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Derek Jeter says Boston has “gone soft”? Could this possibly be true? If so, I’ll be devastated.
To be clear, I’m all for Captain Intangibles and his ridiculously hot fiancee being free to eat in restaurants in peace. If he ever did get hassled by idiots, they weren’t representing me. I support Massholes, not actual a-holes.
But to his larger point, have we loosened up over the years? I have to confess, I’m a little worried he might have a point. It could just be that Bostonians in general and Red Sox fans in particular have been spoiled by success. That we’re Rocky Balboa in the first two acts of “Rocky III” and we’ve lost the Eye of the Tiger.
Or Eddie Murphy in “Trading Places.” That we’ve gone from begging in the streets and being edgy and hilarious to wearing expensive suits and worrying that our party guests are messing up the antiques.

Back in the dark times, before the 2004 miracle comeback, we used to wonder if part of the appeal of the Red Sox was the fact no one alive had ever seen them win a World Series. And ask that if they did ever win, would they lose some of their appeal. I was asked that in the interview for “Curse of the Bambino” back in 2003. And my answer was, “I don’t know. But try me. Just let them win once, and if I feel all empty and hollow inside, I’ll get back to you. But losing always sucks and I want to know what it feels like to win.”
Three championships later, it could be that we have our answer thanks to an old nemesis. Jeets may be right. I like to think two straight last-place finishes is enough to get us back to our roots. Bring the edge back. But absent a major crisis, an us-against-the-world, Deflategate-like event that galvanizes the fan base, maybe we are softening up. Or, just to complete the movie reference triple play, what Bane said to Bruce Wayne applies to us: Peace has cost us our strength. Victory has defeated us.
I just like to think Jeter is wrong. And on the odd chance I find myself in the same restaurant as him, I might just have to prove it.

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Curt Schilling joined the show to defend himself about his selfish call to OMF yesterday.
Schilling called in to the midday show yesterday, and did 10 minutes with OMF. Kirk is pissed that all the questions that the morning show would have asked, were essentially already addressed.
Kirk and Gerry talk about their first time having sex, and Gary pretends that he doesn't even remember who it happened with.
Lenny Clarke heard Kirk ripping Robert Kraft and called in to defend him.

 

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Leave it to the Patriots to even do Star Wars Day, May the 4th, better than any other team.

I don’t intend for the Pats to get more play on here than the other pro teams in town. I’ve always intended Thornography to be an equal opportunity site. To be a force for good. I want Thornography to be the energy field created by all living things. That surrounds us, protects us and binds the galaxy together.

But I woke up on Star Wars Day and found that only the Patriots had bothered to pay homage to their Geek Culture fans. The Celtics, Bruins and Red Sox all have ignored this most sacred day on the nerd calendar like it was C3PO trying to warn us the Hyperdrive was deactivated. They’re basically treating their audience like a bunch of scruffy looking nerf herders, while the Pats obviously are trained in the ways of the Fourth.

Not to mention, the Patriots have Julian Edelman, the best director this side of J.J. Abrams and the man who gave us the finest Star Wars/sports mashup of all time.

May the Fourth be with you. Always.

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Welcome to Wednesday’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 Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Athletics, 3:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Hawks at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Capitals at Penguins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester City at Real Madrid, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— One of the few brights spot for the Yankees during their three-game weekend sweep at the hands of the Red Sox was Alex Rodriguez, who had two home runs and five RBIs as he showed signs that he was coming out of his early season slump.

As they lost for the sixth straight time Tuesday night — a 4-1 setback vs. the Orioles that dropped them to 8-16 — the Yankees lost Rodriguez as well, as the 40-year-old left after the fifth inning with a sore right hamstring. An “extremely frustrated” Rodriguez is scheduled to have an MRI Wednesday morning.

“It wasn’t a big pop; I’ve done that before in my career,” Rodriguez said (via the New York Daily News). “I’m hopeful for the best. We’ll see how I wake up in the morning.”

Before he was lifted for pinch-hitter, Rodriguez went 0-for-3 to drop his batting average back below the Mendoza line at .194. He had raised it from .145 to .203 by going 6-for-14 over his previous four games against the Rangers and Red Sox.

“I was really excited about coming here to Baltimore and continuing what I started in Texas and Boston,” he said. “Hopefully it’s just a small setback.”

Manager Joe Girardi expressed concern after Rodriguez’s potential absence, after his team went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position against the O’s.

“It’s definitely worrisome,” Girardi said. “If he’s out, someone’s going to have to step up in his place, that’s all. That’s the nature of the game. Hopefully it’s not much and he won’t go on the DL but we’ll see.”

The Yankees, off to their worst start since 1991, are trying to remain positive despite being mired in last place in the American League East.

“We keep showing up and we keep grinding,” Brian McCann said. “This is adversity. This is when you keep pushing forward. We just started May. We have five months to clean it up and play better baseball.”

— The Marlins and Pirates are scheduled to play a two-game series in Puerto Rico at the end of the month, but concerns over the Zika virus might curtail those plans.

Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler, the team’s player representative, said the Miami players became more concerned after attending a seminar on Zika, which is being blamed for a birth defect called microcephaly.

“The information was more shocking to both sides,” Koehler said (via The Associated Press). “Maybe shocking isn’t the correct word, but there was a lot more information and data and numbers thrown our way that we didn’t have.”

Koehler said players were advised to stay in the team hotel as often as possible and cover their skin to protect against mosquitoes that transmit the virus.

“They told people if they had a pregnant spouse, that spouse should not go on the trip,” Koehler added.

MLB is expected to make a decision about the trip by the end of the week.

— Former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield professed his innocence Tuesday after being charged with raping a developmentally delayed woman at his Northern California home last year.

Investigators say Stubblefield interviewed the woman for a babysitting job, then later asked her to return, which is when the incident occurred. Stubblefield said it was a consensual sexual encounter with a mentally competent woman. His lawyers say the woman repeatedly asked for money — and Stubblefield gave her some to help her repair her car.

During a news conference Tuesday, Stubblefield said his is “completely innocent” and “will defend myself with all my strength.”

A three-time Pro Bowler with the Niners in the 1990s, Stubblefield also played for Washington and Oakland and attempted to play a final season with the Patriots in 2004 but did not make it out of training camp.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 4, 1974, which Red Sox rookie infielder tied a major league record when he made three errors in his first game?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Everybody keeps asking me about 2017, what are you going do when David [Ortiz] retires? What are going to do this? My response is, let’s go through 2016 and we’ll worry about that in the wintertime.” — Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, on the future of Pablo Sandoval after the third baseman had surgery on his shoulder

STAT OF THE DAY: 5 — Incorrect non-calls the NBA acknowledged Tuesday were committed by game officials in the final seconds of Monday’s Thunder-Spurs game

‘NET RESULTS: Raptors guard Kyle Lowry drops in a halfcourt buzzer-beater to send Tuesday’s game against the Heat to overtime (Miami would go on to win).

Justin Smoak hits a game-tying home run in the ninth inning for the Blue Jays and then wins it with a walk-off blast in the next inning to beat the Rangers.

Lorenzo Cain lines a hit to center field to cap the Royals’ three-run ninth inning and give them a walk-off win over the Nationals.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Shortstop Rick Burleson

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Nick Ashford, who died in 2011, was born on this day in 1941.

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Jerry Spar
Gary Tanguay and Kirk Minihane start the program without Dennis and Callahan. Gary quickly ticks off Kirk by leading the show in too many directions. The guys settle in talking about Ted Cruz pulling out of the GOP race and Donald Trump's chances to win the presidency.

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We discuss Pablo's surgery, rumors of weight loss and a renewed focus, and ultimately if the Red Sox will be able to get anything from Pablo, be in on the field or via trade.