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Red Sox’ custom car guy: ‘It’s like a competition between all of them’ 01.31.16 at 2:45 pm ET
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Alex Vega, owner and operator of The Auto Firm near Miami, has been in the news lately thanks in large part because of the article in the New York Times, chronicling his work on cars for more than 300 professional athletes.

Of note for Red Sox followers was the work he has had done for many on the current Sox roster, such as Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez, Brock Holt, Rusney Castillo and prospect Yoan Moncada.

Appearing on WEEI with Rob Bradford, Butch Stearns and John Tomase, Vega elaborated on his business relationships with his professional athlete clientele.

“It’€™s mind-blowing to me sometimes because they buy a brand new car, make it really nice and then six, seven months down the line somebody else gets something similar and they want to up it,” Vega said. “It’€™s like a competition between all of them.”

Vega detailed some of the particulars in each of the cars he has worked on for Red Sox players:

– Castillo has a Porsche 911 Turbo that not only shoots flames out the back, but has his uniform number light up on the front of the car, and on the ground underneath vehicle when the doors are opened.

– Ramirez’ Lamborghini also has the ability to shoot flames out the back.

– Holt goes against the grain for most bringing in Jeeps, upgrading the look, but not altering the Jeep appearance.

– Sandoval? “Crazy. I love these guys. He’€™s just a unique guy. Spur of the moment type of guy. He showed up with two of his Range Rovers I built for him that I want to change up the rims for spring training. Next thing you know he sees a [Mercedes] G63 I have outside. He says, ‘Man I love that car,’ drives it, trades in one of the Range Rover, takes the [Mercedes] G-Wagon.” (The Times article has Sandoval quoted as saying he gets a new car every year.)

– Moncada not only is in the market for one of Vega’s customized, $175,000 vans, but already has a BMW which glows in the dark.

– While he hasn’t done anything for David Ortiz quite yet, Vega said he is currently working on reeling in the Red Sox’ DH. “We’€™re working on him right now, actually. We’€™re working on surprising the world with what he wants. ‘€¦ He wants to leave with a bang, I guess.”

What kind of problems does Vega run into? Making it clear to his clients what is and isn’t street legal. “It happens a lot because I do a lot of cars for the Dominican Republic, different countries where they can have police lights and sirens. They don’€™t realize that’€™s something you can’€™t do in the States.”

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Chat Red Sox live with WEEI.com’s John Tomase Tuesday at noon 01.26.16 at 9:47 am ET
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Red Sox Hall of Famer Frank Sullivan passes away at age 85 01.21.16 at 9:23 am ET
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Red Sox Hall of Fame pitcher and two-time All-Star Frank Sullivan passed away Tuesday due to complications from pneumonia at 85 years old.

Sullivan had a 90-80 record and 3.47 ERA in eight seasons for the Red Sox from 1953-60. Over his first five years in the Red Sox rotation from 1954-58, the right-hander was one of the top American League pitchers, ranking second with 153 starts, third with a 3.13 ERA, and fourth with 74 wins.

In 1955 Sullivan went 18-13 with a 2.91 ERA and earned his first All-Star selection. He led the American League in wins, innings (260), and starts (35) while ranking fifth in ERA. The next season featured a second straight trip to the All-Star Game and in 1957 he led the majors in WHIP (1.06) and again placed fifth in the AL with a 2.73 ERA.

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Wade Boggs on OM&F: Getting number retired ‘greatest honor an athlete can have’ 12.22.15 at 1:06 pm ET
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Hall of Famer Wade Boggs joined Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Tuesday to talk about getting his number retired by the Red Sox and what his career was like in Boston. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

The Red Sox announced Boggs’ No. 26 would be retired on Monday afternoon, but Boggs got the call last week from Red Sox president Sam Kennedy and Red Sox chairman Tom Werner.

“I couldn’t say thank you enough,” Boggs said. “It was something that the eyes filled up with tears and just thinking back to my induction to the Hall of Fame that my dad would have really liked to look up there and see my number next to Ted [Williams]. That was the thing that ran through my mind. On May 26, him and my mom will have the best seat in the house. They will be looking down and it will be a very proud day for my family.”

Boggs’ .338 batting average with the Red Sox is second only to Williams, and no one has ever played more games at third base in team history. He was an eight-time All-Star during his 11 seasons as Boston’€™s third baseman from 1982-92. During his Red Sox career, he led all major leaguers in batting average (.338), hits (2,098), doubles (422), on-base percentage (.428), and times reaching base safely (3,124), and also topped the American League in walks (1,004) and OPS (.890).

“It was out of the blue,” Boggs said of getting the call that his number would be retired. “The thing about having your number retired, it’s not something that comes along everyday. It’s not really required, even if you make the Hall of Fame. It’s up to an organization and like I said countless times, that it’s the greatest honor an athlete can have is to have his number retired. That way you get to live on in immortality.”

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Chat Red Sox at noon on Tuesday with John Tomase 12.22.15 at 11:46 am ET
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John Tomase will take your Red Sox questions at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, so queue up in the chat, and ask anything.

 

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Hot Stove live chat with Rob Bradford, noon 12.15.15 at 8:42 am ET
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There’s no better way to keep the baseball talk boiling, and get ready for Tuesday night’s Hot Stove Show (9 p.m. on WEEI), then a good old fashioned Hot Stove live chat with Rob Bradford. The fun begins at noon, so get you questions in now …

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Winter meetings live chat, noon 12.08.15 at 8:37 am ET
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Join WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford and John Tomase for a live chat from the winter meetings, talking all things Red Sox offseason and major league baseball. It all starts at noon, so get your questions in now …

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Live chat: Talk Red Sox offseason with Rob Bradford, noon 12.01.15 at 7:29 am ET
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With the winter meetings a week away, and another Hot Stove Show airing Tuesday night, it seems like a perfect time to chat all things Red Sox offseason/baseball/anything else with WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. The fun begins at noon, so get your questions in now …

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Talking David Ortiz retirement, Red Sox offseason on Hot Stove Show 11.18.15 at 6:37 am ET
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Rob Bradford, John Tomase and Mike Mutnansky gathered together in the WEEI studios Tuesday night to discuss all the Hot Stove news of the week, most notably David Ortiz‘s impending retirement. The guys also talked Craig Kimbrel, free agents starters and everything else Red Sox offseason in Week 3 of the Hot Stove Show.

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Source: Red Sox schedule meeting with free agent outfielder Chris Young 11.10.15 at 2:53 pm ET
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BOCA RATON, Fla. — Could Jackie Bradley or Rusney Castillo be on the move?

That’s certainly one way to interpret the news that the Red Sox, a major league source tells WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, have reached out to free agent outfielder Chris Young, and will meet with his representatives at the GM Meetings this week.

The 32-year-old former All-Star spent the 2015 season with the Yankees, hitting .272 with 14 homers and a .773 OPS. He was particularly strong against left-handed pitching (.327-7-24-.972), but he struggled with righties (.182-7-18-.585).

However, he’s not interested in pursuing a platoon role and would like to start full-time. That can only happen in Boston if the Red Sox trade an outfielder, and since they view Mookie Betts as a franchise cornerstone, that leaves Bradley and Castillo as potentially expendable.

Young’s best season came in 2010 with the Diamondbacks, when he hit .257 with 27 homers and 91 RBIs en route to his only All-Star team.

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