Blog http://www.weei.com/taxonomy/term/47/all en Closing Time: Red Sox can’t overcome 5-run first inning in loss to White Sox http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/closing-time-red-sox-can%E2%80%99t-overcome-5-run-first-inning-loss-white-sox <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_98001" style="width: 410px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="wp-image-98001" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/482222544-wade-miley-of-the-boston-red-sox-throws-gettyimages.jpg" alt="Wade Miley allowed five first inning runs in the Red Sox' loss to the White Sox Tuesday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)" width="400" height="278" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Wade Miley allowed five first inning runs in the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a>&#8216; loss to the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/chicago-white-sox.htm">White Sox</a> Tuesday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)</p></div> <p>Joe Kelly&#8217;s first inning Monday night was bad &#8212; allowing four runs &#8212; putting the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> in a quick 4-0 hole.</p> <p>But, Tuesday night was even worse as Wade Miley allowed five first-inning runs, digging the Red Sox a hole they couldn&#8217;t dig out of in their 9-4 loss to the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/chicago-white-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">White Sox</a> on the night <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/pedro-martinez.htm">Pedro Martinez</a>&#8216;s number was retired before the game.</p> <p>Martinez wouldn&#8217;t have liked what he saw, as after striking out the leadoff batter, Miley allowed the next five batters to reach, all of which scored, as the White Sox took a 5-0 lead before the Red Sox even stepped to the plate.</p> <p>The big blow came on a two-run Geovany Soto double, which scored two runs. Emilio Bonifacio followed with an RBI double for the fifth run of the inning.</p> <p>Miley settled down, firing four scoreless innings until a freak play in the sixth ended his night.</p> <p>With two outs in the sixth inning and the White Sox carrying a 5-2 lead, Jose Abreu launched a first-pitch fastball to deep right-center field. Mookie Betts raced back to catch the fly ball, but after two steps hurdled his body over the right field fence.</p> <p>The outfielder tumbled into the Red Sox bullpen, landing on his head and neck. While the ball trickled out of Betts&#8217;€™ glove after landing on the ground, Abreu was initially called out. But after an umpires&#8217;€™ review, the call was over-turned, giving the White Sox slugger his 16th homer and the visitors&#8217;€™ a two-run lead.</p> <p>Making matters worse, Betts was forced to leave the game and was tested for a possible concussion.</p> <p>Miley went 5 2/3 innings allowing seven runs on 10 hits, while walking three and striking out five.</p> <p>The Red Sox cut into the White Sox&#8217; lead in the second inning on a Pablo Sandoval two-run homer the other way. That was all the Sox could get against White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija until a meaningless two runs in the ninth.</p> <p>The right-hander went 8+ innings allowing four runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out three.</p> <p>In relief of Miley, <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/justin-masterson.htm">Justin Masterson</a> allowed a towering homer to Soto in the seventh and another run in the eighth. He allowed two runs over his 3 1/3 innings of relief.</p> <p>The Red Sox have now dropped two straight games and are 2-9 since the All-Star break.</p> <p>Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox&#8217; win:</p> <p><span id="more-98000"></span><strong>WHAT WENT WRONG</strong></p> <p>&#8212; Although Miley made it into the sixth inning after his issues in the first, the Red Sox needed a better effort. He had been better at <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/fenway-park.htm">Fenway Park</a>, as he entered the game 4-2 with a 3.59 ERA at <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/fenway-park.htm" class="r_lapi">Fenway Park</a> since May 2.</p> <p>&#8212; <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/mike-napoli.htm">Mike Napoli</a> went 0-for-4 with a strike out and grounding into a double play. After a mini hot streak, he&#8217;s 0 for his last 6.</p> <p><strong>WHAT WENT RIGHT</strong></p> <p>&#8212; Sandoval&#8217;s home run was his eighth of the season, but just his third of the year at Fenway. It was the first home run for Sandoval since June 28, which spanned 90 at-bats.</p> <p>&#8212; The Red Sox held a terrific pregame ceremony to retire Martinez&#8217;s number. He ended by throwing out the first pitch to <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/jason-varitek.htm">Jason Varitek</a>.</p> Blog red sox Other Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:07:38 +0000 1393666 at http://www.weei.com Report: NFL offered reduced suspension for Tom Brady if QB admitted guilt http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/report-nfl-offered-reduced-suspension-tom-brady-if-qb-admitted-guilt <!--paging_filter--><p>According to a Tuesday night report from Pro Football Talk, the NFL was willing to drop <a href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm" class="r_lapi">Tom Brady</a>&#8216;s four-game suspension by &#8220;at least 50 percent&#8221; if the quarterback agreed to three major points: one, he admitted to having knowledge of whatever John Jastremski and Jim McNally were doing to the footballs. Two, he admitted to failing to cooperate with the Ted Wells investigation. And three, he apologized.</p> <p>For more Patriots news, check out <a href="http://www.weei.com/teams/patriots/home" target="_blank">weei.com/patriots</a>.</p> Blog patriots Other Wed, 29 Jul 2015 01:39:59 +0000 1393546 at http://www.weei.com Mookie Betts leaves game after falling over fence http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/mookie-betts-leaves-game-after-falling-over-fence <!--paging_filter--><p>What appeared to be one of the season&#8217;s more dramatic plays for the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> simply resulted in a two-run homer for Chicago&#8217;s Jose Abreu and an injured Mookie Betts.</p> <p>With two outs in the sixth inning, and the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/chicago-white-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">White Sox</a> carrying a 5-2 lead over the Red Sox, Abreu launched a Wade Miley first-pitch fastball to deep right-center field. Betts raced back to catch the fly ball, but after two steps hurdled his body over the right field fence. </p> <p>The outfielder tumbled into the Red Sox bullpen, landing on his head and neck. While the ball trickled out of Betts&#8217; glove after landing on the ground, Abreu was initially called out. But after an umpires&#8217; review, the call was over-turned, giving the White Sox slugger his 16th homer and the visitors&#8217; a two-run lead.</p> <p>Adding injury to insult, Betts would be removed from the game after having to sit on the ground just prior to reaching the Red Sox dugout. Rusney Castillo came on to replace the center fielder.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Mooooooookie <a href="https://t.co/Fk5md2MhDf">https://t.co/Fk5md2MhDf</a></p> <p>&mdash; Feitelberg (@FeitsBarstool) <a href="https://twitter.com/FeitsBarstool/status/626195299397201920">July 29, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> Blog red sox Other Wed, 29 Jul 2015 01:27:33 +0000 1393536 at http://www.weei.com Takeaways from NFL 20-page final decision upholding Tom Brady 4-game suspension http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/takeaways-nfl-20-page-final-decision-upholding-tom-brady-4-game-suspensio <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_80876" style="width: 385px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="wp-image-80876" src="http://itiswhatitis.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/455732660-commissioner-roger-goodell-talks-during-a-gettyimages-300x223.jpg" alt="Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension Tuesday. (Elsa/Getty Images)" width="375" height="280" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm">Tom Brady</a>&#8216;s four-game suspension Tuesday. (Elsa/Getty Images)</p></div> <p>The NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday that <a href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm" class="r_lapi">Tom Brady</a>&#8216;s four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate has been upheld. Brady&#8217;s appeal was heard by Goodell on June 23 and now over a month later a decision has been finally reached.</p> <p>As part of the decision being upheld, the NFL released a 20-page report where Goodell goes into each part of the case and fully explains his stance on it, including a conclusion as to why Brady&#8217;s suspension remains at four games.</p> <p>The complete 20-page report can be <a href="https://nfllabor.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/07282015-final-decision-tom-brady-appeal.pdf" target="_blank">found here</a>.</p> <p>Here are some of the takeaways:</p> <p>&#8212; The report says Brady destroyed his cellphone &#8220;on or about March 6, 2015 &#8212; the very day that he was interviewed by Mr. [Ted] Wells and his investigative team. Mr. Brady&#8217;s counsel submitted correspondence and other materials indicating that the cell phone that Mr. Brady had used from November 6, 2014 through March 5 or 6, 2015, was unavailable because it had been destroyed, and that the text messages exchanged on that cellphone could not be retrieved.&#8221;</p> <p>At his appeal hearing Brady &#8220;testified that it is practice to destroy (or to give to his assistant to destroy) his cellphone and SIM cards when he gets a new cellphone. Mr. Brady also testified that based on his typical practice, he would have asked to have the existing cellphone destroyed at or about the same time that he began using his new cellphone.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8212; Following the appeal hearing, which John Jastremski and Jim McNally did not appear as witnesses at, Goodell asked if he could get testimony from them. Brady and the NFLPA disclaimed any need to do so.</p> <p>&#8212; The report addressed Goodell hearing the appeal: &#8220;As always, I am bound, of course, by standards of fairness and consistency of treatment among players similarly situated, and I have had those standards in mind throughout my consideration of this appeal.&#8221;</p> <p><span id="more-94079"></span>&#8212; The NFLPA and Brady didn&#8217;t dispute the findings in the Wells Report, based on experiments conducted by Exponent, that the period of time McNally spent in the bathroom was more than enough time for him to release air from each of the footballs. The report said Brady and the NFLPA submitted alternative scientific analysis from AEI and had Dean Snyder, of the Yale School of Management, an economist who specializes in industrial organization speak giving counter arguments to the findings of the Wells Report.</p> <p>After listening to both sides, Goodell came to the conclusion that &#8220;the decline in pressure cannot be explained by environmental, physical or other natural factors. Instead, at least a substantial part of the decline was the result of tampering.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8212; Brady denied any involvement of being in a scheme to deflate the footballs. Goodell said he &#8220;cannot credit this denial&#8221; for a number of reasons.</p> <p>The report states: &#8220;In short, the available electronic evidence, coupled with information compiled in the investigators&#8217; interviews, leads me to conclude that Mr. Brady knew about, approved of, consented to, and provided inducements and rewards in support of a scheme by which, with Mr. Jastremski&#8217;s support, Mr. McNally tampered with the game balls. The result was to undermine, if not vitiate, the game officials&#8217; efforts to ensure that the game balls used by the Patriots compiled with league rules.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8212; The report says Brady refused to cooperate with the investigation, saying he declined to make investigators available to electronic information including texts and emails related to the subject of the investigation. Brady was asked repeatedly and even the investigators offered to &#8220;allow his counsel to select the responsive communications so that the privacy of his personal communications could be maintained.&#8221;</p> <p>Besides saying Brady was involved in a scheme to tamper with the footballs, the report says, &#8220;Mr. Brady willfully obstructed the investigation by, among other things, affirmatively arranging for destruction of his cellphone knowing it contained potentially relevant information that had been requested by the investigators.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8212; The report says nothing previous in the history of the NFL is directly comparable to this &#8212; not Bountygate, <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/brett-favre.htm">Brett Favre</a>&#8216;s case, Panthers-Vikings warming of footballs on sidelines or the Jets&#8217; equipment staff member who attempted to use unapproved equipment in plain view to prepare kicking balls. It says the &#8220;closest parallel&#8221; is the first violation of the policy governing performance enhancing drugs.</p> <p>&#8212; As for the penalty, the report says Brady knows that players are subject to being suspended for violating playing rules and he had no reason to believe that a suspension could not be imposed for what the report says Brady had knowledge of.</p> <p>&#8212; The report&#8217;s conclusion reads as follows:</p> <p><em>I entered into the appeal process open to reevaluating my assessment of Mr. Brady&#8217;s conduct and the associated discipline. Especially in light of the new evidence introduced at the hearing &#8212; evidence demonstrating that he arranged for the destruction of potentially relevant evidence that had been specifically requested by the investigators &#8212; my findings and conclusions have not changed in a matter that would benefit Mr. Brady.</em></p> <p><em>Notwithstanding my enormous respect for his accomplishments on the field and for his contributions and role in the community, I find that, with respect to the game balls used in the AFC Championship Game and the subsequent investigation, Mr. Brady engaged in contract detrimental to the integrity of, and public confidence in, the game of professional football.</em></p> <p><em>The four-game suspension is confirmed. In response to a concern raised by the NFLPA, this will confirm that compensation for the intervening bye week will be paid to Mr. Brady in equal installments over the remainder of the season once he returns from his suspension.</em></p> Blog patriots Other Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:47:07 +0000 1393481 at http://www.weei.com Photos: Red Sox retire Pedro Martinez’s No. 45 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/photos-red-sox-retire-pedro-martinez%E2%80%99s-no-45 <!--paging_filter--><p>Two days after <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/pedro-martinez.htm" class="r_lapi">Pedro Martinez</a> was inducted into the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/baseball-hall-of-fame.htm" class="r_lapi">Baseball Hall of Fame</a>, the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> retired his No. 45 during a pregame ceremony Tuesday night.</p> <p><a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/tim-wakefield.htm" class="r_lapi">Tim Wakefield</a>, <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/curt-schilling.htm" class="r_lapi">Curt Schilling</a>, Luis Tiant, Carl Yastrzemski, <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/david-ortiz.htm" class="r_lapi">David Ortiz</a> and <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/jason-varitek.htm" class="r_lapi">Jason Varitek</a> were among the many current and former Red Sox who joined Martinez on the field for the ceremony. <a href="http://www.weei.com/weei/slideshow/2015/07/28/photos-red-sox-retire-pedro-martinezs-no-45">Check out all of our photos from the ceremony here</a>.</p> <div id="attachment_97996" style="width: 560px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="http://www.weei.com/weei/slideshow/2015/07/28/photos-red-sox-retire-pedro-martinezs-no-45" data-id="97996"><img class="size-full wp-image-97996" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/PedroSpeech-e1438128310735.jpg" alt="Pedro Martinez addresses the Fenway crowd during the ceremony to retire his number. (Photo: WEEI.com)" width="550" height="413" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Pedro Martinez addresses the Fenway crowd during the ceremony to retire his number. (Photo: WEEI.com)</p></div> Blog red sox Other Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:06:25 +0000 1393411 at http://www.weei.com Jason Varitek: Pedro Martinez’s ‘best moment was almost every time he took the mound’ http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/jason-varitek-pedro-martinez%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98best-moment-was-almost-every-time-he-took <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_87961" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Varitek_Jason-Red-Sox-head-11.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-87961" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Varitek_Jason-Red-Sox-head-11.jpg" alt="Jason Varitek" width="150" height="207" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/jason-varitek.htm">Jason Varitek</a></p></div> <p><a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/jason-varitek.htm">Jason Varitek</a> was 25 when <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/pedro-martinez.htm">Pedro Martinez</a> was traded to the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> from the Expos.</p> <p>In just the second year of his major league career, the catcher was behind the plate for Martinez&#8217;s second start as a member of the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> against the Angels on April 6, 1998. When he pitched in Game 3 of the 2004 <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/world-series.htm">World Series</a> for his final <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> start, Varitek caught that too.</p> <p>&#8220;You look back and it&#8217;s just an opportunity,&#8221; he said. &#8220;I was so young &#8230; it was the most memorable moments that I had to do behind the plate. You don&#8217;t appreciate how good someone is until you play your entire career and you don&#8217;t really see it again.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;He had the physical tools with an exploding fastball, location of it, the ability to change speeds, a devastating changeup developed into the same curveball,&#8221; Varitek added. &#8220;He had plus pitches across the board, but that only goes so far unless you have the competitiveness and the heart that he had when he pitched, and it made him who he was.&#8221;</p> <p>He was emotional when Martinez gave his Hall of Fame induction speech Sunday, sitting in front of the television for three and a half hours so he wouldn&#8217;t miss a thing.</p> <p>&#8220;You just kept waiting, waiting, waiting, and he took the stage, but it showed what heart he has for both the United States and for his home, the Dominican &#8230;&#8221; Varitek said. &#8220;I&#8217;m just so proud and happy for him. It&#8217;s his moment, his time and so well deserved.&#8221;</p> <p>There isn&#8217;t a whole lot of space on the right field deck for very many retired numbers, and that, to Varitek, speaks volumes of just how big it really is to have No. 45 go up there Tuesday night.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s huge,&#8221; he said. &#8220;I mean you look on that board, and there&#8217;s only a few, there&#8217;s only room for a few [numbers], and deservedly so that Pedro&#8217;s is going to go right up there with them.&#8221;</p> <p><span id="more-97987"></span></p> <p>In Martinez&#8217;s seven years with the Red Sox, Varitek said he gained baseball knowledge working in tandem with him because of how special he was as a pitcher and how well he could read and react to a game.</p> <p>&#8220;His ability made him different,&#8221; he said. &#8220;His ability to read hitters from the mound in pressure situations, read swings, make those adjustments along with his competitiveness made him elite. He had the repertoire, but not everybody can see the game as slowly and the ability from the mound that he could, and I do truly believe that&#8217;s where I would learn from him.&#8221;</p> <p>While the right-hander had his fair share of impressive games throughout his career, his battery mate noted that each night Martinez toed the rubber, there was a chance that things could become memorable fast.</p> <p>&#8220;Everybody wants to pick the game in New York between him and <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/roger-clemens.htm">Roger [Clemens</a>], but you have opportunities,&#8221; Varitek said. &#8220;He&#8217;s had games against Cleveland. He&#8217;s had games against Anaheim, 1-0, and with some exploding offenses there too. I think the rest of our ERA for our starting staff was about 4 1/2 innings, and he&#8217;d go out there and he&#8217;d average 7 1/2, eight, whatever it was, and it was a bullpen day off, which didn&#8217;t happen too too often. His best moment was almost every time he took the mound.&#8221;</p> <p>Now that they&#8217;ve both finished their playing careers, Martinez and Varitek have positions within the Red Sox organization, working as special assistants to general manager Ben Cherington. But while their job titles are similar, Varitek said they don&#8217;t often run into one another, though he loves it when they do.</p> <p>&#8220;I love seeing him,&#8221; he said. &#8220;I love the impact, his knowledge, every time he speaks about pitching you want to put an ear in there and listen because he struggled. He&#8217;s been through struggles, so it wasn&#8217;t always easy for him. He understands the different levels and trying to work toward seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and perfecting your craft, but along the way also not ever quitting and be determined towards that and don&#8217;t fall short of your own dreams. I think he does am excellent job of portraying that.</p> <p>&#8220;He had some gifts and ability to manipulate that baseball that only he can relate that sometimes to pitchers to where it comes out of <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/pedro-martinez.htm">Pedro Martinez</a>&#8216;s mouth, then somebody&#8217;s going to listen.&#8221;</p> Blog red sox Other Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:22:52 +0000 1393346 at http://www.weei.com Patriots ‘cannot comprehend’ Roger Goodell upholding four-game suspension for Tom Brady http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/patriots-%E2%80%98cannot-comprehend%E2%80%99-roger-goodell-upholding-four-game-suspension <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_93547" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img src="http://itiswhatitis.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/462659358-tom-brady-of-the-new-england-patriots-hugs-gettyimages-300x217.jpg" alt="Tom Brady and Roger Goodell in happier times. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)" width="300" height="217" class="size-medium wp-image-93547" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm" class="r_lapi">Tom Brady</a> and Roger Goodell in happier times. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)</p></div> <p>The Patriots will not sit by and watch the NFL try to destroy the reputation of their starting quarterback. </p> <p>The team issued a strong statement Tuesday afternoon in the wake of Commissioner Roger Goodell&#8217;s decision to uphold the four-game suspension of <a href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm" class="r_lapi">Tom Brady</a>. </p> <p>&#8220;We are extremely disappointed in today&#8217;€™s ruling by Commissioner Goodell,&#8221; the statement began. &#8220;We cannot comprehend the league&#8217;€™s position in this matter. Most would agree that the penalties levied originally were excessive and unprecedented, especially in light of the fact that the league has no hard evidence of wrongdoing. We continue to unequivocally believe in and support Tom Brady. </p> <p>&#8220;We also believe that the laws of science continue to underscore the folly of this entire ordeal. Given all of this, it is incomprehensible as to why the league is attempting to destroy the reputation of one of its greatest players and representatives.&#8221;</p> <p>This is the strongest statement the team has issued since it released &#8220;The Wells Report in Context&#8221; on its website in May, shortly after the Wells report was released on May 6. </p> Blog patriots Other Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:05:34 +0000 1393156 at http://www.weei.com NFLPA responds to ‘outrageous decision’ of Tom Brady suspension being upheld http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/nflpa-responds-%E2%80%98outrageous-decision%E2%80%99-tom-brady-suspension-being-upheld <!--paging_filter--><p>The NFL had its say, <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm">Tom Brady</a>&#8216;s agent had his say and now the NFLPA has its say.</p> <p>In response to Brady&#8217;s four-game suspension being upheld, the NFLPA released the following statement:</p> <p><em>The Commissioner&#8217;s ruling today did nothing to address the legal deficiencies of due process. The NFL remains stuck with the following facts:</em></p> <ul> <li><em>The NFL had no policy that applied to players;</em></li> <li><em>The NFL provided no notice of any such policy or potential discipline to players;</em></li> <li><em>The NFL resorted to a nebulous standard of &#8220;general awareness&#8221; to predicate a legally unjustified punishment;</em></li> <li><em>The NFL had no procedures in place until two days ago to test air pressure in footballs; and</em></li> <li><em>The NFL violated the plain meaning of the collective bargaining agreement.</em></li> </ul> <p><em>The fact that the NFL would resort to basing a suspension on a smoke screen of irrelevant text messages instead of admitting that they have all of the phone records they asked for is a new low, even for them, but it does nothing to correct their errors.</em></p> <p><em>The NFLPA will appeal this outrageous decision on behalf of <a href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm" class="r_lapi">Tom Brady</a>.</em></p> <p>For more Patriots news, visit <a href="http://www.weei.com/teams/patriots/home">weei.com/patriots</a>.</p> Blog patriots Other Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:42:08 +0000 1393091 at http://www.weei.com John Farrell: ‘Guys are fully aware that the deadline is fast approaching’ http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/john-farrell-%E2%80%98guys-are-fully-aware-deadline-fast-approaching%E2%80%99 <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_90984" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-full wp-image-90984" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Farrell_John-Red-Sox-head-15.jpg" alt="John Farrell" width="150" height="212" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/john-farrell.htm" class="r_lapi">John Farrell</a></p></div> <p>It&#8217;s no secret there will be more <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> players traded in the coming days.</p> <p>With the Red Sox 13 games back of <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/new-york-yankees.htm" class="r_lapi">the Yankees</a> in the AL East and 12 games below .500, there will be some movement as the team begins to shift its focus towards 2016.</p> <p>Manager John Farrell noted there is a little different feel than last year, as there were many names rumored in trade talks &#8212; notably <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/jon-lester.htm" class="r_lapi">Jon Lester</a>. There isn&#8217;t that one premier player or rumor this year.</p> <p>&#8220;The difference between this year and last year is I think you see a lot of rumors surrounding individual names, precipitating in trades,&#8221; Farrell said. &#8220;That rumor hasn&#8217;t been nearly as strong surrounding guys last year. It is that time of year. Guys are fully aware that the deadline is fast approaching. I don&#8217;t think it&#8217;s as prevalent in the minds of the guys here and the lack of that rumor. If there&#8217;s anything that is kind of leaning that way, we try and give guys a heads up as best possible, but that&#8217;s not the case.&#8221;</p> <p>One player who has been rumored in trades after <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/shane-victorino.htm" class="r_lapi">Shane Victorino</a> was dealt yesterday is <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/mike-napoli.htm" class="r_lapi">Mike Napoli</a>. After struggling much of the season, the first baseman has turned it around of late. Over his last 10 games he&#8217;s hitting .355.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;€™s something that&#8217;€™s out of my control,&#8221; Napoli said of possibly being dealt. &#8220;I come here, work hard every day to get myself better. Go out there, play hard and try to help us win that day. It&#8217;€™s something I don&#8217;€™t really think about. I come here and get my work in and do what I can.&#8221;</p> <p>The Red Sox first baseman did speak of how much he loves Boston, but didn&#8217;t want to get into much about how sad he would be if traded.</p> <p>&#8220;I don&#8217;€™t know. I guess I&#8217;€™ll answer that if it happens,&#8221; he said. &#8220;I love this place. I bought a place here, I live here. Love this city, love the people here. I&#8217;€™ve really enjoyed it. If that time comes, I&#8217;€™ll touch on my thoughts then.&#8221;</p> <p>With the Victorino trade on Monday, Farrell himself admitted it says the team is focusing now on the future. The manager didn&#8217;t want to get into what that would mean for the team overall until after Friday&#8217;s deadline has passed.</p> <p>&#8220;I think it&#8217;s probably best we get through these next few days,&#8221; Farrell said. &#8220;It&#8217;s kind of a mark on the calendar that you &#8212; I think there are some things that are obvious and if it affects an individual then that&#8217;s when a sit down 1-on-1 comes down a little more regularly.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>OTHER RED SOX NOTES</strong></p> <p><span id="more-97984"></span>&#8212; Brock Holt is doing better after missing the last two games after hyperextending his knee Sunday night. He could have played Tuesday.</p> <p>&#8220;Improved today,&#8221; Farrell said. &#8220;Went through a full baseball activity. Ground balls, took some swings, he ran, change of direction. He&#8217;s available tonight, but felt like it was best to give him one more day to get over this.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8212; <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/dustin-pedroia.htm" class="r_lapi">Dustin Pedroia</a> received a PRP injection for his injured hamstring Monday. Farrell said it wouldn&#8217;t impact his return. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday.</p> <p>&#8220;No, that doesn&#8217;t change the original time frame,&#8221; Farrell said. &#8220;And yet, there&#8217;s kind of a projected date for his return. Pedey will be back to us when he&#8217;s first available.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8212; The Red Sox have not made a decision on whether or not Joe Kelly will make his next start.</p> Blog red sox Other Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:31:44 +0000 1393096 at http://www.weei.com Tom Brady’s agent slams Roger Goodell, says ‘appeal process was a sham’ http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/tom-brady%E2%80%99s-agent-slams-roger-goodell-says-%E2%80%98appeal-process-was-sham%E2%80%99 <!--paging_filter--><p><a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm">Tom Brady</a>&#8216;s agent Don Yee issued the following statement via ESPN&#8217;s Adam Schefter Tuesday afternoon in the wake of the league&#8217;s decision to uphold Brady&#8217;s four-game suspension:</p> <p>&#8220;The Commissioner&#8217;s decision is deeply disappointing, but not surprising because the appeal process was thoroughly lacking in procedural fairness.</p> <p>&#8220;Most importantly, neither Tom nor the Patriots did anything wrong. And the NFL has no evidence that anything inappropriate occurred.</p> <p>&#8220;The appeal process was a sham, resulting in the Commissioner rubber-stamping his own decision. For example, the Wells investigative team was given over 100 days to conduct its investigation. Just days prior to the appeal hearing, we were notified that we would only have four hours to present a defense; therefore, we didn&#8217;t have enough time to examine important witnesses. Likewise, it was represented to the public that the Wells team was &#8216;independent,&#8217; however, when we requested documents from Wells, our request was rejected on the basis of privilege. We therefore had no idea as to what Wells found from other witnesses, nor did we know what those other witnesses said.</p> <p><span id="more-94064"></span></p> <p>&#8220;These are just two examples of how the Commissioner failed to ensure a fair process.</p> <p>&#8220;Additionally, the science in the Wells Report was junk. It has been thoroughly discredited by independent third parties.</p> <p>&#8220;Finally, as to the issue of cooperation, we presented the Commissioner with an unprecedented amount of electronic data, all of which is incontrovertible. I do not think that any private citizen would have agreed to provide anyone with the amount of information that Tom was willing to reveal to the Commissioner. Tom was completely transparent. All of the electronic information was ignored; we don&#8217;t know why. The extent to which Tom opened up his private life to the Commissioner will become clear in the coming days.</p> <p>&#8220;The Commissioner&#8217;s decision and discipline has no precedent in all of NFL history. His decision alters the competitive balance of the upcoming season. The decision is wrong and has no basis, and it diminishes the integrity of the game.&#8221;</p> <p>For more Patriots news, check out <a href="http://www.weei.com/teams/patriots/home" target="_blank">weei.com/patriots</a>.</p> Blog patriots Other Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:56:30 +0000 1393006 at http://www.weei.com Red Sox claim reliever Jean Machi off waivers, Clay Buchholz transferred to 60-day disabled list http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/red-sox-claim-reliever-jean-machi-waivers-clay-buchholz-transferred-60-da <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_90918" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-full wp-image-90918" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Bucholz_Clay-Red-Sox-head-15.jpg" alt="Clay Buchholz" width="150" height="216" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/clay-buchholz.htm" class="r_lapi">Clay Buchholz</a></p></div> <p>It&#8217;s clear the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> need to add to their bullpen and they got that process started Tuesday.</p> <p>The Red Sox claimed right-handed pitcher Jean Machi off waivers from the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/san-francisco-giants.htm" class="r_lapi">Giants</a> and to make room for him on the 40-man roster, Clay Buchholz (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.</p> <p>The expectation even before the transfer to the 60-day DL was that Buchholz would pitch in September. He is eligible to return Sept. 9.</p> <p>&#8220;Yeah, once the PRP injection was had, that was adding some time,&#8221; manager <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/john-farrell.htm" class="r_lapi">John Farrell</a> said. &#8220;Now when you start to map out the down time following the injection, the initial flat ground throwing program, the mound progression, rehab starts, we&#8217;re into September.&#8221;</p> <p>Farrell still expects Buchholz to pitch again this season and wants him to as a positive note heading into next season.</p> <p>&#8220;Still [do], and I think it would be important for all involved to go into the offseason with some game activity under his belt,&#8221; he said. &#8220;I think that would give some peace of mind to Clay going into the offseason as well as everyone else.&#8221;</p> <p>Machi was designated for assignment on July 20. In 33 outings for the Giants this season, all in relief, he went 1-0 with a 5.14 ERA and 22 strikeouts, making 23 scoreless appearances.</p> <p>&#8220;An opportunity to take a look at a guy that will pitch out of the middle for us,&#8221; Farrell said. &#8220;We know it&#8217;s been about eight days since he&#8217;s been designated so there&#8217;s a little bit of time here where we&#8217;ve got to get back on the mound. Someone who has had two strong years prior to this one. Like I said, it&#8217;s an opportunity to take a look at someone.&#8221;</p> <p>In 122 appearances between 2013 and 2014, the first two full seasons of his major league career, the native of Venezuela ranked 10th among <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/national-league.htm" class="r_lapi">National League</a> relievers (min. 100.0 IP) with a combined 2.49 ERA.</p> <p>Farrell said he didn&#8217;t have any reports as to why there was a dip in numbers this season.</p> <p>&#8220;I don&#8217;t have a whole lot of reports,&#8221; he said. &#8220;I was first made aware of it last night that we had some interest. When the waiver period expired today we were awarded the claim. I don&#8217;t have any specifics as to why performance is down from the last two years.&#8221;</p> Blog red sox Other Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:53:45 +0000 1392996 at http://www.weei.com Red Sox lineup: Brock Holt sits again (knee), Alejandro De Aza bats second http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/red-sox-lineup-brock-holt-sits-again-knee-alejandro-de-aza-bats-second <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_90923" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-full wp-image-90923" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Holt_Brock-Red-Sox-head-15.jpg" alt="Brock Holt" width="150" height="213" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Brock Holt</p></div> <p>Though manager <a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2015/07/27/red-sox-pregame-notes-brock-holt-hyperextended-knee-expected-back-in-lineup-tuesday/" target="_blank">John Farrell said Brock Holt would likely be back in the lineup Tuesday</a> after hyperextending his knee on Sunday, the utility man will get another day off when the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> play Game 2 of their series with the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/chicago-white-sox.htm">White Sox</a>.</p> <p>Alejandro De Aza, who entered Monday night&#8217;s game as a pinch hitter, will occupy the two-spot in the lineup to face Chicago righty Jeff Samardzija. The right fielder is 5-for-25 over his last 10 games and hasn&#8217;t recorded an extra-base hit since July 2.</p> <p>Blake Swihart will be behind the plate to catch Wade Miley.</p> <p>For an extensive look at Tuesday&#8217;s matchups, <a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2015/07/28/tuesdays-red-sox-white-sox-matchups-wade-miley-vs-jeff-samardzija/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p>Here is a complete look at the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> lineup:</p> <p>Mookie Betts, CF<br /> Alejandro De Aza, RF<br /> Xander Bogaerts, SS<br /> <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/david-ortiz.htm">David Ortiz</a>, DH<br /> <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/hanley-ramirez.htm">Hanley Ramirez</a>, LF<br /> Pablo Sandoval, 3B<br /> <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/mike-napoli.htm">Mike Napoli</a>, 1B<br /> Blake Swihart, C<br /> Jamie Weeks, 2B<br /> Wade Miley, LHP</p> Blog red sox Other Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:34:11 +0000 1392876 at http://www.weei.com Report: Tom Brady, NFLPA will take NFL to court after 4-game suspension upheld http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/report-tom-brady-nflpa-will-take-nfl-court-after-4-game-suspension-upheld <!--paging_filter--><p>According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, <a href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm" class="r_lapi">Tom Brady</a> and the NFLPA will be taking the league to court after commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.</p> <p>The report says Brady has two options &#8212; fast-track it with an injunction, or take more of a slow-play route and keep it going until after the season.</p> <p>This comes to no surprise as it was widely reported Brady would not accept anything unless he didn&#8217;t have to miss any games.</p> <p>For more Patriots news, visit <a href="http://www.weei.com/teams/patriots/home">weei.com/patriots</a>.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Tom Brady &amp; NFLPA will see the NFL in court. 2 options: fast-track it with an injunction or slow-play, keep it going until after the season</p> <p>&#8216;€” Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/626101593709129728">July 28, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script></p> Blog patriots Other Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:31:12 +0000 1392881 at http://www.weei.com Tom Brady destroyed cell phone shortly around meeting with Ted Wells http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/tom-brady-destroyed-cell-phone-shortly-around-meeting-ted-wells <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_78991" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-full wp-image-78991" src="http://itiswhatitis.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Brady_Tom-Patriots-head-14.jpg" alt="Tom Brady" width="150" height="221" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm">Tom Brady</a></p></div> <p>Within the NFL&#8217;s press release announce <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm">Tom Brady</a>&#8216;s suspension has been upheld, the NFL said Brady had his cell phone destroyed on or shortly before March 6, the day he met with Ted Wells.</p> <p>Here is the statement from the NFL regarding the cell phone:</p> <p><em>&#8220;On or shortly before March 6, the day that <a href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm" class="r_lapi">Tom Brady</a> met with independent investigator Ted Wells and his colleagues, Brady directed that the cell phone he had used for the prior four months be destroyed. He did so even though he was aware that the investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on that phone. &#8216;During the four months that the cell phone was in use, Brady had exchanged nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can now be retrieved from that device. The destruction of the cell phone was not disclosed until June 18, almost four months after the investigators had first sought electronic information from Brady.&#8221;</em></p> Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Blog patriots Other Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:22:50 +0000 1392756 at http://www.weei.com NFL upholds Tom Brady’s four-game Deflategate suspension http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/nfl-upholds-tom-brady%E2%80%99s-four-game-deflategate-suspension <!--paging_filter--><p>The NFL announced Tuesday that <a href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm" class="r_lapi">Tom Brady</a>&#8216;s four-game suspension has been upheld.</p> <p>The league issued the following statement:</p> <p>&#8220;NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld today the four-game suspension imposed on <a href="http://media.weei.com/football/new-england-patriots.htm" class="r_lapi">New England Patriots</a> quarterback <a href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm" class="r_lapi">Tom Brady</a> on May 11. Brady&#8217;s appeal from that discipline was heard for more than ten hours on June 23. In the opinion informing Brady that his appeal had been denied, Commissioner Goodell emphasized important new information disclosed by Brady and his representatives in connection with the hearing.</p> <p>&#8220;On or shortly before March 6, the day that Tom Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells and his colleagues, Brady directed that the cell phone he had used for the prior four months be destroyed. He did so even though he was aware that the investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on that phone. During the four months that the cell phone was in use, Brady had exchanged nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can now be retrieved from that device. The destruction of the cell phone was not disclosed until June 18, almost four months after the investigators had first sought electronic information from Brady.</p> <p>&#8220;Based on the Wells Report and the evidence presented at the hearing, Commissioner Goodell concluded in his decision that Brady was aware of, and took steps to support, the actions of other team employees to deflate game footballs below the levels called for by the NFL&#8217;s Official Playing Rules. The commissioner found that Brady&#8217;s deliberate destruction of potentially relevant evidence went beyond a mere failure to cooperate in the investigation and supported a finding that he had sought to hide evidence of his own participation in the underlying scheme to alter the footballs.&#8221;</p> <p>For more Patriots news, check out <a href="http://www.weei.com/teams/patriots/home" target="_blank">weei.com/patriots</a>.</p> Blog patriots Other Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:40:07 +0000 1392746 at http://www.weei.com