Former A's manager Art Howe is not pleased with his representation in the movie "Moneyball." Howe, who led the A's to the playoffs three times (2000 through 2002), went on to manage the Mets and now lives in Texas. He saw the movie over the weekend and did not like Philip Seymour Hoffman's portrayal. "I'm very disappointed, very disappointed," he told InsideBayArea.com. "I look at it as character assassination."
Howe is known as a mild-mannered manager, but he was portrayed as aggressive and combative with general manager Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt). "It wasn't even close to my personality," Howe said. "They just went out of their way to degrade me."
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BALTIMORE -- It wasn't quite a guarantee, but after his team held on for a nail-biting 8-7 victory over the Orioles on Tuesday, Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon made clear that he anticipates the Red Sox will be traveling from Baltimore to Florida on Wednesday night in anticipation of a one-game playoff against the Rays on Thursday. Papelbon said that the Red Sox should get used to the kind of high-wire drama that took place as his team clung to a one-run win on Tuesday, and said that it won't be the last time this year that the Sox encounter such dramatics.
"That’s just the way the season is going to be," said Papelbon, who claimed his 31st save while allowing a run in an inning of work. "That’s just the way it’s going to be throughout the postseason. That’s the way tomorrow is going to be. That’s the way the final game against Tampa is going to be. Because I expect Tampa to win and I expect us to win...
BALTIMORE -- WEEI.com has learned that Clay Buchholz, who was originally believed to be scheduled to pitch in an Instructional League game in Fort Myers, Fla. Wednesday if the Red Sox' regular season finale meeting with the Orioles meant anything in the wild card race, will remain with the team.
With Buchholz staying in Baltimore, the team is leaving open the possibility of activating the pitcher for Wednesday's game.
Buchholz -- who hasn't pitched in a big league game since June 16 thanks to a stress fracture in his lower back -- had thrown 18 pitches in an Instructional League game Monday (allowing a double) before rejoining the Red Sox later that day.
The Red Sox enter the regular season's finale game tied with the Rays in the American League wild card standings, with both teams finishing off their regular season schedules Wednesday. If both clubs win, there will be a one-game playoff at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Thursday,...
BALTIMORE -- Alfredo Aceves said after allowing one run over 3 2/3 innings, and throwing 36 pitches (27 strikes), in the Red Sox' 8-7 win over the Orioles Tuesday night, that he hopes to be available for the regular season finale Wednesday.
"You guys know me," said the righty, insinuating he would be ready despite having pitched three straight days. "You guys need to ask Terry Francona."
What Aceves didn't realize was that the Red Sox manager had already surmised that, because of the reliever's ability to bounce back on short rest, the hurler would be ready to go Wednesday.
"He has done it time and time again. He's so valuable doing what he's doing," Francona said. "We thought about leaving him in, letting him run it out. But I think because he's so resilient, I think we'll have him. In fact, I know we'll have him tomorrow. Chances are, we'll probably need him."
The outing marked the 13th time...
BALTIMORE -- Making his first major league start at catcher, Ryan Lavarnway belted a pair of home runs in leading the Red Sox to a pivotal 8-7 win over the Orioles Tuesday night at Camden Yards. The victory helped the Sox keep pace with the Rays in the American League wild card standings, with Tampa Bay beating the Yankees, 5-3, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Red Sox and Rays now head into the their final games of the regular season, Wednesday, sharing identical 90-71 records. Jon Lester will face off against Orioles starter Alfredo Simon in the series finale, while Tampa Bay sends David Price to the mound against Freddy Garcia of the Yankees.
Besides Lavarnway -- who hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning and a solo shot in the eighth -- the Red Sox also got home runs from Jacoby Ellsbury and Marco Scutaro.
Earning the win for the Sox was reliever Alfredo Aceves, who came on for starter Erik Bedard and allowed just one run on three...
Picard and Price take a look at next week's Super Bowl match-up with the Broncos and Panthers, what they see going down in Santa Clara and if the Broncos top-ranked D can slow down the mission that Cam Newton is on.
While continuing the postmortems on the Patriots after their loss last week, the boys attempt to move on and discuss what the team will look like next year, potential free agent signings and their chances to get back to another Super Bowl.
We're one week removed from the AFC Championship that saw the Patriots fall to the Broncos in Denver, and Danny and Chris discuss what went wrong from Brady's play to Belichick's decision to not kick a FG with six minutes to go to Gostkowski missing an extra point to the clear number one issue in the play of the offensive line. How can the Pats improve? The guys discuss it all.
Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Danny Leroux of Real GM and Sporting News joins WEEI’s Sam Packard and CLNS Radio’s Jared Weiss to dive into the Celtics trade potential and the reemergence of the three guard lineup. They answered your Twitter questions and Danny proposed his idea for drastic reforms to the NBA Playoffs system. Subscribe to the WEEI Celtics Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher today!
Sam Packard and Jared Weiss soak in the craziness in Cleveland after the Cavs fired David Blatt and Tyronn Lue is calling out LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. They also discuss Blake Griffin punching out his homies, Kelly Manbun Olynyk becoming a vital part of the Celtics' recent success, and more potential Celtics trades. Subscribe to the WEEI Celtics podcast on iTunes and Stitcher today!
Ken Laird & Ryan Hannable debate who should be on WEEI's Top Ten Red Sox prospects' list, with only Yoan Moncada grabbing consensus as the number one talent in the pipeline
Mut and Tomase are holding things down in the studio tonight, Bradford is on assignment in Fort Myers. They talk about Rick Porcello, who is already down in Fort Myers and the strength of the pitching staff.
Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, one of the first arrivals to this year's camp at JetBlue Park, joins Rob Bradford in Fort Myers to talk how things have changed since first arriving with the Sox a year ago. Porcello explains how his contract negotiations played out last spring training, what went wrong last season, and an amazement Fenway Park's car parking situation.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss Thursday's 3-2 comeback, shootout win in Buffalo as the Bruins take hold of 3rd place in the Atlantic Division
Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss a frustrating loss by the Bruins against division cellar-dweller Toronto as the B's blow a 3-1, third-period lead and lose in OT in the first game after the All-Star break
DJ, Joe and Pete are in the house for the NHL All-Star weekend edition of Sunday Skate. They discuss a little bit about the skills competition last night, the John Scott situation and the events of the weekend before taking a step back and looking at the state of the Bruins a little over the halfway point of the season. They talk about the B's needs going forward, Chara's decline and how the Bruins are still hanging around while quietly rebuilding in Don Sweeney's first season at the helm.
The story of Peyton Manning getting HGH shipped to his house took another turn when the Washington Post revealed on Thursday that Peyton Manning and his people hired private investigators to go to the home of Charlie Sly's parents.
Tom Brady's father, Tom Sr, spoke with CSNNE's Tom E. Curran regarding some of the comments made by Roger Goodell over the past few weeks.
Christian is resisting the return the of the Whiner Line and is suggesting some new segments. The inaugural "Christian's Comedy Minute" did not perform as well as he hoped, but we got some good phone calls out of it.
We check in one last time this season with the great 88, hall of famer Michael Irvin from the NFL Network.
We talk with the man causing all the trouble in San Fran, Tom E Curran from Comcast, the man who tried to put Goodell's feet to the fire during his state of the NFL press conference.
We discuss the Roger Goodell state of the NFL presser, and play the bits of pertinent and non-pertinent audio and break it down.
Roger Goodell made sure to defend the shield and his intense pursuit of Tom Brady and the Patriots regarding deflate gate, and here we are over a year later and he is still speaking out of both sides of his mouth on the matter.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny and our textress Cassie are on the air as Ian Rappoport reports the Patriots parted ways with their offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo
Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson weigh in on the Super Bowl, breaking down the game in a spirited debate on how it will fall. Newton, Manning, Stewart, Olsen, Norman, Kuechly Kubiak and the Denver Defense fuel the conversation. A quick look back to the Patriots vs. Broncos AFC Title game sews the seeds for what we will see on Sunday and in the off-season ahead. The League, Concussions, The Super Bowl and the Fantasy Football Off-season positional groups and scouting are covered in a comprehensive edition of “The Fantasy Guys Podcast.”
After another solid week of college hoops, Anthony and Austin are hoping on the Virginia band wagon, and take a deeper look into Texas A&M's win over Iowa State and debate whether UNC's lack of shooting will prevent them from being a title contender.
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak with our favorite legal expert on our least favorite topic, deflategate. Michael McCann of UNH Law and Sports Illustrated helps us understand why the NFL didn't reveal any PSI numbers that it claimed it was gathering.More from this show