Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said at manager Bobby Valentine's introductory press conference that Valentine was his choice, and not just that of ownership or anybody else working above him.
When the Red Sox did not offer candidate Dale Sveum the job after he interviewed with the team for a second time, rumors swirled that Cherington did get to ultimately make the decision.
"It's just not true," Cherington said of whether president Larry Lucchino or somebody in ownership made the decision. "We went through a very thorough process. We talked to a lot of candidates, we did a lot of research on a lot of candidates. At the end of the process, I made a recommendation to ownership, I believe it was sometime on Monday, that we offer the position to Bobby, and we did sometime Monday or Tuesday morning, then he accepted it.
"That's the truth," he added. "It was a collaborative process....
With NBA players returning for real next Friday, there will only be about two weeks of training camp before the regular season is scheduled to tip-off on Christmas Day with the Celtics playing the Knicks. The NBA is expected to announce its full schedule next week, but the Celtics announced their two preseason games will be played on Sunday, Dec. 18 at Toronto at 1 p.m. and on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at TD Garden against the Raptors at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the preseason game, as well as regular season games will go on sale in the week of Dec. 12.
For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.
New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said at his introductory press conference Thursday that he doesn't feel he'll need to manage his personality any differently in Boston.
Valentine said he looks forward to having "tough conversations" with the players when necessary, but said he doesn't know whether he'd consider himself "polarizing," a label that's been commonly applied to the 62-year-old.
"I have a lot of adjectives [that have been said] about me," Valentine said. "I can't describe them all and I won't even defend them all. Reputation vs. character. I think people who know me, and take the time to get to know me, understand that I have some qualities in my character that are OK. I am not the genius that I've heard people refer to me as. I am not the polarizing guys that people refer to me as. I'm not the monster that breathes fire that some people have referred to me as.
"I'm a guy...
Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley Thursday on The Big Show to discuss the Red Sox and his future.
Francona interviewed to become the Cardinals' manager after the World Series before St. Louis hired Mike Matheny. Francona said he was "genuinely excited" to potentially manage the Cardinals, but that his rumored drug use was brought up in the interview. A Boston Globe story that ran following Francona's exit suggested the manager's performance "may have been affected by his use of pain medication."
"The fact that I had to defend myself really hurt me," Francona said of the rumor and the fact that he had to address it with the Cardinals.
Francona added that he was surprised to see the rumor even pop up in the Boston Globe story after speaking with Bob Hohler, the author of the story, the night before it ran.
"When I hung up with Bob, I was under the...
FOXBORO -- The Patriots have ruled out starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer for Sunday against the Colts after injuring his right foot last week against the Eagles. Linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) also missed practice on Friday and is listed as doubtful. Chad Ochocinco (hamstring) fully particiapted in practice for the first time since Thanksgiving and is listed as probable. Brian Waters (knee) was removed from the injury report. Friday's complete injury report is as follows:
Did Not Participate:
LB Brandon Spikes (knee) OUT
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot) Doubtful
S Patrick Chung (foot) Questionable
C Dan Connolly (groin) Questionable
WR Julian Edelman (back) Questionable
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb) Questionable
LB Gary Guyton (shoulder) Questionable
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder) Questionable
OT Matt Light (ankle)...
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe speak with ESPN's Trent Dilfer and look ahead to the match-up with his old team, the Baltimore Ravens.
Butch Stearns joins Glenn and Fred to react to the Patriots victory over the Rams. They discuss Tom Brady's record setting 201st quarterback victory and debate if he is truly the greatest player of all time.
Glenn and Fred open the show reacting to the Patriots beat down of the Los Angeles Rams. They discuss the defense and debate whether todays game is a sign of things to come.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mut and Tomase are joined by Rob Bradford to talk about just how the Red Sox were able to pull off this trade. Rob's sit down with Dave Dombrowski helps to reveal the timeline of the mega deal.
Mut and John Tomase open the Hot Stove show debating the blockbuster Chris Sale trade. Tomase argues that you can like the trade, but dislike Dombrowski for gutting the Red Sox farm system.
WEEI.com's Rob Bradford sits down with Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski to talk about the Red Sox off season. They discuss how the blockbuster Chris Sale trade went down.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Gerry was shocked that Ken Laird took his wife to see Hateful Eight. Bradford checked in from the WInter Meetings.
Chris Russo talked about the Winter Meetings with Gerry and Kirk and the guys discussed John Henry's brand new yacht.
Gerry and Kirk disagreed on whether or not LeBron James owes people an explanation for his boycott of Trump's hotel.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are starting to think that the Ravens are the Pats biggest Rival. They cite the frequency with which they play, the importance of their games, the fact that the Ravens have won in Foxborough, and that they always play close games.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian react to John Tomase's comments on "The Hot Stove Show" last night, where he bagged on Dave Dombrowski fro decimating the Red Sox Farm System. Lou feels very strongly that Prospects exist to get big time Players. He also feels that the Red Sox are already the Chicago Cubs. Glenn rails against Tomase and other "Prospect Hoarders." Christian talks about "Beanie Babies."
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss Pablo Sandoval's conversation with ESPN Deportes, where he talks about a renewed interest in Baseball, getting healthy, and wanting his son to be able to see him play at a high level.
While driving around town, Curt Schilling decided to give Dale, Michael and Keefe a ring and discuss the Sox pitching staff with the addition of Chris Sale.
A lot of panic out there about Sox GM Dave Dombrowski "dismantling" the farm system. Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss it, and also how this rotation may play out. Is Clay Bucholz the odd man out?
Michael and Rich Keefe talk C's after they knock off Orlando in impressive fashion.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
K&C Producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back at it after Thursday's non-Casting Couch show to discuss the day's program and deliver the day's best soundbytes.
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