Just as they did in the season opener, the Red Sox impressively cruised through their home opener at Fenway Park yesterday, defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 before a packed house. Can you say “media saturation”? The coverage that this team generates here in New England is truly prodigious, as you will see from the following links:
Jeff Horrigan examines the newly rebuilt Red Sox having a coming out party in the much changed Fenway park in yesterday afternoon’s opener. Chris Snow says that yesterday was not perfect for the Red Sox, but it certainly was a proper win. David Heuschkel focuses on Josh Beckett in his game story as the ace acquired in the offseason continues to impress with his intensity and fire. Garry Brown also has plenty of Beckett in his report on the opening day win. Alex Speier covers the win for the Union Leader, giving us more on Beckett, who was clearly the star of the day with others in supporting roles. David Borges has more on the Red Sox running their record to 6-1 on the young season. Bill Ballou says that the Red Sox look pretty unstoppable in the early going here.
Jackie MacMullan has a look at Josh Beckett, who struggled through the first inning, but then picked things up and cruised through the next six to get the win. Tony Massarotti has an article on Beckett learning from his early struggles and keeping his head about him and making adjustments. Sean McAdam looks at Beckett getting his day off on the right foot, but recovering nicely. Art Davidson has more on Beckett, who has proved himself an eager student of Curt Schilling in his first week with the Red Sox. John Tomase looks at Beckett and Shea Hillenbrand having words yesterday over the latter assuming a walk in the first inning yesterday. Joe McDonald reports on Beckett and Mike Lowell feeling very comfortable in their first home game at Fenway park. Jon Couture says that the best upgrades that the Red Sox might’ve made in the offseason might be on the field, rather than to the park itself.
Dan Shaughnessy looks at a grand day at the renovated Fenway park for the opener. Scott MacKay reports on the changes made at the ballpark, which are so striking and subtle at the same time. Paul Doyle has more on the changes at Fenway, which fans seem to be paying for through increased concession prices. Jim Donaldson says that the first week shows promise of this being an extraordinary season for the Red Sox. Lenny Megliola summarizes a great day at the park for Red Sox fans, with promise of much more this season. Kevin Gray looks at that magic living on for another year at Fenway. Nick Cafardo looks at the remaining members of the Red Sox 1946 AL Championship team who were in attendance and honored yesterday as part of the festivities.
Gordon Edes looks at Adam Stern handling everything that comes his way, including assisting with the Canadian National Anthem. He’s show he can play a little bit, too. Paul Kenyon has more on Stern. Silverman has a look at Kevin Youkilis, who thrived in the leadoff role yesterday. Megliola has more on Youkilis, who enjoys his new roles with the Red Sox, both as a starter, and yesterday as the leadoff hitter. Dan Ventura reports on David Ortiz celebrating his new contract with a 2-3 day, including a home run.
Jennifer Toland has a look at Mike Lowell, who enjoyed the left field wall at his new workplace yesterday. John Tomase looks at Lowell acing his first home test with a 4-4 afternoon, including 3 doubles. Michael Vega looks at Lowell starting off the home schedule with aplomb. Massarotti has a short note about Jason Varitek being suspicious of the Blue Jays stealing signs from second base.
Michael Silverman looks at Jonathan Papelbon continuing to grow and flourish in the closer’s role with another save yesterday. Peter May says that the new bullpen setup of Foulke in the eighth, Papelbon in the ninth seems to be working out pretty well. Davidson has more on Papelbon, who has been rock solid in the closer role. Amalie Benjamin looks a the rough Red Sox Fenway park debut for Wily Mo Pena, who helped a ball over the fence for a homerun, and didn’t look too graceful doing it. Steve Buckley (subscription only) also writes about the tough play for Pena, and gives him credit for taking everything in stride. Ron Chimelis reports on the Red Sox outfield taking another hit with Trot Nixon getting injured, which was how Pena found himself in the game.
Snow’s notebook looks at outfield injuries to Coco Crisp and Trot Nixon opening up playing time for Stern, Pena and Dustan Mohr. Horrigan’s notebook says that Nixon will be out at least two days with his left groin strain that he suffered in the second inning. Ballous’s notebook has more on Nixon, who was hurt after misjudging a liner to him in right field. Borges’ notebook examines the perfect Fenway debut for Mike Lowell. Steven Krasner’s notes style column leads off with a look at Youkilis in that role. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on Trot, as does the Projo notebook.
On a bit of a downer, Michael Felger posts his 1-1 interview with Adam Vinatieri this morning, where the Colts kicker talks about his new life and challenges in Indianapolis. Felger also has an article on Vinatieri, who say he holds no grudges towards the Patriots. Eric McHugh says that Tebucky Jones won’t recognize the Patriots team he is returning to. Mike Reiss has a Patriots notebook where he looks further at the return of Jones, who is looking forward to getting back to the playoffs. Tom E Curran profiles Ohio State cornerback Ashton Youboty today.
From the Inside Track this morning:
Imagine WEEI chief Julie Kahn