Dustin Pedroia called in to The Big Show from his vacation in Cabo, Mexico to defend his now former manager Terry Francona and his teammates in the wake of a story in the Boston Globe that quoted annonymous sources that said that Francona may have lost the clubhouse in part because of personal problems.
"I'm pretty upset about it," Pedroia said. "A lot of stuff that was said is pretty much not fair and it hurts man. It's not good."
Asked if he was surprised, Pedroia said:
"I'm not surprised by anything, but it hurt. I've played with this guy for five years and he's had everyone's back since Day One. He might take the hit for some things and the way the team's playing and stuff like that but from Day One this guy had my back, he's had everyone's back. He protected every single guy in that clubhouse and that's why I respect him like you can't believe. Whatever job he gets, if he needs me for a couple of games...
The Bruins received good news on the status of David Krejci, as coach Claude Julien said Wednesday in Carolina that the center did not suffer a knee injury, but rather a core injury. Krejci will not play Wednesday but is considered day-to-day.
"He's day to day and it's an injury in the core area. We can certainly eliminate the knee injury that's been speculated," Julien said. "… We'll see how he does and whether he joins us in Chicago or not."
With Krejci out, 19-year-old Tyler Seguin will become the team's first-line center for the first time in his young career. Seguin is tied for the team lead with three points through three games.
"We knew that down the road we needed him to step up in that area," Julien said. "… Moving Tyler there is certainly one of our options there and the one we're probably going to start with."
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FOXBORO -- Three key offensive players returned to practice on Wednesday as the team began their on-field preparation for the Cowboys this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
Sebastian Vollmer (back), Danny Woodhead (ankle) and Julian Edelman (ankle) were all back in uniform and on the lower grass field for the Patriots at the start of practice while Jerod Mayo (left knee), Mike Wright (concussion) and Josh Barrett (hand) were the only players not spotted in shorts and shells at practice on the lower grass field.
Vollmer has been limited to just one game this season, playing only against the Chargers in Week 2. Wright practice last week with the team but was not active for the game against the Jets. Barrett was also inactive with his hand injury, the first game he's missed this season.
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FOXBORO -- Patriots nose tackle Albert Haynesworth said Wednesday he's feeling "OK" about his progress in his first five weeks with the team as he battling through back ailments. But he admitted, he still has a ways to go before fulfilling the expectations of his teammates and the team officials who brought him to New England in a late-July trade with the Redskins.
"The more I play, the more familar I can get," Haynesworth said before heading out to meetings and practice. "Coach [Bill Belichick] isn't going to rush anything and he wants me to get my feet under me so I can play well."
Haynesworth returned to action last week against the Jets and was limited to mainly third-down situations, after missing the previous two games with a back injury.
"I feel OK," Haynesworth said. "I'm still trying to shake some things or whatever. But as time goes, I'm feeling better and better and more...
Former Red Sox shortstop and current ESPN analyst Nomar Garciaparra joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the latest revelations of clubhouse problems with the Sox and the future of Theo Epstein.
Garciaparra said he has not read Wednesday's Boston Globe article that expands on recent allegations of misbehavior at Fenway. "I have not, and I really have no intention of reading it," he said. "I don't think I need to."
Informed about some of the content, Garciaparra said it sounds like the players need to do a better job of policing the clubhouse.
"If that was really going on -- and I say really going on -- I'd have an issue," he said. "And also, that's an issue that we take on as players. I know personally that that's where I'm upset. I'm saying something, for sure. I'm saying something to my starting pitcher. I'm saying something to these guys up here, to say, 'Hey listen, fine, keep your...
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.
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 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.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.
Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
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.
Gary Tanguay and Kirk Minihane start the program without Dennis and Callahan. Gary quickly ticks off Kirk by leading the show in too many directions. The guys settle in talking about Ted Cruz pulling out of the GOP race and Donald Trump's chances to win the presidency.
Mayor Marty Walsh is promoting equal rights for transgenders at City Hall. A woman was struck and killed by a Duck Boat. Bernie Sanders wants free tuition for all public colleges.
A 19 year old football player, in Mesa, Arizona, is facing 69 counts of indecent exposure, for showing his genitalia in his team photo with the football team.
Hanley Ramirez hasn't been hitting and Red Sox fans are just fine with it.
Pablo Sandoval is scheduled for shoulder surgery. What does this mean for his season and his future with the Red Sox?
The guys start the show discussing David Price's not great start to the year.
We discuss Pablo's surgery, rumors of weight loss and a renewed focus, and ultimately if the Red Sox will be able to get anything from Pablo, be in on the field or via trade.
We discuss the missed call to close out the Spurs-OKC game last night and it ultimately spins into a conversation about which league does the best job of refereeing their games.
We close out the Dale and Holley show with the best soundbites of the day.
Mikey and Lenny talk Sox and Sandoval
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Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
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