A look back at Dennis and Callahan's 2015 trip to spring training. They visited with Larry Lucchino, Ben Cherington, Xander Bogaerts, John Farrell, Mookie Betts, Joe Kelly, Curt Schilling and Dustin Pedroia.

[0:02:51] ... don't I. Little money it's. Ominous could be. My neighbor second baseman Dustin Pedroia and when you look around the room down there is a look like good World Series caliber team. Yeah without a doubt we have the talent that we have to find a way to put together takes time ...



Dino, Gerry and Kirk are joined by Rob Bradford, Gordon Edes and Steve Buckley to forecast the 2015 campaign.

[0:07:16] ... a way to play. Jacoby Ellsbury and 145 games in 2008 with Coco Crisp still here I think there's still await you could have received your center fielder. And and in and pets play 45 time. ...
[0:14:55] ... and was it Garrett Jones at cleanup. Who's in the freehold Stephen Stephen Drew Brett Gardner somebody. I know you are an awful all Ellsbury had no thought they were right short I don't like this ...
[0:15:57] ... this. A timer too before it's Toronto. Exactly yeah. Having picked up Russell Martin's having picked up Donaldson. You know you eat you do have burly and Dicky in that rotation. To give it some veteran ...
[0:17:56] ... McKee bids Brock coal and noticed no will be nobody else it's Hanley Ramirez you'll let me show what's up with his team about this in thirteen innings that you see the hockey game once I ...






Pedroia joins the guys in Fort Myers to look at the upcoming season and his health entering the spring.

[0:00:03] ... park joining us here at the broadcast center my neighbor second baseman. Dustin Pedroia ate dust and you do it first time and draw off season you've got a normal completely normal offseason. Yes yes absolutely ...
[0:05:18] ... yeah. When you look around the room down there isn't the clicker World Series caliber team you know without a doubt we have the talent to do that. We've we have to find a way to ...
[0:07:58] ... club what's new guys on the road team miss like you'd the United Nations down a little different languages. How does that process work itself out of the courses spring training. You know what once we ...
[0:10:33] ... helping can George break we'll see wanna get up north are at Dustin Pedroia with Dennis and Callahan had minicamp at spring training were great back. ...






Dino, Gerry and Kirk share some more stories from their wild nights in Fort Myers and they also mix in a little baseball.

[0:00:22] ... personality exactly. It's looking beautiful breakfast awesome bacon. Out right bagel Aiken Sam Adams at pine apple. And city next to me is eating dry frosted flakes of it didn't stand for god sake. Matter with ...
[0:09:00] ... Tough decision well I could I think. I wish I listen to Doug. Weight is that these broadcasts pathetic is that they'll handle. Alicia Adams and it was a storm it was a freight train wreck. ...
[0:12:00] ... Dino really crazy degrees today if you know why is Jerry Q Brian Williams and bill Iran they have you know I tried to throw torso like you know. Can steer our bats that shot up ...
[0:18:10] ... he struck out four of them. Including David Ortiz. Our Hanley Ramirez Mike Napoli and Zander Bogart's. It gave my confidence a big boost he said that's pretty good day. Not bad not bad in the ...






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:
NBA: Jazz at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Lakers at Heat, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Providence at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Central Florida at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: La Salle at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Houston at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: USC at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: TCU at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Cincinnati at Tulsa, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Oregon at Oregon State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: San Diego State at UNLV, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Rangers at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Phillies at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Women, United States vs. Norway, 2 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Premier League, Chelsea at West Ham, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Alex Rodriguez is set to play his first spring training game Wednesday, marking his return to the majors after his one-year suspension that cost him the entire 2014 season.

“I’ll be a little nervous,” Rodriguez admitted. “I haven’t been in front of my — our — fans for a long time. I’m excited about that. I have some challenges ahead.”

Added Rodriguez: “I am excited for [Wednesday]. I’m not sure how ready, but I’ll give it a shot.”

The Yankees are anticipating about 9,000 fans for the game, and it’s unclear what kind of reaction Rodriguez will get. Manager Joe Girardi said he expects the Tampa crowd to support him.

“He was caught. He paid his time, and now he’s back, and he’s a Yankee and we’re going to cheer for him,” Girardi said. “Some people are going to say, ‘You know what, I might have a hard time cheering for him,’ And some people are just fans and they fall in love with a player, and no matter what they do, it doesn’t matter.”

— The Panthers, chasing the Bruins for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, found themselves scrambling for a goalie during Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.

Following injuries to starter Roberto Luongo and backup Al Montoya, the team considered having center Derek MacKenzie play as management contacted the league office to sign an emergency contract with 41-year-old goaltending consultant Robb Tallas, who last played an NHL game in 2001.

“It’s rare. Doesn’t happen very often,” Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. “You’re in constant communication with the league to do the right thing, and you have to have him be legal and it has to be cleared by central registry.

“It’s hard to do that at 11 o’clock or 10:30 at night. … If we couldn’t get him cleared, it would have had to be a player.”

In the end, Montoya remained in the game for about 10 minutes after his third-period injury, and then Luongo, who had changed into street clothes after being replaced during the first intermission, put his gear back on and finished the game.

“We’re playing a pretty good game, and all of a sudden, boom, boom, you lose two goalies real quick,” Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. “Fortunately for us, both of them were able to return and play some of the game, and Robbie [Tallas] didn’t have to go in there. But there was a lot of confusion going on.”

— Josh Smith is an Atlanta native who played nine seasons for the Hawks, but he’s not very welcome in his hometown anymore — at least based on the reaction of fans at Philips Arena on Tuesday night.

Smith, who was criticized for his shot selection during his time with the Hawks, was loudly booed whenever he touched the ball in Houston’s 104-96 loss.

“Those fans are fickle, very fickle and bandwagoners,” Smith said afterward. “It really doesn’t mean anything to me.”

Atlanta, the surprise team in the East, is averaging more than 17,000 fans per game, far more than when Smith was a polarizing figure there.

“I’d been here for nine years and all I did was positive things in the community and with the basketball team,” Smith insisted.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 4, 1984, which standout Red Sox catcher from the 1930s was chosen for the Hall of Fame by the veterans committee?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Guys can get in the mix at any time. Just because it’s the first game doesn’t mean anything. We’ll all mix in and get good opportunities. The main thing is getting reps.” Red Sox manager John Farrell, on Mookie Betts starting over Rusney Castillo in the team’s first spring training exhibition of the season Wednesday in Fort Myers, Fla.

STAT OF THE DAY: 24,508 – Career points for LeBron James, who moved into 21st place on the NBA’s all-time list after scoring 27 points in the Cavaliers110-79 victory over the Celtics on Tuesday night

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Ducks goalie Frederik Anderson makes a diving save on Coyotes forward Martin Erat.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Rick Ferrell

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Chris Rea was born on this day in 1951.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We discuss Curt Schilling's outing of the internet trolls who thought rape jokes were appropriate to direct at his daughter, and we discuss it with you, on how this isn't just a sports issue, it's a societal issue.

[0:00:24] ... not better but it's illegal. The lead up against the law and. Curt Schilling who was on this morning width Dennis and Callahan with men hand. This whole thing exploded yesterday when now when Kurt posted ...
[0:01:05] ... never seen a more clinically Visser ration of Twitter trolls than what Curt Schilling undertook yesterday it did its textbook. I don't know how you could do it more effectively and and better than he did it. Yeah I mean you know this is. This is something that and we we talk but this. Prolonged time we talked about yesterday when you're here we talked about it this morning. A before the show that this. Maybe not to the Curt Schilling level. But this is this just in the atmosphere. This is in the atmosphere right now. With the way. The way people. ...
[0:02:52] ... as if this wild west. Wild west world Internet doesn't exist but. Curt Schilling and what was it his his defense of his daughter admirable sure that no problem with that. If you if you look ...
[0:03:56] ... a seventeen year old girl here no matter what you think of Curt Schilling and people don't like he's a polarizing. A figure I understand that. Some people like them some people hate them I understand ...






We discuss Curt Schilling's outing of the internet trolls who thought rape jokes were appropriate to direct at his daughter, and we discuss it with you, on how this isn't just a sports issue, it's a societal issue.

[0:00:24] ... not better but it's illegal. The lead up against the law and. Curt Schilling who was on this morning width Dennis and Callahan with men hand. This whole thing exploded yesterday when now when Kurt posted ...
[0:01:05] ... never seen a more clinically Visser ration of Twitter trolls than what Curt Schilling undertook yesterday it did its textbook. I don't know how you could do it more effectively and and better than he did it. Yeah I mean you know this is. This is something that and we we talk but this. Prolonged time we talked about yesterday when you're here we talked about it this morning. A before the show that this. Maybe not to the Curt Schilling level. But this is this just in the atmosphere. This is in the atmosphere right now. With the way. The way people. ...
[0:02:52] ... as if this wild west. Wild west world Internet doesn't exist but. Curt Schilling and what was it his his defense of his daughter admirable sure that no problem with that. If you if you look ...
[0:03:56] ... a seventeen year old girl here no matter what you think of Curt Schilling and people don't like he's a polarizing. A figure I understand that. Some people like them some people hate them I understand ...






We check in on the Patriots off-season with ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss. Mike updates us on Revis, McCourty, Wilfork and more.

[0:05:38] ... that's with the team want to remind me a little bit. A Randy Moss. In 2007 after that big year he had remember he was a free agent they could have put the tag on him ...
[0:09:10] ... over two really big decisions the patriots have to make one. When Vince Wilfork and two I think right after would Jerod Mayo where do you think those negotiations are gonna go. They had this little ...
[0:10:32] ... who historically spend craze really in free agency and I see. Hello Oakland Raiders meet Ndamukong Suh do you see that happen in. I concede that I concede that they have to spend it you just because they they spent the last two years sort of clearing their captain. That would be sort of one guy to build around to pick about the new coach Jack Del Rio is in food shortage is tight the guy. The builder I think the colts could be another interesting one. From the sense. ...





We check in on the Patriots off-season with ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss. Mike updates us on Revis, McCourty, Wilfork and more.

[0:05:38] ... that's with the team want to remind me a little bit. A Randy Moss. In 2007 after that big year he had remember he was a free agent they could have put the tag on him ...
[0:09:10] ... over two really big decisions the patriots have to make one. When Vince Wilfork and two I think right after would Jerod Mayo where do you think those negotiations are gonna go. They had this little ...
[0:10:32] ... who historically spend craze really in free agency and I see. Hello Oakland Raiders meet Ndamukong Suh do you see that happen in. I concede that I concede that they have to spend it you just because they they spent the last two years sort of clearing their captain. That would be sort of one guy to build around to pick about the new coach Jack Del Rio is in food shortage is tight the guy. The builder I think the colts could be another interesting one. From the sense. ...