Fenway Park

Doubleheader defined: One ticket, two games

Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, wondering if Celtics management plans to tee it up again this fall with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown their 1-2 punch …

Please forgive this nit-picking, but Saturday’s doubleheader was widely billed as the first scheduled doubleheader at Fenway Park since August of 1978. Yes, it surely was.

But scheduled doubleheaders were then defined as single-admission, with one ticket giving the buyer back-to-back ballgames.

One Sunday in July that season featured a twin bill with the Minnesota Twins. I recall that the Red Sox swept and that Game 2 included one of the greatest ejections of all time.

Mike Cubbage got picked off first by Carlton Fisk … at least that was the call. Cubbage fired his helmet in the general direction of second base and was ejected. Twins manager Gene Mauch made it from the third-base dugout to first in what must have been record time, took his ejection, and stomped back.

Then bats began flying onto the field. Mauch emptied the bat rack.

He barked a few more harsh words from the top step of the dugout before heading to the clubhouse. …

Mac Jones and Bill O’Brien exchanged all sorts of on-the-record pleasantries during the Patriots’ OTAs this week, and Jones is said to be in fine shape and fully grasping the new offense. So far, so good.

In reference to learning O’Brien’s changes in the offense, Jones said, “It’s been really good. It’s been normal.”

Finally, a confirmation that the offense under Matt Patricia really was abnormal. …

In the wake of the Celtics’ awful Game 7, which sent them home and Miami to the NBA Finals, speculation has zeroed in on Jaylen Brown. Does he really want to be here? Should they sign him to a contract extension? Should they trade him in the best deal they hear?

Brown was horrific in Game 7 and not exactly a star through the playoffs. But Jayson Tatum didn’t look like one of the world’s greatest basketball players, either.

If there is a trade to be made that would give the Celtics’ a top-shelf player in the paint, they should make it.

Watching four guys line up around the arc, all ready to launch the next 3, has gotten a bit tiresome.

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