According to the Boston Herald, former Red Sox reliever Scott Williamson is planning to auction off his 2004 World Series ring to help finance an overbuilt home and an indoor baseball facility in his town along the Indiana/Ohio line.
The auction will run through Oct. 25 and is to be conducted online by Cincinnati-based Everything But the House auctioneers (ebth.com), with the opening bid starting at $1.
Williamson is part of a family of four, including his wife, Lisa, 8-year-old son, Reece, and 6-year-old daughter, Cambrie. The house the family has lived in in Guilford, Ind., since '04 has become too much of a financial albatross.
"In baseball, I thought, ‘What is one of the most important things that happened in my career that I could give up to accomplish something...
FOXBORO -- Safety Josh Barrett was the only player ruled out for Sunday's game with the Cowboys while linebacker Jerod Mayo, who returned to practice Friday, is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Gillette Stadium. Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, who missed Thursday for personal reasons, was removed from the list. The Patriots officially listed 12 players as questionable in the official injury report released Friday afternoon:
Did Not Practice
S Josh Barrett (thumb/hamstring) OUT
DL Mike Wright (concussion, placed on injured reserve) OUT
CB Leigh Bodden (thumb) Questionable
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe) Questionable
LB Jerod Mayo (left knee) Questionable
S Sergio Brown (chest) Questionable
CB Ras-I Dowling (hip) Questionable
WR Julian Edelman (ankle) Questionable
DL Albert Haynesworth (back) Questionable ...
Red Sox owner John Henry, in an interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub, said that while CEO Larry Lucchino -- whose 10-year contract is up this year -- is expected to sign a multi-year extension this offseason. However, even though GM Theo Epstein remains in the employ of the Sox and Henry restated that he would want to retain him, he also acknowledged that the Sox are facing a "sad day" with the departures of both manager Terry Francona and Epstein.
"There’s a prohibition against announcements being made during the postseason in baseball. It would be unfair of me to the Cubs, who I don’t care that much about, but certainly to the Red Sox, Theo and the people involved to comment on what’s going on until there’s something to announce," Henry said about where negotiations stand with the Cubs regarding Epstein, who has agreed to a five-year deal with Chicago. "As far as I know, he’s still involved....
Red Sox owner John Henry, in an appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub, said that his ownership group was not accountable for the allegations in a recent Boston Globe article that former Sox manager Terry Francona had numerous personal issues.
Those revelations have subsequently been characterized as a smear campaign. Henry said that the issue was a significant one, but insisted that he was not the one responsible for such allegations, and to the best of his knowledge, the rest of his ownership group had similarly not been involved in such claims at Francona's expense.
"Ultimately, if there were team sources involved they do work for us. Did it come from John (Henry), Tom (Werner) or Larry (Lucchino)? No," said Henry. "I don't condemn the story. I condemn personal things coming out. I condemn people who tell personal things about medication, about marital issues. ... It's terrible. I'm ultimately responsible for everything that goes...
Red Sox principal owner John Henry, in an appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub, said that the signing of outfielder Carl Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million contract was a decision driven purely by baseball rather than concern about declining TV ratings. Indeed, Henry suggested that the Sox were convinced that the drop in NESN ratings was the result of changes to the people meter that measures TV audiences. That being the case, Henry said that the decision to sign Crawford was driven by a desire to improve the competitiveness of his team.
Indeed, Henry made clear that he opposed the signing, but that he deferred to the desire of baseball operations to add a player who could impact the team's on-field competitiveness.
"[Crawford was] definitely a baseball signing. In fact, anyone involved in the process, anyone in upper management with the Red Sox will tell you that I personally opposed that," said Henry. "We had plenty of...
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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.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
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Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Danny recaps the Red Sox 7-2 win over the Orioles
Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.
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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.
John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the Red Sox win over Baltimore on Memorial Day Monday and the team's surge to a two game lead in the AL East
Gerry, John and Kirk are astounded at Howard Bryant's latest effort in ESPN the Magazine. Are patriotic displays at ballparks stifling athletes? What?
John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the killing of Harambe the gorilla to save a four-year old boy. Was there another option besides shooting? Should the boy's parents be held accountable?
ERod is back on the mound for the Sox tonight, and the guys break down what the expectations should be for the young pitcher's first major league start after his injury.
The guys talk about Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, and also give you their thoughts on the upcoming NBA Finals rematch between the Warriors and the Cavs.
ESPN's Howard Bryant is release a feature story about sports teams honoring the military and police at their games and he thinks those ceremonies do not belong in sports. Glenn, Lou and Christian go at Bryant and talk about why he's wrong.
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