(Did the Herald use that headline yet?)
We can forget talk about panic. Red Sox followers moved past that emotion a while ago. They then progressed to anger. I think now the current emotion among fans is disgust. A wave of sentiment is arising that hopes that his team doesn’t make the playoffs. I think we’ll quit trying to determine the low point of the season, because it very well may be yet to come.
Last night Josh Beckett and the Red Sox took a 4-1 lead into the sixth inning, only to give up five runs over the next three innings to fall once again to the Orioles, 6-4 at the home finale at Fenway Park.
Of course, the Red Sox maintained their Wild Card playoff lead, even reduced their magic number last night as the Yankees swept a doubleheader from the Tampa Rays. For all the talk about the surging Rays, they are 6-1 against the Red Sox in September and 5-8 against everyone else. A bigger concern might the Angels, who have now tied the Rays at 2 1/2 games behind the Red Sox.
Sox lose series finale,6-4, three of four to O’s – Sean McAdam leads off the CSNNE.com game story.
Josh Beckett can’t stop bleeding – Joe McDonald has Beckett unable to give the Red Sox a boost last night.
Parting boos only answer – Michael Silverman notes that getting booed off the field in their home finale isn’t quite what the Red Sox expected coming into this season. Mike Fine has more on the team earning the wrath of the Fenway faithful.
Red Sox feeling weight of swoon – Jackie MacMullan has the Red Sox showing signs of frustration even while trying to remain in “survival mode.” Tony Massarotti has Terry Francona in the crosshairs, even though he pretty much absolves him of any blame for this collapse.
Red Sox up in arms over losing – John Tomase says that the Red Sox pitching failures this month are hard to figure out.
The Red Sox end a home season that could mark the end of an era – Ron Chimelis notes that this could’ve been the last Fenway Park appearances for David Ortiz, Tim Wakefield, Jason Varitek and Jonathan Papelbon as members of the Red Sox.
Red Sox Will Still Make Playoffs, But Clinching to Set Up Rotation Now Top Priority – Tom Caron is still more worried about setting up the playoff rotation than he is about the team actually making the playoffs.
“Ask the captain” revisited – Gordon Edes is a little incredulous that Carl Crawford’s throwaway line to him incited so much talk over the outfielder’s relationship with Jason Varitek. John Tomase is the other figure in this case after his blog entry yesterday caused both sports radio stations in town to go berserk, insisting that the Varitek/Crawford exchange yesterday was fake and contrived.
Crawford was a real positive – The Globe notebook has a 3-4 night from Crawford as one of the few positives from last night. The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber has the Red Sox clubhouse trying to remain upbeat. The Red Sox Journal has Matt Albers and Scott Atchison also with encouraging performances this week. The CSNNE.com notes from Maureen Mullen have Clay Buchholz hopeful about pitching on the season-ending road trip. The Patriot Ledger notes from Fine has more on Beckett.
Brian Waters making quite an impression with his new mates – Christopher Price looks at the impact former Chief Brian Waters has made since coming to the team late in camp. More on Waters from Kevin McNamara.
Bills’ Harvard guy making name known – Karen Guregian has a look at Bills’ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is becoming known for more than just being the guy from Harvard. More on Fitzpatrick from Michael Whitmer.
Bills no patsies this time around for Patriots – Tim Whelan Jr. says that this isn’t the same Bills team that has lost 15 straight to the Patriots.
Kevin Faulk’s year in football purgatory – Price catches up with the veteran running back about his injury and rehab.
Harold Nash keeps Pats program running like a top – Ian Rapoport looks at the first-year strength and conditioning coach.
Chung had thumb surgery – Shalise Manza Young’s notebook reports on thumb surgery for Patrick Chung (first reported by Mike Reiss yesterday.) The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport has Tom Brady talking about fake injuries from opposing defensive players. The Patriots Journal has more on the injuries to Pryor and Koppen.
Dave Gavitt was many things, but he was known as ‘Coach’ – Jim Donaldson remembers the former Providence coach, Big East and Celtics exec.
One way or another, camp different without Mark Recchi – DJ Bean says that Bruins camp is a little different without the veteran forward.
Arnold to host NESN Bruins programming – Chad Finn reports on the long rumored move of Dale Arnold taking over hosting duties of Bruins pre and post game programming following the departure of Kathryn Tappen.
The post from Finn and also one over on BostInnovation.com prompted reaction from @HeidiWatney. Both pieces mention the perception that Watney will not be returning to the network next season.
She aimed this at Finn, this one at the BostInnocation piece , both protesting the notion that neither she or NESN are interesting in continuing their relationship. I certainly hope Watney returns. She’s grown immensely in her role and skills since first coming on board and replacing Tina Cervacio. The way this Red Sox season is ending, she’s also a rare bright spot on the telecasts.
Here is the NESN release on the Arnold news, and also on Naoko Funayama getting a new contract from the station.