The Red Sox managed to squeak out a road win over the Indians last night. We’ve also got a look at a couple young prospects headed to Lowell, some NBA draft talk, college nicknames, and a look back at the Shaughnessy/Holley showdown on late night television.
The Red Sox held on for a wild 10-9 victory in Cleveland last night over the Indians. Chris Snow looks at the night for David Wells, Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon and Jason Varitek, all of whom had a part to play in the evening. Jeff Horrigan looks at the offense coming to the rescue of some pretty poor pitching. Steven Krasner says that this game showed that the Red Sox still need a stabilizing force in the bullpen. David Heuschkel writes that the Red Sox didn’t exactly cool off the Indians last night, who had been the hottest team in baseball, but they did manage to outslug them. David Borges looks at a game hyped as a battle between to heavyweight lefties, which instead turned into “a battle of the least fit”.
Michael Silverman looks at the rough night for the Red Sox pitchers in Cleveland. Nick Cafardo looks at Johnny Damon, who is in many ways the face and soul of the Red Sox, is toughness is right up there with Jason Varitek. Nick reports this morning that Damon may be willing to back down slightly on his original demands for a five year contract. You gotta love Nick though, almost every piece he writes somehow involves a contract. Horrigan reports that Curt Schilling is eager to take the next step in his recovery. Steve Buckley (subscription only) examines Terry Francona’s decision to sell his house in the Philadelphia suburbs and move his family up into Boston, where he says he is very comfortable.
Gerry Callahan (subscription only) comes to the defense of Manny Ramirez this morning, though the slugger seemed to make a strong statement of his own with his bat last night. Manny had been criticized by John Tomase and Gary DiSarcina recently, and Callahan doesn’t feel the criticism is warranted. He says we have a happy Manny now, one who plays hard and is a World Series MVP and a perennial All Star. Cafardo looks at Manny’s bat speaking loudly last night as he went 3-5 for 4 RBI in the win last night. Silverman also looks at Manny’s eventful return to his old stomping grounds. Jon Couture wonders if the Red Sox have gone too far by trotting the World Series Trophy to every town in Massachusetts, renaming the left field foul pole after Carlton Fisk, giving rings to former players and even raffling off three rings to fans. Ron Chimelis says that ARod, not Barry Bonds deserves to be the all time home run leader when all is said and done.
Two profiles on a couple of Lowell Spinners, Tim Bresnahan looks at outfielder Jason Twomley, a native New Englander. Rob Bradford has a profile of pitcher Clay Buchholz, a big time prospect, who had to endure a two hour grilling by the Red Sox team psychiatrist before they would draft him. At issue was a incident in college where Buchholz and a classmate stole 29 laptops and sold them to students. The pitcher acknowledges his mistake and calls it a one-time thing, the result of handing around the wrong people.
Krasner’s notebook has Schilling eager to begin a rehab assignment and get back to facing live hitters. Heuschkel’s notebook says that Terry Francona is not going to rush Curt Schilling back into the rotation. Borges’ notebook has more on Francona being cautious regarding Schilling’s return, wanting him to do another side session before going on a rehab assignment. Snow’s notebook also looks at Schilling and provides an All Star voting update. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Aaron Boone facing the Red Sox for the first time since…well, you know when.
There were apparently no rumbles between the Cleveland and Boston Media last night. You might recall that last May, there was a confrontation between the two groups which ended with a Cleveland radio reporter locking himself in a bathroom stall and refusing to come out.
The Yankees fell to Casey Fossum and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays last night at Yankee Stadium, get the details over at the New York Sports News page.
Mark Murphy has a look at the point guard prospects available in this year’s NBA draft. Bill Reynolds wants us to know that he still likes the NBA. Shira Springer looks at Robert Horry, whose big game shots are now legendary in the NBA. There were actually a few callers to WEEI yesterday who suggested that Horry would be a Hall of Fame candidate. I don’t see any scenario where that happens, Horry is merely a role player.
Amalie Benjamin has a piece on the issues of college team nicknames and how some are still offensive to Native Americans. She notes that UMass was well ahead of the curve in attempting to reverse this trend. She also looks at the issue in High School sports. Benjamin is the latest full time member of the Globe sports staff, and considered a rising star. One report sent to me said that she had actually turned down an offer from a major New York daily to be the Mets beat writer in order to remain at the Globe. I have not been able to confirm that report, but it came from a solid source.
I had missed this piece from Sunday, Chris Kennedy has a look at the Richard Seymour situation, and also the quarterback position on the Patriots in his Sunday football column.
David Scott has a “Internet Community Journalism Participation” look at the Dan Shaughnessy/Michael Holley confrontation on WHDH’s Sports Xtra on Sunday night. John Molori’s Media Blitz takes a nice look at Lesley Visser and how in many ways she was a trailblazer for women in sports media. Bill Griffith looks at HBO boxing and Formula One racing in his Tuesday media column.
NESN has Red Sox/Indians at 7:00. ABC has Spurs/Pistons Game Six at 9:00.