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.
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
Mut and Kirk are talking more about the Celtics pick of Jaylen Brown and can't seem to find anyone who thinks it's a good pick or can make a case for why the Celtics took him third overall.
Eduardo Rodriguez and the Sox stumbled in their 13-7 loss to the Rays. Mut recaps the game and takes your calls on all things Boston baseball.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
Joe, Tim, and Lou talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after his walk-off RBI single propelled the Red Sox past the White Sox 8-7.
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 open the show Monday discussing the Red Sox slide, as well as WEEI.com beat writer Rob Bradford electing to go to a Texas waterpark by himself.
A conversation about OJ Simpson still being in the Hall of Fame and Peter King's desire to keep character concerns out of HOF voting spurns a discussion about Darren Sharper and others who Minihane wants banned for life from the Hall.
It's quite the Sporty R. McKenzie 8am hour as the guys muscle through Red Sox trade possibilities.
OMF looks at the possibilities for Free Agency, specifically reports out of Canada about the possibility of Steven Stamkos and the Bruins.
We should be closing in on a Deflategate ruling soon, James Harrison will talk PED's on his terms, and $10,000 bongs?
Glenn has an Exclusive BBQ, and Lou whines about Friday's whines
We discuss the reports that Boston is on the short list of cities for both Kevin Durant in the NBA and Steven Stamkos in the NHL to potentially end up in. The chances aren't great but we discuss them and dream about it.
What was meant to be just a small portion of our show exploded in to a huge topic as we comment on and take your reaction to Ray Bourque's DUI arrest this past weekend, and the news that his BAC was 3 times the legal limit.
Boston has had enough of Clay Buchholz, but who else ran out of excuses here through the years?
Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Kirk Minihane is joined by one of his radio heroes, Artie Lange. They discuss everything from Artie's comedy career, his time with Howard Stern, his issues with drugs and prostitutes, and the comedy show to benefit slain Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr.
Ben, Russ & Alex recap the 4-0 loss the USMNT suffered to Argentina in the COPA America Centenario semifinal. Then they catch up with the EURO's, and recap if their predicted winners are still in the tournament.
This week we look back at the US Open.
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