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03/10/2010 - 12:52pm
Wilfork calls for accountability

In an interview with Dale & Holley and on a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning, Patriots Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork said he will be more of a leader this year, and said he plans on calling out the “bad seeds” and making sure that everyone is held accountable for their performance.

 

“Basically, everybody is going to have to be accountable,” Wilfork said on the conference call, which lasted nearly 30 minutes and covered a wide range of topics. “If you’re on the field, you have to give me 100. You have to give me 100 percent. Always. We have to weed out the bad seeds, point blank. If you can’t give me what I’m giving you on the field, I don’t need you on the field with me. Point blank. That’s how you win. You got to build trust. Show me that I can trust you. I have no problem, if a guy’s not giving me that, I have no problem telling that guy I don’...

03/10/2010 - 11:46am
Nomar: 'Truly a thrill' to retire a Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra announced his retirement as a member of the Red Sox after signing a one-day minor league contract to return to the organization with which he began his professional career in 1994. Garciaparra was selected as a first-round draft pick that summer and spent parts of nine years in the major leagues starting in 1996, including a 1997 Rookie of the Year campaign, a 1998 season when he was the runner up in the American League MVP race and a pair of years in 1999 and 2000 when he won batting titles.

 

"I've always had a recurring dream, to be able to retire in a Red Sox uniform," Garciaparra said. "Today I get to fulfill that dream and retire as a Red Sox. Earlier today, I signed a minor league contract to be a part of the organization once again. I was getting choked up then, and I'm getting choked up now. I've got the chills, but to be able to have that dream come true, I...

03/10/2010 - 11:11am
Lou: Nomar always eyed Sox return
According to WEEI's Lou Merloni, Nomar Garciaparra's desire to return to the Red Sox has been strong in the past couple of years. He has called Sox GM Theo Epstein in recent offseasons to see if there was a roster fit that would allow him to return to Boston. While that did not work out, Garciaparra, according to Merloni, felt that it was important to bring his career full circle, and to return to the franchise that drafted him in 1994 and with whom he spent the best years of his career. The one-day, minor league contract he will sign with the Sox before announcing his retirement as a member of the organization was one way to do that.

 

For more on Garciaparra's decision to retire, click here.


03/10/2010 - 10:46am
Thornton: B's regret Savard reaction

Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton made an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the Marc Savard situation and explain why none of his teammates responded when the center was felled by a hit to the head from Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke on Sunday.

 

Asked why no one had Savard's back after he got knocked cold, Thornton said: "That's a great question. I think when the incident happened, I don't think a lot of people knew it happened, because it happened late, and I think everyone was focused on the puck. That being said, though, when you see your star player on the ice, the response I feel should be immediate by somebody that's on the ice." Added Thornton: "I don't want to take anything away from my teammates or bad-mouth anyone at all, [but] I'm pretty positive if I was on the ice something different might have happened, though."

 

Thornton said he was on the bench and did...

03/10/2010 - 10:02am
Nomar retires as a member of Red Sox

WEEI.com's Lou Merloni reports that Nomar Garciaparra will sign a one-day, minor league deal with the Red Sox and then announce his retirement as a member of the organization. Garciaparra will then commence a career as a baseball analyst for ESPN.

 

Garciaparra was selected as a first-round pick by the Red Sox in 1994, and reached the majors late in 1996. The next year, his first as a full-timer, he won the American League's Rookie of the Year Award by hitting .306 with a .342 OBP, .534 slugging mark, 30 homers and 22 steals.

 

He went on to spend parts of nine seasons as a member of the Red Sox, hitting .323 with a .370 OBP, .553 slugging and .923 OPS. He was a five-time All-Star in Boston, and ranks fourth in franchise history in batting average, fifth in slugging and sixth in OPS. He won back-to-back batting titles in 1999 and 2000, hitting .357 and .372, thus becoming the first right-handed hitter to win consecutive...

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