Alan Greenwood and Garry Brown have more coverage of the doubleheader split from yesterday. Chaz Scoggins also looks at the split decision, and compares Abe Alvarez’s debut to that of another pitcher who made his debut 20 years ago this summer at the age of 21. Mike Fine says that the Red Sox need to get things in gear this weekend. Clark Booth says don’t believe all those trade rumors you hear every year at this time. Brown says the luster is off this weekend’s Red Sox/Yankees series. Eric Wilbur is playing dueling bloggers with a blogger from New York. Christopher Young looks at the 2004 Hall of Fame class. Greenwood’s notebook looks at the suspension of David Ortiz. Fine’s notebook says that thanks to an appeal, Ortiz will be playing this weekend. Brown’s notebook also looks at Ortiz.
Yes, it’s rather hard to get excited for the Yankees coming to town this weekend, isn’t it?
Well, maybe some comments from their snide media will get the locals riled up. Sam Borden says that Boston is in a panic as the Red Sox fall apart. Michael Morrissey says the Yankees are out to bury the dead Sox. Lawrence Rocca says the Yankees are the least of the Red Sox problems. He looks at the Red Sox recent history:
Just in the past two weeks, Pedro Martinez went on a six-day vacation, Manny Ramirez staged another sick-out, Nomar Garciaparra started a kooky war with the commissioner's office over the MLB logo on his batting helmet, and David Ortiz tried to dump the club's entire inventory of Louisville Sluggers on an umpire's head.
Poor Terry Francona, the "manager" of this team, has been as feckless as Dean Wormer in "Animal House." Only Francona doesn't even have the guts to place anyone on double-secret probation, certainly not pet pitcher Curt Schilling, who blew off the pre-series scouting meeting before the last Yankees-Red Sox series here, the same series in which Schilling idiotically questioned the fortitude of reliever Scott Williamson after he left a game with what turned out to be nerve damage.
George Willis says Mariano Rivera and the Yankees don’t care about the Red Sox. Chuck Culpepper looks at a somewhat bizarre connection between Curtis Leskanic and Gary Sheffield. I have no idea what Filip Bondy is saying, but that’s ok, I’ve hated him ever since he co-authored “The Selling of the Green” – perhaps the most biased piece of sportswriting from the last 25 years. Mike Vaccaro says the Sox can only hope for the Wild Card at this point. Andrew Marchand has some quotes from the insufferable Tim McCarver, who says that if the Red Sox miss out on Arod, Randy Johnson and the playoffs in the same year that:
It is going to be one of the more dismal chapters in an 85-year period that has been horrendous in American sports.
Then we have Frank Fitzpatrick of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who says:
Finally, it's time for our Dixie Chick Segment, when I demand a boycott of something or someone stupid enough to disagree with me.
"Some of you may know that I hate the Red Sox. I say it's time real Americans - assuming any rooted for those losers - stopped buying tickets to their games.
"And here's why, ladies and gentlemen. Fox News and The O'Reilly Factor conducted a scientific poll to find out who Sox fans are:
"Thirty-seven percent are pointy-headed, left-wing professors teaching our kids to hate America; 28 percent are spend-and-tax Massachusetts liberals; 23 percent are dangerous feminists who want to destroy marriage as an institution.
"So until Fenway reflects the American way, you won't see me there."
In case you’re wondering, you can reach Mr Fitzpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need to feel better? Keep reminding yourself that the Patriots go back into action next week. Michael Parente has a look at the Pats going with a youth movement at receiver and tight end. Andy Hart has a look at the safety position for the Patriots heading into camp. Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News has questions and answers for the beginning of NFL training camps. When asked who he likes in the AFC, he says:
The Patriots, New England, and, oh, yeah, the Patriots. The Colts and Chiefs both have WMD offenses but come up Super Bowl short on the other side of the ball. If the Chiefs think they can bring their defense up to code simply by getting a new coordinator, they are sadly mistaken. Meanwhile, the Pats only have gotten better since winning their second Super Bowl title in 3 years. With the return to health of linebacker Rosevelt Colvin and the addition of first-round defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, master strategist Bill Belichick has added to his deep supply of versatile front-seven weapons. His signing of cornerbacks Jeff Burris and Terrell Buckley has further bulked up the league's deepest secondary. And then there was the trade for running back Corey Dillon. He'll turn 30 in October but still is a significant step up from the Pats' leading rusher of a year ago, Antowain Smith.
Mike Davidson of the Lowell Sun has a thoughts-style column.
Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News wants to boycott ESPN.