It was a rough night for the locals, as both the Red Sox and Celtics fell to their New York counterparts, despite both having chances to win. The Red Sox fell 6-4to the Yankees at Fenway Park, while the Celtics lost to the Knicks, 104-101 at Madison Square Garden.
Two games in, and the panic-mongers are already out in full force, both in the newspapers, (see Shaughnessy, Dan. Or on second thought, don’t.) and on sports radio.
Five Things We Learned: Aggravating start for Ortiz – Alex Speier has lessons from the Sox’ first loss of 2010.
Big letdown by Red Sox’ arms, gloves – Scott Lauber has the Red Sox strengths letting them down.
Lester hoping to avoid spring blues – Jeff Goldberg has a quick look at traditional early-season struggles, and five things to take away from last night.
Embree begins road back to Boston in Pawtucket – Peter Gobis checks in with the former and future Red Sox lefty reliever, who is working on his consistency with the Paw Sox.
Just a reminder: The Red Sox should keep Victor – Kirk Minihane looks at why the Red Sox should be making a big push to keep Victor Martinez.
Stage set for John Lackey – John Tomase has the new Red Sox righty out to settle a score with the Yankees.
First test for Lackey today – Rich Garven’s Red Sox notebook wraps up a number of other items from last night.
Celtics continue up and down play with loss to Knicks – A. Sherrod Blakely looks at why last night’s loss should be of great concern to the Celtics.
Lack of focus dooms C’s – Jessica Camerato has the Celtics once again beating themselves.
Davis knows his role – Chris Forsberg has Glen Davis looking to provide energy off the bench for the Celtics.
Missing piece to plan – Julian Benbow’s notebook looks at the Celtics being unable to execute their last shot of the game.
Why do C’s ignore Ray Allen? – Blakely’s notebook observes that the Celtics are much better when they get Allen involved.
Alualu’s mettle is proven – Mike Reiss looks at why Cal defensive lineman Tyson Alualu has attracted the Patriots with his toughness, passion and character.
BC Eagles excited about Steve Donahue – Dan Duggan talks to a couple of Boston College players about their new coach.
A couple other items:
Check out Chris Warner’s Q&A With James Madison OLB Arthur Moats, where the prospect notes how his Patriots workout was different from those of others teams.
Who’s on first?! – Boston Radio Watch looks at the new season of baseball coverage on the radio, including the new show “The Baseball Reporters” hosted by Tony Massarotti on 98.5 FM, each weekday from 6-7PM.
There’s also Red Sox Reloaded – Game 2 (NYY 6, @Sox 4) – by Jon Couture.
On the downside today, as previously mentioned, you’ve got columnists like Shaughnessy are already demanding that David Ortiz be taken out of the lineup, even as they emphasize that it is only two games into the season. After a snide paragraph about the “Run Prevention Sox” (yes, title case), Shaughnessy says that “The David Ortiz Dilemma is real.” and that “Ortiz is going to be a thorn in the side of Terry Francona” and “it looks very much like it’s over.” Then he states “It’s not fair to give up on Ortiz based on a couple of games” -which is is? He later refers to “Boston’s immature owners” and whines that “Tom Werner went on NESN’s pregame show last night and twice spanked “journalists’’ who raised questions about the club’s operation.”