After acquiring Yoenis Cespedes and Rusney Castillo, the Red Sox outfield was considerably upgraded for the 2015 season. But with Miami likely looking to deal Giancarlo Stanton, Lou wants the Sox to go for the best outfield in the majors and says they should trade ANY prospect they have to get him.
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In a little over one full season, Wes Welker has already been diagnosed with three concussions. After years of absorbing big hits in NE, many are thinking that Welker should consider retiring. MFB talks about the hit and what the league could do to prevent more concussions.
The Emmys were held Monday night, and the TV awards show featured joking about lead actor nominee Matthew McConaughey and a tribute to Robin Williams from fellow comedian and close friend Billy Crystal.
“Are we Robin Williamsed out, kind of?” Stearns asked. “Is it sacrilegious to say that?”
“Every magazine at the checkout counter has Robin Williams and has for the last 2 1/2 weeks,” noted Dennis, while expressing appreciation for Williams’ talent.
“Breaking Bad,” the AMC show that ended its run last year, won five awards, including outstanding drama series.
“For how many more years will ‘Breaking Bad’ win Emmys?” Callahan wondered. “Hasn’t it been off the air?”
– Allstate released its annual safe-driving rankings of the nation’s 200 biggest urban areas, and Fort Collins, Colorado, finished first for a fourth time with an per-driver average of 14.2 years between collisions.
Massachusetts’ two biggest cities were at the bottom of the list. Worcester drivers have a collision every 4.3 years, while Bostonians go 4.4 years between crashes.
Washington, D.C., which finished in the bottom spot last year, was third-to-last at 5.1.
“We are — I believe I heard this correctly — 134 percent more likely to get in an accident in Boston,” Dennis said.
Stearns said he’s lived in a few locales across the country, and he’s convinced Boston drivers are the best.
“L.A. drivers are the worst. Detroit drivers drive the fastest on the worst roads. We’re the best drivers, because we’re aggressive as hell, but we tip our hat,” Stearns said. “A guy cut me off this morning at 5:45, John — I was a little late — I tip my hat to the guy. I tip my hat, it was a good move.”
Said Dennis: “See, we deal with rotaries. I don’t think they have rotaries in Michigan. They don’t have rotaries in L.A. That’s part of the problem.”
Added Dennis: “You’re part of the problem, Callahan, you drive like a maniac.”
Responded Callahan: “No, I’m an excellent driver. ‘¦ I haven’t had a fender-bender in 30 years.”
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Twins at Royals, 8 p.m. (FS1)
MLB: Marlins at Angels, 10:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Basketball: Exhibition, Slovenia vs. United States, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Celtic vs. Maribor, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: US Open, 11 a.m. (Tennis Channel), 1 p.m. (ESPN). 7 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
– Former Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who was widely vilified for his role in the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal last year, met with Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith on Monday about the possibility of joining the team. Other reports indicated that there were more interested teams and he was expected to sign with one of them by the end of the week.
Incognito, who has a history of violent behavior on and off the field, reportedly was cleared by the NFL to return to action after being on paid suspension by the Dolphins for the final eight games of the 2013 season. He became a free agent in the offseason.
“If you know my history, I do believe in second chances,” Smith told reporters prior to sitting down with Incognito. “To me, nobody should have a death sentence. If you should, you’re probably in jail.”
Added Smith: “From there, what does it hurt to talk to someone? For me, as we go forward, I’m not holier than thou. I’m going to give everybody the benefit of the doubt until I have information that tells me otherwise. That’s where we are right now. Part of that process is Richie coming in.”
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Some Buccaneers players, including quarterback Josh McCown and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, said they would support management’s decision to bring in Incognito if the player can help the team win. Smith said he wouldn’t take the risk if he thought it would create problems.
“Would I have a football player on our team that I thought would mess up our team chemistry? The answer is no. Simple as that,” Smith said. “But I can’t assume that’s the case. To me, you go through the process. You look and you talk face to face with everybody that’s available. That’s what we’re doing.”
– One day after meeting with Jets officials following a 48-hour disappearance and apparently claiming his absence was justified, veteran cornerback Dimitri Patterson was suspended indefinitely by the team.
“Obviously, Dimitri felt he acted appropriately, but until we discussed it [Sunday] night, you don’t understand,” general manager John Idzik said, “And, to be honest, we’re still trying to understand all that went behind it. So, I would rather not characterize it.”
Patterson’s unapproved absence included missing Friday’s preseason game against the Giants and not returning messages from team officials. The GM said a “brief” suspension is needed to sort out the situation and make a determination about Patterson’s status.
“It’ll give us a little more time to gather more information around what led to his behavior,” Idzik said. “I think that way we’ll feel like we’ll make a very well-informed decision as to what discipline will be forthcoming — and there will be discipline involved.”
Normally talkative coach Rex Ryan was tight-lipped about Patterson, saying only: “I don’t want to say anything one way or the other about the situation because it’s a serious situation. How I feel, whatever, I’ll just leave as private thoughts right now.”
Shaw, who started all 14 games last season and was elected a captain on Saturday, was at a family function Saturday evening when he saw his 7-year-old nephew struggling in a pool. According to the school, Shaw jumped from a second-floor apartment balcony onto concrete and crawled to the pool to help his nephew — who does not know how to swim.
“I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew,” Shaw said in a story on the school’s website. “My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible.”
Said USC coach Steve Sarkisian: “That was a heroic act by Josh, putting his personal safety aside. But that’s the kind of person he is. It is unfortunate that he’ll be sidelined for a while and we will miss his leadership and play, but I know he’ll be working hard to get back on the field as soon as possible.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 26, 1945, which Red Sox pitcher won his 20th game of the season, winning the game for himself by hitting an RBI double in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Philadelphia Athletics, 4-3, in Game 1 of a doubleheader sweep?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think in this case it is just an experience that he needs to go through to feel like he is going to start the game – he is going to be in the game for every situation — second down, third down, goal line, red area, two-minute, whatever it is, he needs to be prepared for everything and handle whatever comes up.” — Patriots coach Bill Belichick, during his Monday appearance on the Dale & Holley show, talking about playing rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in Thursday’s final preseason game