In an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, new Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal, who has made no less than $10 million in each of his last 14 NBA seasons, and at least $20 million in his last nine campaigns, said that he had no problem taking a pay cut in excess of 90 percent in order to come to the Celtics. O'Neal signed a two-year deal for approximately $3 million this summer, and he suggested that money was virtually irrelevant in making his decision to join Boston.
"I had other options where the money would have been greater. But this franchise, this team, has a tradition of winning," O'Neal said. "I’ve been one of the luckiest guys in the history of the game. I’ve had four max deals and one lifetime of play. So money wasn’t an issue. Money will never be an issue. But Danny Ainge had $1 million left, which was the minimum. If I had to, to come here and play, I would have played for free....
And you thought Tom Brady was critical of Patriots fans? Rays third baseman Evan Longoria ripped his team's lack of fan support Monday night as the Rays sat on the brink of clinching a playoff berth. Only 12,446 turned out to see the Rays' loss to the Orioles. After the game, Longoria brought up the topic of low attendance unprompted. Said the 24-year-old: "It's kind of like, What else do you have to do to draw fans in this place? It's actually embarrassing for us." Read more about that story and others, along with video, trivia and more, at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.
CHICAGO -- Speaking after his team's 6-1 win over the White Sox Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field, Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre said that signing with a team that has a chance to contend will be a priority when it comes to signing with a team this offseason. But the 31-year-old also explained that his family's happiness will also play a major role in his decision, especially after spending a good amount of the 2010 season away from his pregnant wife and children.
"I'll see what's best for me and my family," said Beltre, who lives in the Los Angeles area during the offseason. "This year I was selfish enough, coming to the East Coast, knowing my wife was pregnant and she would be away from me basically for the whole year. This year is going to be more a family thing. It's been tough. I haven't seen family like I wanted to. We're going to settle down, discuss it, and see what's best for us."
CHICAGO -- Moments after the Red Sox' 6-1 win over the White Sox Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field, David Ortiz explained that reaching 100 RBI -- which he accomplished with two RBI in the victory -- shouldn't be viewed as any different as when he reached 99 in 2009.
"As much as it was last year (when) I got 99," the Sox' DH said when asked how much reaching the milestone meant to him. He then pointed out how much perception changes with just that one extra RBI. "One RBI makes a huge difference because everybody was like focused on the first two months that I had last year. But right now, 100, for me, it's no different. It's just one number that's different."
Ortiz hadn't reached 100 RBI since 2007, and has now accomplished the feat six times in his career. He got to 100 this time by driving in Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre with a first-inning double.
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CHICAGO -- With the Red Sox' 6-1 win over the White Sox -- and the Yankees' loss to the Blue Jays -- Boston avoided being eliminated from the Wild Card race, although they still have to win their remaining six games while New York must lose all its final five contests for the teams to finish tied.
Leading the Red Sox to their win Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field was starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, who surrendered just one run on five hits over eight innings. The righty lowered his ERA to 2.33 (coming into the game at 2.39), which trails only Seattle's Felix Hernandez (2.31), who pitches Tuesday night. Reliever Scott Atchison finished off the game for the Red Sox, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
The Sox' offense was led by Adrian Beltre, who finished with four hits, and Marco Scutaro (3 hits). Also spurring on the Sox' offense were Victor Martinez and David Ortiz, who each had a pair of hits and RBI. For Ortiz, the...
We check in on the Patriots off-season with ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss. Mike updates us on Revis, McCourty, Wilfork and more.
Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.
Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.
Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.
Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk chat with Tom Curran about the Patriots declining Vince Wilfork's option and the status of Darrelle Revis.
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McPhee joined Dennis, Callahan and Minihane to give a first hand account of the proceedings inside the courtroom during the trial of the Boston bomber.
Peirre McGuire of NBC Sports to talk about the snake-bit Bruins and their chances of making the playoffs. Pierre then weighs in the idea of Christian Fauria playing goalie
Steve Cooper, reporter for 7 News, joined the show to talk about the first day of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial.
Legalization issues, substitute teachers shower outrageous movies, and Auntie Fee, the best cooking show host.
We talk Boston Bruins with NESN's Jack Edwards, our first talk since the NHL trade deadline.
Jerry discusses the plus and minus' of the Patriots first (of many) Super Bowl DVD's
Dale and Michael briefly discuss the opening of the Marathon Bombing Trial, and how the 'Free Dhzokar' crowd will have to get a new hobby.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Adam Himmelsbach, Celtics beat reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the show to share his love of the Brow and discuss the surging Celtics playoff chances. Then we take a field trip to the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference and analyze the data with Rick Friedman.
Chris and comedian Will Noonan discuss the events of last night's Raw.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin previews the opening round of the Hockey East tournament with Northeastern coach Jim Madigan and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and The Mack Report.
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