Welcome to Wednesday’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 Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rockies at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mets at Nationals, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Blue Jays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Raptors at Cavaliers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Blues at Sharks, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. Ecuador, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Deflategate has been a comedy of errors on a number of levels, so it’s only appropriate that a comedian has injected himself into the controversy.

Jim Breuer, a former “Saturday Night Live” regular, told Sports Illustrated that he ran into Patriots equipment staffer John Jastremski at a comedy festival in Mexico a few months ago and had an interesting conversation with the man at the heart of the accusations that the Patriots deflated footballs.

Breuer said he was working out in a resort gym while watching Deflategate coverage on TV when Jastremski introduced himself and asked Breuer’s opinion of the story.

“He was there with his wife,” Breuer recounted. “They were actually trying to get away because they were being so harassed in the Massachusetts area, his family’s being harassed.”

Acccording to Breuer, Jastremski expressed frustration with the Patriots organization for “holding me down” and not letting him comment publicly. Breuer said Jastremski wouldn’t answer the question of if he deflated the footballs for Tom Brady, insisting, “Tom’s my guy, Tom takes care of me.”

“All I remember is that guy would not throw Tom Brady under the bus,” Breuer said. “He said Tom Brady does so much for him.”

Breuer added that Jastremski’s wife eventually joined them and complained about the Patriots organization as well, while Jastremski explained that he had no other employment options.

“He said he can’t get [another] job, either,” Breuer said. “This is all he knows, all he does.”

— Craig Sager, the longtime Turner Sports NBA sideline reporter who has been battling leukemia, was selected to receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYS in July.

Sager, 64, has been working the NBA playoffs despite a recurrence of his cancer. He is scheduled for eight days of chemotherapy next month, after TNT’s playoff coverage concludes.

The 34-year veteran reporter known for his flashy suits became close with Valvano when they worked together at the 1991 Pan American Games in Cuba, according to an ESPN story. Two years later, Valvano gave his now-legendary speech about living with cancer, shortly before his death.

“He fought until the bitter end,” Sager said on TNT’s pregame show Tuesday night. “That speech he made on March 3 of 1993 resonates as strong today as it did that day. I have it on my cellphone. I can play it at the hospital when I’m feeling down. ‘Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.’ That’s pretty much what I’ve tried to follow. Don’t give up and don’t give in.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 25, 1984, the Red Sox traded Dennis Eckersley and Mike Brumley to the Cubs for which player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m having so much fun watching it. They make me feel like I’m a part of it. … They make me feel like I’m their age.” — David Ortiz, on the success of young teammates Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts

STAT OF THE DAY: 6 — Consecutive wins for the Yankees, after Tuesday’s 6-0 blanking of the Blue Jays, as New York has rebounded from its worst start in 25 years to get back to .500

‘NET RESULTS: With the Mariners trailing by a run in the ninth inning and one strike away from losing the game, Leonys Martin launches a two-run home run for a walk-off win over the Athletics.

After a triple and two intentional walks, Carlos Correa hits a walk-off single in the 13th inning to give the Astros a win over the Orioles.

Cubs pitcher Justin Grimm reaches between his legs with his back to the plate to snare a grounder against the Cardinals.

Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz races into left field to make an impressive over-the-shoulder catch against the Cubs, then throws to first for a double play.

Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes lays out for a terrific catch against the Nationals.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bill Buckner

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jessi Colter was born on this day in 1943.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
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We discuss the infamous nut kick and why NBA players have been so whiny this post-season.

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[0:03:57] ... what was that day. Was at an Atlanta hawk. Is one guy. Ray Allen got them. In that area if he didn't flinch. Things. Column by lair and Ray Allen didn't actually get in the iron dog I could've got a meant if the guy didn't flinch eating it and I'll brash ...
[0:05:08] ... from DeMar DeRozan number nine overall pick. In the 2009 draft. And Kyle Lowry. A Lowry. Really patient player. Last night kept waiting for in the loses composure. Eating it as well as he played. There are some calls he didn't get. There were some fouls and that were called on hand that were bogus and he just kind of he just had the same pace. The entire game made some big shots. You guess how long it took a good player Kyle Lowry all star player. How long it took him average double digit. Per season in his career. I don't know how many years ...
[0:06:22] ... be an all star he'll never be this somebody said it about Kyle Lowry never be an all star. Only lobby and I'll start its first six years in the league. But now he's a very good player Chauncey Billups when he was here. And Rick Pitino gave up on him fifty games into his rookie year and he had to bounce ...






We discuss the infamous nut kick and why NBA players have been so whiny this post-season.

[0:02:11] ... got a memo. We got a memorable for the playoffs and what Isiah Thomas did to me. We were told they can happen. Basketball and the let and let the people want playing you try to ...
[0:03:57] ... what was that day. Was at an Atlanta hawk. Is one guy. Ray Allen got them. In that area if he didn't flinch. Things. Column by lair and Ray Allen didn't actually get in the iron dog I could've got a meant if the guy didn't flinch eating it and I'll brash ...
[0:05:08] ... from DeMar DeRozan number nine overall pick. In the 2009 draft. And Kyle Lowry. A Lowry. Really patient player. Last night kept waiting for in the loses composure. Eating it as well as he played. There are some calls he didn't get. There were some fouls and that were called on hand that were bogus and he just kind of he just had the same pace. The entire game made some big shots. You guess how long it took a good player Kyle Lowry all star player. How long it took him average double digit. Per season in his career. I don't know how many years ...
[0:06:22] ... be an all star he'll never be this somebody said it about Kyle Lowry never be an all star. Only lobby and I'll start its first six years in the league. But now he's a very good player Chauncey Billups when he was here. And Rick Pitino gave up on him fifty games into his rookie year and he had to bounce ...






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