It looks like retirement is agreeing with Jeff Bagwell. When you’re one of the most prolific sluggers in Astros history, you pretty much get to sit wherever you want, do what ever you want to do, and grab whatever part of Mrs. Bagwell wherever you’d like to grab, whenever, as they say in the erectile dysfunction ads, the mood strikes. He might not ever make it to Cooperstown, but like the true native son of Boston that he is, his boob-groping game is Hall of Fame-worthy.

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The Red Sox have lost 6 in row. No one has had a better view of the current free fall than WEEI Boston Red Sox play-by-play man Dave O'Brien.
Lou, Christian and Tim discuss some of the comments made my Red Sox brass earlier in the season, and the fact that they've gone very quiet since the team has fallen off a cliff.

[0:00:29] ... we're as good shape as we've ever been around. In that regard. John Kerry back in spring training back in February. About Tom Warner in me echo those statements. The consistency is important and and it's our intention to play baseball October every year. We we know that we made some mistakes last here in those mistakes were compounded by injuries. Looked at. And the group this morning and I saw. Healthy Mike Napoli and I saw healthy chain victory know and a healthy Dustin Pedroia. So I think health is really yeah. Key component of consistency but. Certainly part of of what we're encouraged about is that ...
[0:04:15] ... acquired hole for him to workable team drip Eddie Rodriguez for. For Andrew Miller popular folk. I mean Colgate. Was a good deal and we'll see it was a good deal but it really good deal ...




Brian Johnson's call-up to the big leagues didn't go well as the Sox dropped their 6th in a row. Hanley Ramirez struggled in left field, again.

[0:04:33] ... about the bullpen. And it series situation you big John Ferrell and Carl Willis set it to what's a good opportunity to get this guy in this game what it is planning on getting blown out ...
[0:17:00] ... okay because it's heating. They got Kerry Edwards because it has been book club better than Dustin Pedroia 21 days that need to gloat at least it if you look back to see a ball come and Adam. But the ...




Sports Illustrated is doing a feature it calls NFL Worst Week, a kind of reverse-superlatives list to celebrate the lowest of pro football lows. And Don Banks does the honors on Worst Play Call with this little gem:

A new season is always the start of a new story, serving as the annual reset button that wipes the slate clean and puts the past in its place. But there is no way forward in 2015 without first looking back, back to the stunning play on 2nd down in Glendale, Ariz., that essentially ended the 2014 NFL season. The play that was and remains the worst call in NFL history. Not just Super Bowl history. NFL history. Bar none. …

Just 36 inches stood between the Seahawks and legitimate dynasty chatter, but instead Pete Carroll‘s team suffered the most gruesome and grievous self-inflicted wound imaginable on a football field. The Seahawks passed when they should have run, and because of it, they lost when they should have won. Simplistic, but still so true. …

But the Seahawks threw a pass, throwing New England a lifeline in the process, and with that chance, that shred of hope granted, Butler made an exquisite play for the ages and the sea of impending despair switched sidelines in an instant.

I don’t want to quibble with Banks’ choice here. I acknowledge that one man’s Worst Play Call can be another man’s Best Defensive Call. A few knowledgeable voices, not the least of whom is Bill Belichick himself, have defended Pete Carroll‘s decision to turn to Ricardo Lockett to win him a Super Bowl instead of Marshawn Lynch. And I prefer to point out that the Patriots coaching staff recognized the formation, noted the Seahawks’ tendency to run that pick play, prepared for it and reacted by sending in Malcolm Butler, who (as we see on the “3 Games to Glory IV” DVD) had practiced that very play. All, by the way, while the clock was running.

So it’s an eye-of-the-beholder situation. A kind of a glass-is-half-full/half-empty thing. You can go negative and say Seattle screwed up, or appreciate the brilliance of the way the Pats had prepared for the situation and executed the play. How they goaded the Seahawks into thinking they were facing a goal-line defense, just before Butler was sent in as the third corner. Or how earlier in the game they stopped a Seattle drive by stuffing Lynch on a similar third-and-1, which had to have weighed into Carroll’s thinking.

So call me a cockeyed optimist who sees the world through Lombardi Trophy-silver glasses. But I prefer to look at that interception as a triumph of the Pats, not a failure of the Seahawks.

Either way, it’s exactly the thing we need to keep talking about so long as it takes our minds off the white hot garbage that is baseball this summer. Plus it’s an excuse to revisit this, which makes it a pure good:

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Patriots cheerleaders sing along to OMI’s “Cheerleader”

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You say that ever since the Super Bowl nothing has gone right in the Boston sports scene? That the winter teams combined couldn’t win one playoff game? That you’re suffering from Deflategate fatigue because Tom Brady has been on trial now longer than the defendants at Nuremberg? That the Red Sox are not only the worst team in the American League but starting to make you hate them with the heat of a thousand car seats?

Well, we’re all suffering from the same fever. And the only cure? More Patriots cheerleader bikini videos to OMI’s “Cheerleader.” It’s like a trip to the beach, a premium Margarita, a Jimmy Buffett medley and a Cuban cigar all wrapped in a warm tortilla of implied, family-friendly sexuality. Enjoy.

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We discuss the controversial comment made by Peter Alliss during the British Open and ask are people just looking to be offended?
Dino, Kirk & Gary discuss if the Red Sox need to start valuing the youth more, regardless of how hard they fall.

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: Red Sox at Astros, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mets at Nationals, 12:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Orioles at Yankees, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Liberty at Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
Soccer: Gold Cup semifinals, 6 p.m. (FS1)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Barry Bonds might not get into the Hall of Fame anytime soon, but at least he doesn’t have to worry anymore about going to jail for being evasive when asked by a grand jury about performance-enhancing drugs supplied by his former trainer.

Federal prosecutors dropped what was left of their criminal case against Bonds on Tuesday, as the Department of Justice decided not to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the appellate decision that overturned Bonds’ obstruction of justice conviction, one day before the deadline.

“The finality of today’s decision gives me great peace,” Bonds said in a statement. “As I have said before, this outcome is something I have long wished for. I am relieved, humbled and thankful for what this means for me and my family moving forward.”

Bonds, 50, received 36.8 percent of the votes for the Hall of Fame in this year’s election, his third time on the ballot. That’s well below the 75 percent needed for induction.

Victor Conte, founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) that supplied a number of star athletes with PEDs, was critical of the government’s pursuit of Bonds.

“It seems that the government has finally come to their senses,” said Conte, who was sentenced to four months in prison and four months of home confinement for his role in the scandal. “In my opinion they should have never brought charges against Barry Bonds and wasted tens of millions of taxpayer dollars. … The Bonds case was simply a trophy-hunting expedition by these federal agents and prosecutors, and I believe they need to be held accountable for this waste of federal funds.”

Adrian Peterson didn’t have much leverage in his negotiations with the Vikings, but the team nonetheless accommodated his request for a better contract, restructuring the final three years of his deal to give him $20 million in guaranteed money.

Peterson, who prior to the adjustment had $45 million remaining on his contract but none of it guaranteed, tweeted the word “Amen” next to an emoji of praying hands.

“I appreciate the Vikings for working together on this restructured contract, which provides additional security for me but also allows opportunities for me to further prove my value to the team and within the NFL,” Peterson said in a statement. “It was important for me to continue my career in Minnesota, and I cannot wait to get on the field in front of Vikings fans again.”

The six-time Pro Bowler, who missed 15 games last season while dealing with legal issues related to child abuse charges, will be the highest-paid running back in the league.

— Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher said his program has created a four-step program in an attempt to minimize the off-field issues such as those that cropped up this month when two players were arrested in separate incidents for hitting women.

“It’s like coaching,” Fisher said Tuesday at the ACC’s media day in Pinehurst, North Carolina. “What you learn: Don’t take anything for granted. Try to cover as many things from A to Z as you possibly can to educate — don’t do this, don’t do that, don’t do that — to make sure you address every issue out there.

“You wouldn’t think you would have to say [don’t hit a woman], but you do. And we’ll continue to do that and we’ll do it even in a greater force now to educate our guys about not doing it and how to avoid those situations totally. And hopefully they’ll listen.”

Added Fisher: “I don’t think what’s happening at Florida State is relative to Florida State. It’s happening all over this country. We get more attention of it because of the success of our program and I understand it. That’s part of winning. That’s part of being one of the top programs in America and I accept that responsibility and our players have to accept that responsibility. … But we have to continue to work on the problems we have.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 22, 2004, which minor league call-up became the only left-hander to start a game for the Red Sox all season?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There is no timeline. We want to make sure we have a fair and open process.” — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, on when he will rule on Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension

STAT OF THE DAY: 20 — Consecutive at-bats without a hit for Astros designated hitter Chris Carter before he singled and homered Tuesday night to lead his team past the Red Sox, 8-3

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Padres batter Melvin Upton Jr. gets his team’s first hit against the Giants in the sixth inning while part of his bat gets stuck in the netting behind home plate.

An opossum checks out the action during the final inning of the Blue Jays-A’s game in Oakland.

NBA star Kevin Durant shows he’s not quite as good at softball, as he misses a popup during Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman‘s charity game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Abe Alvarez, who took the loss as the Red Sox fell to the Orioles, 8-3, in the first game of a doubleheader split

SOOTHING SOUNDS: George Clinton was born on this day in 1941.

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