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03/10/2010 - 10:11am
Lou: Nomar always eyed Sox return
According to WEEI's Lou Merloni, Nomar Garciaparra's desire to return to the Red Sox has been strong in the past couple of years. He has called Sox GM Theo Epstein in recent offseasons to see if there was a roster fit that would allow him to return to Boston. While that did not work out, Garciaparra, according to Merloni, felt that it was important to bring his career full circle, and to return to the franchise that drafted him in 1994 and with whom he spent the best years of his career. The one-day, minor league contract he will sign with the Sox before announcing his retirement as a member of the organization was one way to do that.

 

For more on Garciaparra's decision to retire, click here.


03/10/2010 - 9:46am
Thornton: B's regret Savard reaction

Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton made an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the Marc Savard situation and explain why none of his teammates responded when the center was felled by a hit to the head from Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke on Sunday.

 

Asked why no one had Savard's back after he got knocked cold, Thornton said: "That's a great question. I think when the incident happened, I don't think a lot of people knew it happened, because it happened late, and I think everyone was focused on the puck. That being said, though, when you see your star player on the ice, the response I feel should be immediate by somebody that's on the ice." Added Thornton: "I don't want to take anything away from my teammates or bad-mouth anyone at all, [but] I'm pretty positive if I was on the ice something different might have happened, though."

 

Thornton said he was on the bench and did...

03/10/2010 - 9:02am
Nomar retires as a member of Red Sox

WEEI.com's Lou Merloni reports that Nomar Garciaparra will sign a one-day, minor league deal with the Red Sox and then announce his retirement as a member of the organization. Garciaparra will then commence a career as a baseball analyst for ESPN.

 

Garciaparra was selected as a first-round pick by the Red Sox in 1994, and reached the majors late in 1996. The next year, his first as a full-timer, he won the American League's Rookie of the Year Award by hitting .306 with a .342 OBP, .534 slugging mark, 30 homers and 22 steals.

 

He went on to spend parts of nine seasons as a member of the Red Sox, hitting .323 with a .370 OBP, .553 slugging and .923 OPS. He was a five-time All-Star in Boston, and ranks fourth in franchise history in batting average, fifth in slugging and sixth in OPS. He won back-to-back batting titles in 1999 and 2000, hitting .357 and .372, thus becoming the first right-handed hitter to win consecutive...

03/10/2010 - 8:53am
Mashup: Vick honored for 'courage'

Quarterback Michael Vick was in Baltimore Tuesday night to accept the Ed Block Courage Award as the Eagles player who best exemplified commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage last season. Dozens of people protested outside the event, at which Tom Brady was honored as the Patriots recipient. Get the details, plus find links to the day's top stories, videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


03/10/2010 - 8:30am
Wilfork on Dale & Holley at 10:30 a.m.

New England Patriots NT Vince Wilfork will be a guest on the Dale & Holley program on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. New England had utilized its 2010 franchise designation on Wilfork on Feb. 22 before signing him to a long-term deal. Wilfork, 29, has played in 90 regular season games with 80 starts and has appeared in 12 playoff games with 10 starts since being selected by the Patriots in the first round (21st overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-2-inch, 325-pound nose tackle has recorded 449 tackles (257 solo) and 7.5 sacks for his career. The University of Miami product was selected by his teammates to be a captain in 2008 and 2009. Visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page if you miss the interview.


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