Making his weekly appearance on the Mut and Merloni appearance Friday, with Mike Mutnansky and guest co-host Kirk Minihane, former Red Sox Kevin Millar surmised that if Terry Francona was still managing the Sox the timetable for the Kevin Youkilis might have been different.
"I think this all started back in spring training, and obviously the sound byte he did in the dugout after winning three straight games from the Rays," Millar said. "Listen, Bobby Valentine never managed Kevin Youkilis and to come out with that sound byte early in the season, it was a very odd sound byte and timing. The Red Sox just won three games. You know what, whether you believe it or not, when he was saying he wasn't playing with as much energy as in the past, that's a tough thing to swallow from the player's side.
"I thought Kevin Youkilis actually handled the situation well. You've got to understand this guy has done a lot in a Red Sox uniform....
WILMINGTON -- Bruins general Peter Chiarelli said Friday that he does not expect the team to make a splash on the first day of free agency Sunday.
"My gut is telling me that we'll be quiet," Chiarelli said. "That's my gut. Now, if you at how we've built the team over the years, but for my first year and when we signed [Michael] Ryder, we haven't really gone out and hit a couple of home runs on July 1. Maybe I look at the trade market after July 1, but my gut is I'll probably be quiet."
The Bruins, who have already re-signed unrestricted free agents Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell this summer, will return the vast majority of their 2011-12 roster next season. Wing Jordan Caron will likely take on a bigger role while defenseman Dougie Hamilton stands strong chance at making the team.
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WILMINGTON -- Speaking between sessions at Friday's development camp, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed the team's agreement in principle with goaltender Tuukka Rask on a one-year, $3.5 million deal. For bookkeeping purposes, the team will not register the deal until Sunday, the first day of free agency. Rask would have become a restricted free agent Sunday, and he will be one at the end of his upcoming deal.
Chiarelli also shed light on 2011 second-round pick Alexander Khokhlachev's situation, confirming that the Russian forward will play in the KHL next season but noting that the Bruins have agreed with him on an entry level deal, allowing them to retain his rights. Like Rask's, the deal will not be registered with the league until Sunday.
The plan for Khokhlachev, 18, is to play one season in the KHL for Moscow Spartak (where his father is the general manager) before returning to North America to turn pro in the 2013-...
ESPN analyst Andy Katz, in an interview on the Dennis & Callahan Show, suggested that the Celtics did extremely well to grab Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger with the No. 21 overall pick in the draft. While there are medical issues surrounding the two-time All-American, Katz suggested that the opportunity to grab a player who might have been a lottery pick was rare.
"You know what you're going to get. Yes, his back was red-flagged out of Chicago and it did scare a couple of teams away," said Katz. "I still question how high he would have gone had this not occurred. I think he would have gone higher, maybe the late lottery into the mid-teens, but in this particular draft, based on the needs of the teams way up high, I don't think he was ever going to be a top-five or a top-seven player. The Celtics, in talking to Danny Ainge last night, I think they got a steal. I definitely do. They got a player who is going to work as hard as...
PAWTUCKET -- The Red Sox signed Andy LaRoche, who requested and was granted his release by the Indians last week. The third baseman joined Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.
LaRoche, 28, played 46 games for Triple-A Columbus, hitting .234 with a .331 OBP, .372 slugging mark and .704 OPS, playing 30 games at third base and 10 more at shortstop. In 403 career big league games (most recently, two score with Oakland last year), he's a career .226/.305/.337/.642 hitter.
"This looked like the best fit for me," LaRoche said of the decision to sign with the Sox. "I'm probably going to get the most playing time here."
LaRoche already owns a place in Red Sox history, having been part of the three-team deal with the Pirates and Dodgers that resulted in the departure of Manny Ramirez at the 2008 trade deadline and the arrival of Jason Bay in Boston, a deal that Pittsburgh GM Neal Huntington suggested this winter...
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 4. Joe Sullivan didn’t want to appear on K&C. Instead, he appeared on Brand X. Drellich thinks working the beat is just as hard as when Gerry did it. Gerry likes Fences.
Hour 3. Drellich thinks Trump is a pathological liar while Gerry thinks Trump doesn’t lie as much as Obama. Kirk is sick of show promos and says K&C will no longer participate. Drellich says everyone did steroids just like everyone deflates balls.
Hour 2. Evan Drellich defends Michael Che, saying that it’s possible to say Boston is racist if you are black. Gerry and Kirk battle with Drellich, defending the city against Michael Che’s allegations. In headlines, the guys revisit the Maison family.
HOUR 4 - How many big-games does Tuukka Rask have to miss before guys like Bergeron and Marchand call him out for it? Also, Belichick skips the coach's breakfast, the Raiders are headed to Las Vegas, Kirk rips "The Baseball Show" and Dale, Holley and Keefe rip the Whiner Line.
HOUR 3 - LaVar Ball joined ESPN's "First Take" again on Monday, and brought his NBA-bound son, Lonzo, with him. Unlike his father, Lonzo says all the right things, and is good at basketball. The guys also discuss Lonzo Ball's poor performance against Kentucky, and wonder if that will affect his draft status or his general perception by fans. Also, Dino is selling that house we heard so much about, at Miromar Lakes.
HOUR 2 - The Celtics are tied with Cleveland for 1st place in the East (although Cleveland has 2 games in hand) and are poised for a top 3 pick in the draft. "FiveThirtyEight" says the Celtics have a better chance than the Cavs of winning a championship. Also, the guys discuss Devin Booker's 70 point game, and how some of the Celtics players were chirping him about it.
We finish the show with the best sound clips of the day.
People are unsure if Tuukka can be trusted in net in these big spots coming up and if the Celtics even stand a chance against Cleveland so Dale, Holley, and Keefe discuss.
Dale, Holley, and Keefe sort through Robert Kraft's comments at the owners' meeting regarding key Patriots players.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill go over the difficulties of staying healthy through the long grind of the playoffs in the NBA and in the NHL.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap an Evan Drellich revival edition of the K&C Show on a Monday
Ben, Russ, and Alex discuss the USMNT victory over Honduras, Christian Pulisic's development for club and country, and Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to the Chicago Fire.
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Hour 4. Joe Sullivan didn’t want to appear on K&C. Instead, he appeared on Brand X. Drellich thinks working the beat is just as hard as when Gerry did it. Gerry likes Fences.More from this show
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Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.More from this show