Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly conversation on the Dale & Holley Show, took stock of his time with former Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez as he looked ahead to the slugger's return to Fenway Park with the Dodgers this weekend.
"I have no idea how this is going to be. This will be one of the more interesting returns, probably, in the history of the game," said Francona. "It could range anywhere from them throwing a parade to a riot. You just don't know."
In parts of eight seasons with the Red Sox, Ramirez hit 274 homers and hit .312 with a .411 OBP, .588 slugging mark and .999 OPS while driving in 868 runs. He also created more than a couple of managerial headaches, but Francona chose to emphasize what his former star did when on the field.
"There’s no getting around what Manny did for us. I don’t know that I really want to. This guy was one...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley Show, said that shortstop Marco Scutaro would not be in the lineup against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday due to "a little procedure ... to alleviate some of the stress on his neck that everyone is talking about." Francona said that the procedure was conducted on the off-day on Monday, and that the Sox wanted to use the off-day to give the shortstop a couple of days of rest.
"He's done a terrific job of playing through a lot of aches and pains," said Francona.
With Scutaro out, outfielder Daniel Nava will make his third straight start and hit leadoff. Francona said that the outfielder sees a lot of pitches and swings at strikes, making him a good fit for the role, particularly given that J.D. Drew is not uncomfortable leading off.
"We're going to ride the Nava wave," Francona said...
Guard Logan Mankins was not in attendance Tuesday at the first day of the Patriots' mini-camp. Mankins declined to sign the Patriots' restricted free agent offer Monday and reportedly has been asked to be traded. According to multiple reports, Mankins turned down an offer of seven years, $35 million from the team. The Patriots retain his rights, with contract tender standing at $1.54 million (110 percent of his 2009 contract.)
Speaking at the mini-camp, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said when asked Mankins, "Right now, I'm just focusing on the players who are here." When asked further, Belichick added, "Contract situations. are between the player and the club." Belichick also briefly touched on the progress of wide receiver Wes Welker, saying, "I think he's doing all right ... he's got a long rehab. He's coming along. I'm impressed with his work ethic." ...
Two of the referees who participated in the Celtics' Game 2 win against the Lakers in Los Angeles will be officiating Game 6, Monty McCutchen and Ken Mauer, with Joe DeRosa serving as the third referee for Tuesday night's finals game between the Celts and LA. In Game 2 the Lakers were afforded 41 free throw attempts to the Celtics' 26, but LA's Kobe Bryant also was whistled for his fifth foul early in the fourth quarter on a charge call issued by Mauer. After the game Lakers coach Phil Jackson complained that Derek Fisher wasn't being allowed to properly guard Ray Allen, who set a record for most 3-pointers in a finals game. DeRosa reffed Game 1, where there were 67 free throw attempts.
ESPN NBA analyst Tim Legler talked to the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning about all things NBA finals, including the fact that Lakers need more from their players not named Kobe Bryant if they are to be successful in the final two games of the series.
“If you’re Phil Jackson, you hope you can get it from somewhere because I don’t care what Kobe Bryant does tonight, it’s not going to be enough unless he gets some more balance across the board,” Legler said.
One of the main reasons the Lakers were unable to get that balance was a lack of trust from their superstar, according to Legler. “For Kobe Bryant, the problem right now is as the game goes on and the Celtics make a run in the second half, Kobe trusts his teammates less and less and less. And that’s a big problem for the...
The Boston Herald's Ron Borges joined the show to discuss his column in today's paper on Vince Wilfork. He thinks the Pats should keep Vince.
Boston Globe Patriots writer Ben Volin joined the show with the latest on the offseason. He said it is most likely that Julian Edelman returns next season due to his agent's relationship with the team.
Mike Florio of NBC Sports and ProFootballTalk.com joins the show to discuss the status of Aqib Talib and the exciting prospect of Darrelle Revis being traded by the Bucs to a CB-needy team.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN joins Mut and Lou to discuss the future of the struggling Celtics as well as the rocky relationship between Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens and Rajon Rondo
ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about Rajon Rondo's birthday mishap.
Jackie MacMullan joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo's unexcused absence from the Celtics game in Sacramento and how the organization feels about Brad Stevens.
Mikey and Ryder talk with Hall of Fame baseball player and current analyst/broadcaster Dennis Eckersley. Eck gives all kinds of insight into the Red Sox current pitching staff and how valuable a reliable bullpen can be. He also talks about how the game has changed since his playing days.
In 2013, Jackie Bradley Jr. used a non-roster invitation to big league spring training as a platform to an unexpected major league performance. Yet by and large, prospects in big league camp for the first time have more modest goals of creating familiarity -- both on their part with the big league setting, and in an effort to try to impress the big league coaching staff to position themselves for in-season call-ups. Red Sox prospects Garin Cecchini, Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo and Bryce Brentz discuss their outlook on their first big league camps, while Bradley joins to explain the difference he feels this year in his second big league camp.
Red Sox NESN color man Jerry Remy joined Dennis & Callahan to discuss his first broadcast since his sons arrest last October.
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
Andy Brickley of NESN joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on what trade moves the Bruins might make, if any, as the trade deadline approaches.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed his 100th fight as a Boston Bruin last night. He added that he hopes the Bruins remain intact at today's NHL deadline.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. The guys discussed Dennis Rodman's bizarre comments to ESPN over the weekend.
The guys opened the show by discussing the True Detective finale last night on HBO. All in all the guys were happy with the ending.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today they discussed the ongoing controversy surrounding the Oscars and Andrew Garfield.
Mut and Lou talk about which free agents they want to hear rumored to be going to the Pats.
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, shares his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
Mut and Lou are both dissapointed by the Bruins lackluster moves at the deadline. Meszaros and Harry Potter? Really?
The three man booth breaks down all the rumors, possibilities, trade scenarios, signings and more, and takes your calls about it all.
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Tom E Curran and Michael Holley talked Celtics, Rondo and the return of Paul Pierce to the Garden, and we were joined by a fan who wears his emotions on his sleeve, and wasn't afraid to show them for the Celtics.
Mikey, Lenny and Bill Fairweather are joined by the legendary Bob Lobel, who talks about his career in Boston, his thoughts on some of the goings on, and some great sports talk.
Mikey, Ryder and Lenny talk with Mikey's buddy, former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee. Bill talks about bad neighbors, his playing days with the Sox and beyond.
In 2013, Xander Bogaerts reached the big leagues in August and had a transformative impact on the Red Sox' pursuit of a World Series. Bogaerts discusses how that development, in turn, proved transformative for his life on and off the field. Looking ahead, Garin Cecchini might be the prospect most likely to have a Bogaerts-like impact on the Red Sox' fortunes in 2014. The third base prospect joins the podcast to discuss his player development and outlook for the coming season.More from this show