City of Brotherly Hate
Actually, it’s the City of Brotherly Love where I am right now. That was just me paying homage to the late, great Johnny Most. In the 1980s, he used to start his pregame intro in Philly like this:
“Hi there once again everybody, this is Johnny Most, high above courtside, here in the city of Brotherly Hate, in the Spectrum in Philadelphia where the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers get ready for basketball battle. Both ballclubs are on the floor right now and this should be a real war.”
Got to love Johnny. But you couldn’t much love that Celtics loss last night. It would have been nice to see them win it in LA, but I guess Garnett wanted to force a Game 6. I’m sorry, I like KG and he did completely change the culture of the franchise. But I firmly believe he is the reason they didn’t win that game last night. Missed free throws, missed layups on tip-ins, dumb fouls, etc. I still don’t see this thing going 7. But stranger things have happened. Check out the 2004 ALCS for memories of just how much stranger.
As for today in Philadelphia, Big Bart Colon, who had very little juice on his fastball tonight, had to leave the game after four innings — and three home runs — with back stiffness. It must be contagious. Kevin Youkilis was scratched from the lineup at the last minute with muscle spasms in his mid back. Jason Varitek has been moved to the sixth spot in the lineup. The mighty Casey replaces Youk and hits seventh.
Manny is back in the lineup. His hamstring has sufficiently improved. The team is in a holding pattern regarding Schilling, who was disappointed by his throwing session on Friday. We should find out within the next 24 hours what is next for Schill, who did have a closed door meeting with Terry Francona today.
David Ortiz had his cast removed, replaced by a removable forearm splint. He should be able to start doing range of motion exercises by tomorrow.
Are any of you Brownie Points readers from the South Shore? The reason I ask is that I’m doing a book signing at the Hingham Barnes and Noble on Thursday night, beginning at 6. I’d love to see some of you there.