Friday's Morning Mashup

September 25, 2009 - 3:24 am

Welcome to Friday's Morning Mashup, where we'll get you caught up on what's going on in the sports world and beyond. The Red Sox head into New York on a high note after beating the Royals, 10-3. Rob Bradford has his Five Things We Learned, leading off with Clay Buchholz providing the team some peace of mind after a solid performance last night. Alex Speier has David Ortiz talking about heading back to New York, where on his last visit he held a press conference to discuss steroid allegations in the midst of a nightmarish sweep at the hands of the Yankees. Rob Bradford has an interesting piece about Jason Bay's base-stealing prowess. Lou Merloni breaks down the Red Sox-Yankees head-to-head matchups and makes a prediction about the ALCS. The Boston Herald's Sean McAdam reports that the Sox plan to start Jon Lester in Game 1 of the ALDS, followed by Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz. Following up on a bizarre story, an incarcerated Red Sox fan in Iowa returned to prison after being given a pass so he could see the Sox play the Royals Wednesday night in Kansas City. On to football: Chris Price has Joey Galloway comparing Tom Brady to other quarterbacks he's played with during his long NFL career. Price also reports on Wes Welker returning to practice. Dan Guttenplan comes up with the answers in his Week 3 NFL picks. Over at Sports Illustrated, Michael Rosenberg wonders what happens if Tom Brady never returns to form. On the ice, Patrice Bergeron lifted the Bruins to a 2-1 shootout win over the Canadiens. From, here's some interesting video from Sunday night's game in Quebec. Bruins youngster Jeffrey Lovecchio pushes a Canadiens player into the boards and the glass becomes dislodged, landing right in the nose of a woman in the front row. Wayne Gretzky resigned as coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, replaced by Dave Tippett. And Canadiens defenseman Patrice Brisebois tearfully announced his retirement after 18 NHL seasons, and then said he plans to become a driver in NASCAR's Canadian Tire Series. Jessica Camerato has a nice piece on new Celtic Shelden Williams and his wife, WNBA star Candace Parker. Kirk Minihane presents his list of the best coaches in the history of Boston pro sports. Ally Mielnicki discusses recent stadium debuts that have not gone so well. HISTORIVIA: On Sept. 25, 1965, Satchel Paige, reportedly 59 years old, came back for one last game after a 12-year hiatus from the majors. Pitching for owner Charles O. Finley's Kansas City Athletics, Paige pitched the first three innings against the Red Sox and gave up just one hit. Which player got that hit? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I think you guys are spoiled up here, because Tom is different than probably 99 percent of the guys I'€™ve played with." '€” Patriots receiver Joey Galloway, talking about quarterback Tom Brady 'NET RESULTS: Our "historivia" question focuses on the great Satchel Paige. Here's Paige in 1971 making an appearance on the game show "What's My Line?" and discussing his age. And while we're on "What's My Line?" here's Ted Williams' appearance in 1954. HISTORIVIA ANSWER: Carl Yastrzemski hit a first-inning double in the Sox' 5-2 victory. SOOTHING SOUNDS: In honor of Jacoby Ellsbury getting stolen base No. 66 last night, here's Nat King Cole performing the classic "Route 66." Come on, just click play. We're trying to learn you something about music history here. OK, fine. Here's the Rolling Stones' version. Enjoy your weekend. See you Monday, after the Patriots get everyone back on the bandwagon. Thursday's Morning Mashup Wednesday's Morning Mashup