. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at the return of Trot Nixon, who will be in the lineup tonight.

Bob Neumeier and Jonathan Comey deserve credit as being perhaps the only two local media guys who said the Pistons could and would beat the Lakers. Detroit closed out Los Angeles in five games, the first real upset in the NBA finals in nearly 30 years. It also brings to an end a streak in which the winning team had the best, or one of the two or three best players in the league – something that should give some hope to teams like the Celtics. Steve Bulpett and Shira Springer look at the return of the Bad Boys. Bulpett takes a look at series MVP Chauncey Billups (yup, Bob Lobel already said it). The Celtics had a hand in this title, and since it resulted in a defeat of the Lakers, I’m not all that upset about it. Springer’s notebook looks at the role that Danny Ainge played in bringing the title to Detroit. Some interesting words in there from Doc Rivers too, who wants to have former Celtics around his team as much as possible, Robert Parish among them. Bulpett’s notebook has the Celtics seeing hope in what Detroit was able to accomplish. Howard Bryant (subscription only) says that the Celtics are not worthy of fans spending their money on season tickets for the team, but he is impressed with what he’s seen and heard from Doc Rivers thus far.

While we’re on the subject of Bryant, I need to clarify his quote from yesterday that I featured in this space. There was a second part to it, and I unthinkingly left it out after the first part seemed so staggering to me. The entire quote read:

I don't know the exact reason why media in Boston is so much more a part of the story than in other cities, but I suspect it has in part to do with the aggressive nature and self-importance of the fans here, who distrust the people who cover the team. That, and the high visibility of the reporters themselves - who have through spouting personal opinions on television and radio (when we're supposed to be objective) have injected their personalities into the daily drama instead of merely reporting on it - has made for an explosive mix.

That’s a little different. If Bryant’s article wasn’t a subscription article, it might not have been a big deal, since anyone could just go in and see the context of the quote. Since though, the article was a pay item, it wasn’t really fair of me to just put the first part in and leave it hanging out there on it’s own when others didn’t have the access to go in and see the entire paragraph.

Bob Ryan takes a look at Phil Mickelson, hoping to make it two majors in a row this weekend. Ryan confesses that he has now become a Mickelson fan. Jim McCabe and George Kimball look at Padraig Harrington, and Joe Gordon has an article on Tiger Woods.

Stan Grossfeld looks at the counseling and advocacy work done by Kathy Redmond who was raped by then-Nebraska nose tackle Christian Peter, who was briefly a Patriot draftee. Some disturbing tales in this story.

NESN has Red Sox/Rockies at 9:00. ESPN has Cubs/Astros at 7:00 and ESPN2 has Yankees/Diamondbacks at 10:00. The Globe SportsPlus will be on NESN at 7:30, and one of the segments will be Dan Shaughnessy and Kevin Paul Dupont arguing who is better, Clemens or Pedro. CN8’s Sports Pulse is on at 10:00 and will have a representative from the Northeastern Center for Sport in Society who will talk about the recent comments of Bill Parcells and Larry Bird. Shira Springer will also be in to talk about the Celtics and the NBA.