Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
With last night's game rained out, and nothing else of interest happening yesterday, we turn to today: "Thanks Mike Day".
That, Lowell said, stands out as much as being named World Series MVP in 2007, as much as when he homered in the ninth inning against the Sox in 2003 as a member of the Marlins, a game that started the momentum toward Florida’s World Series title that season. It was after the 2007 season that Lowell got a call from Sox radio broadcaster Joe Castiglione, who had worked with Robinson at a fantasy camp.
“He says, ‘Do you know that Brooks Robinson said he really likes the way you play third base?’ ’’ Lowell said. “Something like that is very meaningful to me because I think he’s the standard and if he feels like you did it the right way, I can’t ask for a better compliment than that. If the best person who ever played [third] can appreciate it, I really feel like I did it the right way.’’
Globe | No regrets
Not a bad compliment. It's like that time Peter Gammons came to Ted's Army HQ and told us how much he liked our Red Sox writing.
I think I can speak on behalf of all of us at TA in saying that we're going to miss Mike Lowell, and appreciate what he's done. He's certainly had an odd career, fighting through cancer early his life and then assorted injuries late in his career, and suffering a major swoon right in the middle of his prime, resulting in him being thrown into the Josh Beckett deal before the 2006 season.
And despite this season, it worked out for everyone. His contributions to the 2007 World Series are well documented, and I bet his leadership over the last few years will pay dividends with our young guys as they mature.
On page 2, another injured Sox staple who's looking forward to a clean offseason.
“We’re all on the same page as far as what we want to accomplish during the offseason, that’s pretty easy,” he said. “I just need to see the doctor in a couple of weeks, and by that point we’ll know what kind of progression we want to make and how far to push it. They’ll give me a timeline.”
ESPNBoston | Ellsbury looking forward to 'normal' offseason
I think we all got tired of the Ellsbury drama this year. He's not my favorite player, and I think his talents are overrated...but it also seems like he's gotten a bad rap through all this. How am I to know what his ribs feel like?
Let's hope a few more months get him back to normal, and he can be our leadoff hitter/centerfielder (enough of the Cameron experiment) for next year. At the very least, it'll up his trade value.
Globe | No regrets | Lowell walks off a winner | Double trouble | Beltre picking a good time to hit the market | Herald | Blast from Mike Lowell's past | JD Drew's pitch scares 'em | Adrian Beltre, thanks for the memories | AJ Burnett's start in doubleheader a big one for the Yankees | ESPNBoston | Ellsbury looking forward to 'normal' offseason | Buchholz done for season with back soreness