Apparently, the more things change, the more they remain the same. Nick Cafardo says it was just like old times last night with the Cardinals pulling out a ninth inning victory over the Sox at Fenway. Jeff Horrigan looks admiringly at how the Cardinals didn’t fold after the Sox had erased a 7-2 lead. Sean McAdam and David Heuschkel both start off their articles noting how similar these two teams are in many ways. Kevin Gray notes that the Sox might not mind seeing the Cardinals once every 36 years if last night is an indicator. Michael Silverman notes that Byung-Hyun Kim felt weak right from the start of the game. The two innings of relief he was forced into pitching on Saturday due to the Sox having lost Wakefield and Fossum was a factor. At the other end of the game, Aaron Harlan looks at the ninth inning weakness of Brandon Lyon. Tony Massarotti says Pedro is ready to go for tonight, and once he starts pitching again, he’ll once again not be talking to the media. Jackie MacMullan says that Pedro is eager to get out there, but is not going to overextend himself. He also will miss Tony Cloninger, though he is happy to have Dave Wallace here. A couple of football guys, Michael Smith and Tom Curran examine the strategy by Tony La Russa of walking Nomar and Manny to load the bases and face David Ortiz. It worked. Unlike the times Grady has done it, La Russa’s pitcher managed to get the batter out, instead of walking him. Silverman has a look at the task that Dave Wallace has in front of him with this pitching staff and has his thoughts on it. Harlan has a short sidebar on Wallace in the Globe. Steve Buckley in his pay column notes that Red Sox/Cardinals is the reason for interleague play. He pokes at little fun at himself in the process:
If you're given to nostalgic strolls (hello there, self), there's nothing wrong with daydreaming about a long-ago World Series while watching the modern-day Sox take on the modern-day Cardinals.
The Globe SportsPlus program tonight will feature Michael Smith sitting down with hero of the weekend, Kevin Millar. An extract of that one-on-one interview is in the Globe today. Lenny Megliola looks at contest winner Walter Levy’s stint in the NESN broadcast booth last night. Minor league baseball will have a new home in Manchester, NH, as the city last night approved 27.5 Million dollars towards a riverfront stadium for the new AA team that is moving in next year. Cafardo’s notebook looks at tendinitis as the culprit sidelining Casey Fossum. Horrigan’s notebook says the news wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been for Fossum. Curran’s notebook looks at more silent treatment from Pedro coming up. Heuschkel’s notebook says the DL is still a possibility for Fossum.
With his being honored with a legacy award tomorrow night at The Sports Museums’ “The Tradition” ceremony, Phil Esposito is the subject of an interesting bit by Lenny Megliola, who looks at how Espo feels about Harry Sinden, having been traded away from the Bruins, and his thought on the current team. The Herald, in looking back at Esposito, brings out a Tim Horgan article from 1975, right after Espo and Terry O’Reilly signed new contracts with the Bruins. The fact that there was no no-trade clause in the contract for Esposito was mentioned, and he remarks that he might just quit if he got traded, because:
``I can't see myself playing anywhere except Boston. I certainly wouldn't enjoy playing for the New York Rangers, for example.''
Well, he did end up getting traded to the Rangers, just a few months later. That is part of why he still holds his trade against Harry Sinden, as mentioned in the Megliola piece above.
Christopher Price has a look at Richard Seymour as he prepares to make the shift to the full time 3-4 defensive set.
Shira Springer notes that Antoine Walker hasn’t given up on Vin Baker yet. Steve Bulpett has Rodney Rogers taking a few small digs at Walker and Pierce in comparing his Nets team with the Celtics team he was on last year. Bulpett also looks at how the Spurs have carefully positioned their franchise for the future, and are well ahead of where they thought they would be at this stage.
Kevin Paul Dupont says that the Devils are not yet a dynasty.
Last night, Jay Leno in mentioning that Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jean-Sebastien Giguere was going to be a guest on the show, called him the “greatest athlete on ice since Ted Williams…”
NESN has Red Sox/Cardinals at 7:00. (ESPN Nationally) ESPN2 has Astros/Yankees at 7:00. ABC has Spurs/Nets at 8:30.