Tuesday, August 14, 2007

- It turns out that Mitt Romney owns a piece of the Yankees YES Network. As if I needed one more reason not to vote for him...

- Tim Wakefield came up big for the Sox last night, taking a no-hitter into the 6th and pitching 8 shutout innings before Papelbon came in to close out the 3-0 win over Tampa Bay.

Here's something kind of interesting. Wake has 151 wins in a Red Sox uniform. He's third all-time behind Cy Young and Roger Clemens, who have 192 wins each. If Wake pitches three more years (to age 44, far from unheard of for a knuckleballer), he has a very legitimate shot of being the Red Sox all-time leading winner.

If he pulls that off, combined with his unparalelled community service, I think he deserves to have his number retired by the Red Sox. Who's with me?

- Speaking of retired numbers, the Celtics signed center Scot Pollard and guard Eddie House to start to fill in some of the pieces around Garnett, Pierce and Allen. They will be wearing numbers 66 and 50, respectively. Pollard eloquently explained the reason behind their number selection, as quoted in the Boston Herald:

"“Because all the other (expletive) numbers were taken here,” Pollard said, looking around a conference room that had the numbers of Bill Russell (6), Tom Heinsohn (15), John Havlicek (17), Robert Parish (00), Larry Bird (33) and Kevin McHale (32) hanging on the wall. . . .

- Condolences to the family, friends and fans of Phil Rizzuto, the Yankees Hall of Fame shortstop and broadcaster. He may have been a lifelong member of the Evil Empire, but even I can appreciate one of baseball's all-time great characters. I'll be thinkng of him tonight while I'm playing Paradise by the Dashboard Light on my iPod.


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