Boston Marathon bombing survivor Marc Fucarile joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Tuesday morning to talk about the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial and what his life is like two years after the tragedy.

Marc Fucarile threw out the first pitch at a game at Fenway Park last year. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Marc Fucarile threw out the first pitch at a game at Fenway Park last year. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Marc Fucarile joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Tuesday morning to talk about the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial and what his life is like two years after the tragedy. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

The Tsarnaev trial is now in the penalty stage, with the jury deciding between life in prison or the death. Fucarile says he goes back-and-forth as to he what he would like to happen.

“To be honest, I don’t know,” Fucarile said. “I really don’t know. I really don’t know what I would do. That is a tough decision they have to make. I kind of sway both ways. I think our death penalty, it’s tough. I think the way we put people down is a little too easy. We actually put dogs down like that because it’s humane. I’m undecided. I think it would be more torturous for him to sit in prison and him being a young man and having to stay there the rest of his life would be pretty torturous.

“But, at the same time, what do you actually have to do in this country to get the death penalty if this guy doesn’t get it? He terrorized the city. Dropped a bomb. Killed little Martin Richard. Killed Lingzi Lu and injured hundreds of people. And executed a cop and went on a wild chase. Hijacked a guy. What do you actually have to do to get the death penalty? That is why I kind of sway both ways. I’m undecided.”

Tsarnaev’s family is now in America as they are witnesses in the case. Taxpayers are funding their trip and accommodations while they are here, which angers many people, including Fucarile.

“I think it’s ridiculous, to be honest,” he said. “I think it’s absolutely absurd. Our country and the people that are even considering that and doing that, signing that paper work should be ashamed. This is a convicted terrorist. He got found guilty on 30 charges. He executed a police officer. Him and his brother. Their rights should be stripped of them.”

Fucarile also had a message for the protestors who have been set up outside the courthouse.

“Those protestors out there — pick another location,” he said. “Go down to City Hall and protest. get away from the front door. ‘€¦ To have to walk by that and deal with that and see that and hear about it, it’s unacceptable in this country. They should be ashamed. Go protest of the stairs of the White House or wherever — City Hall. Wherever they want to go, just get away from the court. We don’t need to hear these people. I understand, but just go somewhere else.”

Fucarile has endured numerous surgeries — to the point he doesn’t even know the exact number. He already has had one leg amputated and is currently in the process of figuring out what will happen to his other leg.

“They are in favor of keeping it unless the pain doesn’t get fixed,” said Fucarile. “If the pain doesn’t get fixed then it’s going to be a big, big decision because if the pain doesn’t go away after a few corrective surgeries then, yeah. The option comes take it off for quality of living and unfortunately in my situation, I was just told pre-op yesterday at the hospital that I would definitely be above the knee — double amputee if I chose that I couldn’t live with it. I deal with other things on the back of my legs that are severely burnt and skin graphed, so it would be pretty difficult for me to get two prosthetics to fit properly without the skin breakdown that I am already enduring on my right leg. I am actually going in for three surgeries on May 5 minimum.”

He said the support he’s received is what keeps him going every day.

“It’s a choice, you just choose to do it,” Fucarile said. “I have a 7-year old boy and a wife, a family and all the support. The support — everybody is supporting you. You don’t want to let them down as well. It’s also a chance and opportunity to encourage others. That’s why you do it.”

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MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 6:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: White Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Mavericks at Rockets, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Spurs at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
Soccer: Premier League, Liverpool at Hull City, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)


Josh Hamilton was welcomed back to Texas after being traded from the Angels to the Rangers on Monday, and the troubled outfielder showed little remorse for his behavior that led to Anaheim giving up on him after two seasons.

Hamilton signed a five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels in 2012 after five consecutive All-Star seasons with the Rangers, including an MVP season in 2010.

“If I could change the past, I would not have left,” Hamilton said at his introductory press conference in Arlington, Texas, on Monday. “But you can only learn from it, and I’ve learned a lot the last couple of years. … I’m excited to be back home. I had a lot of good memories here.”

After two disappointing seasons in Anaheim, Hamilton had shoulder surgery this past offseason and suffered a relapse with drugs and alcohol. However, an arbitrator ruled that Major League Baseball could not discipline Hamilton, frustrating Angels owner Arte Moreno.

On Monday, the Angels reportedly agreed to pay about $68 million of Hamilton’s remaining salary to shed themselves of the problem.

“He knew what the deal was when he signed me. Hands down,” Hamilton said. “He knew what he was getting, what the risks were. Under the [joint drug agreement], it is what it is.”

Hamilton acknowledged his production was disappointing — just 31 home runs in two seasons — but the 33-year-old questioned Moreno’s comment about him not being accountable.

“I have no clue what he is talking about,” Hamilton said. “I showed up every day. Played hard every day I was there. Going into this season, I hadn’t been the player they wanted me to be. But I worked my butt off to be that player this year for the Angels. They just didn’t want it to happen to me for some reason. It doesn’t hurt my feelings, doesn’t make me mad. But I’m prepared.”

The Rangers said Hamilton will reported to extended spring training in Arizona on Tuesday and could return to the majors later in May.

— A fan at Monday night’s Cubs-Pirates game in Chicago was carried out on a stretcher after being hit by a flying bat.

In the seventh inning, Cubs rookie Addison Russell, making his Wrigley Field debut, lost control of the bat on a swing. The bat went into the stands on the third-base side and hit the fan, who started bleeding.

“When the bat was in mid-flight, my mind was screaming, ‘Watch out! Watch out!’ ” Russell said. “I saw the kid’s glasses fly and it wasn’€™t pretty. I feel very bad.”

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, seated nearby, went over to help the fan until paramedics arrived. The team said the fan was conscious and was taken to a nearby hospital.

The incident comes eight days after an incident in Pittsburgh where Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro fouled a ball that hit a fan in the head as she was walking behind the protective screen behind home plate. She was carried out on a stretcher and taken to the hospital, then released after undergoing tests.

“It’s awful, but when you come to the game, please pay attention,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “It’s a crazy game, things fly in the stands and it’s awful. But we all know it can happen.”

— UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones turned himself in to police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Monday night after being sought in connection with a hit-and-run accident Sunday morning.

Jones, the brother of Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, allegedly struck a car driven by a 25-year-old pregnant woman, leaving her with a broken arm and wrist injury.

According to the police report, witnesses said a man fitting Jones’ description left his rented silver SUV after the accident, only to return to the car to grab a “large handful of cash,” which he shoved into his pants before fleeing. Marijuana was found in the car.

Jones, who tested positive for cocaine in December while training for his successful title defense against Daniel Cormer, recently moved full-time to Albuquerque, where his longtime gym, Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA, is based. He is due to fight Anthony Johnson on May 23 in Las Vegas.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 28, 1990, in Game 2 of an Eastern Conference first-round series, the Celtics set NBA single-game postseason records for field goal percentage (.670) and scoring in a 157-128 victory over which opponent?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “What I am saying is, you are the President of the United States of America. You respect the office, and if the man requests you, you show up. And if you don’€™t show up you either be straight up and honest and tell us, ‘€˜You know what? This is why I’€™m not coming.’€™ Or you show up. What you don’€™t do is sit up there and say, ‘a family commitment.’ If it was a family emergency or something along that line, that would be different. I’€™m quite sure the owner, Mr. Robert Kraft, had commitments. I’€™m quite sure coach Bill Belichick, the de facto GM as well, had commitments. They showed up.” – Stephen A. Smith, during a Monday morning appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, explaining his criticism of Tom Brady for missing the Patriots’ White House ceremony last Thursday

STAT OF THE DAY: 7-0 – The Red Sox‘ record in series-opening games this season, following Monday’s 6-5 walkoff win over the Blue Jays

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek makes an incredible stick save on Lightning forward Brian Boyle, although Tampa Bay went on to win.

Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak goes behind the net to play the puck only to see it take a strange bounce right to Capitals forward Jay Beagle, but Halak recovers in time to scramble back into the crease and make a pad save.

Giants right fielder Justin Maxwell dives to make a catch on a sinking liner and save two runs against the Dodgers.

A couple of fans in Cincinnati pay it forward, as an older fan grabs a foul ball and tosses it to a younger man, who in turn throws it to a young boy.

TRIVIA ANSWER: The Knicks, who would come back from a 2-0 deficit to win the best-of-five series

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Ann-Margret was born on this day in 1941.

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The great Marc Fucarile discussed his struggles since he lost his leg two years ago.
Glenn, Gerry and Kirk discussed the riots in Baltimore.
Frank Perullo joined the show to defend his poll.

The Orioles’ game against the White Sox scheduled for Monday night at Camden Yards was postponed less than an hour before game time due to the race-related rioting that gripped Baltimore.

Rioters angered by the death of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died last week while in police custody, looted stores, set buildings and police vehicles on fire and threw rocks and bricks at police. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called in the National Guard and declared a state of emergency, and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ordered a week of curfews.

“We feel like we made the decision that would provide us the greatest possible security in terms of protecting the fans, the players, the umpires, everybody involved in the game,” said MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, who was at the stadium for a previously planned visit. “I don’t know what more I can say about it at this point.”

Protests occurred near the stadium during the Orioles’ series against the Red Sox over the weekend, but on Monday, following Gray’s funeral, the violence escalated.

While police blocked off several streets near the park, Orioles players gathered around a clubhouse television to watch coverage of the violence.

“There’s so many things that go on that you get challenged with, obviously this is a different level,” O’s manager Buck Showalter said. “There’s not a lot of experience with it. … So you try to take each moment as it comes, and I know there were a lot of calls to some guys’ families about making sure they knew what was going on from a safety standpoint. But guys are watching it. They are all aware of what’s going on.”

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Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the struggling Red Sox, in particular the tattered shape of their starting and relief pitching.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the struggling Red Sox, in particular the tattered shape of their starting and relief pitching.