Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said at manager Bobby Valentine's introductory press conference that Valentine was his choice, and not just that of ownership or anybody else working above him.
When the Red Sox did not offer candidate Dale Sveum the job after he interviewed with the team for a second time, rumors swirled that Cherington did get to ultimately make the decision.
"It's just not true," Cherington said of whether president Larry Lucchino or somebody in ownership made the decision. "We went through a very thorough process. We talked to a lot of candidates, we did a lot of research on a lot of candidates. At the end of the process, I made a recommendation to ownership, I believe it was sometime on Monday, that we offer the position to Bobby, and we did sometime Monday or Tuesday morning, then he accepted it.
"That's the truth," he added. "It was a collaborative process....
With NBA players returning for real next Friday, there will only be about two weeks of training camp before the regular season is scheduled to tip-off on Christmas Day with the Celtics playing the Knicks. The NBA is expected to announce its full schedule next week, but the Celtics announced their two preseason games will be played on Sunday, Dec. 18 at Toronto at 1 p.m. and on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at TD Garden against the Raptors at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the preseason game, as well as regular season games will go on sale in the week of Dec. 12.
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New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said at his introductory press conference Thursday that he doesn't feel he'll need to manage his personality any differently in Boston.
Valentine said he looks forward to having "tough conversations" with the players when necessary, but said he doesn't know whether he'd consider himself "polarizing," a label that's been commonly applied to the 62-year-old.
"I have a lot of adjectives [that have been said] about me," Valentine said. "I can't describe them all and I won't even defend them all. Reputation vs. character. I think people who know me, and take the time to get to know me, understand that I have some qualities in my character that are OK. I am not the genius that I've heard people refer to me as. I am not the polarizing guys that people refer to me as. I'm not the monster that breathes fire that some people have referred to me as.
"I'm a guy...
Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley Thursday on The Big Show to discuss the Red Sox and his future.
Francona interviewed to become the Cardinals' manager after the World Series before St. Louis hired Mike Matheny. Francona said he was "genuinely excited" to potentially manage the Cardinals, but that his rumored drug use was brought up in the interview. A Boston Globe story that ran following Francona's exit suggested the manager's performance "may have been affected by his use of pain medication."
"The fact that I had to defend myself really hurt me," Francona said of the rumor and the fact that he had to address it with the Cardinals.
Francona added that he was surprised to see the rumor even pop up in the Boston Globe story after speaking with Bob Hohler, the author of the story, the night before it ran.
"When I hung up with Bob, I was under the...
FOXBORO -- The Patriots have ruled out starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer for Sunday against the Colts after injuring his right foot last week against the Eagles. Linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) also missed practice on Friday and is listed as doubtful. Chad Ochocinco (hamstring) fully particiapted in practice for the first time since Thanksgiving and is listed as probable. Brian Waters (knee) was removed from the injury report. Friday's complete injury report is as follows:
Did Not Participate:
LB Brandon Spikes (knee) OUT
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot) Doubtful
S Patrick Chung (foot) Questionable
C Dan Connolly (groin) Questionable
WR Julian Edelman (back) Questionable
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb) Questionable
LB Gary Guyton (shoulder) Questionable
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder) Questionable
OT Matt Light (ankle)...
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.
Despite talking about hating the crossover on Kirk's podcast, Lou came in to discuss his potty mouth. Kirk reveals that Tim Benz sent a Direct Message (on Twitter) about Lou's comments on the podcast.
Reports have come out that say Joe Paterno knew about Jerry Sandusky molesting boys as far back as 1976.
It's becoming clear that fans and media are ready to circle the wagons for David Ortiz if anyone else brings up PED's.
Tim Benz and Jerry Thornton hop on to talk to Lou about what he said about them in the "Enough About Me Podcast."
Mike Mutnansky calls to talk to Lou about what was said on the "Enough About Me" Podcast. He also talks Kentucky Derby
Glenn, Lou, and Christiantalk about the latest indictment of Joe Paterno's knowledge of what was going on at Penn State
We discuss Derek Jeter's sentiment that winning has softened the fan base around here and have hosts and fans weighing in on all sides of the question.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with our old friend O.B. live from the Bronx to preview Sox-Yankees and find out how he's settling into his new gig on TV.
We look at four Red Sox players that have surprised us by being better than advertised coming in to the season.
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
Dr. Dan Quinn joins John Tomase on the Bradfo Show to talk about Pablo Sandoval's surgery, his recovery, and his rehab.
Jerry is joined once again by Jen Royle, who demonstrates the perfect attitude for handling Twitter trolls, cyberbullies and the stalkers who have her a nervous breakdown. And Jerry reads the filthiest messages ever spoken in a podcast.
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.
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