Former Red Sox slugger Mo Vaughn, at Fenway Park for Friday's 100th anniversary celebration, stopped by for a visit with Mut & Merloni and talked about how much he missed playing in Boston in the final few years of his career.
Vaughn, the 1995 American League MVP, left Boston as a free agent after the 1998 season, after eight seasons with the Red Sox. He famously suffered a badly sprained ankle on the first play of his first game with the Angels when he slipped on the visiting dugout steps chasing a foul ball, and his overall statistics never duplicated those he produced in Boston. He was traded to the Mets after the 2001 season and finished his career in 2003 in New York.
"I got hurt that first play in the dugout I never was the same," he said. "I think I really did miss the intense pressure of this area. I think it made me play better. It made me go. I enjoyed it. I took it on full-fledged. Definitely, leaving here was not good...
Daisuke Matsuzaka's unimpeded progress in recovering from Tommy John surgery last June is ready for the next step. The right-hander will start a rehab assignment with Salem of the High-A Carolina League on Monday, and he will have a pitch limit of roughly 75 (up from the 59 he threw in his last extended spring training outing).
"Daisuke feels really good," manager Bobby Valentine said. "He's ready to start dealing with competition rather than rehabilitation."
Valentine said that Matsuzaka will still face controlled competition, meaning that he won't be allowed to throw 30 pitches in an inning. However, the outing will start a progression of approximately five starts after which Matsuzaka could be ready or nearly ready to return to the big leagues. The right-hander will face a 30-day rehab clock, meaning that he could be pitching again in the majors by the end of May, less than a year after his surgery.
Matsuzaka is 49-30...
The Celtics on Friday confirmed that they have bolstered their thin front court by signing Sean Williams. The Boston College product is in his fourth season in the NBA. He appeared in eight games for the Mavericks and 27 games with the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League this season, after playing three years with the Nets and last season mostly overseas.
In order to make the acquisition Boston requested waivers on Jermaine O'Neal, who has been out for the season with a wrist injury since before the All-Star break. Just weeks after losing O'Neal, Chris Wilcox was ruled out for the year when it was discovered he needed aortic surgery to remedy with a cardiac irregularity.
Without O'Neal and Wilcox the Celtics have relied heavily on Brandon Bass, Kevin Garnett and Greg Stiemsma to carry the workload up front. The C's brought in Ryan Hollins for added depth on March 23, but he has been used sparingly.
In his eight appearances for Dallas...
The Celtics knew they would be shorthanded for their Friday night matchup against the Hawks as they traveled to Atlanta without Rajon Rondo, Mickael Pietrus and Ray Allen. On Friday morning the term “shorthanded” changed to "nearly depleted" as Doc Rivers told reporters he probably will rest Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett against the Hawks as well.
The Celtics could very well face the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs. The Celtics are guaranteed one of the top four seeds by virtue of their Atlantic Division title, but that does not automatically give them homecourt advantage in the playoffs. If Boston is the 4 seed and the 5 seed has a better record, the C's would find themselves on the road. The Hawks are the fifth seed and have a one-game lead in the loss column over the Celtics, making Friday night's contest anything but meaningless.
On the other hand, team president Danny Ainge and Rivers have been...
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to discuss the B's 2-1 loss in Game 4 of their first-round series against the Capitals.
On the Capitals' first goal, coming 1:22 into the game, Ference collided with Alex Ovechkin at center ice and the puck got past Zdeno Chara, setting up the Caps on a 2-on-1. Ovechkin jumped in the air -- apparently trying to get around Ference -- and knocked over the B's defenseman, but Ference wasn't sure if it should have been called interference.
"I didn't see the whole play, because I felt Ovechkin on my back," he said with a laugh. "I'm not really sure how it looked on TV, but it felt like he was on my back, or on my neck. … I haven't seen a replay of it. I don't know how it looks, but I definitely couldn't get to the puck, that's for sure."
Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, the 22-year-old who is filling in after...
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
Gerry, Kirk and Mut discuss the firing of a Philadelphia radio host who ripped a rival host for having a white producer who imitated a fake black caller.
Kirk, Gerry and Mut get into some David Ortiz legacy talk in the 8am hour of the Thursday show.
After Kirk & Gerry get their digs in on Mut and some movie news, they move on to some Patriots QB talk with an eye on Friday night's game in Carolina.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian debate the value of playing Tom Brady in the preseason, and they opine about whether or not he should even be on the team plane.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk Benintendi's knee injury, and compare Big Papi's season to other 40 year old players. And the juicing question comes up again...
Glenn, Lou, and Christian debate John Farrell's decision to stay with Porcello into the 8th, and his use of the bullpen.
We discuss the Patriots latest acquisition, what they had to give up, and how Mingo will fit on this defense.
A discussion about the disappointing end of the Sox road trip turns into an ultimatum on whether or not pro baseball players are aloud to use fatigue as an excuse.
The up again, down again Red Sox are feeling down again after blowing two very winnable games to end this road trip. We discuss it with you.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.
Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer
NESN has hired a new anchor who has a history dating pro players. With the trend of that happening in Boston the last few years, does NESN need to keep an eye on Kacie McDonnell?More from this show
Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.More from this show