I fell way behind this morning, so I don’t have the usual exhaustive links. Rather I’m going to just highlight a few of interest. That is still a lot of links. Bob Hohler looks at the Sox headed into New York with a sense of confidence and unity. Michael Silverman says recent events have not killed them, but only made them stronger. The Hartford Courant switches things up and has its Yankees beat writer Don Amore, write about the Sox. This is their last chance to make a stand against the Yankees. David Heuschkel, meanwhile writes about the shaky Yankees.
Dan Shaughnessy writes about the family of Harry Frazee this morning. Interesting timing by Shaughnessy as HBO is set to debut it’s documentary on the “Curse of the Bambino” next week. Shaughnessy is featured pretty extensively in that program. Last July, Glenn Stout did a pretty extensive piece on the sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees, and how the Yankees nearly moved their franchise to Boston.
Matt DiFilippo writes an interesting article looking at the Manny Ramirez incidents from a different perspective than what we’ve read around here. He criticizes a few of the media members for how they’re portrayed Ramirez and suggests that Manny may well need some therapy to deal with things here. Scott Miller of CBS Sportsline also writes at length about Manny, speaking with many of the people in the game who are close to him, including former Sox Carlos Baerga and Shea Hillenbrand. Steve Buckley has a pay column today in which he says Manny might be the team’s MVP for putting them the events of last weekend and the beginning of this week, which tested the resolve of the club and has them playing with a new sense of purpose.
Steve Bailey of the Globe Business section makes the case for keeping Fenway. As the Globe is part of the ownership group of the Sox, you can’t help but wonder at the possibility that this article is a plant.
Kevin Paul Dupont looks at Lawyer Milloy’s arrival in Buffalo. Former Bills writer Jim Baker looks at Milloy’s arrival for the Herald. Gerry Callahan’s pay column tells us that Bill Belichick has always put his team in the best position to win…
Until this week. In a game that could eventually make the difference between going to the playoffs and going home, the Patriots are definitely not in the best position to win. Belichick made sure of that when he dumped Milloy, a defensive co-captain, the guy who made the calls in the secondary, a man who had not missed a game in seven years. You lose all that, you lose something significant. That is really not debatable. And if that guy jumps to the team you're playing -- all full of vengeance and anger -- the scales tip even further.
Alan Greenberg looks in the Patriots locker room at teammates left behind. Tom Curran looks again at the candidates for the starting safety position left open by Milloy. Michael Felger tells us that Pats/Bills is now the marquee matchup in the AFC East. If you can’t get enough Patriots coverage, Bill Griffith breaks down all the shows and programs that are dedicated to the Pats. John Howell looks at the national NFL coverage.
Shira Springer looks at Robert Parish, headed in to the Basketball Hall of Fame. The chief would like to get back into the game in some capacity. Ken Davis looks at Parish, who hated basketball as a kid. Michael Gee looks at Parish in a pay column, a nice tribute to the center of the the Celtics 80’s titles. He looks at his longevity and importance to the team. He was often overlooked, but chose it to be that way. Gee concludes:
The only reason it's taken so long for Parish to join the Hall is that he took longer than anyone to retire from the game.
May his walk to the podium be slow indeed. A proper ovation takes a long time.
UPN38 has Red Sox/Yankees at 7:00. (ESPN nationally) TBS has Braves/Pirates at 7:30. ESPN has Oregon State/Fresno State college football at 10:00. USA has US Open Tennis at 8:00.