Sox Home in First

A bit pressed for time this morning…

The Red Sox finished off a three game sweep of the Orioles with a 4-1 win yesterday. You can check the stories and recaps on the Red Sox Daily Links page. The Boston Herald also has their season preview for the Red Sox with the the home opener tomorrow.

It’s probably worth checking in with the Clubhouse Insider and Extra Bases blogs today for updates on Coco Crisp’s injured finger and David Ortiz’s possible contract extension.

The Celtics clearly have entered “playing out the string” territory, as they suffered a lackluster 101-86 loss to the dreadful New York Knicks at TD Banknorth Garden yesterday afternoon. Mark Murphy has a recap of what was essentially a summer-league game by the time the fourth quarter rolled around. Kevin McNamara says that the struggles of his kiddie korps in the fourth quarter shocked coach Doc Rivers. Scott Souza observes that the Celtics played like a team “comfortably resigned to its fate”. Steve Bulpett looks at the Knicks extracting a little revenge for the whipping the Celtics handed them the last time these clubs met. You can get the coverage from New York and their side of things on the New York Sports Pages.

Lenny Megliola isn’t too happy with the current state of the Celtics franchise, expressing skepticism that this team can build successfully for the future. Tim Weisberg looks at the play of Gerald Green as of late, as the rookie has shown flashes of brilliance and given some hope for the future. Peter May looks at Big Al Jefferson’s season of frustration likely being finished. Bulpett also looks at Jefferson being shut down for the remainder of the season.

Murphy’s notebook looks at Tony Allen and Orien Greene attempting to hold down the point guard position after Delonte West left the game with a calf injury. May’s notebook provides a recap of the loss, and a look at Gerald Green’s showtime moments. McNamara’s notebook has more on the season coming to an end for Al Jefferson.

Random Quote

This is the ultimate dilemma. Of course fans want the Red Sox to win the World Series, but the dilemma is be careful what you wish for because you might get it. And if the Red Sox played the Cubs in the World Series, one of those two franchises will be permanently and forever altered. One of them will never be the same. So remember, while winning is the ultimate goal. If you’re a Sox fan or a Cubs fan, it carries a steep price tag. Life will never be the same.

— Bob Lobel, chat 10/9/2003