Producer Ken Laird reads the Wednesday news headlines for Minihane & Tanguay to react to, with no surprise Donald Trump back as the top story. Michael Phelps is also discussed.
Tanguay & Minihane talk about the Patriots injuries to Julian Edelman and Rob Ninkovich. Gary thinks the spin control is out and things are worse than they appear by the news stories.
It's just Minihane and Tanguay in studio with John & Gerry on extended vacation; the guys discuss the Dino situation as well as why Gary's babysitter recently quit.

 

 

 

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I begin with a semi-serious question: Is Nate Ebner fast becoming the star of the Olympics?

Sure, Michael Phelps is getting most of the attention. Yes, the U.S. women’s gymnastics team just got done mopping the mat with the rest of the world. But if we’ve learned anything about the Olympics it’s that if you’re freakishly athletic and focus your entire life on one specialty niche sport, you can dominate it. Even over several Olympics. Michael Phelps won in Beijing, he won in London, he’s winning in Rio and if you bet against him coming back for Tokyo and winning some more, then you haven’t been paying attention. And while it’s harder in gymnastics, the U.S. managed to land five girls in that sweet spot between being too young and too old over a span of four years. Unlike the Chinese, who sent a collection of 10-year-olds with fake IDs.

Nate Ebner is an entirely different story altogether. A folk hero with a full-time job completely unrelated to what he’s competing at in Rio. Not only that, but he’s kicking international ass. On Tuesday he recorded some touchdown-looking thingy called a “try,” almost shattered a man into a million pieces with a blindside hit, and got into a semi-fight after a guy stood over his teammate. Call it the Nate Ebner Hat Trick.

Ebner has made such an impression that no less a voice of reason than Scott van Pelt of The Ministry of Propaganda ESPN got all emotional about “Defending the Wall” and how rooting for Ebner is everything that’s right about America:

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I honestly had no interest in having a member of any Boston team risking his health and his career to attend that big, worldwide summer camp in Brazil. But now that Nate Ebner is making America proud, I admit I could not have been more wrong.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

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: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Phillies at Dodgers, 3 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Indians at Nationals, 6 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: U.S. Open Cup semifinal, FC Dallas at Galaxy, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Olympics: Men’s water polo, United States vs. France, 10:40 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s rugby, United States vs. Fiji, 12:30 p.m. (USA Network)
Olympics: Women’s volleyball, United States vs. Serbia, 1 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s basketball, United States vs. Serbia, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Women’s field hockey, United States vs. Japan, 4 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s basketball, United States vs. Australia, 6 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Swimming, 9 p.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

Terry Francona

Terry Francona

— On the same day Giants manager Bruce Bochy was released from a Miami hospital after spending a night under observation with an undisclosed illness, Indians manager Terry Francona left his team’s game against the Nationals after suffering chest pains while conducting his pregame session with the media.

“I don’t think I’m having a heart attack,” Francona told reporters when he started feeling uncomfortable. “If I’m having one, just don’t take my answers if they’re bad answers.”

Francona, whose medical history includes two pulmonary embolisms, remained at Nationals Park for the start of the game after being examined by stadium medical personnel and saying he was feeling better. Although he complained of dizziness and sweats, the 57-year-old former Red Sox boss was spotted in the dugout while bench coach Brad Mills ran the team, then he went back to his hotel room.

“We really haven’t talked to him, yet, and I really don’t know,” Mills said after the game when asked about Francona’s status. “He started feeling ill and I know the doctors checked him out and so forth, and they just felt it would be better for him to probably go back to the hotel. And he did.

“Knowing him, he was probably really agonizing during the game. But I think he’s doing fine, hopefully. We’ll see how it works out for tomorrow.”

Mills, who guided the AL Central-leading Indians to a 3-1 victory in the interleague affair, said the team was encouraged by Francona’s demeanor after his examination.

“Everybody cares about him,” Mills said. “Everybody likes him. I think it was good that they were able to see him at least walk from the training room to his office. I think that really helped.”

Meanwhile, Bochy, 61, did not share the reason for his visit to the hospital after returning to manage his team Tuesday night. He underwent a procedure in February 2015 to insert two stents to aid his heart, and he had arthroscopic left shoulder surgery shortly before spring training.

“I’m back at work,” Bochy said in a text message to The Associated Press.

— Prince Fielder’s career is in jeopardy as the Rangers slugger is not expected to receive clearance from doctors to play again after his second neck surgery, according to reports out of Texas.

Fielder, who had a cervical fusion on July 29 to repair a herniation between two disks in his neck — and he had a similar procedure two years earlier — will discuss the situation with the media Wednesday.

The 32-year-old has played 12 seasons, batting .289 and hitting 319 home runs — the same total as his father, Cecil Fielder. He’s hitting a career-low .212 this season with eight home runs and 44 RBIs in 89 games.

Fielder is signed through 2020, making $24 million per season.

— The agent for Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson denied a report that his client is facing a 10-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, but apparently it’s only because Johnson is appealing the ban.

“We are aware that a member of the media has started a rumor that Lane Johnson will be suspended for a PED violation,” agent Ken Sarnoff said in a statement. “Lane has not been suspended and any report to the contrary is false. None the less we will not comment on my client’s protected health information.”

According to Fox Sports, Johnson said he took an approved amino acid, but he tested positive for a banned peptide.

The No. 4 pick in the 2013 draft, Johnson was suspended four games in 2014 for a similar violation. The 26-year-old signed a five-year, $52.25 million contract extension in February.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 10, 1999, which Red Sox pitcher tied a major league record by striking out four batters in one inning vs. the Royals?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “My personal reaction was it was offensive and, to me, kind of appeared racially insensitive. I just had a bad reaction.” — Red Sox president Sam Kennedy, on the David Ortiz bobbleheads that were supposed to be distributed to fans before Tuesday’s game

STAT OF THE DAY: 21 — Gold medals for swimmer Michael Phelps, after he won the 200-meter butterfly and was part of the Americans’ 200 freestyle relay championship team Tuesday night at the Rio Games

‘NET RESULTS: With the Mariners trailing by a run in the 15th inning they rally for two runs, capped by Mike Zunino’s walk-off sacrifice fly, to beat the Tigers.

Nationals center fielder Ben Revere races to the wall and makes an impressive leaping catch against the Indians.

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton breaks his bat but still hits the ball to the base of the wall in left field for a double against the Giants.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tim Wakefield

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Bobby Hatfield, half of the Righteous Brothers with Bill Medley, was born on this day in 1940.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Minihane and Tanguay are joined by Tara Gelsomino of Crimson Romance, who claims she and her company are considering publishing Gary Tanguay's erotic writings under his pseudonym Taray Garrison.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are joined by Sports Medicine Doctor and Orthopedic Surgeon to the Pros, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care. Dr. Gill discusses Rob Ninkovich's triceps injury, Julian Eldeman's foot, and other health issues.

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