The defense let the Sox down again last night in the Bronx. With the Sox up 2-0, the webbing in David Ortiz’s glove broke (or stretched) on a ground ball to first, allowing the tying runs to score. The winning runs scored the next inning, on another error. Sean McAdam says for crushing defeats to the Yankees, this one ranks right up there. Jeff Horrigan says the defensive problems have reached crisis proportions. Bob Hohler says it was a cruel twist of fate for Ortiz, who was the only reason the Sox had a lead in the first place. David Heuschkel looks at the equipment malfunction by Ortiz. David Borges says all along last night, there was a certain inevitability about how things would turn out. Don Amore looks at the Red Sox boots once again giving the Yankees victory. Dan Shaughnessy is loving all of this, and says that Pedro wants to play for the Yankees next year. Tony Massarotti hates the way the Red Sox play, he hates Moneyball, and freely admits it. At this juncture, it’s hard to argue. Steve Buckley (subscription only) writes about Tim Wakefield being denied the chance to be a hero in his first appearance in Yankee Stadium since last October.
Gordon Edes looks at David Ortiz’s glove, which he says was stretched, not ripped by the Tony Clark grounder. Michael Silverman looks at another big night at the plate for Ortiz, which is now overshadowed by the glove incident. Steven Krasner looks at Ortiz’s New York tale not having a happy ending. Joe Haggerty looks at another Bronx bummer for the Sox. Lenny Megliola looks at the struggling Nomar Garciaparra, and whether he will follow the long line of Red Sox stars to leave town. Steve Buckley says Pokey Reese is enjoying the here and now, not thinking about a new contract with the Red Sox. Nick Cafardo looks at Gary Sheffield’s ability to stay in the lineup despite injuries. Massarotti writes that the Sox need Pedro to deliver tonight against the Yankees. Silverman has a quick look at Pedro’s opposition tonight, rookie Brad Halsey. Hohler’s notebook looks at the signing of Pedro Astacio by the Sox to a minor league deal. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the impending return of Bill Mueller to the Red Sox lineup. McAdam’s notebook looks at another injury for Scott Williamson. Heuschkel’s notebook says the Varitek and Schilling were just kidding with each other in an incident described as a confrontation in a NY paper. Amore’s notebook looks at Sheffield. Borges’ notebook wonders what Kevin Millar has to do to get himself out of Terry Francona’s lineup.
Howard Bryant (subscription only) goes after Barry Bonds today for his hypocritical stand of criticizing and attacking places and people that he has no first hand knowledge of, yet complaining that people who don’t know him judge him adversely. He also looks at the wild card, noting that former Sox owner John Harrington was a driving force behind the concept. He adds that the Sox have also perhaps been the greatest beneficiary of the rule. They haven’t won a division title since ’95, yet have been to the playoffs three times. He concludes: “Leave it to Harrington to master an insider’s credo: If you can’t beat ’em, change the rules.”
Free agency begins in the NBA and NHL today. Shira Springer takes a look at what the Celtics might be looking to do this summer, and lists out some possibilities. Jim Fenton also has a look at the Celtics plans for the summer.
As for the Bruins, Steve Conroy reports on the club allowing 12 free agents to hit the open market. The impending work stoppage no doubt factors into that decision. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell also has a look at the decisions made by the club.
NESN has Red Sox/Yankees at 7:00. FSN will have John Valentin and Rico Petrocelli at 6:30 and Pete Sheppard at 10:00. CN8’s Sports Pulse will have Nancy Kerrigan on at 10:00 as well as MLB Insider Mike Petraglia.