Eric Chavez led a home run barrage with two long balls while Alex Rodriguez, Russell Martin and Nick Swisher also went deep as Clay Buchholz was hammered in a 6-2 Yankees victory, spoiling the 100th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park. After winning three straight to open the home stand, the Red Sox lost their fourth straight and fell to 4-9 on the season.
Ideal conditions of sunshine and 75 degrees provided the backdrop as the Red Sox welcomed back over 200 former players in their original uniforms for a 40-minute pregame ceremony. All of the players took their original positions in the field and were joined by those in the lineup for Friday's game.
After a stirring national anthem from the Boston Pops, the game got off to an ominous start as Dustin Pedroia appeared to lose Derek Jeter's pop fly to shallow right field in the sun and dropped the ball at the last moment. Jeter came around to score on an RBI single from Rodriguez....
Former Red Sox slugger Jose Canseco is in Boston for Fenway Park's 100th anniversary celebration, but he had another announcement Friday. The 47-year-old has signed a one-year contract with the Worcester Tornadoes of the independent Can-Am League.
"I am very much looking forward to putting on a uniform and competing on a professional level again this year," Canseco said in a team-issued statement. "I love the game of baseball. I am particularly grateful to the Worcester Tornadoes for embracing me and having the confidence in me to help the team win."
A six-time All-Star, Canseco is best known for his years with the A's in the 1980s and early '90s. He was the 1986 American League Rookie of the Year and the 1988 AL MVP, and he finished his 17-year career with 462 home runs. He last played in the majors leagues with the White Sox in 2001, following stints with the Rangers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Devil Rays and Yankees.
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...
Field calls the boys live from the ESPN studios in CT to discuss how the Steelers can stay alive in this game today. He also gets into Julian Edelman's role, the dominance of Gronk, and some fantasy football issues. He also discusses his frustrations with how the NFL has dealt with disciplinary issues specifically domestic violence.
Fauria calls the boys from the friendly confines of the Fauria compound. He discusses the various matchups at play today and how the Pats defense will force Landry Jones to beat them. He also talks about playing against the Steelers at Heinz Field, the biggest rivalries for the Pats and more.
Jason Whitlock was back at it again last week on his Fox show discussing race and cutlure in the NFL and how it is sometimes easier for white guys to get acclimated in the NFL. Pete thinks that is complete garbage.
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.
Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have
We wrap up the Sox season with our final weekly visit with Sox manager John Farrell, on the heels of the news that he will be back as Sox skipper for the 2017 season.
Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2016 Boston Red Sox season
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.
Listeners voice their displeasure with the NFL and Michael Lombardi called in to give his thoughts on Roger Goodell and Josh Brown.
Gerry, Kirk and Mut react to Mad Dog defending Josh Brown.
The guys praised Jerry Thornton's questions to Peter King and headlines with Minihane.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the MMQB's comments on Dale and Holley defending the NFL and Giants organization. They find fault with him and other NFL apologists in their rationale of making excuses for the league and the Giants as to why Josh Brown was only suspended one game.
The OMFers open the show talking about new revelations about Giants Kicker Josh Brown and his domestic violence case. They discuss the NFL's failure to uphold the standards that they had placed on themselves in policing domestic violence perpetrators.
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio makes his weekly appearance on OMF to discuss the NFL and New York Giants mishandling of the Josh Brown situation.
We discuss the NFL and the Patriots with Hall of Famer Michael Irvin as the Pats prepare to head to Pittsburgh to take on the Stillers.
We discuss Josh Brown, domestic violence and the league that never learns from it's past mistakes, the NFL
We close out the show with the best clips of the day and LAROY!
Kirk Minihane, avid runner, talks to Charlie Engle about the passion of running, how running became an addiction that replaced drug related addictions, and Charlie's time in jail. Kirk and Charlie have had similar paths through life and they discuss how a passion for running changed their lives.
Kirk was scheduled to interview Jeff Pearlman but the connection sucked and we called a late audible and interrupted the K&C Post Show podcast. Kirk takes over the K&C podcast and turns into Enough About Me and an epic bitchfest ensues.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Red Sox legend Mo Vaughn to talk to Mo about his playing days here in Boston, why the Sox couldn't have won a World Series in the 90's, and what life has been like since his playing day's have ended.
Thomas returns from hiatus to join Conor in discussing the latest BC football disappointment. They review BC-Cuse and preview the rest of the season.
With Pete Davidson unavailable today, Jim Hackett brought in a special guest for today’s show. You know him as “Andy from Sales,” famous from his appearances as spokesman for New England Fat Loss. The loser of 75lbs has been a winner to date in the Entercom Boston Fantasy Football League, sporting a 6-0 record sitting in 1st Place. But Jim is concerned about the makeup of his team. At 6-0, there’s still plenty of work to do for Andy (picture here)… After Andy’s team diagnosis that includes some needed Waiver Wire adds and some trade options to seek, the show turns to Pete’s Starts & Sits article where Jim highlights some plays and values he likes for Week 7. The show closes with a little insight from Jim on the continued missteps of the NFL… Enjoy!
Brad Feldman joins the show to talk about what the Revs need to do to get back to the top of the Eastern Conference, what the future holds for Jay Heaps, and the front office philosophy.
Gerry, Kirk and Meter reacted to Artie Lange's podcast in 'Headlines' and Meter loves Mookie Betts as the guys get a little baseball talk in during hour two of Thursday's show.More from this show
Mark Dondero of WPRI in Providence called in to defend himself and Kirk was ready to take on a listener in hour four of Thursday's show with Jon Meterparel in on Dino's Casting Couch.More from this show
Gerry, Kirk and Meter discussed the 3rd and final presidential debate in hour one of the Thursday show and have all concluded Hillary Clinton is going to be our next president.More from this show
Gerry, Kirk and Trenni talked about the brutal NFL ratings and Trags called in to defend the local Patriots media,More from this show
To start hour three of Thursday's show, Gerry, Kirk and Meter discuss a New York Post story exposing Josh Brown and Curtis recounted his awkward photo day experience.More from this show