Trailing 2-1 in the eight inning, the Red Sox had two runners on when the Orioles decided to intentionally walk Jason Varitek in order to get to Wily Mo Pena. The birds had their closer in the game to end the threat, only Pena had other plans. He blasted a grand slam off of Chris Ray to give the Red Sox a 5-2 win in Baltimore.
Michael Silverman looks at Pena calling his shot in the dugout before it happened. Gordon Edes has more on Pena lowering the boom on the Orioles with his eighth inning blast. Bill Ballou has more on the huge hit from Pena to save the Red Sox. Steve Krasner says that the sounds surrounding Wily Mo were were a whole lot different for this at bat.
Dan Shaughnessy describes Daisuke Matsuzaka as a guy who loves to throw. He makes up an elaborate series of scenarios to try and make his point. The Red Sox won the bidding for Matsuzaka over the winter, but Rob Bradford points out that the Yankees could use him now.
Silverman’s notebook has the Yankees pulling their Japanese pitcher, Kei Igawa out of the rotation for this weekend’s series against the Red Sox. Benjamin’s notebook has Matsuzaka getting ready for his start in New York tonight. Krasner’s notebook has David Ortiz getting fooled by a lefty pitcher this time out. Ballou’s notebook has Gary Thorne retracting his comments on the Schilling sock saga.
Oh yeah, that whole Sock thing. I was hoping the Wily Mo grand slam would’ve pushed the topic right off the radar this morning, but I guess everyone needs to get their last thoughts in on the matter.
That of course includes Schilling himself, who put together his response on 38Pitches, and he comes out swinging, not pulling any punches throughout.
Gordon Edes wraps up the whole sock story this morning, hopefully putting it to bed. Rob Bradford has there being a lot of upset Red Sox personnel because of this incident. Alex Speier explains why this was a big deal for everyone involved. Steve Buckley says that it is good to re-examine these legends every once in a while. Spencer Fordin on MLB.com has Thorne admitting his error.
David Sandora has former teammates Doug Mientkiewicz, Johnny Damon and Orlando Cabrera defending Schilling. Krasner says that there is no doubt that Schilling bled for the Red Sox in the 2004 playoffs.
David Scott applauds Schilling for his post, and has a look at the EPpy Awards, in which Boston is not represented at all.
Michael Felger says not to look for the Patriots to trade up in the first round, he says they do their best work when they stand pat or even move down. Shalise Manza Young attempts to figure out what the Patriots might do this weekend. Chris Kennedy says that the Patriots are relaxed heading into the draft. Draft week coverage continues on the BSMW Game Day page, where the crew tosses around a few draft related thoughts. Jim Donaldson says that the draft is a guessing game.
Mike Reiss notes that taking wide receivers in the first round often comes with a risk. He does look at Calvin Johnson however, and notes that he is viewed around the league as a can’t miss prospect. He then profiles Ted Ginn Jr and a few other receivers.
John Tomase examines why young linebackers seem to be such a bad fit for the Patriots defense. He says that taking a linebacker early in the draft “will require a shift in the way the Patriots do things.” I’m not sure that’s an accurate statement. He himself says that the club would’ve taken Jonathan Vilma had he been available in 2004. Karen Guregian looks at linebackers who could on the Patriots radar, such as Miami’s Jon Beason or Penn State’s Paul Posluszny. Dan Pires looks at defensive backs who might be possibilities for the Patriots. Mark Farinella also looks at the secondary. Eric McHugh examines the Patriots needs on the offensive side of the ball.
Reiss reports that tight end David Thomas, getting ready for his second season with the Patriots, suffered a broken foot in offseason workouts. Tomase has Vince Wilfork raising money for diabetes research in honor of his father, who died of the disease.
Jeff Goodman has former BC big man Sean Williams getting ready for the draft.