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Red Sox give 2004 champs another curtain call

Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, having forgotten to buy those cereal box sunglasses to look at the eclipse …

The loudest ovation on Opening Day, 2005, when the 2004 World Series rings were distributed, went to Dave Roberts, whose stolen base in Game 4 of the ALCS kept the Red Sox alive. Now the Dodgers manager, with a game Tuesday night in Minnesota, Roberts will need to conjure some magic – or charter a fast plane – to be at Fenway in the early afternoon and Minneapolis in the early evening.

All members of the 2004 Red Sox have been invited to the pre-game ceremonies honoring them. The 2024 Red Sox will begin wearing a “49” patch on their jerseys honoring Tim Wakefield and his wife, Stacy, who succumbed to cancer within five months of one another. They’ll wear “49” for the duration of the season …

Kevin Youkilis seems a bit inhibited in his full-time role as NESN’s Red Sox analyst. He isn’t in the best of positions, taking the job formerly held by Jerry Remy and Dennis Eckersley, who set a high standard for mixing analysis, perspective and humor.

During Sunday’s rout of the Angels, he almost got there. As LA pitching coach Barry Enright, No. 84 in your program, trudged out to the mound, Youkilis asked, “Why do coaches need numbers?”

After play-by-play man Dave O’Brien offered an explanation – so they could be identified – Youkilis said, “Just put ‘PC’ on their uniform.” …

UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma managed to keep his anger in check at his post-game press conference when asked about the moving-screen call that body-checked the Huskies out of a spot in the championship game. But he couldn’t keep himself from claiming that there are moving screens on virtually every play, and UConn was called for three or four of them while Iowa was whistled for none.

Auriemma also decried the high expectations for which UConn is judged, based on its complete domination of women’s hoop not-too long ago.

There’s a lingering price to pay for all those championships. …

Ask the Celtics about expectations. In noting their 62nd win of the season Sunday night, it was  also pointed out that five of the nine Celtics teams to win 62 or more games won championships.

Considering that there is more talent on this roster than any other team in the NBA, the season should go down as a failure if the Celtics can’t cash in.