The show kicked off talking all Red Sox and specifically, some comments that Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino made on the D&C show regarding the perceived "power struggle" within the organization, expectations for Dustin Pedroia, the departure of Jon Lester and the signing of Yoan Moncada. Curt Shilling was also on the morning show to discuss Jon Lester, and the huge contracts that positional players are getting at early ages.

[0:06:49] ... that exist are on the team is whether or not organist seed Dustin Pedroia that a lot of us remember. Prior to his wrist and thumb and hand acting up and this is how. The Kuna responded that. There is a bias I would say in favor and players certainly evident ours. I decide this outbreak cut plated Politico where it talks on a Dustin Pedroia happily it's cut number thirteen. Because as Dino was discussing and and there's a lot of things at play here about the middle of the lineup and was gonna set the table at the top liners are gonna beat the Dustin Pedroia that we remember. And yet the MBP arron Dustin Pedroia but a closer facsimile of that. If I were a betting man. It got me the dates and I think it does ...
[0:08:28] ... a thinking right that's such a naked that's what you want from Dustin Pedroia. I think based on the fact that two seasons whenever there's an injury where there's a guy high and guy a grinder like Pedroia. And he has two years either one your like victory now. Right where that there you want motivation you won a seat he can he geeky come back if he can live up to be expectations and live up to the experts you have a horse in plain. You bet on them. Dustin Pedroia immediate Paula talked about yesterday I mean there's a lot riding on him right to me he's an actual hole he hits a lot of doubles on music get. He's put the ball play the cares of its home run. Outside prosciutto. See I think part of the reason why. The ball up middle part of the order is so important is that you can't count on. Dustin Pedroia as much as you used to anymore I think he's going to be better hope the surgery helped. I think a bounce back some but I I don't expect him to be back near. MVP form I think that's. Asking a lot from a guy who's getting older and whose numbers have been declining I think he'll bounce back a little. And him being on base and having more thump behind him after Ortiz will feel like he's contributing more because it beat driven and he'll be scoring more. A piece sets the table for those guys to get RBIs you'll feel like Dustin Pedroia is back maybe more than what the stats eventually will show. By the end of the season but I do think that part of the reason why they had a ball cult as much they did by getting Ramirez by getting Pablo Sandoval. By signing rose because steel. At the end of last year part of past to be about you just can't count on Dustin Pedroia to produce runs as much as he did in the past. Yeah okay but just a little bit better right what's a ...
[0:10:40] ... So he was hurt two years in a row so little bit Dustin Pedroia is maybe it's 42 doubles and its 45 doubles. He's he's back in it 300 to agree that the. Faith in Dustin Pedroia being back being healthy be a contributor for this team is as much at debate as anything else we've talked about so ...
[0:11:22] ... are gonna pan out it's how much faith should we have the Dustin Pedroia. Is going to be back to the player that he was prior to. These injuries that he's had last few seasons 6177797. ...






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USA TodayThe Oakland Raiders must dramatically increase their payroll over the next two years. The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and eight other teams must ramp up spending as well.

The 2011 collective bargaining agreement says teams must spend 89% of the salary cap in cash over two distinct four-year periods (2013-16 and 2017-20). …

Also underspending ‘€” as of Feb. 9, when the NFLPA calculated the numbers ‘€” were: the Carolina Panthers (80.8%), New York Jets (81.16%), Jacksonville Jaguars (82.2%), Dallas Cowboys (82.6%), New England (82.7%)New Orleans Saints (86.2%), Washington Redskins (87%), New York Giants (87.9%) and Pittsburgh Steelers (88.3%). 

Top spenders for the 2013 and ’14 league years were: the Green Bay Packers ($296.9 million, 116% of the cap), Atlanta Falcons ($279.3 million, 109.1%), Seattle Seahawks ($274.9 million, 107.4%), Chicago Bears ($271.5 million, 106%) and Denver Broncos ($269.8 million, 105.4%). …

If teams don’t meet their individual 89% thresholds (and/or the league as a whole its 95% aggregate minimum), the difference must be paid to the union, which can distribute the money at its discretion to current and former players who were on the affected rosters.

At the risk of stereotyping all we super attractive people, I’m not very good at math. And the salary cap is an unfathomable mystery to me. If Capology was a real science, I wouldn’t exactly be in the A.P. classes. I’d be characterizing myself more as “working toward my G.E.D.”

But you don’t have to be Amedeo Avogadro to read these numbers and realize what this means for the Patriots, past, present or future.

The football media in this town is lousy with people who rip the way the Patriots’ handle their salary budget and say “The cap is crap” and all that. Who act like the Pats limit what they spend on players not because it’s sound planning, but so that Mr. Kraft can sleep every night under a giant pile of gold like Smaug.

But the results speak for themselves. All the Patriots have accomplished in the last two seasons is take an injury-decimated team to the AFC championship game and win the Super Bowl against the defending champions. All while spending as much on payroll as the bottom feeders in the league. Again, I’m hesistant to do math, but according to my calculator, the other teams listed here in the Pats’ underspending neighborhood went a combined 54-73-1. And only Dallas and Carolina (a sub-.500 team) won a playoff game.

“Sure, Jer,” you’re no doubt saying “We agree that’s really impressive and you are a handsome cat. But what do we care if they saved a few bucks so long as they win?” And you’d have good points. But what this means is that the Patriots have managed themselves into a situation where they not only can spend money to keep their free agents and sign new ones, they have to.

The CBA calls for them to get up to that 89% or pay the NFLPA the difference. So there’s no incentive not to. They’ve put themselves in a position where they’re like traveling businessmen with an expense account that if they don’t spend it, it just goes back to the company. So why not order the Surf & Turf with the tenderloin and lobster tails? And while you’re at it, bring us a bottle of your most expensive wine and a box of Cubans for the trip home?

Meanwhile, their main competition in the league – your Seattles, Denvers and Green Bays – maxed out while (pick the Patriots-critic cliche’ of your choice) “loading up” and “going for it.” To continue the metaphor, those teams spent their whole per diem money and will be spending the rest of the sales conference eating out of the vending machine.

And just as a kicker, the Patriots not only won that Super Bowl while socking money away for this year, they did it with really only one of their drafted rookies, Bryan Stork, making a major contribution. So they have the equivalent of a red-shirted freshman class of guys like Dominique Easley, James White and Cameron Fleming (who to be fair did play a decent amount) ready to take the Year Two jump.

Again, I’m no mathlete. But I’m smart enough to know when good news is staring me in the face. And these numbers don’t lie.

@JerryThornton1

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CraigslistCheck out the state of the art Pats-mobile – covered from hood to trunk in stickers featuring the New England Patriots. Tom Brady, old-school logo, newer logo, helmet and more. Featured in ESPN the Magazine and ESPN.com!

In actuality, this is an old car. A 1998 Chevy Cavalier with a leaky radiator and over 250K miles.
Serious offers only. 

I find it ironic that this seller says, “Serious offers only,” then asks a thousand bucks for this thing. I don’t care if it is a ’98 Cavalier with a quarter of a million miles on it, a leaky radiator and a hood that’s rusting through. The Tom Brady shield on the front by itself makes this thing worth a lot more than that. Add all those Pat Patriot decals and the Flying Elvises and this stops being just a pimped-out ride; it’s a tableau. A work of art. This went from a beater that belongs in a compactor somewhere to a certified P-Wagon that will attract more chicks than the Batmobile. And believe me, I’d be bidding on this masterpiece right now if I wasn’t afraid people will think I’m too pro-Patriots.

Well done, unspecified Craigslist poster. Well done indeed. You’re the Michelangelo of 1998 Chevys.

@JerryThornton1

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

I wasn’t expecting Marshawn Lynch to be the Stanley Kubrick of his generation, but this trailer for “Family First,” the vanity project movie about his life, is actually worse than I could’ve possibly imagined.

I mean, can anyone watch this and sum up the plot for me? There’s a youth football game. Then some kids playing pickup basketball. A woman talking about not having money. Some kid yelling at his teacher. Then at the 2:10 mark there’s this random knockout walking around in lingerie for no reason. Then Marshawn Lynch shows up out of nowhere, presumably as himself. It’s like watching someone flip around the cable dial for four minutes. Just absolutely weird, though I’d expect nothing less from Beast Mode.

Look, I’m no film expert myself, but my advice to Lynch is that if he’s going to make a boring movie comprised of randomly put-together scenes about growing up that has absolutely no narrative, film it over 12 years and call it “Boyhood.” Because “Family First” isn’t cutting it.

@JerryThornton1

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Red Sox Manager John Farrell joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk to help them examine the pressing issues facing the 2015 Red Sox.

[0:07:01] ... got some we've we've got a good and having fun you know Mike Napoli said this a good five in this camp is there also. Kind of an edge because it's in the government gets approved ...
[0:08:23] ... appeal to a problem all those things considered change oblique. Plane was David Ortiz yeah there's no doubt because he speaks openly beat you guys are gonna get to know him he's genuine a person. In ...
[0:10:38] ... up for a big year. You know but when you think of Mike Napoli hit number six hole. That starts to really lengthen model lineup that should not give a lot of breather to the jobs in a position for a you'll all ready for of this this. That up version of Major League Baseball he can run to the mile when you take that responsibility and it stalled on our code. Well well here's the thing. ...
[0:11:22] ... and I think it's starts what happens Wednesday. Whatever that you find David Ortiz for step and out of the blocks well. You don't you gonna have his back when apps apps have a back and ...






Schilling sits in with Dino, Gerry and Kirk at spring training in Fort Myers. Schill talks about the Red Sox rotation and the indifference of Clay Buchholz.

[0:09:16] ... very. 04 Russa cardinals days you remember. Right Chris comparable thirteen. Right Jeff Francis yet exactly. You don't have to have an ace to. Hum. April September right you can build that a 25 man roster ...
[0:13:33] ... an abort prospect right so they can do whatever they want and Cole Hamels is yeah now that that's the definition of the number one. Cole Hamels at the deadline and I'd for me I'd I know overweight but Melvin now just because. They're so what's gonna happen I ...
[0:17:18] ... in when you go out there and you that you you went Luis Terrero people are asking you know when he got to make a deal. And he's untreatable well. While you know I don't I ...
[0:21:24] ... young players are gods and some stupid but is patently offensive death Curt Schilling guys that are George time down here. ...






Larry Lucchino addresses reports that his role with the Red Sox has changed. He also explains his involvement with the group that purchased the Pawtucket Red Sox.

[0:01:28] ... army coming from chord that's much. I don't comment that strip now. John Henry had your back yesterday you mention quote he's involved where look you know involved and every decision. There's no doubt that Larry ...
[0:16:07] ... good to see Larry I did Agassi 61777. Point 79837. Presidency you'll Boston Red Sox Larry Lucchino fault lines open we'll talk with you next. ...




All the stories of the day brought to you by Kirk Minihane.

[0:00:30] ... or and there are things even greater getting off. Private jet with Bobby Orr all the greatest greatest ever in my life. Turning wonderful turn off. Getting five tweets and Goldman expenses are up a yes ...
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[0:06:01] ... Callahan minicamp broadcasting live day one for us at Fenway south in Fort Myers, Florida. The slaughter of the Providence Red Sox sent a letter looked vehicle looks like its effects. ...





Dino, Gerry and Kirk partied with Bobby Orr on the way to Fort Myers.

[0:00:20] ... struggle between. Mike and Larry. Nothing could be further from the truth. John Henry with his annual state of the Red Sox address yesterday to be assembled media 617797937. That doesn't Callahan it is day one ...
[0:04:12] ... really wanted us a wanted to drive yeah. You don't wanna draw Bobby Orr of course I do. But it sort means more you that I'm used older he attached himself to bombing York yesterday and ...
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk enjoyed their trip to Fort Myers for Red Sox spring training. Dino may never fly commercial again.

[0:15:50] ... be the same kind of a front personality in there is no Jonny Gomes was like it actually strange don't write that industries disastrous year last year. Your sister organizations never been better all currently I ...
[0:17:35] ... and retreating for the first time. What we have no idea whether Hanley Ramirez completely field we have no audio and Mears is gonna have that attitude or this attitude we have no idea about Jackie Bradley junior not that that matters a bit. Tom Cole Hamels. Dustin Pedroia itself all that sort of stuff the witness no answers. There I think there are few questions than usual I ...
[0:24:37] ... 740 per Chile into complete assessment of the 2015 boss talks correct. Curt Schilling's sometime in the 8 o'clock hour John Ferrell will join us at 930 when last we left you with the travel while ...