New Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo joined Mut & Merloni on Tuesday afternoon to talk about his transition to Boston and his outlook for the 2013 team.
Lovullo, who coached the Red Sox' Triple-A team in 2010 before following John Farrell to Toronto, said he's looking forward to returning with Farrell.
"I'm part of Red Sox Nation, I'm excited about it," he said. "Initially when it was starting to happen it was a surreal feeling that I was going to have the opportunity to come back.
"It speaks for itself, and it's real. It's something that's talked about by people outside of it. But when you're inside of the circle and you're part of such a great organization from top to bottom -- ownership all the way to the last player on the roster -- it's a pretty spectacular place."
Lovullo returns to a team that has undergone major changes since he was last part of the organization, and he understands the challenges...
FOXBORO -- Linebacker Tracy White, running back Brandon Bolden, tight end Aaron Hernandez and defensive end Trevor Scott were all not present at the start of Patriots practice on Tuesday afternoon, a session that was held in full pads on the lower field behind Gillette Stadium. Hernandez may have an excused absence, as his brother DJ Tweeted earlier Tuesday afternoon: "I'm an uncle. Avielle Janelle Hernandez was born. Love u Aaron and Shay. Can't wait to see u all."
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Diamondbacks infielder John McDonald checked in with Mut & Merloni on Tuesday to talk about his experience playing for new Red Sox manager John Farrell. McDonald, a Connecticut native and former Providence College standout, played under Farrell with the Blue Jays until being traded to Arizona late in the 2011 season.
McDonald said Farrell will bring stability to a Red Sox team that desperately is in need of it.
"[He's] a guy that has high expectations for players, a guy that can use his coaching staff, going to allow them to do their jobs, to help the players become successful. That's what I liked about John," McDonald said. "He's a guy at the top that wants to takes all these resources, and what he has in mind is to try to put the players in the best position to be successful. It never really seemed to be about him in the time I was with him in Toronto. It was collectively a group of guys in a room trying to figure out the best...
According to a baseball source, the Red Sox have shown interest in free agent outfielder Torii Hunter.
The 37-year-old (he turns 38 in July) has expressed interest in playing in Boston in the past, in large part because of the presence of his longtime friend, designated hitter David Ortiz.
"I'm open to anybody, especially if David is there," Hunter told WEEI.com in late August. "David is one of my guys. We were roommates in Minnesota and he's one of my brothers. He's one of my best friends in baseball. That makes it more impressive."
Monday night, after a press conference announcing his new two-year, $26 million deal with the Red Sox, Ortiz said he had already been in touch with Hunter regarding the possibility of coming to the Red Sox.
"I talked to him the other day because he heard Texas was going to try and sign me, because his mind might have changed. He said, 'If I was going to think about Boston it is...
The Sporting News conducted a midseason poll of 103 NFL players from 27 teams to determine the most overrated coach in the league. Much to Patriots fans' delight, coming in at No. 1, named on 35 ballots, is Jets coach Rex Ryan. However, in second with 16 votes is Pats boss Bill Belichick. Andy Reid of the Eagles is third with nine votes.
Said an anonymous AFC offensive player of Ryan: "His coaching style is over the top. Some of the things he does in front of the cameras are way over the top. You put that with the New York media and he has a pretty big reputation, I guess. I don’t even know if you’d call him overrated anymore because it’s going to be a couple of years since he was in the AFC finals. He’s pretty funny, and he’s a pretty good coach. But not THAT good."
Read more about that story and others -- including an item about a positive diagnosis for inspirational Colts coach Chuck Pagano -- plus...
Holley and Keefe check in with NFL Network's Heath Evans for some final thoughts on the Houston win and to look ahead at the Steelers in the AFC Championship.
Michael Holley and Rich Keefe speak to special teams captain Matthew Slater as the Patriots head to the AFC Championship and host the Steelers.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about their interview with Red Sox Manager John Farrell, the Red Sox approach to breaking up the lefties in the rotation, and the platoon at third base.
Bradford and Tomase talk with Red Sox Manager John Farrell. They talk about Eduardo Rodriguez recovery from his knee injury, the Red Sox third base competition in spring training, and guys playing in the WBC.
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
Hour two of Saturday Skate as Ken Laird and Rear Admiral kick around the perception of backup goalie Anton Khudobin, B's coach Claude Julien, and possible trade target Gabriel Landeskog.
Hour 4. Gerry and Kirk discuss Price's claims that he heard racial taunts at Fenway.
Tim Hasselbeck joins the show to discuss the NFL playoffs.
Hour 3. Gerry and Kirk review the latest edition of Sunday Skate. Albert thinks Gerry and Kirk are too soft on Brady. Tim Hasselbeck joins the show.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about Aaron Rodgers and his ridiculous throw to set up the game winning field goal. Is he already one of the best ever? Callers fight Fauria, who doesn't think he's there yet.
The guys talk about the other AFC playoff game, as the Steelers and Roethlisberger beat the Chiefs in KC, and TE Travis Kelce goes on a rant about the bad refs.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the Patriots struggling, but ultimately beating the Texans.
Michael Holley and Rich Keefe discuss the tough-fought win over the Texans, and begin talking Steelers, who the Patriots will face in the AFC Championship. Plus the Steelers take their lockerroom live to the fans and Facebook.
Special Teams Captain Matthew Slater checks in with Holley and Keefe to review the win over the Texans and to preview the AFC Championship with the Steelers coming to Foxboro.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Kirk talks with basketball legend Kevin McHale about his Celtics career, as well today's NBA and the current Boston team. Kevin analyzes the theoretical clash of the '86 Celtics and today's Golden State Warriors in addition to how C's heroes of the past would perform in today's game. Also featured: a podcast intro from Kirk's children Cate and Harry.
Ben and Josue talk about the moves the Celtics need to make in order for the team get over the top in the Eastern Conference.
Ben and Alex discuss the latest news around the New England Revolution stadium plans and the new 48 team World Cup.
Tom Brady joins the show to discuss the game against the Texans, the AFC championship versus the Steelers, his diet, and Roger Goodell.More from this show
Hour 1. The Steelers are coming to New England for the AFC Championship and Kirk is picking Pittsburgh to win.More from this show
Tim Hasselbeck joins the show to discuss the NFL playoffs.More from this show
Patriots linebacker joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about the win over the Texans, the upcoming AFCCG against the Steelers and responds to the comments Mike Tomlin made that were recorded on Antonio Brown's Facebook Live.More from this show