After 15 long years, the wait is finally over for Jim Rice. In his final year of eligibility, the former Red Sox slugger was finally elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday.
Alex Speier looks at a puzzling episode finally coming to a close for Rice and the HoF. Dan Shaughnessy looks at the long road for Rice. Michael Silverman has the wait and the debate finally coming to an end. Mike Fine has Rice promising that his HoF speech will be short. Paul Doyle notes that seven votes made the difference for Rice. Lenny Megliola says that the long wait is finally over for Rice. Joe McDonald has the Hall finally calling Rice’s number.
Joe Haggerty has things finally falling into place for Rice. Steve Buckley points out that there will be no debate about which hat Rice will be wearing into the Hall. Jon Couture says that whether he made it or not, Rice certainly got a fair shake from the sportswriters. Bill Reynolds has the deserved respect finally arriving for Rice. Paul Jarvey has yesterday anything but a normal day for Rice.
Nick Cafardo has Rice feeling relieved at the news. Marc Thaler has former teammates Butch Hobson and Rico Petrocelli cheering Rice’s election. Daniel Barbarisi says that with his election, Rice’s numbers with the Sox shine even brighter.
John Molori looks at a hatchet job written by Tracy Ringolsby last week, clearly designed to sway writers away from Rice.
While Rice was elected yesterday, Dan Lamothe points out that the candidacy of another Red Sox slugger, Mo Vaughn, came to an end yesterday. Rice’s election was special for Theo Epstein, who grew up a big fan of #14.
Jessica Camerato talked to John Smoltz at the Celtics game last night. Smoltz will be introduced at a press conference this morning.
Frank Dell’Apa and Mark Murphy have the Celtics going to OT to complete a two game sweep of the Raptors. Scott Souza has Kevin Garnett’s defense in OT proving to be key. Jim Fenton has Paul Pierce shrugging off a sore knee to lead the Celtics to the win. Bill Doyle has the Celtics starting a new streak. Robert Lee has Pierce donning his Superman cape again last night. Paul Flannery has the Celtics showing some true grit last night.
Uncertain whether he would even play last night, Julian Benbow has Paul Pierce playing 49 minutes and dropping 39 points on Toronto. Rich Thompson has Kevin Garnett making Chris Bosh a non-factor in the fourth quarter. Thompson has Kendrick Perkins sitting out another one. Flannery has a look at the Celtics at the Midway Point of the season.
Dell’Apa’s notebook has Kendrick Perkins out for a week with a shoulder injury. Murphy’s notebook has a sore knee not slowing down Pierce. Souza’s notebook has more on Perkins’ shoulder. Fenton’s notebook also focuses on the big man. Doyle’s notebook has the injuries starting to pile up for the Celtics. Lee’s notebook has Perkins out at least a week.
Mike Reiss reports that with Dom Capers and Brad Seely also likely heading out the door, the Patriots coaching staff could be in for an overhaul. John Tomase is thinking that all the defections will take a toll on the Patriots. Brian MacPherson wonders if the Belichick coaching tree will run out of fruit. Christopher Price looks at four guys who could be the next offensive coordinator for the Patriots.
Kevin Paul Dupont and Steve Conroy have the Bruins losing Phil Kessel for at least a week with mononucleosis. Conroy’s notebook has Patrice Bergeron taking the ice. Mick Colageo has the Canadiens looking to make a big move. Mike Loftus looks at the injuries to the Bruins top line.