ESPN baseball analyst and former major league pitcher Orel Hershiser joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, after serving on the broadcast crew for the Red Sox' 5-1 victory over the Cubs on Sunday night.
Hershiser said Tim Wakefield's stellar performance Sunday shows that Wakefield has plenty left in the tank. "I think he still can [be successful]," Hershiser said. "And I think what you're finding, too, is not the fact that his body's breaking down, he's actually got a chance to be even better as he goes on. Because he's at the point where the game is slow for him. He's not into results. He really can just relax out there."
Added Hershiser: "When he has an outing like last night, it's part of the grace of who he is now. And he understands the game. And he understands where he fits."
With the Red Sox finally winning games consistently after their disastrous start, Hershiser said the Sox' ability to...
Former Bruins coach Mike Keenan joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Eastern Conference finals, which resume Monday night at TD Garden with the tiebreaking Game 5.
Keenan, who coached the Bruins in the 2000-01 season, one of eight NHL teams he helmed, said the B's have to be hurting after blowing a big lead in Saturday's Game 4 loss to the Lightning.
"How many times do you have a 3-0 lead in a series? And Boston knows this from Philadelphia [last year], it was 3-0, I hope it doesn't end up the same result. But you have a chance to take the other team out. Then you have to look at yourself and say, 'What happened?' "
Lightning backup goalie Mike Smith came off the bench and did not allow a goal Saturday, but Keenan said he would go back to Dwyane Roloson for Game 5. "He's a calming influence for this group," Keenan said of Roloson. "He's got good leadership skills."
Bulls center Joakim Noah apologized after apparently using a gay slur toward a fan in the first quarter of the Bulls' 96-85 loss to the Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night in Miami. Noah had just picked up his second foul and shouted at the fan after sitting on the bench. "I apologize," Noah said. "The fan said something to me that I thought was disrespectful, and I got caught up in the moment, and I said some things that I shouldn't have said. I was frustrated and I don't mean no disrespect to anybody. I just got caught up." Noah said he expected to be fined by the league, which docked Kobe Bryant $100,000 for similar behavior last month.
Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.
After becoming the oldest Red Sox pitcher in history to record a win, 44-year-old knuckleballer Tim Wakefield said he felt in a rhythm from the start Sunday night against the Cubs. Wakefield threw just 75 pitches, allowing four hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings in a 5-1 Red Sox win before a national TV audience.
"I felt great," said Wakefield, who was given an extra day of rest after taking the place of Daisuke Matsuzaka in the Red Sox rotation. "The extra day obviously helps. I felt pretty good and I was throwing a lot of strikes tonight."
Wakefield was in cruise control for most of the night, thanks in large part to the high percentage of strikes he was throwing. Through four innings, he had thrown just 35 pitches, 27 for strikes. Through five innings, he had allowed only an Alfonso Soriano single to open the third.
"I take a lot of pride in that because you're asked to do a job and when you do...
Kevin Youkilis, the man who has been hit more than any other batter in Red Sox history, indicated he believes the Cubs might have been given an extra chance to equal the score on Sunday night from Saturday's beanball exchange that left Marlon Byrd with several fractures below his left eye.
On Sunday night — with the Red Sox up, 5-1, in the eighth inning — Kerry Wood came inside on Jed Lowrie. He just missed hitting him. He didn't miss with the second pitch, drilling Lowrie on the back of the leg. Home plate umpire Ed Hickox warned both teams and no one was ejected.
"I understand the whole thing," Youkilis said. "You throw it once and you miss, and you throw it again. I don't know why. I guess they felt like they needed to get another one in because we hit them twice. It's the game of baseball.
"No, I didn't see that coming, but the other day they're upset, they didn't like the warning when I...
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia talks to former federal prosecutor John Down about the NFL's discipline process and what should be changed.
We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
We check in for our weekly visit with the interim Sox manager.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Jason defended himself against Minihane.
The top stories of the day.
Former NFL running back Eddie George is upset that Judge Berman overturned Tom Brady's suspension and is speaking out, calling Tom Brady a cheater.
The guys continue to embrace the breaking news and listen to comments from Tedy Bruschi who happily reacts to the news that his former teammate is eligible to play on Opening Night.
Adam Schefter joins the show to talk about the breaking news that Tom Brady's suspension has been overturned, and gives his inside opinion on the result.
Now that the ruling has been overturned, Dale and Holley with Thornton check in with the legal analyst that was at the forefront of this case... SI's Michael McCann
Now that Brady is free, here's a recap of a good amount of the hate they faced the last 8 months.
We discuss Bob McNair's now infamous quotes about the Patriots, and how his comments, uniformed as they may be, are probably representative of other NFL owners, and thus the reason Roger Goodell can push forward with this situation without worrying about blowback from the owners.
Chris Villani and John Tomase discuss Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned by Judge Richard Berman and discuss in hindsight how obvious this should have been.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the Thursday federal court decision to overturn Tom Brady's DeflateGate punishment.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and who should play where. Also, the current outfield in context with Sox history.
WEEI.com's Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss Tom Brady beating the NFL in court and the final roster cuts for the Patriots heading into the 2015 season.
With the transfer window coming to a close, Ben, Russ & Alex hand out transfer grades for each Premier League team. They also discuss the Revs recent surge and debate if it will continue this weekend.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable are joined this week by special guests Jim Callis of MLB.com and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com to discuss what new GM Dave Dombrowski will do with his new prospect system. Also, do the Sox really have the best Farm system in baseball? Finally, Ken travels to Lowell to chat with Spinners' catcher Austin Rei and manager Joe Oliver.
McCann gave us his thoughts on yesterday's proceedings.More from this show