The Sox got away with one on getaway day. Sean McAdam notes the oddities of this series, in which in the impossible became possible almost with each game. Jeff Horrigan says it was the arms that won this one, on a day the bats were silenced. Nick Cafardo says Grady and the Sox were able to find a new way to win a game. David Heuschkel provides a little more of the game action, with more details of events within the game. Tony Massarotti looks at how Derek Lowe was able to get through six innings without having his best stuff and constantly having to work out of jams. Bob Hohler has a piece on Brandon Lyon, who came through in a situation he’s struggled in this season, a non-save situation in a tie game. John Tomase says that Grady Little could learn some valuable lessons if he’d spend some time playing the 1988 version of Nintendo’s RBI Baseball. An entertaining read. Alex Speier looks at how the Hillenbrand trade actually netted the Sox two player, Kim, and Freddy Sanchez, whose flexibility in the field makes him invaluable. Michael Gee in a pay column brings up the recent talk on the airwaves, it’s all been….”Who do the Sox keep, Pedro or Nomar?” for days now. I’m trying not to take too much of his column here, but he concludes the piece with:
Agony's an industry in this town. There are two radio stations that cater to the distraught sports follower. Newspapers are also fond of topics known as ``talkers,'' meaning ``loud argumenters.''
But those of us in my racket couldn't rabblerouse if most of the rabble didn't enjoy it. There are all too many people in this community who'd rather fret about an unknowable future than savor a happy present.
When folks ask me, ``What should we do with Pedro and Nomar?'' my answer is ``Groove on 'em.'' What other point is there to watching ballplayers perform besides one's own fleeting pleasure?
It's discouraging how many New Englanders disagree with that conclusion. Some days it seems Red Sox fans love everything about baseball except the games themselves.
Interesting. There’s a chicken/egg thing that goes on with topics on the air. Are they how the fans feel, or are these topics started and fueled by the hosts, who put the topics out there despite claiming that they let the fans dictate the show? How many times have you heard a host say “We talk about what the callers talk about.”? It was used to rationalize war talk and is used for any other daily agenda that the show might have. Put the hot button topic out there, and the reactionary callers (sports talk callers tend to be reactionary) are going to respond. Then the host can say “We’re just talking about what the callers want to talk about.”. Do all of us worry about who will be on the Sox in 2005? Armageddon could wipe everything out before then. Howard Bryant concludes his five part series on the state of the game with a look at the skepticism of the fans towards the huge numbers and huge contracts. Massarotti looks at the sacrifice bunt laid down by Jason Varitek yesterday and how it reflects well on the Sox catcher that he is willing to do that. He notes that:
it is astonishing to note how many major league players look like a constipated, backpedaling, pass-protecting Bruce Armstrong when asked to put down a bunt.
Nice visual. The bunt is also the lede topic in Cafardo’s notebook. Heuschkel also has it in his notebook. McAdam’s notebook says that Casey Fossum’s recovery is a little behind schedule now. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the resurgence at the plate from Johnny Damon.
A few pieces from the minors…Mike Siciliano has a look at the Lowell Spinners’ Jon DeVries, a grizzled, Crash Davis type player at the age of 20. Chaz Scoggins says some of these players might not be around Lowell for long if they keep playing the way they’ve started. Siciliano also looks at how the new players are quick to play the way Theo and the rest of the Red Sox brass would like them to. Michael Silverman provides a minors notebook, in which he looks at a native New Englander who has returned home and a few other items.
Steve Bulpett reports that the Celtics may soon be saying goodbye to Chris Wallace and assistant coach John Carroll. Kevin Gray looks at NH’s Matt Bonner, who feels very strongly that he will be selected in the draft, likely in the second round. Bonner just wrapped up his collegiate career at the University of Florida. Ray Duckler also has a look at Bonner, and the Celtics are mentioned as a team possibly interested in the 6-10 forward.
Kevin Paul Dupont gets in a few words with Bruins coach-in-waiting Mike Sullivan. Dupont doesn’t expect any announcement until next week. Joe McDonald thinks it could happen today. Stephen Harris looks at the draft and notes this is a year in which hardworking players are going to be valued. Joe Burris looks at a top prospect and local kid in Brian Boyle. Steve Buckley’s pay column is about the Bruins ineptness in officially naming their new coach. A lighthearted bit that probably took him 15 minutes to write.
Michael Felger reports that Charlie Weis has thrown his name into the mix for the University of Washington coaching job.
Mike Shalin says it’s time to end the ACC expansion plans. Miami, Syracuse and B.C. should just back away from the table and say no thanks. Ken Davis looks at Virginia Tech’s interest in joining despite being a part of the Big East lawsuit against the other three schools. Joe Burris says Virginia Tech is just having a wait and see attitude.
Ron Borges looks ahead to the Lennox Lewis – Vitali Klitschko fight tomorrow night.
Michael Smith looks at the rough surroundings in which 400-meter runner Tyree Washington grew up in. Dealing with the Bloods and Crips were a reality for Washington.
Bill Griffith looks ahead to HBO’s coverage of the fight tomorrow night, and has some other items for the weekend. Jim Baker says Joe Amorosino seems to be the favorite to fill Gene Lavanchy’s role, but that personnel instability seems to be a hallmark at WHDH. He also reports that Doug Flutie might be part of a group to bring Arena Football to Boston. John Howell looks at ESPN’s extensive Wimbledon coverage.
UPN38 has Red Sox/Phillies at 7:00. TBS has Braves/Orioles at 7:30.