Top of the Morning: Big Papi returns


Top of the Morning: Big Papi returns

Eric Frede has all the headlines and highlights for Tuesday, November 6 on's SportsNet Central Update.

Big Papi is officially back with the Sox after agreeing to a two-year deal with the team on Monday. CSNNE's Jessica Moran caught up with Ortiz after the press conference.

The Red Sox are still in search of coaches to fill out their staff, with GM Ben Cherington hoping to make progress this week.

The Patriots announce that they will honor Kevin Faulk at halftime on Sunday. The Sunday after that, they'll play the Colts at 4:25 p.m. -- not 1:05 p.m. as originally planned.

And the NHL has plans to meet with the NHLPA on Tuesday... we'll see how that goes.

This and more on's SportsNet Central Update.

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.