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10/30/2009 - 4:03pm
Gammons: '[Pedro] is a magical guy'

ESPN's Peter Gammons joined the Big Show on Friday afternoon to talk about Pedro Martinez' start at Yankee Stadium, Alex Rodriguez and the use of instant replay in baseball going forward. When asked about Pedro's performance on Thursday night, Gammons said "He likes being the arch villain." Gammons later described Pedro as "a magical guy" and even went as far to say that "I felt there was a feeling in New York that they were watching a special guy."
 

On the subject of the use of instant replay in baseball, Gammons said "It's not that tough...but I think [Bud Selig] can be convinced." Gammons went on to say that "it's going to take the positioning of public opinion because that is what his leadership reacts to."

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10/30/2009 - 1:58pm
Julien: '[Chara] can be better'

WILMINGTON, Mass -- Zdeno Chara has been inconsistent through 11 games this season and certainly isn't up to his Norris Trophy standards while putting up six assists for the Black and Gold. The 32-year-old has had his "up" moments such as a 29:38 masterpiece against the New York Islanders when he put up an assist and a pair of shots on goal, but he hasn't been able to sustain them over a long stretch.
 
The blueliner was out working on his game before and after practice last week, and taking extra shots from the point positions while attempting  to get more shots toward the cage during the power play. When asked about his captain's play, B's coach Claude Julien didn't pull any punches and said that Chara needs to find his "happy zone" just like the rest of the team.
 
"[Chara] has been good, but can be better. He knows that," said Julien. "He's been good and there are some games where...

10/30/2009 - 11:47am
Source: Pats have kicker in for workout

WEEI.com has confirmed via a league source that free agent kicker Mike Nugent has worked out recently for the Patriots. Nugent, a 27-year-old drafted out of Ohio State by the Jets in 2005, has kicked for New York (from 2005-2008) and Tampa Bay (2009). He was released earlier this month by the Buccaneers. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


10/30/2009 - 10:11am
Bay keeping options open

Writing on WEEI.com's 'Thursdays With ...' live chat series, outfielder Jason Bay said that geography won't have a bearing on his decision where to sign for next season, and that, contrary to many reports, he hasn't formed any opinion as to what he is looking for when it comes to a new team. "There isn’t one important factor. The funny thing is that everybody has an opinion of what I’m waiting for or what I’m doing and I don’t even have an opinion, and that’s the truth," he wrote. For the complete transcript of the chat with Bay go to the Full Count Blog.

 


10/30/2009 - 9:42am
Simmons on D&C: Not sold on Sheed

ESPN's Bill Simmons, aka The Sports Guy, is in Boston for a signing of his new basketball book, and he took time to chat with Dennis & Callahan Friday morning about the Celtics and back up his recent assertion that Kevin Durant could have a better career than LeBron James.

 

"I think the stars are aligned for Durant," Simmons said, noting that the Thunder have loaded up on high draft picks while LeBron seems destined to spend his prime as a great player without enough of a supporting cast.

 

Simmons is not ready to say the Celtics will win the East despite their fast start.

 

"Orlando for me is the big X factor," he said. "I've kind of written off Cleveland. ... Same old thing, LeBron going 1-on-5 against the Celtics. ... Shaq is playing because he likes being a celebrity."

 

Simmons isn't as excited as most people about the Celtics' addition of Rasheed...

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