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.