ESPN Senior Writer Peter Gammons checked in with The Big Show on Wednesday to take stock of the postseason. Gammons discussed the blown calls during the playoffs this year, the breakout Octobers by CC Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez, and the latest drama surrounding Manny Ramirez after it was revealed that he was showering while his team lost to the Phillies in the ninth inning on Monday.
While Gammons said that Ramirez' absence in the ninth inning on Monday likely wasn't considered a major concern for the Dodgers, he did say that Ramirez' return to the Dodgers in 2010 was wholly a result of the fact that the player has a $20 million option that he can exercise.
"What’s interesting is there’s no doubt in my mind, considering all that will be hitting the gossip pages of L.A. over the next few months in the McCourt divorce [between Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie], there’s no doubt in my mind that if there...
Patriots Injury Report
Did Not Participate
CB Darius Butler (ankle)
WR Julian Edelman (forearm)
T Matt Light (knee)
RB Sammy Morris (knee)
RB Fred Taylor (ankle)
G Stephen Neal (not injury related)
S James Sanders (shoulder)
DB Shawn Springs (knee)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)
DE Jarvis Green (knee)
OT Nick Kaczur (ankle)
LB Jerod Mayo (knee)
WR Randy Moss (shoulder)
WR Wes Welker (knee)
DT Vince Wilfork (ankle)
The contracts for seven members of the 2009 Red Sox included team options for 2010: Josh Beckett, Alex Gonzalez, Victor Martinez, Takashi Saito, Jason Varitek, Billy Wagner and Tim Wakefield. In most instances, the Red Sox have until five days after the World Series to decide whether to exercise those options. For player-by-player details of the status of the 2010 options, click here to read the Full Count blog.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman, offensive lineman Matt Light, running backs Sammy Morris Fred Taylor and defensive back Darius Butler were not present for the start of Patriots practice this afternoon at Gillette Stadium. Brian Hoyer, Isaiah Stanback, Derrick Burgess, Terrence Wheatley and Darryl Richard were all in black practice jerseys, signifying their status as practice players of the week. For more Patriots updates, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
Butch Stearns, Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie discuss the Patriots comeback win over Cleveland and the loss of Rob Gronkowski for the season.
The guys finish up their breakdowns on what to expect today at Gillette and give their pick for a winner.
Curran calls the boys live from Gillette to break down today's game against the Browns. He thinks Cleveland will be a much tougher opponent than most. He also gets into the Ridley situation and if the Pats will look to sign Edelman.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back witht he Hot Stove Show. They talk about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees, the Red Sox signings of AJ Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, and wrap it up with Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who talks about the World Series run, losing a teammate like Ellsbury and looking towards 2014.
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.
The New York Post's Joel Sherman joined the show with his thoughts on jacoby Ellsbury's signing with the Yankees. He said that if it were up to him he would have given the money to Robinson Cano over Ellsbury.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. They discussed how Ron Burgundy has officially jumped the shark and played sound of him on Dan Patrick.
Peter King joins Mut and Merloni to go across the NFL and address the latest news. He discusses Kubiak's firing, Tomlin's fine, and Dennard's possible suspension.
Brick makes his weekly appearance on Mut and Merloni and discusses the Bruins loss to Montreal and the hit on Johnny Boychuck.
Michael Fabiano, fantasy expert and Yankees fan, gives his opinion on the Cano signing, discusses Julian Edelman's rising fantasy value, and actually suggests starting Ryan Fitzpatrick
We check in with Herm Edwards on the Pats, Stevan Ridley, and a great many things around the NFL.
We stir up a pot of crap when we debate the world cup and the popularity of soccer... pro callers, con-callers, plus Jack Edwards!
We tackle four topics at 4PM.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.More from this show
Jackie Mac joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo, the Celtics, and the Jacoby Ellsbury deal with the Yankees.More from this show