The Red Sox and Florida’s Lee County unveiled preliminary architectural drawings of the team’s new spring training complex that is slated to open in 2012, and it will have a familiar look to Sox fans. The new stadium in Fort Myers will feature a Green Monster-style wall in left field and replicate Fenway’s dimensions.
“This is an incredibly exciting step in bringing ‘Fenway Park South’ to Southwest Florida,” Red Sox executive vice president/business affairs Jonthan Gilula said in a press release. “These preliminary renderings are the result of tremendous effort on behalf of so many people. It reflects out pledge to replicate many of Fenway’s iconic elements while also creating a facility that respected and reflected the local environment.”
One of the major appeals for the Red Sox is the fact that the new location will house all of the training facilities,...
According to an ESPN report, the Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed nose tackle Casey Hampton to a three-year contract worth $21 million. Hampton's situation has been compared to that of Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork, although Hampton is four years older than the 28-year-old Wilfork. Hampton is a five-time Pro Bowler who has won two Super Bowls with Pittsburgh. Wilfork is a two-time Pro Bowl selection with one Super Bowl ring. The Steelers were considering putting the franchise tag on Hampton but were able to come to an agreement with the nine-year veteran who had 43 tackles and 2½ sacks last season. With Hampton signed, the Steelers used the franchise tag on kicker Jeff Reed.
The Bruins returned to practice on Thursday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington after nearly two weeks off for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Injured defensemen Johnny Boychuk (orbital bone) and Mark Stuart (finger) returned to action and participated in the full workout. Boychuk missed the Bruins final four games before the break after taking a puck to the face against Vancouver on Feb. 6. Stuart had surgery on his finger on Feb. 1 after a fight with the Kings' Wayne Simmonds on Jan. 30.
The full Bruins roster was present except for players that participated in the Olympics.
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A club source with the San Diego Padres told the North County (CA) Times that while the Padres expected the Red Sox to pursue first baseman Adrian Gonzalez in the offseason, no such inquiries were made. The source goes on to say that no team approached San Diego about Gonzalez in the offseason. The report also touches on last season's trade deadline, in which the story says Seattle had the best chance at landing the slugger, with the Mariners and Padres lining up to do a six-for-one deal before then-San Diego general manager Kevin Towers held out for more player, which killed the trade.
Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino stopped by to chat with Dennis & Callahan Thursday morning and said the team's front office and field staff is in agreement on the best way to form a competitive team. Said Lucchino: "I think everyone here is on the same song sheet. You win with balance and depth and pitching strength. You've got to have it all. It's interesting, because so much of that will be determined by new players this year."
As for people saying the offense will struggle this season, Lucchino said: "That's premature and grossly exaggerated, and there's more offensive capacity on this team than people realize."
Asked about the possibility of the Sox trading Mike Lowell, Lucchino said: "It could make sense if there were a good deal. There aren't the same players available now than there were in December. ... I hope Mike Lowell stays here. My preference is that we have...
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price talk about what the Patriots need to do to turn things around before Sunday night's game against the Bengals.
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.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
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DJ Bean, WEEI.com, joined the guys to talk about the Bruins signing two young stars to 1-year contracts.
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
Bill joined the show on Belichick's presser and the teams slow start.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing Belichick's latest press conference.
A bill in California has been signed into law, banning stores from using plastic bags. A Canadian football player talks trash into a hot microphone shortly before an in-game interview. The FCC is looking to ban the word "Redskins" from television and radio.
The fallout from Monday night continues as former Tedy Bruschi criticized Tom Brady's play over the first 4 games. The show re-visits Rodney Harrison's comments from yesterday, specifically, that Brady is "scared to death" in the pocket.
Abandon ship! The dynasty is over! Is the Patriots blowout loss an indication that this is the beginning of the end of this era? We discuss it with you.
We tackle four Patriots stinkers in which they bounced back and rebounded from getting smoked the week before.
Mikey, Villani and a double dose of Lenny. Lenny Megs and Lenny Clarke are in and talking about where the Patriots went wrong on Monday Night Football, and taking predictions on this Sunday's Pats-Bengals game and talking about why they think certain scores may hold up better than others.
Mut and Chris Villani are talking about the issues the Patriots defense faced against the Kansas City Chiefs, particularly in the running game.
The Patriots seemed to have no answer for the Kansas City Chiefs. Mut and Price talk about how the Patriots were exposed in all aspects of the game.
Rob Bradford is joined by former Red Sox, and current Angel, John McDonald to discuss were his team stands heading into the postseason, his thoughts on its opponent, the Royals, and what the Yoenis Cespedes trade might have meant the A's. McDonald also bemoans the loss of the television show, 'The Baseball Bunch,' which was alive and kicking during Kansas City's last playoff run.
Ben and Russ break down some rumors surrounding Real Madrid and Manchester United. Also on the docket is the MLS and your New England Revolution.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Gerry's passionate defense of Tom Brady, going to lunch and clock issues in the third edition of Breaking Balls.More from this show