Another Epic Loss For Sox, Patriots Set For Tampa

Wow.

Any other season, and last night’s game would’ve been looked at as just a crazy, infuriating but entertaining game.

For this team, it’s just another night at the ballpark, and another kick in the nuts.

The insane 14-13 extra innings loss to the Angels was epically painful. Much like the entire season has been.

I don’t think there is much else to say. Most everyone – players, fans, media are just counting down the days until the season is over and the dismantling and rebuilding can begin. Those die-hards – real fans – who continue to watch each night and look for things to build on for the future, I salute you. I don’t know how you do it, but if anything, maybe this year separates out the wheat from the chaff when it comes to the Red Sox fans, and we can go back to a time when those who were at the games and who followed the team did so out of love for baseball and the Red Sox, not because it is the cool thing to do or the place to go and be seen.

The Patriots are in Tampa for their third preseason game, and second this week. While most of the starters are expected to play tonight, given the very weird schedule the Patriots have, it’s hard to tell how much they will play.

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Onto the media columns and notes:

Kristine Leahy leaving Boston for another large market – Chad Finn has the former FOX25 sports anchor set to land a gig in another major city.

He also notes that Steve DeOssie is no longer part of WBZ-TV’s Fifth Quarter programming and recalls his appearance at the Giants pep rally prior to the Super Bowl. Is there a connection? I recall at the time, the feeling at least among media was that DeOssie should not be negatively impacted.

Media Roundup: Are Patriots’ Offensive Line Struggles Overblown? – My SB Nation Boston media column has Matt Chatham telling us to disregard media reports of the Patriots offensive line struggling.

Struggling Solder finds friend in Gruden – Bill Doyle has ESPN’s Jon Gruden defending the play of Nate Solder on Monday night.

Your weekly Joe Sullivan tweet.


The pride with which he tweets this completely embodies everything that is wrong with sports coverage today.

I will say though, that Shaughnessy’s column, (the link in the tweet takes you around the paywall) is actually good today. He has some valid thoughts on the disaster that is the S.S. Red Sox. He also thinks that the uproar over the team attendance to Johnny Pesky’s funeral has been overblown.

Red Sox fall to six games under .500

The Red Sox fell to the Angels 7-3 and now have 14 losses in the month of August. The last time the Red Sox lost 14 games in August was all the way back in 2003 with Grady Little as manager. Clay Buchholz allowed a season-high and tied a career-high by allowing 12 hits in just 5 1/3 innings. The seven runs also matched a season-high for Buchholz, who allowed seven runs in his first start of the year against Detroit. Buchholz had allowed three runs or less in his last six starts going into last night.

Even Clay Buchholz at a loss– Joe McDonald looks at Buchholz’s night, who going into the game was the teams’ most consistent pitcher, but just didn’t have it Wednesday night.

Buchholz: ‘I’m not really disappointed’– Maureen Mullen also looks at Buchholz’s start Wednesday night.

It was bound to happen eventually, even to Red Sox– Peter Abraham looks at some of the most respected and successful franchises in the league who have had losing records since the last time the Red Sox did.

Revolving coaches might be real Sox issue– Scott Lauber says having three pitching coaches in the past four seasons could be playing a role in the pitching staff’s struggles.

Daisuke Matsuzaka era may not end yet– Nick Cafardo says the Red Sox have not “closed the door” on the idea of bringing Matsuzaka back for another season.

It’s all over for the Red Sox– Christopher Gasper (subscription required) says with 38 games remaining the season is all but over, with players just looking to get it over with.

Will anyone frame the 2012 Sox photo?– With the team photo being taken today, Gordon Edes looks at the disappointing season and even ahead to next season.

According to the Inside Track, only four players attended Johnny Pesky’s funeral on Monday. This after the front office had ordered busses for the front office and the team. The report says the front office was “extremely disappointed.” As they should be, Pesky was a Red Sox icon, who no one could ever say anything negative about. Making matters worse was the entire team made it to Josh Beckett’s charity bowling event later that night.

The two-day NESN/WEEI Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon wrapped up at midnight last night and over the two days $3.2 million was raised to help strike out cancer. All of the local sports teams chipped in to help this great cause. The Red Sox players took time to all go out to center field prior to the game Wednesday and pose for a photo with the tote board showing how much money was raised at that time. This is an absolutely great event and continues to grow year after year. This was the 11th year of the event.

The Patriots are in Tampa for their second practice with the Buccaneers before their preseason game Friday night. Get all your Patriots links at Patriotslinks.com.

Patriots fall to Eagles as many starters sit, Red Sox still in news on off day

Playing the first of three games in an 11-day span Bill Belichick decided to rest many of the Patriots starters, including Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, Jerod Mayo, Vince Wilfork and many more. The end result was a 27-17 loss to the Eagles on Monday Night Football in an ugly, sloppy game. The Eagles played their starters into the third quarter where at that point they were going against the second and third string Patriots defense.

The big story coming out of the game was Michael Vick being injured on his sixth play of the game. The quarterback injured his ribs after taking a hit from Jermaine Cunningham. X-rays were negative, but he did not return. Patriots safety Patrick Chung was also injured, reportedly injuring his shoulder, but it isn’t very serious.

Patriots defense answers few questions against Eagles– Chris Gasper (subscription required) says with a lot of the starters being held out it is difficult to see how well the defense really is after they have stood out in practice.

Given a second chance, Vereen carries himself well– Greg A. Bedard says with last night’s performance Shane Vereen is now challenging Stevan Ridley for the lead running back position.

Mallett makes impact– Karen Guregian looks at quarterback Ryan Mallett’s night.

Bill Belichick has it all under control– Mike Reiss says not to worry about not seeing many Patriot starters, Belichick has a plan with the demanding schedule the next week to ten days.

Cannon, Solder struggle again– Tom E. Curran looks at two players, Marcus Cannon and Nate Solder who struggled once again on Monday. The offensive line still remains a cause for concern.

Patriots’ Hightower learns through play-calling– Mary Paoletti has rookie Dont’a Hightower calling the defense plays Monday night, which allowed him to learn even more about the Patriots defense.

Ten things we learned from Monday: Protection remains a problem for Patriots– Christopher Price has ten things that we learned coming out of Monday night’s game.

Although the Red Sox were off on Monday they were still in the news as it became official that Carl Crawford will have Tommy John Surgery on Thursday and the team fired pitching coach Bob McClure, naming Randy Niemann the pitching coach for the remainder of the season. Niemann has been with the time the entire season, he just has not been in the dugout per MLB rules.

The firing of McClure this late in the season is a bit odd to me. In a way it is almost like the Red Sox are backing Valentine, going with “his guy” in Niemann. Could the team still be considering bringing Valentine back for next season? This would be the first move that would suggest that.

Red Sox GM knows bigger fixes needed– Scott Lauber says Ben Cherington knows more decisions like the firing of McClure will need to be made for the Red Sox to get back to where they need to be.

Red Sox fire pitching coach Bob McClure– Sean McAdam looks at the Red Sox’ decision to fire their pitching coach.

Bob McClure just couldn’t last– Gordon Edes says there have been hints all season long of the disconnect between Valentine and McClure so it was only a matter of time before he was let go.