Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino, in a Saturday afternoon appearance on the Mustard & Johnson Show, said that the appearance by Red Sox starting pitchers in the video for Kevin Fowler's song, "Hell, Yeah, I Like Beer," had not received team or Major League Baseball permission to use either Fenway Park or Sox players in uniform.
In the video, Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester and Tim Wakefield all make brief cameos mouthing the lyrics to Fowler's song. The video has become something of a lightning rod given the revelations after the Sox' epic September collapse that a dysfunctional clubhouse culture featured starting pitchers who would drink on the days that they did not pitch.
Lucchino said that the video only came to his and the team's attention after it had been released, without the proper requests for permission having been made. Had those requests occurred, Lucchino said, they would have been denied.
Upon the passing of Raiders owner Al Davis on Saturday morning, Patriots coach Bill Belichick has issued a statement through the team: “While I am saddened by the news of Mr. Davis’ passing, I will forever be heartened and enriched by the many personal interactions I had with him over the years. His winning, his football knowledge, his passion for his team and contributions to the league made him one of the all-time greats. By striving for the highest level of excellence with our respective teams and the game itself, we will be honoring the memory of Al Davis.” For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
According to a major league source, the Red Sox made the second change to their big league coaching staff since the departure of former manager Terry Francona, informing coaching staff assistant Rob Leary on Friday that he won't be asked to return for the 2012 season. Leary joined first base coach Ron Johnson as the first two members of the Sox coaching staff to depart in Francona's wake.
Leary had spent 10 years in the organization, joining the Sox as a roving coaching instructor in 2002 and then getting promoted to minor league field coordinator in 2003, a role he served in until 2009. His player development work, in turn, earned him the promotion to the major league coaching staff in 2010, when the Sox named him their coaching staff assistant, a position in which he was in charge of organizing spring training workouts and assisting the coaching staff with pre-game preparation, including work with advance scouting reports.
With a new manager...
FOXBORO -- Patriots safety Patrick Chung was docked $7,500 for his late hit Sunday on Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey while Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour was fined $15,000 for a pair of personal fouls on the game's opening drive last week.
Seymour heaved Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to the ground after the whistle and was flagged 15 yards at the time. That drew a $7,500 fine as did his fasemask foul on BenJarvus Green-Ellis just moments later.
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FOXBORO -- Jerod Mayo, Julian Edelman, Danny Woodhead and Sebastian Vollmer are all listed as "doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Jets at Gillette Stadium. All four have missed all three practices this week with various injuries, including Friday's workout on grass field in shorts and shells. Mayo has not been ruled out despite reportedly spraining the MCL in his left knee last week against the Raiders. Kyle Arrington (chest) and Gary Guyton (hamstring) were removed completely from the injury list and are expected at full strenght on Sunday. Here's Friday's complete injury report:
Did Not Practice
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back) Doubtful
LB Jerod Mayo (knee) Doubtful
WR Julian Edelman (ankle) Doubtful
RB Danny Woodhead (ankle) Doubtful
TE Aaron Hernandez (knee) Questionable
DL Mike Wright (concussion) Questionable
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.
Kirk still can't fathom why Paul or Ken would want to produce the morning show. Some shade is thrown at another potential candidate.
Ted Cruz lost Indiana and gave up his bid for the GOP nomination. Donald Trump didn't exactly bring the heat in his victory speech.
Curt Schilling joined the show to defend himself about his selfish call to OMF yesterday.
Dr. Thomas Gill calls in to give his input on Pablo Sandoval's season ending surgery, and tells the guys how long he thinks the third baseman will be out.
The Celtics are approaching a very important off season, and Danny Ainge needs to figure out a plan to get a star in Boston...most importantly Kevin Durant. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about who the team needs to go after.
Tom Werner was in studio today and Christian could not hold himself back when Tom Werner mentioned the comedian "Whitney Cummings."
John Farrell calls us from Chicago to talk Pablo, E-Rod, Joe Kelly, Travis Shaw and much more.
Four at Four bled into some genuine discussion about who this town's greatest villains truly are.
Inspired by A-Rod's appearance at Fenway, we discuss four of our biggest Villains/nemesis' on the Boston sports scene.
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
This week we are joined by Jon Albanese, manger of Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio and talk about golf returning to the Olympics, Tiger Woods and more. We also look back at the Zurich Classic and preview Wells Fargo Championship.
SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk look at the reports surrounding Prince and his drug use.More from this show
Sausage tells the guys that he's moving onto greener (read: more lucrative) pastures. His potential replacement, Paul, is interviewed for the job.More from this show
Glenn, Lou and Christian (and ESPN) react to the news that Tom Brady will be suspended the first 4 games of the 2016 season.More from this show