Speaking prior to the Red Sox' 6-2 win over Minnesota Thursday, David Ortiz confirmed that he had texted Hanley Ramirez, encouraging the Marlins' shortstop to apologize to his manager and teammates.
"I told him to talk to his manager and do the right thing. I don't know if what he did was because of what I said, but I always try and tell him the right thing to do," Ortiz said. "I think he did what he was supposed to, go down to apologize to his teammates and his managers. Move on. It's not a big deal. Things happen."
Ortiz referenced his own mentors when he was a young player with the Twins, and the guidance they delivered which was similar to the kind he offered Ramirez.
"Eddie Guardardo used to tell me how to do things when I was with Minnesota," Ortiz said. "But on the other hand, I was well educated for me to snap or doing something crazy that is when...
According to a report in the Denver Post, the Red Sox are still keeping an eye on Rockies catcher, and Rhode Island native, Chris Iannetta. The 27-year-old is currently playing for Colorado's Triple-A team in Colorado Springs. Since being demoted to the minors, the right-handed hitting Iannetta is hitting .362 with five homers, carrying an on-base percentage of .449. He is coming off a season in which he hit 16 homers in just 93 games, with a batting average of .223. Iannetta signed a three-year extension this past offseason for $8.35 million with a $5 million club option for 2013.
Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, and much of the interview was spent discussing David Ortiz. Asked if the media has been unfair to Ortiz this season, Lucchino said: "He may feel that way, but I think that's human nature. He recognizes that he got off to a bad start. But I do think he feels -- he said so, he said as much -- that there was greater emphasis on his lack of productivity and not sufficient emphasis on other players perhaps, or the team's success. ... I think that there is a question of balance, a question of emphasis, that David had a right to raise being human like the rest of us. I'm so glad that's in our rear-view mirror now."
A recent story by ESPN's Howard Bryant quoted an unidentified Red Sox front office source as saying members of ownership, in its defense of Ortiz following last year's steroid situation, "embarrassed themselves in defending David....
Earlier this week, following the Red Sox' horrific loss to the Yankees Monday night, we listed Boston's most frustrating losses of 2010. On Tuesday, the Sox bounced back with a tremendous win, as did the Celtics. So, now it's only fair that we put on our positive-thinking hat and present Boston's best wins of 2010. Check it out at our LEEInks blog.
Pawtucket Red Sox player Daniel Nava has been leaving a ticket for ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews at every game for the past three years. He has yet to meet her. Read about why he continues this tradition. Also, national columnists try to figure out cyclist Floyd Landis and whether he's telling the truth about Lance Armstrong, and University of Kentucky coach John Calipari is taking heat again, but this time it's for his recruiting practices. Read about those stories, plus check out our videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the latest development at Patriots training camp. Chris says Darrelle Revis has looked great, and that his impact on the defense is actually being underplayed nationally.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
John, Gerry, and Steve DeOssie discuss Tom Brady's impact on the rest of the Patriots, plus Steve tells tales from his old days as a NFL linebacker
A whale watch boat is stranded overnight in Boston Harbor
Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront certainly put on quite the pitching performance, as the Red Sox were trounced by the Jays. Does this change the team's approach to the trade deadline?
Christian tells a story about taking his girlfriend to see "Jersey Boys" in NYC, but he leaves out some crucial details. Luckily, she was listening and called the show to clarify exactly what kind of shenanigans he was trying to pull.
MFB discuss a Peter King article that suggests many NFL coaches and assistant coaches have felt increasing pressure over big-money fantasy football players. Christian also weighs in specifically on how his knowledge of game-plans resulted directly in him winning his first season as a fantasy football player.
The Sox lost 14-1 as Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront both had awful performances. On the heels of the loss, rumors began to fly regarding Jon Lester and John Lackey possibly being traded.
We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?
We talk about four of the biggest mistakes the Red Sox have made over the past 30+ years.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.More from this show