DALLAS -- New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that he has been making an effort to reach out to most of the players on his roster for introductory phone conversations. Aside from a select few such as Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jed Lowrie, Carl Crawford (with whom Valentine is hoping to meet in person before spring training), Valentine has spoken with most of the players listed on the team's roster, including right-hander Josh Beckett, who has become something of a lightning rod amidst offseason revelations of the occasional clubhouse consumption of beer and chicken during games and suggestions that Beckett's in-season commitment to conditioning lagged.
Valentine suggested that he has been in touch with the right-hander, who went 13-7 with a 2.89 ERA and 175 strikeouts in 193 innings.
"I did reach out to Josh, and he didn't want me to say anything so I'm not going to say anything other than after he got through telling me how pissed off he was, we...
DALLAS -- Bobby Valentine did not mince words. Asked to offer his sentiments about the Yankees in a media meeting, Valentine -- who grew up as a Yankees fan in Stamford, Conn. -- was direct.
"I hate the Yankees. I don't want to waste this valuable time talking about the Yankees. This is too valuable," Valentine said to laughter in his meeting with the media at the winter meetings. "I told [Yankees manager] Joe Girardi I used to love them, but now I hate them."
Valentine was more complimentary of another division rival, suggesting that he has "been in awe of" the job done by the Tampa Bay Rays and manager Joe Maddon, and describing the task of beating Tampa Bay as "a real challenge."
"If I was a broadcaster answering that question [about his thoughts on the Rays], I would say that everyone would rather have an expert team than have a team of experts, and I think that they strive to have an...
FOXBORO -- From the success of Tim Tebow to the demise of Albert Haynesworth in New England, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan provided some candid insight Wednesday on conference call with the New England media. As the coach who traded Haynesworth to the Patriots in July, Shanahan told reporters he was hardly surprised with the way his brief tenure ended in New England.
Shanahan was asked about Haynesworth just after speaking highly of another former player in his system, Andre Carter, who left Washington after last season for a better deal and system in New England. Shanahan said Carter was willing to try and adapt to a 3-4 system whereas Haynesworth was not.
"That was completely different," Shanahan began. "You talk about guy like Andre Carter, who was the most accountable guy you could be around. He's a pro. With Albert, it didn't take long to figure out you have everybody buys into a system and it didn't take long to...
Blue Jays manager John Farrell joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon from the winter meetings in Dallas. Following his four-year stint as Red Sox pitching coach, Farrell finished his first season as Jays manager with an 81-81 record.
Farrell was rumored to be the Red Sox' top choice to replace Terry Francona this offseason, but Farrell said he never regretted going to Toronto.
"Not at all," he said. "When opportunities come up, they arise sometimes out of nowhere. I've never been one that while you're doing your current job, that you look elsewhere. I think becomes a complete distraction. I think it's a disservice and disrespect to the people that you work for. Who would have known what took place this past year? And that wouldn't have been the reason to either stay or go elsewhere. I felt like it was a great opportunity to join … that [Blue Jays] staff and to join a club that I think, you know what? Yeah, the...
Despite much speculation to the contrary, the Patriots will not be flexed out of their 4:15 ET slot on Dec. 18 when they play Tim Tebow and the Broncos in Denver, the NFL announced on Wednesday afternoon.
The initial deadline for CBS and NBC to decide on whether to switch the game to an 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff was Tuesday but the NFL extended it to Wednesday. The game will remain on CBS and the Ravens and Chargers in San Diego will remain the primetime game that night on NBC.
Asked specificially during his Wednesday press conference whether or not the uncertainty of the game bothered him, Bill Belichick dismissed the subject out of hand.
"I don’t really care about the Broncos game right now," Belichick said. "I’m worried about the Washington game. I don’t really care about it. When they tell us to play, we’re going to show up and play the game. When it happens, it happens. Right now, I...
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.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
Joe and Tim are in Chicago where the Red Sox are playing the White Sox and Commissioner Manfred stops by the booth for half an inning.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after the Red Sox beat the White Sox behind a solid outing from Clay buchholz
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.
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.
The show goes completely off the rails in the final hour as Gerry tells stories of dogs that were killed when he was a child, and Kirk says he's probably going to own a dog very soon.
Producer candidate, Lucy, defends herself regarding attacks on her abilities to do the job, from Paul and Ken.
Oscar de la Hoya says that Donald Trump is a notorious cheater on the links.
Johnny Manziel had his arraignment today, and a Texas Judge has ordered that he cannot contact his former Girlfriend; the guys react, and talk about the obscurity on which "Johnny Football" might be teetering.
Will there be a big trade? What should the C's do with their draft picks this year? Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss Danny's options
Glenn and Christian delve deep into Lou "Gossiping" on Kirk Minihane's "Enough About Me" Podcast; accompanied by select audio clips
We discuss Sir Charles' latest comments from TNT about taking out one of the Cavaliers. This leads to a full discussion about Barkley, the softness of the Hawks, how this used to always happen in the NBA and much more.
Discussion of David Ortiz's clutch HR vs the White Sox leads us into a total discussion of David Ortiz's legacy in Boston, and whether or not he should actually retire.
Inspired by him asking the Hawks to 'take out' one of the Cavaliers, we focus on four other dumb things that Charles Barkley has said in the media.
Mikey and Lenny talk Clay Buchholz' struggles, and visit the Ghosts of Baseball past (Well, some of them are still alive...)
Mikey and Lenny talk Sox and Sandoval
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mike Mutnansky handicaps the 142nd running of the the Kentucky Derby with Matt Bernier of the Daily Racing Form, award-winning author Dick Jerardi courtesy of Xpressbet.com and Daily Racing Form clocker Mike Vesce.
Ben, Russ & Alex talk about the UCL semi-finals, which have resulted in an Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid final. They also talk about the unbelievable story of Leicester City winning the English Premier League.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the return of offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia and what it means to the future of the offensive line, new safeties coach Steve Belichick and his football relationship to his dad and recap the Patriots 2016 draft and what to expect from some of the higher profile selections in their upcoming rookie season.
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