The Red Sox finished their West Coast road trip with a 5-2 record after a 2-0 loss to the Mariners in Seattle. There will be lots of talk about Manny after this one. Bob Hohler devotes most of his game story to the Ramirez gaffe on the basepaths that cost the Sox a run. David Heuschkel looks at the two mistakes the Sox made yesterday, which did cost them the game. Sean McAdam is down after this one, lamenting the fact that the Red Sox lost ground on the Yankees during this trip. Jeff Horrigan recaps the more important numbers from the West coast swing.
Dan Shaughnessy of course focuses on the Manny episode and seems to urge forgiveness towards the end, but takes a nasty shot at Terry Francona in the process:
Start with manager Terry "I love these guys" Francona, who would have had an excuse for the 1919 White Sox ("A man's got to feed his family, you know").
I don’t know if that’s supposed to be funny, but it doesn’t come off that way. Tony Massarotti also writes about Manny and says you’ve got to expect this stuff to happen from Manny from time to time. Maybe this is a good example of the Michael Gee theory, Manny got his mental blunder out of the way before the postseason…Ron Chimelis says that Francona could be the AL Manager of the year. John Levesque of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the ’97 trade with the Mariners for Lowe and Varitek is still paying dividends for the Red Sox. John Tomase breaks down what the postseason roster for the Red Sox might look like. Massarotti looks at the job the Red Sox did on Ichiro this weekend. He also looks at the solid starting effort from Derek Lowe, who only made one mistake yesterday. Hohler’s notebook looks at David Ortiz’s sore shoulder, which kept him out of the lineup yesterday. Heuschkel’s notebook also looks at Ortiz getting a rest yesterday. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Trot Nixon getting the start in right field yesterday. McAdam’s notebook has more fallout from Manny.
Michael Parente looks at Ty Law’s hamstring injury and has an update on Kevin Faulk and a number of other Patriot items. Easily the most informative Patriots article of the day. Nick Cafardo reviews the weekend action around the AFC East. Nick loves Dewayne Robertson and the Jets defense. Of course, the Bills looked pretty good after week one last year too. Rich Thompson talks with center Dan Koppen about Tom Brady. Christopher Price looks at the Patriot rookies getting their first real NFL action. Thompson also talks to Jim Harbaugh about Brady. If you missed it Friday, BSMW had the Patriots Rear View by Scott Benson.
ABC has Packers/Panthers at 9:00.