Dino, Kirk and Gary give their reaction to last night's debate over the 2024 Olympics being held in Boston.

Welcome to Friday’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 Friday’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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Tigers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Nationals at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Cycling: Tour de France, 7 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Roger Clemens stopped by the NESN booth during Thursday night’s Red Sox-Astros game in Houston and continued to claim that he played the game the right way despite evidence that he used performance-enhancing drugs, adding he does not need the validation of the Hall of Fame to feel complete.

“Congratulations to the guys that go,” he said of the Hall, which will welcome fellow Sox legend Pedro Martinez this weekend. “It doesn’t really make a difference in my life, not that it would matter.”

The seven-time Cy Young Award winner has never received more than 37.6 percent of votes (75 percent is needed for induction) despite his 354 wins and 4,672 strikeouts for the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Astros. He said he appreciates those who have written his name on the ballot but claims it’s not a big deal to him.

“It’s not something that I went to, to play — play the game to make the Hall of Fame. It was the furthest thing from my mind. I played the game because I loved to play it,” Clemens said.

“I knew early in my career that once I seized that moment that I could make a little money and take care of my family. Then it started to get to a World Series and playoffs in Boston and the history that came along with it. That’s really it.”

— Another player likely to be kept out of the Hall is Alex Rodriguez, who continues to have a stellar comeback season, helping the first-place Yankees to a 9-3 victory over the Orioles on Thursday for a sweep of their three-game series.

Former Yankees manager Joe Torre credits Rodriguez for turning things around after missing last season while on suspension for his role in the Biogenesis PED scandal.

“I think what’s surprising is Alex,” Torre said from a charity golf tournament in New York on Thursday. “I’m happy for him. Miss a whole year at that age — there was never an issue of his ability to work at it. But with all the physical problems that he’s had and missing a year, it’s been, I think, remarkable how consistent he’s been and his power numbers.”

Torre, now an MLB executive, said Rodriguez called him in January as he reached out to people in baseball trying to mend fences before his comeback. Torre, in his autobiography “The Yankee Years,” was critical of A-Rod, but he says they now are “friendly.”

“I had heard that he was calling some people, so I really wasn’t surprised,” Torre said of their offseason conversation. “Actually, it started out with a text and he asked me if it would be all right to call me. I said, ‘Sure, anytime.’ I’m there for any player who wants to pick my brain over anything and for any team. He had some issues with what he thought I said in the past. I think he just wanted to make sure that all the air was clear. He asked about some advice and I said, ‘Just go play baseball.’ ”

Added Torre: “He paid his debt. He was suspended. He did that. Hopefully he learned something from it. He’s been determined to come back and play the game that he’s loved. I know baseball’s been a huge part of his life. He just craves it. He’s been a force, no question. People in New York love it. That’s what’s important for us. Once people pay their penalty, you can’t root against them. It’s not the right thing to do.”

— Outgoing ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd drew the ire of Blue Jays star Jose Bautista for a disparaging comment he made about Dominican players Thursday.

During his midday show, Cowherd was trying to make a point that baseball is a relatively easy sport to manage. He went on to say:

“The game is too complex? Like, I’ve never bought into that, ‘Baseball is just too complex.’ Really? A third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic has not been known in my lifetime as having world-class academic abilities A lot of those kids come from rough backgrounds and have not had opportunities academically that other kids from other countries have. Baseball is like any sport, it’s mostly instincts.”

After Cowherd’s comment made it around the web, Bautista, a Dominican native, tweeted: Dear Mr. @ESPN_Colin before i rip you a new one i would like for you to explain what u meant to say about baseball and dominicans, please.

Cowherd is headed to Fox Sports when his contract with ESPN expires later this year. He discussed his departure during Wednesday’s show, crediting ESPN for taking a chance on him in 2003 and calling his stint with the company “the best 10 years of my life.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 24, 2004, Jason Varitek fought with Alex Rodriguez as the Red Sox and Yankees played an intense game at Fenway Park. The Red Sox got the last laugh when which player hit a three-run home run off Mariano Rivera for an 11-10 Red Sox victory?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The results haven’t been nearly good enough. We’re responsible for that and we have to get better quickly.” — Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, during a Thursday morning appearance on Dennis & Callahan, on the team’s struggles

STAT OF THE DAY: 8 — Consecutive losses by the Red Sox, a season high, following Thursday’s 5-4 loss to the Astros on Jose Altuve’s walkoff home run in the ninth inning

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez makes a diving stop behind second base and throws the ball with his glove to get the out against the Indians.

A’s right fielder Josh Reddick races into foul territory to make a diving catch against the Blue Jays.

A Japanese high school baseball player puts on a show in the batter’s box with a series of creative and artistic movements.

Spurs guard Tony Parker gets up close with a tiger during an appearance on a French game show.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bill Mueller

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Former Extreme drummer Paul Geary was born on this day in 1961.

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Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the latest in the Patriots off the field drama, and how a truly independent arbitration is now impossible given the latest leaks and news surrounding deflategate.
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We wrap up the day with the best in sound, and some jerk named Kirk.

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We wrap up the day with the best in sound, and some jerk named Kirk.

[0:01:01] ... feels as strong as he did it you should be the manager John Farrell. You're ready should be the general manager John Ferrell should be the manager. Going forward do you sense the disconnect them what ...
[0:05:10] ... the only threaten the punch you with. Yes right. Have you met John Farrell emperors yes a couple of guys like him he's going to write engaging also has a rip. That could hear the cart ...
[0:05:54] ... a couple of other benefits straight about yesterday when the lakers introduced Brandon Bass Roy Hibbert Lou Williams to the media. It's always Wear it when you have that awkward silent moments at a press conference ...
[0:09:40] ... it certainly Mick Jagger and who was the country what was the Tony Romo I mean yeah you know what is not exactly you know you know while Bob Ireland's Rory what's funny here that the ...






We look at four major gaffes made by the Sox front office... all in less than 12 months!

[0:01:30] ... turn back time we go back to last spring training. And the Jon Lester contract saga. He said he would take the hometown discount and that it really offered up to them a low balled and ...
[0:02:18] ... camp with a somewhat reasonable offer. I think they could have had Jon Lester for significantly. Less than they ended up offering and certainly. I wait less than what he ended up signing. We tried to insulting his intelligence and he decided he would rather not talk about it the recipient jeez jeez would you think I still wanna know. Who came over the book came up with that number. But what I wanna know what that meeting was like where we're gonna then offered Jon Lester something and that is what we're gonna offer him. Who was there anybody disagrees. Were they that if they all think it's ...
[0:03:36] ... 115. You're you know you can do something like that you think Jon Lester recent hometown discount that 115120. Would've got that done I think so at. Less than that would've gotten it but. You know and now. Yes Michael yes we are. We go back to the trading deadline last year and John Lackey was dealt away to the cardinals are. Joseph Kelly and Allen Craig would much crap out clause. Now Lackey had a 500000. Dollar deal and I think the more than. I don't really tell that Alley you know bad I appreciate the constructive criticism and adult. Try to strive harder for that John Lackey had a 500000 dollar deal waiting for him and he said he didn't wanna do that here in Boston. Would you go ...
[0:05:19] ... don't ask Larry let let let's assume and I always felt that. John Lackey would not have played for the 500 and some odd thousand here that he is playing four in Saint Louis I heard ...






We look at four major gaffes made by the Sox front office... all in less than 12 months!

[0:01:30] ... turn back time we go back to last spring training. And the Jon Lester contract saga. He said he would take the hometown discount and that it really offered up to them a low balled and ...
[0:02:18] ... camp with a somewhat reasonable offer. I think they could have had Jon Lester for significantly. Less than they ended up offering and certainly. I wait less than what he ended up signing. We tried to insulting his intelligence and he decided he would rather not talk about it the recipient jeez jeez would you think I still wanna know. Who came over the book came up with that number. But what I wanna know what that meeting was like where we're gonna then offered Jon Lester something and that is what we're gonna offer him. Who was there anybody disagrees. Were they that if they all think it's ...
[0:03:36] ... 115. You're you know you can do something like that you think Jon Lester recent hometown discount that 115120. Would've got that done I think so at. Less than that would've gotten it but. You know and now. Yes Michael yes we are. We go back to the trading deadline last year and John Lackey was dealt away to the cardinals are. Joseph Kelly and Allen Craig would much crap out clause. Now Lackey had a 500000. Dollar deal and I think the more than. I don't really tell that Alley you know bad I appreciate the constructive criticism and adult. Try to strive harder for that John Lackey had a 500000 dollar deal waiting for him and he said he didn't wanna do that here in Boston. Would you go ...
[0:05:19] ... don't ask Larry let let let's assume and I always felt that. John Lackey would not have played for the 500 and some odd thousand here that he is playing four in Saint Louis I heard ...






Lou, Christian and Tim discuss a number of off-topics, including the Red Sox having the highest beer prices in MLB, an angry movie critic reviews "Pixels" and Kobe Bryant's teammates go silent when asked about the Lakers star.

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[0:04:38] ... other confused. Nobody. It's not like Roy Hibbert is some scrub. Like Brandon Bass the baby. He should be nervous about it there's the question what's it like you'd probably just. I did it quite difficult. ...
[0:05:28] ... here yet. Was gonna ask you was anybody wins he pixels. Or video games come to life in terrorize the cities and oh yeah. Movie involved dot com gave the best that movie review I've ever ...