Terry Francona and Kevin Millar profess their love and support for Dale Sveum. Both place the blame for the base-running snafu on Doug Mirabelli, but the Stud Who Hits Bombs isn't so sure.
While saying he might have been a "little bit too aggressive," the SWHB explained: "I read the ball and felt I could get to third base. I didn't think there. I thought Millar would come home easy. ... I'm not the fastest guy, so I have to put all my energy into running. I picked up my head too late. ... I even saw Bernie kind of break down and field that ball kind of flatfooted. As I rounded second, I already had my mind-set, I was going to third. I felt for sure that Bernie was going to come up and try to throw me out at third. I felt like I was going to make it there pretty easy."
Here is the New York Post's take: "Millar was already at third when center fielder Bernie Williams — who has a spaghetti arm — fielded the ball. Sveum nearly body-blocked the lumbering Millar while giving him the stop sign, and Mirabelli was caught in a pickle between second and third."
As far as the praise for Sveum, he might be a great guy -- I don't know, I've never met him -- but he is a terrible third base coach. The evidence for that keeps piling higher and higher. I wonder how high it will get before the front office takes action.
If you can get beyond the absolutely moronic political comments, Schilling gives a good Q&A to the Daily News.
Wakefield / Leiter at 6:00.