Former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield, who retired on Friday, joined The Big Show on Monday to discuss his career and his future.
"It's hard to imagine that today's the first day for pitchers and catchers to be in camp," Wakefield said. "Today's a tough day for me, not being there and knowing that I'm not going to be there. It's just something I have to adapt to now."
If Wakefield were to have returned for an 18th season with the Red Sox, it likely would not have been one in which he was guaranteed a spot in the starting rotation. In making his decision, Wakefield admitted he entertained the idea of having a greatly diminished role.
"I actually was. I was definitely entertaining the idea," he said. "The Red Sox were very cordial in keeping me in the loop with everything that was going on. I just wanted to play another year, obviously, and it didn't matter if I was a No. 5 starter or a 6 or 7 starter. I...
Rajon Rondo has been suspended for two games without pay by the NBA following his actions in the third quarter of the Celtics' game with the Pistons on Sunday night. Rondo threw the ball at referee Sean Wright after he didn't get a call on a drive to the basket. He was given two technical fouls and ejected.
Rondo's suspension will begin Monday night when the Celtics play the Mavericks and will also include Wednesday's game against Oklahoma City. He'll be eligible to return on Feb. 28 when the Celtics play at Cleveland following the All-Star break.
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FORT MYERS -- The news was not encouraging Monday on Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks, who is with the team this spring after suffering a pulmonary embolism last year and back surgery in the offseason.
"Bobby said he'd like to take it one week at a time and I'd say that means he's a long ways away from thinking about baseball activities," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "He's really had a terrible offseason, health-wise. He's a real back-burner guy. I don't expect to see him in many baseball activities for a while -- if at all this spring."
Valentine is hopeful to have Jenks available to the team in midseason.
"I would think that he would be that in-season trade that everyone would be looking for and we would have him here already," Valentine said. "That's what I'm hoping for at this time. I would think sometime into the season. That's my opinion, not written in any holy grail."
Slugger Manny Ramirez told ESPN's Pedro Gomez that he has signed with the Athletics. According to ESPN, the contract is worth "about $500,000."
Ramirez, 39, will miss the first 50 games of the regular season, as he retired last season rather than serving a suspension for violating the league's drug policy as a member of the Rays. The incident was the second such infraction for Ramirez.
In his career, Ramirez has hit .312/.411/.585 with 555 homers and 1,831 runs batted in. He has played for the Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, White Sox and Rays over the course of his career, winning the World Series with Boston in 2004 and 2007.
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FORT MYERS -- Kevin Youkilis is in the last guaranteed year of a four-year, $41.125 million deal he signed with the Red Sox before the 2009 season. The team holds a $13 million option for his services for the 2013 campaign.
That deal would represent a reasonable salary if Youkilis, 32, is once again healthy and returns to his place as one of the most productive hitters in the American League for last year. However, the option might give the Sox pause if Youkilis is once again unable to stay on the field (after suffering season-ending injuries that had him averaging 111 games in 2010-11) or suffers a performance decline.
Yet Youkilis says that his contract status for next season will not be on his mind as he gets ready for this year, his ninth as a member of the Red Sox. He does want to remain in the only organization for whom he's ever played for as long as he can, but Youkilis said that he will not dwell on his contract or earnings potential....
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after the Red Sox beat the White Sox behind a solid outing from Clay buchholz
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Kirk still can't fathom why Paul or Ken would want to produce the morning show. Some shade is thrown at another potential candidate.
Ted Cruz lost Indiana and gave up his bid for the GOP nomination. Donald Trump didn't exactly bring the heat in his victory speech.
Curt Schilling joined the show to defend himself about his selfish call to OMF yesterday.
Dr. Thomas Gill calls in to give his input on Pablo Sandoval's season ending surgery, and tells the guys how long he thinks the third baseman will be out.
The Celtics are approaching a very important off season, and Danny Ainge needs to figure out a plan to get a star in Boston...most importantly Kevin Durant. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about who the team needs to go after.
Tom Werner was in studio today and Christian could not hold himself back when Tom Werner mentioned the comedian "Whitney Cummings."
John Farrell calls us from Chicago to talk Pablo, E-Rod, Joe Kelly, Travis Shaw and much more.
Four at Four bled into some genuine discussion about who this town's greatest villains truly are.
Inspired by A-Rod's appearance at Fenway, we discuss four of our biggest Villains/nemesis' on the Boston sports scene.
Mikey and Lenny talk Clay Buchholz' struggles, and visit the Ghosts of Baseball past (Well, some of them are still alive...)
Mikey and Lenny talk Sox and Sandoval
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
The New Age Insiders had the chance to take fan questions that were left over from their LIVE show on Tuesday, and had the pleasure to talk to wrestler on the rise, JT Dunn! Follow us on Twitter at @NewAgeInsiders
This week we are joined by Jon Albanese, manger of Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio and talk about golf returning to the Olympics, Tiger Woods and more. We also look back at the Zurich Classic and preview Wells Fargo Championship.
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