Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia made an appearance with Dennis & Callahan at spring training and said the Sox offense will surprise critics. “This year everyone is doubting our offense, so that motivates you, and not only me but all the other guys in the lineup have something to prove,” he said. “It’s going to be fun proving everybody wrong.”
Pedroia said the team's defensive woes last season may be a little overstated as well. "I know at the beginning of the year we had a tough time, but at the end of the year I thought we were fine," he said. "During the year you have your bumps in the road, but every team does. I think we’ve shored that up this year. We our going to be a really good defensive team, we are going to pitch great and we are going to surprise a lot of people offensively."
On new shortstop Marco Scutaro, Pedroia said: "He’s a guy...
Speaking on the risks that teams run when giving out long-term deals to free agents, Red Sox principal owner John Henry said the the team is hesitant to offer insurance to players after having had a bad experience with the process while with the Florida Marlins. “We generally don’t use insurance,” Henry said. “Not to say we won’t use it in the future, but I don’t think we have. I had a bad experience trying to get paid on a player. You pay the premium, but it isn’t always easy to get paid.” According to Jason Bay, in making their final offer to the outfielder the Red Sox did extend the offer of insurance but asked Bay to pay half of the premium for a policy (approximately $2 million over the four-year contract). To read more visit the Full Count Blog by clicking here.
Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester visited with Dennis & Callahan in Fort Myers and talked about putting together a complete season in 2010. Grading himself on last season, he said: "An F in the first half and an A in the second half. I don't know what happened that first half. I guess I just got ahead of myself — wanting games to be over before they even started, wanting to look up and see if we won or lost. I'd say overall about a C."
Lester said physically he was fine last year, but his mental approach needed an adjustment. Said the pitcher: "When the game starts, I need to focus on that and focus on the first guy, getting him out, and worrying about inning to inning, whereas last year I would worry about the sixth, seventh, eighth inning before I got there.
"Physically, I felt great. I was throwing the ball fine. It seemed like it would snowball into one inning that would kill me every time...
Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon stopped by to talk with Dennis & Callahan Friday morning at Red Sox spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., and said he is focused on rebounding from last season's disastrous ending and "getting back to that domination." Said Papelbon: "I'm kind of on a mission this year. I've got new sights ahead of me."
Papelbon said he replayed his ALDS collapse against the Angels numerous times in the offseason, despite people saying they would prefer not to revisit past failures. "That's just me. I'm a different animal," Papelbon said. "I use it for motivation. I use to remind me I'm not perfect. I've got a lot of work to do. ... I've still got a lot of things to accomplish."
Papelbon said "a multitude of things" went wrong in that game. "The biggest thing you want to look at in that game is not being able to execute 0-2 pitches and close...
In a scenario that has repeated itself time and time again this season, the Celtics fell apart in the second half and lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 108-88, at TD Garden. LeBron James led all scorers with 36 points and Mo Williams added 19 for the Cavaliers, who improved to an NBA-best 45-14. The Celtics, who played without Paul Pierce for a second straight game, shot a blazing 70 percent in the first quarter, making 14-of-20 shots, and raced out to a 31-21 lead. The Celtics (36-20) were led by Ray Allen's 21 points and built their lead to as many as 13 twice in the second quarter and took a 56-48 halftime lead. But Williams made four of his five 3-point attempts in the second half as the Cavaliers outscored the Celtics 34-15 in the fourth quarter and 60-32 in the second half. For complete coverage, visit the Green Street blog.
The voice of the Super Bowl Kevin Harlan joins the show to preview the Super Bowl and talk about some the Patriots games he has called.
Tom E Curran joins the show on Radio Row to preview the Super Bowl and talk about the fraud Roger Goodell.
The playmaker Michael Irvin joins the show on Radio Row to talk about how special it is for a team to stay on top of the mountain.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Wrapping up the show's week on radio row.
Show favorite Mad Dog Russo joins the guys to look at Sunday's game and the response he has seen to deflategate.
Kravitz calls in to put a wrap on the deflategate this week's coverage. He details some of the twitter attacks he has received from Patriots fans.
Christian ran around Radio Row getting predictions form anyone he could find, which included being Green-Flied by Warren Sapp
Local Wiseguy Louie Merloni gives us the lines for Super Bowl XLIX
Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins Lou, Christian and Tim to talk about all the news surrounding Super Bowl XLIX
We help you gamblers out there by breaking down some Super Bowl Prop Bets.
Kevin Harlan talks about some of his famous calls from Patriots games and previews the Super Bowl live from Radio Row.
Tom E Curran joins the show on Radio Row to preview the Super Bowl and give his prediction for the big game.
DeOssie joins Mut from Arizona to talk about how big the hype has been for this year's Super Bowl in comparison to other Super Bowl games in the past and how Seattle's defense matches up against New England's offense.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny discuss how the Patriots can stop Russell Wilson, and Jimmy Garoppolo is brought up as a potential weapon for the Patriots in practice to give the defense a Wilson-esque look from the QB position.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Dave Russo talk about Danny Amendola stepping up this season, and the comments made by Dean Blandino about the inspection done to the game balls before the AFC Championship game.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
Dale and Michael talk to John Brenkus about the tests he did in relation to deflate gate and the conclusions he came to.More from this show
New York radio personality Joe Beningo sits down with D&C to discuss all the topics surrounding this year's big game.More from this show
Florio talks about the latest surrounding the Patriots' handling of footballs. He also reveals that other NFL head coaches are running their own tests on footballs.More from this show
Doyel knows the Patriots fixed the AFC title game and they now belong in the same sentence as the 1919 White Sox.More from this show