Jerry Remy breaks down over the news about Don Orsillo, Hanley Ramirez gets familiar with first base, Curt Schilling continues to feel the heat for his political tweet, and the rest of the sports news you need to know to start your Wednesday.
Dave O’Brien tapped to replace Don Orsillo as Red Sox TV voice in 2016: “‘This is absolutely a dream come true,’ O’Brien exclaimed. ‘It will be a privilege to call Boston Red Sox games on NESN for one of the most storied franchises in Major League Baseball. And I look forward with great anticipation to working alongside Jerry Remy.’’’ (NESN.com)
Jerry Remy gets emotional over Don Orsillo’s departure: “‘I know that [Orsillo’s] going to land on his feet and that he’s going to be in great shape,’ Remy added. ‘I’m sure they’re going to be lining up for his services. I really mean that. He’s terrific at what he does. He’s been absolutely fabulous to work with. I love him. He’s going to do just fine. I’m not worried about that part of it.’
“Remy said the last couple of days have been tough. ‘I’ve gone through a lot of different people,’ Remy said while trying to collect himself. ‘You get close to people. You feel for him.’’’ (Boston Globe)
Red Sox take a look at Hanley Ramirez at first base: “Ramirez took some groundballs at first base Tuesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, where the Red Sox were preparing for the middle game of their three-game series with the White Sox. It’s hard to come away from that thinking it wasn’t ordered from on high.
“It’s highly unlikely that such a radical shift in thinking came from Torey Lovullo, who is, after all, the interim manager. The move makes perfect sense, too. Ramirez has been a complete train wreck in left field, ranking, quite literally, as the worst defender at any position in all of the big leagues. With Ramirez, no fly ball is routine, no out guaranteed. He has shown neither the proper aptitude nor attitude for the position.’’ (CSNNE.com)
Hanley Ramirez, your 2016 Red Sox first baseman https://t.co/w58RAt8GTD— Steve Silva (@stevesilva) August 26, 2015
HanRam thinks Red Sox are a better team if he’s playing first: “If you expected Hanley Ramirez to resist playing first base — surprise! He’s completely on board. ‘I think with me at first, we’re going to have a better team on the field, competing every day,’ Ramirez said on Tuesday in Chicago after working out at first before a game against the White Sox…
“‘We’ve got a guy out there, he’s trying to put the best pieces on the field,’ Ramirez said. ‘He was like, ‘If you put this guy over here and put this guy in left field, how would the team look?’ And I was thinking about that, too. I was thinking, ‘Yeah, we’re a way better team with me on first and with Jackie and Mookie and Casty on the field.’ Hopefully, we can do it and they can keep doing what they’re doing — playing great outfield and keep hitting, because we’re going to need that.’’’ (WEEI.com)
Rick Porcello to make his return to Red Sox rotation tonight: “Porcello made two rehab starts in the last two weeks — one for Low-A Lowell, one for Triple-A Pawtucket. Less important than his results in those starts was his ability to get back to a good place with the way he was using his pitches, particularly the signature sinker from which he has strayed during his first season in Boston.
“‘He’s worked hard to get back to this point,’ interim manager Torey Lovullo said. ‘He’s such a professional. He knows exactly what he’s feeling and who he is, and I know he’s eager to get back on the mound. I’m anxious to see what it looks like tomorrow.’’’ (Providence Journal)
Curt Schilling continues to take heat for his political tweet: “Yes, Curt Schilling is wrong about Muslims and wrong about the Nazis. Hopefully, someone can explain that to him in a way that doesn’t feel like he’s being subjected to the Spanish Inquisition. Now, a man who was paid to hurl the ol’ cowhide or rant and currently earns a living grumbling conspiratorially about the plague of PEDs shouldn’t be expected to be the most brilliant person on earth, let alone politically correct…
“To be clear, there are zero problems with Schilling’s political activism. I think it’s great—even if he and I in all likelihood disagree about almost everything. But if that’s his choice, and he’s going to sling revanchist, Nativist nonsense, he should expect be criticized accordingly. At least until Donald Trump names him as his running mate.’’ (TheDailyBeast.com)
I understand and accept my suspension. 100% my fault. Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part.— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) August 25, 2015
Kevin Millar says George Steinbrenner gave the Red Sox the finger in 2003: “‘Everyone’s crying and sad in the locker room,’ Millar said on the ‘Dan Patrick Show’ of the scene after Aaron Boone’s walkoff home run. ‘We go get on the bus and there’s two middle fingers by the senior, and I’m like, ‘What just happened?’ That’s rude, that’s mean, our feelings are already hurt and you just flipped us off. There’s no rivalry here, you’ve got 27 rings, you guys aren’t sharing.’’’ (New York Post)
Reggie Wayne is ready to learn the Patriots playbook: “It’s a process. I’m just trying to get accustomed to learning my environment, learning all my teammates and staff, and the biggest thing is learning the playbook… No comparison [to other playbooks], so that makes it even worse. But like I said, I’m excited about the opportunity. I’m excited about the challenge, and like I said, all the guys have welcomed me with open arms. It should be sweet…
“I just want to finish healthy, finish strong. Last year, the whole year I played injured from week one to the end. I know what I can do, I know what I’m capable of, and I’m just grateful for this opportunity, that the New England Patriots organization has welcomed me in.’’ — Reggie Wayne on joining the Patriots
Julian Edelman not sure if he’ll be ready to play in Patriots season opener: “Speaking for the first time since suffering a leg injury at the start training camp, New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman is uncertain whether he will be ready for the season opener on Sept. 10.
“‘Ask Bill [Belichick]. I’m taking it day by day and I think I’m 10 seconds better than the last 10 seconds, so we’re good,’ Edelman said.’’ (ESPNBoston.com)
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