The World Series Champion Red Sox will have another “rolling rally” this afternoon through the streets of Boston. The rally starts at noon.
Meaghan Wims has the Red Sox being welcomed back to Boston and Fenway yesterday afternoon.
Jeff Horrigan has John Henry saying that the Red Sox considered breaking up the team and going for a full youth movement after last season. Sean McAdam says that glory days are here again, and that this club is in a much better position than the 2004 edition. Jeff Goldberg says that the roster indicates that the Red Sox have just begun their reign. Art Davidson has the Sox already thinking for the future.
Bob Ryan says that the 2007 postseason was a managerial clinic, and thousands of lunkheads missed it. Alex Speier says that Francona takes his place among the best managers in the game. Tony Massarotti says that thanks to Theo Epstein’s willingness to take a step back in 2006, the team is now in a position to contend for a number of years. Gordon Edes looks at the impact of the championship on the Red Sox players and their families. Mike Fine has the Red Sox at the top of the baseball world once again.
Steve Buckley says that the team will likely look very different in three years, just as this club is different from the 2004 edition. Jackie MacMullan notes the chemistry that this team had, and that is necessary for all championship squads. J.D. Enright ensures Red Sox fans that it is OK to win. Tommy Hine has Tim Wakefield enjoying every minute of the win. Michael Silverman says that J.D. Drew’s improved postseason was no fluke. The outfielder finally felt comfortable with his surroundings and team.
Rob Bradford says that the Red Sox made the right decision in holding off on signing Schilling before the season, and that now the right move is to sign him for another season. Amalie Benjamin has Schilling making his pitch to remain with the Red Sox. Rich Thompson has more on Schilling hoping to stay in Boston. Joe McDonald has the Red Sox embracing Lowell, with the hope of being able to bring him back next season. Paul Jarvey says that the Red Sox will face one decision very soon, keep Lowell or chase ARod. Jon Couture says that the Sox’ questions start with Lowell.
McDonald has Theo Epstein calling Jon Lester “a model” for their franchise. Jim Donaldson says that the worst of times turned into the best of times for the Lesters. Scott Allen says that Lester’s cancer doctors were not surprised at what he was able to accomplish in game four. Speier has the Sox letting loose after their win. David Brown says that 2004 allowed the Sox to make an attitude adjustment. Joe Haggerty notes that the Red Sox having finally shed the lovable loser image. Mike Petraglia looks at a team that took awhile to find its identity.
Stan Grossfeld chronicles the flight home to Boston. After winning the trophy Sunday night, yesterday was about bringing it home to Boston. Dan Shaughnessy goes over the playoff numbers and the October run one more time. Bill Burt has Andover native Michael Chiklis doing what he had to do to get tickets to game four.
On Patriots Daily, Christopher Price looks at why Mike Vrabel always seems to be open in the end zone.
Michael Felger has his Patriots report card, and for the first time I can remember in a while, it’s straight “A’s” Ian M. Clark is the tougher grader this week, throwing a couple of “B+” marks in there. Rich Garven puts together a midseason report card.
Christopher L. Gasper has the Patriots and Colts defenses prepping for what figures to be a huge test for both squads. Karen Guregian has the revamped Patriots set to test their new-look offense against the Colts. Mark Farinella has the Colts not quite ready to join in on the hype. Douglas Flynn says that the next game will be anything but routine. David Heuschkel has Belichick dishing some high praise for the Colts.
Robert Lee says that the Patriots running attack kept the Redskins honest on Sunday. Christopher Price has Belichick believing that his team can still improve. Shalise Manza Young has Washington still at a total loss at what happened. Guregian also has a look at Belichick facing criticism for the running-it-up question
In the midst of the Red Sox parade and Patriots/Colts, the Globe offers up something of an NBA preview today. Shira Springer has a feature on Kevin Garnett and how a year at Farragut Academy in Chicago really made his game.
Marc J. Spears has the Celtics looking good thus far, but still needing to prove themselves to their naysayers around the league. Springer also notes that Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen have a history of friendship that goes back to high school.
Mark Blaudschun has Matt Ryan keeping things under control.