John Smoltz met the media prior to the Red Sox' game with the Nationals, Wednesday night, at Nationals Park, touching on his emotions and intentions heading into his first start of the season, Thursday against Washington. “It will be a success. I came back with this mindset," he said. "It ain’t about stories, it ain’t about to say I can do it again. This is about pitching and getting hitters out. The end result is going to be that. And in three, four, five starts from now, I think you’ll see why I feel the way I do.” For the entire interview see the 'Full Count Blog'.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona offered a round of updates prior to Wednesday's game against the Nationals. Among them:
Former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, who retired earlier this spring to begin a broadcasting career, called quarterback Brett Favre “selfish” in an interview Wednesday, and said he’d take former Pats quarterback Matt Cassel over Favre if he had to choose between the two. Harrison, speaking on The Dan Patrick Show, said the perception of Favre around the league is that he’s “pretty selfish.”
“Each and every offseason bringing so much attention to himself. It’s just really a disappointment to hear that time and time again,” said Harrison, who announced his retirement from the NFL on June 3 after six seasons with the Patriots to take a job as an analyst for NBC Sports. “If you’ve been in the league 13, 14, 15 years or so you know if you want to play. The circus shouldn’t have to go on for three to four years. It’s just a disappointment. ... Then the media, they’re...
As Red Sox manager Terry Francona suggested during his interview on the Dale & Holley show, David Ortiz will take the field at first base for the Red Sox in the middle game of their three-game set in Washington. Mike Lowell will rest for the fourth time in the last five days (three games out of the lineup plus an off day), with Kevin Youkilis moving from first to third base.
Willie Harris, CF
Christian Guzman, SS
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
Nick Johnson, 1B
Josh Willingham, LF
Elijah Dukes, RF
Anderson Hernandez, 2B
Wil Nieves, C
Craig Stammen, SP
The Boston Bruins have extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Phil Kessel and negotiations are ongoing, according to Kessel's agent Wade Arnott. Arnott told WEEI.com that the B's extended a qualifying offer to Kessel this week to retain the goal-scoring winger's RFA status should he still be unsigned at the date when free agency begins on July 1. Kessel has been mentioned in several trade rumors leading up to this weekend's NHL Entry Draft in Montreal, and Arnott would neither confirm nor deny that his client has been involved in any trade discussions over the last few weeks. The one thing Kessel's agent maintained is that his client has been open-minded in negotiations with the Bruins, and his first priority remains continuing his hockey career in Boston.
“We’ve had discussions at this point with Peter, but nothing to report actually,” said Arnott of negotiations that have been ongoing for the last few weeks...
We check in for our weekly update from Bill Belichick and get his take on the Pats win over the Texans on the road, the benching of Stevan Ridley, and Antonio Smith's thinly veiled Spygate comments after the Texans lost.
Patriots’ defensive end, Rob Ninkovich, joins Mut and Merloni on a Patriots Monday after the team’s victory in Houston. Rob addresses the postgame comments of Texans’ defensive lineman Antonio Smith and the defense struggling against the run.
Tom Brady joined the show fresh off the teams 9th win of the season in Houston. He dismissed Antonio Smith's spying allegations and told the guys he has already moved on.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back witht he Hot Stove Show. They talk about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees, the Red Sox signings of AJ Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, and wrap it up with Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who talks about the World Series run, losing a teammate like Ellsbury and looking towards 2014.
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.
The New York Post's Joel Sherman joined the show with his thoughts on jacoby Ellsbury's signing with the Yankees. He said that if it were up to him he would have given the money to Robinson Cano over Ellsbury.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. They discussed how Ron Burgundy has officially jumped the shark and played sound of him on Dan Patrick.
Michael Fabiano, fantasy expert and Yankees fan, gives his opinion on the Cano signing, discusses Julian Edelman's rising fantasy value, and actually suggests starting Ryan Fitzpatrick
Jackie Mac joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo, the Celtics, and the Jacoby Ellsbury deal with the Yankees.
Johnny Damon joins Mut and Merloni to clear the air about his free agent signing with the Yankees and discusses Ellsbury's signing.
We check in with ESPN's great play-by-play man Mike Tirico for a look around the NFL, and a preview of Pats/Browns.
We tackle four topics centered on the movers and shakers in MLB right now.
We start talking about Robbie Cano and the reported 10 year, 240 million dollar contract on the table from the Mariners, and a little debate about him vs Pedroia broke out.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
Mike Lupica of the Daily News joined the show to give the New York reaction to the Ellsbury signing. He said that the Yankees drastically overpaid.More from this show
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.More from this show
Johnny Damon joins Mut and Merloni to clear the air about his free agent signing with the Yankees and discusses Ellsbury's signing.More from this show
Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the Yankees and the possibility of the Red Sox trading for Andre Ethier.More from this show