The amazing comeback season of Jacoby Ellsbury continued last night as the Red Sox centerfielder knocked in pinch-runner Jarrod Saltalamacchia(!) in the bottom of the ninth to lift Boston to a 3-2 win over the pesky Cleveland Indians.
Over at Patriots training camp, Albert Haynesworth met with the media for the first time, and I’m reminded that I’ve been on vacation for all of the Patriots recent blockbuster trades. I was in California for the Richard Seymour trade, the trade of Randy Moss to the Vikings and for Deion Branch coming back, as well as for the recent deals for Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco. Just keep that in mind for the next time I tell you I’m going away for a little while…
Albert Haynesworth’s all smiles from start – Karen Guregian notes that massive defensive lineman has been a closet Patriots fan over the years, attending playoff games at Gillette. More on Haynesworth from Shalise Manza Young | a skeptical Bob Ryan | Paul Kenyon | Christopher Price | Danny Picard | Tim Whelan Jr. | Glen Farley | Mark Farinella | Mike Reiss | Paul Perillo | Ian R. Rapoport.
I think I got everyone.
Albert Haynesworth Could Rejuvenate Reputation Like Rodney Harrison and 19 Other Patriots Thoughts – Jeff Howe thinks that Haynesworth could have a Rodney Harrison-like resurrection to his career in Foxborough.
Sympathy for the bedeviled: On Moss – I’ve seen a lot of nasty columns and statements about Randy Moss since the receiver announced his retirement. Mary Paoletti goes the other way.
Top pick Solder is final unsigned rookie – Greg Bedard and Amalie Benjamin have the Globe notebook, which looks at the Patriots getting their second-round picks under contract. The Patriots Notebook in the Herald has first-rounder Nate Solder the only remaining unsigned rookie. The Patriots Journal has more on the rookie signings, and Matt Light officially coming back. The Sun Chronicle notebook has Tom Brady happy to have Light back.
Haynesworth wasn’t the only new athlete in Boston meeting with the media yesterday. New Red Sox starter Erik Bedard, who has a reputation of reticence, if not open hostility towards the media, got his first taste of the Boston press yesterday as well.
Bedard glad to be moving up – Julian Benbow has Bedard happy for the chance to pitch for a contender. Michael Silverman says that expectations need to be tempered on Bedard. Brian MacPherson has Bedard appearing generally at ease in his media session. Alex Speier says that getting Bedard was a win-now move for the Sox. Sean McAdam has Bedard doing an excellent job hiding his misgivings over pitching in a big market.
It’s been interesting following things from afar the last couple of weeks. From checking in on email, comments and message board posts, I’ve gotten a pretty clear picture of how things have been in the media with the moral judgements on the Patriots moves, and with the retirement of Randy Moss and the Red Sox trade for Bedard, which had some media members on Twitter hardly able to contain their excitement at the prospect of seeing him fail in Boston.
In other words, it seems like the last two weeks were pretty much business as usual.