Red Sox slugger David Ortiz spoke briefly in the clubhouse prior to Wednesday's game against the Yankees. Ortiz, who is 0-for-7 with a walk in his first two games of the season, was still puzzled by the fact that there is a spotlight on his struggles after just two games of the season.
"I’ve been seeing [expletive] for years here," Ortiz told WEEI.com. "But what I’ve been seeing after two games, it’s like the season will be over tomorrow."
Ortiz has gotten somewhat accustomed to this sort of rhythm, as he started slowly over a larger period of time in the past two years. In 2008, he was hitting .070 with a .370 OPS through the first 12 games of the season. In 2009, his struggles lasted through the end of May, as he was hitting .185 with a .570 OPS and one homer through the first two months of the season.
Despite those experiences -- and his rebounds from both of...
Steve Donahue was officially introduced as the new basketball coach at Boston College at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.
"This is an exciting day for Boston College basketball," director of athletics Gene DeFilippo said. "Coach Donahue led the Cornell program to an unprecedented level of success and he is well respected throughout the college basketball community. Coming from an Ivy League institution, he understand he academic mission of Boston College. His teams play an exciting, fast-paced brand of basketball, and his student-athletes are great ambassadors for the university. He is a great fit for our program."
Donahue led Cornell to Ivy League titles in each of the last three seasons and guided the Big Red to an NCAA Sweet 16 berth in 2010.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona offered further insight into how he views David Ortiz’ 0-for-7 start to the season, and why he elected not to pinch-hit for the slugger against Yankees left-handed reliever Damaso Marte in the eighth inning of his team’s 6-4 loss on Tuesday. Francona suggested that it seemed a bit early for such strong reactions to two hitless games, and said that he wants to ensure that Ortiz is not “looking over his shoulder” less than two games into the season.
“Being reactionary in my job, especially here, I think that has a chance to set off things in a bad chain reaction, as opposed to helping,” said Francona. “It feels early to be talking about it. … My goodness. It’s the third game of the year. Yeah, it’s crazy.”
For more of his pre-game thoughts, including how status updates on Daisuke Matsuzaka, Clay Buchholz, Alan Embree and Boof...
Mark Recchi has been nominated by Boston chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association for the 2010 Bill Masterton Trophy, presented to the player who exhibits "to a high degree the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."
"It is a great honor, obviously. I kept on plugging along here, and it also means I am old," Recchi said. "There have been some great players who have been awarded this, and it is just a great honor to be able to play in the NHL still, and I love it and it is nice to be recognized."
The 42-year-old Recchi has played in all 79 games for the Bruins this season, collecting 17 goals and 25 assists for 42 points. He has gradually moved up the NHL's all-time scoring and games played lists. He is now ninth all time in games played (1,569), 22nd in goals scored (562), 17th in assists (922) and 13th in points (1,484).
Red Sox manager Terry Francona made his first weekly appearance of the season Wednesday on the Dale & Holley show and addressed the David Ortiz controversy. Ortiz is 0-for-7 to start the season and flied out Tuesday night in the eighth inning with the tying run on second base, facing a left-handed reliever while righty-hitting Mike Lowell sat on the bench.
Francona said pinch-hitting for Ortiz was not the right move for technical as well as psychological reasons. "I don't think it's the right thing to do," he said. "We want these guys to be fearless. I can't imagine five, six at-bats into a season having your 5 hitter looking over his shoulder."
Added Francona: "With a runner on second and nobody out, what the one thing David normally really does well even when he's not hitting? He pulls the ball. He pulls the ball on the ground. That's why they have the shift. Now he hit a popup to...
We check in with former Patriot and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi for his take on a week of bad news in the NFL, and his thoughts on the Patriots rebound win over the Minnesota Vikings.
We check in with Big Vince after the Patriots secured their first win of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie shortstop, who hit a 3-run homer in the 8-4 win.
Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Red Sox offseason, Dustin Pedroia's injury, and Giancarlo Stanton
Joe and Dave talk with Will Middlebrooks after he helps the Red Sox get back into the win column earning the victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing Adrian Peterson's latest child abuse charge.
John, Gerry and Kirk's first ever post show podcast. Enjoy.
Another Adrian Peterson child abuse case has surfaced, per a report by ProFootballTalk.com, and Roger Goodell has gone silent.
Just like Bill Polian did last week, two more ESPN personalities took clear stances on an issue, only to soften their stance the next time around. On Sunday, both Carter and Jackson were very critical of Adrian Peterson after reports of his indictment regarding alleged child abuse. The next night they were singing very different tunes on the same subject.
After Saturday nights big win at home against USC, Coach Addazio joined the show to discuss how BC imposed their will on their will on USC, and how important it is for the region to care about college football.
We check in with Big Vince on a Patriots Monday after win one of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.
An impassioned Dale Arnold and Michael Holley discuss the child abuse case of Adrian Peterson, and how the Vikings wasted little time in reinstating him to active duty after sitting him for one week vs the Patriots.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
John, Gerry and Kirk's first ever post show podcast. Enjoy.
The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.
Rob Bradford is joined by Dr. Evan Schumer of Newton Wellesley Orthopaediac Associates to discuss exactly what kind of surgery was performed on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the recovery time that accompanies such a procedure and why the operation might be just what the doctored ordered.
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