A great weekend weather-wise for New Englanders, but not so great as far as the local sports teams were concerned. However today turns a new page in Red Sox history. It’s a day that the Red Sox and their fans have looked forward to for their entire lifetimes. The team will receive their championship rings an the 2004 World Series banner will be raised at Fenway. It promises to be a most memorable day in Boston sports history. Dennis & Callahan revealed this morning that Tedy Bruschi will be throwing out the first pitch, and that others, such as Larry Bird, Bobby Orr and Bill Russell could be involved in some sort of group ceremony. By the way, Steve Silva of Boston.com last night on WRKO said that Nomar still doesn’t want the ring, no matter what the Cubs shortstop says publicly.
I had composed a more thorough version of the links this morning, but lost it due to an ill-placed keystroke. The Boston Herald has a huge Red Sox section today with around 25 articles to go through. Nick Cafardo has a look at today, including some of the alumni who will be there, and a few words with Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd. Jeff Horrigan looks at how today marks a whole new ballgame and era of Boston history. Gerald M Carbone has a look at the rings the Red Sox will receive. Kevin Gray also has a look at a banner day in store for Fenway today. Mike Anthony looks at how the Yankees hope to miss as much of the ceremonies as possible. Eric McHugh looks at how Fenway has been spruced up for today’s opener. John Tomase looks at the actual on-field series with the Yankees this week, which should be fascinating in its own right.
The Red Sox dropped another game to the Blue Jays yesterday, despite a ninth inning rally to tie the game. Chris Snow, Sean McAdam, David Heuschkel and David Borges have accounts of the game. Snow’s notebook looks at Tim Wakefield starting his first ever home opener. McAdam’s notebook has some details on the Ring ceremony. Anthony’s notebook has more on Wakefield. Borges’ notebook also looks forward to this afternoon.
A few football articles from the weekend. The Globe NFL notes, which doesn’t have a byline, has the obligatory shots at Bill Belichick, updates on Brad Blank clients and digs at Michael Felger’s report on Tom Brady’s contract from a few weeks ago. Typical stuff, in other words. Kevin Mannix has a look a David Terrell, as well as the Browns and Chris Hovan. Eric McHugh and Jerome Solomon had looks at Monty Beisel. Freddie Mitchell won’t shut up. He was in Boston last week, attending an NFL sponsored symposium at Harvard Business school. John Tomase wrote two articles over the weekend, one he freelanced for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and another in the Eagle-Tribune where he chronicles some of the nonsense coming from Mitchell. From the Eagle-Tribune:
"You know what, Belichick? You're talking (expletive) about me, but let's see how you do without your coordinators," Mitchell said. "They're the silent investors who are really running the company. You're just a spokesman. I want to see what he does next year. Believe me, I'll be the first one to shake his hand if he wins the Super Bowl. And I'll be the first one to laugh in his face when he doesn't succeed."
That’s not all. Mitchell goes on to comment on the signing of David Terrell by the Patriots, (After saying he wished he was the one the Patriots signed)
"It does make me wonder about Belichick, though. He rips me, which he doesn't say about anyone else. Then he goes out and gets a player like David Terrell, who isn't exactly the Hines Ward of football."
Just go away, Freddie.
NESN is your home this afternoon for coverage of the pregame (1:00) banner ceremonies (2:00) and Red Sox/Yankees (3:00) ESPN has a special “Boston’s Winter of Bliss” at 9:00.