Wakeup call: What's that Notre Dame's wearing??


Wakeup call: What's that Notre Dame's wearing??

Here's your wakeup call (and your last one for a couple of weeks) -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, August 17:

Tragedy intruded on the world of fun and games Thursday night, when a fan died of a heart attack at the Blue Jays-White Sox game in Toronto. (AP) Old friend Kevin Youkilis was the first player on the field to notice what was going on in the stands.

Theo and crew are working on a long-term deal for Starlin Castro. (CSN Chicago)

It's been a long time since there's been a postseason game at Camden Yards. How long? The networks seem to have forgotten what it's like to televise a game from there. (CSN Baltimore)

If you don't hustle, you're going to hear about it from Charlie Manuel. Right, Jimmy Rollins? (CSN Philly)

David Price is on quite the roll. (AP)

Joey Bats may be returning at last. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

I think we can safely assume that Knute Rockne is turning over in his grave. (CSN Chicago)

Idaho wants to go it alone. (AP)

Remember the name Jim Donnan? No? Well, you'll be hearing it quite a bit from here in on, I think: The former Georgia coach and ESPN analyst has been charged in an 80 million Ponzi scheme that scammed, among others, Barry Switzer and Frank Beamer. (AP)

Chris Campoli knows what the NHL owners are all about. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Looks like Jay-Z is going to make sure you know you're in Brooklyn when you go to a Nets game. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Andre Iguodala would like to settle down in Denver. (AP)

John Salley's been out of the spotlight for a long time, so he evidently decided it was time to draw some attention back to himself. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Apparently, one gold medal is enough for Geno Auriemma. (AP)

Three weeks to go before the season starts, and there's no end in sight to the referee lockout. (AP)

The Patriots are just lucky they played at SchaeferSullivanFoxboro Stadium -- the worldwide leader in uncomfortable and potentially dangerous seating -- in less litigious times. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

And speaking of our courts, a loan company is after Vince Young for 1.7 million. (AP)

The sure sign that you have too much money: Hiring a plane to fly over Saints practice every day with banner "Free Payton" trailing behind it. (Pro Football Talk)

Peyton to the press: Enough already. (Pro Football Talk)

And now you can sleep in for the next few weeks; it's vacation time for yours truly. We'll be back with your next Wakeup Call on Tuesday, September 4.

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?