Boston Marathon survivor Jeff Bauman joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday to discuss his book “Stronger”€ and the upcoming race. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Boston Marathon survivor Jeff Bauman joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday to discuss his book “Stronger”€ and the upcoming race. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Jeff Bauman is back in the spotlight with his new book and the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Jeff Bauman is back in the spotlight with his new book and the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

One day after the first anniversary of the attacks at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, Bauman became a New York Times best-selling author for his memoir.

“It kind of put me back there laying on the sidewalk,” Bauman said of co-writing the book with Bret Witter. “It’€™s tough to talk about the details and the smells and the sounds, but at least I can talk about it.

“Yesterday I was thinking Boston and I have a million and terrorists are zero. We’€™re killing them. They did absolutely nothing. They just — they did do a horrible thing — but it didn’t accomplish anything. People aren’t scared, and we’ve just grown stronger and become more positive and now we have tighter security and I, really, I’€™m just grateful and proud of our city and the support has been unreal. I do look at it. I think about it every day.”

Bauman said that he does not think about what he could have done differently on the day of the attacks.

“I’€™m just living my life,” Bauman said. “I was there having fun and it was great time. It was my first marathon, and you know it’s not going to be my last. I was there supporting my girlfriend, who is now my fiancee, and I wouldn’t change where I was.

“I was there living my life and supporting someone I love, and I was there with friends and great people around me besides that one kid. I don’€™t look at the past like that, I look forward.”

Bauman added that when crowds line Boylston Street on April 21 for the 2014 Boston Marathon, he will be in attendance.

“I’€™m gong to be right around that area,” Bauman said. “I’€™m not too good in crowds — I’€™m not scared of them or anything — it’€™s just my prosthetics. With my prosthetics I’m not too good with getting in between people. I definitely want to be there, and just be around that atmosphere and show people that, you know, we’re not scared. I’m not frightened. I know we had another scare the other day, but I didn’t even think twice about not going, and I’ll definitely be there on Monday.”

Following are more highlights from the interview.

On the physical challenges of the last year: “Definitely the prosthetics. When I first started to stand, I knew it was going to be tough just from the time I stood up and really challenged my legs — what was left of my legs. That’s been the hardest physical part is just getting my legs into shape and desensitized enough that I can wear my prosthetics for a length of time and then after that it’€™s like more of a cardio thing. Kind of like endurance — building up my leg strength and my whole body strength to keep my legs on all day and it’€™s really tough to do, but now I can keep my legs on all day.”

On what encouraged him to keep going: “I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about these two kids at all. Finding some strength to get through some stuff, I look at the other survivors. When I see everyone else doing great, it is amazing. That kind of fuels my fire and not anger. I don’t hold grudges against people. It’s more about a love and seeing people doing great and positive vibes.”

Blog Author: 
Meredith Perri
Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy joined the show to discuss the state of the Sox and MLB.
Jeff Bauman joined the show to discuss his recovery over the past year.
The guys opened the show by discussing the Sox 14th inning win over the White Sox.

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Braves at Phillies, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL playoffs: Flyers at Rangers, 7 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Wild at Avalanche, 9:30 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Onetime Patriots receiver Chad Johnson is in Florida, working out with the Montreal Alouettes in an attempt to make the Canadian Football League team, and by all accounts, he’s off to a good start.

“He’s in great shape,” Alouttes general manager Jim Popp said. “He wants to play and we’ll see how things are.”

 

The 36-year-old Johnson, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, last appeared in the NFL with the Patriots in 2011. After an unimpressive season in New England, he attempted to make the Dolphins the following preseason but was cut one day after being charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.

“I just want to get back to doing something that I love to do, regardless of where it is,” he said. “Montreal, flag football, back in the street the way I grew up. I just want to play football.”

The average CFL salary is about $85,000, but Ochocinco said he isn’t concerned about the finances.

“I don’t even need a check,” he said. “Didn’t I give it all away for 12 years straight? Think about it. Did I ever care about money when I played throughout my career? Still don’t. I want to have fun. I want to enjoy the game. That’s it.”

Lamar Odom, out of the NBA this season after highly publicized personal troubles last fall, signed with the Knicks and will begin training at the team’s practice facility under new Knicks president Phil Jackson‘s watch.

Odom helped Jackson’s Lakers win NBA titles in 2009 and ’10 and was the league’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2011, Jackson’s final year on the bench.

Odom, a native of nearby Queens, played for the Clippers last season but averaged only 4.0 points in about 20 minutes per game. He played two games for a team in Spain this season.

Meanwhile, coach Mike Woodson‘s future remains in question, with speculation mounting that he will not return for the final year of his contract.

“Unfortunately, this year just didn’t go according to plan,” Woodson said before Wednesday’s season finale against the Raptors. “So is it fair to let me go? I don’t think so, but again, I don’t make that decision. That’s got to come from the top.”

– Longtime Bucks owner Herb Kohl announced Wednesday that he’s selling the team to New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for almost $550 million, with the understanding that the team will remain in Milwaukee.

“I wasn’t going to live forever,” the 79-year-old Kohl said at a press conference. “I’ve approached a time in my life where I have to think about … how do we think about succession.”

Kohl, who bought the Bucks for $18 million in 1985, said he would donate $100 million toward the building of a new arena for the team, with the new owners proving the same. The team’s current home, the Bradley Center, opened in 1988.

“We should be shouting from the rooftops because this is a game-changer for this entire debate,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.

The Bucks, last in the NBA, took a 15-66 record — a franchise worst — into Wednesday night’s season finale against the Hawks.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 17, 1969, which Red Sox rookie followed up his two-home run effort the day before with another home run, giving him home runs for his first three major league hits, a team record?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’€™re hopeful. I have some ideas and some plans that I’€™d like to do, but there’€™s just no guarantee that we can do it. We need to find good trading partners. We always are trying to make fireworks every summer. We try to do something that’€™s unique and special, and we will definitely try this summer.” — Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, speaking before Wednesday’s season finale, on possible moves this offseason

STAT OF THE DAY: 15 – Walks issued by White Sox pitchers in the Red Sox’ 6-4 victory in 14 innings Wednesday night

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): In a promo for the movie “Neighbors,” actor Seth Rogen gives Aaron Rodgers props for being in State Farm commercials and is surprised to learn he’s also a quarterback.

University of Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman shows us what he sees on the field as he wears a camera on his helmet during his team’s spring game.

UC Irvine 7-foot-6 basketball player Mamadou Ndiaye throws out the first pitch before an Anteaters baseball game, then carries the catcher off the field like he’s a little boy.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Billy Conigliaro

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Michael Sembello was born on this day in 1954.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed Jenny McCarthy's engagement.

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We discuss the Red Sox early season woes with manager John Farrell, as well as his views and faith in MLB's new instant replay system, and the continuity in the Sox outfield.

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We discuss the Red Sox early season woes with manager John Farrell, as well as his views and faith in MLB's new instant replay system, and the continuity in the Sox outfield.

[0:04:01] ... dodge a ball whether to hear from an injury perspective with both Dustin Pedroia and -- you are. Yeah I think so you know I you know that there are some short term situation that we've ...
[0:06:25] ... particular physical look at shortstop as -- -- operational. When I -- Jake Peavy -- forty pitch inning for your early in last night's game I would've given zero chance he would have gotten it through ...
[0:09:19] ... some stability at the lead off positioning your batting order and is Grady Sizemore at least closing to the point physically where that could happen. It's cool it yet and I would -- actually -- spot. ...
[0:10:06] ... a reason for doing everything from shore but the numbers suggest that Dustin Pedroia as a lead off guy. Is not so good what's the what's the reason for putting him. You know like Michael that ...