Happy Landings

The World Series Champion Red Sox will have another “rolling rally” this afternoon through the streets of Boston. The rally starts at noon.

Meaghan Wims has the Red Sox being welcomed back to Boston and Fenway yesterday afternoon.

Jeff Horrigan has John Henry saying that the Red Sox considered breaking up the team and going for a full youth movement after last season. Sean McAdam says that glory days are here again, and that this club is in a much better position than the 2004 edition. Jeff Goldberg says that the roster indicates that the Red Sox have just begun their reign. Art Davidson has the Sox already thinking for the future.

Bob Ryan says that the 2007 postseason was a managerial clinic, and thousands of lunkheads missed it. Alex Speier says that Francona takes his place among the best managers in the game. Tony Massarotti says that thanks to Theo Epstein’s willingness to take a step back in 2006, the team is now in a position to contend for a number of years. Gordon Edes looks at the impact of the championship on the Red Sox players and their families. Mike Fine has the Red Sox at the top of the baseball world once again.

Steve Buckley says that the team will likely look very different in three years, just as this club is different from the 2004 edition. Jackie MacMullan notes the chemistry that this team had, and that is necessary for all championship squads. J.D. Enright ensures Red Sox fans that it is OK to win. Tommy Hine has Tim Wakefield enjoying every minute of the win. Michael Silverman says that J.D. Drew’s improved postseason was no fluke. The outfielder finally felt comfortable with his surroundings and team.

Rob Bradford says that the Red Sox made the right decision in holding off on signing Schilling before the season, and that now the right move is to sign him for another season. Amalie Benjamin has Schilling making his pitch to remain with the Red Sox. Rich Thompson has more on Schilling hoping to stay in Boston. Joe McDonald has the Red Sox embracing Lowell, with the hope of being able to bring him back next season. Paul Jarvey says that the Red Sox will face one decision very soon, keep Lowell or chase ARod. Jon Couture says that the Sox’ questions start with Lowell.

McDonald has Theo Epstein calling Jon Lester “a model” for their franchise. Jim Donaldson says that the worst of times turned into the best of times for the Lesters. Scott Allen says that Lester’s cancer doctors were not surprised at what he was able to accomplish in game four. Speier has the Sox letting loose after their win. David Brown says that 2004 allowed the Sox to make an attitude adjustment. Joe Haggerty notes that the Red Sox having finally shed the lovable loser image. Mike Petraglia looks at a team that took awhile to find its identity.

Stan Grossfeld chronicles the flight home to Boston. After winning the trophy Sunday night, yesterday was about bringing it home to Boston. Dan Shaughnessy goes over the playoff numbers and the October run one more time. Bill Burt has Andover native Michael Chiklis doing what he had to do to get tickets to game four.

Horrigan’s notebook has Mike Timlin sounding like a man who has already left Boston in the past. Edes notebook has David Ortiz talking rest and surgery.

Patriots

On Patriots Daily, Christopher Price looks at why Mike Vrabel always seems to be open in the end zone.

Michael Felger has his Patriots report card, and for the first time I can remember in a while, it’s straight “A’s” Ian M. Clark is the tougher grader this week, throwing a couple of “B+” marks in there. Rich Garven puts together a midseason report card.

Christopher L. Gasper has the Patriots and Colts defenses prepping for what figures to be a huge test for both squads. Karen Guregian has the revamped Patriots set to test their new-look offense against the Colts. Mark Farinella has the Colts not quite ready to join in on the hype. Douglas Flynn says that the next game will be anything but routine. David Heuschkel has Belichick dishing some high praise for the Colts.

Robert Lee says that the Patriots running attack kept the Redskins honest on Sunday. Christopher Price has Belichick believing that his team can still improve. Shalise Manza Young has Washington still at a total loss at what happened. Guregian also has a look at Belichick facing criticism for the running-it-up question

Gasper’s notebook has Troy Brown itching to get back out on the field. Guregian’s notebook says that Vrabel’s star turn on Sunday was truly a team effort.

Celtics

In the midst of the Red Sox parade and Patriots/Colts, the Globe offers up something of an NBA preview today. Shira Springer has a feature on Kevin Garnett and how a year at Farragut Academy in Chicago really made his game.

Marc J. Spears has the Celtics looking good thus far, but still needing to prove themselves to their naysayers around the league. Springer also notes that Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen have a history of friendship that goes back to high school.

Peter May previews the Eastern conference (Celtics fourth), the Western conference and looks at the league In triplicate.

Julian Benbow has injured big man Scott Pollard getting some work in at practice yesterday. Steve Bulpett has more on Pollard going through his first real practice with the team.

Barbara Matson says that Patrice Bergeron could miss a month or more. Stephen Harris looks at the hit on Bergeron drawing a two game suspension for Randy Jones.

Mark Blaudschun has Matt Ryan keeping things under control.

Sox Champs Again

Congratulations To The Boston Red Sox – 2007 World Series Champions!

Yes, they did it again.

We’re a long ways from from the days of “loserville?” Aren’t we? The Boston Red Sox secured their second World Series Championship in four years with a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies to finish a four game sweep of the Series.

There’s no way we’re going to get to all the stories this morning, so I’ll try to bring you some of the highlights from the coverage today.

(As a heads up, if you’re looking for Patriots links this morning, head on over to Patriots Daily – they’re all there.)

Jeff Horrigan has the Red Sox scaling that Championship peak once again. Dan Shaughnessy offers up the front page game story in the Globe. Joe McDonald says that the season ended triumphantly, and according to a masterful plan. Gordon Edes has the sports page game story in the Globe. Jeff Goldberg has the Sox becoming the first team to win two World Series titles in the 21st century. Ron Chimelis has the Red Sox as baseball’s champion – again. Joe Haggerty has the Red Sox making the long season well worth the wait. Paul Jarvey has the Sox on Cloud Nine after the win. Jon Couture says that it was all worth it this season.

Bob Ryan says that while 2004 was an exorcism. 2007 is an exclamation point. Tony Massarotti says that the transformation of the Red Sox is complete…the question is no longer if they can win a title, but now how many can they win. Sean McAdam reminds us that we’re living in the golden age of Red Sox baseball. Dom Amore says that in three short years, a nation of millions has gone from star-crossed to spoiled. Lenny Megliola has the Red Sox once again closing out the World Series in a hurry. Alex Speier has the Red Sox proving to be more than your average group of schlemiels. David Brown notes that these Sox are built to last.

Steve Buckley says manager Terry Francona has grown from and built on his postseason experiences. Jackie MacMullan has Jacoby Ellsbury and Jonathan Papelbon making the dreams of Red Sox Nation come to life. Steven Krasner looks at Papelbon and Lester as the stars on the mound for the Sox last night. Michael Silverman has a look at the “new” Manny Ramirez from the 2007 postseason. Michael Vega has Mike Timlin getting to add another ring to his collection which now numbers four.

Ryan attempts to sum up what Jason Varitek means to this team. Brown has more on just how indispensable Varitek is to the club. McDonald and Krasner point out that Ellsbury and Pedroia embody great homegrown talent for the Red Sox. John Powers has a look at Bobby Kielty, whose pinch hit home run in the eighth inning proved to be the game winner for the Red Sox. Bill Ballou has the “other guy” in the Josh Beckett trade proving his value with the Series MVP.

It was said sometime this past week that if Jon Lester was in the NL, he would be a 15 game winner and the ace of the Rockies staff. The 23-year-old lefthander did nothing to dissuade that notion last night, pitching 5 2/3 innings of shutout baseball in the clinching game of the World Series. Nick Cafardo says that the force was with Lester last night, who even had at least one Rockie saying “If you had to get beat by someone you have to be happy for that guy.” Jim Donaldson has more on Lester, and Lowell as well, two cancer survivors who helped lead the Red Sox to victory last night.

Mindful of the fiasco that followed the ball from the final out of the 2004 World Series, Jason Varitek ended any such controversy this time around by saying after the game that after catching the Jonathan Papelbon strikeout to end the game last night, he’ll give it back to the team.

Horrigan’s notebook looks at an amazing year for Jacoby Ellsbury, who will still be considered a rookie next season. The Projo notebook has Francona noting that this was a very easy team to manage, they didn’t give him any troubles this season. Goldberg’s notebook has the bullpen again proving to be the key for the Red Sox. Chimelis’ notebook has Ellsbury as the new star in the Red Sox universe after this series. Jarvey’s notebook says that this was an offensive playoff season to remember for the Red Sox.

David Scott wraps up all of the postgame coverage, thankful as you should be that our regional nightmare of embarrassing media displays is coming to an end. Chad Finn has a great live-blog of the game, including the postgame celebrations. Over on Red Sox Monster, they think it would be a good idea to hang onto this Lowell guy.

Once again, your Patriots Links from the team’s 52-7 blowout of the Washington Redskins can be found over at Patriots Daily. (A huge thanks to Scott for putting those together.) The win moved the Pats to 8-0 and sets up a matchup with also undefeated Indianapolis this coming Sunday.

For Bruins and Celtics coverage, head on over to CelticsLinks.com and BruinsLinks.com

Rookies Run Riot, Wrap Up Game Three

(Guest Blogging by T.J. Donegan; he can be reached at [email protected])

The Red Sox took the first of a possible three games in Colorado last night 10-5, forcing a do-or-die Game Four for the Rockies tonight.

Dice-K Matsuzaka was not especially dominant, but more than proficient, in shutting down the Rockies through five and a third, giving up only two runs on three hits, taking the bat off his shoulder to drive in two of his own, though, on an RBI single. Again, he seemed to out-think himself and needed over 100 pitches to get through, however, precluding much further action for the Japanese rookie.

The story of the night was the Red Sox offense, however, which knocked out starter Josh Fogg, looking to plug the leak for the Rockies, after he gathered just eight outs. The Sox smacked Fogg around with six earned on 10 hits, all the runs coming in the third inning.

Rookies Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia combined at the top of the order for eight hits, three doubles, and four RBIs (to go along with Dice-K’s two) in 10 at-bats to carry the Sox to a seemingly insurmountable 3-0 series lead.
The Sox would add to their lead after Colorado made it close with five runs in the sixth and seventh. Boston’s four runs in the eighth and ninth provided the breathing room though as the Sox coasted through to their sixth straight postseason win after falling behind 3-1 to Cleveland in the ALCS.

Jon Lester is expected to take the mound tonight to try and finish off the reeling Rockies, just one year after being diagnosed with cancer. It’s a spectacular finish to a tortuous and draining year for the young pitcher, and we all wish him and the Red Sox the best of luck.

Jeff Horrigan talks about the rookies and their contributions last night. Rob Bradford talks about the success of Terry Francona deciding to put Ortiz at first. Steve Buckley said the results of the last three games really should have been obvious going in. Tony Massarotti talks about Jacoby Ellsbury, a unique player for the Red Sox. Michael Silverman says Dice-K has earned the trust of The Nation, and “Dice-K. Game Seven.” doesn’t sound quite as cataclysmic as it might have a month ago. Silverman also talks about Matsuzaka being the first Japanese pitcher to start in the post season.

Alex Speier talks about Julio Lugo playing a pivotal role in the win last night. Massarotti talks about Jon Lester’s chance to clinch a World Series for the Sox tonight.

Dan Shaughnessy says this series feels “more like a coronation than a contest.” Gordon Edes talks about the possibility of a second Red Sox World Series sweep. Bob Ryan says, barring “Divine Payback” for the Sox dumping the curse with a four-game comeback, the Red Sox are back at the top. Jackie MacMullan talks about Ellsbury’s big night in Game Three. Shaughnessy also talks about Lester’s chance to put another chapter in his remarkable story. Nick Cafardo has Dice-K doing it all, playing the game of his life last night.

Jon Couture talks about the Sox dealing with the altitude of Coors field. David Brown has the Sox’s pirate bullpen plundering the World Series trophy. Bill Ballou has a wrap up of last night’s proceedings. Art Davidson says it might be premature, but you might want to anticipate a parade sometime this week. Davidson also talks about the composition of these plucky Rockies that have unfortunately found themselves under the boot of a Red Sox juggernaut. Lenny Megliola has the Sox just one win away. Let me just let you soak that in. One. Win. Away.

Jayson Stark says get your champagne ready. Jim Caple gets things from Colorado’s side of the ball, calling it the worst postseason in baseball history. Excuse me if I don’t shed a tear for the dear, departed excitement of comebacks and curses.

Joe McDonald says, despite it all, it’s been a grand year in Denver for these Rockies. Sean McAdam calls up memories of old boxer Jim Braddock, saying the Sox took the best shot the Rockies could muster and just stood tall and smiled. Jim Donaldson puts on the brakes and reminds us of the 2004 ALCS, saying it ain’t over yet. Jeff Goldberg says different year, field named after a different beer, same result for the rampant Red Sox. Goldberg also talks about the prolific Ellsbury. I love the rook, I think he looks like the superstar kid from The Sandlot, but he was 1-7 with a walk coming into last ni–who am I kidding? I love the guy.

Alex Speier says this all just feels like Commencement day. Troy E. Renck says the carriage’s about to turn back to a pumpkin for the Rockies after the Game Three dismissal by the Red Sox. Horrigan’s notebook talks about Francona’s handling of Papelbon over the season. Michael Vega’s notebook has Carlton Fisk take on the series.

Patriots

The Pats look to keep their momentum going as they take on a tough defense this afternoon with the Washington Redskins coming to town. New England will try to move to 8-0 and avoid what might be considered a trap game with a certain well-publicized matchup with a certain undefeated defending champion next weekend. You might have heard about that one, I don’t know, it seems to be flying under the radar a bit.

For your links I’ll kick it over to Patriots Daily.

With all the extra Sox coverage I’ll have to send you to bruinslinks and celticslinks for your coverage of the Bs and Cs.

That should wrap it up for me, big night tonight with the Pats and Red Sox. Anyone else planning on coming down with some rare disease for tomorrow morning? WebMD, always there to help a fan get out of work.