LaVar Ball is trying to profit after his heated exchange with Kristine Leahy. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

LaVar Ball is trying to profit off of his heated exchange with Kristine Leahy. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

LaVar Ball caught a lot of flak last week for his apparent sexist remarks to a female reporter. Now he’s trying to make a buck off of them.

The patriarch of the Ball family got into a heated debate with FS1 host and former WEEI.com contributor Kristine Leahy, who asked him how many pairs he’s sold of his Big Baller Brand shoes, which cost $495. In response, Ball told Leahy to “stay in yo lane.” He also said he doesn’t want to market to females, because Big Baller Brand “isn’t for women.”

“I don’t look over there because she scares me. Leave me alone,” he exclaimed.

On Twitter Wednesday, Ball announced he was selling “Stay in Yo Lane” t-shirts. They sell for $50, whereas the shirts and tank-tops with gold lettering are priced at $60.

While Ball often comes across as a bombastic nincompoop, this is a business savvy decision. Unvarnished machismo appeals to a large swath of consumers. It only makes sense for Big Baller Brand to corner the market, given who’s in charge of the company.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
David Price might drive one of the most expensive cars in the Major Leagues.  (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

David Price might drive one of the most expensive cars in the Major Leagues. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

When David Price sped away from McCoy Stadium Wednesday in order to avoid the media following an atrocious rehab start, he didn’t do it discretely. The left-handed hurler raced through the parking lot in a tank-like vehicle, turning heads along the way.

The truck in question hit the market in 2014, debuting at the Beijing Auto Show. Manufactured by U.S. Speciality Vehicles of Chino, Calif., the Rhino GX is modeled after the Ford 350 or Ford 450. In overseas markets, it’s referred to as the “General Patton.”

“I hear customers say, ‘This is a man’s car. You want to be a man? Get this car,’” Tim Tang, the owner of U.S. Speciality Vehicles, told the Wall Street Journal.

The 9,000-pound urban assault vehicle costs between $194,000 and $250,000 –– a pittance for Price, who makes $30 million per season. The Los Angeles Times gave the truck a favorable review in 2016, saying it’s perfect for off-roading.

Autoweek, however, was less kind. The industry publication said nobody can “make a logical argument in favor of owning” the vehicle.

But Price may have use for it. According to Autoweek, the “General Patton” can “destroy enemies.” If Price continues to struggle on the mound, Red Sox beat writers should watch their step.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
Hour 4: Gerry and Tomase go back and forth on terror in our world today.
Hour 3: Michael Holley has a crazy Celtics take and Gerry is pissed about our podcast equipment.
Hour 2: David Price has it easy in Boston and Headlines with Kirk.
Hour 1: David Price declined to speak with the assembled media in Pawtucket.

Good morning! Here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

Good morning! Here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
Kansas City at NY Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Seattle at Washington, 5 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: San Diego at NY Mets, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Texas at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLB: Arizona at Milwaukee, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Cleveland at Boston, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Ottawa at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Rob Gronkowski has donated $70,000 to Boston Schools to help with funding for female athletes’ sporting equipment.

Gronkowski announced the donation while speaking at a Gronk Nation youth program on Wednesday and gave a motivational speech to inspire young female athletes.

“The Gronk Nation youth program is very supportive of women’s sports programs, and that is why we are here today, so give it up for all the ladies right here,” Gronkowski said. “We want to encourage girls to set ambitious goals. Your only limit is you, athletics can offer you so much. You have to clear your mind of all of the cant’s and say you can.”

— Topps released its first-ever Tim Tebow minor league baseball card on Wednesday as part of its 2017 Pro Debut Series.

The card features Tebow in his Columbia Fireflies jersey and is “short-printed,” meaning there are fewer copies than most cards and it will be difficult to find.

Listings for the card on eBay value the card at up to $499.99.

— Controversial unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly visited with the Seahawks on Wednesday for what was described as a “meet-and greet” so Kaepernick and the team could get to know each other.

It is unknown if the meeting went well, but this is a step in the right direction for the former 49er who lost his starting job and opted out of his contract with San Francisco this offseason. Since then he’s had trouble finding a job.

Last week, Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett said Seattle is a “perfect” fit for Kaepernick

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ll be honest with you, there’s been a lot more reports than just today or yesterday. It doesn’t change my focus and that is to put forth the effort to win and focus on the behalf of this team. So that has never changed my approach towards a game tonight or a game yesterday or what’s upcoming tomorrow.” — John Farrell, with Dale and Holley with Keefe, on how he handles reports his job is in jeopardy 

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
The Red Sox defeat the Texas Rangers 9-4. Chris Sale picked up his 5th win, but couldn't reach 10 strikeouts for the 9th consecutive time. Mut breaks the news about David Price's Pawtuket outing and lack of access to the press.
Dale, Holley and Keefe sit down with Sox skipper John Farrell for our weekly State of the Sox chat live from Fenway.

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[0:15:40] ... the market and understands the clubhouse so. Dick he's got a cannon David Ortiz but that's not gonna help him right now with this group and I don't know I guess what would help them is ...
[0:16:34] ... wonder if fully recovered from that. You know as Pedroia fully respect John Farrell author actor. But I I just I actually gone back to that piece from Rosenthal and you know what that tells you ...