With all the questions swirling around the Red Sox in the aftermath of their historic collapse, baseball Hall of Famer Peter Gammons compared it to other similar downfalls. "It may never be the same," he said. "I was thinking about the 2007 Mets who were never the same. The 1995 Angels who blew a comparable lead and by the middle of the next season Marcel Lachemann was gone and there was total change in the franchise. The '64 Phillis were never the same. Gene Mauch was hearing about the '64 Phillies when he was 75 years old. You wonder a little bit."
First, the Sox must address manager Terry Francona who has two options years on his contract that the club needs to exercise in the 10 days following the end of the season. "I think what they have to do immediately is clear up whether or not Tito's option is going to be picked up," Gammons said. "I think everybody needs to know and I think that will entirely be ownership. If it was Theo [Epstein], he'd do it tomorrow."
Ultimately, Gammons believes that Francona will return next season.
As for the now infamous "disconnect" line between Francona and the front office, Gammons explained, "How I got that, just being around, I've been really concerned the last month. I think I was driving him crazy by asking him, 'Are you all right?' healthwise. I felt some disconnection that he kind of felt alone as the team was losing and I felt badly about that. Also you had Theo and Ben [Cherrington] working so hard trying to do things and get players and so forth, I really sensed that Tito was kind of out on his own island. It wasn't like a get rid of the manger statement. I do think there's a disconnect and a better word is distance. I think they've tried to address it and I think will be the best thing moving forward."
The Sox will also have to make a decision on Epstein who has one year left on his contract.
"Ownership has to sit down with Theo, OK what do you really want?" Gammons said. "He's got another year on the contract. I think it's been fairly clear that they want him here and after next year they can decide exactly what he does when his contract's up. Are he and [executive vice president/chief operating officer] Sam Kennedy going to be sort of co-CEO's? Nobody seems to know. I think that has to be cleared up."
Gammons does think the team will make changes to the coaching staff and that the team will try to move John Lackey, possibly for a similarly bad contract like Barry Zito or Carlos Zambrano, although Gammons acknowledged neither option was appealing.
"It's going to be hard to bring John Lackey back," Gammons said. "I'm not saying that I don't think he can ever pitch again. I just think it would be hard in Boston. I'm not sure John is ever going to fit in Boston again. I understand how upset he is but I think it's going to be hard for fans to warm up to him again."
Finally, Gammons also said the team needs to get the Carl Crawford they thought they were getting.
"Somehow they have to immediate address getting Carl Crawford's head back," Gammons said. "He clearly lost every bit of his confidence. That sliding catch that he missed twice in four days, those are things that he would do in his backyard 40 times a day. It's something he'd never think about. They need him very badly. They have to find a way to get to him this winter and they have also to figure out who's going to be healthy on that pitching staff."
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Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Rob Bradford is joined by Lou Merloni to talk life in spring training, his toiletries, sleeping arrangements, and facing off with Red Sox personnel that he might have been critical of. Rob and Lou also get into the dynamic of electronic and print media when it comes to ripping the Red Sox.
Pete, Bradford, and Tomase are talking all about the Boston Red Sox, who opened spring training on Monday with pitchers and catchers reporting. They talk about what the Red Sox approach at the plate will be to replace the loss of David Ortiz bat, the impact of some players participating in the WBC, and of course the pitching rotation.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
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Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Milo is done after advocating for pedophilia. The guys dive into the Red Sox roster.
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President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski joins Kirk and Gerry in Fort Myers.
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The guys acknowledge that the Green-teamers will defend Danny whether he makes a move or not.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the C's lack of moves at the NBA trade deadline and try and figure out why, and what is the next best opportunity for the Celts to make a move?
Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss the comments made by Dave Dombrowski on K&C this morning concerning John Farrell and his in-game management.
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