It was the best of both worlds for Red Sox fans. They got to cheer Pedro Martinez and acknowledge his seven great years with the club, and then they watched their club take him apart and rout the Mets 10-2 last night at Fenway Park.
Michael Silverman looks at Pedro pitching his worst game as a Met after getting a warm and generous ovation from the fans. Gordon Edes has the game story in the Globe as the Red Sox jumped on Martinez right out of the gate. Art Martone reports on the Red Sox romping through another National League East ace. David Heuschkel looks at Pedro being touched by the ovation from the fans and then touched up by the Red Sox lineup. David Borges and Phil O’Neill also have coverage of Pedro’s rough return to Fenway Park.
Dan Shaughnessy finally submits his long-awaited column on Pedro, but it only focuses on his performance last night, no looks back at the career of Pedro, no Dominican diva or Mango tree references. Since we’re not sure what the Globe has done with the real Shaughnessy, we’re still going ahead our contest for the best impression of the Globe columnist. Go to the Dan Shaughnessy Contest Page and submit your vote. The contest has generated a lot of interest, as evidenced by the over 6000 that have hit the contest page thus far. The voting will be open all day today. I’ll announce a winner tomorrow.
Sean McAdam notes that what was supposed to have been Pedro’s homecoming instead turned into a mere cameo appearance. Rob Bradford says that this was clearly not the same Pedro that Red Sox fans witnessed in his prime. John Tomase takes a look at the dark side of Martinez, whom he says was at the very least disingenuous in his press conference on Tuesday. Tomase draws from information in Seth Mnookin’s blog about revisionist history regarding Pedro. Tony Massarotti notes that once the cheers died down, the Red Sox treated Martinez like just another pitcher. Silverman and Dave Wedge look at Pedro reflecting on a “beautiful” friend who lost her battle with cancer last summer. Lenny Megliola admits to being a bit let down in the evening last night. Alex Speier notes that there might’ve been a changing of the guard at Fenway last night. Jon Couture says that the Red Sox showed Pedro who his daddy really is last night.
On a night when all the hype and focus was on Pedro Martinez, Josh Beckett took the mound for the Red Sox and stole the evening. Nick Cafardo looks at the night for Beckett, and notes there was likely a changing of the guard and allegiances last night at Fenway as the fans saluted their past and gave their present a standing ovation as he left the game. Tomase also looks at Beckett, who wasn’t fazed in facing Martinez. Steven Krasner’s Inside the Game looks at Pedro getting himself in trouble with his indecision in the first inning. Massarotti has a piece on Alex Gonzalez, who homered for the second straight night and is opening eyes with his bat now as well as his glove. Garry Brown looks at Curt Schilling again preparing to take on the opposition’s top starter.
Chris Snow chats with native son Tommy Glavine, who is enjoying a rebirth this season with the Mets and reflects on never getting the chance to play for the Red Sox. Glavine pitches tonight against Curt Schilling in what should be a genuine pitchers duel. Cafardo also has a piece on the amazing Julio Franco, who at 48, continues to play the game he loves and shows no signs of slowing down. Snow looks at Lastings Milledge, who again had an adventure in the outfield for the Mets.
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Edes’ notebook has Wily Mo Pena looking forward to getting some at bats against live pitching in the minors, as well as some time at first base. Silverman’s notebook looks at Curt Schilling once again drawing a tough assignment in facing the opposition’s best pitcher. Krasner’s notebook says that Schilling has done quite well for himself in those matchups. Heuschkel’s notebook Beckett reminding fans of the old Martinez with his performance last night. Borges’ notebook and O’Neill’s notebook each have more on Schilling’s matchup with Glavine tonight. Couture’s notebook looks at the Sox defense setting a record.
Celtics Get To The Point
Danny Ainge was wheeling and dealing once again on draft night, and came away from the evening with two young point guards, an aging center and a second round forward. Peter May believes the night was a success for the Celtics. To be honest, I’m not sure whether to be pleased or terrified that May approves of the moves… Bill Reynolds has always been very critical of Danny Ainge, and that trend continues this morning, as he mocks the Celtics ADD (Ainge Deficit Disorder) and gives Boston’s boss a C+ for his moves last night. Scott Souza looks at the Celtics adding a bolt of electricity to their backcourt with their moves last night. Michael Muldoon seems high on Ainge’s draft night moves as well. Paul Doyle has more on the Celtics focus on the point guard position.
Steve Bulpett examines what the Celtics believe they have in Sebastian Telfair. Shira Springer examines the players that the Celtics acquired in Rajon Rondo, Telfair and Theo Ratliff. Bill Doyle looks at the Celtics scoring two points last night. Mark Murphy has Telfair very happy to be heading East to the Celtics. Shalise Manza Young has more on the night for the Celtics. Tim Weisberg concludes his look at the moves by saying that the Celtics have put together some attractive pieces for a bigger deal perhaps involving Allen Iverson.
Julian Benbow looks at Rudy Gay leading a parade of UConn players selected in the draft. Murphy’s notebook looks at Gay dealing with his disappointment in slipping down in the draft. Matt Eagan has more on the Huskies going a little lower than anticipated.
Bulpett’s notebook says that the potential Allen Iverson trade is still alive. Springer’s notebook looks at the Raptors selecting Andrea Bargnani first overall amidst a flurry of trades. Zach Rocha’s notebook observes that the Celtics passed up big to go small, to their benefit.
Bruins To Hire Lewis
Kevin Paul Dupont looks at the Bruins choosing once again to hire outside their organization to bring in former Red Wings coach Dave Lewis. Traditionally, the Bruins have usually made hires of ones who had some sort of previous connection to the club. Stephen Harris notes that Lewis does have one connection to the Bruins – “It was he whose low, clean check wrecked the knee of 20-year-old defenseman Gord Kluzak during a 1984 preseason game in Portland, Me., altering the career of a No. 1 overall pick whom many believed would become one of the all-time greats.” Douglas Flynn hopes that Lewis has some of the right answers for the public today. Bud Barth and Mick Colageo have more on the Scotty Bowman disciple who will be introduced at a 1:00 PM press conference today. Harris has Andrew Raycroft hoping to bounce back big with the Maple Leafs.
Mike Reiss picks up a New Orleans newspaper report that new Patriots D-lineman Johnathan Sullivan was arrested this past weekend for “possession of marijuana, a seat belt violation, running two stop signs and playing loud music.”
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