Do you get the feeling yet that something special is happening at Fenway Park this season? Trailing 5-0 with one out and no one on in the ninth inning, Coco Crisp hit a pop up that was then dropped by Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez in the infield. Crisp reached base, and thus started a rally that ended with a close play at first base and a thrilling 6-5 Red Sox victory.
Jeff Horrigan looks at the Red Sox amazing rally after having lost ace Josh Beckett in the fourth inning with a skin avulsion on his right middle finger. Amalie Benjamin looks at the Red Sox displaying a never quit attitude on an afternoon that had loss written all over it. Paul Kenyon has the Orioles gift-wrapping one for the Red Sox on the Mother’s Day holiday. Jeff Goldberg has the Orioles making one mistake after another in handing the victory to the Red Sox. Ron Chimelis looks at the “most extraordinary game” of the season thus far for the Red Sox. Paul Jarvey looks at how things quickly turned after a muffed popup by the Orioles.
Bob Ryan chronicles the amazing comeback, which happened after a lot of people had given up on the afternoon. Steve Buckley looks at the sterling performance of Baltimore starter Jeremy Guthrie going to waste after he was curiously pulled with one out in the ninth inning with a 3 hit shutout going and only having thrown 91 pitches. Lenny Megliola says that the comeback was worth waiting for. Buckley also looks at Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo trying to explain his thinking in the move…one which might even cost him his job. Steven Krasner says that the Crisp popup was a textbook example of why pitchers should be fielding popups and not leaving them to the catcher and infielders. Chimelis says everybody got what they deserved at Fenway Park yesterday.
Rob Bradford has more on the avulsion which pulled Beckett from the ballgame. Joe McDonald also looks at the skin tear which brought Kyle Snyder into the game way earlier than expected. Alex Speier has more on Beckett’s starting being suddenly interrupted. Bradford also talks to Beckett’s mom on Mother’s Day, who says she knew his injury wasn’t that serious by watching him. Brendan McGair has Jack McKeon talking about Beckett’s heroics in the 2003 World Series against the Yankees.
Joe Haggerty has a look at Kevin Youkilis, who is in the middle of a hitting streak that should place him among the league leaders. Buckley looks at red hot Mike Lowell getting the afternoon off. Bradford has Daisuke Matsuzaka impressing teammates Beckett and Tim Wakefield after beating them in a golf showdown last week. Speier has a look at the Tigers, who come to town tonight and have made the remarkable transformation from doormats to contenders.
Horrigan’s notebook has Francona removing Manny Ramirez from the game after eight innings due to tightness in his hamstring. Benjamin’s notebook has Beckett hopeful he’ll be able to make his next start. The Projo notebook has more on Francona saying that he was being a little overprotective in taking Manny out of the game with his tight hamstring. Goldberg’s notebook has Beckett’s bid for either wins in eight starts stymied by the skin avulsion. Chimelis’ notebook has the Cora effect staying true – the Red Sox are now 11-0 in games started by Alex Cora. Jarvey’s notebook has more on Beckett’s finger.
The Patriots held their rookie minicamp this past weekend, giving media their first look at the draftees and undrafted free agents hoping to latch on with the team. John Tomase says that the job market here in New England is pretty poor for most of these players. Mike Reiss takes a look at the hour-long on field workout for the rookies yesterday afternoon. Tommy Hine has the Patriots rookies getting some hard-learned lessons this weekend. Christopher Price notes that the Patriots rookies are facing the toughest job interview of their young lives. Eric McHugh has the Patriots again swimming against the tide with the selection of Brandon Meriweather.
Karen Guregian has Vince Wilfork offering advice to fellow University of Miami players (and Patriots draftees) Brandon Meriweather and Kareem Brown. Shalise Manza Young has Brown hoping to shake the “underachiever” label that was attached to him in college. Dan Pires has Brown planning on keeping his mouth shut and his ears and mind open and learning as much as he can. Mark Farinella has more on Brown, noting that he already sounds like a pro, having come from a huge program at Miami.
Albert Breer has sixth round pick Corey Hilliard tuckered out after an exhausting weekend at minicamp. Jennifer Toland has seventh round pick Oscar Lua hoping for the chance to play with his idol, Junior Seau. Tomase looks at the long odds facing former Air Force safety Denny Poland in his NFL dream. Young has quarterback Matt Gutierrez honored at the chance to learn from Tom Brady.
Guregian’s notebook has Belichick remaining mum on the report that Junior Seau is set to re-sign with the Patriots. The Globe notebook says that the Patriots history with undrafted free agents the last few seasons makes them an attractive destination for those in that position. Toland’s notebook has more on Gutierrez hoping to learn from Brady. Farinella’s notebook has more on Seau’s possible return to Foxboro.