David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis were two Red Sox players that were very happy to see their former manager Terry Francona participate in Friday's celebration to honor the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. Francona announced mid-week that he had changed his mind and would take part in the ceremony after initially refusing to participate.
He came out of the center field garage after Kevin Millar and received the loudest ovation of the day.
“I was like, ‘Man, I got a nice ovation. How you doin’?’ Then I heard this, ‘Whooooooo.’ It was like a Lear Jet going in my ears,” Millar said. “It was pretty cool and pretty special. I was glad he was here.”
"Great, great, well-deserved," Ortiz said. "He earned that. Tito was here for eight years, won two World Series, got us to the playoffs lots of times. What else can you ask from a manager? Well-deserved."
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine refused to sound any serious alarms after Friday's 6-2 loss to the Yankees that gave them their first four-game home losing streak since Sept. 2010.
"We're working on getting it together," Valentine said after his team went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. "It's still a very talented team, good group of guys."
After starting the season, 1-5, the Red Sox appeared to find their footing by clobbering the Rays in three straight games, scoring a record 31 runs in their first three home games of the season. But since, Boston bats have gone silent, scoring eight runs in four straight losses.
Among those struggling are Jarrod Saltalamacchia with a .103 average and Kevin Youkilis, who is batting just .195. The Red Sox are 4-9 and all alone in the basement of the American League East. For more, visit the Red Sox team page at weei....
Following the Red Sox' 6-2 loss to the Yankees Friday afternoon at Fenway Park, David Ortiz expressed that the Sox need to have some sense of urgency despite the season being just 13 games old.
"We have the talent, we just need to execute. I'm not going to spend the whole season thinking about the talent that we got," Ortiz said. "We have to start winning games. I know that in everybody's mind it's the beginning of the season, but what is it going to take until July for us to start winning? We need to step up, do something different and make things happen."
Ortiz, who hit his second home run of the season, said that despite the fact it is the third straight season the Red Sox have gotten off to a slow start, there is no feeling of comfort heading into the latter portion of April.
"I'm frustrated," he said. "It's been a while. I'm used to winning. I can't remember the last time we lost four games in a row...
Eric Chavez led a home run barrage with two long balls while Alex Rodriguez, Russell Martin and Nick Swisher also went deep as Clay Buchholz was hammered in a 6-2 Yankees victory, spoiling the 100th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park. After winning three straight to open the home stand, the Red Sox lost their fourth straight and fell to 4-9 on the season.
Ideal conditions of sunshine and 75 degrees provided the backdrop as the Red Sox welcomed back over 200 former players in their original uniforms for a 40-minute pregame ceremony. All of the players took their original positions in the field and were joined by those in the lineup for Friday's game.
After a stirring national anthem from the Boston Pops, the game got off to an ominous start as Dustin Pedroia appeared to lose Derek Jeter's pop fly to shallow right field in the sun and dropped the ball at the last moment. Jeter came around to score on an RBI single from Rodriguez....
Former Red Sox slugger Jose Canseco is in Boston for Fenway Park's 100th anniversary celebration, but he had another announcement Friday. The 47-year-old has signed a one-year contract with the Worcester Tornadoes of the independent Can-Am League.
"I am very much looking forward to putting on a uniform and competing on a professional level again this year," Canseco said in a team-issued statement. "I love the game of baseball. I am particularly grateful to the Worcester Tornadoes for embracing me and having the confidence in me to help the team win."
A six-time All-Star, Canseco is best known for his years with the A's in the 1980s and early '90s. He was the 1986 American League Rookie of the Year and the 1988 AL MVP, and he finished his 17-year career with 462 home runs. He last played in the majors leagues with the White Sox in 2001, following stints with the Rangers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Devil Rays and Yankees.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 4. After Kraft’s comments at the owners meeting, the guys discuss how long Brady will play for. Gerry hates Lavar Ball. Reimer had a crazy time in Germany.
Hour 3. Kirk announces the K&C trip to Washington, D.C. Alex continues his battle against Kirk and Gerry on the Iowa State terrorist assignment. Kirk is sick of sporty promos.
Hour 2. Kirk responds to Keefe’s shot at him. Alex says America is to blame for 9/11 in Headlines. Alex says the U.S. should let as many people in as possible.
HOUR 3 - In hour 3, the guys discuss a column by Dan Graziano and another by Bomani Jones about WHY Colin Kaepernick is "blackballed" by the NFL. Graziano reports that Kaepernick is seeking "$9-10M per year" which is roughly what a bottom-end starting QB would get paid. They also get into the Raiders moving to Vegas, and some potential problems that could arise.
HOUR 2 - In hour 2, we play Robert Kraft's nauseating interview with "First Take" and point out that Max Kellerman pusses out after being highly critical of Tom Brady over the past few years. The guys also get into some of Robert Kraft's comments from Monday, where Kraft said that Brady told him he'd like to play for 6-7 more years.
HOUR 1 - Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the morning show, the Cavs getting embarrassed by the Spurs, the Celtics chances of winning the East, the importance of home-court advantage, Glenn's appearance on "Cheers" , and they address the "Whiner Line" which is currently on life support.
We finish the show with the best sound clips of the day.
People are unsure if Tuukka can be trusted in net in these big spots coming up and if the Celtics even stand a chance against Cleveland so Dale, Holley, and Keefe discuss.
Dale, Holley, and Keefe sort through Robert Kraft's comments at the owners' meeting regarding key Patriots players.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill go over the difficulties of staying healthy through the long grind of the playoffs in the NBA and in the NHL.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap an Evan Drellich revival edition of the K&C Show on a Monday
Ben, Russ, and Alex discuss the USMNT victory over Honduras, Christian Pulisic's development for club and country, and Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to the Chicago Fire.
Hour 1. Evan Drellich makes his casting couch return. Over the weekend, Michael Che affirmed that he believes Boston is “the most racist city” he has ever been to.More from this show
Hour 2. Evan Drellich defends Michael Che, saying that it’s possible to say Boston is racist if you are black. Gerry and Kirk battle with Drellich, defending the city against Michael Che’s allegations. In headlines, the guys revisit the Maison family.More from this show
Hour 4. Joe Sullivan didn’t want to appear on K&C. Instead, he appeared on Brand X. Drellich thinks working the beat is just as hard as when Gerry did it. Gerry likes Fences.More from this show
Hour 3. Drellich thinks Trump is a pathological liar while Gerry thinks Trump doesn’t lie as much as Obama. Kirk is sick of show promos and says K&C will no longer participate. Drellich says everyone did steroids just like everyone deflates balls.More from this show