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"You know what's good about being a starter?" said Harris, normally a reliever. "Now, I can stay in the dugout to watch this game. You can't see anything from the bullpen. This is one of those games that comes along only once in a while during the season."
The A's scored a run in the first inning when Rickey Henderson broke to steal third, third baseman Wade Boggs moved to cover the bag, and Canseco slapped a single through the spot Boggs had vacated. The Red Sox missed getting a run in the sixth when a Dwight Evans smash to center went into the bullpen on a single bounce. The hit became a ground-rule double, and base runner Green-well, who would have scored easily, was forced to return to third, where he was stranded. That was that for the scoring. Oakland won 1-0. Stewart was still undefeated. Clemens was not. The weekend was done.
"It's nice to see those other teams going well," said Barrett at the end. "You root for them because you know how it can be in this town if a team isn't doing well. There's been so much success here that people expect you to do well. If you're not.... One thing I've always noticed is that when the winter teams are doing well, the heat's off us for a while. Once they're done, everything just shifts to us."
The final tally for the five games in three sports was four wins, one loss. The Bruins looked as if they had a good chance of winning their first Cup in 18 years. The Celtics looked as if they would move along to offer a solid challenge to the defending NBA champion Detroit Pistons, presuming the Pistons finished off the Indiana Pacers in their series. The Red Sox looked.... The Red Sox looked as if maybe they weren't half as bad as had been predicted.
"What's nice is that everyone's pulling for everyone else," said Sinden. "That hasn't always been the case, especially with the Celtics and us. When Red Auerbach was in charge of the Celtics, there was a feeling that they didn't care about the Bruins at all. He'd say things like, 'I went to a game when Orr was playing, and I haven't been back since.' Since Red's moved back a little bit, the two teams get along fine.
"We have the one weight room in the Garden, and a lot of the Celtics use it. We see each other here and there. It's a nice feeling. McHale has done a lot for that feeling. He's from Minnesota and a big hockey fan. I find myself talking with him a lot, just out in the corridors."
Clemens was seen over the weekend sporting a black-and-yellow Bruin cap. Bird often wears a Red Sox cap. Scott Thompson, who works at The Fours, a sports bar near the Garden, reported heavy channel-flipping on the seven TV sets as patrons tracked the action. Cheers mixed with cheers. Somebody always seemed to be doing something good.
The local newspapers led with the Bruins on Saturday, the Celtics on Sunday and the Red Sox on Monday. The sports-casters talked even faster than usual to fit all the news into their allotted time slots. "Not in recent memory has there been a weekend like this," they said. "Not since Phil Esposito struck out Dr. J in the last minute of overtime. Not since Ted Williams homered off Gump Worsley. Not since Bill Russell skated around Jim Palmer. Not since Yaz himself, Carl Yastrzemski, hit that 25-footer in Jerry West's face...."
Or something like that.