Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was named the 2011 winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, honoring a major league player for contributions on and off the field. The award honors the legacy of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, a member of the 3,000-hit club in his decorated career with the Pirates who died in a plane crash while trying to distribute supplies to victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua.
Ortiz hit .309 with a .398 OBP, .554 slugging mark and .953 OPS while hitting 29 homers and driving in 96 runs in 146 games, his best season since 2007. He is the second straight Red Sox winner of the Clemente Award; knuckleballer Tim Wakefield won the award in 2010.
Ortiz founded the David Ortiz Children's Fund, while has raised millions of dollars for medical treatment of children in need in both the U.S. and the Dominican Republic.
"It's a great honor for me being part of this award, being mentioned with Roberto Clemente," Ortiz...
According to a source, the Red Sox have given Curt Young permission to talk to Oakland regarding the A's vacant pitching coach position. Young has one year left on his current deal with the Red Sox with a team option for 2013. As of Thursday afternoon, no decision has been made on Young's future, with either the Red Sox or A's.
It was reported by MLB.com earlier Thursday that the 51-year-old Young is the "top target" of the A's to replace Ron Romanick as Oakland's pitching coach, who served in the position with the A's from 2004-10.
WEEI.com previously reported that many of the Red Sox coaches had been given permission to seek employment elsewhere despite the fact that every member of Terry Francona's '11 staff still had at least one year left on their current contracts. Most of the coaches were told their...
Clay Buchholz was a guest of the Mut & Merloni show on Thursday and was asked if Sox pitchers -- Buchholz included -- were drinking beer and eating fried chicken during games this season, as has been reported in several outlets and confirmed by Jon Lester.
"Yeah, it did [happen]," Buchholz said. "It wasn't to the extent that it's being told right now. The whole chicken thing, it wasn't like the guys were sitting in there saying 'We're going to order chicken today.' It was, we'd come upstairs, there would be chicken on the table and it happened maybe three times this season. The whole beer thing, it was more of a rally-beer thing. And yeah, it might not have been right, but I feel like there have been other teams in baseball that have gone through stuff like that. Not to say it wasn't a big deal, because it was a mistake, grown men shouldn't be making those decisions like that during a baseball game, but like I said before, you've got to...
In his first interview since the end of the 2011 season, Clay Buchholz spoke to Mut & Merloni on Thursday afternoon. Among the many topics discussed during the lengthy interview was Josh Beckett, who has been under heavy criticism for what has been perceived as lack of leadership this season. Buchholz was asked if that had been the case with Beckett in 2011.
"Absolutely not," said Buchholz. "If anything, I think Josh Beckett was different in a good way this year. He's one of the guys that I've always looked up to regardless of the situation was, he's got that killer mentality of going out and winning a game. So that's the guy I've always looked up to and he's one of the hardest workers … I mean, I'm not saying this because he's my teammate and I'm trying to cover anybody's butt, but he was in the clubhouse everyday early, got his work done, ran and did all his stuff. He was the best pitcher on our team this year. I didn...
Center David Krejci and defenseman Steven Kampfer are set to make their return to the Bruins' lineup Thursday night against the Maple Leafs.
Krejci injured his core last Tuesday in practice and has missed the last three games. He will skate on a line with Benoit Pouliot and Rich Peverley. Kampfer, meanwhile, suffered a left knee sprain in a Sept. 29 preseason game against the Senators. The Bruins sent Matt Bartkowski, who had replaced Kampfer as the team's seventh defenseman, to Providence. Adam McQuaid remains out with a neck injury.
With Krejci back in the lineup, Jordan Caron is the team's healthy scratch.
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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 are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
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.
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.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.
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.
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.
Chris Price joins the show to discuss the Patriots and the reason Brady played in the third preseason game.More from this show
The boys briefly get into the Colin Kaepernick situation in which he chose to sit for the National Anthem as a protest for how minorities have been treated by police. The guys applaud him for standing up for a cause, but don't necessarily agree with the cause. They also talk about why Belichick has struggled drafting at the WR position, what the WR's the Pats currently have bring to the table and how they can assist Jimmy G in the first four weeks.More from this show