Johnny Damon, in his introduction as a new member of the Rays after finalizing a one-year, $5.25 million deal, said that the opportunity to play for Tampa Bay represented a long-awaited outcome. Damon grew up in nearby Orlando, and so the 37-year-old -- who played in 145 games in 2010 for the Tigers while hitting .271 with a .355 OBP, .401 slugging mark and .756 OPS -- viewed the opportunity for a homecoming as an opportunity that could not be turned down.
"This is my dream team," Damon told reporters at the press conference to introduce him and Manny Ramirez as the newest Rays. "I'll see much more of my family and friends. I love this opportunity to come back home and hopefully help this team win a championship."
Damon said that he views the Rays -- who won the AL East in 2010 -- as capable of competing in the division this year. He also said that he does not view this season as the "final...
In his appearance on Dale and Holley Tuesday, Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis clarified his stance on outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Limited to 18 games last season, Ellsbury spent much of the campaign in Arizona rehabbing, and not with the team. Youkilis had said in June that "there's a lot of guys here that are hurt and supporting the team. We wish Jacoby was here supporting us, too."
The third baseman noted Tuesday that he wasn't questioning Ellsbury's rib injury, but more expressing disappointment that the outfielder didn't stick around to encourage his teammates.
"What I did there was -- and I still have this feeling, and I'll say it about anyone on the team -- I think you should be with your team, because there's a lot of things that happen," Youkilis said. "I think there's a case right now that we're hearing with the Green Bay Packers players. They had guys that were going home and...
Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis joined Dale and Holley on Tuesday to discuss his offseason and his return to third base. Given the team's acquisition of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez in December, Youkilis, who won a Gold Glove at first in 2007, will be going back to the position with which he is most familiar.
Given the team's Youkilis, who became the team's regular first baseman in 2006 after spending much of his minor league career at third base, doesn't think there will be much adjustment when it comes to returning to his old position.
"I've always been a third baseman. I've always said I was like Happy Gilmore. He was a hockey player playing golf. I was a third baseman playing first base. That's what I always used to say.
"It's one of those things where you never change what you've got to do. The only thing that is different is that I've thrown a little bit more, just...
According to a poll commissioned by The Hollywood Reporter, Sunday's Super Bowl is headed for record ratings, and while Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is the most disliked player in the game, Tom Brady surprisingly ranks higher on the list of most disliked NFL players.
The poll indicates that 78 percent of Americans plan to watch the game, which would be a 5 percent hike from last year, and more are cheering for the Packers (45 percent to 39 percent). As for the league's most disliked players, Brett Favre is No. 1, Michael Vick No. 2, Brady No. 3 and Roethlisberger No. 4.
For more on that poll, plus an NHL poll ranking the teams players least want to play for, check out Tuesday's Morning Mashup.
In his latest column, WEEI.com Bruins beat writer D.J. Bean points out the case for B's goalie Tim Thomas in terms of winning the Hart Trophy, given to the NHL's most valuable player. Just six goalies have won the award, with Jose Theodore serving as the last netminder to earn the honor, in the 2001-02 season. Bean points out that Thomas is on pace to have better statistics than either Theodore during his MVP season, or Domink Hasek, who claimed the Hart Trophy two straight seasons, from 1997-99.
Bruins' veteran Mark Recchi, who has previously voiced opposition to goalies winning the award, admits that Thomas should be considered if he continues to excel this season.
Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.
Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.
In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
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.
Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.
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.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.
It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.
The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.
A caller strongly disagreed with Callahan on Indiana's RFRA law.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing the latest news on Boston 2024.
The picked up an important win last night over the Panthers, keeping ahead of Ottawa for the 8th seed. Andy Brickley called the game last night for NESN and talks about Tuukka's performance and some other items he picked up.
Robert Kraft answered a lot of questions yesterday in his testimony for the Aaron Hernandez murder trial. We talk about some of the highlights and how, if at all, it affected the chance of a conviction.
The B's scored late in the 3rd to get the win over Florida, but after the game, goalie Tuukka Rask called out his teammates for a poor showing in the 2nd period.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss Robert Kraft's testimony and the Hernandez trial overall as it continues to unfold.
We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed from throughout the day.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss 'Pasta' and his solid rookie year, and make a few statistical comparisons.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots
Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Will Noonan joins Chris in the studio to review Wrestlemania and Raw.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.
Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.
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