College Blog
WEEI.com Blog Network
Terry Francona won’t stop publicly trolling Kevin Cash 05.16.17 at 8:15 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Terry Francona won’t stop publicly trolling Kevin Cash

Notorious prankster Terry Francona is at it again. And he’s doubling down on victim Kevin Cash.

Cash, manager of the Rays and former Red Sox backup-catcher under Francona, has been the butt of many Francona jokes, including a mural outside Cash’s office reading, “Legends of the Game” next to Cash’s face, but lately Francona has made them a little more public.

Last season, Francona put this troll job up on the scoreboard:

The Rays are in Cleveland this week and Francona couldn’t miss this opportunity to continue his one-sided prank war:

Cash has yet to respond and has nothing but kind words for Francona.

“We do have a great friendship and I respect him a lot. I’m very appreciative for everything he has helped me with along my career,” Cash said. “I’ve learned a lot from him. We talk quite a bit, and he just has always been a tremendous sounding board in baseball, outside of baseball, and I’m very grateful for our relationship.”

But Francona knows to sleep with one eye open.

“He hasn’t [pranked me],” Francona said. “Believe me, he could. I think he knows it. I think fortunately in this situation, I’m sort of like the big brother of the two. Where I can kind of take advantage of it a little bit. I’m sure at some point he’ll get tired of it and do something. I don’t care. I don’t have any feelings. I don’t care.”

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: David Ortiz tells Mike Francesa he never used steroids; Wizards fan knocks out Celtics fan during Game 7 05.16.17 at 8:13 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: David Ortiz tells Mike Francesa he never used steroids; Wizards fan knocks out Celtics fan during Game 7

Good morning! Here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
NY Yankees at Kansas City, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
NBA: NBA Draft Lottery, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: San Antonio at Golden State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Anaheim at Nashville, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— David Ortiz made an appearance on WFAN on Monday afternoon to talk with Mike Francesa about his new autobiography, Papi: My Story, which he wrote with WEEI’s Michael Holley. When the conversation turned to Ortiz’s career, Francesa asked Ortiz if he ever used steroids.

“Never. That wasn’t my purpose. I was a guy that I worked extremely hard to get better,” Ortiz said.  “I keep on saying to people that I got more drug testing than anybody ever has in baseball, and I never failed one.”

It was reported in 2004 Ortiz and 109 other players failed PED tests six years earlier. The tests were supposed to be anonymous.

“It was just a rumor on the street,” Ortiz said. “Nobody ever came to me and told me, ‘This is what you tested positive for.’ … And you saw what the commissioner say: ‘This was inconclusive.’ I mean, it was their word against mine basically.”

Francesa then asked him about Manny Ramirez and Ramirez’s 2009 suspension for violating the league’s PED policy.

“Manny’s last name is Ramirez. My one is Ortiz,” Ortiz said. “So if Manny go out there and kill somebody, should I be guilty?”

Francesa also asked Ortiz about his favorite Yankee Stadium memory, called him Pedro by mistake and asked what Ortiz thinks about his steroid uncertainty keeping him out of the Hall of Fame.

“That’s something that I can’t control. What I can control is what I was able to do in the field,” Ortiz said. “Being in the Hall of Fame one day, it’ll be an honor for me and my family and all my fans, you know what I’m saying. But that’s something that I can’t really control. I can’t vote for myself. I did what I was supposed to do. And honestly, I tell you, I never used the steroids.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: David Ortiz, Mike Francesa,
Monday’s Morning Mashup: Former MLB umpire, Worcester native Steve Palermo dies; Social media reaction to Derek Jeter’s number retirement 05.15.17 at 9:39 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Monday’s Morning Mashup: Former MLB umpire, Worcester native Steve Palermo dies; Social media reaction to Derek Jeter’s number retirement

Good morning! Here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
Houston at Miami, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: LA Dodgers at San Francisco, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Washington at Boston, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Ottawa at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Former MLB umpire Steve Palermo died of cancer on Sunday at the age of 67.

Palermo was born in Worcester and raised in Oxford, but made his home in Kansas City. He began his major league umpiring career in 1976 and went on to work an All-Star game, multiple playoffs and the 1983 World Series.

His career was cut short in 1991 when he was shot trying to break up a robbery. While eating at a restaurant in Dallas, two members of the waitstaff were mugged after leaving work. Palermo chased the robbers and was shot and left paralyzed from the waist down.

He was told he would never walk again. However, he worked at his rehabilitation and was able to throw out the first pitch of the 1991 World Series opening game.

Palermo then served as a major league supervisor of umpires.

He won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in 1994.

Commissioner Rob Manfred released a statement following Palermo’s passing: “Steve Palermo was a great umpire, a gifted communicator and a widely respected baseball official, known in our sport for his leadership and courage. He had an exceptional impact on both his fellow Major League Umpires and baseball fans, who benefited from his ability to explain the rules of our game.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Derek Jeter,
Tom Brady posts Instagram video denouncing Madden Curse 05.12.17 at 2:20 pm ET
By   |  Comments Off on Tom Brady posts Instagram video denouncing Madden Curse

Tom Brady posted this video on Instagram on Friday in response to being Madden NFL 18’s cover boy in which he follows up on his initial comments dispelling the belief there is a Madden Curse. And it freaked me out.

Try to watch Brady smash a mirror and walk under a ladder without internally screaming, “No Tom!”

This proves nothing. If he stays healthy until the season starts and then throughout the season, then we’ll see. But until then be careful, Tom.

Read More: Tom Brady,
Friday’s Morning Mashup: MLB investigating Dodgers treatment of Nick Francona; NBA team asks draft prospect how he wants to die 05.12.17 at 9:18 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Friday’s Morning Mashup: MLB investigating Dodgers treatment of Nick Francona; NBA team asks draft prospect how he wants to die

Good morning! Here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
Tampa Bay at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLB: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: NBA Draft Combine, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA: Boston at Washington, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Nashville at Anaheim, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Dodgers are under investigation by Major League Baseball for allegations of discrimination against Nick Francona, who is a war veteran and son of Terry Francona, after the team terminated his contract last year.

Francona sent a letter to MLB saying he believes the team phased him out of his job as assistant director of player development after he sought help at Home Base, an organization in the Boston-area that helps veterans with the psychological issues stemming from war.

MLB’s Department of Investigations looked into the situation and the Dodgers denied the claim that Francona’s service was a reason for terminating his contract in March 2016.

In his letter, Francona placed much of the blame on Gabe Kapler, former Red Sox player and Dodgers director of player development, and accused Kapler and others of discriminatory practices after they removed him from his position and offered him a different role in research and development with the same salary. After Francona declined the new position, the team told him he could resign or be terminated. He chose termination.

Kapler declined to comment but the Dodgers released a statement on the situation:

“The Dodgers cannot comment on the specific facts or reasons leading to a former employee’s departure from the organization. However, we can categorically state that Nick Francona’s departure was not the result of any type of discrimination, and it certainly was not the result of his being a veteran. This was confirmed by an investigation conducted by independent outside counsel. The Dodgers have the utmost admiration and respect for all of the men and women who serve or have served in the armed forces, and we are very proud of the veterans whom we employ.”

After graduation from Wharton School of Business, Francona joined the Marines in 2009 and did a tour of duty in Afghanistan. He was discharged as a captain and joined the Angels in 2014 as a liaison between coaches and the front office. Francona then moved on to the Dodgers to work in player development.

Read the rest of this entry »

CSN Wizards make a dumb Spygate joke after Celtics Game 5 win 05.11.17 at 12:41 pm ET
By   |  Comments Off on CSN Wizards make a dumb Spygate joke after Celtics Game 5 win

NESN — The Boston Celtics handled the Washington Wizards in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead, but someone’s presence in the TD Garden crowd made the away team a little suspicious.

Bill Belichick is elusive when it comes to the media, but it’s not out of the ordinary to see him and other members of the New England Patriots at Celtics games. So when Boston forward Jae Crowder mentioned that the team was familiar with the Wizards’ plays after the 123-101 win, CSN Wizards tried to get to the bottom of things with a Spygate joke.

Of course, the Celtics and Wizards play four games against each other every season in addition to the soon-to-be six playoff games this series, so both teams are well aware of each other’s style of play. That likely won’t stop Celtics fans from clapping back at CSN’s joke, though.

REAL ORIGINAL, CSN WIZARDS.

This joke was clearly in jest and there is no need for Patriot Nation to go to all-out war with CSN’s Wizards account.

The social media person is likely getting some pats on the back today for this troll job but Crowder basically handed them this material. Then all they had to do was connect the dots between this and Belichick being at the game and bada boom you have a weak Spygate joke, which is redundant because all Spygate jokes are weak. A joke about Belichick’s outfit would’ve been better because what was he thinking?

Derek Jeter reportedly ‘angry’ over CNBC interview with A-Rod 05.11.17 at 11:29 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Derek Jeter reportedly ‘angry’ over CNBC interview with A-Rod

Yahoo SportsThere still appears to be some bad blood between former New York Yankees stars Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. Though a number of years have passed since they’ve played together, the two still haven’t buried the hatchet just yet.

That much was evident during a recent CNBC interview. Jeter and Rodriguez appeared together, but things quickly turned awkward when the questions focused on their personal relationship and not the charities they were trying to promote.

The usually calm Jeter seemed pretty irked during the segment, and now we know why. Jeter had no idea Rodriguez would be involved in the interview and was reportedly “beside himself angry” when he found out.

That report comes courtesy of ESPN’s Dan Le Batard, who made the following comment during his radio show on Wednesday, according to Business Insider.

“I actually learned, factually, that Jeter was beside himself angry at that interview he had to do with Alex Rodriguez, first and foremost, because nobody told him he’d have to be sitting there next to Alex Rodriguez,” Le Batard said on his radio show.

I’m going to look past the fact that this is coming from Le Batard and believe this is true. It’s obvious. I wrote about this before, but Jeter looks more annoyed than he’s ever been in his life sitting next to A-Rod. Not to mention having to deal with this CNBC interviewer, who is a complete joke. Wouldn’t you be pissed too if you were ambushed on national television by your worst enemy?

I love this interview so much I bookmarked it so I can watch it when I’m sad. It’s hysterical. I’ll go out on a limb and say it’s the greatest thing CNBC has ever done.

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis says no way Ray Allen apologizes to former Celtics teammates; Jeremy Lin says he heard racial slurs while playing college basketball 05.11.17 at 9:39 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis says no way Ray Allen apologizes to former Celtics teammates; Jeremy Lin says he heard racial slurs while playing college basketball

Good morning! Here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
 Kansas City at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at Milwaukee, 1:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLB: Houston at NY Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: NBA Draft Combine, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA: San Antonio at Houston, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— During an appearance on Undisputed Wednesday morning, Glen “Big Baby” Davis said Ray Allen will never apologize to his former Celtics teammates for the way he defected to the Heat. He believes there’s a “better chance of [Allen] kissing Donald Trump on the mouth.”

“Ray is never going to say that,” Davis added.

Davis’ real beef, however, is with his former coach Doc Rivers. While discussing his appearance on Kevin Garnett’s “Area 21″ TV segment during which Rivers showed up as a surprise guest, Davis got into his feelings for the former Celtics coach and his uncomfortable reaction to seeing him.

“I was shocked,” Davis said. “That was like a reality TV show.”

Davis has in the past called Rivers “overrated” and did not respond well to a fat joke Rivers made at his expense.

“That was typical Doc,” Davis said. “He ain’t got nothing to do but rag on the fat kid.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Glen Davis, Jeremy Lin,
Aaron Hernandez fiancee to appear on Dr. Phil 05.10.17 at 12:46 pm ET
By   |  Comments Off on Aaron Hernandez fiancee to appear on Dr. Phil

Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez,the fiancee of the late Aaron Hernandez, will appear on Dr. Phil in a special two-part interview set to air on Monday, May 15 and Tuesday, May 16, the show announced Wednesday.

The show’s announcement reads: “Dr. Phil, television’s #1-rated daytime talk show, continues its 15th hit season with the ripped-from-the-headlines exclusive interview with Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, the fiancée of former New England Patriots football star Aaron Hernandez, who died of apparent suicide last month while serving a life sentence following a murder conviction. In the revealing interview, Jenkins-Hernandez sets the record straight about her fiancé’s mysterious jail cell death, rumors about his purported secret romantic life, and if she thinks he killed himself so that she could collect millions of dollars.”

It also includes selected quotes from the episodes. “Our last talk had nothing to do with suicidal thoughts,” Jenkins-Hernandez said about the last time she spoke with Hernandez. “… I felt like we were looking so bright. We were going up a ladder to a positive direction.”

She also opens up about receiving the call informing her Hernandez committed suicide. “I thought it was a hoax, that this was some cruel person playing a trick on me,” she said.

This announcement also teases Dr. Phil asking Jenkins-Hernandez, “Did he kill himself so that you could collect $6.5 million?”

I, for one, did not expect this coming so soon after Hernandez’s death, but then I remembered who is likely behind this. No doubt Jose Baez told her to capitalize on timing and didn’t want to wait until this is a non-story. Baez himself appeared on Dr. Phil after Casey Anthony’s trial and he obviously knows the drill.

The quotes in this announcement are a great move by Dr. Phil, who of course knows how to hook his audience. These are the exact things I want to hear her talk about but I hope he also asks her about Kyle Kennedy and whether or not the rumors of him being gay played a role in his suicide. Watch for a Kirk and Callahan shout out if he does.

 

Wife of Chris Berman dies in Connecticut car crash 05.10.17 at 9:19 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Wife of Chris Berman dies in Connecticut car crash

Katherine Berman, the wife of long-time ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman, died in a two-car crash in Woodbury, Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon.

State police say Berman, 67, and Edward Bertulis, 87, were both killed in the crash.

Berman was driving a 2003 Lexus SC 430 and rear-ended Bertulis’ 2003 Ford Escape X. Berman then veered off the road to the right and overturned into a body of water after going down a small embankment. Bertulis also veered off the road, hit a utility pole and overturned in the middle of the road.

ESPN president John Skipper released the following statement in response: “This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend. Chris is beloved by all his ESPN colleagues and for good reason: He has a huge heart and has given so much to so many over the years. We know how much his family means to him and all we can do at a moment like this is give him the love and support he will surely need at this hour. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris, Meredith, Doug and the entire family.”

Read More: Chris Berman,