Irrepressible Carroll into orbit over Seattle win

Irrepressible Carroll into orbit over Seattle win

Tom E. CurranSEATTLE Of course Pete Carroll was able to get a shout-outto the guy who jumped from outer space on Sunday. That's because he's Pete Carroll. After his team hung in long enough and ultimately knockedout the New England Patriots Sunday, the quirky, emotional former Patriotscoach closed his press conference in a way none of the NFLs other 31 coacheswould think to. Or want to. I know it was a really big day here, but Felix Baumgartnermade it today too, gushed Carroll. That was awesome. That was ridiculously unbelievable that he could pull that off, to do it so well (aside: one wonders what response a poor jump fom 24 miles would have elicited). We were watching, everybody was hanging because one of his coaches, Dr. Mike Gervais, works with us and he was there at the launch so we were all very tied to that. So, hats off to Felix, man, he did it."To the victor goes the opportunity to close his press conference with absurdity like that. While Carroll's successor in New England, Bill Belichick, was shrugging through the motions in his postgame press conference, Carroll was doing verbal Zumba in his. This win can't really serve as vindication for Carroll that he never should have been fired in New England. That was a dozen years ago and a dismissal that had to happen. But it had to be a little sweet to dispatch the Patriots. "What a day here at the stadium, at CenturyLink for the fans and the players," Carrol gushed. "A fantastic event we just witnessed. I'm really proud of the way we played. It was a day when (the Patriots) were doing a lot of good stuff, Tom (Brady) was doing everything with the throwing game and their receivers and you didn't know if we were going to get to slow them down or not. .. It's a big statement for a young team and it's more so because of that staff (in New England), that coach, that quarterback, their team, the championship ways that they know and understand and everything about that. We take great pride in it, and we hope you guys enjoyed it."

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 5, Angels 4

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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 5, Angels 4

Quotes, Notes and Stars of the Red Sox’ 5-4 win over the Angels

Quotes

"It's a joke. That's a brutal call for whoever's back in New York looking at it.'' - Mike Scioscia on decision not to cite fan interference on ground-rule double in the ninth.

"We played with 26 players tonight. I was like, 'Yes!''' - David Ortiz on the fan who touched Daniel Nava's double.

"If I had to go back and do it all over again, I probably would have just thrown a knuckleball. I didn't want to walk a guy, but I've got to think about the bigger picture and just swallow the walk.'' - Steven Wright, on the fastball thrown to C.J. Cron, who hit a grand slam.

Notes

* David Ortiz moved into 19th place all-time in home runs with No. 522, breaking a tie with Willie McCovey, Frank Thomas and Ted Williams.

* Ortiz collected his 2,000th hit as a member of the Red Sox, something only six other players in history have accomplished.

* Ortiz also passed Thomas in career RBI with 1,704, good for 23rd place.

* Ortiz extended his Fenway hitting streak to 18 games. He's reached base at home in every home game since April 29.

* Steven Wright has allowed just six homers all season, but three have come in the last four games. Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts became the first Red Sox teammates to record 100 hits each before the team's 81st game since 1988 when four players did so - Wade Boggs, Dwight Evans, Mike Greenwell and Marty Barrett.

* The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Red Sox against the Angels.

* The game marked the 47th time in first 79 games that the Sox have collected 10 or more hits. That leads the majors, with Kansas City and Detroit next at 39.

* The Sox are 23-9 in Brock Holt's starts.

Stars

1) David Ortiz

Ortiz had a three-hit game with two singles and a homer, the last of which was his 2,000th hit in a Red Sox uniform. The homer also was career home run No. 522, moving him past three Hall of Famers into 19th place all-time.

2) Brock Holt

Holt announced his presence loud and clear with two doubles, two runs scored, an RBI and an assist from the outfield.

3) C.J. Cron

Cron made things mighty interesting with one swing of the bat in the sixth, driving a ball into the Monster Seats for a grand slam that brought the Angels back to within a run.

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Report: Celtics meeting with Al Horford "went very well"

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Horford is expected to demand a max contract valued at roughly four-years, $113 million.

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