Athletes say the most horrifying things

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Athletes say the most horrifying things

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

ANNOUNCER: Today on "Athletes Say the Most Horrifying Things:" Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis!

BILL COSBY: Ray, why don't you tell us what you recently said in an ESPN interview about the growing number of NFLers who have been arrested this offseason.

LEWIS: "Do this research if we don't have a season -- watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game."

COSBY: Bites knuckles Oh, mygoodness. You just used the word "evil," didn't you. That's pretty frightening, big guy! Now, Ray, why do you think NFL players will continue to commit crimes if the lockout continues?

LEWIS: "There's nothing else to do."

AUDIENCE gasps.

COSBY: To the crowd Isn't that just the most horrifying thing you've heard all day?

AUDIENCE roars assent. Applauds.

LEWIS: Well, it's true.

COSBY: You know? I actually believe you and that might be the scariest thing of all.

Carrabis: Red Sox have nothing to lose calling Moncada up now

Carrabis: Red Sox have nothing to lose calling Moncada up now

Jared Carrabis and Lou Merloni join SNC to discuss the Boston Red Sox calling up top prospect Yoan Moncada, and how they think the Sox should use him.

Red Sox will call up No. 1 prospect Yoan Moncada on Friday

Red Sox will call up No. 1 prospect Yoan Moncada on Friday

The season-long awaited arrival of Yoan Moncada to Boston has finally come with Wednesday night announcement of the Red Sox’ prospect being called up for Friday.

John Farrell alluded to potentially promoting the 21-year-old in his press conference prior to Wednesday’s game, remarking that the team needed “better production” at third base -- Moncada’s new home.

“The minor league season ends [soon], so is there benefit to him just being here? The answer to that is yes,” Farrell said before Wednesday’s win. “Do you weigh playing 'X' number of games per week versus what he could be doing at Portland or Pawtucket? Well, that goes away [with the minor league regular seasons end].

"So, again, by all accounts, there's nothing but positives that could come out of experience here -- if that were to happen.''

He’ll be formally added Friday as a September call-up, and cannot be added Thursday because Boston has the day off.

Moncada will also be eligible for the playoffs with the call-up, with the Wednesday night midnight deadline not applying because Moncada was already part of Boston’s organization.

Ranked the No. 1 overall prospect by MLB.com, Moncada played for both Single-A Salem and, most recently, Double-A Portland this season. In his 44 games with Portland, Moncada hit .285 (49-for-172) with 11 home runs, six doubles, three triples and 27 RBI. Moncada was also 9-for-13 in stolen base attempts for the Seadogs.

"In the cases we've talked about, it has been beneficial to us for the young player to come up. They find a way to contribute in a meaningful role. 

"Without saying that [Moncada's promotion] is a definite, there's a lot [of positives] going for it.''

Moncada joins Andrew Benintendi to get the call to the Red Sox straight from Portland. Prior to Benintendi’s injury, the 22-year-old was batting .324 (22-for-68) with eight extra-base hits.
 
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