Seidenberg rested and ready after overdue return to Germany


Seidenberg rested and ready after overdue return to Germany

The closest Dennis Seidenberg had ever come to playing with his brother, Yannick, previously was when the younger Seidenberg sibling traveled to Boston for the Stanley Cup Finals against the Canucks.

It was a great couple of weeks for us, obviously, said Seidenberg, who arrived in Boston from Europe on Monday. He felt like he had won the Cup by the end of it.

But the two Seidenberg brothers finally got their wish to play together when older brother Dennis signed on to play with the Mannheim Eagles in Germany during the four month NHL lockout. The Bruins defenseman hadnt even been back on German soil in seven years after bursting onto the NHL scene and marrying an American woman. So it was easy to acknowledge that it was nice for Seidenberg to finally be home, and the 31-year-old managed to put up 20 points (2 goals, 18 assists) in 26 games for Mannheim.

It was nice playing with him and it lasted a few months longer than I expected, said Seidenberg. It was a good time and a good experience being on the same team with him. Just being home again was great. I hadnt been home in seven years. I got to hang out with people that I never really see any more, and I got to play for the team that got it all started for me.

But it was also bittersweet given the circumstances that kept him away from his regular gig guarding the Bruins net like a finely built German tank and lugging pucks straight up the ice.

Staying busy, skating in organized practices and keeping in game shape are things I enjoyed and Im certainly grateful for, said Seidenberg, who will once again play a big-minute role along the blue line for the Bruins this season. But now its time to get back and Im so excited to be back and ready to play.

Given the injury to Adam McQuaid that may delay his start to the season and an expected slow orientation process for rookie Dougie Hamilton if he makes the Bruins club, a good deal will be expected for Seidenberg along with Zdeno Chara. So its a good sign that he feels rested and ready to go, and even better that hes in midseason form with a scant week-long training camp beginning this weekend.

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?