The resilient Red Sox do it again. Michael Silverman says last night was a playoff worthy performance by the pitching staff. Nick Cafardo notes that despite being dropped in the order, Johnny Damon was able to be the deciding factor in the game last night. Interesting about Damon…there is quite a number of fans that are starting to turn on the centerfielder for his lack of performance. You’ll be hard pressed to find whole souled criticism of him in the papers. A few radio hosts have started to turn on him, but the guys who deal with him everyday don’t knock him. These days many references to him still start with “nice guy” Johnny Damon…Sean McAdam points out the important part of getting that win last night…the Sox gained a game on the Yankees. David Heuschkel points out the Sox 9-3 record this year after what could be termed “stomach turning” losses. Gordon Edes has an interesting story of what happened when the media corps descended on Pedro yesterday afternoon so he could answer to the charges put forth by George Steinbrenner. Kevin Millar stepped forward and pointed out that George’s Yankees threw the first purpose pitch of the series, and then made stupid comments about. (Thanks, Roger.) A good piece by Edes. Tony Massarotti says the bullpen is showing signs on a resurgence. Tom E. Curran gives us his efforts to explore the “land of Baldelli.” No Pete Sheppard sightings…The Herald had not updated its webpage as of this writing, so all articles from it’s writers that have been mentioned so far are from the MetroWest Daily News site, which carried a few of them. I’ll have to look later at what I’ve missed. Heuschkel also looks at when Pedro had his say about Steinbrenner’s comments. Pedro says George might have enough money to buy the whole league, but he’s not going to instill fear into him. Let’s hope there’s some hard feelings here, and Pedro won’t consider offers from George when he becomes a free agent…yeah right. Edes also has a look at Todd Jones, who picked up the win last night, and who would’ve penned the headline “Bullpen lives to see another day” had he been writing about the game. Interesting to note that Fox wants Roger Clemens to be on the All Star team. Let’s see how Bud and the boys make it happen to satisfy their television partners. Cafardo’s notebook looks at the gutty performance of Tim Wakefield, who battled a migraine all day and hadn’t been able to eat. Silverman’s notebook looks at Johnny Damon’s breakout from the # 8 slot in the lineup. McAdam’s notebook has more on that topic, and a note about the Blue Jay’s making a move that might prove critical in the AL East race. They picked up former Boston fan favorite John “way back” Wasdin…Heuschkel’s notebook looks at the change in the top of the order.
Jackie MacMullan was “ordered” to go witness LeBron James’ NBA summer league debut in Orlando, and reports on the circus-like experience. Lenny Megliola also reports on the debut of LeBron. Steve Bulpett reports that you can say buh-bye to Waltah. McCarty said yesterday that he will not be returning to the Celtics because they won’t pay him more than the minimum. He wants to go somewhere and be “appreciated”. Good luck, no city, fans, or broadcasters are going to “appreciate” you more than they do here, Walt. Kevin Ma reports on the some of the Celtics summer league roster. Why not list the entire roster? Here it is, from the Celtics website. A few interesting names, including former high school sensation Lenny Cooke, former Indiana and Iowa player Luke Recker, Center Dan McClintock, best known for replacing Yao Ming on his Chinese professional team, former Chicago Bull Kornel David, and Martin Muursepp from Estonia.
Yesterday, Russ Conway reported that there might be an opportunity for the Bruins to talk trade with the Red Wings regarding now-spare-part goaltender Curtis Joseph. Steve Conroy takes that ball and runs with it today.
Shane Donaldson reports on the Patriots interest in running back Tony Hollings who is available in the supplemental draft tomorrow. Ian M. Clark looks at former UNH record setting running back turned Chicago Bear DB Jerry Azumah making a huge donation to his alma mater, used to upgrade the University’s poor weight training facilities and put them on a par with many pro teams.
John Molori gives us his sports broadcasting all stars. Tim McCarver and John Madden earn high praise. ’nuff said.
NESN has Red Sox/Blue Jays at 7:00. (ESPN2 Nationally) ESPN has Dodgers/Cardinals at 7:00.