CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The man who threw the final pitch of the biggest pennant stretch collapse in baseball history says the Red Sox won't be affected this season. As a matter of fact, Jonathan Papelbon said he expects his former team to come out stronger than ever this season to prove a point.
"They'll be motivated, no question about it," Papelbon said in his first spring training press conference Saturday with the Phillies. "There's too many good guys in that clubhouse and too many competitors and too many guys who have too much pride to just lay down and say, 'we can just come lay down.' Those guys aren't going to come into this season and just lay down. They're going to work hard. There's no doubt about it.
"I don't think it was a matter of being surprised or not surprised. I know everybody has had their own opinion about that situation and what went on there. But nobody truly knows what was truly going on. I don't even truly...
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The former closer of the Red Sox believes his former set up man can make a smooth transition to a starter's role. Jonathan Papelbon revealed that he has been in touch with Daniel Bard this winter about how to make the transition to a starter that the Red Sox are preparing for him.
"I had a long talk with Daniel this offseason about that," Papelbon said during a 23-minute press conference with Boston and Philadelphia reporters as Phillies pitchers and catchers prepare to report this weekend. "I'm excited to see what he can do. I think Daniel has a phenomenal, phenomenal career ahead of him. In my opinion, there's no reason he can't start. Daniel can do whatever he wants to do. He's that good. He's matured into a phenomenal pitcher. He's only to get better. The sky's the limit for him. It truly really is. He can really go out there and do anything he sets his mind to."
Bard served as Papelbon's set-...
Brian Ferentz, who served as the Patriots tight ends coach in 2011 and spent the last four seasons in the New England organization, has decided to take a new position as the offensive line coach at the University of Iowa, working for his father Kirk.
Brian Ferentz started with the Patriots as a coaching assistant in 2008, moved to offensive coaching assistant the following year and became an offensive assistant in 2010. He was officially promoted to tight ends coach at the start of the 2011 season, and has helped youngsters Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez become two of the best young tight ends in the game.
Ferentz joins the Iowa staff, which is run by his father Kirk, a former Belichick assistant. Brian’s roots run deep at Iowa: he was a three-year Hawkeye letterman, playing both offensive guard and center. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a senior in 2005, and was academic All-Big Ten in 2003.
The Bruins began life without Rich Peverley in an ironic way, as the man they traded to acquire him helped hand them a 4-2 loss Friday night in Winnipeg.
Former Bruin Blake Wheeler had three points for the Jets, scoring in the second period and assisting a pair of Bryan Little goals in the third period.
After a scoreless first period, the Jets took the lead early in the second period on Alex Burmistrov's 12th goal of the season. Jordan Caron scored his third goal of the season minutes later to tie the game, but the Jets would head into the second intermission with the lead thanks to a goal from Wheeler shortly after a Bruins power play.
David Krejci tied the game once again 49 seconds into the third period, but Little scored two goals in 2:04 to give the Jets a two-goal lead.
Tuukka Rask took the loss for the Bruins and is now winless in his last five starts (0-4-1). Friday night also marked the Finnish goaltender's second loss in...
Steve Moundou-Missi scored 14 points while Keith Wright recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds as Harvard routed Brown, 69-42, Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion.
Harvard used a 22-2 run in the first half to pull away early. The Crimson led by 21 at the half, 37-16, and cruised home from there to improve to 22-3 overall and 8-1 in the Ivy League. Harvard dominated inside, outrebounding Brown 40-23 and blocking 10 shots.
Sean McGonagill and Matt Sullivan each scored 11 points for the Bears (7-19, 1-8), who dropped their sixth straight game.
Harvard next hosts Yale on Saturday night. The Bulldogs, who won Friday night at Dartmouth, 70-61, are in second place in the league at 7-2 (17-6 overall).
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.
Danny recaps the Red Sox 7-2 win over the Orioles
Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
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.
John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the Red Sox win over Baltimore on Memorial Day Monday and the team's surge to a two game lead in the AL East
John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the killing of Harambe the gorilla to save a four-year old boy. Was there another option besides shooting? Should the boy's parents be held accountable?
ERod is back on the mound for the Sox tonight, and the guys break down what the expectations should be for the young pitcher's first major league start after his injury.
The guys talk about Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, and also give you their thoughts on the upcoming NBA Finals rematch between the Warriors and the Cavs.
ESPN's Howard Bryant is release a feature story about sports teams honoring the military and police at their games and he thinks those ceremonies do not belong in sports. Glenn, Lou and Christian go at Bryant and talk about why he's wrong.
We discuss Jackie Bradley's leave of absence to be with his wife for the birth of his first child, and that drums up the old caveman debate about whether men should miss work while their wives give birth.
We discuss the frustration of Clay Buchholz in moving to the pen, and whether or not this is the right move not only for him but for the Sox as a whole.
We discuss the ending of the Western Conference finals, and also look ahead to KD's plans and the NBA Finals match-up.
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.
Mike Mutnansky, Jon Meterparel and Butch Stearns discuss the Celtics and their level of interest in Kevin Durant after Oklahoma City's losses in games five and six; also what should the Celtics do with the third pick in the draft coming up in June?More from this show