NESN and MLB.com analyst Peter Gammons talked to the Big Show Friday afternoon and discussed the big topic of the day: Jonathan Papelbon and his ability to continue to close out games for the Red Sox going forward. Gammons said that he believes Papelbon will remain as the team's closer for various reasons, including his need to pitch on an adrenaline rush. He also added that he doesn't see the reliever getting traded in the offseason.
"The fact is going to arbitration, he's going to be making so much," Gammons said. "I'm not sure he's tradable because he's probably going to be close to $12 million in arbitration. I don't think anybody's going to be trade something good and pay a closer $12 million."
In light of Terry Francona's decision to take Papelbon out of the game in the ninth, Gammons added that the Red Sox manager will do what it takes to win during the final stretch towards the postseason....
According to a report from Mike Reiss of ESPN, Patriots defensive end Ty Warren's hip injury could threaten his season. Warren has been out for most of training camp and did not play in Thursday's preseason game vs. the Saints.
The report states that the injury, which is believed to be a labral tear, is "likely to require surgery." If Warren does indeed get the surgery, he would likely miss the 2010 season. Gerard Warren started in Ty Warren's place Thursday night.
Warren has racked up 496 tackles since the Patriots selected him with the 13th overall pick of the 2003 NFL draft out of Texas A&M.
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CHESTNUT HILL -- An injured right foot is the latest physical hurdle Mark Herzlich has to clear to return to the game he loves.
The fifth-year senior All-American linebacker and Butkus Award finalist was in line to return from his successful bout with Ewing's sarcoma - a rare bone cancer - when he was diagnosed with a broken right foot and held out of practice at Boston College. Sources with knowledge of the injury say there is doubt as to whether Herzlich will be healed enough to play in the season opener against Weber State at home on Sept. 4 - something head coach Frank Spaziani confirmed Friday afternoon.
"Mark's situation is Mark's situation," Spaziani said. "When he's back, that's total speculation as far as I'm concerned. Until he gets out there and does it, we're all rooting for him. You have to take him out of the equation, I think."
Herzlich is undergoing tests to...
SPRINGFIELD - Charles Barkley, in Springfield for Hall of Fame weekend, talked Friday about the Celtics addition of Shaquille O'Neal. The TNT analyst -- part of the legendary 1992 Olympic squad being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year -- feels that the move was a "no-braner" for the Celtics.
"Don't forget, Shaq played very well last year," Barkley said. "I thought it was a very good pickup for the Celtics. Shaq played very well. He's going to help them a lot."
Barkley dismissed any notion that O'Neal would be uncomfortable in a potential backup role.
"Shaq does not have an ego," said Barkley of the 15-time All-Star. "When he first got to Miami, no problems and they won a championship. Didn't have any problems in Phoenix, Phoenix just didn't know what they were doing."
Barkley was asked about the temptation of the media to...
Guard Stephen Neal and running backs Sammy Morris and Fred Taylor joined the Dale & Holley show on Friday morning to talk about Patriots training camp and the first preseason game against the defending champion Saints.
"I think it was a good first step," Neal said of Thursday’s win. "We obviously have a long way to go. It’s still early, it was a first step to get out there under the lights and in front of a crowd. We have a lot of work to do, we’re just going to keep working hard and we’ll be better next week."
"We have a lot of depth that we are able to take the pounding off each other," Morris said of his health. "I’m doing pretty good, this is the lightest I’ve been as far as weight that I’ve come in in long time. So it’s pretty good and like I said, just trying to get better every day."
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia talks to former federal prosecutor John Down about the NFL's discipline process and what should be changed.
We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox outfielder, who had two doubles and a walk and scored two runs in the win over the Phillies.
We check in for our weekly visit with the interim Sox manager.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Recapping the evolution of the Deflategate witch hunt.
A compilation of all the trolls featured on D&C&M during Deflategate.
Kirk was The Breakfast Club's Donkey of the Day...
As the guys say goodbye to Aloha Friday and their last day of freedom from Glen Ordway, the Big O himself calls in to tell the guys that he's back in charge.
Lou and Christian grill Gary for his stance that Tom Brady is still guilty, and callers chime in to rip Gary.
Lou, Christian and Gary listen to comments made by Tom Brady's attorney, Jeffrey Kessler, and discuss what he said about why he thinks the NFL shouldn't appeal.
Dale, Michael and Jerry revisit the news that Brady will be on the field for Week One and discuss what the Krafts could and should do about their penalty.
On today's Final Drive the guys hear from Bill Burr and his thoughts on Deflategate, and LaRoy has another rap -- aptly themed around Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned.
There's been a lot of fools during the Deflategate saga, and we take a look at some of the biggest, most obnoxious ones.
Chris Villani and John Tomase discuss Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned by Judge Richard Berman and discuss in hindsight how obvious this should have been.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the Thursday federal court decision to overturn Tom Brady's DeflateGate punishment.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and who should play where. Also, the current outfield in context with Sox history.
Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with another a edition of the Fantasy Football Podcast. The opening of the 2015 NFL Season is just days away and the Fantasy Football draft season is at its peak. This week’s installment of the Fantasy Football Podcast features conversation about 36 Running Backs, how they are ranked and why. Plenty of insight to help you win at the position in your drafts. Good luck with your drafts and enjoy the show!
Jerry Thornton is joined by Richard J. King, author of the new book titled Meeting Tom Brady. The two discuss King's book as well as their undying love for TB12.
Sam, Alex and Paul discuss a recent article in Rolling Stone about Russell WIlson and pretty much rip him to shreds.
The guys continue to embrace the breaking news and listen to comments from Tedy Bruschi who happily reacts to the news that his former teammate is eligible to play on Opening Night.More from this show
McCann gave us his thoughts on yesterday's proceedings.More from this show