Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, and much of the interview was spent discussing David Ortiz. Asked if the media has been unfair to Ortiz this season, Lucchino said: "He may feel that way, but I think that's human nature. He recognizes that he got off to a bad start. But I do think he feels -- he said so, he said as much -- that there was greater emphasis on his lack of productivity and not sufficient emphasis on other players perhaps, or the team's success. ... I think that there is a question of balance, a question of emphasis, that David had a right to raise being human like the rest of us. I'm so glad that's in our rear-view mirror now."
A recent story by ESPN's Howard Bryant quoted an unidentified Red Sox front office source as saying members of ownership, in its defense of Ortiz following last year's steroid situation, "embarrassed themselves in defending David....
Earlier this week, following the Red Sox' horrific loss to the Yankees Monday night, we listed Boston's most frustrating losses of 2010. On Tuesday, the Sox bounced back with a tremendous win, as did the Celtics. So, now it's only fair that we put on our positive-thinking hat and present Boston's best wins of 2010. Check it out at our LEEInks blog.
Pawtucket Red Sox player Daniel Nava has been leaving a ticket for ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews at every game for the past three years. He has yet to meet her. Read about why he continues this tradition. Also, national columnists try to figure out cyclist Floyd Landis and whether he's telling the truth about Lance Armstrong, and University of Kentucky coach John Calipari is taking heat again, but this time it's for his recruiting practices. Read about those stories, plus check out our videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
According to shortstop Marco Scutaro, the injury (tennis elbow) to his left arm first cropped up in spring training and has been bothering him throughout the season. After receiving a cortisone shot Thursday, Scutaro said he expects to be ready to play in the series opener between the Phillies and Red Sox Friday night in Philadelphia. "I had no strength, I can't grip. I can't even lift the bat. Even when I close my glove," he said. "Unless I take a pill, like an anti-flam, no chance. It's mostly to hit.
"It was sore last night from the shot but today feels better. They said after a couple of days the medicine stops working. I guess it's from too much swinging. It was there for like a month and wasn't getting any better.
Scutaro, who said he had something similar last season but in his right elbow, has been hit on the elbow with pitches on two occasions. Ironically, the day before the first game he was...
According to Red Sox manager Terry Francona, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury will be activated off the disabled list on Saturday and will join the Sox on their upcoming road trip. "He felt really good," Francona said of Ellsbury's rehab game on Thursday. "He gives us a different (offensive) element." For more Red Sox news, check out our baseball blog Full Count.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Christopher Price discuss Logan Mankins' breakdown of the offensive line and how it will look without Dante Scarnecchia. They also discussed Mankins' rebuttal to Brandon Spikes.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Bill Parcells' Patriots Hall of Fame candidacy.
Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.
We wrap up the Celtics season by speaking with Celtics president Danny Ainge about this past season and the team's future.
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.
Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.
Hazen joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk for the Front Office Report to give us the latest on all things Red Sox. He also gives his take on the Michael Pineda pine tar controversy.
Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox pitcher John Lackey after he goes 8 solid innings in a great performance, while giving the Red Sox bullpen a night off. Lackey talks a little about what he thinks about Michael Pineda's ejection for having pine tar on his neck.
We check in with John Farrell live from Fenway Park with Dale, Holley and Steve Lyons. We talk Boagearts, Buchholz, Pierzynski, Lester, the losing and much much more.
Andy Brickley, NESN; Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3
Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.
Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about Game 3 between the Bruins and the Red Wings. He also discusses the issue of targeting player and weighs in on Matt Cooke's vicious knee hit to Tyson Barrie.
Headlines of the day brought to you by Kirk Minihane include the most beautiful woman, three lesbians and a baby, and a murder tattoo.
Dino, Gerry & Kirk evaluate the newest contender for dumbest athlete.
Mut and Merloni tune in to WFAN in New York and listen to a Yankees perspective of what transpired last night at Fenway.
Mut and Merloni react to a wildly entertaining game at Fenway last night in which we saw Michael Pineda ejected in the second inning because he had pine tar on his neck.
Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Michael Pineda using pine tar at Fenway and getting ejected from the game. He also discusses the reaction from Yankees GM Brian Cashman.
We tackle four topics all revolving around big time milestones in sports.
We discuss the Bruins win to take a 2-1 lead in Detroit, and how Brad Marchand is once again (for better or worse) making his presence felt in a series. Hey, he may be a rat, but he's OUR rat.
Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.
Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.
WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island
The 4th addition of WEEI’s Fantasy Football Offseason Podcast is loaded and ready. In this week’s conversation Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of Rotobahn.com dig into the sinking draft stock of Teddy Bridgewater (much too their chagrin), while refocusing and emphasizing the immense scouting work done by Pete on players like Bridgewater, Zach Mettenberger, Blake Bortles, Bishop Sankey & Lache Seastrunk. Also, Jim & Pete touch on news from around the league regarding new Jet, Chris Johnson, Montee Ball in Denver and help you tune out all of the negative noise some in the media are trying to push. We’re not buying! Lots of Football love in this podcast for the Football lover. Enjoy!
Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.
The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.
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Aaron Boone joins Mut and Merloni to talk about the early season troubles the Red Sox have had and the defensive struggles.More from this show
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. The guys talked about Colbert joining Dave Letterman last night.More from this show