Former Roger Clemens trainer Brian McNamee joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to discuss Clemens' comeback and baseball's continued problems with performance-enhancing drugs.
McNamee said he didn't watch his ex-friend/current adversary's minor league appearance Saturday night, but he thinks he knows the reason for the 50-year-old's return to baseball.
"I think it's ego-driven," McNamee said. "Right of the top, I think you guys should bring the popcorn, because that circus isn't going anywhere soon."
That said, McNamee wouldn't be shocked if Clemens was able to pitch an inning in the majors this season.
"I think -- and I teach it every day -- I think if you can throw strikes, add and subtract [speeds], anybody can get anybody out at any level, at any age," McNamee said. "He didn't look in great shape, but I didn't really watch [Saturday's game]. I only saw him in suits. I don't...
Alfredo Aceves, back from a three-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, proved detrimental to the team in his return to the mound on Tuesday. The right-hander blew his eighth save of the year, tied for the most in the majors, as the Red Sox saw a 5-4, ninth-inning lead go up in smoke as the Angels claimed a 6-5 victory.
Aceves, who warmed as early as the sixth inning, blitzed through a clean eighth before coming undone in a two-run ninth. He hit Erick Aybar in the back foot with a pitch, issued a walk and then permitted a one-out, broken bat single up the middle by Mike Trout that tied the game, 5-5. Torii Hunter followed with a deep sacrifice fly to center field to give the Halos the walkoff victory. It was the second straight appearance in which Aceves suffered a blown save and loss against the Angels, following his last appearance on Thursday when he gave up five runs on six hits in two innings. Aceves now is 2-9 with a 4.76 ERA.
Red Sox reliever Alfredo Aceves was reinstated to the team from his three-game suspension prior to Tuesday's game in Anaheim against the Angels. The 29-year-old met with manager Bobby Valentine for 30 minutes and with coaches for an additional 20 minutes.
Asked by reporters if he apologized to manager Bobby Valentine for what was deemed "conduct detrimental to the team" (the product of Aceves ripping off his jersey while making his way off the field and later storming in and out of Valentine's office on Friday, after Andrew Bailey recorded a four-out save), Aceves declined direct comment.
"The past is the past. I'm just here to play baseball," Aceves, who is 2-8 with a 4.60 ERA and 25 saves in 32 opportunities this year, told reporters.
Aceves added that he had "no idea" if he would be the closer going forward. However, Bailey is unavailable to pitch on Tuesday, after working in four of the previous...
The Red Sox placed left-handed starter Franklin Morales on the 15-day disabled list due to what manager Bobby Valentine characterized to reporters as "a little bit of a tired shoulder." The official reason for his placement on the DL was left shoulder inflammation.
"It was a little cranky the other day," Valentine told reporters. "At this time of the year, I just didn't think there was any reason to be anything but cautious."
While shuffling between the rotation and bullpen, Morales -- who has appeared in 37 games and made nine starts -- has pitched 76 1/3 innings, a career-high at the big league level and the most innings overall he's thrown in a season since 2009, when he threw 80 1/3 innings between Triple-A and the majors. Morales is 3-4 with a 3.77 ERA, but after a largely successful stretch in the rotation, he has been hammered for 11 runs (seven earned) over eight innings in his last two starts.
With the Red Sox in Anaheim for the start of a three-game series against the Angels, 22-year-old shortstop Jose Iglesias will get his first start of the 2012 season following his call-up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday. He will bat eighth, while Pedro Ciriaco will play third base and Mike Aviles gets the day off against Angels ace Jered Weaver. The youth movement will run up and down the lineup, as Ryan Lavarnway will serve as the cleanup hitter and Ryan Kalish will play right and bat seventh.
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Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Pete, Bradford, and Tomase are talking all about the Boston Red Sox, who opened spring training on Monday with pitchers and catchers reporting. They talk about what the Red Sox approach at the plate will be to replace the loss of David Ortiz bat, the impact of some players participating in the WBC, and of course the pitching rotation.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Evan Drellich joins the show. A fight for the ages ensues.
Hour 3. Kirk and Gerry react to their interview with Sale.
Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale joins the show.
Lou didn't want to talk about it on the air, but Mut pried it out of him: Lou is pissed at Trenni for the way she handled the much-anticipated John Farrell interview.
Lou left the show for a spell to record an interview with John Farrell. When he returned, he let Mut, Christian and the listeners know that it was not a loving affair.
Celtics fans have been waiting for fireworks from Danny Ainge since his comments in April of 2014. As the trade deadline nears, Mut and Christian wonder how pissed off Celtics fans will be if nothing happens on Causeway.
Dale Arnold, Michael Holley and Rich Keefe continue to discuss what the Celtics need to add in the off-season, but tucked in the middle is yet another Holley vs Keefe blowout regarding DeMarcus Cousins and his trade.
Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss the Bruins and their great run under new coach Bruce Cassidy, but that the good play doesn't mean they shouldn't add something to the team at the deadline.
Dale, Michael and Rich discuss the Jets/Revis tampering case as new details continue to become available.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Michael Holley for the first time on the podcast. Kirk and Michael have hosted shows together in the past but have never had a candid conversation about WEEI. Kirk and Michael talk about Holley's career in radio, his best selling books, and what his assessment of the current WEEI is. There are a lot of interesting behind the scene nuggets for anybody who has listened to WEEI over the years. This episode is brought to you by hellofresh.com. For Enough About Me listeners go to hellofresh.com and use the promo code kirk35 for $35 off your first week of deliveries.
Ken Laird is in Boston, Chris Curtis in Ft. Myers and the guys find a way to produce a Tuesday post-show recap of K&C on location at Red Sox camp
The reigning American Cy Young Award winner (Rick Porcello) and Red Sox set-up man (Joe Kelly) share a meal, some drinks, stories and conversation with Rob Bradford at Twin Peaks Restaurant in Fort Myers.
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