Gary Tanguay and Mike Mutnansky are in with Kirk Minihane and the guys discuss the inside-WEEI battle for top D&C fill-in host, cue calls for 'Team Mut' vs. 'Team Tanguay'


Sometimes I feel like I’m guilty of giving the people of Boston too much credit. That I’m just a hometown fan of hometown fans. A homer when it comes to homers, if you will. And then we go ahead and pull a move like the one Sox fans did at Fenway this week, and I realize I maybe don’t give my people enough credit.

Chanting “We want A-Rod!” on Tuesday night, then cheering when he’s announced as a pinch hitter on Wednesday night just so we can immediately switch to booing him as he walked to the plate was so brilliantly conceived and so perfectly executed as to stagger the imagination. It’s just a colossal triumph of groupthink. Tens of thousands of souls, all operating as one for the good of the collective. It’s moments like these that make you happy to share the common experience of these people, to think as they think, and to feel what they feel.

The Red Sox may have lost, but this was a pure win. Massholes’ finest hour.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.

Welcome to Thursday’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 Thursday’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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Padres at Pirates, 12:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Orioles at Athletics, 3:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
Little League Baseball: New England semifinals, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL preseason: Saints at Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (WBZ-TV, NFL Network)
Olympics: Men’s volleyball, United States vs. Brazil, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Women’s field hockey, United States vs. India, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s beach volleyball, United States vs. Italy, 10 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s beach volleyball, United States vs. Russia, 10 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s water polo, United States vs. China, 10 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s gymnastics individual all-around, 8 p.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Alex Rodriguez finally made a plate appearance at Fenway Park, pinch-hitting in the seventh inning and flying out during the Yankees’ 9-4 victory. He was received with loud boos from the Fenway crowd, which for the second straight night implored manager Joe Girardi to play the retiring slugger with chants of “We want A-Rod.”

Before the game, New York radio station WFAN aired an interview with Rodriguez in which he acknowledged he “acted like an ass” two years ago after his connections to the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug facility in Florida were revealed, leading to him being suspended for the entire 2014 season. Rodriguez sent his attack dogs after a number of people to whom he was close, including his cousin and confidante Yuri Sucart, and filed lawsuits against the Yankees, Major League Baseball, then-commissioner Bud Selig and the MLB Players Association in a desperate attempt to avoid punishment.

“I’m upset about the mistakes, and I’m disappointed,” Rodriguez told WFAN’s Suzyn Waldman. “But I’m even more disappointed that I acted like an ass.”

Added A-Rod: “I hope to be able to pay it forward and let youngsters know about my mistakes.”

Rodriguez said he remembered Waldman encouraging him after his ban was over.

“You said to me, ‘Alex, I want to see that young man who was full of life with a great smile,’ ” Rodriguez recalled. “I’ve done everything in my power to try to be that kid again.”

Meanwhile, Yankees manager Joe Girardi was peppered with questions about his decision not to start Rodriguez for the first two games of this series after saying at Rodriguez’s Sunday press conference that A-Rod would play. Girardi has admitted getting caught up in the emotion Sunday before changing his mind.

“My job description does not entail a farewell tour,” Girardi said Wednesday. “My job description is to try to win every game and to try to put everyone in the best possible position to do that, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Added Girardi: “I have a responsibility to the game of baseball. No one individual is ever bigger than this game. No one. No one. No one.”

— Wichita State basketball coach Gregg Marshall was suspended by the school for his actions in an exhibition game Tuesday against McGill University in Montreal. Marshall, frustrated with the officiating, became irate and caused a scene on the court after receiving his second technical foul and being ejected. Assistant coaches and players tried to hold back Marshall, but he pushed them away and appeared to become angry with them, not leaving until he got his chance to have his say with the officials.

“I’m definitely not proud of my reaction to that situation, but at some point your players have to know you’re going to stand up for them and you’ve got some fight in you,” Marshall told the Wichita Eagle after the game, which Wichita rallied to win. “Once I reacted, I said, ‘I might as well get my money’s worth.’ ”

Asked if he might have gone too far, Marshall responded, “Perhaps. I wasn’t going to do anything physical, but I wanted to make sure they understood what I felt was happening was incorrect and wrong.”

The school reacted quickly, suspending Marshall for Wednesday’s final game of the tour.

“I visited with Coach Marshall this morning to inform him that he is suspended for this afternoon’s final exhibition game in Canada,” WSU interim athletic director Darron Boatright said in a news release Wednesday. “While I understand the competitive spirit that accompanies coaching, there remains a standard of professional behavior that is inherent in a position of leadership that we all must meet. That standard was not met last night.”

Marshall said in a statement that he accepted his punishment, noting: “I will gladly sit out tonight’s game in hopes that a lesson can be learned that it’s not just about doing the right thing, but doing it the right way.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 11, 1979, Jim Rice hit his 30th home run of the year, making him the third Red Sox player with three consecutive 30 home run seasons. Who were the first two?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He was one of the most significant and influential members of the ESPN family, as a colleague and mentor, and he will be sorely missed.” — ESPN president John Skipper, on the death of longtime anchor and announcer John Saunders

STAT OF THE DAY: 12 — Years since the U.S. men’s basketball team trailed at halftime of an Olympic game until Wednesday, when the Americans fell behind Australia by five before rallying in the closing minutes for a 10-point victory

‘NET RESULTS: Lorenzo Cain lines a walk-off single to center field as the Royals top the White Sox in 14 innings.

Padres baserunner Travis Jankowski steals home against the Pirates, taking off when the catcher throws the ball back to the pitcher.

Cubs third baseman Javier Baez makes a nifty snag of Albert Pujols’ one-hopper and throws to first for an out against the Angels.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jimmie Foxx (who did it five years in a row) and Ted Williams (four)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Eric Carmen was born on this day in 1949. Here he is singing lead for the Raspberries.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We check in on the guy who's been having a bounce-back year and discuss all things Sox and pitching with Rick Porcello.

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[0:07:37] ... leagues in wins and you. Probably therefore it got to get some Cy Young consideration is that something you'll allow yourself to think about. Jon Miller and of course probably two weeks ago but some of ...






We check in on the guy who's been having a bounce-back year and discuss all things Sox and pitching with Rick Porcello.

[0:00:02] ... in just a couple of minutes joining us right now. From the Boston Red Sox is pitcher reports sellout rickets dale Michael and Jerry how Rio. There's already got spectrum now. Well thank you I was just looking at the numbers skewed now eleven and no at Fenway this year with a three point 12 ERA. The Red Sox are twelve and O at Fenway when you start the game. What is it about this ballpark it seems to suit your ...
[0:02:47] ... bit similar to test how you started your first year with the Red Sox last year. Our. They apartment. Better news it is then. Channel in my mind that cop. Could. Or so years. I come ...
[0:06:16] ... by a. Oh. You've thrown all four catchers who played for the Red Sox this year and and I I just wanted to talk about sandy Leon for a minute who's having a remarkable season offensively. ...
[0:07:37] ... leagues in wins and you. Probably therefore it got to get some Cy Young consideration is that something you'll allow yourself to think about. Jon Miller and of course probably two weeks ago but some of ...






We check in with John Farrell for our weekly state of the Sox discussion

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[0:10:40] ... too long. Yeah you know so someone ironic and I even mentioned Carl Willis you know before the game yesterday there was a highlight real plays I don't know if you watched it. But it had ...





We check in with John Farrell for our weekly state of the Sox discussion

[0:05:42] ... you know what we're seeing last night I was just talking to David Ross and others that the last site we're seeing reports so throw fastballs at 87 to 93 miles an hour. The 87 mile ...
[0:08:58] ... on amount. You know a lot was made what you know when John Lackey was here you know we we've got guys that are competitive you're there do not want a command of the game and ...
[0:10:40] ... too long. Yeah you know so someone ironic and I even mentioned Carl Willis you know before the game yesterday there was a highlight real plays I don't know if you watched it. But it had ...





We discuss the breaking news of Steven Wright's injury.

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[0:11:25] ... of the truth at times. When the truth is pinch running for David Ortiz and he jammed in shoulder diving back into second base that might be a story you don't wanna share with the class. ...
[0:13:07] ... trap. On I mean he going on not to deploy it where Aaron Rodgers won his bloody Mary business together I think restaurant business together Milwaukee. Aaron Rodgers said you know I'll give you my salary. If if Bryant Ron's guilty loops and so after Ryan Braun who was caught. People were trolling routers on Twitter and was it would definitely hope I rented a salary yet he eat ...