The Sox finally win one at Wrigley, the Patriots get their rings, and a Monday edition of Media Blitz comprise the links for another Monday morning.
The Red Sox managed to take the final game of a three game series with the Cubs, beating Chicago 8-1 behind Tim Wakefield, who perhaps was also boosted by the return of catcher Doug Mirabelli. Chris Snow looks at Wakefield playing a complete game, though not throwing one. Jeff Horrigan says that the Red Sox responded to a “warning shot” fired by GM Theo Epstein. Sean McAdam looks at Wakefield making a mechanical adjustment in order to help the Red Sox salvage a 2-4 NL Road Trip. David Heuschkel says that Wakefield was in high gear, both on the mound and on the basepaths. David Borges and Joe Haggerty round out the accounts of Wakefield picking up the Sox at Wrigley Field.
Dan Shaughnessy takes a look back at the weekend and talks to some of the fans who were in town to witness the first regular season meeting of the Red Sox and Cubs. Tony Massarotti is unsure whether these Red Sox have what it takes to win another championship. He says that if that’s the case, then Theo Epstein should not part with any of his top prospects at the trading deadline. Gordon Edes looks at possible moves and additions for the Red Sox, but also agrees that any moves should not be major and might just involved getting their own players back healthy (Schilling) or on track (Manny Ramirez). Borges also writes that any changes to the club will likely have to happen internally.
Steve Buckley (subscription only) does not approve of the “stunt” of naming the left field foul pole “Fisk’s Foul Pole” an event that will happen tonight with the Cincinnati Reds in town. Buckley says that you can’t arbitrarily name things like this, they have evolve naturally, as the name Pesky’s Pole did. Horrigan reports on Doug Mirabelli returning to the active roster. Massarotti also weighs in on the solid start from Tim Wakefield. In his Metrowest Beat column, which is mostly high school items, Mike Reiss takes a look at Red Sox draftee Craig Hansen and the electric stuff he brings to the Red Sox organization. Yesterday Garry Brown looked at West Springfield honoring Hall of Famer Leo Durocher, who would’ve turned 100. Bob Halloran says that the Red Sox struggles must be Nomar’s fault. It’s meant to be tongue in cheek, but Halloran contradicts himself when he says the struggles aren’t due to injuries to Schilling and David Wells, it because of the pitching. Well, it stands to reason that if those two pitchers were healthy, the pitching would be better…wouldn’t it?
Gordon Edes has a very nice feature on the work done by Reds star Sean Casey to fight hunger in Lawrence, Ma.
Borges’ notebook looks at Kelly Shoppach being sent down to make room for the return of Doug Mirabelli. Heuschkel’s notebook says that Theo Epstein won’t be out to make a quick fix in the next six weeks or so. McAdam’s notebook and Horrigan’s notebook each look at Johnny Damon falling a single short of hitting for the cycle. Snow’s notebook looks at the naming of the Fisk Pole tonight.
The Patriots received their Super Bowl rings last night in a ceremony at owner Robert Kraft’s home. Jerome Solomon has the story in the Globe about the event, who was there, and what they had to say about about. He provides some specifics on the rings, which you can see pictured to the right here.
With 124 diamonds, 20 more than the rings from the previous season, this year's rings are quite eye-catching. Twenty-one of the diamonds are around the Patriots logo, representing the team's winning streak that ended in the middle of last season, and there is a trio of Lombardi Trophies -- topped with marquise-cut diamonds on the centerpiece.
On one side of the ring, there is reference to each of the team's championships in '01, '03, and '04. On the other is the 24-21 score of the most recent Super Bowl victory over Philadelphia, as well as the team's 9-0 playoff mark since 2001.
Very impressive indeed. Tom E Curran also has a detailed report from the festivities, noting the comings and goings and the reactions of various players and former players as they entered and greeted Kraft. Rich Thompson has a shorter report on the evening. Check out Mike Reiss’ blog for a report of last night, in addition, he has comments from Richard Seymour and Tedy Bruschi, but neither would address their future with the Patriots. Thompson also has a report on Seymour attending, but declining comment on his situation. There were plenty of Patriots articles over the weekend, if you missed them, be sure to review yesterday’s post.
Ron Borges somewhat defends Mike Tyson for his performance and actions on Saturday night, saying that the former Champ is weighed down with personal matters and hurting inside. George Kimball also weighs in on the fight, noting that McBride might be known as the guy who finally rid us of Tyson.
John Molori’s Media Blitz looks at NESN vice president of programming and production Bill Borson leaving the network. He also looks at the rebirth of the career of Bob Rodgers over at 96.9 FM.
Scan the New York papers, and get the stories on Pedro Martinez’s latest outing over at the NY Sports Headlines page.
NESN has Red Sox/Reds at 7:00. ESPN has Braves/Rangers at 8:00.