Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said at manager Bobby Valentine's introductory press conference that Valentine was his choice, and not just that of ownership or anybody else working above him.
When the Red Sox did not offer candidate Dale Sveum the job after he interviewed with the team for a second time, rumors swirled that Cherington did get to ultimately make the decision.
"It's just not true," Cherington said of whether president Larry Lucchino or somebody in ownership made the decision. "We went through a very thorough process. We talked to a lot of candidates, we did a lot of research on a lot of candidates. At the end of the process, I made a recommendation to ownership, I believe it was sometime on Monday, that we offer the position to Bobby, and we did sometime Monday or Tuesday morning, then he accepted it.
"That's the truth," he added. "It was a collaborative process....
With NBA players returning for real next Friday, there will only be about two weeks of training camp before the regular season is scheduled to tip-off on Christmas Day with the Celtics playing the Knicks. The NBA is expected to announce its full schedule next week, but the Celtics announced their two preseason games will be played on Sunday, Dec. 18 at Toronto at 1 p.m. and on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at TD Garden against the Raptors at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the preseason game, as well as regular season games will go on sale in the week of Dec. 12.
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New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said at his introductory press conference Thursday that he doesn't feel he'll need to manage his personality any differently in Boston.
Valentine said he looks forward to having "tough conversations" with the players when necessary, but said he doesn't know whether he'd consider himself "polarizing," a label that's been commonly applied to the 62-year-old.
"I have a lot of adjectives [that have been said] about me," Valentine said. "I can't describe them all and I won't even defend them all. Reputation vs. character. I think people who know me, and take the time to get to know me, understand that I have some qualities in my character that are OK. I am not the genius that I've heard people refer to me as. I am not the polarizing guys that people refer to me as. I'm not the monster that breathes fire that some people have referred to me as.
"I'm a guy...
Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley Thursday on The Big Show to discuss the Red Sox and his future.
Francona interviewed to become the Cardinals' manager after the World Series before St. Louis hired Mike Matheny. Francona said he was "genuinely excited" to potentially manage the Cardinals, but that his rumored drug use was brought up in the interview. A Boston Globe story that ran following Francona's exit suggested the manager's performance "may have been affected by his use of pain medication."
"The fact that I had to defend myself really hurt me," Francona said of the rumor and the fact that he had to address it with the Cardinals.
Francona added that he was surprised to see the rumor even pop up in the Boston Globe story after speaking with Bob Hohler, the author of the story, the night before it ran.
"When I hung up with Bob, I was under the...
FOXBORO -- The Patriots have ruled out starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer for Sunday against the Colts after injuring his right foot last week against the Eagles. Linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) also missed practice on Friday and is listed as doubtful. Chad Ochocinco (hamstring) fully particiapted in practice for the first time since Thanksgiving and is listed as probable. Brian Waters (knee) was removed from the injury report. Friday's complete injury report is as follows:
Did Not Participate:
LB Brandon Spikes (knee) OUT
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot) Doubtful
S Patrick Chung (foot) Questionable
C Dan Connolly (groin) Questionable
WR Julian Edelman (back) Questionable
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb) Questionable
LB Gary Guyton (shoulder) Questionable
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder) Questionable
OT Matt Light (ankle)...
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.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
Mut and Kirk are talking more about the Celtics pick of Jaylen Brown and can't seem to find anyone who thinks it's a good pick or can make a case for why the Celtics took him third overall.
Joe, Tim, and Lou talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after his walk-off RBI single propelled the Red Sox past the White Sox 8-7.
Mut recaps the Red Sox 8-6 loss to the White Sox.
Mut recaps the Sox 3-1 loss in the series opener against the White Sox.
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.
Who would you like to see in Dino's chair, Gary or Mut?
The debate heats up as the discussion turns towards O.J. Simpson
On a Friday edition of Headlines, Gary presents us with some thrilling erotica talk.
Jackie MacMullen talks about Jaylen Brown, the Celtics thought process, and what may happen in Free Agency.
Glenn and Christian discuss last night's underwhelming draft by the Celtics
Dale Holley and Thornton talk NBA draft.
Dale and Holley's Final Drive 06-24-16
Laroy Streat comes back at it again! Talking the Celtics Draft and his take on the Celtics 3rd Draft pick. Catch Laroy every friday with the Dale & Holley Show 5:45- 6PM.
Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Kirk Minihane is joined by one of his radio heroes, Artie Lange. They discuss everything from Artie's comedy career, his time with Howard Stern, his issues with drugs and prostitutes, and the comedy show to benefit slain Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr.
Ben, Russ & Alex recap the 4-0 loss the USMNT suffered to Argentina in the COPA America Centenario semifinal. Then they catch up with the EURO's, and recap if their predicted winners are still in the tournament.
This week we look back at the US Open.