Wow. What more can you really say? We’re here again, right back to where we were last year. Red Sox/Yankees game 7, something unimaginable just a couple days ago. Now, with a win tonight, Dan Shaughnessy says they will complete the greatest baseball comeback story ever told. Can you say enough about Curt Schilling? Jeff Horrigan recaps another wild night between the two clubs, this time in the Bronx. Steven Krasner looks at Schilling and the Red Sox doing what it took to get the job done. David Borges has more on the game, which again was filled with oddities and controversy. Bob Hohler says Schilling and his teammates are not heroes, but they certainly are special. Dom Amore looks at a remarkable turnaround for the Sox, setting up tonight. Garry Brown also has a game story from last night.
Curt Schilling is going to be remembered for ages for what he did last night. Jeff Jacobs looks at Schilling making New York shut up. Bob Ryan wonders if Schilling can close tonight, but is more amazed that there is going to be a baseball game at all tonight. Steve Buckley says Schilling put on a performance that any baseball fan, even a Yankee fan, has got to respect and admire. Alex Speier looks at a Rocky-like, Willis Reed-like performance by the Sox righthander. He also reports on the whereabouts of Pedro Martinez, who could get a chance to close tonight himself. Jon Couture writes that the stage doesn’t get any bigger than the one that Schilling step up onto last night. Michael Silverman also looks at how Schilling was able to get out onto the mound. Steve Conroy says that Schilling’s determination and outing even impressed his teammates, who have seen him pitching through pain all season.
Gordon Edes suggests that a win tonight can do much to erase the many years of frustration for the Red Sox and their fans. Tony Massarotti says that we will witness a contest of survival tonight in the Bronx. Sean McAdam says that everything since last October has been building for tonight’s game 7 rematch. David Heuschkel has Kevin Millar saying that the Sox are looking to “shock the United States of America” and maybe Japan, too. Steve Britt looks at the incredible run which has the Red Sox back in a game seven against the Yankees. Bill Reynolds says the Red Sox tonight chase history…not only their own, but baseball history. Ron Chimelis says that these ’04 Sox have earned our admiration. He also looks at how they sit one game from history.
Nick Cafardo and Howard Bryant look at Mark Bellhorn, redeeming himself of an earlier bases loaded double play, and struggling throughout the playoffs with the game winnings 3 run home run. Steven Krasner also has a brief piece on Bellhorn. Paul Doyle has more on Bellhorn snapping out his hitting slump with one big stroke. Garry Brown has still more on Bellhorn’s redemption. Gordon Edes looks at the Red Sox bullpen getting a little bit of a breather last night, which means everyone will be available for tonight. David Heuschkel looks at another huge performance for Keith Foulke, working his third day in a row and getting the save. Kraz’s Corner looks at the adjustments the Red Sox made against Jon Lieber last night. Steve Buckley looks at the job Theo Epstein has done as GM of the Red Sox. Jeff Horrigan looks at Pokey Reese, who would love to be the starting shortstop for the Red Sox next season. Sean McAdam looks at the umpires getting the calls right last night. Michael Silverman says Carl Pavano hopes the Sox give him a call in a few weeks.
They’re still talking about game five. Peter May looks at the little things that made up that epic contest. Dom Amore and Sean McAdam look at the big hits in that game and in the series by David Ortiz. David Borges has more on Ortiz. Nick Cafardo looks at how Dave Roberts speed was a huge factor in both games four and five.
Hohler’s notebook has Derek Lowe tabbed to start tonight’s series finale. Horrigan’s notebook agrees with that call. The ProJo notebook goes with Terry Francona’s mention before the game that Tim Wakefield would be the game seven starter. Heuschkel’s notebook has Manny staying focused despite not having a great power series. Chimelis’ notebook looks at Schilling’s faith.
John Powers says the pressure is on the Yankees to avoid becoming the “biggest chokers in the history of organized baseball.” Karen Guregian also says the Yankees are trying to avoid the “biggest choke job baseball has ever witnessed.” Joe McDonald has more on the implosion of the Bronx Bombers. Jack O’Connell says that this Yankees team is no longer patient at the plate. Peter May and Stephen Harris look at ARod slapping the ball out of the glove of Bronson Arroyo, sparking controversy and ugliness last night. O’Connell has more on that situation, recalling that there is bad blood between Rodriguez and Arroyo. O’Connell also says Kevin Brown is expected to get the start tonight. Amore’s notebook looks at the banged up Jorge Posada, sticking in the lineup. Powers’ notebook has Joe Torre being evasive about tonight’s starter. Guregian’s notebook looks at the ugliness on the field in the 9th inning. Imagine if that happened in Boston? Is the mayor of NY going to issue an apology? McDonald’s notebook looks at the play of David Ortiz against the Yankees.
Michael Felger’s Patriots Insider looks at the continued played and durability of Curtis Martin. He also looks at Corey Dillon’s contract, Kevin Mawae’s “club” and more subterfuge with the injury report. Ron Borges has more on Martin making a statement with his continued strong play and for once, his mouth, prior to the season. Michael Parente looks at the challenge of facing the Jets this Sunday. Christopher Price has a piece on Rodney Harrison. Jonathan Comey says that at a certain point you run out of things to write about regarding this Patriots team. He also has his NFL power rankings.
Mark Murphy says even the Celtics have the Red Sox on their minds. Shira Springer looks at Doc Rivers trying to settle on a backup point guard behind Gary Payton. Murphy’s notebook has the Celtics youngsters again dropping a lead in a preseason game.
Fox has Red Sox/Yankees game seven at 8:00. Nothing else matters.