Tom Terrific and the Pheenom

The first-place Red Sox pin their hopes on the old and the new

In Boston, June brings the traditional end to the basketball and baseball seasons. The normal result is a Celtic triumph and a Red Sox collapse, but there are exceptions: sometimes the Celtics do not win, and every now and then the Red Sox schedule their collapse for July or even August. This year, however, in defiance of memory and common sense, Red Sox fans, those annually jilted romantics, are tempted to hope again. Here it is July, and the first- place Red Sox have not yet folded. Says Sportswriter Peter Gammons: "People are excited right now, but they don't want to...

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