posted on Jul, 24 2004 @ 09:56 PM
The Red Sox, in jeopardy of a freefall, made a stand by coming back at the end of a crazy game that included a bizarre rain delay;
a bench-clearing fight; an inning that amassed 67 minutes, 89 pitches and 10 runs; comebacks from both teams; and a game-winning, two-run walk-off
homer, hit by Boston's Bill Mueller off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. The Red Sox win will have little bearing on the standings, with the Yankees
leading Boston by nine games in the loss column in the AL East, but the Red Sox needed a spark and this might have been it.
Pedro Martinez has been very brave when he is throwing a baseball at hitters standing in the batter's box, but for the second
straight time, Martinez was among the last players to emerge from the Red Sox dugout during a brawl with the Yankees. Curt Schilling, on the other
hand, was among the first to reach A-Rod and Varitek.
Steinbrenner's pursuit of Randy Johnson is frenzied. Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colangelo could probably get himself written into
Steinbrenner's will, if he played his cards right, or at least have part of Florida deeded to him. And Johnson could probably get a 101-year
extension, if he wants it, by trying to push for a trade to the Yankees. There might not be a comparable situation in Steinbrenner's 31-year
ownership, when his team had such a clear need for a particular player -- and Steinbrenner is completely at the mercy of a Colangelo, whom he offended
2 ½ years ago by nudging David Wells into breaking an oral agreement with Arizona.
Fenway Park was pounded by rain overnight, and reportedly, the outlook for play on Saturday was so poor that some of the Yankees'
boarded the team bus, in anticipation of a postponement. But the game was played, on an unusual blustery summer day.
The rest of ESPN's Buster Olney's article --->
Tomorrow night's game should be good, it's the Sunday Night Baseball game televised nationally at 8pm EST. Jose Contreras has the ball for the Yanks
and it'll be Derek Lowe on the mound for the Sox.