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Curt Schilling: Roger Goodell ‘out to defame’ Tom Brady with Deflategate 04.28.16 at 10:27 am ET
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The outspoken Curt Schilling weighed in on Deflategate Thursday morning on Dennis & Callahan where he also addressed his firing from ESPN and what will be next.

Schilling isn’t a fan of what commissioner Roger Goodell is doing, especially to a star like Tom Brady.

“First of all, I think it’s a joke,” Schilling said. “I think the fact that the day everybody found out that  everything was based on a lie, and nothing changed, if I am one of the other 31 NFL teams, I am looking at myself going wait a minute, hold on, this is not good. I think there was a lot of resentment. I think everybody was excited about the fact that the Patriots are getting their hands slapped because Lord knows we hate sustained success in this country. This is the ultimate in wag your tail and wag your finger saying, ‘Na, na, na.’ This is a power hungry — it’s such an incredibly stupid thing that we actually, like I said, the whole thing is based on a lie. All of it. And Roger Goodell is continuing to tell people that it is about the integrity of the sport, which he actually is destroying the very same things he thinks he’s protecting. He also was very clearly out to defame, whatever you want to call it, his biggest star. I don’t get that. None of that makes sense, but it does when you think about it from a power perspective.

“The appellate court ruling basically has nothing to do with the guilt or innocence of Tom Brady everything that has to do with Article 46 and the fact that ‘Hey, I am the commissioner, I can do whatever I want.’ This guy beat the living daylights out of his girlfriend, wife and he’s going to get four games and so is this guy who didn’t deflate footballs, but someone lied about him doing it.”

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Curt Schilling on D&C addresses ESPN firing, where might he land next 04.28.16 at 10:11 am ET
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Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling

Former ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan Thursday to discuss his firing from ESPN and where he will might land next. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Schilling believes he wouldn’t have been fired if he had made liberal comments.

“I’ve actually spoken with and communicated with quite a few people there since it happened and to a person, everyone said the same thing,” Schilling said. “One of the things that I said was, if I had come out and said transgenders are the greatest people in the world and if you disagree you’re a MF’er, they would say please don’t use that language in public. It’s well-known. I think people knew when I was there, I talked to people about it. Like I said, we move on.”

The former MLB pitcher also said there are people at ESPN who say some racist things, but don’t get into trouble.

“I think there are a lot of people at ESPN that play the race card often,” he said. “I back that up by saying I don’t have a problem with it in the sense that I think there a lot of those conversations that need to happen. For some reason, a lot of people believe that you need to just talk sports and not talk about the social issues that go on. I think those two things are actually intertwined in a very intimate way. It’s one of the many conversations that should be happening.”

Added Schilling: “Nothing behind the scenes. One of the comments I will never forget is listening to Stephen A. Smith talk about the fact that Robert Griffin wasn’t playing quarterback for the Redskins because he was black. It was because he sucked and he wasn’t playing. It was obvious. Things like that. Those were the comments that as this went along — everybody talks about [I] was warned multiple times. Everybody got the same memo. It was sports people stick to sports, not politics and other stuff. It felt like I was the only one that was held to the rule. I think a lot of what happened was very discriminatory. Like I said, if I had made a liberal point of view, I don’t think this would have ever happened.”

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Video: Red Sox CF Jackie Bradley Jr. makes diving catch against Braves 04.27.16 at 9:45 pm ET
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While the Red Sox got off to a fast start offensively in Tuesday night’s game against the Braves, center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. provided some impressive defense as well, making a diving catch of a Daniel Castro liner to right-center in the first inning.

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Red Sox recall RHP Pat Light and his 100 mph fastball from Triple-A Pawtucket 04.24.16 at 3:20 pm ET
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Pat Light

Pat Light

The Red Sox have summoned reliever Pat Light to the big leagues from Triple-A Pawtucket, a source confirms to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.

Light, a supplemental first-round pick in 2012, will be making his big league debut. The 25-year-old has allowed three hits and three runs in 6 2/3 innings with the PawSox. Though he throws as high as 100 mph, he has been plagued by control problems since converting to a reliever last season.

He has walked more than six batters per nine innings in relief, compared to 3.1 per nine as a starter.

The Red Sox have not announced the move, nor a corresponding one to activate left-hander Henry Owens to start on Sunday against the Astros.

News of Light’s call-up was first reported by The Boston Globe.

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Live blog: David Price, Red Sox take on Rays 04.21.16 at 1:45 pm ET
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Red Sox manager John Farrell on D&H: Says Joe Kelly was in a Catch-22 with injury 04.20.16 at 3:14 pm ET
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John Farrell

John Farrell

Red Sox manager John Farrell made his weekly appearance on Dale & Holley Wednesday and provided more insight into the injury that sidelined Joe Kelly in the first inning on Tuesday.

While the team has taken some criticism for not realizing how hurt Kelly was before he took the mound, Farrell explained it was a “Catch-22″ for the pitcher, who was placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement.

“If Joe says he can’t go, well, we’re saying, ‘What’s wrong with him? Is he not a tough guy?'” Farrell said. “On the other hand, if he takes the ball, he’s going out to think he can work through it, and now we’re chastising him because he didn’t speak his mind. He went out and tried to give us everything he could.”

Farrell noted that starters pitching through some discomfort, particularly early in the season, isn’t unusual. He said that Kelly made it through his normal bullpen two days after his last start, which is usually the key hurdle between starts.

Kelly’s absence required the Red Sox bullpen to throw more than nine innings on Tuesday, and so roster changes were made, with right-handed relievers Noe Ramirez and William Cuevas getting the call, and infielder Marco Hernandez returning to Triple-A Pawtucket. Farrell said he did not yet have a starter in mind for Sunday’s outing against the Astros, which is when Kelly’s turn comes around again.

Farrell touched on a couple of other topics as well, noting that the organization hasn’t given up on Blake Swihart as a catcher, even though he’ll start playing some left field at Pawtucket and could return to Boston in a slash role.

“Catching is not done,” Farrell said. “He’s an injury away from being right back here, a foul tip away from being right back here. . . . We’re not closing the shop on him being a catcher.”

 

 

Live Blog: Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Patriots’ Day matinee 04.18.16 at 10:13 am ET
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Curt Schilling on D&C: Expectations need to be altered with Clay Buchholz 04.14.16 at 12:30 pm ET
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Curt Schilling

ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling, making his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Thursday morning to discuss the Red Sox, specifically Clay Buchholz and Pablo Sandoval. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

There was some optimism with Buchholz heading into the season, but he’s allowed five earned runs in each of his two starts this season. Schilling said the expectations of him need to be altered.

“We need to move on from an expectations perspective,” Schilling said. “Here is the thing, sometimes you are what you are. Clay Buchholz was not going to come out of the gates this year and throw 222 innings, win 19 games and make 33 starts. He’s never done it. I am convinced, and this is not a personal thing, I like Clay, it’s just he’s not the guy. That no-hitter skewed it all. We go back to one game and a couple stretches where he was as good as anyone in the game, but that is something he ended up not wanting bad enough to make it happen.”

Regarding Sandoval, Schilling feels he could have played his last game as a member of the Red Sox, but he doesn’t expect the team to flat out release him. He believes they are doing everything in their power to trade him.

“I don’t think they [release him] because there is some history there,” he said. “The guy — other than David [Ortiz] — the history in October, experience and success, Pablo has not just played and done well, he’s excelled in the postseason. There is a skinnier guy in there. You’ve seen him. You just have to figure out how to get back to that place.”

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Photos: Red Sox home opener 2016 04.11.16 at 3:45 pm ET
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The Red Sox home opener ceremonies featured Bobby Orr, Bill Russell, David Ortiz’s daughter and more. Check out all our photos from the day here.

David Ortiz hugs his daughter, Alex, after she surprised him and sang the national anthem. (WEEI.com)

David Ortiz hugs his daughter, Alex, after she surprised him and sang the national anthem. (WEEI.com)

Live blog: Red Sox, David Price take on Orioles in Fenway Park opener 04.11.16 at 2:08 pm ET
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