New Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford appeared with Dennis & Callahan in Fort Myers, Fla., on Wednesday morning. He talked about how he's fitting in so far and why he came to Boston instead of New York.
Crawford said the assimilation process for him and Adrian Gonzalez has been smooth so far. "It’s real good," he said. "They’re showing a lot of love. We’re fitting in really well and just trying to find our place around the clubhouse."
Crawford said he isn't worried about the high expectations fans have for him. "Just go out there and play my best," he said. "The expectations don’t worry me like that. Just go out there and be myself, and I should be fine."
Crawford also talked about his decision to sign with the Red Sox. He said he wanted to stay in the American League East because he was already familiar with the pitchers, cities...
Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon dropped by for a visit with the Dennis & Callahan show on Wednesday from spring training in Fort Myers, Fla.
The main topic of the conversation was Papelbon's impending free agency at the end of this season and his future in Boston or elsewhere. "I don't have a Magic 8-Ball to give you that answer," he said of speculation about his future. "I'm not really concerned with it. I really want to go out this year and take the team that we have and go and do the things that we're expected to do and go as far as we think we can go. And then whatever happens happens. I think if I sit there and worry about it, it's going to affect how this team goes out and how I go out this year and play. So, I don't worry about it."
Asked if he would be OK pitching elsewhere, Papelbon said: "I'd have to be OK with it. If that's what happens, that's something that would be inevitable...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland, almost a year removed from surgery to remove a cavernous malformation of cells on his brain stem, has progressed in his baseball activities to the point where he is taking batting practice on the field in front of other players. He is now throwing from as far as 120 feet and suggests that he has made significant strides while running.
Westmoreland is still working to regain advanced motor function (for instance, tying his shoes remains a significant challenge) and there remains no timetable for his return to minor league games. But Westmoreland, whose weight is back at a robust 212-215 pounds thanks to his work in the weight room, suggests that he does not need target dates so long as he maintains the steady progress he has made since returning to baseball activities in Sept.
“It hasn’t even been a year and I’m already doing things that no doctor...
Yankees star Derek Jeter and owner Hank Steinbrenner downplayed Steinbrenner’s comments from Monday that some players weren’t focused enough last season after the World Series title in 2009. Steinbrenner referenced unnamed players “building mansions and other things, not concentrating on winning.” Jeter has been building a 30,000-square-foot home in the Tampa area for the past three years.
Steinbrenner reportedly got word to Jeter on Tuesday that the captain was not the target of his ire, and Jeter laughed off the comment. “I have no problem with Hank — he didn’t say it to me. I don’t think my name came out of his mouth,” Jeter said. “Don’t make it out that I have a problem.”
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Rajon Rondo turned 25 on Tuesday and he capped his day with a 19-point, 15-assist performance as the Celtics snapped their Golden State jinx with a 115-93 win over the Warriors. The last time the Celtics won in Oakland, Jiri Welsch started alongside Paul Pierce and Mark Blount and Ricky Davis scored double figures. That was December of 2003.
This Celtics-Warriors game followed a familar script for a time. The Celtics opened up a big early lead but looked tired and slow as Golden State ran up and down the floor. But the Celtics recovered to tie the game at halftime and then put the defensive hammer down in the second half, allowing just 33 points. Kevin Garnett added 24 points and 12 rebounds, Paul Pierce scored 23 and Ray Allen chipped in with 18. Glen Davis added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Delonte West and Semih Erden also returned to the lineup but combined to miss five shots and neither scored in 26 minutes....
Greg and Chris talk more offseason happenings with the Pats and their plans. They talk about some of the free agents toward the bottom of the list with Stevan Ridley and Dan Connolly. Price thinks that Connolly could end up back with the Pats and Ridley elsewhere (Cowboys?), but Greg thinks they both could be back. They also chat about the departure of VInce Wilfork and what he meant to the organization, the re-signing of McCourty and more.
The very first airing of the offseason edition of NFL Sunday gets underway with Greg and Chris delving into the free agency period and how the Pats made out. Of course they lost Revis to the Jets, but what else went on? Greg isn't over the loss of Revis yet and the guys discuss what went into that whole ordeal. Price is looking forward to the additions of Chandler and Cadet. They also get a call from Mike Petraglia and get his thoughts on the Pats offseason moves.
We talk to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News about his column today which basically accuses the Patriots of sour grapes for asking the league to enforce their own rules against tampering.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase kick off this weeks show by talking to Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly about his biceps recovery, getting ready for the season and his NCAA brackets. They then talk about the Red Sox depth at closer with Koji Uehara questionable for the start of the season.
Jack Edwards of NESN joins Dale, Michael and Jerry. With 9 games left the Bruins don't have much if any margin of error, and Jack knows it.
DJ, Joe and Pete talk more playoff scenarios in hour 2 and if the Bruins can get in, they'll be a very dangerous team... to the point where DJ thinks teams would much rather face the Senators and are doing their best to oust the Bruins from the equation. It's become apparent now more than ever that Chiarelli probably needed to pull the trigger on a deal for a defenseman at the trade deadline. Also. Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun joins the boys to discuss the Hamburglar and the Senators and Bruins being neck-and-neck for a playoff spot.
With the Senators hot on the tail of the Bruins for a spot in the playoffs, Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun calls into Sunday Skate. He talks about "the Hamburglar" craze sweeping through the league as goalie Andrew Hammond has really stepped up for Ottawa. They discuss playoff chances, the fans' reaction in Ottawa and more.
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The great Lisa Scherber joined us to discuss today's trip to Fort Myers with 46 Jimmy Fund patients.
D&C's favorite author joined the show to discuss his new book.
We hear more audio from Christian's day between the pipes. He did his best to try and intimidate the small children shooting on him.
After Christian gave away his children's dog, we find out that Lola eventually found a better home.
During the recess of the Aaron Hernandez murder trial, Ted Daniel describes the first half of Shayana Jenkins testimony.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss David Ortiz's self-penned piece which took on such topics as steroids, the media, his contract and more. And we get into a back and forth about the fan perception of him in Boston, and why he can be so polarizing at times, even with the on-field track record he has.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss some of the testimony from Aaron Hernandez' fiancee, and try and judge how her words might change the outcome of this case.
Dale and Michael talk Bruins after they managed to snatch defeat from the claws of victory and blow a late game lead to the Anaheim Ducks. With the playoffs still in question, the Bruins need more efforts like that, and more luck.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
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