Felger: Thomas 'a small-minded chump'

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Felger: Thomas 'a small-minded chump'

Michael Felger has a few words for Tim Thomas over the Bruins' goalie's refusal to attend a White House ceremony honoring the Bruins for their Stanley Cup championship.
And those words aren't, "Way to go, big guy."

"I think it's an embarrassment. I think Tim Thomas looks like a small-minded chump," Felger said on 'Uno's Sports Tonight' Monday, and that was just the beginning:

"This is part of what's wrong with the country, is that everyone turns it into a political thing and it's not a political thing. It's about the office, it's about the event, it's about respecting your country.

"Let me ask you this, Tim Thomas: Have your property rights been infringed upon? Do you really have it this bad in this country? You make 5 million a year playing a game, with complete freedom. Do you really have it that bad?

"And this is not a left or a right thing. Look, I hate it when Bruce Springsteen goes off on the president. I'm a Pearl Jam fan. Eddie Vetter has this habit, in the middle of Pearl Jam concerts, to go railing on George Bush. I hate that, too.

"You guys got it pretty good. Quit politicizing everything when no one's asking for your political opinion.

"I think Tim Thomas looks like a total chump today. Just like Mark Chmura looked like a chump with the Packers when he wouldn't go see Clinton and on and on. Not everything has to be political."

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

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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.