Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia made an appearance with Dennis & Callahan at spring training and said the Sox offense will surprise critics. “This year everyone is doubting our offense, so that motivates you, and not only me but all the other guys in the lineup have something to prove,” he said. “It’s going to be fun proving everybody wrong.”
Pedroia said the team's defensive woes last season may be a little overstated as well. "I know at the beginning of the year we had a tough time, but at the end of the year I thought we were fine," he said. "During the year you have your bumps in the road, but every team does. I think we’ve shored that up this year. We our going to be a really good defensive team, we are going to pitch great and we are going to surprise a lot of people offensively."
On new shortstop Marco Scutaro, Pedroia said: "He’s a guy...
Speaking on the risks that teams run when giving out long-term deals to free agents, Red Sox principal owner John Henry said the the team is hesitant to offer insurance to players after having had a bad experience with the process while with the Florida Marlins. “We generally don’t use insurance,” Henry said. “Not to say we won’t use it in the future, but I don’t think we have. I had a bad experience trying to get paid on a player. You pay the premium, but it isn’t always easy to get paid.” According to Jason Bay, in making their final offer to the outfielder the Red Sox did extend the offer of insurance but asked Bay to pay half of the premium for a policy (approximately $2 million over the four-year contract). To read more visit the Full Count Blog by clicking here.
Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester visited with Dennis & Callahan in Fort Myers and talked about putting together a complete season in 2010. Grading himself on last season, he said: "An F in the first half and an A in the second half. I don't know what happened that first half. I guess I just got ahead of myself — wanting games to be over before they even started, wanting to look up and see if we won or lost. I'd say overall about a C."
Lester said physically he was fine last year, but his mental approach needed an adjustment. Said the pitcher: "When the game starts, I need to focus on that and focus on the first guy, getting him out, and worrying about inning to inning, whereas last year I would worry about the sixth, seventh, eighth inning before I got there.
"Physically, I felt great. I was throwing the ball fine. It seemed like it would snowball into one inning that would kill me every time...
Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon stopped by to talk with Dennis & Callahan Friday morning at Red Sox spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., and said he is focused on rebounding from last season's disastrous ending and "getting back to that domination." Said Papelbon: "I'm kind of on a mission this year. I've got new sights ahead of me."
Papelbon said he replayed his ALDS collapse against the Angels numerous times in the offseason, despite people saying they would prefer not to revisit past failures. "That's just me. I'm a different animal," Papelbon said. "I use it for motivation. I use to remind me I'm not perfect. I've got a lot of work to do. ... I've still got a lot of things to accomplish."
Papelbon said "a multitude of things" went wrong in that game. "The biggest thing you want to look at in that game is not being able to execute 0-2 pitches and close...
In a scenario that has repeated itself time and time again this season, the Celtics fell apart in the second half and lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 108-88, at TD Garden. LeBron James led all scorers with 36 points and Mo Williams added 19 for the Cavaliers, who improved to an NBA-best 45-14. The Celtics, who played without Paul Pierce for a second straight game, shot a blazing 70 percent in the first quarter, making 14-of-20 shots, and raced out to a 31-21 lead. The Celtics (36-20) were led by Ray Allen's 21 points and built their lead to as many as 13 twice in the second quarter and took a 56-48 halftime lead. But Williams made four of his five 3-point attempts in the second half as the Cavaliers outscored the Celtics 34-15 in the fourth quarter and 60-32 in the second half. For complete coverage, visit the Green Street blog.
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 talked to the Sox right-hander, who allowed three hits and zero walks in the 3-0 win over the Rays.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell talks about Bogaerts' concussion and the youth movement.
As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps Boston's chances to get Giancarlo Stanton. Also, the Sox should shut down Koji if they want to re-sign him.
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
Tom Brady discussed his feelings on the Logan Mankins trade and the return of Gronk.
Tim joined the show to discuss the start of the NFL season and the future of Tom Brady.
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The iCloud was hacked over Labor Day weekend and over 300 scandalous photos were hacked from the phones and iPads of celebrities. And the guy who replaced Michael Sam, Ethan Westbrooks, got a tattoo on his face to motivate himself from ever having a "normal" job.
On this Patriots Monday (on a Tuesday) Chandler Jones talks about getting ready for the Miami Dolphins and his upcoming battle with Brandon Albert. The guys also asked about J.J. Watt's 100 million dollar contract.
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.
Fantasy Football Drafts are now happening every day, so Pete Davidson and Jim Hackett have you covered. The NFL season kicks off on Thursday night, so Pete and Jim get their final thoughts of some drafting strategies. They discuss their Auction draft from earlier in the week. Also, some big name players that smart drafters should avoid.
We know your Fantasy Football drafts are happening right now, so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are here to help. We know you’d never blow off work to draft right? Turn up the speakers! Our fantasy guys chat up Pete’s most recent article on WEEI.com that offers background on several players you can target late in drafts across multiple league sizes; covering upside players to grab in 8-team leagues, 10-team leagues, 12-team leagues and 14-team leagues. Jim and Pete will be back at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning on your radio dial, 93.7 FM, with more ammo for all this weekend’s drafters. Good luck!
How can teams acquire players who are entering their primes without having to live through the potentially massive transition of prospects coming from the minors to the big leagues? The Red Sox have two such case studies. The signing of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo represents one effort to acquire a player for his prime years for whom the transition to big league-caliber competition might not be turbulent. Red Sox assistant director of player personnel discusses the scouting process involved with landing Castillo. The episode also features Brock Holt, the one rookie who played at a consistently high level for the Red Sox this year. Holt explores some of the distinctions that might help to explain why he did not experience some of the struggles that characterized the seasons of Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.
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