Papi. Again.

The magical ride at Fenway continued yesterday as the Red Sox, despite blowing a 6-0 lead, managed to send the fans home happy after David Ortiz (who else) drove in the winning run to give the Red Sox an 8-7 victory over the Phillies.

Many people were probably in their cars driving home from work listening to the end of the game, and heard the over-the-top call from Jerry Trupiano which contained Superman references and screaming about how the Phillies did not have the kryptonite to stop Ortiz. It was impossible to know what actually happened, as all we knew was the the hit was to left center and than “Ortiz has done it again!” Listeners were left to wonder what exactly did Ortiz do? Hit a home run? It took almost a full minute for them to tell us how Ortiz won the game for the Sox. Following the post game show was a 20 minute edition of Mustard and Johnson, which had LJ repeatedly making reference to “Bill James and the stat geeks” in reference to Ortiz’s clutch hitting.

The Phillies had already twice escaped Ortiz with the game on the line, and had even taken a 7-6 lead in the top of the twelfth inning. However, Kevin Youkilis drove in Coco Crisp, Mark Loretta walked, and that set the stage for Big Papi. Amalie Benjamin notes that even the first base umpire was wondering what the Phillies should do with the extraordinary Ortiz. Jeff Horrigan has Ortiz’s teammates gushing about him, with Youkilis proclaiming Papi “probably the clutchest player ever to play the game.” Steven Krasner looks at yet another special delivery from Ortiz. Jeff Goldberg says: Yes. Again. As Ortiz comes through yet one more time with the game on the line. David Borges and Bill Ballou have more coverage from Fenway Park.

John Tomase wonders when the rest of baseball will get the hint and start walking Ortiz and pitching to Manny. Lenny Megliola looks at Ortiz once again doing the impossible, but expected. The Projo lists out all 13 of Ortiz’s walk off hits in his 3-plus season with the Red Sox. Alex Speier examines the Red Sox huge advantage at Fenway Park. Horrigan looks at Jonathan Papelbon proving to be mortal. Tomase also has a look at Coco Crisp, in the midst of a slump, but able to go 3-5 on the afternoon and lead off the 12th with a ground rule double to start the rally. Rob Bradford looks at Crisp as a work in progress. In the Metro, Dave Kraska has a quick interview with Bronson Arroyo on life after Boston. Joe Haggerty has more on Ortiz’s heroics.

Nick Cafardo says the upcoming Mets/Red Sox matchup could be a World Series preview, noting that it would all fit nicely as this is the 20th anniversary of the 1986 World Series matchup between the clubs. Michael Silverman says that thanks to 2004, the 1986 Red Sox can have a happy reunion with the fans of Boston. The Herald also has a “Where are they now” page on the 1986 team. The only person they couldn’t track down was Sammy Stewart. Krasner has more on the reunion of the 1986 Sox, many of whom were at the park for yesterday’s game. Goldberg reports on how many of the former Red Sox celebrated in 2004 as Boston won the World Series. Ron Chimelis believes that the 1986 Sox are the most under appreciated club in baseball history. However Bill Ballou says 1986 is still painful to many of them.

Dan Shaughnessy writes about the Red Sox saluting the 1986 edition of their club. Could Dan actually go without writing about Pedro this week? It seems it will be tomorrow, or never. Because the column today was not about Pedro, the “Be Dan Shaughnessy” contest has been extended one more day. If Dan happens to skip writing about Pedro before his start, or chooses to write after it instead, we’ll still judge the entries and award a winner. Dan has stated on recent TV appearances that he believes Pedro will get an enormous and extended ovation from the fans, which might give you an indication of which way his column will go.

Michael Silverman serves up a feature on Pedro, who was the first piece and catalyst for the Mets current success. Ever the contrarian and aligning himself firmly in the Dirt Dogs camp, Bob Halloran says if Johnny Damon was booed, then so should Pedro.

Benjamin’s notebook looks at Jonathan Papelbon’s second blown save of the season, after he gave up a homer off Pesky’s Pole to tie the game in the ninth. Horrigan’s notebook has an update on Wily Mo Pena, who will begin his rehab assignment shortly and hopefully get in some work at first base. Krasner’s notebook has more on Papelbon’s blown save. Borges’ notebook looks at the set being set for Pedro’s return. Ballou’s notebook says there really is no correct call with Ortiz up with the game on the line.

The Bruins continued their makeover yesterday by trading defenseman Nick Boynton to the Phoenix Coyotes for defenseman Paul Mara. Kevin Paul Dupont reports on the acquisition of the former Belmont Hill standout. Stephen Harris notes that with Boynton’s departure, the last piece of the Bruins young veteran core has been traded. Joe McDonald notes perhaps half-jokingly that the Bruins might be trading all the players who were close to Joe Thornton. Douglas Flynn and Mick Colageo also have good coverage on the deal, which appears to be a good fit for both clubs. Mike Loftus says that the trade of Andrew Raycroft solved a problem for the Bruins. Harris’ notebook has Mike Sullivan still waiting to hear from the Bruins about his future. This situation is getting rediculous…

Be sure to check out a very thorough edition of the BSMW Power Play for a look at the Bruins makeover thus far, and what other moves the team could make in the offseason.

Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics may try to deal the seventh pick in the draft for an established veteran player. Bill Doyle seconds the notion. Scott Souza says that whether they trade the pick or not, the Celtics expect a busy night on the phones. Peter May chimes in with a quick note that the Celtics are happy with their pick…for now. Shira Springer has a profile of UConn’s Marcus Williams, who has a lot to prove about his character and his play on the court. Mark Murphy profiles the big guards available in the draft. Desmond Connor looks at the small forwards.

Mike Reiss catches up with Asante Samuel, who is taking a different approach to his offseason workouts, training with Jevon Kearse twice a week.

NESN has Red Sox/Mets at 7:00.

Rainout # 6

With the rainout yesterday, we’ll just look at a few select links from today and the weekend.

With no Pedro column from Shaughnessy today, the deadline has been extended. You can still submit entries today for the contest.

Right now, I’m thinking I’m going put about the top 20 columns online somewhere and then let the readers decide the winner.

Check out another fantastic edition of the BSMW Full Court Press, which is looking at some of the other top prospects in the NBA draft. This is a followup to last week’s column which looked at the top six players.

Speaking of Dan, he was pretty much the only local media guy to touch the Brett Myers situation over the weekend. Tony Massarotti gingerly approached the topic, but to his credit Shaughnessy went after it fully.

Bob Ryan writes about Big Papi David Ortiz, who extended his legend even further in Boston, with yet another walk-off home run. Steven Krasner looks at the special qualities that make Ortiz who he is. Jeff Goldberg looks at how Curt Schilling handled an apology from Manny Delcarmen after the younger pitcher gave up the lead and cost Schilling a win on Saturday.

Gordon Edes’ Baseball Notes leads with Pedro Martinez’s happiness with the Mets and their transformation into a contender, and he follows that with a number of other interesting items. Tony Massarotti’s Covering All Bases, also looked at Martinez, who he calls the “single most fascinating player to write about and talk about” during his 15 years writing about baseball.

Michael Felger asserted on Sunday that if the Patriots are to be Super Bowl contenders, rookies and veterans who have been disappointments in the past are going to have to step up and produce. Jerome Solomon believes things aren’t looking too promising in the Deion Branch/Patriots negotiations. Albert Breer has a look at the Patriots offensive line, which looks to be in much better shape that the crew that took the field in Denver to end the season.

Peter May looked at a lean 20 years for the Boston Celtics. Mark Murphy’s NBA notes looks at Danny Ainge needing to hit a home run with this draft, and how Antoine Walker demonstrated that he really hasn’t matured all that much after all.

Seve Conroy has the Bruins pleased with their draft. Stephen Harris says that the Bruins turnaround is going to take some time. Kevin Paul Dupont weighs in on the Bruins top pick, Phil Kessel. Mick Colageo says that the Bruins had no choice but to grab Kessel. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell says the Bruins are thrilled with Kessel and with goaltending prospect Tuukka Rask, whom they acquired from the Maple Leafs for Andrew Raycroft. Dupont has more on Rask.

NESN has Red Sox/Phillies at 1:00 and Ottawa/PawSox at 7:00. ESPN2 has Braves/Yankees at 7:00. ESPN has the College World Series – Oregon St/North Carolina at 7:00.

Weekend Watch – June 23rd Edition

With the NBA and NHL finals now over, we’re heading into a quieter time for professional team sports, and fewer options for TV viewing. Which, when the weather is nice, is probably a good thing. This weekend…we’ll see how the weather goes here in New England.

For the weekend, check in with the Red Sox on the Red Sox Daily Links Page.

A reminder about participating in the “Be Dan Shaughnessy” contest – try to get the columns to me before Monday. I’ve gotten a number of top-notch ones thus far, and it’s going to be a tough call to pick a winner.

Callahan on Mariotti

Gerry Callahan has been dead-on-target with his comments and criticism towards Jay Mariotti and Rick Morrissey yesterday and today. Callahan showed that he knows the role of a columnist and what the responsibilities are. He called Mariotti “pathetic” for making the story yesterday about himself. He called out Morrissey for suggesting that Mariotti needed to go down to the clubhouse and confront Ozzie Guillen and take the manager’s wrath for the column. Callahan shared something his former sports editor at the Herald once told him – that he didn’t want Callahan hanging around the clubhouses because he wanted him to remain separate and not form some friendships or relationships that would taint his opinion. The point Callahan made several times was that the columnist’s main responsibility is to the reader.

I’ve always held that Callahan the sports writer and columnist is a much different personality than Callahan the radio host. Gerry was outstanding the last two days in his commentary on the situation involving Mariotti. The wish here is that we heard more of Callahan the sports guy.

Mariotti is a clown and we in Boston should be glad we don’t have him here.

In the same discussion, Greg Dickerson, subbing for John Dennis this morning, lauded Dan Shaughnessy as the ultimate example of someone who can both dish it out and take it.

Move On People

I enjoyed Bronson Arroyo when he was with the Red Sox, and I’m rooting for him to do well with the Reds. However, I grew tired of the constant lament, updates and tongue baths towards the former Red Sox hurler being tossed by the local media long ago. This morning, we had an article in both the Globe and Herald, breathlessly giving us the latest on Bronson, and how he’s not mad at the Red Sox for trading him and how much he still loves Boston. Last night on Fox 25 they had a full segment on Arroyo, with a reporter talking to as many Red Sox players as he could about whether they miss Bronson, and whether the team would be better with him, and other such inane questions. It’s time to move on. Sure, Arroyo would look good in the rotation, but he’s gone. The team is in first place, and doing pretty well. No amount of pining away is going to get him back here this season. Wish him well and focus on the players that are actually here.

For those who really want Arroyo here, consider this comparison of numbers put up last season. (Thanks to “Feejis” for the stats.)


Who is “Pitcher X”? Scroll down to the end to find out.

Local Media/Blogs/Items

David Scott relates his experience with the Boston Globe Magazine roundtable which he attended last week, and has some criticism of the magazines State of Boston’s four teams report from last Sunday.

In other local sports media columns, Susan Bickelhaupt notes that while we may be going into the dog days of professional teams sports with the NBA and NHL seasons over and only MLB in season, things for ESPN are really heating up as they are entering one of the busiest periods of time for them. She also notes that Jerry Remy and Ron Darling will exchange spots in the Red Sox and Mets TV booths for a few innings during next week’s series between the clubs. Jim Baker talks to NESN