February 13, 2005

Camp. For the first time since March 1919, the Red Sox will open spring training as the defending world champions. Both Chris Snow (Globe) and Tony Massarotti (Herald) tell us what to expect. Not a lot of surprises, basically. ... Don't miss Gordon Edes's excellent feature on Jason Varitek.

In Gotham, the Post's Mike Vaccaro writes about the Yankees seeking vindication
for one of the most stunning stumbles in baseball history. It's funny: in a lot of ways, the Yankees got off easy last year. The world was so caught up in the absorbing saga of the Red Sox -- and it's a far more human reaction among neutral parties to cheer the winners than to rag the losers that it's only been recently that the Yankee ramifications have become completely evident.

And it's hard to sugar coat the truth:

The Yankees suffered the greatest choke in the history of American sports.

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