Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was a guest of the Mut & Merloni show on Thursday. Saltalamacchia hit his 13th homer of the season in Wednesday's 15-5 win over the Marlins and is now viewed as a legitimate candidate to make his first All-Star team.
"It'd be awesome," Saltalamacchia said when asked about possibly being selected to the All-Star team. "Every player wants that, but obviously our first goal is to make the playoffs and the World Series and win it. As a personal goal, yeah, I'd love to go to the All-Star Game. It would be a fun experience for me and it would kind of prove to myself where I'm at in my career and where I was four or five years ago."
Saltalamacchia was asked for his thoughts on Buster Olney's ESPN report earlier this week that stated there was a "toxic" atmosphere in the Red Sox clubhouse.
"I don't know where that's coming from, as far as the clubhouse is concerned," Saltalamacchia said. "The guys have been as positive as we can be, pulling for each other … I don't really see it, I don't understand it. I've been in a bunch of different clubhouses with a bunch of different managers and a bunch of different players and there is no different feeling than it was anywhere else."
Saltalamacchia did admit to some clubhouse tension last September, but pointed to the epic collapse as a learning lesson for the team this season.
"It's totally different. What we went through last year in September is nothing like anything anyone's ever been through," Saltalamacchia said. "Comparing those two, it's not even close. I think it's probably a good thing we did go through that because it kind of helped us at the beginning of the year to get back on track, helped us realize that it happened and that it is over and done with."
The playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin checks in and helps us set the stage for Broncos and Patriots this Sunday in Foxboro.
Kyle Arrington, filing in for Devin MCcourty, previews Pats-Broncos
Adam Schefter, ESPN Insider, joins the guys to talk Pats-Broncos, Brady-Manning and the rest of the NFL.
Its time to start the season for the Celtics! We talk about the things we like about the Celtics and the things we dont like very much. Plus Sam feels like a jerk for laughing at Julius Randle.
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Mut, Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back and talking not only Red Sox, but MLB Hot Stove. They talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, and take some phone calls about some of the Red Sox potential moves.
Mut, Rob Bradford, and Alex Speier talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. Ben addresses some questions regarding Will Middlebrooks, Rusney Castillo, as well as Yoenis Cespedes' future with the club.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
We discuss the Bruins blown 2 goal lead against the Wild at the Garden and where they go from here with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.
NESN's Andy Brickley joined the show following Boston's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Brick talked about Patrice Bergeron's line getting beat a lot, the Bruins' lack of focus in their 6 losses, and the big blow to the defense with Torey Krug's injury.
Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
Happy birthday Kirk!!!!
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys got dressed up for Kirk's 40th.
MFB and the callers wish a very Happy 40th Birthday to Kirk Minihane
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Dale, Steve DeOssie and Tom E Curran of CSNNE put the final touches on a week of discussion about the upcoming showdown in Foxboro vs. the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
We send out well wishes to our friend and colleague Bob 'Neumy' Neumier
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
The playoffs are here and we are ready! Brad Feldman joins the show to talk about the Revs vs the Crew. We also talk about the newest addition to the MLS.
WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin is joined by Joe Meloni of College Hockey News on the first episode of the College Puckcast. They talk about the wrist injury that will sideline Boston College defenseman Steve Santini until at least January, as well as the good start for Boston University and its star freshman, Jack Eichel. Other topics include fast starts for Vermont and UMass-Lowell and slow starts for Providence and Northeastern.
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