New Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey stopped by to chat with Dennis & Callahan at spring training Friday morning in Fort Myers, Fla.
Bailey has toiled in near obscurity with the A's, and he acknowledged that he won't be considered an elite closer until he proves he can do the job in meaningful games.
"I think you do need to have that pressure to be considered elite, and I haven't had that," he said. "And there's no way you can prepare for that until that very first time that you do that. That being said, I think I do know what it takes to close in an big market, being that in the last three years I've pitched against the same guys I'm going to pitch against. I'm not changing leagues. I'm still going to pitch against the New York Yankees, just with a different uniform on and a lot more offensive power, which I'm looking forward to."
Red Sox pitchers have a reputation for having a deliberate pace on the mound. Bailey comes...
Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban is a popular target of Bruins fans mainly due to his habit of embellishing in an attempt to draw a penalty. Apparently, he saves his hardest play for practice. According to a report on TSN, Subban was involved in a confrontation with teammate David Desharnais at Thursday's practice.
The report indicates Subban dumped Desharnais to the ice, and Desharnais responded by cross checking and slashing Subban before teammates stepped in to prevent the situation from getting worse.
This wouldn't be major news in and of itself, but this is the fourth reported confrontation Subban has had with a teammate this season. And with rumors that the talented 22-year-old could be available before the trade deadline as the struggling Canadiens look for help, it only adds fuel to the fire.
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INDIANAPOLIS -- For a guy who’s given to making bold statements, Jets coach Rex Ryan may have made his most interesting one yet on Thursday at the NFL scouting combine: no Super Bowl guarantee this year.
“I know what you’re all thinking -- the return to the infamous Super Bowl guarantee. It was [done] here,” Ryan said at the annual NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. “In all seriousness, looking back, obviously it was a huge mistake to make that guarantee. At the time, we were coming off two championship games. I really thought it would be a thing that would actually motivate our team, to really talk about the Super Bowl, focus on the Super Bowl, but in hindsight I think it put undue pressure on our team. We kind of lost focus and really we lost focus on what we do best.
“Obviously, it was a big mistake,” he added. “I go back, and look at it, and I think it contributed to the...
Massachusetts General Hospital released a statement Thursday, responding to assertions by Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks that the surgery he underwent in December to correct a pulmonary embolism was mishandled, leading to a life-threatening infection in his spine. The hospital's statement read as follows:
"We are very sorry that Mr. Jenks experienced complications following his surgery, and we are glad that he is continuing to improve. It would be inappropriate for MGH to provide any specific information about Mr. Jenks' surgery without the consent of the patient and the Red Sox organization."
To read more about Jenks' offseason, including the comments made by pitcher Thursday morning, click here.
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio was asked about the impending free agency of wide receiver Wes Welker, and said that the team is “going through the process” when it comes to Welker and the rest of New England’s free agents.
“We’ve had conversations with our free agents at different points, whether it was in the fall. We’ll continue that dialogue,” Caserio said at the annual NFL scouting combine. “We have until March 13 until free agency begins. So we’ll do our due diligence, we’ll go through the process and see where we end up.”
Caserio was asked about Welker’s unique skill set in that he’s a 30-year-old receiver who’s been able to maintain his speed and explosiveness.
“Wes has been a productive player since he’s been here, his body of work speaks for itself,” Caserio said. “I think...
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.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
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.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.