Walk Off Win

The Red Sox won in thrilling fashion last night, while the Celtics continue to make plans for the offseason and next season. Michael Felger says that the Patriots offseason moves are very telling, and the Quiet Man might still be champ after all.

Kevin Millar was wearing the goats horns when he stepped to the plate in the ninth inning, with a man on and his team trailing 2-1. He proceeded to hit a line drive over the wall and win the game, erasing his two earlier errors. Michael Silverman has the story of Millar’s wild night. Steven Krasner says it was another edition of Millar’s World on display last night. David Heuschkel reports that Millar was just waiting for a fastball on the last at-bat. Nick Cafardo says Millar managed to reverse the Curse at first. (sigh) Garry Brown says that Millar showed why they keep his sometimes shaky glove in the lineup. David Borges says it was a night for streaks staying alive at Fenway. Sean McAdam writes that the Red Sox solid core of players comes in handy on nights like last night. Karen Guregian and Paul Harber look at Millar’s rapid transformation from outhouse to penthouse.

Millar’s heroics saved the night for Bronson Arroyo, who despite another strong performance was on the hook for a potential loss last night. Lenny Megliola looks at Arroyo coming into his own. Mike Shalin looks at Arroyo’s performance last night, strong despite not feeling comfortable out there. Jon Couture looks at the Red Sox using all hands on deck to keep themselves winning. Alex Speier reports that David Wells and Curt Schilling are heading in opposite directions with their recoveries. Michael Vega looks at Johnny Damon extending his hit streak with another three hit night. Christopher Price reports that Wells is taking baby steps back to the mound. Jonathan Comey has reached the realization that things might not be so bad without Pedro.

Steve Buckley (Subscription only) writes that David Ortiz’s propensity for arguing every strike called against him is going to come back to haunt him at some point. Dan Shaughnessy looks at the Rolling Stones coming to Fenway on August 21. Yes, ithe column is pretty much what you would imagine it to be. Guregian speculates that the lack of home runs this season could be due to the new steroid testing policies in baseball. Harber looks at how Jeremi Gonzalez and Cla Meredith have found themselves on the Red Sox major league pitching staff at this point in the season.

Borges’ notebook says that the Rolling Stones were nearly an opening day act. He says what I was thinking when he mentions they would’ve certainly been more entertaining than Terry Cashman. Krasner’s notebook opens with word that Wells is due to throw off of a mound today. Heuschkel’s notebook also reports on Wells and ends with an update on John Olerud. Brown’s notebook has more on Wells. Cafardo’s notebook and Horrigan’s notebook also have further updates on Wells, who hopes to be back by the end of the month.

Michael Felger writes that the Patriots offseaon moves certainly point to Tedy Bruschi not returning, though he has the tidbit that “Sources say a return to the NFL has not been categorically ruled out by Bruschi’s doctors.” Cafardo has a brief note reporting that Ty Law met with the Detroit Lions yesterday. Fluto Shinzawa looks at the inaugural NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program being held at Harvard this week.

Steve Bulpett ponders five questions surrounding whether the Celtics should bring back Antoine Walker or not. Mike Fine feels that the Celtics should go in a different direction than Paul Pierce and Walker. Fine also has a season ending report card for the team. Howard Bryant (subscription only) says that Pierce will not lead this team to Banner 17, and should be on his way out of town. He also looks at the NBA losing its class and turning into a league of thugs. He concludes his piece with a clarification of his comments after the death of Earl Wilson.

The April 27 Uncommon item on the death of Earl Wilson said that the Boston Globe did not mention the 1966 Florida incident where Wilson was not served in a Winter Haven Restaurant. The item should have said the incident did not appear in the main sports story. It did, however appear in Wilson's obituary.

The entire coverage of Wilson's death provided an interesting lesson in journalism.

In the Globe story, Johnny Pesky was quoted as saying "we got rid of him, because (Mike) Higgins didn't like him. Why? Who knows? A very strange guy, Higgins. We got an outfielder from Detroit (Don Demeter) for him, and Wilson went on and had the best year he ever had (22-11 in '67) with the Tigers. Did we ever miss him.''

I took issue with this quote because it is, at the very least, misleading. Mike "Pinky'' Higgins did not work for the Red Sox in 1966. He was fired at the end of the 1965 season. Though the Globe did not feel responsible for the quote, this is an inaccuracy, no different than me saying "I don't know why the Red Sox fired Jimy Williams. Theo just didn't like him.'' In my view, newspapers are responsible for inaccuracies, whether they exist in quotes or otherwise. We must agree to disagree.

In any case, the Globe did mention Wilson's trouble in that Florida bar and my story said it did not. I apologize for the error.

Ron Borges and George Kimball report on the possibility that John Ruiz may be reinstated as heavyweight champion after James Toney reportedly tested positive for steroids.

Stan Grossfeld has look at Gold medalist Jennie Finch, who wants to be recognized for her athleticism ahead of her appearance.

In John Molori’s Media’ Blitz, he talks to WWZN sales manager Tony Palmisano. He also tabs Pete Sheppard as a “falling star”. Be prepared to take the heat on the Big Show again today, John.

NESN has Red Sox/A’s at 1:00. TNT has Pacers/Pistons at 8:00 and Mavericks/Suns at 10:30. ESPN has Dodgers/Cardinals at 8:00 and ESPN2 has Astros/Marlins at 7:00.

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