Bruins principal owner Jeremy Jacobs will highlight the local sports legends honored by the TD Garden on June 27 at The Tradition the annual summer celebration honoring distinguished New England athletes and industry leads at the home of the Bruins and Celtics.
Jacobs gets the nod for the Hockey Legacy Award after a long stewardship of the Boston Bruins franchise punctuated by last years Stanley Cup championship. The team plays its home games in the building owned and operated by his Delaware North Companies.
Jacobs will also accompany Bruins President Cam Neely for a season-ending press conference at TD Garden on Thursday afternoon to mark the official close of the season for the Black and Gold after last weeks playoff loss to the Washington Capitals.
This years Tradition Lifetime Achievement Award will go three-time Cy Young Award winner and 2004 World Series champion Pedro Martinez, who memorably returned to Boston in April for the 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park.
Soccer Hall of Famer and founding member of the New England Revolution Alexei Lalas will also be honored. Chief Robert Parish, a key member of the Big Three that led the Boston Celtics to a 1980s basketball dynasty, will be given the Basketball Legacy Award. Title IX trailblazer and two-time Olympian Chris Ernst will be honored with the Special Achievement Award and former hard-hitting New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison will be given the Football Legacy Award.
Tickets are 200 for general admission and 300 for reserved seating. All net proceeds benefit The Sports Museum housed within TD Garden. For more information, to purchase tickets and for sponsorship opportunities please visit www.sportsmuseum.org or contact Rusty Sullivan, Executive Director of the Sports Museum at (617) 624-1237.
Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.
Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer. And…
US ambassador to Japan?
Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.
The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons.
When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team."
Would he be interested?
"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.
Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.