Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday, a few hours before the Red Sox' season-opener against the Rangers in Texas.
There's been some discussion about the Red Sox winning 100 games this season, but Epstein is hesitant to use that as a goal. "The players actually aren't talking about it," Epstein said. "Josh [Beckett] said one thing and then quickly took it back. I think to talk 100 wins is not what anyone should be talking about. Yes, we believe in ourselves. Yes, we think we have a talented team. I don't think people recognize how difficult a standard that is, especially in this division.
Added Epstein: "I appreciate the fact that people are excited about this team and feel good about this team. I feel good about this team. But the 100-win standard, that's pretty ridiculous. … This game can humble you in a hurry. We're going to try to walk softly and carry a big stick and...
Former Red Sox general manager Lou Gorman died early Friday morning of congestive heart failure at the age of 82, the Red Sox confirmed. Gorman had been ill for almost a year before passing away at Massachusetts General Hospital with his family by his side.
"All he wanted to do was make it to Opening Day," nephew Tom Dougherty told the media.
Gorman, a Rhode Island native, served as Red Sox GM from 1984-93 and remained in the team's front office after he was replaced by Dan Duquette. Gorman was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2002.
“Lou Gorman was a giant in our industry,” Sox GM Theo Epstein said in a statement. “During half a century in the game, Lou impacted and helped so many people in countless ways. We’ll dearly miss this good, humble man who leaves an unmistakable legacy on the Red Sox...
MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday to talk about the Red Sox' prospects for the 2011 season.
Reynolds joined the legion of prognosticators predicting the Red Sox will win the American League East. He noted that the Sox have a deep bench and should be able to overcome injuries, plus there are some talented minor leaguers in the system who could lure another quality player to Boston in a trade. "The Red Sox are so deep. If they don't win, shame on them," Reynolds said. "They've got it perfectly set up, and they should win it. … They've got the whole gamut covered right now pretty good."
However, Reynolds said the AL East is too strong for the Red Sox to expect 100 wins. "I just don't think 100 wins is that easy to do," he said. "I think it's going to be a little more difficult than more people think."
Reynolds cautioned people who are predicting the...
A female Baltimore sports talk radio personality filed an $800,000 defamation lawsuit against a rival radio host for comments that she was unqualified for her job and had "personal, sexual and/or inappropriate relationships" with pro athletes. Jennifer Royle, who left New York's YES network in 2010 to work for Baltimore cable network MASN and radio station 105.7 "The Fan," is suing Nestor Aparicio, two of his co-workers and the station Aparicio owns, WNST. Royle said she needed to seek mental health treatment to treat "severe emotional distress" after the comments, including one that "she looks like a stripper."
Read more about that story, plus check out video of the Lakers-Mavericks brouhaha that led to five ejections, as well as the 5-foot-10 Division 3 guard who won Thursday's college slam dunk competition, at...
Two games after returning from a pinky injury, Rajon Rondo dished out 14 assists against no turnovers and scored 22 points on 11-of-20 shooting to lead the Celtics to a 107-97 victory against the NBA-leading Spurs in San Antonio on Thursday night.
Also reaching double figures for the Celtics (52-22) were Paul Pierce (21), Kevin Garnett (20), Glen Davis (16) and Ray Allen (13). Returning after missing 56 games due to knee injuries, Jermaine O'Neal scored five points in 11 minutes as the C's handed the Spurs their fifth straight loss.
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Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Giardi and Price continue discussing the outcome of the NFL Draft for the Patriots.
Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.
Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.
After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.
Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.
We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.
We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.
We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress
SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft
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Glenn, Lou, and Christian check in with Raffi Melkonian to get his insight on the 2nd Circuit court's decision and what Tom Brady's options are going forward.More from this show
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