Morning Skate: Tuesday, Oct. 30


Morning Skate: Tuesday, Oct. 30

Good column from Nick Kypreos, who says its time for the silent majority of NHL owners to get involved with the CBA negotiations before its too late. They may be the one thing that could keep the entire season from being lost.

Five questions with Claude Julien and where the Bruins coach talks about the rivalry with the Vancouver Canucks. Just hearing him speak about it makes even the casual Bruins fan pine for hockey to come back.

Jesse Spector from the Sporting News wonders if the players and teams are crazy enough to create a rebel league with the NHL appearing set on a kamikaze course.

Interesting video between noted NHL crazy guy Trevor Gillies and Nasty Mirasty where theyre setting up negotiations for a second fight later in the same European game.

Down Goes Brown attends a Halloween party hosted by Gary Bettman. This ought to be good.

NHLPA Exec Director Donald Fehr says the more things change, the harder it becomes in high-stakes negotiations, and divulges more in a one-on-one interview with Michael Russo.

Scott Burnside with a good piece on Adam Oates honing his head coaching skills at the AHL level before his gig begins with the Washington Capitals.

For something completely different: SportsNet reporter Ian Mendes smoked in the ankle with a batted ball right before a live TV hit, and he doesnt break a sweat. That right there is a pro.

Red Sox celebration quickly washes away walk-off loss


Red Sox celebration quickly washes away walk-off loss

NEW YORK -- It had the potential to be the most awkward celebration ever.

In the top of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium, before their game was complete, the Red Sox became American League East champions, by virtue of one other division rival -- Baltimore -- coming back to beat another -- Toronto -- in the ninth inning.

That eliminated the Blue Jays from the division race, and made the Sox division champs.

But that ninth inning reversal of fortune was about to visit the Red Sox, too.

Craig Kimbrel faced four hitters and allowed a single and three straight walks, leading to a run. When, after 28 pitches, he couldn't get an out, he was lifted for Joe Kelly, who recorded one out, then yielded a walk-off grand slam to Mark Teixeira.

The Yankees celebrated wildly on the field, while the Red Sox trudged into the dugout, beset with mixed emotions.

Yes, they had just lost a game that seemed theirs. But they also had accomplished something that had taken 158 games.

What to do?

The Sox decided to drown their temporary sorrows in champagne.

"As soon as we got in here,'' said Jackie Bradley Jr., "we quickly got over it.''

From the top of the eighth until the start of the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox seemed headed in a conventional celebration.

A two-run, bases-loaded double by Mookie Betts and a wild pitch -- the latter enabling David Ortiz to slide into home and dislodge the ball from former teammate Tommy Layne's glove --- had given the Sox a 3-0 lead.

Koji Uehara worked around a walk to post a scoreless walk and after the top of the ninth, the Sox called on Craig Kimbrel, who had successfully closed out all but two save opportunities all season.

But Kimbrel quickly allowed a leadoff single to Brett Gardner and then began pitching as though he forgot how to throw strikes. Three straight walks resulted in a run in and the bases loaded.

Joe Kelly got an out, but then Teixeira, for the second time this week, produced a game-winning homer in the ninth. On Monday, he had homered in Toronto to turn a Blue Jays win into a loss, and now, here he was again.

It may have been a rather meaningless victory for the Yankees -- who remain barely alive for the wild card -- but it did prevent them the indignity of watching the Red Sox celebrate on their lawn.

Instead, the Sox wore the shame of the walk-off -- at least until they reached their clubhouse, where the partying began in earnest.

It had taken clubhouse attendants less than five minutes to cover the floor and lockers with plastic protective sheets. In a matter of a few more minutes, the air was filled with a mix of beer and bubbly.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski wore a goggles and only socks on his feet.

As the spray reached every inch of the clubhouse, David Ortiz exclaimed: "I'm going to drown in this man.''

Defeat? What defeat?