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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Wide range of initial reactions on social media to death of Aaron Hernandez 04.19.17 at 8:40 am ET
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Good morning. Here is your Wednesday 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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Cleveland at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Atlanta at Washington, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Oklahoma City at Houston, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Portland at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Washington at Toronto, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Ottawa at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (NESN, USA)
NHL: Minnesota at St. Louis, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Anaheim at Calgary, 10 p.m. (USA)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— After the shocking news broke that Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in his prison cell early Wednesday morning, the initial reactions on Twitter ranged from satisfaction, to shock, to even sadness.

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Ray Rice to appear in NFL’s social responsibility video 04.18.17 at 3:02 pm ET
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Baltimore SunAfter becoming the face of the NFL’s domestic-violence problem in 2014, Ray Rice remains persona non grata in the league, unable to get a tryout even after three Pro Bowl seasons with the Ravens.

But it’s that fall from grace that perhaps makes him a perfect face for the NFL’s social responsibility education. Rice told USA Today that he has taped an interview for what will be a two- to three-minute “video conversation” in the social responsibility program to be presented to teams this May.

“I just think there’s so much more to learn from my situation,” Rice told USA Today columnist Christine Brennan. “My story is a real story. Part of life’s journey is just being able to tell my story now. A lot of men think, ‘It can’t happen to me.’ Well, I had a clean slate and it all came down to a terrible split-second decision. I want these guys to learn from it. I want them to be better for it. I want them to be better men.”

The NFL program, now in its fourth year — it was devised in the wake of Rice’s and other players’ scandals — also includes a discussion with former Ravens wide receivers Steve Smith Sr. and Torrey Smith (Maryland), who grew up in violent households.

This is disgusting. “It can’t happen to me?” Nothing happened to him, he happened to Janay Rice. He is in no way a victim of anything. The only thing that happened to him is he got caught.

This comment alone proves Ray Rice has learning NOTHING from punching his then-fiance in the face. It kind of sounds like the message he wants to send is if you do this, make sure you don’t get caught. Because there’s nothing really to learn from this situation except Rice has violence issues and is a scumbag. And most importantly, the main takeaway is don’t hit women. It’s pretty simple.

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Patriots fan refuses ESPN request for Boston Marathon Patriots poster picture use rights, tells ESPN to block him 04.18.17 at 8:02 am ET
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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: Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Milwaukee at Toronto, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Chicago at Boston, 8 p.m. (CSN, TNT)
NBA: Utah at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Montreal at NY Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL: Edmonton at San Jose, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— During the Boston Marathon on Monday, Twitter user Abdul tweeted a picture of a spectator holding a homemade sign displaying the third quarter score of Super Bowl LI as motivation for runners because the Patriots came back from a 28-3 deficit.

When ESPN responded to the tweet with a request for permission to use the picture, Abdul replied with a passionate denial. “After the witch hunt ESPN led against tom brady? absolutely the f— not. in fact block me right now. go f— yourselves,” Abdul responded. 

As of Tuesday, the reply to ESPN has over five thousand retweets and Patriots fans applauded his heroics. Abdul also granted other media outlets permission to use the photo.

And SportsCenter then blocked him for his response.

It turned out Abdul did not take this picture and tweeted back and forth with the person who did, apologizing for posting the picture without credit.

We’ve seen this before with other Patriots fans who have denied ESPN rights to use their footage of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, citing the network’s role in Deflategate.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Once they get a little success, their confidence is starting to grow. And I think they settle into that pecking order that has emerged. It still comes down to executing, which they’ve done a very good job at.” — John Farrell, on the Red Sox bullpen this season

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Meb Keflezighi to run final Boston Marathon; First woman to run Boston Marathon running again 50 years later 04.17.17 at 10:23 am ET
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Happy Patriots’ Day! 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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
Boston Marathon, 9 a.m. (CBS, NBCSN)
MLB: Tampa Bay at Boston, 11:05 a.m. (NESN)
MLB: Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Indiana at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Memphis at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Ottawa at Boston, 7 p.m. (CNBC, NESN)
NHL: Washington at Toronto, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Chicago at Nashville, 9:30 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL: Anaheim at Calgary, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Meb Keflezighi, Olympic runner and winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon, will run his final Boston Marathon on Monday.

“People say, ‘Why stop? You’re still at a high level.’ But it takes a lot out of you,” the 41 year-old said. “I had the best job in the world for a long, long time.”

Keflezighi became the first American to win Boston in 31 years in 2014, one year after the Boston Marathon Bombing. He wore the names of the bombing victims on his bib and and crossed the finish line to chants of “U-S-A!”

He is a four-time Olympian and won the 2009 New York City Marathon. After the 121st Boston Marathon, Keflezighi plans to run one more New York marathon before he retires from racing.

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Jose Fernandez should not be honored with a statue 04.14.17 at 10:06 am ET
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ESPNThe mixed legacy of Jose Fernandez will include a bronze statue on the plaza at Marlins Park.

The Marlins are planning a memorial to their late ace that will stand at least 9 feet high, team president David Samson said Thursday.

Fernandez and two others died in a boat crash last September. The Marlins decided to go ahead with the statue even after a state investigation determined Fernandez was the probable operator of the boat, and had he survived the crash he could have been charged with multiple crimes, including boating under the influence manslaughter.

In an unfiltered discussion, the Marlins owner goes deep on the pain of losing Jose Fernandez, selling his franchise and the idea of promoting baseball in France as a potential U.S. ambassador.

“It doesn’t change the legacy of Jose in our view,” Samson said. “It is very disappointing. It’s a tragedy. But it doesn’t change our love for him or the fact we want him to be memorialized here at Marlins Park, because he is forever a Marlin.”

The statue will be sculpted by William Behrends, who was responsible for the Willie McCovey and Willie Mays statues in San Francisco, and won’t be finished for at least six months, Samson said.

Miami owner Jeffrey Loria chose the image for the statue, which wasn’t disclosed, and hired Behrends.

“It’s something Jeffrey wanted to do personally for Jose and his family and his fans — to have something that would permanently represent what Jose was,” Samson said.

Jose Fernandez does not deserve this statue.

This article pretty much explains why: If he had survived the boat crash, he would have been charged with manslaughter. But because he could throw a baseball pretty well and now never will again because of terrible decision he made, he gets a statue.

Even knowing his girlfriend was pregnant with his child and he had a whole promising baseball career ahead of him, he chose to drink and use cocaine and drive a boat. Fernandez was a charitable person who did some good, but he was also incredibly irresponsible. It was his fault two people died and he gets a statue because he also died.

It’s fine if the Marlins want to consider him a Marlin forever but they should not be giving him a statue.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Mariners reveal bronze Ken Griffey Jr. statue; Lou Brock diagnosed with cancer 04.14.17 at 8:19 am ET
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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: Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: St. Louis at NY Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Tampa Bay at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Columbus at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL: NY Rangers at Montreal, 7 p.m. (USA)
NHL: St. Louis at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: San Jose at Edmonton, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Mariners unveiled a statue in a ceremony on Thursday honoring Ken Griffey Jr. outside of Safeco Field. The bronze likeness of the Seattle legend captures his familiar home run swing.

“One of the things I’m known for is my swing and I think it was pretty much going to be a given (that would be the pose),” Griffey Jr. said during the ceremony. “They pretty much nailed it. It was overwhelming to see something like that.”

The statue is seven feet tall and includes a patch honoring the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball. Griffey Jr. helped lead the campaign for all major leaguers to wear Robinson’s No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day once a year.

Last year, Griffey Jr. became the first Mariners player to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and the team retired his No. 24 last season.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: St. Louis sues NFL over relocation of Rams; Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton reportedly to retire 04.13.17 at 8:48 am ET
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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: LA Dodgers at Chicago Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Pittsburgh at Boston, 2:05 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Texas at LA Angels, 5 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Tampa Bay at NY Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Toronto at Washington, 7 p.m. (USA)
NHL: Nashville at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Calgary at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The city of St. Louis has filed a lawsuit against the NFL and all 32 teams and their owners claiming they illegally approved the relocation of the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles in 2016.

The suit was filed on Wednesday in St. Louis Circuit Court and the city is seeking damages and profit restitution for the past 15 months since the move.

The suit claims St. Louis has lost $1.85 million to $3.5 million per year in ticket tax revenue, plus $7.5 million in property tax and $1.4 million in sales tax revenue and “millions” in earning taxes.

It also claims the league ignored bylaws in the move and is allowing it despite failing to “satisfy the obligations imposed by the League’s relocation rules” and the relocation “was not supported by the required statement of reasons or the adopted relocation standards.”

In addition, the suit claims the Rams and the team’s owner Stan Kroenke “made false statements regarding the team’s intent to engage in good faith negotiations” with the city of St. Louis.

The entire lawsuit document can be found here.

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Watch Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett reminisce on Celtics championship team 04.12.17 at 4:54 pm ET
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Players’ TribuneI first met this tall, skinny kid from South Carolina named Kevin when we were both still in high school. I got to show him around Inglewood, California, when he came out here for an AAU tournament.

Somehow it took 20 years for us to play together again.

In 2007, on our first day as teammates, Doc said to all of us, “We’re going to win the NBA championship … but we have to do it now.”

Other people were saying things like, It’s going to take a while to jell. You’re going to need a year to figure it out.

We knew we couldn’t wait. And we just hit the ground running, like we’d been playing together for years. I think the secret that first year was that we were all comfortable being ourselves. KG and I both came from losing teams. Us being in Boston was about what we were trying to achieve together. So we asked ourselves, Is it about numbers, or is it about winning?

By the end of the year, only one number mattered: 17.

The 17th title in Celtics history.

That video is Celtics porn.

You’ve got two of the big three (I’m assuming Ray Allen was not even invited) talking about their glory days ten years (it’s been TEN YEARS) after the Celtics’ last championship season began, going through everything from their first impressions of each other to Doc Rivers’ coaching style to winning the title in 2008.

This is also real estate porn, as Pierce has a pretty sweet house. And he even has a Celtics basketball court in his backyard. If that doesn’t prove how much Boston means to him, I don’t know what does.

 

Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Rob Gronkowski makes appearance at SmackDown Live; Sergio Garcia considers wearing Masters green jacket at wedding 04.12.17 at 9:29 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Wednesday 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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Tampa Bay at NY Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: LA Dodgers at Chicago Cubs, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Atlanta at Indiana, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Milwaukee at Boston, 8 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: New Orleans at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Boston at Ottawa, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL: NY Rangers at Montreal, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Columbus at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (USA)
NHL: St. Louis at Minnesota, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: San Jose at Edmonton, 10 p.m. (USA)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Rob Gronkowski made his second WWE appearance on Tuesday night, this time at SmackDown Live in Boston.

Gronkowski appeared at Wrestlemania 33 earlier this month and began a feud with WWE personality Jinder Mahal and continued it at SmackDown. 

During Mahal’s match with Gronkowski’s friend Mojo Rawley, he stared down Gronkowski, who was wearing “Stay Hyped!” shirt, near the announcer’s table and and the two exchanged words. Gronkowski responded by throwing a drink at Mahal from behind the barrier, drenching him. Mahal then lost his match. 

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Martha Stewart jinxes Yankees perfect game; Giants score 3 runs on swinging bunt 04.11.17 at 9:55 am ET
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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: Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: St. Louis at Washington, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Houston at Seattle, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Oklahoma City at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Phoenix at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was seven outs away from pitching a perfect game against the Rays on Monday when Martha Stewart decided to ruin it for him with a simple tweet.

The lifestyle guru was in attendance for the potential history-making game and wanted everyone to know she was there. During the seventh inning, Stewart tweeted: “It’s top of the seventh here at yankee stadium and the Yankees are pitching a perfect game versus the Tampa rays.”  

After this tweet was posted, Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria hit a double to left field to break up the perfect game and any chance of a no-hitter.

The number one rule during a perfect game or no-hitter is to not mention it’s happening and this is why. Fans on Twitter were not pleased with Stewart’s tweet and the Rays even responded with their own jab:


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