Former Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez, who is currently trying to sign with a club for the 2012 season, said in an interview with ESPN that he is determined to show that he has changed for the better. Ramirez exited baseball in infamous fashion last season, proclaiming that he was retiring from the Rays after he was suspended for 100 games for violating Major League Baseball's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He sat out the rest of the 2011 season, but found his way back into the news at the end of the season when he was arrested for domestic battery.
Ramirez, whose penalty was adjusted to 50 games that must be served after the start of the coming season, said in the ESPN interview that he wants to return to the game "to show people that Manny can change, that he can do the right thing. And to show people that I still...
Bruins forward Marc Savard, who is out for the season with post-concussion syndrome (and whose career is likely over because of the condition), has purchased a suite at TD Garden for patients at Children's Hospital dealing with the effects of head trauma, the team announced Wednesday.
Savard has bought the suite for the remainder of the season and through the 2013-14 season. According to a press release from the team, "the suite will be complete with healthy food and goodie bags for each guest, as well as a visit from the Bruins mascot, Blades, and the Bruins Ice Girls."
Savard will be at TD Garden Thursday, making his first public appearance of the season. For complete Bruins coverage, visit weei.com/bruins.
The Colorado Rockies announced (via twitter) that they have traded minor league infielder Brad Emaus to the Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations. Emaus, who turns 26 in March, played in 14 big league games with the Mets last year after being taken by New York from the Blue Jays in the 2010 Rule 5 draft. He hit .162 with a .262 OBP and .424 OPS, with pronounced difficulties (4-for-29) against right-handers.
While one evaluator suggested that Emaus is "a major league-caliber bench player," he did not stick on the roster and was returned to Toronto, who subsequently traded Emaus to the Rockies in exchange for minor league pitcher Chris Malone.
Emaus went on to post big numbers while playing for the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate in the very favorable hitting environment of Colorado Springs. He posted a .313/.389/.564/.954...
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, in his weekly interview on The Big Show, said that he came away impressed by Bobby Valentine from a dinner this week that also included outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, pitcher Clay Buchholz and outfielder Darnell McDonald. The dinner, which took place during the Fiesta Bowl, served as an opportunity for introductions and for Valentine to try to learn about the routines of some of his players, including the degree to which they use scouting reports and video to prepare for opponents.
"He was great. He’s very intelligent, he was open-minded, he was thinking a lot about certain situations just sitting at the table," said Pedroia. "It was pretty cool. I’m pretty excited about it. Hopefully I can pick his brain as much as possible and try to get better. ... Once we get there, we’ll find out more on how camp’s going to be run, what he wants from each of us. It’s going to be fun...
FOXBORO -- The only member of the Patriots roster who was not present at Wednesday's practice session was defensive lineman Kyle Love, but the team announced Wednesday afternoon that his absence was not injury related. In addition, New England listed quarterback Tom Brady on the report with a left shoulder, but indicated he participated fully in practice. Check out the rest of the injury report here:
Did Not Practice
DL Kyle Love (not injury related)
CB Kyle Arrington (foot)
S Patrick Chung (foot)
C Dan Connolly (groin)
WR Julian Edelman (back)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
T Matt Light (ankle)
G Logan Mankins (knee)
CB Devin McCourty (shoulder)
LB Rob Ninkovich (hip)
WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
T Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot)
WR Wes Welker (...
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
Mut reads the Thursday 'Headlines' which include helicopters over Boston and Senator Scott Brown defending himself against allegations.
Kirk & Callahan with Mut discuss the Patriots QB situation heading into preseason Game 3, and Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy's morning take on the team which mirrors Kirk's.
After Callahan unloads on his producers to start the show, Kirk & Gerry get on to discussing the Red Sox and their Wednesday night loss in Tampa to the Rays in 11 innings.
NESN has hired a new anchor who has a history dating pro players. With the trend of that happening in Boston the last few years, does NESN need to keep an eye on Kacie McDonnell?
Now that center Bryan Stork has been cut, should we be concerned with the Patriots O-Line? Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the Patriots O-Line and how Jimmy G will handle it in the first 4 weeks.
Sam Kennedy of the Red Sox calls in to talk to the guys about the proposed renovations at Fenway Park and if Jonathan Papelbon will ever sign.
We check in with the red hot rook of the Red Sox live from Tampa and talk to him about his first experiences in the big leagues.
We check in with John Farrell from Tampa for our weekly feature as the red hot Red Sox look to keep it going for two more wins at the Trop.
In honor of the announcement that the Sox will be among the team's at Tim Tebow's workout next week, we look at four pro athletes who tried their hand in a second sport and it didn't work out too well for them.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Mut to answer questions from the fans. Kirk and Mut get into the issues with Dino, the other hosts at the station, Kirk's issues with drugs in the past, and the love fest between Kirk and Mut.
Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.
Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer
Week two of the Preseason is underway so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of the “Fantasy Football Hour” to offer some mid-August updates and opinion. In today’s show Jim and Pete offer analysis from the Thursday Night Patriots game and discuss LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots Running Attack in depth. Jim and Pete key on some recent news surrounding lots of players including Seattle’s and Chicago’s backfield, then get into the incredibly deep Wide Receiver position. Make sure to tune in for more on Sunday morning at 8:00am for “The Fantasy Football Hour.” Enjoy!
Tom Brady returned to practice after his unexplained days off to shed some light into his mysterious scissors injury that prevented him from playing last Thursday's preseason game.More from this show
Gerry, Mut, and Kirk discuss the Benintendi catch from Monday and what's looking like an incredible outfield for years to come; also the guys discuss the probation sentence given to an East Longmeadow youth charged with sexual assault.More from this show
Kirk & Callahan with Mut react to the latest Roger Goodell NFL wheel of justice rulingMore from this show
Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.More from this show
Kirk, Gerry and Mut start off the Tuesday show back in studio discussing the strange absences of Tom Brady throughout training camp, as well as all the sponsors that have bailed on swimmer Ryan Lochte.More from this show