The crowd at Fenway Park yesterday were frustrated much of the afternoon as they saw the Red Sox continually playing catch-up.The Mariners would score, the Red Sox would score to tie the game. However, they entered the ninth inning, trailing 6-5 and the first two batters went down meekly. However, Kevin Youkilis hustled out an infield hit (Though how many times did Bill Burt have to tell us on ‘EEI after the game that if Manny hit that ball the game was over? I’m pretty sure that if Ortiz hit that ball the game is over too.) and then Mark Loretta hit a game winning two run homer which gave the Red Sox the 7-6 win, and the lead for the first time the whole afternoon.
Chris Snow has a look at a marathon of a game for the Red Sox, which featured a sprint as well. David Borges looks at a bit of a role reversal in the ninth inning at Fenway Park yesterday. Jeff Horrigan looks at Loretta leaving Red Sox fans euphoric on Patriots Day. Sean McAdam says that Loretta “preempted the Sox’ regularly scheduled programming” by not giving David Ortiz a chance to get to the plate and win the game. David Heuschkel looks at Loretta writing his own script to finish out the game for the Red Sox. Ron Chimelis says a new folk hero and Patriots Day legend was born yesterday. Bill Ballou wonders with the win yesterday if this Red Sox season is already taking on a life of it’s own.
Gordon Edes has a talk with Mark Loretta’s dad, who witnessed his son’s first ever walk-off home run. He also talks about the Boston experience and how his son is adjusting to Boston. It’s an article that once you start reading it, you have to finish it. Steve Buckley (Subscription only) also focuses on Loretta, noting that the homer means that Loretta is now officially “a part of of all this” – meaning Red Sox Nation. Jon Couture notes that with all these one-run victories, this is a different Red Sox team this season.
Michael Silverman looks at the contributions of Lenny DiNardo, who started the game and went five innings, giving up only two runs. Steve Buckley reports on a strong first game back from injury for Trot Nixon. Silverman also analyzes a pretty good day for David Ortiz, who had a pair of home runs to keep the Red Sox within striking distance yesterday. Steven Krasner looks at Gil Meche and the Mariners struggling to find ways to get Ortiz out.
Snow’s notebook reports on Varitek’s pain in the butt. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Youkilis keeping things alive in the ninth for Loretta’s heroics. McAdam’s notebook has more on the good start from DiNardo. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on DiNardo and some comments from Mike Port in his role as vice president of umpiring for Major League Baseball regarding David Ortiz complaining about umpires. Couture’s notebook and Ballou’s notebook have more on a strong return to the lineup for Nixon. Borges’ notebook has more on Loretta’s first ever walkoff home run.
The Celtics lost their fifth in a row last night as they continue to play out the string and look for a better lottery pick. Last night’s 93-88 loss to the Cavaliers didn’t lack for star power. Sure, no Paul Pierce. No LeBron James. But as Shira Springer notes, Tom Brady was there. As was David Ortiz. I hope someone got Brady, Ortiz and Pierce together for a photo…Steve Bulpett says that without Pierce and James, last night’s game was a yawner for pretty much all involved. Shalise Manza Young though points to the Celtics youngsters, who once again put forth a spirited effort before falling to the more talented Cavs. Bill Doyle says that last night had the feeling of a lowly undercard.
The youngsters did pretty well. Tony Allen had 23 points, Gerald Green had 17 and Ryan Gomes 13. Dwayne Jones picked up 13 rebounds for the Celtics. Bulpett looks at one of the other Celtics youngster, Delonte West, who didn’t play last night due to injury, but who answered a lot of questions about his ability to play the point this season. While the Celtics might bring in a veteran point guard to spell West and split the point guard load with him, the second year guard certainly cemented his place with the Celtics with his play this year. Peter May looks at the Cavaliers as they prepare for their first trip to the playoffs since the Mike Fratello days. Mike Anthony looks at UConn’s Rudy Gay declaring for the NBA Draft.
Bulpett’s notebook looks at the Cavs playing it safe with LeBron’s ankle and also has Doc Rivers reflecting on Paul Pierce’s season. Doyle’s notebook has the Celtics shutting down Paul Pierce for the year, and also reports on Delonte West winning the Celtics Sixth Star Award from FSN.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at the Bruins packing up their things for the offseason. Steve Conroy and Mick Colageo each look at Andrew Raycroft, who it seems will not be back with the Bruins next year. Mike Loftus says there will be no easy answers or fixes for the Bruins this offseason. Conroy’s notebook has Hall Gill clearing out his locker for perhaps the final time as a Bruin, and notes there is no word yet on Mike Sullivan’s future with the club
NESN has Red Sox/Devil Rays at 7:00. NBA TV has Nets/Sixers at 7:00 and Sonics/Kings at 10:00. OLN has Sabres/Hurricanes at 7:00.