Just another day at the ballpark. Only in Boston could we witness the events of the last five days or so, with the ending that we saw yesterday. How many things happened just yesterday? The pre-game impromptu-yet-staged press conference where Manny Ramirez declared he wants to stay in Boston, the trading deadline arriving at 4:00, the major-league debut of Jonathan Papelbon, the Fenway Park debut of Boston’s own Manny Delcarmen, back-to-back home runs from David Ortiz and John Olerud, a twisting, stumbling, reach-back catch from Gabe Kapler that saved some runs, another save for Curt Schilling, but the biggest moment was when Ramirez strode to the plate amid much fanfare with two on and two out in the eighth inning of a tie game and delivered what proved to be the winning run on a single up the middle. The crowd of 35,000 Manny apologists went nuts, Ramirez doffed his helmet, and after the game, spoke on NESN about “Manny being Manny”.
Did you get all that? Well, here are the game stories in case you missed anything. Chris Snow looks at a day to remember, especially for young Papelbon and Delcarmen. Michael Silverman looks at Manny spinning things his way. Joe McDonald points out that amidst all this chaos, it is easy to forget that the Red Sox have won five straight games. David Heuschkel looks at Manny responding and coming up big in response to the support of the fans yesterday. David Borges looks at the past, present and future all being addressed in one afternoon at Fenway.
Gordon Edes looks at Manny coming up triumphant after all the negative things that occurred. Edes’ notes that Manny again showed his personality, which is “alternately confounding and charming, maddening and marvelous.” Sean McAdam says Manny went “From villain to hero, from declining to play to deciding the day.” Tony Massarotti isn’t going to be suckered into the good-will-towards-Manny movement that started yesterday. He maintains his stance on the slugger while at the same time acknowledging that this team needs his run producing talents if it is going to win. Borges also has more on Manny and his momentous day. David Heuschkel notes that despite all that went on the last few days, when the trading deadline passed and Manny was still with the Red Sox, there was relief within the team clubhouse. Lenny Megliola looks in detail at yet another Manny Moment at Fenway Park yesterday. Alex Speier looks at Manny receiving the heroes welcome as he strode to the plate yesterday, complete with the “Superman” soundtrack playing. Joe Haggerty says the ‘Gangster’ isn’t going anywhere soon. Steve Buckley (subscription only) writes that keeping Manny, and not trading prospects, was the right move for this team, right now.
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McAdam looks at the trades that weren’t made yesterday, as the Red Sox decided that risking their future by shipping off prospects wasn’t worth the price. Paul Doyle also looks at the trade market, where Theo Epstein decided that the price just wasn’t worth what was available on the market. Edes writes that the consensus in the clubhouse and in the stands is that the Red Sox are a better club for having kept Ramirez and Bill Meuller. He questions whether they have the pitching to make the deep October run, but notes there wasn’t out there to obtain at a reasonable price. Michael Silverman also reports on Theo and the Red Sox standing pat at the trade deadline, but noting that further moves via waiver trades are not out of the question. Jon Couture notes that the Red Sox focus on October is part of what kept Manny a member of the hometown nine.
Kelsie Smith takes a look at young Jonathan Papelbon, who impressed all with his fastball yesterday, and showed why he is so highly regarded around the game. Steve Buckley also looks at the debut of Papelbon. Massarotti looks back at a unique afternoon in Boston, with the past (Boggs), present (Ramirez) and future (Papelbon) all making news.
Bob Ryan looks at Wade Boggs’ Hall of Fame induction yesterday afternoon. Ryan also writes that all is right with the writer’s niche at the Hall of Fame now that Peter Gammons is enshrined there. Ryan and Gammons both started as interns at the Globe on the same day, June 10th, 1968. Jeff Horrigan reports on Boggs’ induction for the Herald. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the induction of Gammons, and a couple other Hall of Fame items.
Heuschkel’s notebook looks at Bill Meuller staying put at the hot corner for the Red Sox. Snow’s notebook also looks at Mueller, whose non-trade was cause for celebration within the Boston clubhouse. McDonald’s notebook looks at Papelbon chasing away the butterflies in his Major League debut. Borges’ notebook also leads off with a look at the debut of Papelbon. Speier’s notebook has more on Papelbon, along with a few injury updates. Couture’s notebook is similar, featuring Papelbon and some injury notes. Silverman’s notebook touches on the Fenway debut for Manny Delcarmen, and moves on to a few other brief items.
The Patriots continue the early days of training camp down in Foxboro. Nick Cafardo looks at Corey Dillon hoping for another long season with the Patriots, as he prepares to turn 30 during the regular season. Michael Felger takes a look at second year nose tackle Vince Wilfork. Tom E Curran looks at Chad Brown putting in the extra work, knowing that he is going to have to carry a heavy load at inside linebacker this season. Michael Parente profiles veteran cornerback Tyrone Poole, who looks to compete for a starting job after missing much of last season due to injury. Felger has a brief note showing how seriously Tom Brady takes interceptions, even in the first week of training camp.
A few articles from yesterday, Hector Longo looked at 42-year-old Doug Flutie, who remains a student of the game as he prepares to battle for the job as Tom Brady’s primary backup. Chris Kennedy writes about Troy Brown as the veteran receiver/cornerback once again comes into camp battling for his role on the team. Alan Greenberg says that the Patriots lack of an offensive coordinator isn’t going to result in confusion on the sidelines. Tom E Curran looked at the Patriots record as one of the most resilient teams in history during their run of the last four years. Jerome Solomon looked at Benjamin Watson as the tight end prepares to make a giant leap in his second year.
Felger’s notebook looks a Corey Dillon, remains happy to be a Patriot. The notebook concludes with the note that Charlie Weis was in attendance for the evening session. Cafardo’s notebook looks at Troy Brown, who will likely not be asked to play cornerback this season. Curran’s notebook reports on Dan Klecko, who is only practicing with the defensive line during this training camp, and not with the linebackers. Parente’s notebook looks at Christian Fauria, possibly fighting for his place on the team during this camp.
Stephen Harris and Nancy Marrapese-Burrell report on the free agent signing period for the NHL, which begins today. As Harris notes, we should find out rather quickly how serious the Bruins are about going out and building a contender as they have claimed that they will do.
Down in New York, the Yankees didn’t make any major trades either, the papers are lamenting the fact that the Mets didn’t end up with Manny, whose game winning hit is the subject of at least two stories. Ty Law is talking to the Jets, and sources say that is his preferred destination. Get all these stories on the New York Sports News page.
The Red Sox have an off day. ESPN has Cardinals/Marlins at 8:00.