Brandon Phillips made his debut with the Red Sox yesterday in Atlanta and the Sox made the biggest comeback of the season, beating the Braves 9-8 after trailing 7-1 heading into the eighth inning. Here are a few details on that game and more sports headlines to get your Thursday morning started.
‘I had no idea what was going on’: David Krejci admits to feeling uneasy about his future with the Bruins
Before John Tavares decided to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs, rumors of the former Islanders captain coming to Legends Way were heard all over the NHL. And while Tavares would’ve been a sure boost to the team’s offense this season, David Krejci couldn’t help but worry.
“I had no idea what was going on. My agent didn’t tell me (anything) because he said he didn’t know anything. I didn’t get any phone calls from anyone from the Bruins,” Krejci said, per NBC Sports Boston.
Krejci, a second-line center, has a no-move clause through the 2019 season, which then will transition into a no-trade clause as part of a contract extension that he signed with the Bruins in 2014. This means that he can’t be traded to another NHL team without giving his permission first. So, if Tavares had been picked up by the B’s, Krejci might’ve been looking at a move down to the third line.
In the midst of the Tavares sweepstakes, people took to Krejci’s Instagram inbox, advising him to request a trade– some fans hoped to see him take matters into his own hands and avoid being snubbed by the Bruins, but others weren’t as thoughtful.
“I was actually getting some not-very-nice messages on Instagram to ask for a trade, so, you know, they could get Tavares,” Krejci said. “Some people were asking me in a nice way, and some weren’t asking me in a very nice way.
So though the Tavares chase wasn’t the most relaxing time for Krejci, he says he understands.
“(Hockey is a business) is what I’ve learned over the years,” he said. (NESN.com)
Zero is the new number one:
Brandon Phillips’s Red Sox debut was one for the books: the second baseman hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning to cap Boston’s biggest comeback of the season. The Sox won 9-8 after overcoming a 7-1 deficit, scoring six times in the eighth inning before Phillips went to bat and secured the team’s 97th win of the season.
And in case you aren’t sure why a comeback like that is so huge:
Phillips was called up from the Pawtucket Red Sox’s roster on Tuesday. As if his choice in number wasn’t notable enough, the 37-year-old put the team on his back and carried the Sox to the comeback of the season, a feat that won’t likely be forgotten any time soon.
Bill Belichick on DeAndre Hopkins:
With just four days to go until the 2018 season opener, the Pats head coach had plenty of good things to say about the Texans No. 1 wide receiver.
“Body control, hands — he makes some spectacular catches,” Belichick said. “He’s kind of always open, because if you just put the ball where he can get it, he can get it… I mean, the guy’s one of the top receivers in the league… Even when it looks like he’s covered, he still comes up with the ball. (He also) draws a lot of interference penalties. He’s a tough guy to stop.”
When the Pats and Texans met in September 2017, the game ultimately ended in a come-from-behind 36-33 Pats victory. Despite being on the losing side of that game, Hopkins caught 7 passes on 8 targets from DeShaun Watson, earning 76 yards. He also led the league in touchdown catches last year, with 13. That being said, Belichick and the secondary do have a pretty good idea of what they’re up against, making Sunday’s game a must-watch. (NESN.com)
LeBron stands with Nike:
In light of Nike’s new deal with Colin Kaepernick, Nike consumers and sports fans alike have become polarized. Celebrities and athletes have spoken out, both in support of and opposing Nike and the new face of the brand.
LeBron James, who appears in the commercial, publicly displayed his support for Nike on Twitter:
James further voiced his support of Nike onstage while receiving the Harlem Fashion Row’s ICON 360 award in New York on Tuesday. The fashion collective teamed up with Nike for the fashion show and awards ceremony, which was designed to focus on the diversity of the fashion world. (Boston.com)
Robert Williams is on schedule for Celts training camp
The rookie has come under a lot of public scrutiny since signing with the Celtics in July. The minor transgressions from earlier this summer– oversleeping and being late to his introductory conference call; missing a flight and subsequently being absent from the Celts’ first summer league practice; losing his wallet a time or two– seem like a thing of the past, and Williams is embracing the idea of a fresh start.
“I have a chance to prove to everyone that I am trustworthy, I am an accountable guy,” Williams said, per NBC Sports Boston. “They’re not here screaming, ‘Where’s your wallet?’ That’s important.”
Williams is currently rehabilitating his right knee after a knee-to-knee collision during his summer league debut flared up his tendonitis. So far, the power forward has not been cleared to play 5-on-5, but he and head coach Brad Stevens are hopeful that he’ll be physically ready come September 25, the start of Celtics training camp.
“He’s been really, really active in the offseason since the rookie transition program; he’s basically been in Boston,” Stevens said. “I’m really encouraged by what I’ve seen thus far.” (NBCsports.com)