When the Patriots announced Tuesday that they were promoting assistant medical director Dr. Mark Price to the head job, it wasn’t exactly the kind of news that makes a sports fans text everybody they know, “OMG did u hear about this?” or rush to Facebook to post about it. And in no way did I consider it to be at all blog-worthy, until I read in The Boston Globe that Price is not only a physician but a war hero. And Bronze Star recipient in 2013 for meritorious service during combat operations in Afghanistan.

So I did a little digging and found this, from The Worcester Telegram, July of 2013:

Dr. Price worked with a multinational team of doctors that essentially followed the Green Berets around, built a mobile hospital and performed surgery as needed — sometimes under fire. …

There were three components to their mission: Treating injured coalition soldiers and performing life-saving surgeries on the injured, performing humanitarian surgeries for the Afghans such as correcting pediatric deformities. The final component of the mission was to work the mobile surgical unit. …

Dr. Price said their military convoy was attacked at the end of December, and as he was running out to get supplies to treat one of the injured, he was shot at.

“I could see the red of their muzzles… They were about 200 yards away opening up on the whole convoy,” Dr. Price said. …

Dr. Price said he has so many memories, but one surgery will stand out for him. An Afghan father brought him his 11-month-old son who was born with two extra thumbs and an extra pinkie finger, and surgery was able to correct his hands.

“The father said to me that ‘my son’s too young to understand, but I will make sure he understands what the Americans did for him.’ ”

Holy crap. So to review, the Patriots didn’t just hire some orthopedist. A general practitioner with a talent for taping ankles and handing out NFL-approved supplements. This guy is Medic Wade from “Saving Private Ryan,” Eugene Roe from “Band of Brothers” and Hawkeye Pierce, all rolled into one.

It turns out Dr. Price is more than a Mass General surgeon, he’s nothing less than the best America has to offer. Saving the lives of Green Berets, dodging bullets along side them, and putting his country’s best face forward by helping kids living in the worst hellhole on Earth.

I have too much respect for what the good doctor has done and accomplished to write some snarky post about how this makes the Patriots morally superior or anything of the sort. I just want the man to be recognized for his bravery and commitment. And to say there’s no one I’d rather have keeping those ligaments and joints healthy on the drive to Super Bowl No. 5.

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Jerry Thornton

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MLB: Red Sox at Royals, Game 1, 2:15 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Red Sox at Royals, Game 2, 8:15 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at Athletics, 3:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Nationals at Mets, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Thunder at Warriors, 9 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Lightning, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Europa League, Sevilla vs. Liverpool, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


— Former Bruin Kevin Stevens, who had been in custody since being arrested Thursday on federal drug charges, pleaded not guilty Tuesday and was released — then was arrested by local police for violating terms of his probation. He was released by local police later in the day.

The 51-year-old, who grew up in Pembroke and starred at Boston College before playing 15 years in the NHL, is accused of conspiracy and intent to distribute the highly addictive painkiller oxycodone.

Stevens, who received treatment for substance issues late in his NHL career, agreed to participate in a mental health treatment program and undergo a substance abuse evaluation as part of his terms for release.

His attorney, Paul Kelly, told The Boston Globe that Stevens developed additions to Percocet, Vicodin and various opioids during his recovery from multiple fractures in his face after he slammed headfirst into the ice following a collision during a game in 1993. Stevens, who helped the Penguins win Stanley Cups in 1991 and ’92, continued his career — playing a half-season for his hometown Bruins in 1995-96 — but was arrested in 2000 after being found in a motel room after a game with crack cocaine and a prostitute. He entered the NHL’s Substance Abuse Program but apparently never was able to get clean.

Stevens was arrested in May 2015 in Plymouth County for driving with a suspended license.

“He has beaten the opioid addiction a couple of times,” Kelly told the Globe prior to Tuesday’s hearing. “He’s done a couple of stints in rehab through the NHL drug treatment program, which is all very hush-hush and confidential. But the NHL and NHLPA stepped in, and he has done a couple of stints. But the problem is he struggles with pain.

“Maybe a year or 18 months ago, he was in a car accident and he broke a couple of vertebra in his neck and upper back and again he was just in incredible pain. And again, they put him on Oxycontin, or one of these painkillers, and of course for a guy who has been fighting an addiction to these things, it immediately just sucks him right back in.”

— Rougned Odor said he will appeal the eight-game suspension he was given by Major League Baseball for punching Jose Bautista in the face during Sunday’s game.

“I knew I was going to be suspended,” Odor said Tuesday after the punishment was announced. “I have to follow the rules, and I’m just waiting for the appeal. I want to be with my team all year. I don’t want to be out eight games.”

Bautista was suspended one game, and Blue Jays teammates Jesse Chavez was given a three-game ban for hitting Prince Fielder with the first pitch after the fight. Both are appealing.

“I think there’s precedents set in the past and they should be respected,” Bautista said. “I think I have good enough reasons. I’m not just appealing it for the sake of appealing it.”

Jays manager John Gibbons, who was ejected earlier in the game but returned to the field and argued with Rangers manager Jeff Banister, was suspended three games, and Jays first base coach Tim Leiper, who also was ejected earlier, was suspended one game for returning to the dugout.

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus also received a one-game suspension for aggressive actions.

“The rules are fair for punishment,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “They are in place for a reason. We’ll live by them and move on.”

— Thunder center Steven Adams apologized for referring to the Warriors guards as “quick little monkeys” during a postgame interview following Monday’s Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

Adams, who arrived from his native New Zealand to attend college at Pittsburgh in 2012, apparently was not aware of the racial connotations the word has in the United States.

“It’s just different, mate,” Adams told USA Today Sports. “Different words, different expressions, and stuff like that. But they obviously can be taken differently, depending on which country you’re in. I’m assimilating, mate, still trying to figure out the boundaries. But I definitely overstepped them [Monday night].”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 18, 1973, Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr again won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman, setting a record by becoming the first player to win an individual NHL award six consecutive seasons. How many years in a row did Orr go on to win the Norris?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Hey, listen, there’s a lot more things to be disappointed about in this life. It could have been worse and it could have been better. It is what it is and we’ll move on and do the best we can to build a great team.” — Celtics president Danny Ainge, after the team stayed put in the draft lottery with the No. 3 pick

STAT OF THE DAY: 5 — Innings Rick Porcello pitched in Tuesday’s 8-4 loss to the Royals, his shortest start since last July

‘NET RESULTS: With two outs in the ninth inning of a tie game, Khris Davis launches a grand slam to give the Athletics a walk-off win over the Rangers.

Reds batter Brandon Phillips gets a single when the ball hits twice off his bat and short hops the Indians shortstop.

Orioles right fielder Joey Rickard makes a leaping catch against the wall for an out against the Mariners.

LeBron James beats his defender along the baseline and throws down a ferocious dunk in the Cavaliers’ rout of the Raptors.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Eight, to go along with his three consecutive Hart Trophies as league MVP

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jack Johnson was born on this day in 1975.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
The guys begin discussing John Farrell's assertion that he doesn't believe in the concept of clutch. Somehow, the show goes off the rails as Kirk argues with Gerry; Kirk now wants his own show.

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Dino, Gerry, and Kirk begin the show talking Celtics and the Tuesday night NBA Draft Lottery which saw Boston get the No. 3 pick in the upcoming draft. The guys discuss the options.

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Dale, Holley, and Thornton talk about whether the NBA Draft is fixed or not and cite examples of times we questioned the NBA.
Dale, Holley, and Thornton talk about whether the NBA Draft is fixed or not and cite examples of times we questioned the NBA.
Dale, Holley, and Thornton talk about David Ortiz's clutch hits and try to define what makes a clutch hitter.
Dale, Holley, and Thornton talk about David Ortiz's clutch hits and try to define what makes a clutch hitter.
Farrell talks about E-Rod being delayed from returning due to a set back with his knee and all the attention Clay Buchholz gets from the media.