Fond Fenway Farewell

The Red Sox wrapped up their regular season home schedule and season series with the Yankees by thumping the bombers, 11-4. This one had a little bit of everything in it. Bob Hohler comments on the little bit of ugliness towards the end of the game. Michael Silverman looks at the Red Sox finishing out the home schedule, but looking forward to returning in a couple weeks. Steven Krasner looks at the feistiness that once again surfaced between the two teams yesterday. David Heuschkel focuses on the outing by Curt Schilling and the hostilities between the clubs being the result of familiarity. Garry Brown looks at Schilling breezing through the Yankee lineup. David Borges has more on Schilling getting win number 21 on the season. Lenny Megliola looks at the Sox and Yankees facing off…in more ways than one…for the final time during the regular season. Joe Haggerty also has a game story from Fenway on the Red Sox win.

Curt Schilling is the popular topic today. The obvious angle for all is that he is the Red Sox ace based on his season and performance yesterday against the Evil Empire. Jackie MacMullan has a look at Schilling as the main attraction yesterday, saying that he was the Yankees “Daddy” and spanked them hard. Pedro can say it, but it just doesn’t sound right coming from Jackie…Karen Guregian says Schilling has to get the start to open the playoffs and if not, shame on Terry Francona. Jim Donaldson says Schilling is the Red Sox ace and he also calls him the Yankees “daddy”. Rich Thompson briefly looks at the Yankees struggles against Schilling yesterday. Alex Speier looks at Schilling padding his already impressive season resume with an overpowering performance against the Yankees yesterday. While Schilling may deserve the game one start, (What does it matter, really? Other than to generate controversy, of course.) unless Francona alters his rotation, it still may be Pedro in that first game. Schilling is scheduled to pitch Saturday.

Dan Shaughnessy says the regular season may be over for Fenway, but we’ve surely not seen the end of Red Sox baseball there for this year. He ponders the A’s and Twins and hopes the Red Sox don’t put a World Series logo on the field too soon this time. Ron Chimelis says that we all need to cower in fear of the Twins. John Tomase also says we need to be afraid, very afraid of the Twins.

Stephen Harris looks at the old hostilities surfacing during yesterday’s Red Sox rout. Howard Bryant (subscription only) also has a look at the ugliness between the two clubs, which has to be set aside as both teams have other things to focus on before they have a chance to meet again. Gordon Edes and Mark Murphy look at Trot Nixon, who is finally feeling healthy and ready to be a big part of a playoff run. Steve Britt has a look at the Sox beating back the bombers and perhaps sending a message. Michael O’Connor has a look at Bill Mueller, whose defense, hustle and grit is a big part of the Red Sox team character. Thompson looks at Kevin Brown’s early exit, and Nick Cafardo looks at the Kenny Lofton elbow incident at first base.

An article by Rob Bradford yesterday contained the nugget that there are plans to transform the Fenway park outfield into a skating rink during the winter.

Hohler’s notebook looks at the Red Sox 2004 success at Fenway. Silverman’s notebook looks at the team’s travel plans to Tampa with the aftermath of Hurricane Jeanne. Krasner’s notebook looks at Lofton’s flying elbow. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at Trot Nixon’s impact on the lineup. Chimelis’ notebook leads with the Sox and Yankees throwing at each other. Borges’ notebook also looks at the hot tempers.

Alan Greenberg looks at Charlie Weis, rumored to be heading elsewhere after the season, but very happy with the players he has to work with this season. He calls it the best group of “football players” he’s had to work with since he’s been here. Kevin Mannix spends an entire column telling us that the playoff wins don’t officially count towards the winning streak, so all this hype over the Patriots streak is moot. Yesterday’s Patriots notes by Hector Longo says that the Patriots offensive lineman are unhappy with how they’re being rotated. Chris Kennedy had an interesting Q&A with Tedy Bruschi. Nick Cafardo’s Patriots notebook looks at Troy Brown, surrounded by talented receivers, and having to “endure” a stint as a cornerback in the preseason. Endure? Mannix’s notebook looks at the Patriots depth.

There is another excerpt from Patriot Reign in the Globe today. This one looks at Super Bowl 38.

As a followup to comments made by Cafardo and Alan Greenberg yesterday criticizing Bill Belichick for comments in the book about Bill Parcell’s actions during the week of Super Bowl 31, I would state that Belichick is not the only one that has done this. In Parcell’s book that he did with Will McDonough, “The Final Season” The Tuna leveled some accusations towards Belichick, calling his loyalty to Leon Hess into question and making comments about him turning his back on an agreement that was made, that sort of thing. Certainly just as strong, if not stronger than anything that Belichick has said.

All that being said, the “truce” between the two coaches than Greenberg wondered about is still in effect. The release of Patriot Reign has not changed anything. The official BSMW review of the book should be up sometime this week, and I hope to include a Q&A session with Michael Holley as a part of it.

Ed Berliner of CN8 SportsPulse calls out Butch Stearns (without mentioning him by name) for creating a “non-story, and perhaps something of a slightly exaggerated one at that” in his episode with Curt Schilling last week. Stearns, despite his claims that he was “done” talking about it, still referenced it on his Sportscast last night and said he hasn’t talked to Schilling yet, but still hopes to.

NESN has Red Sox/Devil Rays at 7:00. ABC has Cowboys/Redskins at 9:00 CN8 will have Andy Hart from PFW and a 1-on-1 with Red Sox closer Keith Foulke on SportsPulse at 10:00.

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