In 1953 when I sat on the grounds at Sabina Park looking first at Polly Umrigar, then Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes, and Clyde Walcott, and later at Pankaj Roy and Vijay Manjrekar scoring centuries, I never believed, or knew, what a lasting effect it would have on me. Today, 64 years later, and after seeing the likes of Jeffrey Stollmeyer, J.K. Holt Jr, Peter May, Len Hutton, Neil Harvey, Colin McDonald, Tom Graveney, Rohan Kanhai, Conrad Hunte, Seymour Nurse, Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, David Gower, Viv Richards, Sunil Gavaskar, Brian Lara, V.V. S. Laxman, Greg Chappell, Majid Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Marin Crowe and Shivnarine Chanderpaul batting in all their glory, I now understand their effect on me. Cricket, it has long been said, is a batsman’s game, and the more I see it, even in spite of the excitement of the fast bowlers and their sheering pace and flying bouncers, and the spin bowlers and their puzzling spin, the more I believe it, and the more I understand why batting has a special effect on me. I will never forget the leg glance of a Stollmeyer, the flowing, elegant strokes of a Worrell, the wristy cuts of one like Weekes, the smooth grace of a Graveney, the polish of a May, the cover-drive of a Harvey, the oriental magic of men like Majid, Abbas, Gavaskar, and Laxman, and, of course, the classical strokes of Rowe, and the Caribbean flamboyance of a Kanhai, a Richards, and a Lara. Statistics are great, and those who live by statistics, those responsible for creating statistics are just as great. Those whose presence are commanding, however, those whose every move is elegant and graceful, and those who breathe class in every way, those who seem born to play the game are, to me, the ones who remain riveted in my memory. Between February 26 and March 4, 1958, the batsman who left an indelible mark on my young mind was the tall left-hander Garry Sobers batting with his collars up. In 1953, at the tender age of 17, he made his debut appearance at Sabina Park as a left-arm spin bowler, and, since then, he had developed his batting to such a degree that he was considered an all-rounder, or as a batsman good enough to bat at number three on the West Indies team. When he walked out to bat at 87 for one on that day, February 27, Sobers’ best score was 80. He had never reached a century in Test matches. Little did we know, all that was to end, and end very soon at that. Chasing Pakistan’s first innings of 328 and batting with Conrad Hunte, who had made 260 run out, Sobers scored 365 not out while batting for 10 hours and 14 minutes and stroking 38 boundaries to all parts of Sabina Park. In doing so, he shared in a world-record partnership off 446 runs in a huge 790 for three declared. It was an innings out of the top drawer, it was three hours and three minutes less than Hutton’s previous record score of 364 scored in 1938. It was five hours 56 minutes less than the time Hanif took to score his 337 earlier in the series. It was an innings filled with confident and glittering strokes, an innings which was halted only because of the invasion of the excited crowd, an innings which seems destined to last forever. And the world welcomed him, and his grand performance. In two days of cricket, Sobers had gone from a left-arm orthodox spin bowler to the holder of the game’s highest individual score. From a batsman who, in 24 innings, had passed 50 only on six occasions, to a batsman who suddenly stood atop the world as the holder of the world record. When I remember the state of the pitch, although at the time it meant very little to me, and when I recall the injury to Mahmood Husain and to Nasim-ul-Ghani, which left the attack short on quality, it was not the best innings that I had ever seen. To be played by one so young, however, to be played by a bowler who had become a batsman, to go straight to the top so quickly, to parade such splendid stroke-play, such batsmanship, and to score so rapidly, and to bat for such a long time, struck me as something out of the ordinary. His subsequent innings, such as his 132 at Brisbane in 1960 in probably the greatest Test match of all, his 163 not out at Lord’s in 1966 to rescue the West Indies after they were forced to follow-on and were just nine runs ahead in their second innings, and his 113 not out at Sabina Park in 1968 when the West Indies were forced to follow-on and left to bat on a devil of a pitch, as great as they were, seemed as mere footprints. That is why, despite the words of historians and writers like Neville Cardus, A. A. Thompson, and Robertson Glasgow and what they had to say about batsmen like Victor Trumper, Don Bradman, Walter Hammond, and George Headley, and with due respect to the modern giants like Sunil Gavaskar, Viv Richards, Brian Lara, and Sachin Tendulkar, for me the greatest of them all is Garry Sobers, the left-arm orthodox spin bowler, who, over time, became a great batsman, a brilliant close-to-the-wicket fielder, a fast left-arm bowler good enough to open the West Indies bowling despite the presence of Wes Hall and Charlie Griffith, and a confusing wrist spinner. In spite of his other talents, his five special gifts as a cricketer, he was, to me, and to many across the world, one of a kind as a batsman, and especially as a left-hander. FIRST TEST CENTURY
Winning start The 20-year-old Racraquin displayed leadership beyond her years in leading San Beda to a 25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22 triumph over St. Benilde in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.“I know that I have something different to offer,” said Racraquin, who scored 15 points including 12 attacks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogTrue to her promise, the 5-foot-8 stunner also proved to be as sharp on the defensive end, making 22 excellent digs and 10 receptions for the Lady Red Spikers, who improved to a 2-1 record.In the second match, Lyceum downed Jose Rizal University, 25-20, 24-26, 25-13, 25-22, for its first win. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson SBC’s top hitter Cesca Racraquin challenges St. Benildes’ Dianne Ventura as Marites Pablo tries to provide help during their PVL Collegiate Conference clash at the Filoil Flying V Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOChesca Racraquin doesn’t mind being likened to seasoned veteran Rachel Anne Daquis, but as much as possible, she wants to carve her own niche.On Wednesday night she made a strong case for it.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A costly, catty dispute finally settled Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Break new ground A costly, catty dispute finally settled Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES San Beda had the chance to finish the match early but allowed St. Benilde to come back mainly through Ranya Musa, who had 22 points including eight blocks.“We lacked the aggressiveness in the third set because after winning the first two we became very complacent,” said Racraquin.The fourth frame was tied at 13 until “our rotation allowed us to make crucial adjustments,” said Racraquin, whose three straight points gave San Beda a 20-17 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Never an easy road to the Grand Slam MOST READ View comments
Mama Korpo, Gbarpolu County’s Coordinator of the National Union of the Disabled, has frowned on the marginalization of people living with disabilities in the county.She said disabled people cannot easily have access to public facilities such as hospitals, schools and other youth empowerment activities, in the county.She made the statement Saturday, May 3, when she attended the World Press Freedom Day in Bopolu, Gbarpolu County.“These facilities are built in a way that people who are disabled cannot easily go in or out of them,” she said. She further stated that when they visit the hospital, they are hardly cared for or attended to.According to her, nurses ignore them and “they feel like talking to us is a waste of time,” she added, sadly.She further stated that because of their physical disabilities, most of them find it difficult to enter hospital buildings, “because the stairs are high and some of us don’t have people to take us around.”“For the younger children,” she narrated, “particularly those who are blind, they face problems going to school; so many of these children grow up without entering a classroom.”“We have been marginalized by our community members and some of them feel that nothing good can come from us,” she noted, “People find it funny teasing us in different forms just to make us feel bad about our condition.” The National Union of the Disabled comprises over 200 disabled persons in Bopolu, and she said some are capable of making shoes, sewing, and doing other crafts, including carpentry.“As an organization, we will want to get involved with agriculture. And as our own effort towards achieving that, we have bought one lot of land so that we will start cleaning the place and start our project. With that little start, we will be able to raise money for other projects or activities the members will agree upon,” Madam Korpo stated.She, however, added that they won’t be able to achieve their goal if the larger society doesn’t come to their aid.She called the government through the county authorities, to render them assistance.Mama Korpo said their only support comes from the their parent body— the National Commission on Disability (NCD) but it was not much because disable people are also in other counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Ministry of Transportation and CleanBC is setting a new strategy across the Province to boost safe and accessible active transportation.According to the Government, as part of the CleanBC plan, this new strategy – Move, Commute, Connect – aims to provide a cleaner, more active transportation, connecting British Columbians to where they need to go.Minister of Transportation, Claire Trevena, says residents have been asking for healthier ways of commuting and this new strategy will help provide those options.- Advertisement -“Active transportation is good for our health, environment and communities. For years, people have been asking for better, more healthy options to get around. We’ve listened, and we’re taking new steps to help people move, commute and connect more easily and safely.”This strategy was developed after a provincewide consultation where residents provided feedback on ways the Province can support communities to improve active transportation.For more information on this new CleanBC strategy, you can visit cleanbc.gov.bc.ca/active.Advertisement
Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc has taken a swipe at Manchester City and the Premier League, questioning the quality of English football. PSG host City in the first of their two-legged quarter-finals on Wednesday evening, and Blanc believes his side have progressed the further of the two. And the former Manchester United defender baulked at the suggestion that a difference in quality between the Premier League and Ligue 1 was a hindrance to his Champions League preparations. Blanc said: “Manchester City had the same project a bit before Paris Saint-Germain. “They managed to win their domestic league, which is not an easy task, and some other titles, but maybe in Europe they’re a bit behind us.“Maybe this shows what Paris Saint-Germain have achieved is not as easy as it looks, but I’m a bit bored of these questions. Even the French media are asking is Ligue 1 as strong in terms of intensity.”He added: “It’s not all about intensity. The Premier League is maybe so intense that maybe by March or April they have already reached their levels of fatigue.“You need to find the right balance. We have to play in our league and we are happy about that.“Yes, we need a stronger league and we need to find a solution. We know that. We need other clubs to make the French league more competitive.“The English league is more competitive but that does not give their teams a right to be in the last four.“Maybe I am wrong but I don’t see any English clubs in the last four in the last five or six years. There are problems in all leagues, that’s for sure.”talkSPORT has live commentary of Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester City on Wednesday night. Kick off is 19:45 – don’t miss it! PSG boss Blanc has taken a swipe at Manchester City and the Premier League 1
Dear Supporter All this publicity about charity chief top ups is damaging. I’m writing this letter to clarify where the money donated to Jack & Jill goes and to urge supporters to stick with us, especially for those Christmas donations which we depend on to fund our home nursing care model into 2014. While the Jack & Jill Foundation receives €519,00 which is 19% of the €2.7 million we need every year from the HSE, it is the general public that funds Jack & Jill. The money you donate funds intensive home nursing care for children with life limiting conditions from birth to 4 years old, as well as end of life care for children sent home to die. Our home nursing care model, that has supported 1,700 children since 1997, is nine times less expensive than hospital care, thus saving the State and the taxpayer millions every year. So the Jack & Jill Foundation funds the HSE and not the other way around. Having said that, we are very thankful for and depend on our HSE grant which covers the cost of our fundraising division in terms of accounts, HR, IT and our fundraising team, including my own salary as CEO and Chief Fundraiser. That means that money donated by our supporters goes directly to fund home nursing for the 300 children under our wing, including the salaries of 11 liaison nurses across the country and the funding of up to 64 hours per month per family. As CEO, my salary is just under €90,000 today and I’ve been very open about that. For the first 6 years of running Jack & Jill I did not draw a salary for this busy role which is 7 days a week. I can assure you that I get no top up payments, no bonus, no pension. My salary is justified on the basis that since 1997 we have supported 1,700 children with home nursing care and raised €47 million privately while we’ve received only €4.5 million from the HSE. So my salary as a percentage of the fundraising I’ve done is less than 2%. I also want to remind our supporters of the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the Jack & Jill home nursing care model. I am very proud to say that we have one of the best qualified teams of paediatric nurses in the country. They give practical advice on caring for the child, really listen to the family and make representations on their behalf to the government and HSE. Families call this service the “gift of time”. Time to do the normal things that we all take for granted, like sleeping, working, shopping or taking the healthy children to the park in the knowledge that their sick child is well cared for at home. Furthermore, our end of life care model has no waiting list. Nursing is provided in the home within 24 hours, once the decision by the parents is made to take their child home to die. We listen to and help co-ordinate parents’ wishes at the time of the child’s death, liaising with expert counsellors. We cover 26 counties and are one of the only out of hour paediatric services providing hands on care in the home, funding up to 64 hours per month per family. The bottom line is that without the generosity of the General Public we would not exist. We also rely on the generosity of our network of volunteers who give their time free and our corporate partners. We work hard for every cent we raise, and we make every cent count, with every €16 raised funding one hour of home nursing care. On behalf of the families we support, we thank you for your continued support which keeps us going. Yours sincerely Jonathan Irwin, CEO and Founder, Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation VIEWPOINT: AN OPEN LETTER FROM THE JACK AND JILL FOUNDATION was last modified: December 1st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:VIEWPOINT: AN OPEN LETTER FROM THE JACK AND JILL FOUNDATION
The Donegal Rás team are continuing to perform well on day three of the An Post Rás around Ireland. The team are currently embarking on the gruelling 154 km trek from Lisdoonvarna to Charleville.The team were dealt a blow on day-one of the eight-day event when rider Mark McClure had to pull out of the tour due to illness. Despite that setback the team have performed admirably in his absence, and Ronan McLaughlin took the prize of first county rider over the line on the first day.Earlier this week, all tracks led to the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Sunday as the Donegal Rás team cycled into Buncrana. They were in town to announce the Inishowen Gateway Hotel as the team’s official sponsor for 2014.With the Giro D’italia now finished up, attentions have focused on the An Post Rás, the annual, eight-day, stage race around Ireland on which the Donegal team are on day-three of. The race is Ireland’s number one cycling event,and the epic race began in 1953 and has been held every year since.It is one of Ireland’s top sporting events bringing world class sporting action and a significant economic boost to towns and villages nationwide.The Rás has a worldwide reputation of being a gruelling challenge in the elite, international calendar.The open racing style allows amateur county and club riders to pit themselves against domestic and international professionals. Hoping to win big at this year’s Rás will be the all new Team Inishowen Gateway Hotel, made up of 5 talented Donegal cyclists – former Irish Hill climb Champion Ronan Mc Laughlin, former Donegal Time Trial Champion Conor Mc Ilwaine, reigning Donegal Time Trial Champion Rory Devlin, Donegal Veterans Champion Damian Lagan. First time national competitor Mark McClure pulled out on day-one due to illness.The team are managed by Chris McElhinney.Rena Doherty from the Inishowen Gateway told Donegal Daily, “We are delighted to be sponsoring Team Inishowen Gateway Hotel and we would like to wish the team the best of luck and hopefully victory will be brought back to Donegal. The team will be joined by the Gateway Girls, Aine Gleeson and Shareen Doherty,who will Tweet and Facebook live from the road to provide realtime information from the race to keep Donegal supporters up to date with the efforts of Team Inishowen Gateway Hotel, the official Donegal team. To stay connected with the team, the Inishowen Gateway Hotel invite you to like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.These pages will feature competitions and provide followers the chance of win exclusive race merchandise.This year’s Rás covers 1260 kilometres over eight stages with 36 categorised climbs, beginning in Dunboyne, Co. Meath with stage finishes in Roscommon, Lisdoonvarna, Charleville, Cahirciveen, Clonakilty, Carrick on Suir, Baltinglass and finally Skerries.Can Team Inishowen Gateway Hotel win big at this year’s An Post Rás? It’s looking positive if the team motto is anything to go by – “AYE WE CAN”!!DAY THREE- DONEGAL RÁS TEAM EN-ROUTE FROM LISDOONVARNA TO CHARLEVILLE was last modified: May 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:An Post RásCycliny eventdonegalFeaturesIrelandnewsSport
Cristiano Ronaldo completed a stunning transfer to Juventus on Tuesday afternoon, leaving fans of a number of Europe’s biggest clubs terrified.Los Blancos need to sign a replacement for their departed star, who left the Bernabeu after nine years of world class service. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The relief that Salah signed a new contract right before Real Madrid needs to find a winger.😌— Anton Norén (@antonnooren) July 10, 2018 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 silverware I hope it not means Mane or Salah goes to Madrid now that Ronaldo is of to Juve !!I woulde not make it!!#lfc #ynwa— johan wennberg (@gnidan22) July 10, 2018 tense 2 gameday cracker England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes revealed Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Ronaldo is official , hide Salah now , ffs— JCunha (@JCunha031) July 10, 2018 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Salah enjoyed a breathtaking inaugural season with Liverpool smart causal Hopefully Liverpool can ignore any sort of contact by Real Madrid for our front 3 🤞🏼🤞🏼— Matt (@_lGiddy) July 10, 2018 @LFC please lock Mo Salah in the dressing room https://t.co/NxqnCKe7ny— a rockstar nje (@UnrulyKeamo) July 10, 2018 So Real Madrid are missing a talisman and armed with £105m? Hide Mane, Salah and Firmino. Change their name/ fake injuries, the lot https://t.co/SkB4V71cG5— . (@FourFourOnGlue) July 10, 2018 Ronaldo has completed a move to Juventus which shocked the entire footballing world predicted How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Paris Saint-German duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are rumoured to be high on Real’s transfer shortlist, while Eden Hazard, the Chelsea forward, and Mohamed Salah of Liverpool are also known targets.Salah, the Egypt international, penned a new contract with Liverpool earlier this month on the back of the best debut season in Premier League history, and perhaps the best campaign enjoyed by any player since the top flight was rebranded in 1992. @PeterMooreLFC HIDE SALAH! DONT ANSWER THE PHONE IF ITS A MADRID DIAL CODE!— Jordan Gaynor (@JordanGaynor) July 10, 2018 Most read in Premier League Live from Melwood as news breaking that Cristiano Ronaldo is indeed leaving Real Madrid.#LFC pic.twitter.com/qmunTj3JcS— Dennis Carlsson🔴📎 (@11DennisC) July 10, 2018 He scored a remarkable 44 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions, as Liverpool reached the Champions League final, while he was also named PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year. latest Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence predicted Never thought he would leave Madrid to go there. Watch this start a massive transfer merry go round. Mane and Salah will have some of our fans flapping now. https://t.co/CyrCUBxqY2— Frannyjc (@frannyjc) July 10, 2018 Salah or Mane be going to Real looks like, a big thunder coming our way #LFC— Raz,LFC (@raz2fast) July 10, 2018 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas ALTERED Understandably, Salah earned admiration from across Europe, and now might be the time Real turn their interest into a formal bid for the superstar.This has caused concern amongst the Anfield faithful, who do not want to see another key player make the move from Merseyside to Spain after Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho joined Barcelona in recent years.Liverpool’s supporters took to Twitter to discuss Ronaldo’s move potentially leading to Salah’s exit, and we collect a selection of the best reaction below… 2
2 Celtic are in Pot Two for the Europa League draw, which takes place at midday on Friday August 31 2 Meanwhile, Rangers battled through the qualifying stages of Europe’s secondary competition and made it to the group phase.Their UEFA Club Coefficients place Celtic in Pot Two, while Rangers sit in Pot Four, but who can they draw from the other pots? Celtic’s Best-Case Scenario:Pot One: Red Bull SalzburgPot Two: CelticPot Three: QarabagPot Four: DudelangeRangers’ Best-Case Scenario:Pot One: Red Bull Salzburg Pot Two: AstanaPot Three: QarabagPot Four: Rangers Latest Europa League News Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Celtic and Rangers will both be representing Scotland in Europe this season.Brendan Rodgers’ side were beaten in Champions League qualifying by AEK Athens and so dropped into the 2018/19 Europa League. on target Rangers are in Pot Four for the Europa League draw, Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg appear the best draw from Pot One (Anderlecht would also be suitable). They were beaten by Red Star Belgrade in Champions League qualifying.Kazakh champions Astana are one of the weakest from Pot Two (though Rapid Vienna are another option). They were beaten by Dinamo Zagreb in Champions League qualifying.Azerbaijani champions Qarabag are a lesser side from Pot Three (alongside Malmo and Standard Liege). They were beaten by BATE Borisov in Champions League qualifying.Luxembourg champions Dudelange seem to be the smallest of the minnows in Pot Four (although you can quite frankly take your pick, excluding Rangers and Rosenborg). They were beaten by MOL Vidi in Champions League qualifying.
BOSTON — The champagne had a brief wait and a short trip after the New York Yankees clinched the East at Fenway Park. A day later, across the diamond, the Boston Red Sox joined their long-time rivals in the playoffs. “Both of these teams went through a lot this year,” said Curt Schilling, who shut the Yankees down long enough for the Red Sox to win 10-1 on Sunday and grab the wild-card berth. “To be where we are says as much about the people as it does about the talent.” Reigning World Series MVP Manny Ramirez hit a three-run homer and also threw out Derek Jeter from the outfield to put Boston in the playoffs for a franchise-record third consecutive year. The Red Sox open on Tuesday at Chicago with Matt Clement facing Jose Contreras. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 New York’s loss meant it will start the postseason Tuesday in Anaheim rather than at home against the Angels. Schilling (8-8) held the Yankees scoreless for five innings; by that time, the Cleveland Indians had lost 3-1 to the Chicago White Sox and assured Boston of the last playoff spot. The outfield message boards posted matching congratulations — one for the Red Sox and one for the Yankees, who celebrated in Fenway Park’s visitor’s clubhouse on Saturday after clinching the East. “That’s got to be a first, huh?” New York general manager Brian Cashman said. “Two teams playing each other, clinching in the same stadium.” The Red Sox and Yankees each finished the year 95-67, although the Fenway scoreboard listed them alphabetically, with Boston ahead of New York. But the Yankees actually took the division title because they beat the Red Sox 10-9 in the season series. “Co-division champs. That’s what I’m calling it,” Red Sox owner John Henry said. “I can understand why there isn’t (a playoff), but frankly, I would have liked to have had one. It would have been nice to settle the division championship.” The Angels also finished 95-67 and earned the home-field advantage against the Yankees because they won the season series 6-4. Cleveland’s game ended when Jason Varitek was at bat in the bottom of the fifth. Red Sox management hugged in their box seats next to the field, and Henry passed the word along to the dugout. After Varitek singled, the Fenway video screen showed a shot of the manual scoreboard at the base of the Green Monster. The “9” next to the White Sox and Indians score came out, indicating a final, and the sold-out crowd stood and cheered. “In my whole career, I’ve never seen this type of race that you had to wait for the last day,” said David Wells, who will follow Matt Clement in the playoff rotation against the White Sox. “There are so many teams that are involved. You’ve got to smile because we’re in it.” By the time this one was over, the starters were out of the game and the much-anticipated season finale had the look of a spring training game, except for a chill in the air and the anticipation of a possible playoff rematch. “There’s a chance we’ll meet again,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “If it does happen, it’ll be a shootout.” The Red Sox counted down the last three outs with giant numbers on an outfield scoreboard. Many of the fans had left because of the blowout, but they cheered each pitch to Bubba Crosby. When he struck out looking to end the game, the team that dubbed itself the “idiots” last year poured out of the dugout for a mild celebration on the mound. “Even idiots can grow up a little bit,” Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said. “It should be a bit more subdued. The first celebration should be subdued, and the fourth one should be crazy.” Doug Mirabelli also homered for Boston. He made it 10-1 in the sixth with a three-run shot that bounced off the base of the flagpole that holds the 2004 World Series Champion pennant. The Red Sox have not repeated as World Series champs since 1915-16. Jaret Wright (5-5) subbed for Mike Mussina, who will start Tuesday against the Angels. Jason Giambi, who has been bothered by back spasms, was the only other New York regular to take the day off. Wright allowed three runs, three hits and five walks in 3 1/3 innings. He left after Bill Mueller homered and Tony Graffanino walked starting a five-run fourth. Johnny Damon singled and, one out later, David Ortiz got his major league-leading 148th RBI. The big hit in the inning came from Ramirez, who even hustled around the bases after his usual pause to watch the ball bounce into the center-field bleachers. It was his 45th homer of the year and matched a career high. He has nine homers and 19 RBIs in his last 12 games. Ramirez threw out Jeter when he tried to stretch a shot off the wall in left into a double in the first inning. Jeter slid head-first into second base and walked off the field gingerly but stayed in the game until the fourth. The Yankees announced he was taken out so he could keep his knee iced as a precaution. “Jeter’s OK,” Torre said. “He was a little gimpy.” The Yankees had a chance to avoid a trip to California after the game, but their victory on Saturday deprived the ballpark of the drama of the winner-take-all playoff on Oct. 2, 1978 — exactly 27 years earlier — that Bucky Dent won with his dramatic home run. Schilling gave up singles to three of the first four hitters, but Jeter was erased on Ramirez’s play and the others were stranded when Hideki Matsui grounded out to first. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!