In an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, new Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal, who has made no less than $10 million in each of his last 14 NBA seasons, and at least $20 million in his last nine campaigns, said that he had no problem taking a pay cut in excess of 90 percent in order to come to the Celtics. O'Neal signed a two-year deal for approximately $3 million this summer, and he suggested that money was virtually irrelevant in making his decision to join Boston.
"I had other options where the money would have been greater. But this franchise, this team, has a tradition of winning," O'Neal said. "I’ve been one of the luckiest guys in the history of the game. I’ve had four max deals and one lifetime of play. So money wasn’t an issue. Money will never be an issue. But Danny Ainge had $1 million left, which was the minimum. If I had to, to come here and play, I would have played for free....
And you thought Tom Brady was critical of Patriots fans? Rays third baseman Evan Longoria ripped his team's lack of fan support Monday night as the Rays sat on the brink of clinching a playoff berth. Only 12,446 turned out to see the Rays' loss to the Orioles. After the game, Longoria brought up the topic of low attendance unprompted. Said the 24-year-old: "It's kind of like, What else do you have to do to draw fans in this place? It's actually embarrassing for us." Read more about that story and others, along with video, trivia and more, at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.
CHICAGO -- Speaking after his team's 6-1 win over the White Sox Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field, Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre said that signing with a team that has a chance to contend will be a priority when it comes to signing with a team this offseason. But the 31-year-old also explained that his family's happiness will also play a major role in his decision, especially after spending a good amount of the 2010 season away from his pregnant wife and children.
"I'll see what's best for me and my family," said Beltre, who lives in the Los Angeles area during the offseason. "This year I was selfish enough, coming to the East Coast, knowing my wife was pregnant and she would be away from me basically for the whole year. This year is going to be more a family thing. It's been tough. I haven't seen family like I wanted to. We're going to settle down, discuss it, and see what's best for us."
CHICAGO -- Moments after the Red Sox' 6-1 win over the White Sox Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field, David Ortiz explained that reaching 100 RBI -- which he accomplished with two RBI in the victory -- shouldn't be viewed as any different as when he reached 99 in 2009.
"As much as it was last year (when) I got 99," the Sox' DH said when asked how much reaching the milestone meant to him. He then pointed out how much perception changes with just that one extra RBI. "One RBI makes a huge difference because everybody was like focused on the first two months that I had last year. But right now, 100, for me, it's no different. It's just one number that's different."
Ortiz hadn't reached 100 RBI since 2007, and has now accomplished the feat six times in his career. He got to 100 this time by driving in Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre with a first-inning double.
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CHICAGO -- With the Red Sox' 6-1 win over the White Sox -- and the Yankees' loss to the Blue Jays -- Boston avoided being eliminated from the Wild Card race, although they still have to win their remaining six games while New York must lose all its final five contests for the teams to finish tied.
Leading the Red Sox to their win Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field was starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, who surrendered just one run on five hits over eight innings. The righty lowered his ERA to 2.33 (coming into the game at 2.39), which trails only Seattle's Felix Hernandez (2.31), who pitches Tuesday night. Reliever Scott Atchison finished off the game for the Red Sox, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
The Sox' offense was led by Adrian Beltre, who finished with four hits, and Marco Scutaro (3 hits). Also spurring on the Sox' offense were Victor Martinez and David Ortiz, who each had a pair of hits and RBI. For Ortiz, the...
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview Sunday's Patriots-Lions game and discuss what the Pats offense needs to do against Detroit's front seven, as well as what the Pats defense can do against Calvin Johnson.
Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria is the nephew of the our own Christian Fauria. He joined the show today to talk about being a Pats fan as a kid, being a better athlete than his uncle, and before all was said and done, things got personal.
We check in with SI's Peter King for the latest on the Adrian Peterson case, as well as analysis on the Patriots latest win and the rest of the NFL.
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston
The Hot Stove boys are back again, talking about Jon Lester, Pablo Sandoval, Giancarlo Stanton's b
WEEI.com's Rob Bradford checks in with the show to give us some updates on what's happening in Phoenix. The Sox are rumored to be interested in Pablo Sandoval, Cole Hammels would have to approve a trade to Boston, and Gordon Edes says that Jon Lester re-signing with club is still a possibility.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with free agent outfielder Jonny Gomes about his thoughts on the trade to Oakland and Yoenis Cespedes, some of the big name pitchers on the market in free agency, and his expectations for getting signed this off season.
Dale and Michael get Jack Edwards' 'state of the B' report and talk about the win over the Blues at the Garden on Tuesday.
Andy Brickley joined the show and touched on last night's convincing win over a good team, Matt Bartkowski needing a wake up call, and the NHL review process.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins struggles, the NHL franchise in Las Vegas, and the return of the glow puck!
Bradford joined the show with the latest on the Red Sox off-season moves.
The guys discuss the Golf Digest parody piece on Tiger.
Christine Brennan of USA Today discussed Tiger's response to Golf Digest.
Christian in Foxboro returns, this time he's trolling Detroit sports radio station WDFN's Shep in the Morning Show. Christian rips Lions fans and asks why his nephew, Joseph, isn't getting the ball more.
The Patriots have resigned Legarrette Blount. The guys debate whether or not it was good signing.
Ryan Howard gets sued by everyone in his family and Columbus Blue Jacket Jack Johnson gets royally screwed by his parents.
Michael and Dale discuss this Sunday's match-up vs two of the the best teams in the NFL right now.
Dale and Michael get you the latest on all the off-season rumors for the Red Sox.
Brandon covers the NFL, particularly the Detroit Lions for Bleacher Report. He gives us his thoughts on this Sunday's game and how the Lions stack up against the Patriots.
Mikey, Villani, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are talking Patriots-Lions and how the team this year stacks up to Patriots teams of the past.
Some more Musical Mikey Magic to get ready for Sunday's Patriots-Lions game.
Andy Merritt of the New England Hockey Journal joined WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin to talk about the play of Vermont and Providence, as well as other happenings around Hockey East. Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy also joined the show to talk about his team’s good start, his freshman class and how he uses possession stats.
Joining the show today Mut the all-purpose back of WEEI. We talk about players we have hated over the years as well as Rajon Rondo and what is ailing the Celtics.
Ben and Russ talk about the Revs, MLS Playoffs, and much much more.
Dale and Michael do an in-depth interview with one of the people that saved NFL football in New England. Bill Parcells, co-author of Parcells: A Football Life.More from this show
Peter Gammons joined the show to discuss the latest MLB hot stove news.More from this show
We check in with the head coach as the Patriots moved to 8-2 with a win in Indy. Bill has high praise for RB Jonas Gray, Gronk, the defense, the fast start for the offense in both halves, and Bill even says hello to our new addition Jerry Thornton.More from this show
We talk with Tedy Bruschi on a Patriots Monday after the Pats moved to 8-2 with a decisive win over the Colts in Indy. Tedy compares Jonas Gray with another Patriot back of the past, and breaks down how physical the Patriots were.More from this show