No word on whether Grady made Bill Mueller go over to the Texas clubhouse after the game and apologize…Wow. The beauty of baseball is that even though the game has been played professionally for 130 years or so, you still witness things that have never happened before. Only 12 people have hit two grand slams in one game, but none have hit them from both sides of the plate as Mueller did last night. To top the night off, Theo trades for another top relief pitcher without giving up one of his prized prospects. Eddie Andelman has sarcastically talked about the “boy wonder” every day since Theo came on the job. He said no one would trade with Theo because they don’t want to be made to look bad by a 29 year old “kid”. Bob Hohler reports on a busy night at the ballpark. Jeff Horrigan reports on a humble Mueller. Sean McAdam writes that the Sox just continue to pound poor pitching, “demonstrating that pitching isn’t the only way to win games.” David Heuschkel looks at the historic night for the Sox third baseman. A new edition of Hench’s Hardball looks at the night by Mueller. Gordon Edes reports on the trade that brought the Sox hard throwing closer Scott Williamson. The entire Herald baseball staff give us the details on the deal, the Yankees were also trying to get this guy right down to the end. McAdam also weighs in on the deal which is meant to bolster the bullpen even more. In Heuschkel’s article on the trade, Tim Wakefield jokes that the Sox starters only have to go four innings now. Some might celebrate Dan Shaughnessy’s column today, feeling it is a positive piece at last. Not so fast. Is it necessary to remind us of the Jeff Bagwell trade with every midseason deal that involves prospects? He does lavish praise on Theo and has this cute line:
You gotta love it. While George Steinbrenner issues statements, signs old guys, and worries about the Red Sox, Epstein keeps dealing for the best available Scott. He got Scott Sauerbeck last week and last night it was the hard-throwing Williamson.
I’d say Theo is doing better than getting the best available Scott, but the line works. Shaughnessy concludes:
These 2003 Red Sox are proactive. They're thinking like champions. They're not done yet. And they won't be done until they finally win the whole damn thing.
Those quotes were good. The Bagwell stuff was unnecessary. George Kimball looks at Doug Mirabelli, who was glad for the offensive explosion after having four passed balls the first four innings of the game. Kimball also has a pay column in which he looks at the relief pitching with the trade for Williamson. He closes with quotes from Alan Embree:
"The bullpen-by-committee thing, in theory, if everybody was healthy, it probably could have worked, but for whatever reason, nobody was healthy,'' pointed out Alan Embree. "We lost four of those guys and had to make do with what we had. Then after that, you're being criticized with anything that goes wrong. The manager's getting hammered by people asking `How could you have the nerve to go and do that?' and players are thinking you're horrible, you can't pitch, but once we got that group together, Kim came in and settled everything down, and we're having fun now."
Interesting. Edes has another article today in which he looks at the night by Mueller and the additions in the bullpen. Stan Grossfeld has the conclusion of his two part feature on the making of a baseball. Hohler’s notebook says Manny appears to be ok after a tumble in the outfield last night that caused him to leave the game. McAdam’s notebook also leads with Manny. Horrigan’s notebook reports on the Sox still trying to work out something with the Pirates over Brandon Lyon.
Nothing like a good training camp brawl to get the juices flowing. You think those guys are ready to hit someone besides each other? Mike Reiss reports on Rodney Harrison once again stirring things up in Patriots camp. Alan Greenberg has Bill Belichick with some strong praise for Rosevelt Colvin. Michael Gee also looks at Colvin. Tom Curran says Tyrone Poole needs to focus on his job, we all miss our families when we go to work…Michael Parente looks at Daniel Graham, who has some big expectations placed on him for this coming season and the future. He’s got a booster in Tom Brady though. Speaking of Brady, Mike Giardi admits he used to be a card carrying member of Drew’s crew, but he converted to Brady’s bunch once he saw him play. Michael Smith has part of a 1-1 interview with Richard Seymour. Curran’s notebook leads with word of the brawl in camp. Parente’s notebook looks at Kevin Faulk, vying for even more playing time this season. Gee’s notebook says no word on Larry Centers yet. Smith’s notebook says Centers should be out on the fields this morning.
Number eight is headed to the rafters. Cam Neely will be honored by the Bruins next January. John Powers, Joe McDonald and Michael O’Connor report on the announcement by the team. James Murphy says the time is right for this move. Douglas Flynn also has a piece on the honor being given to Neely. Nick Colageo writes about how Neely made him appreciate how good Gordie Howe was.
Mark Murphy looks at the newest Celtic, Jumaine Jones, who is happy to be back in a winning situation. Shira Springer previews the NBA schedule, released yesterday and also reports on the Jones trade. Murphy also has a peek at the schedule.
John Molori looks at Jerry Remy, Remdog, or my personal favorite, coined by Sean McDonough on Friday night, “Reminem” in his Media Blitz column for the week. Bill Griffith reports on an extension for Jason Wolfe.
NESN has Red Sox/Rangers at 8:00. ESPN has Astros/Braves at 7:00. ESPN2 has Diamondbacks/Marlins at 7:00. ESPN2 is also showing the Patriots 2002 video yearbook at 11:00. FSNE has the Cape Cod League All Star game tonight at 7:30.