See what Magic Johnson asked a judge for


See what Magic Johnson asked a judge for

From Comcast SportsNet Thursday, September 1, 2011
DETROIT (AP)Former NBA star Magic Johnson is asking a Michigan judge formercy and no prison for former college teammate Jay Vincent.Vincent will be sentenced Friday for fraud. He and Johnson grew up inLansing and were stars on the 1979 Michigan State national championship team. In a letter to a federal judge in Grand Rapids, Johnson says Vincent is areally good guy with a tremendous heart. Johnson believes Vincent gotinvolved with the wrong people and made some really bad decisions.Like Johnson, the 52-year-old Vincent also played in the NBA. He pleadedguilty in a fraud case involving thousands of people who paid to becomecertified home inspectors. Prosecutors are recommending nine years in prison.Vincent has been in jail since late July for a bond violation.

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner


Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.